Just a quick thing I noticed in the promo for 9.10,
That new trench Cas is wearing? Not the same one as we know and love. There are much better meta writers than I who can delve into how the coat is tied to Castiel’s angelic identity, but I love that the show is doing this.
In Holy Terror we saw Cas cannibalize another angels’ grace. Cas has grace again, but it is not his own, just as he’s once again wearing a trenchcoat but it is not *his* trenchcoat,reflecting what he has done.
I like this and I think the observation about the symbolism is spot on. Castiel is an angel again, and he is Cas, but he’s not exactly the same angel he was, which is reflected in the similar, but not exact, choice of trench coat. The grace isn’t Castiel’s, so will his powers be as effective? Will it only last temporarily in him? Many questions here, which I look forward to seeing (hopefully) addressed.
I also found it interesting how Dean asked Castiel if he was okay with being an angel again. I didn’t get the sense that Castiel wanted to become one again, but he felt he had to out of necessity. Ultimately, I think Castiel is still going to have to face the questions: Who am I? What do I want to be? I’m hoping in the end Castiel will choose to embrace humanity, but the writers could go either way with this. Whichever route they go, I am hoping it will be Castiel’s choice and not something once more forced upon him by another person or desperate circumstances.