Remember how I counted up lines of Cas dialogue in seasons 4-9 earlier this week, and showed that this season has by far the largest Cas presence in terms of screen time?
Well, because I’m nuts, I did the same thing for Dean/Cas dialogue in seasons 8 & 9. This time, season 9 is the loser. If you think there has been less interaction between Dean & Cas this year, you’re not imagining it. Even with the Dean/Cas heavy episodes 9x06 & 9x10, in-person lines of dialogue exchanged between the two are down 28% in episodes 1-17. (Assuming no Cas until 9x18.) I didn’t count phone calls or prayers, but I don’t think it would change it very much. Season 9 may have a lot of Cas, but he’s not with Dean.