Take a large portion of SUPERNATURAL. Season liberally with gayness. Simmer in a large pot of feelings until nice and tender. Serve with a side of humor.
(Recipe may contain traces of Avengers, Doctor Who, and Sherlock)
Tag love. Though, I want to also point out how awesome this is in terms of characterization. Dean spends all of S1 defending and idolizing John in ways that are not in the least bit healthy. It takes him all of S2/3 to get to the point where he can be angry with John and the things John did (and even then he’s not prepared to fully examine his childhood). I mentioned to someone else that often times people with PTSD, when re-traumatized, will experience regression. This is what I think we’re seeing with Dean in S8. And this isn’t entirely from Purgatory (though Purgatory tore open the wound). Dean came back and discovered that both Sam and Cas abandoned him, triggering all of his old childhood abandonment issues. Most of what we’ve seen from Dean in S8 is directly related to his childhood PTSD (which was overshadowed in S4-6 by his Hell PTSD). Even now, this distancing himself from Cas, not talking about Cas, breaking up with Benny—this is related. This was one of the few things I really loved about 8x12. Dean defending John. Dean regressing to his S1 self, putting his dad back up on that pedestal. It’s so true to character (and to how PTSD works) that I literally applauded.
Unfortunately, this is all going to shatter, but I think this marks a very pivotal moment in Dean’s development. This backstep is completely necessary for Dean’s progression, and I think he’s going to come through the other side healthier than he’s been in years.
i’m really hoping this regression will lead us and dean somewhere. i agree completely with the points made here, but at the same time, i’m worn out by the fact that i thought they were going to address it countless times before and it never happened. i thought they would finally take the extra step i feel this deserves.
“Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.” - John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
This is the only genderbend I’ve ever seen that looks super accurate, woah. Like, Sherlock wouldn’t be a beautiful, curly haired temptress that I’ve seen her drawn/cast as. She’d be like this, hair in a messy ponytail (to get it out of the way of experiments) and modest clothes. And just look at Joan, what a cutie. Super average sense of clothing, practical haircut. Aaaah good fan-casting makes me happy.