Supernatural Chat: Dean and Cas in Purgatory – Who Let Go of Whom?

Supernatural Season 8 Episode 2 What’s Up, Tiger Mommy

Hey there Supernatural fans! How is everyone liking the season so far? I don’t know about you guys, but I’m really enjoying it.

This week in Supernatural Chat, I wanted to take a look at the bits and pieces we saw between Castiel and Dean in Purgatory. In the premiere episode, Dean told Sam that Cas was gone, that he just “let go” and that Dean “saw enough” to know that his friend was gone.

I think nearly all of us interpreted those words to mean that Cas had lost his mind, that the reference to letting go meant he’d let go of his sanity. It was a perfectly good theory given that the last time we’d seen our fair angel, he was a few puppies short of a pet shop. But with the revelations from the most recent episode, it looks like Dean’s words weren’t a metaphor so much as they were an explanation of an actual physical act.

The more I think about last week’s episode, the more I keep having a question roll around inside my head: who let go of whom and why? Here are the theories I’ve come up with to explain it both ways.

Cas let go of Dean

Because Dean told Sam that Cas “let go” this does seem like the most plausible explanation of what happened. It looks like maybe Dean (with Benny in tow) was jumping through the portal out of Purgatory back to earth and trying to bring Cas with him. The portal wouldn’t let an angel through and Castiel finally decided to let go of Dean to allow his friend to escape.

Like I said, this theory makes the most sense given the information that we’ve seen so far on the show. Castiel obviously blames himself for everything that’s happened and I don’t think Cas would hesitate to let Dean go, even if it mean that he would be stuck in Purgatory forever. I think Cas would see that as his rightful penance for what he’s done and though he would know that Dean would be upset to lose him, he would also know that it’s better than Dean being dead.

Dean let go of Cas

Based on what we’ve seen so far, I realize this may not be a theory that holds much water but it’s a thought that I couldn’t get out of my head after watching the last couple minutes of “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy?” last week. Dean reads Kevin’s note and when Sam asks what the kid is thinking for leaving them, Dean’s reply is: “He thinks people I don’t need anymore – they end up dead.”

Then Dean flashes on Castiel reaching out and calling his name and it made me wonder, did Dean perhaps let go of Cas? Did he decide in that moment to err on the side of the greatest good and (if it was indeed the portal out of Purgatory) choose to return to his brother instead of staying with his friend. It’s a sucky situation either way, but if Dean was forced to do that, it might explain why he would say something like that to Sam and also his innate sadness since his return. Dean is the king of taking the blame of the universe on his shoulders, but I think letting go of Cas – even if it was to save his own hide and Sam’s if he thought his brother was in danger back on earth – could explain the way he’s acting right now.

As the details of what happened in Purgatory become clear, I realize that there’s a chance I’m completely wrong on both counts but I can only go by what we know so far, right? So what about you folks? Do you have any theories about what happened to Dean and Cas in Purgatory? Sound off in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys!

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