|“|| Hannah: Alarms have been sounding in Heaven, Castiel. Alarms that haven't gone off in... ever. We don't even know what they mean.|
Castiel: Those alarms are for The Darkness. (...) It's real. (...) It's been locked away since the dawn of Creation. And now it's free.
Hannah: Castiel, if this is true, it's the end, for all of us.
LET THERE BE LIGHT... THE DARKNESS IS COMING!
Following the release of the Darkness, an entity that predates Death and even God, the season follows the Winchesters and their allies as they find themselves fighting the most powerful supernatural entity they have ever faced, unlike anything else they have ever gone up against before.
Immediately after its release, and tipping over the Impala, Sam sees that Dean is gone and goes to look for him, finding him in a field where Dean had a conversation with the Darkness, which apparently turns out to be, or at least, takes the form of a woman in a black dress. Dean says that she thanked him for setting her free.
Meanwhile, Castiel is still suffering from the dog attack spell the witch Rowena put him under and starts to attack others. He also remembers that when he attacked Crowley, the King of Hell escaped from his current vessel and into another one. He then orders his demon minions to get rid of the spell holding his vessel in place.
As Sam and Dean drive away from the old diner, they find a Sheriff's deputy named Jenna Nickerson and head to a hospital to help others. Upon arriving there, they find people with black veins which Sam calls Rabids, people who have been forced to let their inner darkness out. This being an effect of the release of the Darkness. They also find a human baby in the mix named Amara. Meanwhile, as a manhunt for him begins, Castiel prays to the angels, begging them to help him from hurting others and is willing to take whatever punishment they bring him.
As Dean, Jenna, and the baby make it out of the hospital, Sam using himself as a diversion gets infected and starts to sprout black veins. Eventually, after he prays to God for help, he encounters a reaper named Billie who is apparently disappointed that Death is dead and says that the next time Sam and Dean are killed, she will ensure that they stay dead and even that she will toss them into the Empty, a place no soul nor entity nor being can escape from. As the angels find Cass, they start to torture him and after Hannah arrives, she explains that alarms are going off in Heaven. He implies that those alarms are for the release of the Darkness. As the tortures continue, Castiel escapes and Hannah dies trying to save him. Crowley manages to get back in his vessel and his subordinates reveal that the Darkness is free, especially that when Michael and Lucifer themselves apparently shouted throughout Hell from the Cage.
Dean and Jenna go to her grandmothers house and when they realize Amara is levitating objects, she calls Dean and her grandmother calls an exorcist, who turns out to be Crowley impersonating a priest. However, back at the hospital, Sam finds a cure for the "Rabids": Holy Fire. And he makes a ring of holy fire and cures a few others as well. The baby turns out to be Amara as a child as Dean finds the Mark of Cain on her. Amara sucks out Jenna's soul and she becomes soulless, like how Sam once was. After Crowley kills Jenna, Dean attacks him as he plans to take the baby, but fails as the baby walks out and quickly grows up. Sam and Dean eventually reunite and find Cass at the bunker, while Crowley finds Amara and takes her to Hell as an offering.
The Winchesters look for ways to find and stop the Darkness, but first they search for Rowena to undo the spell on Cass. They find her and she does so, but she escapes. At Crowley's Lair, Crowley becomes Amara's "uncle" and her appetite grows and she starts to feed on demons. Eventually, Sam reveals to Dean that he has been having visions about a being he describes as the opposite of the Darkness, which he thinks is God himself.
While Sam and Dean work on ordinary cases involving ghosts, monsters, and even along the way Imaginary Friends, the brothers and Cass also start searching for ways to defeat the Darkness. Even after finding Amara where Crowley is keeping her, Dean doesn't appear to strike at her and he fails and she escapes. Meanwhile, at the place, Sam's visions start to become more revealing, as he starts to have visions of Lucifer's Cage. Castiel eventually finds Metatron, who has started a business of catching what he calls reality but is also miserable about his current status. After beating and throwing him, Castiel asks Metatron what he knows about the Darkness, considering he was God's scribe. Metatron reveals that in order to created the Earth, Heaven, even the entire Universe, in order to start creation itself for that matter, God didn't only imprison the Darkness, but he had to betray and sacrifice her and Metatron says that the Darkness is the only thing God's really ever known, his only kin... his older sister.
