does this still count as subtext

anonymous asked:

hey. I was wonder if you have any thoughts of Cas as Dean's colette? I feel the show will not make anything of it and we will just be dragged along with subtext. My english isn't very good sorry. I want to have hope. The art you did of Destiel is amazing, by the way. :)

I mean, I can’t tell you that I am 100% sure that Dean and Cas will be shown as textually romantic, but if you’ve been following my blog for a little while you should know that I’m pretty optimistic about that happening.  At the very least, this isn’t the bait and switch kind of subtext where the narrative is constantly giving us no-homos and laughing at us for thinking that the subtext exists.  This is subtext that is absolutely at the same level of canonicity as the deconstruction of the codependency, including all of the implications that John’s emotional abuse is the leading cause in how Dean has turned out today.  In other words, while subtext doesn’t necessarily count as representation, it is still canon, and it does play a significant role in the narrative arc.

As for the specific idea that Cas is Dean’s Colette, I think that the only way it would be more obvious is if they carved it into Dean’s arm.  Throughout the whole season, specifically in 10x03, 10x09, and 10x10, Cas has been the one who has been positioned to save Dean from himself- specifically, to put Dean into a position where he can save himself (aka exactly what Colette did for Cain).  In 10x03, it’s Cas who rushes in at the last second and captures Dean when Sam is unable to get through to his brother.  In 10x09, Dean specifically asks Cas to kill him if he goes full dark side, something that we know that Cas is incapable of doing.  This means that Cas is now in the narratively significant position of having to choose between killing Dean or trying to save him- that is to say, in the position to make the judgement whether he should judge Dean for being a monster, or to forgive him unconditionally (aka Colette).  And most tellingly, in 10x10 Sam tries and fails to break down the door to get to Dean, and while Cas waits and watches at first (Cas has always allowed the brothers’ relationship come before his friendship with Dean), he eventually is the one who bursts through the door and saves the day.

The fact of the matter is, whether you feel optimistic about Dean/Cas going canon or not, narratively Cas has been placed relative to Dean in the same position as Colette was to Cain.  The odds are astronomically high that the story is going to follow through on that foundation that’s been laid.  And really, it would be ridiculous to see Cas becoming Dean’s Colette and not think that it’s romantic love that’s saving the day.

At this point, I think that there’s an important distinction that needs to be made that not a lot of people have been making.  What we are hoping for re: Dean/Cas is representation, aka a certain undeniability of the romantic nature of their relationship in such a way that showcases the queerness inherent in that romance.  That is something that I am 1000% behind in hoping for and campaigning for, and if it doesn’t happen I will be disappointed as a bisexual woman.  BUT, I think that there is a significant different between representation and textual acknowledgement.  By that, I mean that there is a lot that isn’t (as much) of a hot political topic that we consider canon within the context of the show, and yet it has the same amount of subtextual support as Dean/Cas as a romantic couple.  For example, John Winchester’s abuse of Dean eventually leading to his taking on the Mark of Cain.  This has never been stated outright, but there has been a significant amount of subtextual narrative tropes that have pointed towards exactly this, and that anyone who takes more than half a glance at the show understands as canon.  Meanwhile Dean and Cas’ relationship has had just as many, if not more, subtextual narrative tropes and parallels that point toward it being a romantic relationship; so by that logic, there’s no reason that we shouldn’t call it canon.

I kind of went off on a tangent there, sorry- I know you probably wanted something more comforting and along the lines of a list of evidence proving that it’s going to be canon.  But honestly, at this point it already is canon- it just isn’t textual and undeniable yet, which is what you’re really looking for, I think, and is what I can’t really predict.  Cas is Dean’s Colette, and that canonically places their relationship into the realm of romantic, but we won’t know until we see it happen whether or not it will count as the representation that we want from the show.