Advanced Thanatology 13x05 - the Passion of Dean and Cas
I haven’t seen these shots giffed yet - these lovely symbolic shots of Dean driving through fields of wheat at night to his reunion with Cas.
Of course, Cas was resurrected in a field of wheat and bramble (thorns) in 13x04 The Big Empty.
As so often, Cas is tied to Christ imagery here. This is, after all, his fourth miraculous resurrection (previously having been smote by Chuck’s archangel, smote by Lucifer, and consumed in a lake whilst choc-full of Leviathan).
The Parable of the Grain of Wheat, told by Jesus in John 12 24-26 (King James Bible) is (thanks Wikipedia) an allegory on resurrection, sacrifice and ego-death:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, еxcept a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”
In other words, old patterns of thinking and being must be shed in order that one may be reborn (in Christ).
Both Cas AND Dean die and are resurrected prior to their reunion. We have already had Buddy, the shape-shifter and toxic dudebro, peeling off his Dean-mask in “The Big Empty”, so all the symbolism is there - a transformation for Dean and Cas, as they are reborn and reunite after the pain of separation.
(NB - which doesn’t mean their love story will shift from the sub-textual level - I think it will probably remain there).
Cas returns to the world because he loves the Winchesters
Dean, and Dean dies because, with Cas dead, he doesn’t have the heart to keep on living (it’s Billie’s decision that he should).
The bramble, by the way, in Cas’ resurrection field in 13x04, stands for the Crown of Thorns. One of the instruments of the Passion of Christ, also a symbol of death and resurrection.
Incidentally, Dean is depicted with a whip in 13x05, when he’s passed out after his trying-to-forget-Cas-is-dead night at the Clam Dive. The whip, used to give Jesus the 39 lashes, is another of the instruments of the Passion.
So in subtext, we are talking about another kind of passion - the eros to the thanatos of the title.
Back to beautiful pre-reunion shots.
Here is Baby cruising down some lonely street to the phone box and the reunion:
Look at that blue cross (the colour of grace).
Advanced Thanatology indeed - Dean and Cas are reunited, once again, beyond the grave.
Cas has also had to live through Dean’s death (in 9x23 Do You Believe in Miracles):
Just as Dean has had to live through Cas’ death (most recently) in 12x23:
Each stabbed through the heart by an angel blade - another deliberate symmetry.
Advanced Thanatology was a lovely episode from Yockey, in terms of its narration of the eternally unspoken passion of Dean Winchester and Castiel