Although Dean hates the idea, they intend to go the Limbo, the deepest place in Hell, and speak to Lucifer about the Darkness. They enlist the help of Rowena to summon him. And when Dean goes to find Amara at a church where she attacks people, Sam awaits outside of a supernatural cage in Limbo surrounded by powerful fire and covered in enochian sigils, and eventually, Lucifer himself appears in the cage, manifested as his original vessel, Nick. He and Sam talk about the Darkness and how to stop her while Amara and Dean talk about her issue with her brother. After three angels find her and try to attack her, she kills them all and summon a powerful smiting attack that knocks her out. In Hell, Lucifer says that he will help them stop her, but only if he possesses Sam and returns to Earth. Sam says no and Lucifer extinguishes the fire, erases the warding, and summons Sam in the cage and still tries to make him say yes, especially when he reveals that it wasn't God who sent Sam the visions, but it was Lucifer. When the Darkness was set free, it damaged the cage and allowed Lucifer to reach out to Sam. Though Sam strongly considers, he still says no and Lucifer starts to attack him.
Rowena reveals that Lucifer came to her in a dream and said he needed her help to get Sam to him and she would join him. But, after Cass finds Amara, having survived the attack, she summons him to Dean with a messages and eventually, as Rowena conjures the spell to banish Lucifer, Dean and Cass head down to the cage and help Sam survive in a fight against Lucifer. As Lucifer also kills Cass, Lucifer is banished by Rowena. After leaving Hell, Cass apparently stays and reveals the before Lucifer could be banished back to the Cage, Cass said yes to him and Lucifer possessed him. After freeing and then killing Rowena, Lucifer takes back Hell and makes Crowley his slave, calling him "Puppy".
Meanwhile, Sam and Dean eventually find possible ways to defeat Amara, using Hands of God, powerful objects said to contain the power of God himself. Even after finding one, Sam, Dean, Rowena, and Crowley try to get Lucifer out of Castiel's body but it fails and he absorbs the power of the Hand of God and uses it on Amara, but it fails and he is taken against this will by Amara. And she starts to torture him to draw out God. And as fate would have it, eventually, God himself finally returns. After having a conversation with Metatron and reconciling with Lucifer, he decides to help stop her. And though his original plan of weakening her with Witches, Demons, and Angels and trying to imprison her again using the Mark fails, Amara fatally attacks God (Chuck), causing him to start dying.
Although they think Amara seems impossible to destroy, God tells Sam, Dean, Cass, Crowley and Rowena that she does have one weakness: Light with the power of 10,000 suns. So they collect souls to build a bomb. And Dean is the one to bear it. After talking with Amara, whom starts to feel bad about attacking and nearly killing her brother Chuck, Dean convinces her to forgive him. So she summons him to a garden area and the two reconcile and decide to go off together for a while. However, Amara leaves Dean with a thank you gift and he finds his mother alive and resurrected. However, in the bunker awaits a British woman who banishes Cass with a banishing sigil and shoots Sam, leaving his fate unknown.
