listen i have a lab final in 5 hours and im running on painkillers and espresso jUst listen 

  • Andrew Minyard could snap you in half. 
  • Andrew is 5′ feet even, probably weighs somewhere between 130 and 150
    • mostly pure muscle don’t get me wrong 
  • and could bench press Neil sitting on KEvin 
  • LisTEN
  • he has the waist/chest ratio of a d o r i t o 
  • Think steve rogers but smol and angry 
  • Andrew is one of those people you look at and you wonder how their sleeves havent ripped
  • Andrew is one of those people you dont even dare think of fighting bc you just /know/ he could pummel you to mush with his bare hands 
  • you’d thank him but that’s besides the point 
  • Andrew also keeps his arms folded a lot 
  • like he does is absentmindedly,when he doesn’t really knwow hat to do with his hands, h just folds his arms 
  • and 
  • that flexes his arms 
  • classmates are swooning 
  • there’s a betting pool, idek what about but money changes hands as soon as Andrew leaves the room
  • NICKY, Aaron, KEvin, and NEil all lost to Andrew at arm wrestling 
  • it becomes a competition 
  • Matt tries his hand
  • ha pun not intended 
  • it ends on a tie
  • Matt’s red in the face
  • Allison and Renee try too, but to no avail 
  • Wymack’s nodding in thought, maybe amusement who knows
  • Dan breezes by, sits down, and beats Andrew within 14 seconds 
  • Matt starts crying 
  • Nicky’s yellin g 
  • I’m sscreaming 
  • i need to catch up on a weeks sleep in the next 4 hours and cram a semester’s worth of info at the same time 
  • Im sorry for this mess 

Season One → Season Two
rick: i love u coral
carl: i love u 2 dad

Season Three → Season Four
rick: *puts a little too much rick grimes in carl*
carl: FUCK u dad

Season Five → Season Six
carl: where r u dad?

Season Seven
carl: what’s a dad
negan: omg holy shit hi holy shit

Flip the script

I’ve been pondering. Pontificating. Another P-word.

I’ve seen a lot of people noting that season 12 is a rehashing of season 6, a rehashing of season 7, a rehashing of season 2, 3, 5…

And I realized, it’s not a rehashing of anything. It’s a rebuild, of everything. Dabb has always had an affinity for taking a thing from earlier in the show and making it his own in some way (See: “Bloodlines” usage of Dean/Cas dialogue for that Het couple). So, I think it makes a lot of sense that once he got the chance to really be in charge of this show, he took bits and pieces from everything and he’s flipping them one by one, and turning them into his own thing.

There have been so many things since he took over from the huge decisions like bringing back Mary Winchester, to the small details like using B-roll of a restaurant from season 2 and making it fit in with this season (not to mention the use of the exact same sound bite of Cas yelling “HEY ASSBUTT” from Swan Song - which was also used in a Dabb ep last season [11x10[ but we wON’T TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT REALLY BOTHERS ME LOL).

Anyway, it got me thinking about what exactly he’s trying to accomplish, and what it means for my main interest in all of this: Destiel.

After 11x23 aired, I was pretty distraught about the whole “you’re our brother, Cas” line because to me, this was Dabb’s moment to tell us where he was going with the show, and that’s what he chose. As time went on, I just kind of moved past it and told myself there was so much time before the show ends and anything can happen (which is my normal mantra when i get discouraged about destiel). I was upset about the line, at first, because it felt like such a huge regression. It had been so long since Dean had referred to Cas as a brother; family, sure - but brother? I was upset that instead of moving forward, we were moving back, and my worry was that it was where we would stay.

But as the season progresses, I’m starting to see things differently. Dabb was taken us back in MANY respects. With the revival of Mary, he’s essentially brought us back to the starting point of SPN. It’s not the same, of course. Things are different, it’s not 1983, it’s 2016. Dean isn’t 4 years old, he’s 38. They’ve been through a lot since then, but in a way it IS a regression, and just like Mary has to learn how to live in this world, and Dean has to learn to live with having a mother again, he is brought back to a time in his relationship with Cas, regressed to that time, and Dabb has brought us there so that he can rebuild it, just like he is going to try to rebuild a relationship between Dean and Mary, and Sam and Mary, and probably Sam and Dean as well.

I know there are other examples to back up this theory, but it’s 2:30AM and I am tired. Maybe I’ll add them later. But for now, I’m going to leave it here.

ETA: Also the title of this post is inspired by Metatron’s line in 9x22, written by Andrew Dabb:

Well, that’s an old writer’s trick – flipping the script. You start by building up a seemingly unbeatable enemy, like the death star, or a rival angel with a bigger army. That way, I look like the underdog. But then, oh, no! The competition gets greedy. He starts pushing things too much. With the help of my combustible double agents. And then, after a rousing speech, his true weakness is revealed. He’s in love with humanity. And now…I’m inevitable.