Now I wonder if they plan on making it that Cas actually new what was going to happen to him because of what the nephilim showed him. That would be an interesting scene to have with Dean finding out Cas went through with it despite that outcome, just for "paradise" which was probably just Dean and Sam safe and not hunting honestly lol.
I honestly do not think so.
Because like Mary trying to push her personal idea of what her boys should want (a world free of monsters where they don’t have to hunt) on them despite them actively not wanting that for themselves, I think Cas doesn’t actually want that idea of Jack’s paradise, and he damn well knows DEAN doesn’t want that. He’s known Dean doesn’t want that for years.
So why was Cas convinced by Jack’s “vision of the future?”
BECAUSE RIGHT NOW CAS DOESN’T REALLY HAVE A CHOICE IN THE MATTER.
Seriously, the only way any of this makes sense is if Cas is actively not making his own choices right now.
There’s a lot of things at play right now. The idea of faith vs free will is primary among them. Peace and freedom, you can’t have both, and Dean would pick freedom every damn time. Cas… didn’t. Not because that’s not what he would choose if GIVEN a choice, but Jack took his choice away with one touch in 12.19.
Exactly like the twig dolls in 12.20– still “themselves” except when needed by the witch who controlled them. And very UNLIKE what Mary became under the MoL’s brainwashing, where they’d entirely locked who she was inside a little box where she hid herself away because it was easier than to face what they’d turned her into.
So when it comes to small things (like buying a ridiculous amount of diapers for a kid who will never be a baby, or reading 74 books on childrearing, or taking a doula class) he’s still “himself,” but when it comes to the BIG THINGS (like the weird rift in space/time that Jack opened up for some reason), he’s definitely not reacting the way “regular Cas” would– to the degree that I’ve seen theories floating around that it must be some AU Cas who came back through the rift and not even “our Cas” at all.
But we don’t need that sort of ridiculous outlandish (and utterly narratively pointless) theory to explain this behavior at all… if we all just accept that Jack has been sock puppeting Cas since 12.19.
Which is the entire POINT of this whole freaking arc.
Sorry… it’s just… to me, none of it makes any sense if Cas has CHOSEN to do ANY of this.
He stumbled over the recollection of that initial “vision” when Kelly asked him to tell her about it again in order to comfort herself. Like it didn’t feel real anymore, and he needed to convince himself of it again. Kelly took his hand again (like she did in 12.19, which we then saw a flashback to, which looked like Cas being completely “possessed” down to the glowy yellow eyes), as if enforcing that “vision.”
ONE TOUCH of the nephilim and Cas pulls a 180 on EVERYTHING he was working for, his entire motivation to spare Dean from having to kill the nephilim switching over to doing everything in his power to save the nephilim, without even trying to explain it to Dean– the person he’d previously cited as the one he’d been sacrificing everything else for…
I mean… gah. Sorry. I just don’t see where they’re going with this AT ALL if Cas isn’t being controlled (at least to a degree, like the twig people) by Jack.
Sorry, this has sort of evolved into a major pet peeve of mine over the last few days… :P