I’m watching 5.16 again, and my fingers are itching to make another post about it, but I just watched it on April 20 and made an extensive post about it then. It was in the bye week between 12.18 and 12.19, and there’s a few things that I think need to be said since then, especially post 12.22–
In my last post, I didn’t have Dean’s scene in Mary’s mind, so similar to Dean’s Heaven Memory of Mary in their old house in which we have the closest thing to Dean telling anyone he loves them, saying it to Mary when he was four. Now we have Dean saying it to her for real, as an adult, after venting his frustration and anger at her for real, telling her he hated her for what became of his childhood after her death, but telling her he still loved her anyway despite all of that.
From that extensive post linked above:
The one thing Dean has to reclaim for himself is Mary. She’s absolutely not this warped Torture Hallucination Version that Zachariah presented him with, but she’s also not just that “Blessed Memory” version that Dean had presented himself… Nor are Sam and Dean the little boys that she thinks she remembers from her own version of Heaven. They’re just as fake as Dean’s childhood memory of Mary was in his heaven.
And… that’s pretty much 12.22.
Also in light of this answer from lizbob yesterday about Michael which also touched on Zachariah, this whole scene just supports that notion that Zach– as Michael’s mouthpiece and functionary– was the officially sanctioned agent of Michael’s authority:
ZACHARIAH: Let me tell you something. I was on the fast track once. Employee of the month, every month, forever. I would walk these halls and people would AVERT THEIR EYES! (The house rumbles and shakes.) I HAD ‘‘RESPECT’’! And then they assigned me you. Now look at me. (He chuckles unhappily.) I can’t close the deal on a couple of flannel-wearing maggots? Everybody’s laughing at me… and they’re right to do it. So! Say yes, don’t say yes; I’m still going to take it out of your asses. It’s personal now, boys, and the last person in the history of creation you want as your enemy is me. And I’ll tell you why. Lucifer may be strong, but I’m… ‘‘petty’’. I’m going to be the angel on your shoulder for the rest of eternity.
This little speech was all about HIM and that position he occupied as essentially Michael’s lackey. And he’s definitely petty.
And NONE OF THAT reflects particularly well back on his boss– Michael.