I completely forgot to mention this in part 1 of my episode review so it gets its own post because I have to talk about this for a moment:
“My name is Dean Winchester. That big fella in there is my
brother Sam. We kill monsters”
This is so significant. In an episode full of mind blowing meta
lets just isolate this for a moment and consider just what we have witnessed.
Dean has told the truth. To a Sheriff. In the middle of a case. Dean
Winchester. Told. The. TRUTH.
entire run there have been a few constants. Dean loves pie, Sam has l’oreal advert worthy hair, they will always use musical aliases and they ALWAYS LIE TO LAW
ENFORCEMENT. The fact that Dean doesn’t even pause to consider his actions. He
just comes right out and says it. It shows just how done he is, how much he
doesn’t care anymore. His grief has literally consumed him at this point and he
has no self-preservation instincts left.
“So what are you some kind of Superhero?”
“I’m just a guy doing a job”
Right now, this IS Dean’s truth. But this specific line is heartbreaking when taken in the context of the below:
Because we know that in 12x11 Dean was stripped of his inhibitions and his memories to the point where he was really unable to lie. We know that him thinking they sound like heroes is Dean at his most pure, most truthful, without anything weighing on his shoulders.
Yet the weight and pain of Castiel’s death has taken its toll. Dean believes a different truth now. How can he possibly be a hero when he isn’t even able to save the man he loves?
To reinforce that once again this is all about Castiel, is this:
Because not a second goes by in this episode that the audience isn’t supposed to in some way be reminded of Cas. His FACE when he says this line. I mean added up with all his
other micro-expressions throughout the episode, “Angels are real too” (specifically Castiel). it ties it all together. The way that Dean looks away there, reminds the audience that his grief for Cas is what’s causing this sudden truth telling. The heartbreak in saying the words “Angels are real” knowing that the only angel you actually care about isn’t anymore. He is gone, and you can’t bring him back. So the reason Dean is telling the truth, like the reason for ALL his actions in 13x01, is Cas. Because he doesn’t give a shit anymore. Because nothing else matters. Only Cas.
But the brilliant thing about this truth telling is that it
works. It literally sets him free. The Sheriff removes his handcuffs and agrees
to release Sam and Jack. The truth worked. In the first episode of the season,
setting the tone for the entire season, the fact that the truth literally set
Dean and Sam free is a hell of a set up for what’s coming. Telling the truth
isn’t always easy, but it works.
Putting this all together, Dean’s current truth is that he has no hope. He has lost his “everything” and he no longer sees himself as the ‘hero’. He may have learned that telling the truth can set you free, but whats the point when you have no hope anyway? Might as well tell the truth because fuck the consequences now. He no longer cares.
I only hope that once Dean regains his hope (in the form of Cas) that he keeps up the truth telling, because from a meta perspective this has set up the episode themes.
The truth will set you free and nothing else matters but Castiel.
Where they take these themes? we will just have to wait and see.