Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles."Supernatural" fans were already reeling from the shocking season finale; then news broke that actor Misha Collins (Castiel) would not be a series regular for Season 7. Ever since the angel Castiel's powerful entrance in Season 4, the character has been a fan favorite. From his mystery and unpredictability to his deepening humanity and deadpan, often unintentional humor, there has been much to love about Cas. While less of our favorite winged ally seems like a punishment, could a largely absent Castiel actually be a good thing for "Supernatural"?
More to Fear, More to Love
Part of Castiel's charm has always been that as lovable as he can be at times, he is still a mighty force from heaven that can kill humans and demons with a simple touch. Heck, he can even reach inside your chest and mess with your soul, and rip wayward Winchesters from the jaws of Hell. The awe Castiel inspires is part of what makes him so interesting and exciting.
As time has passed and Castiel has become closer to the Winchester brothers, some of our fear has subsided. We've gotten to know Cas' human vessel, we've seen Castiel in pure human form in an alternate future, we've seen Castiel powerless. As funny as it is to see Dean taking an angel to a brothel, all of these human moments take a little of the blinding angelic shine off of the character.
Giving Castiel a gut full of purgatory and a wicked gleam in his eye puts us in fear of Castiel once again. We're not sure what kind of a god he will choose to be, and where Sam and Dean are on his list of Naughty and Nice beings. We're guessing that'll depend upon whether the brothers decide to kneel and worship him in the Season 7 opener. If they're smart, they'd better do what he says--for now, at least.
Now that Castiel is all powerful, he's going to have bigger fish to fry than Sam and Dean, so it's a realistic plot twist that he's just not going to be around that much. What's good is that we'll get back some of that anticipation of the earlier seasons, when you never knew when or how Castiel would turn up. In Season 7 we'll have the added bonus of wondering whether he'll just evaporate everyone in the room with his mind.
Brothers On Their Own
"Supernatural" began with Sam and Dean on a journey, fighting and fleeing monsters, figuring out what they were doing as they went along. There were a lot of situations we weren't sure they were going to get out of, and sometimes it took a deal with a demon--or the devil himself--to get them out of a jam. Once they hooked up with Castiel, it was a bit like having a permanent Get Out of Jail Free card. When things got tight, they could always call up Cas for help. Sometimes he even showed up when he wasn't asked, and he saved Dean and Lisa even when he and Dean were at odds.
Now that Castiel is all hopped up on supernatural energy, most of it negative, we don't expect he's going to be making house calls anymore. This makes the Winchester brothers a lot more vulnerable, and ramps up the suspense on their account even more. They're going to have to go back to depending up on their wits and skills to get them out of fights alive. As for dealing with Castiel, that's a whole 'nother intriguing plotline, because how does one fight a god as powerful as a purgatory-filled former angel?
The "Great Wall of Sam" has also been destroyed, and while Sam has managed to integrate all three parts of his damaged soul, there's bound to be some residual damage. Dean was deeply scarred from his time in Hell, and Sam was the recipient of all the Devil's rage and tortures he could never have imagined. Whatever happens to Sam and his mind and soul, Castiel won't be there to help.
Part of Castiel's journey on "Supernatural" has been learning the value of human life, rather than just treating people as chess pieces to be moved around to server the "greater good." Cas' decision to go against so many of his allies, to risk so much to win the war in Heaven, is consistent with his tendency to consider the Big Picture above all else. Hanging with the Winchesters had originally caused Castiel to question his motivations, and the blind taking of orders from higher-ups without thought to the consequences of those on Earth. But perhaps that questioning caused him to depend a little too highly on his own judgment, and to no longer accept even the most dire warnings from those around him.
One of Castiel's regrets on his path to defeating Raphael was losing Dean's faith in him. What was once a deep bond of brotherhood dissolved into an exchange of deadly threats. Sam even attempted to kill Castiel, but the angel blade doesn't work on a deity. With their powerful friend out of their day-to-day lives, it will give the Winchesters time to consider their feelings and fears about Castiel. Will they try to destroy him, or try to help him by closing the door to purgatory? Is there any way to work against him without him knowing about it?
This also opens up the question of whether Sam and Dean will ever find a way to forgive Castiel, and will he in turn forgive them turning on him? The good news is that "Supernatural" writer Sera Gamble is leaning towards a future reconciliation. "They [Sam and Dean] have a tremendous capacity to move forward," Gamble explains. "We always look for the chance to have redemption."
What do you think, "Supernatural" fans? Will you be missing Castiel next season? Do you think there's any chance of getting the old Cas back, or have Sam and Dean lost their angel friend forever?
"Supernatural" airs on the CW, Fridays at 8 pm ET.
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