“The End” showed us what Dean becomes without Sam. Cold, more violent, hardened, an all around jackass.
The first part of season seven shows us what Dean becomes without Cas. Miserable, drunk, depressed to the point of being suicidal.
He’s not “just fine” when either of the people he loves most are dead (or possessed by Lucifer).
Dean doesn’t look “just fine” to me here:
He hides it from Sam though. Trying overly hard not to look concerned as he asks Sam if he has heard from Cas… And praying- (DEAN P R A Y I N G - and not in a joking way) -praying desperately when Sam isn’t around. Because as much as Dean loves Sam, Sam is not, nor has he ever been the kind of person Dean sees as his equal. He’s not Dean’s partner - not emotionally. Dean has never been able to share everything with Sam. He’s always felt the need to protect Sam from things, to be the ‘strong’ one in Sam’s eyes. He mothers Sam and when Sam is missing or hurt, he REACTS like a parent would.
Dean = Mama Tran
I do not hate Sam, because I do not feel my ship is threatened by him.
I do not see Sam and Dean’s relationship as romantic in any way. I don’t have a problem with people who do - I myself will read both Wincest and Wincestiel, but me - myself- personally - I just can’t take the relationships seriously - especially within the context of canon. (sorry *shrugs*)
Dean has a completely different but just as crucially important relationship with Castiel.
Canon fact: Dean needs Cas too.
Castiel is the only person who knows Dean better than Sam. (Sam perhaps understands Dean more, because human stuff often equals *confused* where Cas is concerned.) But Castiel knows Dean more because Dean doesn’t shield anything from Castiel. Castiel saw Dean in hell slicing up souls on his way to becoming a demon - what’s left to hide after that? Dean NEEDS that. He needs someone he considers an equal who he can lean on.
And look how freakin happy it makes him:
And Castiel’s affinity for Dean has always been made clear… I don’t think it could get much clearer unless Castiel started writing “I heart Dean” doodles in the clouds.
The serious changes in Dean’s demeanor this season combined with the stronger than ever allusions to his sexually being more more fluid than we previously thought, are also very encouraging as this is a topic that would need to be addressed in the eyes of the casual audience before moving forward with Destiel IMO.
Also, Castiel has just been made a regular for next season which means he’ll be spending lots and lots of time with the Winchesters. And we know what happens when Dean and Cas are together in scenes… Idk how the writers are gonna keep them apart. xD
Does being a Destiel fan suck? Not right now it doesn’t!!
Yes my friends, it is a GOOD time to be a Destiel fan.