Yeah, The Mark is proving to be quite a promising plot and it was damn time for Dean being the rescued!. im looking forward to see some sammy-in-shining-armor-to-damsel-in-distress-Dean also, you know, haven't thought of it, but your wonderful art here made think (after a couple of minutes of awe-staring); what if Crowley's plans are far beyond killing abbadon? what if he's seeing, marveling this new power!dean to his benefit, such as a personal weapon to keep close?.
, glad to see we're on the same page. It would seem weird for Crowley to "care" for dean to that extend, making sure he's ready to fully collaborate only to become enemy again once abaddon is defeated. Crowley doesn't need Dean as an ally to defeat abaddon, dean wants to kill her anyway. So the question is why would Crowley sticks with dean so much. Surely not just to kill abaddon, right ? With Dean going darker and darker, with the mark affecting him more and more, with Sam wanting his independance, I fear Dean will get closer and closer to people who stuck close and who seems right now like an "reliable ally".
sorry for the long answer but yes, i agree with your theory !!!! Makes me so excited with the end of the season !!
well, yes. a part of me thinks that too, i mean crowley is a manipulative fox and we all know that (wich is why we love him ) and yeah, of course he wants to gain dean's trust, but at the same time i think a part of him (a part that is growing every time) does it cause deeply he /wants/ it. he wants to have their trust, from both winchesters. lets not forget that he is a human-blood junkie because Sam made him, which subsequently brought him a human!part on himself (i know the ritual never got finished, but it was ALMOST done so). and i think that humanity, that tiny bit of it (that i think he secretly craves for) is fighting its way on him. he is internally on battle between the demon within and the human-side. im not saying he is suddenly mother-teresa you know, he will NEVER be a good-boy and i dont want him to be. he is The king of hell, and damn straight he wants his throne back. I dont know, i really can't figure his move exactly. i think is a bit of all. He may want to be Dean's demon-whispering-on-his-ear. He may want his real trust. and sam's.