Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers
As described by Selnick’s article:
Supernatural 9.14, “Captives”, scripted by Robert Berens, has two compelling storylines running at once. While Sam and Dean discover that Kevin Tran is haunting the bunker, and race to save Linda Tran, who as it turns out is still alive, Castiel deals with the factions of the angels trapped on earth. With the nature of the rift between Sam and Dean in season 9 forcing each of the brothers to confront things about themselves and their relationship, Castiel likewise has an arc concerning identity and questions about whether the ends justify the means. In 9.14, we see the fruition of a lot of the character development, experiences, and changes Castiel has gone through in the past few seasons. As in 9.06 “Heaven Can’t Wait”, Robert Berens’ first script for Supernatural, we see Castiel hit a point of realization about himself. In 9.06, Castiel comes to terms with the struggle of being human, finds value in work outside of being a magically powered warrior, and despite his unhappiness, realizes he wants to live. 9.14 takes things even further in its identity theme.
This is such a wonderful character study of Cas! Reccing it like the wind…
Let’s have a quick breakdown for people who don’t understand:
- Dean loves Sam
- Sam loves Dean
- Dean is in love with Cas
- Cas is in love with Dean
- Sam loves Cas in a best friend kind of way
- Cas loves Sam in a best friend kind of way
- Dean hates Dean
- Sam hates Sam
- Cas hates Cas
It’s really not that hard
FOR THOSE IN DOUBT & UPSET, REPEAT AFTER ME
ACT 2 OF A 3 ACT STRUCTURE IS WHERE EVERYONE IS AS FAR AWAY FROM THEIR HAPPY ENDINGS AS POSSIBLE
SAM & DEAN FIGHTING AND UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE, GENERALLY NOT ACTING LIKE BROTHERS? THE OPPOSITE IS THEIR ENDGAME
DEAN & CAS CONSTANTLY SEPARATED AND UNABLE TO GIVE UP THEIR DUTY? THE OPPOSITE IS THEIR ENDGAME
please people try and be happy, it gets worse before it gets better. in the mean time, a picture of gabriel and snoop makin a mean dish
Remember how freaked out everyone was back in the day when Empire Strikes Back first came out? Three act structure, people.
Q:so you think its destiel? okay we get the shot is suppose to imply dean needs a plus one but could you give me details on why its cas and not someone else? i want it to point to cas but i need like something to back it up, i really dont want to break my heart on this!
First off, I’d say take a look at the meta I just linked to, if you haven’t before, because it’s pretty awesome.
Because I feel like, maybe I’m just not following the right people, but I haven’t seen any other interpretation of that shot that makes any sense, or is being talked about prominently enough that Jerry Wanek would specifically make a tweet addressing it?
Because I feel like it’s fairly bloody likely that he is specifically talking about the ‘other bedside table=Cas’ theory? (Edit: I checked the tweets addressed to him, and someone definitely tweeted at him a link to thecaptainsoiree’s meta, which only increases the likelihood of this)
Because he could easily have not mentioned anything, or kept it with a generic and vaguer response that left some question on the subject?
Because he chose to use the phrasing “very deliberate" and stressed the fact that it was Dean’s choice at play in the decision, and thanked us for noticing?
Because he thanked us. Which to me, implies that it’s not just a little thing, but something big that they put effort and care into setting up, something they hoped we would notice because of how significant it was?
Because Occam’s Razor, and what else could it mean that is that important? (Because if they were trying to talk about some other thing, like the Mark of Cain or Dean’s rift with Sam, seriously, it would make almost ZERO sense in terms of symbolism?)
Because they didn’t just add an extra bedside table, they put in a lamp that essentially shone a spotlight on the fact that they did?
Because this episode had angels asking Castiel if he had ‘some place to be?’, and ‘What’s out there for you, Castiel?” a little while after it showed a half-empty bed and a bed side-table that wasn’t there before, in a season that started off with the song and the question ‘Who Do you Love?’