9.22: (again, here’s just the bit I feel is most pertinent to the s12 finale tonight. because it was also written by Dabb)
FLAGSTAFF: No. Can I go? I have lives to save.
DEAN: Welcome to the club. [FLAGSTAFF smirks] Something funny?
FLAGSTAFF: Not funny “ha ha.” But you thinking you help people – it’s amusing. I help people. A clogged artery here, a tumor there. I do good in this world. You – you believe every problem can be solved with a gun. You play the hero, but underneath the hype, you’re a killer with oceans of blood on his hands. I hate men like you.
and on faith:
SAM: No, man. Cas, listen. You got a weird thing going on back there. Those other angels, the way they stare at you, I-it’s like you’re part rock star, part L. Ron.
CASTIEL: They’ve put their faith in me.
SAM: And maybe that’s the problem. I mean, people have been doing messed up crap in the name of faith – in the name of God – since forever.
CASTIEL: Well… I’m not trying to… play God. I’m just trying to get my people home.
and on the fundamental difference between angels and humanity:
HANNAH: You have to understand that Castiel is the only thing holding us together. A month ago, half the angels in this place were trying to kill the other half. Castiel has given us a purpose. But more than that, he has given us a way to live in peace. We have rules. Order. If I let you take matters into your own hands, what’s to stop one of them from doing the same? You can talk to her. You should talk to her. But leave the Blade outside.
and on perception, belief, and reality:
CASTIEL: It’s the door to heaven.
CASTIEL: What else would Metatron go to such great lengths to protect? I can hear it. It’s calling to me, Sam. If we control this door, we can take the fight to Metatron. We may not even need to fight at all.
SAM: Cas, wait.
[CASTIEL opens the door and it is revealed to be a room with atrocious party decorations. SAM walks over to a table and reads from a card]
SAM: "Welcome to your own personal heaven, Castiel. Good luck finding the real one.“
[SAM turns around to talk to CASTIEL but starts when he sees a badly burned man leaning against the wall next to the door.]
CASTIEL [leaning down next to the man] It’s Josiah. He reeks of holy oil.
SAM [noticing an empty bucket of holy oil hung over the door] Yeah. Looks like he got "Home Alone”-ed.
CASTIEL: So, all of this – it was a a lie.
and on free will:
METATRON; Okay, yes. Maybe I got a little carried away at first, but those days are over. A near-death experience makes you re-evaluate. So, one time only, I’m offering amnesty. Every angel, no matter what their sin, may join me and return to heaven. I will be their God, and they can be my heavenly host.
HANNAH: Why would we follow you?
METATRON: Well, look around. You’ve seen earth. You’ve had a taste of free will. I got to ask you – do you like it? I mean, the way you’ve flocked off to follow Castiel tells me you need to follow someone. It’s in your DNA. But Cas – he’s not what you think he is. He sends angels out to die. Have you told them about your stolen Grace, Castiel? How it’s fading away, and when it burns out, so will you? So…No, then. I’m not the best, but I’m the best you’ve got. You want to stay with Castiel, fine, but he’s playing you, because at the end of the day, the only thing he cares about is himself and the Hardy Boys there. You’ve got a choice to make. Make the right one.
on the lies, on the deception, and on brainwashing:
GADREEL: You should have told me what our elite unit was for.
METATRON: Why? It was none of your business.
GADREEL: Tessa, Constantine – I recruited them, and you brainwashed them into blowing themselves up.
METATRON: So? Well, that’s an old writer’s trick – flipping the script. You start by building up a seemingly unbeatable enemy, like the death star, or a rival angel with a bigger army. That way, I look like the underdog. But then, oh, no! The competition gets greedy. He starts pushing things too much. With the help of my combustible double agents. And then, after a rousing speech, his true weakness is revealed. He’s in love… with humanity. And now…I’m inevitable.
GADREEL: What about Josiah?
METATRON: Mm. He was a loose end. I – I told him where the gate was…Before we moved it. I just wish Cas had walked into one of those traps. Anyway, point is –while everyone else is playing checkers, I’m playing monopoly, and I always build a hotel on Boardwalk. And I always win.
and on Team Free Will:
CASTIEL: You really believe we three will be enough?
DEAN: We always have been.