|“||Dear old dad, he finally apologized for abandoning me, and what's the very next thing he does? He ditches me. (...) You know what my plan is? I don't have one! I'm just gonna keep on smashing daddy's already-broken toys and making you watch.||”|
Supernatural was renewed for a twelfth season by The CW on March 12, 2016. The season consists of 23 episodes and aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm EST for the first 8 episodes before moving to 8:00 pm EST in January 2017. Filming began on July 12, 2016 and ended on April 26, 2017.
MEET THEM ON THE DARK SIDE
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- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester (23/23)
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (23/23)
- Mark Sheppard as Crowley (12/23) (episodes 1-3, 7-9, 12-13, 15, 17, 21, 23)
- Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer (7/23) (episodes 12-13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) and Nick (1/23) (episode 13)
- Misha Collins as Castiel (11/23) (episodes 1-3, 7-10, 12, 15, 19, 23)
Special Guest Stars
- Rick Springfield as Vince Vincente (2/23) (episodes 2, 7) and Lucifer (3/23) (episodes 2-3, 7)
- Jim Beaver as Alternate Bobby Singer (1/23) (episode 23)
- Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester (13/23) (episodes 1-3, 6, 9, 12-14, 17, 20-23), Hugo Moriarty (1/23) (episode 3), and Captured Shapeshifter (1/23) (episode 20)
- Elizabeth Blackmore as Lady Toni Bevell (5/23) (episodes 1-2, 20-22)
- Ruth Connell as Rowena MacLeod (5/23) (episodes 2-3, 8, 11, 13)
- Lisa Berry as Billie (2/23) (episodes 6, 9)
- Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills (2/23) (episodes 6, 22) and Jael (1/23) (episode 6)
- Shoshannah Stern as Eileen Leahy (2/23) (episodes 17, 21)
- Jesse Reid as Jervis (1/23) (episode 1)
- Adam Rose as Aaron Bass (1/23) (episode 5)
- Gil Darnell as Commandant Nauhaus and Adolf Hitler (1/23) (episode 5)
- Theo Devaney as Gavin MacLeod (1/23) (episode 13)
- Rick Worthy as Alpha Vampire (1/23) (episode 14)
- Kathryn Love Newton as Claire Novak (1/23) (episode 16)
- Katherine Ramdeen as Alex Jones (1/23) (episode 22)
- Kerry van der Griend as Roy (1/23) (episode 22)
- Nels Lennarson as Walt (1/23) (episode 22)
- Mackenzie Murdock as Bearded Demon (1/23) (episode 1)
- David Haydn-Jones as Arthur Ketch (12/23) (episodes 2, 4, 8-9, 12-14, 17-18, 20-22) and Captured Shapeshifter (1/23) (episode 20)
- Adam Fergus as Mick Davies (6/23) (episodes 2, 8-9, 14, 16-17)
- Courtney Ford as Kelly Kline (5/23) (episodes 8, 13, 17, 19, 23)
- Woody Jeffreys as Tommy (3/23) (episodes 2-3, 7)
- Kara Royster as Alicia Banes (3/23) (episode 6, 9, 20) and Jael (1/23) (episode 6)
- Ali Ahn as Dagon (3/23) (episode 13, 17, 19)
- Gillian Barber as Doctor Hess (3/23) (episode 17, 21-22)
- Kendrick Sampson as Max Banes (2/23) (episode 6, 20)
- Stephen Lobo as Rick Sanchez (2/23) (episodes 8-9)
- David Chisum as Jefferson Rooney and Lucifer (1/23) (episode 8)
- Michael Querin as Archbishop and Lucifer (1/23) (episode 8)
- Alicia Witt as Lily Sunder (1/23) (episode 10)
- Alexander Calvert as Jack (1/23) (episode 23)
- Don Messick as Scooby-Doo (1/23) (episode 11; voice only; uncredited)
- Spencer Drever as Young Mick Davies (1/23) (episode 17)
|There was something about being there... It felt pure.|
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DO NOT CHANGE!
|Keep Calm and Carry On||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Phil Sgriccia||10/13/2016||#242 1201|
|MAMA WINCHESTER IS BACK — Dean (Jensen Ackles) is overwhelmed as he comes face to face with his mom, Mary Winchester (guest star Samantha Smith). Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) is fighting for his life after Toni, from the Woman of Letters, shot him.
|Mamma Mia||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Thomas Wright||10/20/2016||#243 1202|
|RICK SPRINGFIELD GUEST STARS — Dean (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins) and Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) have a lead on Sam (Jared Padalecki) and set out to rescue him. Dean is uncomfortable with putting Mary in danger but she insists on going along. Meanwhile, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) is tipped off that Lucifer has taken over the body of rock star Vince Vicente (guest star Rick Springfield).
|The Foundry||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: Robert Singer||10/27/2016||#244 1203|
|OH BABY – When a crying baby leads to death in a mysterious abandoned house, Mary (guest star Samantha Smith), Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) decide to investigate. Meanwhile, Castiel's (Misha Collins) hunt for Lucifer (guest star Rick Springfield) leads him, begrudgingly, to partner up with Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard).
