I want to talk more about parallels…

butterflydm:

(Because, honestly, I could talk about narrative parallels basically forever.)

Though the first time Supernatural broke the fourth wall was in 4x18 (“The Monster At the End of This Book”), the show has always been a narratively self-aware and referential show, a tendency that has only deepened over time.

The show has frequently featured parallels for Sam, Dean, and the brotherly relationship over the years — the most obvious one was hammered into our heads as a key plot point of S5 — as well as occasionally featuring parallels of secondary characters. But it’s not until this season that I can think of a secondary character who has been paralleled as heavily as Castiel has, to the point where the narrative is basically treating him as a third lead who happens to be absent a lot of the time.

Before we get to Cas, though, let’s go back in time. Let’s go back to S1 and the Winchesters.

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