Ideal way to confirm destiel next season
I say ideal as in, it’s subtle and canon-complicit (except in my scene Sam isn’t as compassionate and long-suffering as he usually has been written in the show) and not in your face the way fanfic tends to imagine. I think the show writers could plausibly get away with this scene:
Sam: Let’s take this case blah blah blah
Dean: [stares intensely at anything but Sam, and takes another swig]
Sam: [stiffens and drops laptop loudly on the table]
Dean: [jumps and looks offended and pissed]
Sam: I had a life before you suckered me back into hunting and our hunt for dad got my girlfriend killed. So suck it up. You pulled me into this life again–and it cost me everything. Now I’m gonna drag you back into it, kicking and screaming if I have to, because this is the only life we know. [Dean is unresponsive, so he sighs, looking for words, a softer approach] Look, dude… We both lost mom. We both lost Cas–
Dean: [eyes finally snapping to his brother, his voice like a hushed hurricane] You didn’t lose him the way I did.
Dean: [stares holes into his brother and then his bottle, but it’s as if Sam can see the crack in his heart splitting wider and faster in his silence]
Sam: ………… [realization hits]
Dean: [tense jaw, slight tremor in his lips, his tough composure quickly slipping]
Sam: [quietly, apologetically] Dean, I…
Dean: [tears brim, but he won’t let Sam see][hoarsely] Leave me alone, Sammy. [shoves away from table and storms to his room]
Sam: ……. [flinches at the slam of Dean’s door, still letting it sink in]
Sam: [belatedly, reverently, quietly, maybe with one of those incredulous soft huffs] You loved him.
They probably couldn’t get away with the last line, I admit, but the rest I think could totally work. What do you guys think?