|American Nightmare||Writer: Davy Perez||Director: John Showalter||11/3/2016||#245 1204|
|OFF THE GRID – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a case that leads them to a devout religious family that lives off the grid. The brothers realize that the parents are hiding a huge secret that could destroy them all. Meanwhile, Dean struggles to accept Mary's (guest star Samantha Smith) latest decision.|
|The One You've Been Waiting For||Writer: Meredith Glynn||Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado||11/10/2016||#246 1205|
|EVERYBODY STILL HATES HITLER – After learning that the soul of Adolf Hitler has been trapped in a 1930's gold pocket watch, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must act quickly to prevent a group of Nazi necromancers from resurrecting the Führer.|
|Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox||Writer: Steve Yockey||Director: John Badham||11/17/2016||#247 1206|
|THREE WINCHESTERS ARE BETTER THAN ONE – When hunters gather together to celebrate the life and tragic death of one of their own, Sam (Jared Padalecki) Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) must take action when a demon starts picking off hunters one by one.|
|Rock Never Dies||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: Eduardo Sanchez||12/1/2016||#248 1207|
|RICK SPRINGFIELD ROCKS OUT AS LUCIFER – Lucifer (Rick Springfield) realizes that as rock star Vince Vincente, he can get his fans to do whatever he wants. Thrilled with this power, Lucifer arranges to play a secret VIP concert in order to kill all of them. Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) enter the underbelly of the music industry to try to stop him.
|LOTUS||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Phil Sgriccia||12/8/2016||#249 1208|
|THE CHASE CONTINUES – Lucifer's search for power and influence in a vessel lands him in the White House. The President of The United States (guest star David Chisum) unknowingly makes a deal with the devil, leading Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins), Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) to band together to fight the Dark Lord.
|First Blood||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Robert Singer||01/26/2017||#250 1209|
|THE HUNTERS BECOME THE HUNTED – After being arrested for the attempted assassination of the President of The United States, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must find a way out of an underground, government-run, detention facility in the middle of nowhere. Determined to find her sons, Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and Castiel (Misha Collins) seek assistance from an unlikely source.
|Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets||Writer: Steve Yockey||Director: Thomas Wright||02/02/2017||#251 1210|
|ANGELS AMONG US – Lily Sunder (guest star Alicia Witt) steeps herself in black magic, honing her powers for over a century, waiting to exact revenge on a band of angels that murdered her family. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must work quickly to stop Castiel (Misha Collins) from becoming her next victim.|
|Regarding Dean||Writer: Meredith Glynn||Director: John Badham||02/09/2017||#252 1211|
|DEAN LOSES HIS MEMORY - Sam (Jared Padalecki) enlists Rowena's (guest star Ruth Connell) help to track down an old world, powerful family of witches after Dean (Jensen Ackles) gets hit by a spell that is rapidly erasing his memory.|
|Stuck in the Middle (With You)||Writer: Davy Perez||Director: Richard Speight Jr.||02/16/2017||#253 1212|
|RICHARD SPEIGHT JR. DIRECTS – Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) asks Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) for help on a case she's working but neglects to mention the British Men of Letters are involved. When Mary is double crossed, everything is revealed.
|Family Feud||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: P.J. Pesce||02/23/2017||#254 1213|
|SAM AND DEAN ASK ROWENA TO FIND CROWLEY'S SON – When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) look into a murder at a museum, they learn a ghost from a merchant ship that sunk in 1723 may be at the heart of the mystery. After realizing "The Star" was the same ship that Crowley's (Mark A. Sheppard) son Gavin McLeod (guest star Theo Devaney) should have been aboard, they enlist help from Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) to track Gavin down. Kelly Kline (guest star Courtney Ford), still pregnant with Lucifer's child, takes refuge with a demon after an angel attempts to kill her.
|The Raid||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: John MacCarthy||03/02/2017||#255 1214|
|SAMMY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - A chance to take out a nest of vampires backfires when the alpha-vamp shows up and turns the tables on Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and The British Men of Letters, who are doing their best to recruit Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles).|
|Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell||Writer: Davy Perez||Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado||03/09/2017||#256 1215|
|THE HOUNDS OF HELL - An attack by an invisible hellhound at a campsite leads Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to investigate the mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, two of Crowley's (Mark A. Sheppard) own personal demons uncover what he has been hiding. Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a lead on Kelly Kline.
|Ladies Drink Free||Writer: Meredith Glynn||Director: Amyn Kaderali||03/30/2017||#257 1216|
|WOLF IN THE NIGHT - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) let Mick Davies (guest star Adam Fergus) tag along on a case as they search for a werewolf. The three men run into Claire Novak (guest star Kathryn Love Newton), also working the hunt. However, the reunion is short lived after Claire is bitten and the brothers race to find a way to help her before she turns.|
|The British Invasion||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: John F. Showalter||04/06/2017||#258 1217|
|THE WINCHESTERS FIND KELLY KLINE – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) get a lead on Kelly Kline's (guest star Courtney Ford) whereabouts. Mick (guest star Adam Fergus) drops by the bunker unexpectedly and decides to join the hunt.
