Do you think Crowley and Dean did actually have a relationship back when Dean was a demon?
Yep. Scroll my #drowley and #the love chevron tag :)
Crowley is much more than his own character but also as I often say the sublimating Dean metaphor. Crowley encompasses everything that Dean denies himself when Human, being selfish, choosing to do what HE wants, his bisexuality, singing anything other than classic rock (I wrote about that in this post because the song choices give me feels ok).
Dean literally just wants to romp around having fun, having sex with *people* with no responsibilities and no agenda… but even Crowley gets sick of this after a while, and he does end up doing ‘good’ e.g. with Anne-Marie’s boyfriend. Demon Dean is brilliant, I love it, because he doesn’t just go dark or evil, he basically shrugs off the things that are repressing him, he does let down the facade and it’s so interesting…
Anyway, yes, Drowley…
Yeah it’s totally coded for me as not just metaphorical but an actual relationship. I wouldn’t call it a romantic relationship as such but for me it’s definitely a thing.
I mean over and above all the meta side of things purely the fact that Dean shows an annoyed but not actually dismissive or denying face when Crowley says that he rubbed off all over him and that he could shove the bomb up his (arse), that they had a clearly sexual relationship re: triplets etc etc etc - for me this was definitely sexual and some kind of intense relationship even if it wasn’t love.
It’s also very interesting how, given the whole love chevron thing, Drowley has become much more blatant and canon while Destiel also does in the later seasons even though it’s been over for years… it’s a great mirror / parallel to emphasise the Destiel by canonising Drowley and the Cas/Crowley mirrors all at the same time, think 11x23′s referring to canon Drowley then the Dean/Cas stuff, 12x12 Crowley saving Cas FOR DEAN and 12x15′s Dean thanking Crowley for saving Cas while in the SAME CONVERSATION Crowley brings up Drowley again…
As Cain said, losing Crowley he would have mixed feelings about and I think this is very relevant to his relationship with him. It was also paralleled to Cain / Abbadon which was also coded as sexual though not love, so… that’s my pov on it anyway :)