what was the subtext to text in dark side of the moon? is that 5.16 or am I missing something?
Yeah, Dark Side of the Moon is 5x16 :D
I think the anon’s context - or at least how I took it - was to play on words like “the most subtext to ever text” aka the most ever amount of important subtext. The play on words being that you make it “text” when you do the repetition in this phrase (when you do this kind of wordplay you would repeat like… “the most wordplay to ever play” if you’re not familiar with the kind of phrase) which is like 5 different levels of meta, so original anon please never tell me if it wasn’t supposed to be read that way because I assumed you were a genius and you can’t unclaim that :P
And it is an episode where the subtext texted a LOT. Because it’s a head-delving episode for Sam AND Dean and head-delving episodes always bring stuff to the surface from the subtext. And it ends on one of Cas’s biggest character turning points ever, immediately followed by one of Dean’s biggest character turning points. It had an enormous amount of character stuff in it and I think it’s so crucial for what’s going on right now because we had the direct reference to it by bringing Roy and Walt back in 12x22.
Because it was a head-delving episode near the “end” of the show they were pretty free with telling us all sorts of character things that we don’t necessarily always get to know in other circumstances. It was an all cards on the table part of the show, though, it was used for some of the “last” character exposition before the “end”. (I am pretty sure they knew they had a season 6 at this point but I think they went the route of sabotaging season 6 by telling as much of the ending as they possibly could, complete with full emotional weight, and I’m not complaining, they just have a hard job with season 6 as a result I think :P)
But yeah basically every memory there was tuned to reveal and expose a huge amount of character stuff, most of which had been tangentially explored or hinted at in multiple other episodes, but in this episode they could put it right there on the table in front of us all. 12x22 was similarly powerful because it got inside Mary’s head and showed us basically what she had said in 12x03 but visualised, and let Dean see it because it was in a way he could understand that hadn’t made sense to him when it was just words, and from there he could sound out everything that he felt at Mary and put a lot MORE of what had just been subtext into the text.
I really dig the episodes where we explore their headspace but I especially love the episodes where we actually see right inside that space :P