You said in a recent reblog that you had a "buddy" theory. Care to explain?
It’s just a silly head canon I had (but don’t really anymore) that when Amara gave Dean what he needed it was Mary to help him get towards his self acceptance arc but also that alongside this Dean and Cas had kind of gotten onto the same page in their relationship and understood each others’ feelings a lot better since the ‘Lucifer is gone” / ‘I could go with you’ etc of 11x23.
They acted like a canon couple the whole first 2 episodes, just without actual kissing (it now makes sense that I felt like this was 1 long episode given that the final 2 episodes are now back to back and seem to be 1 long episode? It makes bookend-y sense).
The hug, the way he introduces him to his mom, with the whole harp thing, the wink(?!), the husbands phone conversation, the ‘you brought your mother?’ whole eye-conversation…. it just all was like ???
Then after these two episodes it just felt like every time Dean said ‘buddy’ to Cas it was like a code word for something along the lines of ‘can’t talk freely’ or ‘can you talk freely?’. In 12x02 when Cas responds with “are we still discussing the same thing?” like there is another potential layer to this conversation, but Mary is right there and Dean brought it right back on track… in 12x07 when Dean opens with the question about a “buddy” comedy with Crowley ie. “is Crowley there?”.
It was just a little idea I had that is totally not a real meta thing ;)