Sastiel, Sassy, Samstiel, that one ship with the great hair, however you might call it, it’s fucking glorious.
A question that pops up often from SPN fans who are foreign to the idea is: “Why!?”
Well. Misha can’t answer that question any clearer than this:
…and vice versa. (source)
It might not be the biggest ship to sail this fandom’s ocean per say, but they’re a great dynamic pair. And man, if you ain’t in on it, you’re missing out.
Successfully burning through my entire weekend, I’ve managed to compile this huge master post of sorts for all those have just begun to ship em’ and also for those who are still tentatively testing the waters. Now, I don’t go in to an in-depth analysis or anything about the intricacies of this ship; this is most certainly not a meta post.
The purpose of this post is to make it easier for the newer shippers to navigate around and to provide additional research material for fic writers. And to hopefully persuade some people in to jumping on the bandwagon too.
Under the cut, I’ve provided an easy 5-step guide to help you succeed in your Sastiel shipping endeavors.
and with that, let’s dive right in shall we?
S T E P 1 :
Watch the canon!
Let’s do some research. We’re starting with the very basics: the canon.
I’ve compiled a list of scenes and episodes of their various interactions with each other, both the good and the bad, from season 4 to now. No matter how insignificant the scene, I’ve put them on to the list. Remember: it’s those little things that count. Feel free to message me if you find any more to add. Interpret them however you want, over-analyze them, write some deep meta, etc. Go crazy.
4.07 | It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester | scene
Sam meets Cas for the very first time
5.10 | Abandon All Hope | scene
Castiel: (to Lucifer) You’re not taking Sam Winchester. I won’t let you.
5.13 | The Song Remains the Same | scene scene scene
Castiel: Anna, we’ve been through much together, but you come near Sam Winchester and I’ll kill you. | Castiel: Anna will keep trying. She won’t give up until Sam is dead. So we kill her first. | Sam (and eventually Dean) catches Cas when he faints from exhaustion
5.14 | My Bloody Valentine | scene scene
Sam and Castiel (plus Dean) sit next to each other in a booth while waiting for Cupid | Sam desperately cries out for Cas (and Dean) while he suffers from withdrawals of demon blood
5.16 | 99 Problems | scene scene scene
Castiel: I found a liquor store. | Sam and Cas sit on the same couch while talking about Babylonian whores. | Castiel: I don’t understand. Why, why do you want me to say my name?
5.18 | Point of No Return | scene
Sam asks Cas if he’s okay
5.22 | Swan Song | scene
Sam says goodbye to Cas before he goes off to take on Lucifer
6.03 | The Third Man | scene
Sam: He’s right behind me isn’t he? (aka the scene where Sam got a little jealous of Dean and Cas’s ‘profound bond’)
6.07 | Family Matters | scene
Cas ‘diagnoses’ Sam and finds he has no soul.
6.12 | Like a Virgin | scene scene
Sam’s initial reaction when he finds out Cas is still alive | Castiel: Sam. It’s so good to see you alive (cue the awkward not-hug)
6.18 | Frontierland | scene
Sam: Dean, look at him. He’s fried
6.19 | Mommy Dearest | scene
Sam: I think you hurt his feelings (also they’re, once again, sitting in the same side of the booth)
6.21 | Let it Bleed | scene
Sam: I’m begging you
7.01 | Meet the New Boss | scene scene scene scene
Sam calls out for Cas when he hallucinates | As Dean loses faith, Sam continues to believe that Cas is “in there somewhere” | Sam: I still think you’re one of us | Castiel: Sam. I heard your call.
7.17 | The Born-Again Identity | scene
Castiel: I should never have broken your wall, Sam. I’m here to make it right.
7.21 | Reading is Fundamental | scene scene
Sam: I know you never did anything but try to help. I realize that, Cas, and I’m grateful. We’re all grateful. And we’re gonna help you get better, okay? No matter what it takes. | Sam says Cas’s name in a very meaningful way; Cas hugs both Sam and Dean in greeting
7.23 | Survival of the Fittest | scene
Castiel: Please accept this sandwich as a gesture of solidarity
8.01 | We Need To Talk About Kevin | scene
Sam: What about Cas?
8.07 | A Little Slice of Kevin | scene scene
Sam is elated that Cas is back | Sam and Cas share a look during a strained conversation between Dean and Cas (op: i might be misinterpreting this as he might be staring out of the window rather than at Sam?)
8.08 | Hunteri Heroici | scene scene scene
Sam is amused when Cas says he wants to be a hunter & refuses to let him ride shotgun | Dean (to Sam and Cas): No flirting you two | Sam and Cas work together & are transported in to Fred’s head
8.10 | Torn and Frayed | scene scene scene
Castiel poofs right beside Sam | Castiel gives Sam an angel blade | Sam asks Cas if he’s ok
8.17 | Goodbye Stranger | scene scene scene
Cas shows up and saves Sam | Sam: Where the hell have you been? | Cas: Sam, you’re damaged in ways even I can’t heal
8.22 | Clip Show | scene scene
Cas visits the bunker; Dean ignores him and he chats with Sam | Sam tells Dean to go easy on Cas
S T E P 2 :
Read the essentials
And by essentials I mean the brilliant meta essays written by multitudes of Sastiel shippers with big hearts and even bigger words. Read em’! They’re brilliant.
"The boys connect to different people, and to me, Sam seems to be the character on the show that understands his angel buddy more than anyone."
"Sastiel is a study in character development, just as much so as Destiel. With Sassy, we have the contrast between a messenger of God and Light pitting himself against an unwilling avatar of Lucifer and destruction."
"I feel like the merit really comes from the similarities between the characters. Sam has been down this road before; he knows what it’s like to be alone, to seek power in dark places so that the world might be saved; to compromise all morals for the greater good. That’s something that Dean has never really done. They both [Sam and Castiel] know what it’s like to be scorned by someone they invested everything in."
"but they keep reaching toward each other in the ways that they can, whether it’s castiel’s ‘you’re not taking sam winchester. i won’t let you’ or sam’s ‘i would die for him i would’ or the way cas tries to save sam from hell or sam trying to save cas from himself"
"…especially now that they have both gone through so much, Sam and Cas have become equals—they have fought together and suffered together and gone through the same traumas; they’re now equipped to understand each other really well."
"But to say that Sassy can only be a funny ship, that it’s something not to be taken seriously because it’s ~awkward and ~weird just means you’re only looking at what you want to see. It’s an incredibly endearing and heart-wrenching ship if you just sit and look at the dynamics of their personality."
"I know plenty of people say they can’t ship Sastiel after season six. But I ship Sastiel because of season six. It cemented their parallels. What Cas went through in season six/ the beginning of season seven is what Sam went through in season four/ the beginning of season five. Almost play by play."
S T E P 3 :Bask in the glory that is fanwork.
The SPN fandom in general is a goldmine for excellent fanwork. There are some crazy talented people, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Seriously, the fanfic is second to none, the fanart is breathtaking, and the fanvids are superior.
Not that i mean to brag, but y’know.
So here’s a list of various fanfics, fanart, fanvids, and fanmixes that I absolutely adore:
S T E P 4 :
get out and explore
There are many other places (other than sassy-times) to check out to help you fulfill your sassy related needs.
S T E P 5 :Share and contribute!
So now that you’ve done your research, how about you go create some of your own fanwork? Jot down a headcanon, make a graphic, write a story! do whatever your little hearts desire. Contribute to the sastiel tag in any way you possibly can. We’ll be more than glad to welcome you in to the family.