And this scene and what came before it – Dean’s text, Sam driving off into the night and finding Amelia cozying up with her husband – was a new low for Supernatural. It was straight out of a soap opera when capped with this surprise meet up in the bar.
Thank goodness the Amelia storyline was laid to rest and tptb are no more willing to acknowledge it than fandom is.
In the Citizen Fang clip, Sam has just watched Amelia with Don. He goes back to the car and we hear the music as he realizes that she was never in danger after all, and that he can’t mess up what she now has with Don.
In the Heaven Can’t Wait clip, which is much shorter, Dean is watching Cas through the window of the Gas ‘n’ Sip, after the phone call with Sam. We hear the music after Dean hangs up and we see he’s watching Cas, and the music continues right into the next scene, which is the girl talking on the phone about getting dumped in the cafeteria.
Let me repeat that important part: in Heaven Can’t Wait, the music continues right into the next scene.
I’ve confirmed that the two pieces are not the same, but, as commenters on the audio post note:
they aren’t exactly the same but they’re very similar tonally. like you said in the second bit — they sound like two sections of the same composition
Music is not my area of expertise, so I’m relying on anecdotal evidence, which doesn’t make me happy, but the two pieces, if they aren’t from the same composition (and I reallywant to know if we’ve heard this music anywhere else, holy crap), are similar enough that they can be mistaken for each other.
I’ve seen enough posts about the music to know that this show has recuring musical motifs and themes. So when two music cues are that similar, they’re meant to be associated with a theme or motif in the show.
There is absolutely no doubt what this music means in the Sam clip. It means longing for someone you’ve lost, specifically a lover.
And that specificity is important, because we don’t just get almost identical music in the Dean scene, we get the same music cue shared between Dean watching Cas and the girl telling her friend that her boyfriend just broke up with her in the middle of the cafeteria. In other words, she’s upset about a lost lover.
That the two scenes are linked in this manner is already telling us that they have something in common, and if we didn’t have the scene with Sam, we could argue that the common element is that both Castiel and the girl in the cafeteria were rejected by someone they love, without having to specify the type of relationship.
But the Sam scene is plainly, unarguably, irrefutably about a lover. It’s about a romantic relationship. And while we can’t say with absolute certainty that the girl and her boyfriend were lovers, it is nevertheless undeniable that they were also in a romantic relationship.
You see where this is going, right?
The music links the Dean and Cas scene to the girl and her boyfriend—thematically connecting them into one unit. The music also links the girl and her boyfriend thematically with Sam and Amelia. Show is telling us, “These things are all alike.”
All three relationships involve one party rejected by someone they love. But by specifically linking two romantic relationships, and linking one of those romantic relationships to another one that can be read as platonic or romantic, Show is giving us this equation:
s + a = R
g + b = R
g + b = d + c
And therefore, HOLY SHIT, Y’ALL,
d + c = R
If the bowman in Sacrifice aiming his arrow at Dean and Cas was a promise, the music cue in Heaven Can’t Wait is the delivery.
I don’t know what will happen by the end of the series. Even if we were to get overt, explicit canon confirmation that Dean and Cas’ relationship is romantic, it’s still possible that they wouldn’t end up together. We’ve all seen that happen with romantic het couples in other shows—they get together, but something splits them up and they never get back together, or they admit how they feel but never get together. Or, and I really hate this one, they both know they’re in love but they never admit it to each other and never get together.
But even if one of those things happens, even if the network refuses to let them show us canon Destiel, I no longer have any doubt that their relationship is romantic. Because Show doesn’t just tell the story in the words. It also tells the story in the acting choices and the set dressing and the costumes and the music cues, and those things are screaming that it’s a romance.