Who we are. Season 12 leading to AU Cas
So. Season 12 had multiple episodes about WHO WE ARE.
12x04: Magda is NOT who her mother tells her she is.
12x05: Ellie is NOT anything like her blood relative Hitler.
12x11: Dean is NOT who he portrays himself to be due to his ‘baggage’. He is a kind, friendly, generous soul who wants to help people and also is a BAMF Hunter.
12x12: Cas tells the boys that THE THINGS THEY HAVE SHARED TOGETHER HAVE CHANGED ME…. I LOVE YOU….
12x20: Alesha and the other twig dolls are who they are still because their HEART is the key, even though their vessels are not ‘real’, BUT they are somewhat still controlled by someone else when needed, otherwise they still are exactly themselves to the point that Tasha’s kids didn’t even know she wasn’t right and it would appear that they THEMSELVES don’t even know that they are not themselves.
12x21-22: Mary is NOT herself because her free will is taken away, linked to the heart. She is brainwashed. Dean breaks her out of it by addressing how HE is not himself when he puts on his facade, now essentially breaking it down.
12x23: An Alternative Universe is brought into play where alternative versions of characters are likely and some are showed as proof of this, then Cas suddenly dies.
*Tink looks into the camera*
There is therefore a very important theme for season 12 in this and it seems to be from the narrative and from leaks from Jibcon to be very relevant to Cas in season 13.
Will we see AU CAS? It seems highly likely with all the effort gone into this season showing us how HEART and MEMORIES shape a person, but it is the HEART that it key to WHO THEY ARE, that they would want to PROVE this.
The fact that Cas TEXTUALLY SAYS that knowing the boys has CHANGED HIM, as a nice exposition and foreshadowing to meeting a Cas from a universe where Sam and Dean were never born!
So, will AU CAS be won over and essentially become our Cas? That seems messy and unrealistic but hey, perhaps.
More likely maybe is that the boys interact with AU CAS and it is just another blatant exposition for the audience that Dean is not coping well with HIS CAS’s death, that THIS IS NOT HIS CAS (in a 12x20 promo but stronger way), to build up for when he does get HIS CAS back at some point…
Will this Cas be won over by Dean? Most probably in some way yes, because the theme of season 12 is that his heart should still be the same, but he will be pre s4 Cas or shaped by his own life in this AU. But how long will we go on with this story? Who knows.
All I know is that in the end I am 99% sure that either AU Cas will essentially become our Cas (least likely speculation) or that this AU Cas will be an exposition to Dean’s feelings about HIS CAS and an exposition for Cas’s own endgame arc of being WITH the boys, choosing his family, Humanity and Dean, before we get our Cas back in some way (perhaps THROUGH AU Cas and Jack, but I don’t have any real plot driven speculation, I just work on the character led stuff).
So yeah, I hope this is the case, it would be great to see AU Cas and I do LOVE me some Pining!Dean, but only as long as we and Dean get our Cas back please :D