The thought of Dean regressing back to his old "classic dean" behavior as a way of handling Cas's death breaks my damn heart:-( Bottling it right back up. Cursing himself for even daring to feel. UGH this is gonna be rough.
I mean, of course he’s gonna be distraught in 13.01. That’s just not something you brush off and keep pushing through because you really don’t have another choice. Like in s7. I think there’s gonna be some similarities to very early s7, but definitely not as long, and definitely not as self-destructive.
(Sorry, I’m mired in s7 on the TNT loop right now, currently watching Charlie break into Dick Roman’s office… and being awkward with the security guard, but s7 just slowly dismantles Dean’s entire support system in life starting with Cas, and then proceeding to take pretty much everything away from him for the first 2/3 of the season. Not only that, the Leviathan are loose and gradually taking over the world, all the while specifically targeting Sam and Dean, making it harder and harder for them to do ANYTHING… and things didn’t even begin turning around for them until 7.17… I don’t think it’s gonna be anywhere NEAR that horrible this time around, and DEFINITELY not that long-lasting)
I think even if it’s similar to Grieving Dean we’ve seen in the past, it’s gonna be noticeably different this time around in some significant ways.
(but I’m not gonna speculate on exactly how, because that’s a fool’s errand :P)