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester (23/23)
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (23/23) and Michigan Soul Eater (1/23) (episode 16)
- Mark Sheppard as Crowley (11/23) (episodes 1-3, 6, 9-10, 14-15, 18, 22-23)
- Misha Collins as Castiel (10/23) (episodes 1-4, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22-23) and Lucifer (7/23) (episodes 10-11, 14-15, 18, 21-22)
Special Guest Stars
- Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer and Michigan Soul Eater (1/23) (episode 16)
- Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester (1/23) (episode 23)
- Ruth Connell as Rowena MacLeod (6/23) (episodes 3, 9-10, 18, 22-23)
- Rob Benedict as God (4/23) (episodes 20-23)
- Curtis Armstrong as Metatron (3/23) (episodes 6, 20-21)
- Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer (3/23) (episodes 9-10, 18)
- Lane Edwards as Head Angel (2/23) (episodes 3, 9)
- Lee Majdoub as Hannah (1/23) (episode 2)
- Matt Cohen as Lucifer (1/23) (episode 4)
- Brianna Buckmaster as Donna Hanscum (1/23) (episode 7)
- Victoria Bidewell as Fran Hinkle (1/23) (episode 7)
- Dylan Everett as Young Dean Winchester (1/23) (episode 8)
- Colin Ford as Young Sam Winchester (1/23) (episode 10)
- Katherine Ramdeen as Alex Jones (1/23) (episode 12)
- Kathryn Love Newton as Claire Novak (1/23) (episode 12)
- Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills (1/23) (episode 12)
- Venus Terzo as Sonja (1/23) (episode 13)
- Steven Williams as Rufus Turner (1/23) (episode 16)
- Osric Chau as Kevin Tran (1/23) (episode 21)
- Mackenzie Murdock as Bearded Demon (1/23) (episode 22)
- Emily Swallow as Amara (The Darkness) (9/23) (episodes 1, 3, 9-10, 13, 18, 21-23)
- Lisa Berry as Billie (4/23) (episodes 2, 10, 17, 23)
- Yasmeene Ball as Pre-teen Amara (3/23) (episodes 3, 5-6)
- Laci J Mailey as Jenna Nickerson (2/23) (episodes 1-2)
- Jesse Reid as Jervis (1/23) (episodes 1, 6)
- Gracyn Shinyei as Young Amara (2/23) (episodes 2-3)
- Claude Knowlton as Detective Madsen (2/23) (episodes 5-6)
- Kirsten Robek as Marnie and Crowley (1/23) (episode 1)
- Samantha Isler as Teenage Amara (1/23) (episode 6)
- Brendan Taylor as Doug Stover (1/23) (episode 7)
- Dylan Kingwell as Young Sam Winchester (1/23) (episode 8)
- Shoshannah Stern as Eileen Leahy (1/23) (episode 11)
- Elizabeth Blackmore as Lady Toni Bevell (1/23) (episode 23)
|There was something about being there... It felt pure.|
This episode summary is an official CW press release. It may contain errors.
DO NOT CHANGE!
|Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: Robert Singer||10/07/2015||#219 1101|
|THE WINCHESTERS FACE THEIR BIGGEST THREAT EVER — Picking up where the finale left off, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must deal with the Darkness that has been unleashed. Castiel (Misha Collins) deals with the effects of Rowena's (Ruth Connell) spell and recalls his brutal battle with Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard).
|Form and Void||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Phil Sgriccia||10/14/2015||#220 1102|
|DEAN AND SAM FACE THEIR OWN BATTLES — Dean (Jensen Ackles) helps Jenna (guest star Laci J. Mailey), the nurse he met after the Darkness fell, get back home safely and then sets off to help Sam (Jared Padalecki) deal with a town infected by a mysterious and deadly gas. However, when Jenna falls into dangerous hands, she calls Dean for help and Sam tells him to go back to her. Unfortunately for Sam, he isn't able to handle the townspeople turned monsters as easily as he thought.
|The Bad Seed||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Jensen Ackles||10/21/2015||#221 1103|
|JENSEN ACKLES DIRECTS — While Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) tries to consolidate her power to protect herself from the Winchesters, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) search for a missing baby connected to the Darkness. Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) struggles to heal and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) tries to find a way to use the Darkness for his own personal gain.
|Baby||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Thomas J. Wright||10/28/2015||#222 1104|
|NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORNER — Seen entirely from the point of view of the Impala, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) go on a road trip to fight monsters and demons
|Thin Lizzie||Writer: Nancy Won||Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green||11/04/2015||#223 1105|
|JARED GERTNER GUEST STARS — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a series of murders at a local B&B that also happens to be Lizzie Borden's old home. When a local man, Len (guest star Jared Gertner), tells them he saw a little girl around the B&B around the time of the murders, the brothers realize Amara (guest star Yasmeene Ball) may be responsible.|
|Our Little World||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: John F. Showalter||11/11/2015||#224 1106|
|METATRON RETURNS — Castiel (Misha Collins) seeks out Metatron's (guest star Curtis Armstrong) help to stop the Darkness. However, Metatron is pretty happy with his new life as a freelance videographer for the local news and isn't inclined to help the Winchesters (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) or Castiel. Meanwhile, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) is losing his hold on Amara.
