don't know if you've answered this, but when do you think Dean gave Cas the mixtape? 12x01? before?
Ahh, well, of course we can’t know, but I speculate it was after the “I love you” debacle of 12x12.
My personal interpretation:
Dean knew what Cas meant. Heck even Sam and Mary knew. It’s written all over Dean and Sam’s faces after the second clarification. They know.
Dean then gives Cas a mixtape, which is his way of trying to say it back but still sublimating, cos, well, he still is at this point.
Then the NEXT SCENE we get of them actually together in the same room, is the “worried wife” scene of 12x19 and the very next scene of them in the same room WITHOUT A CHAPERONE and without one of them under the influence of something terrible, which hasn’t happened since…. THE BURGER DATE????
We get confirmation of a mixtape and basically a “are we breaking up?” “no I still love you you idiot” scene.
So… what you’re telling me SPN is, looking, just since season 8,
Dean / Cas only scenes :
We went from:
“I’m not leaving here without you” to “I did everything I could to get you out, EVERYTHING” to “talk to me” to “I need you” to the wonder of 9x06 to the BURGER DATE to hunter husbands in 12x01-02 to Dean being Cas’ human weakness, longing for him enough that he picked up on it, worrying over him on the couch in 12x10 (let’s not forget the actual chaperoned scenes in the diners of 12x10 and 12x22 either which were was SO romantically framed) to “I love you” to a mixtape and a MASSIVELY romantically coded potential break up / not a break up scene to Cas’ death and Dean’s grieving.
I read an old ghost post from season 9 saying they just can’t write Dean and Cas in the same room without a chaperone anymore without it being romantic and… well, they’re not wrong.
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Can u pls explain what is significant about the fresh paint smell?
yeah yeah ok so here’s the actual exchange from tfp:
Sherlock walks along a narrow grey-walled corridor and turns into a room which is much smaller than the cell. Although also grey in colour, the walls have been messily daubed with red paint so that it looks like they’re heavily covered with blood. He looks around as he walks deeper into the room, John and Mycroft following him. SHERLOCK: Someone’s been redecorating. JOHN: Is that allowed? SHERLOCK: She’s literally taken over the asylum. We have more to worry about than her choice of colour scheme. (The room is about twenty feet wide. At the far end is a large window, made up of three panes of glass, looking out over the sea. A small glass table is a few feet from the window and there is an envelope on it. Mycroft runs his fingers over the paint on part of the wall.) MYCROFT: Barely dry. Recent. SHERLOCK: It’s for our benefit.
of course, no one ever says why exactly this is for their benefit. maybe just switching things up? eurus wants to keep their sense of aesthetic hopping? it isn’t for their benefit at all. it is for ours.
please excuse my lazy screenshot.
anyway, this is all a reference to the ACD canon story out of the casebook, The Adventure of the Retired Colourman.In that case, there is a murder by a husband, a retired art supplier, of a wife and a supposed lover by gas, after which the two are buried under the dog kennel. The husband, being awfully arrogant, hires Holmes to find the two, saying that they’ve disappeared off with some of his valuables, but when Holmes goes to the house to investigate, discovers a very, very strong smell of paint. Holmes ultimately deduces that the paint was intended to cover up the smell of gas - the murder weapon - and the husband is found guilty.
the significance of the paint in the Garridebs room being fresh is a nod to all of this. it is there to show that the scene is intended as a cover-up for something else.there is literally no other reason for this detail to be there. it has nothing to do with the mystery of the garridebs brothers. it has nothing to do with the trouble facing our protagonists. it is just an enormous chekhov’s gun, second only to the literal gun hanging on the wall.
in short, the scene is introduced by fresh paint, so we should take it to mean that the scene does not pass the “smell test” of what is genuinely going on - it is, in fact, bullshit.
and as moriarty so loves to remind us: of course it doesn’t make sense, sherlock, it’s not real.