Yeap, as you thought.
No but this is the scene my heart truly broke for Naomi. I was so angry at her for what she did to Cas and the things she made him do. But in this conversation she has with Cas and Dean you realize she had good intentions. She’s a lot like Cas in that way. She wanted what was best for heaven and was blinded by that goal that any potential collateral just wasn’t on her mind. She was willing to reprogram each and every angel just to keep the peace upstairs. But here she is realizing what she did was wrong. And she’s afraid. She’s afraid of what Metatron will do and how many angels will suffer for it. She’s looking out for them, Cas included. Right now she’s giving him a choice. She’s begging him, not controlling him, please don’t do this. Just trust me this one time. She’s willing to forgive Cas for all that he did. Becoming a new God, killing angels, letting the leviathans loose. She’s ready to let all that slide to save her home. And she’s willing to forgive him. After knowing her for such a short time, Naomi proves to be one of the greatest characters to come out of Supernatural.
hats fucking off for Amanda Tapping, A+ brilliant acting
I took this scene completely different and enjoyed it from a completely different perspective of her character. A change of heart like that doesn’t just happen. Forgive Castiel for all he’s done? Hardly. Should she have lived, I would be willing to bet good money that if heaven had been saved she would have betrayed Castiel in a heartbeat. Angels are not forgiving. They are not kind. They do not reach out like Naomi reached out. Not even Castiel has this kind of emotional reach. He may try to appeal to people on occasion but not like this. No… No this. This is brilliance at it’s finest.
What I saw here was a desperate act of a hugely manipulative creature. From day one she’s been a phenomenally skilled manipulator of the people around her. Of the other angels, of Dean, of everyone she comes into contact with. She pulls strings in the ways she knows she can, pushing everything to work in favor of what she wants, and damn, is she good at it. Here, she’s at a point where she’s lost control of Castiel. She doesn’t have the time or the resources to take him like she used to. No, this is the last, desperately clever act of a creature (i say creature because she transcends womanhood with how awesome she is and I don’t mean woah, dude, awwwesome, no i mean, awesome like creating awe within others from her striking power and beauty) who has no other options but to appeal to the nature she know Castiel has. She knows that Castiel is the one bike in the shop with a chink in his chain and she’s trying to push it in just the right way.
This is her last hope of preserving her way of life and her control over the other angels. This is her last hope of keeping herself in heaven and away from humanity.
So she comes down from heaven and begs him, she promises him the thing he wants the most, forgiveness, a second chance, a way back into the life he lead, and she does it with a sincerity that is so spectacularly believable, you can almost think she’s had a change of heart. But if there is one thing we know about angels, one thing we’ve learned about Naomi, she has never been what she seemed. She might say she’s willing to forgive Castiel but we know that she’s wrathful, just as Metatron is wrathful. Just as Raphael was wrathful. And Lucifer too.
(See: Angels are Dicks- Even Castiel)
Yes, with her way of life threatened, what else can she do? If all the angels are cast out of heaven, she will lose everything she holds dear. If she can just win Castiel over, hell, she’ll promise anything and she’ll do it well. Because she is that good. She is that damn good. Right down to her word choice. She doesn’t promise him “I will give you your place back” she says “I will listen”. And I’m sure she would have, she would have listened, and then, given him a resounding “No”. She never wold have lied, it places her in a position of power that Castiel couldn’t fight against later, because she had given him exactly what she promised him. If you don’t think that’s clever as hell, I don’t know what to tell you man.
From my perspective, this is why she’s the greatest villain we’ve ever seen. She’s the greatest because her intentions have always been completely self serving with the illusion that she might just have a shred of decency in her, keeping you wondering, when she truly, only has a desire for control. A desire for power. When this power is threatened, we she what she’s truly capable of on her own, without her devices in heaven. It’s incredible.
Either way you look at it, she’s a brilliant character.