I’m seeing a lot of commentary on the ending of #SPN & the recent Spanish dub & am disheartened to see there are a lot of misconceptions that are making many in our family feel unheard & unsupported, so I’m calling a #SPNFamily meeting to sort a few things out for the record: pic.twitter.com/hwK0HOkZ8a— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 26, 2020
Earlier this week, the Latin American dub of the episode where Castiel confessed his feelings for Dean made waves among the people who still watch Supernatural, featuring a translation that had Dean reciprocating Castiel's affection (which did not happen in the original, English-language airing of the episode). This led to frenzied speculation that the initial script had Dean reciprocating and fan-favorite pairing Destiel going canon before the big bad CW intervened and censored it, a theory that went viral under the Twitter hashtag #TheySilencedThem.
Misha Collins, Castiel's actor, took to his Twitter account to debunk the conspiracy, calling the dub translation merely the work of a "rogue translator." He went on to defend the character's ending more generally, arguing that Castiel doesn't fit the "Bury Your Gays" trope because his sacrifice was a heroic one and the character goes on to rebuild heaven in the afterlife. He closed his tweet thread by urging fans to both work through their feelings via fan art and by asking what the show could have done better:
Also, in my opinion Cas doesn't play into the "bury your gays" trope. His declaration of love saves Dean, enabling Sam & Dean to save all of humanity. And Cas doesn’t die! He actually goes on to rebuild heaven!— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 26, 2020
I’m proud to have spent more than a decade of my life telling a story where good consistently triumphs over evil...— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 26, 2020
I'm sorry if I spoke defensively. I naively thought Cas in 15.18 was going to feel validating.— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 26, 2020
But this isn't about me. I'm going to shut up and listen for a change. If it's not too much to ask, please tell me what we could have done better.