In Season 1, Episode 2 of “The Winchesters,” there’s a scene where Mary adjusts John’s coat before they go undercover in a counterculture commune (via Vulture). The moment is sweet and heartfelt, showing that the couple’s bond is strong despite the brevity of the scene. Longtime Supernatural fans were quick to point out that the moment is almost identical to the moment Dean fixed Castiel’s tie in Season 5 of Supernatural. On twitter, @AbnosomeAlyssa pointed out, “Did the official Winchesters account just retweet a Destiel parallel?” The user then shared the fan-compiled screenshots with references to the two parallels, which were retweeted by @WinchestersOnCW.
More fans were quick to add context to the similarities, with @giseleb1234 adding: “Mary fixing John’s jacket reminded me of that [crying emoji] like mother like son #TheWinchesters.” While many fans love the affectionate undertones of Castiel and Dean’s friendship, Jensen Ackles doesn’t feel the same way, as he revealed at a fan event at JaxCon 2017 (per Jessie Cristo). Then and there He declared, “Destiel does not exist.”
Despite the two friends’ differing interpretations, Mary adjusting John’s coat is a perfect callback to the pairing Ackles and Collins created. In addition to numerous fans, the official Twitter account of “The Winchesters” also agrees.