Again, I’m sitting here with not much to say on the episode since so much is in the text. Dean’s yelling at the end of the episode just compounded what we understood from 13x02, that Dean can’t separate Cas’ death from Jack’s existence. The show established this last episode but escalated it in tonight’s. Dean tells Sam that there’s a difference in how he’s dealing with Cas’ death and how Sam is. The two are not equal, can NOT be equal, because the relationships are inherently different. Sam tells Jack that Cas is his family. Dean has said this, too. But here the show is also saying that while Sam and Dean both call Cas “family” and see him as such, that the two relationships have a distinct difference, which is not yet clarified. My good people… my friends… there’s really only one way this can go if the text keeps coming, and indeed it does.
The show’s use of negative space here is stifling. The question is asked: “If Cas is family to both Sam and Dean, then what EXACTLY does Cas mean to Dean, if Sam and Dean see him two vastly different ways? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN SAM/CAS AND DEAN/CAS?” That’s it. That’s the question the show is most definitely asking. It’s “what broke the connection?” but a thousand times more specific. Honestly, truly, there’s no extensive meta necessary to even discuss this anymore on any “secret” level. Everything is right there. There’s the question.
NOW WHAT’S THE ANSWER?