|Plush||Writer: Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder||Director: Tim Andrew||11/18/2015||#225 1107|
|SHERIFF DONNA RETURNS — Sheriff Donna (guest star Briana Buckmaster) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help after a horrific murder with supernatural elements happens in her town. Sam continues to have visions and asks God for help, which frustrates Dean.|
|Just My Imagination||Writer: Jenny Klein||Director: Richard Speight Jr.||12/02/2015||#226 1108|
|RICHARD SPEIGHT, JR. DIRECTS; NATE TORRENCE GUEST STARS — Sam (Jared Padalecki) is shocked when his childhood imaginary friend Sully (guest star Nate Torrence) makes an unexpected appearance. Sam can't understand why he'd see Sully now but what's even more surprising is that Dean (Jensen Ackles) can see him, too. Flashbacks reveal young Sam's friendship with Sully and why he needed him.|
|O Brother, Where Art Thou?||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Robert Singer||12/09/2015||#227 1109|
|AMARA UNLEASHES HER POWER UPON THE WORLD — Amara (guest star Emily Swallow) unleashes her power on the local townspeople as she issues a shocking challenge. Dean (Jensen Ackles) tries to better understand the hold Amara has on him, while Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) come up with a plan that could have disastrous consequences.
|The Devil in the Details||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Thomas J. Wright||01/20/2016||#228 1110|
|LUCIFER MAKES SAM AN OFFER — Now that he has Sam (Jared Padalecki) in the cage with him, Lucifer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) offers Sam a way out but it comes with a steep price. Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) look into the angel smiting that could have killed Amara (guest star Emily Swallow).
|Into the Mystic||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: John Badham||01/27/2016||#229 1111|
|DEE WALLACE GUEST STARS — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a case where people are suffering violent deaths after hearing a mysterious song.
|Don't You Forget About Me||Writer: Nancy Won||Director: Stefan Pleszczynski||02/03/2016||#230 1112|
|KIM RHODES RETURNS AS SHERIFF JODY MILLS — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) drop in on Jody Mills (guest star Kim Rhodes), Claire (guest star Kathryn Newton) and Alex (guest star Katherine Ramdeen) after receiving a panicked phone call from Claire. She believes the recent murders in town are supernatural and wants the boys' help. However, Sheriff Mills tells Sam and Dean that Claire has been getting into trouble lately as she's been attacking normal people and accusing them of being monsters.|
|Love Hurts||Writer: Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder||Director: Phil Sgriccia||02/10/2016||#231 1113|
|WHO DO YOU LOVE? - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a set of murders on Valentine's Day and discover they are dealing with an ancient curse. Once kissed by the curse, the person is marked to die.|
|The Vessel||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: John Badham||02/17/2016||#232 1114|
|LUCIFER (AS CASTIEL) SENDS DEAN BACK IN TIME - Hoping to find a weapon powerful enough to defeat Amara (guest star Emily Swallow), Dean (Jensen Ackles) convinces 'Castiel', (Misha Collins) who is still Lucifer, to send him back in time to the last reported sighting of the Hand of God. Lucifer sees the potential in getting his hands on this weapon so goes along as Castiel and sends Dean to 1944 to the fated submarine mission that sunk the Hand of God. Meanwhile, continuing his charade with Sam (Jared Padalecki) while they wait for Dean's return, Lucifer plans his next move.
|Beyond the Mat||Writer: John Bring and Andrew Dabb||Director: Jerry Wanek||02/24/2016||#233 1115|
|WWE CHAMPION MIKE "THE MIZ" MIZANIN GUEST STARS – Dean (Jensen Ackles) sees an obituary notice for a wrestler he and Sam (Jared Padalecki) used to watch when they were kids. Deciding they need a break from tracking the Darkness, the brothers decide to attend the funeral to pay their respects. The funeral is full of wrestlers, including Shawn Harley (guest star Mike "The Miz" Mizanin), a hot shot new wrestler with a fiery temper who pushes everyone's buttons, and veteran wrestler Gunner Lawless (guest star Aleks Paunovic). Sam and Dean attend the next match to re-live one of their fondest childhood memories but when another wrestler turns up dead, play time quickly turns to work.
