8x17 // 9x18
This is… interesting, this parallel. Because it’s very, very obvious if you remember the scene with Meg at all, so it should pop out to, well, pretty much anybody. So why is it here? As a cute little reference? (Yeah, in an episode that’s about storytelling and subtext and all of that juicy stuff, suuuuuuure)
We could probably look at it as just a nice callback to Meg, the demon who bonded with Cas, even called him her unicorn. We could remember how their relationship was interesting and dynamic, and how it had definite and pretty undeniable sexual and maybe even romantic undertones (maybe one sided, maybe not). We could think about Megstiel, and maybe look at it as a reminder about this borderline romantic relationship Cas had before he was even human.
But. I keep thinking about what Robbie Thompson said at Burcon, about how he didn’t think Meg and Cas were soulmates, that he didn’t know if Meg was even capable of love, and how during 8x17 he watched everyone blow up over that scene and wanted to tell them all to just wait for it, get ready for the crypt scene between Dean and Cas. And I can’t help but think that maybe the fact that Metatron says the line is a little bit significant. Because Metatron is the villain, paralleling a line said by a morally (dark) grey demon who dies later on in that same episode. Because a few seconds later, Metatron reaches into Cas’ mind and dumps thousands of years of culture into his head without permission or understanding that just the history of human stories isn’t enough to convert Cas to his cause.
So maybe this was a reference not to a sweet moment in an episode filled with angst, but rather to a relationship that seemed to spell doom to the tension that had been building up between Dean and Cas- and yet died while Dean and Cas had one of the most romantic scenes they’d had yet. Maybe having Metatron say the same words that Meg did is there to remind us that Dean was right in 8x17, we can’t really trust Megstiel over there to be endgame or anything close to it.
Or, maybe it’s just telling us that Metatron is going to die really, really soon. Who knows?