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The Hardy Boys Go From Wags To Witches

Meanwhile, in a sunny park, Dean takes in the beautiful day, and watches the children play (oh look -- I made a rhyme). Castiel appears on the next bench over. Dean thinks Castiel is there to say "I told you so," but he's not and he's not there to judge Dean. He says, "Our orders were not to stop the summoning of Sam Hain; they were to do whatever you told us to do." It was a test of Dean -- to see how he would perform under "battlefield conditions." Dean says, "It was a witch, not the Tet Offensive." Castiel laughs. Oh my word, he got a joke! Yay, Cas! Dean thinks he failed the test, but he doesn't care. "If you were to wave that magic time-traveling wand of yours and we had to do it all over again, I'd make the same call. 'Cause see, I don't know what's going to happen when these seals are broken. Hell, I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. What I do know is, this -- here," he gestures to the scenery that surrounds them. "...These kids, the swings, the trees -- all of it is still here because of my brother and me." Castiel tells Dean he misunderstands him. "I'm not like you think. I was praying you would choose to save the town." Dean says, "You were?" Castiel says, "These people -- they're all my Father's creations. They're works of art, and yet, even though you stopped Sam Hain, the seal was broken and we are one step closer to Hell on earth for all creation, and that's not an expression, Dean. It's literal. You, of all people, should appreciate what that means." Castiel wants to tell Dean something, but first makes him promise not to tell another soul. "I'm not a hammer, as you say. I have questions. I... I have doubts. I don't know what is right and what is wrong, anymore -- whether you passed or failed, here. But, in the coming months, you will have more decisions to make. I don't envy the weight that's on your shoulders, Dean. I truly don't." They stare at one another, but not in a fan fic way. Dean looks off to the playground before him then back to Castiel, but Castiel is gone. And we're all out of show, but that doesn't mean I'm all out of things to say. Oh no, not me.

Let's look at the undercurrent of speciesism that seems to be running through this season. While recapping "Yellow Fever" I had a difficult time describing the brutal "road hauling" of the Luther Garland ghost, because it brought to mind the murder of James Byrd and kept it there. While struggling through it though, it occurred to me that the show seems to be exploring racism this season, by making many of our significant characters racist -- although a more accurate term, given the story, is speciesist. I also referred to this in the episode thread for "Great Pumpkin."

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