30 Days Hath Novembeard – Day 16
Today’s Novembeard post is a special In Memoriam edition. After being zapped into Purgatory with Dean at the end of last season of Supernatural, our first glimpse of Castiel this season showed him sporting some sweet new facial hair. This is Castiel’s fourth season on the show, and the angel’s vessel (the human body his Celestial Being is possessing, for those of you out of the loop) has never changed out of his trademark suit and trenchcoat, let alone had to shave that five-o’clock shadow.
Dean, for one, seemed to like the change, affectionately calling it “peach fuzz” and stroking Cas’s face in a very manly and non-gay way. Right.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Cas with a beard, though this one is much more lush and stroke-able than the beard the hippie (and human) version of Cas we saw in season 5, episode 4 “The End.” But that was an alternate future that we never thought we’d see again. My hopes for a beardy Cas had been crushed until this season. Thank you, season 8 (or, as the fandom has come to call it, season gr8). Oddly enough, out of our trio of badasses having adventures in Purgatory, only Dean doesn’t have a beard. Which leads me to believe that either Dean has been taking some time off from running for his life to do some manscaping with his knife, or…I really don’t see another option, here.
The Purgatory!beard far surpassed my expectations. Not only did it make the angel look super BAMF-y while killing monsters in Purgatory, he also looked like even more of a creeper than normal when he finally got out of the monster-land and got back to his favorite hobby of following Dean around and staring at him through windows. I swear I’m not making this up.
Alas, Purgatory!beard didn’t last through this week’s episode. Upon his return to Earth, Cas went off to the bathroom while Dean angsted with his brother over the angel’s reappearance, spent all of 20 seconds with the shower running, and came back out looking like this.
It’s good to have the old Castiel back, but I can’t help but feel that something is missing (and it’s not his marbles this time, the writers have conveniently ignored last season’s descent into insanity…the only explanation is that the beard made him sane again). Rest in peace, Purgatory!beard. You will be sorely missed, but I’m sure Dean will find a reason to touch Cas’s face again soon. It’s really just a matter of time.
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