For anyone who is confused about the chronology of the whole Croatoan thing in 5.04 ‘The End’, the uppermost screencap is what supernaturalwiki has to say on the subject. It boils down to this:
- The sign tells us that Kansas City was ruled a ‘Croatoan Virus Hot Zone’ on August 1st (hence our weeping and wailing today is justified).
- Assuming that the newspaper Zachariah leaves behind for Dean to look at is current to the day Dean pops up in 2014, he actually arrives on August 4th.
- He is in 2014 for three days; from the 4th to the 7th, and then he is sent home to 2009. (So technically, we could have a week-long Croatoan meltdown, from the 1st to the 7th…)
- On the Season 5 DVD commentary for ‘The End’, Eric Kripke and Ben Edlund state that this version of 2014 is an alternate universe, rather than time travel.
Hope that helps^.^
It would be pretty cool if today was actually the end.
And then the Lord said onto man
How much you wanna bet the whole fandom forgot to hoard the paper?
5 years of warning time, and no one saved the paper. Good job kids!
Now we gotta wrestle each other for copies of 50 Shades of Grey
I think this is probably the most powerful Dean-Cas scene in the entire series. At this point, Castiel has lost everything: His true family, his powers, his true form … everything he once had, all the traits that characterized who he was are gone. But in this scene, you can see that the loss that pains him most is “his” Dean. Maybe with Dean, he could have made it, but Dean too cracked when Sam said yes, and Castiel buried himself in drugs, women and sarcasm, hiding behind the mask of some strange kind of hippie guru.
But then, Dean - 2014!Dean who stopped caring about anyone long ago - asks him to be part of a suicide mission, and Cas agrees. But when he says “of course”, he’s looking at 2009!Dean, and it’s like he’s saying: “Look, whatever you become - whatever I become - one thing will never change. I will always love you and if you ask me to die for you, I will.”
In a way, this is one of the few prerequisites about Cas the writers never touched: Even in season 7, it’s all about Dean for him. What he did, he did because of Dean, and when he was about to die, his only concern was Dean. Dean, Dean, always Dean.
And though Dean will never love Cas the way Cas loves him, this doesn’t change a thing about his feelings. No matter how badly Dean treats him, how much he defies their friendship, Castiel keeps on loving him as if it’s the sole purpose of his entire existence.
So Cas is definitely right: It’s what you might call a tragedy from the human perspective …