You have to choose, Castiel, us or them?
Writing meta about Castiel is always interesting to me. For the past three years I’ve been talking about Castiel’s endgame and the fact that Jeremy Carver changed it. Since Cas was introduced, he has never stayed with the Winchesters for a long time. In this post from 2014, I explained what the questions regarding Cas were and that he had to make his final decisions based on something he wanted, not on something he had to do. As a complement, in this post from last year, I explained that Cas’ endgame was clearly heaven for a very long time until Carver came along and flipped the script. Cas’ journey has been pretty evident since the Carver era: In the end he’ll choose humanity. However, I think the meta I’m writing right now is necessary to explain that if Cas chooses humanity, he has to do it because he wants to, not because it’s the only choice available.
Many people are upset because Cas is going back to Heaven without even telling Dean. I, on the other hand, feel excited about what happened in episode 12x15. We already know that Castiel’s family, the angelic one, hates him. He’s not welcomed in Heaven at all, and he knows it. I suppose that must hurt. Let’s think about it for a moment. If our blood family rejects us, we can always have people in our lives that we consider family –although not by blood, but that doesn’t mean the rejection will stop hurting. What’s the point of Cas choosing Dean and the other Winchesters if they are basically the only choice he has?
I would thank Andrew Dabb forever if he found a way for Heaven to forgive Cas and welcome him once more. After everything Cas has done (no matter if he’s meant it or not), I’ve always thought that having the angels accept Castiel again as one of their own is a difficult but necessary task. Why do I say it’s necessary? I say it because when Cas makes his final decision regarding what he wants to be (angel or human), where he belongs (heaven or earth), and who his family is (the angels or the Winchesters), he needs to know that he can pick either.
Truth be told, it would be even better if Cas didn’t have to choose between heaven and earth. However, unless the narrative changes in the hands of Dabb, Castiel’s journey has been set to choose only one option. That was definitely Carver’s idea. Do you Remember Naomi’s words? “You have to choose, Castiel, us or them?” Cas’ endgame was foreshadowed back in 8x17, and I don’t think Dabb has changed his mind about what Carver wanted for Cas, or at least I don’t have proof of that in what the show is giving us. As recently as 12x14, Dean was angry with Sam because Sam’s always split in the middle. In fact, Dean asked Sam to pick a side. That’s precisely what I think Cas will have to do one day in the foreseeable future.
What I know for sure is that Castiel’s endgame won’t be in Heaven. Cas doesn’t belong there anymore, but he needs the chance to experience that for himself. If the angels accept Cas, and he’s welcomed in Heaven again, he will realize how much of an outsider he is now. He will always go back to his family, the one that means the world to him, the Winchesters (mostly Dean), but when he does it, it will be because he wants to, not because he has to. He will choose the Winchesters because he loves them, because they’re his family, not because Heaven won’t take him back. He will say goodbye to Heaven not because he’s not allowed there, not because he’s the most hated angel after Lucifer. He’ll do so because Heaven isn’t Cas’ home anymore.
And on Earth there will be someone ready to show Cas the way to find his real home: