literally what you said in that quote post is wHAT IVE BEEN SAYING THIS WHOLE TIME. And like, there is no way out for them (the writers) after all of that. Because if they try to get out, that is the biggest form of queerbating I think ANY show will and has ever done. I have real hope for Destiel this season
Honestly? We need to give the writers more credit.
They’re not perfect and sometimes they aren’t even good, but they’re better than the general fandom tends to give them credit for. Everything that ends up on screen is deliberate. Every line of dialogue, every bit of camera work, every close up, every set piece. Television can be sloppy, sure, but it’s a very deliberate art form. Anything that stands out or catches your eye is on purpose; even if it happened by accident in practice, if it survived the editing, it’s on purpose.
Jeremy Carver knows what story he’s telling. He’s been telling it since he opened Season 8 with the Purgatory storyline where Dean saw visions of Cas after FABRICATING FALSE MEMORIES SO AS NOT TO ADMIT THAT CAS LEFT HIM ON PURPOSE, thereby laying a direct parallel to Sam seeing a vision of Jessica as far back as season 1 – and remember, this staff and Carver especially LOVE narrative parallels. He’s been telling it since 2 of the 3 ingredients for the potion that expelled the angels were explicitly tied to romantic love and then used Cas’s grace for the 3rd one, which I’d bet actual money will be explained during 10.20 (fucking Angel Heart) or some other later episode this season. He’s been telling it since he deliberately edited Metatron’s “He’s in love… with humanity” monologue to put that pause in there, and then let Metatron taunt Cas with Dean’s death by saying that everything he’s done is for Dean, and before all that had Cas give up his angel army for Dean’s life and then had Dean deliberately point out that he gave up his entire army “for one guy”. He’s been telling it since having Dean object to the Wincest subtext in Fan Fiction but stay silent when Destiel was represented by a real life same-sex couple, had Sam tease him about it like he was a kid with a crush, and then had Dean speak directly to Cas’s actor when talking about putting subtext into the play. He’s been telling it since he retconned “I’ll just wait here then” into a romantic situation and then wrote a love song about it.
Even if you ignore all the queer things Dean does outside the context of Cas (and haaahaha there is so much of it), it doesn’t matter. This story with Cas is romantic. Just because our societal heteronormative lens objects to it doesn’t mean it’s not romantic. Carver literally cannot have anyone on-screen say “this is explicitly, non-jokingly romantic” any more clearly unless he wants to ruin a big reveal – and I fully believe there WILL be a big reveal this season, either in an episode very close to the finale or in the finale itself, because that’s when you HAVE big reveals and game changers – because the storyline he’s written is one step away from being so obvious it won’t need a reveal.
I’m not saying queerbaiting isn’t A Thing. It totally is. The way TPTB on Teen Wolf handled Sterek is real life proof of that. But unless we interpret queerbaiting as “any same-sex pairing I want to see who doesn’t go canon”, I really don’t think this IS queerbaiting. You don’t put this much effort (and money, remember that time and effort in television is money) into “teasing” a ship on-screen and then refuse to capitalize it out of character if you’re just baiting the audience. They’re treating Destiel like any Will They Won’t They heterosexual pairing I’ve seen. When you write something like this, your cast and crew and writers are under some serious NDAs to prevent leaking, because a romantic hookup that’s built to last is meant to be unveiled at a crucial story point. If you confirm it ahead of time, it won’t impact correctly and you’ll waste parts of the story.
Implying a pairing will happen but keeping tight-lipped is a time-honored TV tradition. Even RIB got that part right when they were writing Kurt and Blaine in season 2 of Glee. Or… ever, really, those two broke up a couple of times and even though the audience knew they were inevitably going to be together, the cast/crew still wasn’t allowed to say as much, lest they spoil a reunion episode. The cast and crew on Castle denied that Beckett and Castle had deep feelings for each other up until something happened on the show, because that would have spoiled the reveal. Bryke barely acknowledged that Korra had a romantic endgame and would purposely ignore or dodge around questions about it until their Book 4 finale aired and they practically shouted “WE DID IT, WE DID THE THING!” into the heavens.
Trust the text. The text is romantic. The subtext is romantic. You have to filter what the cast and crew and writers say through the (correct) assumption that there’s a universe of things they will not and legally cannot tell us while the show is still airing. Future relationship or sexuality reveals fall under that header. Carver&Co. isn’t perfect, but they know what they’re doing.
And they really love their parallels. Of which there are roughly a bazillion. Many of them romantic.
Because Carver is telling a romance.