Shirtless Cas on a rowing machine
Castiel driving the Impala
I know that someone else already came up with the idea of fallen!Cas being possessed by a demon at some point, perhaps Abaddon.
But what if he’s possessed before he’s even reunited with the Winchesters? And then he goes back to them and they hug. And maybe Dean is a little stand-offish, and later on has an emotional scene where he goes off on Cas about how Cas never trusts him and always leaves, but now he’s staying, now that he’s stuck on earth, and how is Dean supposed to feel about that? Except it’s not Cas he’s talking to, it’s a demon.
And then after the demon’s exorcised Cas doesn’t remember any of it… or does he?
So what if the Men of Letters bunker has a gym?
And after becoming human Cas becomes hung up on his mortality - not so much about dying, ‘cause he’s used to that, but worried about aging, and becoming old and useless. So he gets obsessed with working out.
And Dean becomes worried about Cas’ state of mind, so he finds him in the gym. Cas is there, working on a punching bag, or lifting weights, or doing chin-ups or something. They talk. Maybe Cas isn’t too forthcoming, but Dean tries to reassure him anyways. Or maybe Cas really opens up, and Dean works hard to understand where he’s coming from. I’m not quite sure how the conversation would go.
But the point is, Cas is sweaty and shirtless the whole time.
Did anything else come out of AHBL4?
Sometimes I imagine fallen!Cas lying on his bed, listening to “Superman” by Five for Fighting, and getting emotional about it.
at the start of next season, I’m actually expecting Dean’s attitude towards Cas to initially tend towards frustrated and wary.
Because Dean was hurt when Cas left in 8x17 - and every other time. But then he accepted it - though maybe not without some bitterness - that flying off is something that Cas just does. And then he was going to go away forever, and Dean accepted it.
But now… Cas is going to stick around. Forever. Because he’s stuck.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Dean had some confusing feelings about that. Like he’s the fallback plan. Like he just can’t get a handle on things. And then the confusion fades as he and Cas build their relationship on anew basis, more grounded (literally), relying on each other on a daily basis, being real partners.
That’s how I’d write it, anyways. But so long as it’s clear that the writers put some real thought into Dean and Castiel’s interactions I’ll be happy.
Of all the human things I want Cas to learn, I want him to learn how to drive the Impala the most.
whenever the idea that Cas was meant to die permanently in s7 comes up, I always think, “well, why did they do it like THAT?”
Were they just in such a rush to get to just-the-bros that they couldn’t give Cas a proper send-off?
For a character that’s been a major presence for so long, you give him an on-screen downward spiral. You make him the big bad for an entire season. THEN you give him a beautiful, redemptive, meaningful death.
You don’t just go, “Whoops! He’s not there anymore!”