|Safe House||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Stefan Pleszczynski||03/23/2016||#234 1116|
|JIM BEAVER RETURNS - A dangerous creature is accidentally released into an old house, attacking a mother and her child, leaving them both in a coma. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) learn that Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) and Rufus (guest star Steven Williams) once tracked the same entity so the Winchesters look to the past to come up with a plan to catch the monster before any one dies.|
|Red Meat||Writer: Andrew Dabb and Robert Berens||Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado||03/30/2016||#235 1117|
|WEREWOLF ATTACK! – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) battle a pair of werewolves who have captured two victims. Just as the brothers are about to win, one of the werewolves shoots Sam. Dean gets his brother and the victims out of the house but learns a pack of werewolves are hot on their tail, hoping to kill them all.|
|Hell's Angel||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Phil Sgriccia||04/06/2016||#236 1118|
|THE EPIC BATTLE FOR POWER BEGINS – Lucifer (Misha Collins) takes a trip home and tries to assert himself into Heaven. Crowley (Mark Sheppard) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) he has a way to take down Amara (guest star Emily Swallow).
|The Chitters||Writer: Nancy Won||Director: Eduardo Sanchez||04/27/2016||#237 1119|
|SAM AND DEAN MEET A NEW PAIR OF HUNTERS – In a small town in Colorado, mysterious disappearances happen every 27 years. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head to the town to investigate and meet two hunters who have a personal vendetta against these once-in-a-generation monsters.|
|Don't Call Me Shurley||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Robert Singer||05/04/2016||#238 1120|
|ROB BENEDICT RETURNS – Amara (guest star Emily Swallow) unleashes a dark fog on a small town, causing everyone to go mad. Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) realize this is a stronger version of the original black vein virus Amara previously unleashed. They team up with the sheriff to protect the town but their old remedy no longer works. Meanwhile, Chuck (Rob Benedict) returns with an interesting proposal.|
|All in the Family||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Thomas J. Wright||05/11/2016||#239 1121|
|THE WAR CONTINUES – Amara (guest star Emily Swallow) shows Dean (Jensen Ackles) how she's torturing Lucifer (Misha Collins). Worried for Castiel, Dean and Sam (Jared Padalecki) come up with a plan to rescue him from Amara's clutches.
|We Happy Few||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: John Badham||05/18/2016||#240 1122|
|THE FINAL COUNTDOWN – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) face their biggest challenge yet. Rowena (Ruth Connell) makes her move.
|Alpha and Omega||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Phil Sgriccia||05/25/2016||#241 1123|
|GOD VS. AMARA – God (guest star Rob Benedict) comes to a decision about Amara (guest star Emily Swallow) that has direct repercussions for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles).
- This season marks the first appearances of a Banshee, Bisaan, Nachzehrer, Rabid, Soul Eater, The Nest, Qareen and Zanna.
- This is the first season to feature Archangels, Hellhounds and Reapers since Season 9.
- This is the first and only season to feature God and The Darkness in the same season.
- This is the second season where Lucifer is free to roam Earth with Season 5 being the first one.
- This season marks the first appearance of Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer since Season 7.
- This is the final season produced by Jeremy Carver, who departs from the show, along with writers Robbie Thompson, Jenny Klein, Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder.
- Jensen Ackles directed the third episode of this season, The Bad Seed.
- A major theme of the season is revenge and the many characters attempting to gain revenge, in particular the Darkness, Reese, Eileen Leahy, Richard Beesome and Jesse Cuevas. By this point, the Winchesters are shown to have a more enlightened view of the idea of revenge and using their own experiences, attempt to talk other characters out of it with varying levels of success, sometimes helping others gain their revenge. Notably, Dean's new view on revenge allows him to talk the Darkness out of her vendetta against God and end the season-long conflict peacefully.
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