i’m just gonna leave it here because i think it shows a pretty significant difference
#a lesson in shock at a friend being hurt and rage at a husband being injured #brought to you by tfw (x)
This is beautiful
I’m probably about to make myself a target to anonymous hate but I’m gonna risk it for the biscuit!
Castiel is Dean’s family. Had it been Sam or Charlie or Kevin in that chair, or Garth or Bobby or Ellen or Jo or Lisa or Ben or Mary or John… Dean would have reacted the exact same way! You don’t mess with Dean Winchester’s family without a death wish.
And Castiel is human in this episode.. A defenseless and hopeless human who wasn’t able to fight back… so Dean did it for him.
Dean does love Castiel, he loves him like he loves Sam (okay maybe not that much…). He loves him like an adopted brother, like someone who he owes his life to, like how a soldier goes into war alone and comes out with a friend he would take a bullet for without flinching.
Dean’s reaction here? If this had been the first episode I saw of Supernatural I think my reaction would have been, “Woah lady, you just messed with someone this guy clearly cares about a lot. You’re obviously about to die in 0.5 seconds.” It would be my reaction if I walked into a room and saw my best friend in the state Castiel was in, I would have reacted the exact same way as Dean.
We know Dean is faster on his feet than most. He switches to “attack” mode faster than most. You don’t mess with Dean Winchester or the people in Dean Winchester’s life… It’s just common sense!
I want to add: Dean is the one with the angel blade, and both brothers can guess what they’re dealing with. Sam can’t really attack. If Sam had been the one carrying that thing around, he would be the first to attack.
And of course there’s Dean’s role as a protector, while Sam is more the person being protected by Dean. That’s what you see here too: the immediate “I’m responsible for the safety of my family”-reaction of Dean. While Sam is as capable as Dean when it comes to fighting and protecting, he doesn’t have the same level of instant-protection-instinct that Dean has, because he grew up being a little brother like he should grow up, instead of having to be a protective parent replacement.
And like itsajensenthing said: Dean would have reacted the same way if it had been Kevin, Charlie, Jody, Bobby, Benny, Garth, Jo, or anyone else of their friends instead of Cas.