I think season 12 is going to give us original!cas. In the finale we saw a cas who was more stoic and mission oriented. Also he had a missing the reference moment. I hope we'll get the powerful angel Cas back,I loved him. He had his own motivations not just what the Winchesters told him to do.
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While I also loved the Castiel of S4 when he was this otherworldly being - I just adored how Misha conveyed so well that despite residing in a human vessel there was just nothing human about this character - I think at this point if Castiel reverted back to his “old self” would be very dissatisfying and undermine all the character growth Castiel has gone through.
There is a lot for Cas to work through and come to terms with and to me him reverting back to this old persona would be really heartbreaking, because in the end to me it would mean the disappearance of the person Cas has become.
Imo - and that’s of course my personal feeling on the matter - the only way Castiel’s entire arc make sense to be wrapped up is with Castiel choosing to become human. He’s been hated and pushed away by Heaven and his kin, has been hunted and became enemy number one. There simply is nothing to me that Cas could learn from going back there, in fact to me it would almost count as a “suicide” of sorts. Arguably after having fallen a few angels have understood the concept of free will and have changed, but in general to me Heaven’s workings and Castiel becoming more like his old self again would almost come close to a loss of his own personality and identity he has shaped over the years only to become one of many again who just does as he is told.
And I think I have to disagree with you on the Cas having his own motivations back then. :) I think it is only through the Winchesters he started to have his own motivations. S4 was largely about Castiel doing Heaven’s work, it is only the last couple of seasons that he really explored his own wishes, though only to some degree because Cas is in general - much like Dean - someone who dials back his own wishes to accomodate to someone elses.
All that said, it will be interesting if the angels and demons will play any kind of important role next season. I don’t see Crowley exactly interested in running Hell anymore (I think ultimately he’ll either die or would also choose becoming human again) cause that quest is hollow. Likewise after the angels know God is still out there, but disappeared again maybe they just give up their “jobs” altogether? I personally get the feeling the show may be moving away from angels a bit and go back to “simpler” things. Though Jensen’s comment at JIB definitely implies that Heaven and Hell in some form may play some part as Jensen said that the upcoming season could “pave the road to Heaven” while Jared said but there are forces “trying to pull the Winchesters rather to Hell”.