About that mixtape again...
You guys. YOU GUYS.
This is the stereo in Cas’s truck.
That’s a fucking CD player. (I had acknowledged this before, but last night I just started making the connections here.)
This adds a whole other level to the mixtape. Two possibilities:
1. Dean was in the Continental, but not the truck. (I just went through every single screencap of the interior of that car, and I don’t believe there was a shot of the stereo.) This means that the mixtape predates the truck, meaning Cas had the mixtape for YEARS. This adds layers and layers of sadness to Cas trying to give it back to Dean in 12x19, because that would mean Cas held on to it since possibly season 10 or mid season 11, and that Lucifer had it through all of that. (OR that Cas went back and retrieved it at some point after the Lucifer possession, which… JESUS.)
2. Dean gave it to Cas never knowing that Cas didn’t have a tape player in the truck, meaning Cas might have never listened to it, or he had to track down a tape player to listen to the tape.
3. Dean made it for Cas with the intention of listening to it together in the Impala.