- Warning: spoilers ahead for “Supernatural”.
- “Supernatural” fans have long hoped that the characters Dean and Castiel – better known by their couple name “Destiel” – will come together.
- An episode of the CW television show finally came on Thursday night to confirm an unrequited love between Castiel and Dean.
- After the episode, people broke out on Twitter, Tumblr, and other platforms with memes about the reveal.
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On November 5th, when news about the results of the 2020 US presidential election was still circulating, the keyword “Destiel” began to develop. It may have been a confusing moment for political observers, but it was significant for “Supernatural” fans.
The CW drama “Supernatural” had just aired its latest episode, which seemed to confirm that two main characters – Dean and Castiel – had romantic feelings for each other. Fans of the show, which first aired in 2005 and has 15 seasons, were hoping the two characters would get together by the end of the series.
„“[Y]’everyone realize how big that is? [Supernatural] Finally make Destiel canon in your last season? ”
to the fact that the couple now appeared on the show as “canon” or officially confirmed.
y'all realise how big this is? spn finally making destiel canon on their final season? breaking twitter and tumblr? the longest slow burn to ever slow burn??? the old fans returning??? the old accounts reviving??? in the middle of a pandemic?? in the middle of THE US ELECTION????— nethmi (@lwtsvelvet) November 6, 2020
“I just woke up to get a glass of water. It started with checking how Nevada was doing and ended up with Destiel being canon. ”
I just woke up to get a glass of water. It started with checking how Nevada was doing and ended with Destiel being canon. pic.twitter.com/JF6wAemcyK— Em Harris (@emh9817) November 6, 2020
“Destiel” was a long awaited moment for “Supernatural” fans
“Supernatural” is an Eric Kripke TV show that loosely follows a pair of demon-hunting brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. The series has been running since 2005 and is slated to air in November 2020.
Castiel, an angel played by Misha Collins, first appeared on the show’s fourth season and later became a regular series.
The fans had long hoped that Dean (Ackles) and Castiel (Collins) would get together, “Versand” – in the hope of a relationship between two characters – the couple as “Destiel”.
In Thursday’s episode titled “Despair,” the show appears to have confirmed that there were feelings between the characters. In an emotional one-sided admission, Castiel said he loved Dean before sacrificing himself. While Castiel’s confession was trapped together in a bunker, it sparked a deal he’d made with The Void, an empty afterlife for angels and demons that would claim him once he got really happy, like Entertainment Weekly’s Episode wrote.
Dean did not immediately return his own romantic feelings after the confession, and it appears that Castiel’s death is permanent.
The long-awaited couple were heavily featured on Tumblr and 2010s fan sites
In the early 2010s, “Supernatural” fans had a huge presence on Tumblr, along with fans of shows like “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” as part of a fandom trifecta called “SuperWhoLock”. Of all three, however, “Supernatural” probably had the most dedicated fandom.
To understand the depth of fan obsession, people on Tumblr (and then on Facebook and Twitter) on April 1, 2013 changed their personal icons to the same photo of the face of actor Misha Collins (who plays Castiel) that was called ” Mishapocalypse, ”as Know Your Meme reported. Even BuzzFeed reported how the “Supernatural” -andom seemed to be online everywhere.
And “Destiel” was an important part of the “Supernatural” fanfare of the early 2010s. It was one of Tumblr’s “top ships” in the early half of the decade, and the “Castiel / Dean Winchester” tag on the Archive of Our Own fanfiction website has over 86,000 works to date.
As Gavia Baker-Whitelaw of The Daily Dot wrote, “Destiel” was one of the earliest maybe couples to spark the fandom discourse on queerbaiting – the act of making it seem like two characters are weird or in love without them Intention to realize their relationship. The show has been accused of queer baiting for years and is arguably a huge part of the series’ legacy.
“Supernatural” fans – both old and new – responded to the latest episode with tweets and memes
On Thursday evening, “Destiel” was in second place on Twitter in the USA, with “#Supernatural” not far behind in seventh place.
However, not everyone was enthusiastic about the revelation. Because “Supernatural” had long been accused of being “queerbaiting” viewers, people were upset that one of its characters confessed their love in a way that could be written off as platonic and was killed instantly. People
to be guilty of the “Bury Your Gays” trope, in which LGBTQ characters (in many cases women) are killed on shows to promote the plot of a presumably straight character.
the entire 2020 election, the destiel canon scene immediately becoming a bury your gays, and vladimir putin announcing he’s stepping down next year pic.twitter.com/D1RimCzXNC— aj (@ajjordanphoto) November 6, 2020
Many fans also commented on the dissatisfaction with Castiel’s confession, especially when compared to other LGBTQ relationships on television.
Part of the meme response was related to the fact that the “Destiel” news was spreading on social media around the same time that rumors were circulating that Russian President Vladimir Putin would resign (the Kremlin has denied these rumors, reported Newsweek, citing the Russian state’s own TASS news agency).
All of this news suddenly sparked a few cross wires on social media, with people jokingly making a connection between “Destiel” as canon and Putin’s unofficial resignation.
The Tumblr response was similar. One blog, is-destiel-canon-Yet, was finally able to announce that “Destiel” was indeed Canon after saying they’d been blogging for over four years.
Mostly, however, people on social media said the reveal sent them back to Tumblr from the early 2010s.
2020 is still really wild.
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