HOLY TRINITY- ehem, I mean, wow! Interestingly enough, you could say the handprint was painted in an erotic light since the beginning w/ Pam grabbing Dean's junk b4 his shoulder, implying the creature had touched him there,too. Now all I can think about is maybe Anna's interest in Dean wasn't bc he was Heaven's chosen, but bc he was the 1 Cas had saved, left his mark on & protected?Or maybe she was thinking that would've been her mark if she hadn't fallen, who knows? I think they wanted it to be
much more of a love triangle than it ended up being, since Anna’s involvement w/ Dean & the plot changed. I dunno if it’s only my asexual self who feels this, but I couldn’t feel any real chemistry at least of a sexual nature between Anna and, well, anybody? Even in fic, Anna x Ruby makes more sense to me than Dean x Anna, oops. Maybe it was just eclipsed by Jensen & Misha’s outrageous chemistry on all fronts that made one look from Cas seem more steamy than a sex scene with literal steam XD
I likewise didn’t really feel like Anna and Dean had much sexual chemistry, but they had emotional chemistry and it didn’t feel forced or out of character to me - they both wanted and needed it at the time. I guess you could say it was very friend with benefits though. He was very sweet and protective to her while she was human, but because of the focus on the action there was very little tropey falling in love OR making lustful faces at each other in the very obvious way hook ups can be flagged in TV and film, basically just a few conversations where they emotionally bonded - it would have been equally valid just as making friends to me.
… And yeah, okay, the hand print had its erotic connections from the start, so that just doubled up on it. Thanks. >.> Now I feel pretty confident saying it’s not the people touching it, it’s the thing itself. :P I mean Dean also refers to it as being “groped” by an angel (a step up from the “touched by an angel” reference he was making). 4x01 had a ton of oddly sexual comments (e.g. Dean suggesting he was saved from Hell for his perky nipples :P) linking Dean and his mysterious rescuer.
I did wonder if some of the intent was that Anna and Dean hooked up for the sake of using the hand print like that so it could be shown on screen… I said somewhere in my rewatch for 4x10 about that that it did feel like she randomly showed up to hook up with Dean to fill in a gap in the Dean x Heaven storyline that Ruby filled for Sam in the Sam x Hell storyline where they needed a sexual encounter to go with it. I’m guessing because the Sam x Ruby story was kind of inevitably going to be turned sexual because of all the various plot elements basically making it, in the expected way these things go, probably quite strange if they didn’t end up sexually connected thanks to all the seduction to the darkside stuff going on.
Dean ran a parallel story to Sam through the season and Cas and Ruby took opposite ends of the bro fight of the season, but then they wouldn’t show Dean n Cas hooking up to parallel Sam and Ruby’s hook up, so Anna conveniently pops up and Cas is present through the hand print’s use in the scene.
I said I was going to write about this tomorrow or thereabouts, but oh well. I still want to gather up all these thoughts together in one place about season 4′s genuinely erotic Destiel subtext. Not like I haven’t been constantly commenting on it along the way but, you know, one single coherent post would make more sense. :P