Supernatural: 10 Things I Learned From Tonight’s Episode.
Season 12, Episode 12: “Stuck in the Middle (With You)”
1. Blatant Tarantino references are abound, and I love every second of it.
2. Dean is persistently uncool with anyone hitting on his man.
Check out them Rage Dimples.
3. Dean has a unique approach towards “teaching Cas to flirt.”
I.e. unabashedly flirting with him himself.
4. It’s been shown time and time again that keeping secrets on this show is never, ever a good idea, and it almost invariably leads to someone almost dying. And yet, everyone inexplicably continues to do so.
Evidently, it runs in the family.
5. Nevertheless, Mary canonically considers Cas to be part of her family, takes shit from no one, and it is beautiful.
6. Even after all these seasons, Supernatural still knows how to make my heart stop.
And hurt like a bastard.
7. Cas has now canonically told Dean he loves him.
Moreover, it was immediately followed up by “I love all of you,” implying that the first one was addressed specifically to Dean.
Also, the simple act of a male-presenting character saying “I love you” on this show is a tremendous step towards emotional health for everyone involved.
8. Dean unarguably loves Cas back.
Dean refusing to leave Cas behind (even at the possible cost of his own life) is all I’ve ever wanted from this show
yet it makes me want to rip my lungs out every time I get it. Also, look at his face. This is the face of a creature with zero sense of self worth realizing he means something to his family and friends. Just, fuck me up, SPN.
9. I was sure this ep would end in tragedy, but instead it ended with Dean tenderly escorting his recovering boyfriend home.
God bless you, Andrew Dabb.
10. Castiel, Angel of the Lord, is one of the most dynamic, three-dimensional, and genuinely altruistic characters I have ever seen, and every time I think about him and how far he’s come I get an ache in my chest because it’s so damn beautiful.
Nothing to add here, just my incoherent wailing.
Rating: 11/10. This episode is everything I hoped it would be, and more. Excluding an explicit confirmation of gayness (which would always be ideal), it was a perfect tribute to the enduring love between Cas, Dean, and his human family. Well done, SPN!