WAIT SO NOW THAT CAS KNOWS ALL THE BOOKS AND POP CULTURE REFERENCES THAT METATRON KNOWS THAT MEANS HE’LL KNOW ABOUT ALL THE GAY INNUENDO STUFF DEAN HAS BEEN SAYING TO HIM FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS.
"keep an eye on him. keep two eyes on him. send me photos with your camera phone. i know how those work now. i will expect hourly updates sam make sure he eats enough vegetables you know how he is. make sure he has enough blankets."
Wow, that opening sequence with Metatron talking has As You Like It levels of layering.*
You’ve got Robbie Thompson giving words to Metatron, who has been reading the books by Carver Edlund who is really Chuck who is really God who is really Kripke, to the audience who is really Cas who is really the audience, and on top of that you’ve got Serge Ladouceur and the director and the editor showing us what stuff is IMPORTANT PAY ATTENTION with the way the close-ups were shot and edited, and, just, WOW.
I damn near fell off my sofa when the camera juuuuuust started to push in as Metatron picked up the glass and then we JUMPED from that medium shot to extreme close-up as he said the “subtext” line. And since the character is speaking words given to him by the writer directly into the camera—in effect, directly to everyone watching—that close-up gave a LOT more weight to both the subtext line and the question about who gives the story meaning.
Because the take-away from that tiny bit is that yes, there is subtext.And it is on purpose and it is important.
So when, in Metatron’s story, he has Gabriel refer to Dean as Cas’ “boy-toy” and talk about it “raining men,” in practically the same breath, he’s putting that Destiel subtext in there on purpose. And since it has been extradiegetically established that the guy writing the SPN stories in the show universe is a direct stand-in for the show’s writers in the real world, that means they’re doing it on purpose.
* At one point, as it was originally played, you would have seen a boy actor playing a girl who’s pretending to be a boy pretending to be a girl.
"Meta Fiction" more like "Gabriel and Destiel Made the Entire Fandom Forget How to Breathe"