|The Memory Remains||Writer: John Bring||Director: Phil Sgriccia||04/13/2017||#259 1218|
|SECRETS AND LIES – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a missing person's case in a small town. The lead witness tells the Winchesters the attacker was a man with the head of a goat. Sam and Dean aren't sure what to believe but when the witness goes missing they realize the town is hiding a dark secret.|
|The Future||Writer: Meredith Glynn and Robert Berens||Director: Amanda Tapping||04/27/2017||#260 1219|
|KELLY MAKES A BOLD CHOICE – Sam (Jared Padalecki) comes up with a way to stop Lucifer's (Mark Pellegrino) baby but Castiel (Misha Collins) has something else in mind for Kelly (guest star Courtney Ford). Dean (Jensen Ackles) is furious when he finds out someone stole the colt. Kelly makes a bold choice about the baby's future.
|Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes||Writer: Steve Yockey||Director: Richard Speight Jr.||05/04/2017||#261 1220|
|RICHARD SPEIGHT, JR. DIRECTS – Alicia Banes (guest star Kara Royster) calls Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) for help after her mother, Tasha (guest star Alvina August), goes missing. Sam (Jared Padalecki) answers Mary's phone and he and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head out to help Alicia and her twin brother, Max (guest star Kendrick Sampson), find their mother who was hunting a powerful witch. Meanwhile, Mary starts to have some doubts about the British Men of Letters.|
|There's Something About Mary||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: P.J. Pesce||05/11/2017||#262 1221|
|MARY VS. TONI BEVELL – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are alarmed when they learn hunters are being killed by suspicious "accidents" all over the country. They decide it is best to find Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and make sure she's safe. Meanwhile, Toni (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) is back in the states and she and Mary face off.
|Who We Are||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: John Showalter||05/18/2017||#263 1222|
|FAMILY - Caught in a dangerous situation, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) only have each other to rely on. Meanwhile, the fight between the American Hunters and the British Hunters comes to a head.|
|All Along the Watchtower||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Robert Singer||05/18/2017||#264 1223|
|EPIC SEASON FINALE - Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) battles Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) for control of his unborn child.
- The season was made available on Netflix for streaming on May 26, 2017.
- The season averaged with 1.68 million viewers and a 0.6 rating, making this the least watched and lowest rated season of the entire series. To see the ratings of each episode, visit this page.
- This season has the second least watched episode of the entire series; The Future (1.38 million)
- The main antagonists of season twelve are the British Men of Letters (represented by Doctor Hess) and Lucifer while the secondary antagonists are Arthur Ketch, Lady Toni Bevell and Dagon.
- This is the first season to have humans as one of the main antagonists.
- This is the second season where Lucifer is a main antagonist with Season 5 being the first one.
- This is the first season since Season 1 and Season 2 to feature a yellow-eyed demon alive in the present timeline.
- This is the first and only season to feature more than one Prince of Hell deaths. Azazel died in Season 2 while Asmodeus is yet to be introduced on the show.
- This season marks the final appearance of Crowley.
- This is the first season to feature another death of an Alpha since Season 6.
- This is the second season to feature a Nephilim. The first one was Season 8.
- This is the sixth season to feature The Colt with seasons 1 to 3, 5 and 6 being the first five.
- This is the first season since season 9 to feature the death of a Big Bad within their season. In this case, Arthur Ketch. It also features the deaths of Rowena MacLeod and Crowley.
- This is the fourth season to not feature Hell in any way. Seasons 1, 9 and 10 are the first three.
- This is the fifth season to not feature Heaven. Seasons 1 to 4 are the first four. Only the Heavenly Portal is seen in this season.
- This is the fourth season to feature a death of a main character. The first one is Season 2 when Sam Winchester died in All Hell Breaks Loose - Part 1, the second is in Season 3 when Dean Winchester died in No Rest for the Wicked and the third is Season 5 when Sam Winchester and Castiel died in Swan Song. This one features the deaths of Crowley and Castiel.
- This is the first season where all members of Team Free Will died.
- Eight recurring characters from previous seasons have been permanently killed off in this season: Alpha Vampire, Billie, Crowley, Eileen Leahy, Gavin MacLeod, Joshua, Lady Toni Bevell and Roy.
- This is the sixth season to not have a main cast member direct an episode. Seasons 1 to 5 were the first five. Jensen Ackles directed an episode from seasons 6 (Weekend at Bobby's), 7 (The Girl Next Door), 8 (Heartache), 10 (Soul Survivor) and 11 (The Bad Seed) while Misha Collins directed an episode from season 9 (Mother's Little Helper).
- This is the first season to have 5 series regulars as Mark Pellegrino has been promoted as of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. This season also marks his first season as a series regular.
- However, this is the final season where Mark Sheppard is credited as a series regular.
- This is the first season to have an Archangel as one of the main characters, although it can be argued that Lucifer was a main character when possessing Castiel in Season 11.
- This is the second season to have two new episodes air in one night. The first one was Season 6.
- This is the first season where Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer are the showrunners.
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