also man in hindsight it’s kind of a really good juxtaposition that the raising of the witnesses plot of 4.02 immediately follows Dean’s meeting with Castiel in 4.01.
it’s telling that the first conversation Dean has in 4.02 is about how he cannot believe, despite seeing it with his own eyes, that an angel would save him: ”I mean, I’ve saved some people, okay? I figured that made up for the stealing and the ditching chicks. But why do I deserve to get saved? I’m just a regular guy.” and you can hear beneath the surface, why would he save me when there are so many more pople more deserving of saving
and then the episode is all about those people, those people they couldn’t save but wished they could, like the real Meg Masters, or Victor Henricksen, or the countless other witnesses we don’t see but who’s undeserving deaths eat at their minds nonetheless. and you can just feel palpably, that although Dean is coming more and more to believe Castiel is telling the truth about Dean’s importance, the more true it becomes the more it hurts to know he was chosen to be saved over someone else D;
also Dean touching the handprint for you because feelings:
basically what I’m talking about is season 4 is the greatest.