|“||Lilith did not break the final seal. Lilith was the final seal. I killed her, and I set Lucifer free.||”|
Immediately after Sam frees Lucifer from Hell, he and Dean become targets of both Heaven and Hell. They are threats because they are destined to be the respective vessels of Lucifer and the Archangel Michael (the eldest of the archangels and the one responsible for casting Lucifer from Heaven), who will fight in a destined match to determine Earth's future. This would result in the deaths of millions of innocent people who would be in the crossfire. If Dean refuses Michael, Lucifer will destroy the human race with the Four Horsemen, the living embodiments of the four plagues, however Sam saying yes to Lucifer will only speed up the Devil's plans. Additionally Bobby is crippled and wheelchair-bound. Faced with no other choice, Sam and Dean team up with their angel ally and friend Castiel to look for a means to defeat both Heaven and Hell whilst battling angels, demons and even archangels.
Their journey pushes the Winchesters' relationship to the breaking point as they both learn how they truly feel about each other and at points agree with Michael and Lucifer. Both from distrust in each other and from not seeing any other choice. They also learn that Michael and Lucifer are a lot alike and what Sam and Dean potentially could be, only further persuading them when Sam and Dean themselves become distant. The boys' journey also leads to the deaths of many of their dear friends such as Ellen and Jo while other old friends such as Anna side against them and the Four Horsemen continue to bring Hell to Earth as the brothers seem to think all hope is lost even after some personal encounters with Lucifer and Michael themselves. Meanwhile, Castiel begins a mission to find God even going as far as to face the archangel Raphael to find him, only to deduce from the angel Joshua, the angel who talks to God, that God won't help. Additionally, the brothers try to kill Lucifer with the Colt, who regain it from a powerful crossroads demon named Crowley, who is also the King of the Crossroads and wants the boys to kill Lucifer, but the they do not succeed. However, the boys eventually gain hope from the Trickster, who is actually the archangel Gabriel (who is the youngest of the archangels and left Heaven because he couldn't take the fighting between his brothers), and who also, after re-gaining his faith in humanity, tells Sam and Dean that the Rings of the Four Horsemen are keys to Lucifer's Cage and that the brothers can trap Lucifer. So Sam, Dean, Castiel, Bobby, and Crowley (who restores Bobby's legs) all go after the rings and after gaining them, Sam willingly decides to let Lucifer possess him so he can take back control, open the cage, and fall in.
In the season finale, their plan falters and Lucifer fully possesses Sam while Michael meets him on the battlefield. As the brothers talk, Lucifer tries to convince Michael to have them both "walk off the chess board" but Michael won't listen and decides to have an altercation with Lucifer. Dean, after finding the battlefield with help from Chuck the prophet, rides onto the field with the Impala in a desperate attempt to get through to Sam but Lucifer instead beats Dean to a pulp as he explodes Castiel and snaps Bobby's neck but in the end the Winchesters' love proves more powerful than Lucifer's rage and Sam re-takes control, opens the cage door and falls in bringing, Lucifer, Michael, and Adam into it with him. A resurrected Castiel, who is now more powerful than before, then heals Dean, brings back Bobby and the trio part their separate ways. While Castiel returns to Heaven to possibly try and rule it and Bobby resumes hunting, Dean, on Sam's insistence, goes to Lisa and retires from killing monsters and begins a new and normal life away from hunting to be with her. That same night, however, Sam appears outside their house mysteriously.
