When Dean and Castiel first reunited on “Supernatural” this season, our favorite moment of the episode was when Dean returned Castiel’s trench coat, which he’d been hanging onto in the months since Castiel’s “death.” It revealed a lot about Dean’s hope for his friend’s return and his ability to forgive what he considered to be a betrayal.
Not everyone felt quite the same way about that scene. This week, stars Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins appeared at a convention in Rome and discussed their struggle with the dialogue written for their characters.
First of all, when asked whether Dean had forgiven Castiel for breaking Sam’s wall, Ackles replied with a definitive “No,” and added that Dean would not forgive Castiel this season. “Maybe next year, we’ll have to see.”
Dean’s lack of forgiveness made the trench coat scene difficult for the actors. “I believe that Misha said something along the lines of ‘This is the most un-manly scene this show has ever filmed,'” Ackles says. “Well, he said ‘gay,’ I’m just trying to be a little PC. There was a certain line that we couldn’t get past, it was so out of character and horrible.”
The line, which was included in promotional clips but cut out of the actual episode, was “Part of me always believed that you’d come back.”
“There was stuff that was written in that scene that was really tough to say,” Collins adds. The actors admit that they didn’t make it easy on Robert Singer, the executive producer who wore the director’s hat for that particular episode.
“We proceeded to spend the next hour and a half trying to figure it out,” Ackles says. “The three of us tried to put our minds together on set to say ‘How can we change this around to make it more believable between these two characters?'” Ackles noted that it was written by showrunner Sera Gamble. “Which would make sense, because, you know… she’s a girl,” he joked.
This week, we’ll see the characters on screen together again when Sam and Dean return to the institution where they left Castiel with Meg. They’re expecting to find him a drooling mess, but instead, he’s up and about… and even making crude jokes. If you’re wondering how an angel fart manifests itself, watch the clip below.
And no, this one was not written by a girl — Ben Edlund wrote and directed the episode, which airs Friday at 9 p.m. EST.