As The CW show Supernatural heads toward its series finale after 15 years on air, longtime fans are celebrating and despairing a double plot twist in the third-to-last episode.
In the episode, which aired last week, the character Castiel (played by Misha Collins) admits his love for Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) — and then tragically dies.
The whiplash-inducing end of their relationship has many viewers feeling heartbroken, but a few are furious that the show confirmed the gay romance before immediately taking it away.
Spoilers! Supernatural is about to wrap up its 15th and final season on The CW
Roller-coaster: In last week’s episode, Despair, the character Castiel admitted to loving Dean before he died
In the episode, Castiel sacrifices himself to save Dean, already a tragic end for his character.
But in a twist of the knife, fans were reminded of a deal Castiel made in a previous episode: that he wouldn’t die until he was truly happy.
So in his final moments, Castiel tells Dean, ‘I love you.’
The admission came after fans ‘shipped’ — that is, rooted for a romantic relationship between — Castiel and Dean for years, giving them the couple portmanteau ‘Destiel.’
Some have been convinced of romantic feelings there, but despite hints, it had never been confirmed in Castiel’s 12 years on the drama.
Now that it’s become ‘canon,’ a phrase used to describe an official storyline or plot in a piece of fiction, but ended before anything could happen, fans are feeling overwhelmed.
Many have taken to Twitter to share their heartbreak.
At long last: Many people voiced their joy that the relationship between the two men finally became ‘canon’ – a phrase used to describe an official storyline in a piece of fiction
Emotional: The whiplash-inducing end of their relationship has many viewers feeling heartbroken
‘I can’t stop crying the pain is unbearable 12 years of shipping and it’s canon,’ wrote one.
‘Do you all understand that Castiel was happiest telling Dean that he LOVES HIM??? DOES THIS COMPUTE??????????? THATS LITERALLY A CANON FACT,’ tweeted another.
Most uses crying emojis, and quite a few shared GIFs to illustrate their misery.
One called it ‘the most beautiful slow burn in tv history.’
But others are furious, going so far as to call it ‘homophobic’ that when the show’s first gay love story was finally confirmed, it didn’t actually play out.
‘Making #destiel canon and then immediately killing Cas is the biggest homophobic power move ever and i am losing my f***ing mind rn,’ wrote one.
Rude! But others are furious, going so far as to call it ‘homophobic’ that when the show’s first gay love story was finally confirmed, it didn’t actually play out
‘Wow after all these years of baiting we have only this? Major disappointment, yet Misha nailed the scene,’ said another.
He’s please: Meanwhile, Misha Collins, who played Castiel, said he was happy with the ending
Meanwhile, Misha Collins, who played Castiel, told Entertainment Tonight the ending is exactly how he would have wanted it.
‘I knew the ending that he was going to meet with for about a year, and I was really happy about it. And I’m still happy about it,’ he said.
‘It feels important. It feels like it makes his arc on the show meaningful, not just in terms of the mythology of the show, but in terms of a message for the greater world and our particular moment in history. I’m very happy with it.’
However, he did admit that that filming the scene was emotional.
‘Castiel’s last scene in the show was also my last scene shooting. So it had this double poignancy for me. I was saying goodbye to the cast and the crew at the same time that they were saying goodbye to Castiel,’ he said.