Misha actually said the writers' solution to Jared messing up his takes repeatedly was to write less Sam/Cas scenes. Maybe Misha was just kidding as he's often wont to do, I don't know, but he repeats it so often in interviews and cons that I can't help but wonder if there's a germ of truth here. I sincerely hope that's not the case though as it'd make me very sad.
Anyway, I didn't mean to take this off topic.
Sam is also the one who stabbed Cas in the back.
Yep. I know some will excuse that action since Cas had broken Sam's wall, but Cas didn't kill Sam, so I think he was in the wrong there. Sam tried to murder him and he would have succeeded if the souls hadn't mutated Castiel physically. I wish they would have had Castiel threatening Dean and Bobby, then Sam's action would have been justified, but Cas wasn't doing that if I recall right (I've only watched that awful episode once). There's also no reason to think Castiel wouldn't have fixed Sam's wall as promised if Sam hadn't try to murder him.
As for Sam forgiving him, that's one thing I've always loved about his character is his empathy and ability to forgive. I particularly think that Sam identifies strongly with Castiel because of the similarities in their stories. Sam messed up, trusted Ruby when he shouldn't have, was mislead into releasing Lucifer and starting the Apocalypse with resulted in the loss of many innocent lives and their friends'.
Likewise, Castiel meant well, trying to stop Raphael. He was manipulated by Crowley and made mistakes. Innocent people died as a result of his actions. Unlike Sam's story though, I wish they had painted a clearer picture of what Castiel's alternative was, and the fact they didn't I blame the shoddy writing. In season 4 it's clear. Had Sam not trusted Ruby, not killed Lilith, Lucifer wouldn't have been released, and no apocalypse. What exactly would have happened had Castiel rejected Crowley's offer though? What would he have done? Raphael still would have needed to be stopped.
It's frustrating to me that Castiel's actions are treated as SO WRONG in the show when we're not given any viable alternative path. I guess we're supposed to believe if only he had gone to Dean, they would have come up with some better way to stop Raphael, but I find that a bit hard to swallow considering in season 5 they were mostly clueless about how to stop Lucifer until Gabriel to spell out how to trap him. What would Dean know about how to stop a power hungry archangel with an army of angels by his side? This isn't to say Castiel was completely right. He made plenty of mistakes of course, but this point will forever bug me.
While Sam seems to be mr forgiveness towards Cas, I find their relationship to be more superficial, as if Sam is nice to Cas because Cas is Dean's friend and Cas is nice to Sam because Sam is Dean's brother. But what it lacks is the deep affection that exists between Dean and Cas.
Castiel did tell Anna that Sam was his friend too, and I don't think he was lying, but I think you make an excellent point there that Castiel's relationship with Sam isn't on the same level, but I'd like that to change in the future. I think both Cas and Sam have something in common now, and Sam can relate to Castiel's guilt in a way Dean can't, and maybe help him deal with it. I agree the restoration of the Dean/Castiel friendship is the most important thing for the show to fix though. Other than the Sam/Dean, it's one of the most compelling and emotional relationships on the show, and, naysayers aside, it resonates strongly with a LOT of people.
Edited by Tralah, Sep 6, 2012 @ 9:15 AM.