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester (22/22), Alternate Lucifer (1/22) (episode 4), Gary Frankle (1/22) (episode 12), and Lucifer (1/22) (episode 22)
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (22/22) and Alternate Dean Winchester (1/22) (episode 4)
- Misha Collins as Castiel (14/22) (episodes 1-4, 6, 8, 10, 13-14, 16-18, 21-22) and Alternate Castiel (1/22) (episode 4)
Special Guest Stars
- Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer (10/22) (episodes 1-3, 7, 10, 15, 18, 20-22) and Bobby's Demon (1/22) (episode 1)
- Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley (God) (4/22) (episodes 1, 4, 9, 22)
- Kurt Fuller as Zachariah (4/22) (episodes 1, 4, 16, 18)
- Alona Tal as Jo Harvelle (2/22) (episodes 2, 10)
- Samantha Ferris as Ellen Harvelle (2/22) (episodes 2, 10)
- Richard Speight Jr. as Gabriel (2/22) (episodes 8, 19)
- Cindy Sampson as Lisa Braeden (2/22) (episodes 17, 22)
- Jake Abel as Adam Milligan (2/22) (episodes 18, 22) and Michael (1/22) (episode 22)
- Genevieve Padalecki as Ruby (1/22) (episode 1)
- Katherine Boecher as Lilith (1/22) (episode 1)
- Steven Williams as Rufus Turner (1/22) (episode 2)
- Titus Welliver as War (1/22) (episode 2)
- Adrianne Palicki as Lucifer (1/22) (episode 3)
- Amy Gumenick as Young Mary Winchester (1/22) (episode 13)
- Julie McNiven as Anna Milton (1/22) (episode 13)
- Matt Cohen as Young John Winchester and Michael (1/22) (episode 13)
- Chad Lindberg as Ash (1/22) (episode 16)
- Colin Ford as Young Sam WInchester (1/22) (episode 16)
- Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester and Azazel (1/22) (episode 16)
- Traci Dinwiddie as Pamela Barnes (1/22) (episode 16)
- A.J. Buckley as Ed Zeddmore (1/22) (episode 19)
- Travis Wester as Harry Spangler (1/22) (episode 19)
- Nicholas Elia as Ben Braeden (1/22) (episode 22)
- James Otis as Famine (1/22) (episode 14)
- Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer (5/22) (episodes 1, 3, 10, 19, 22) and Nick (1/22) (episode 1, 22)
- Mark A. Sheppard as Crowley (3/22) (episodes 10, 20-21)
- Emily Perkins as Becky Rosen (2/22) (episodes 1, 9)
- Rachel Miner as Meg (2/22) (episodes 1, 10)
- Matt Frewer as Pestilence (2/22) (episodes 19, 21)
- Bellamy Young as Sarah and Lucifer (1/22) (episode 1)
- Demore Barnes as Donnie Finnerman and Raphael (1/22) (episode 3)
- Chad Everett as Old Dean Winchester (1/22) (episode 7)
- Jon Gries as Martin Creaser (1/22) (episode 11)
- Colton James as Gary Frankle and Sam Winchester (1/22) (episode 12)
- Matt Ward as Young Uriel (1/22) (episode 13)
- Carrie Anne Fleming as Karen Singer (1/22) (episode 15)
- Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills (1/22) (episode 15)
- Kerry van der Griend as Roy(1/22) (episode 16)
- Nels Lennarson as Walt (1/22) (episode 16)
- Roger Aaron Brown as Joshua (1/22) (episode 16)
- Julian Richings as Death (1/22) (episode 21)
|There was something about being there... It felt pure.|
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DO NOT CHANGE!
|Sympathy for the Devil||Writer: Eric Kripke||Director: Robert Singer||9/10/09||#83 501|
|APOCALYPSE NOW - Picking up where the finale left off, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) watch as the Devil (guest star Mark Pellegrino, "Lost") emerges from Hell. The brothers and Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) deal with the aftermath of Lucifer rising and the stunning news from Chuck the Prophet (guest star Rob Benedict) that Castiel (Misha Collins) was blown to bits by the archangels.
|Good God, Y'all||Writer: Sera Gamble||Director: Phil Sgriccia||9/17/09||#84 502|
|IS THIS THE END? - Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that he is going to search for God, who will be able to defeat Lucifer. Bobby's (guest star Jim Beaver) old hunter friend, Rufus (guest star Steven Williams), is panicked about demons attacking his town, and begs Bobby for help. Sam and Dean arrive at the town and realize there is a spell over the townspeople, making them hallucinate that they are demons and causing them to kill one another.
|Free To Be You and Me||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: J. Miller Tobin||9/24/09||#85 503|
|ADRIANNE PALICKI GUEST STARS - Not sure he trusts himself anymore, Sam (Jared Padalecki) decides to give up hunting, but a late-night visitor (guest star Adrianne Palicki) won't let him off the hook that easily. Dean (Jensen Ackles), intent on stopping the Apocalypse, continues hunting on his own and teams up with Castiel (Misha Collins) to find the Archangel Raphael, as Castiel believes Raphael knows God's location.
|The End||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Steve Boyum||10/01/09||#86 504|
|TWO DEAN WINCHESTERS? - Sam (Jared Padalecki) tells Dean (Jensen Ackles) he wants to rejoin Dean in the battle of the Apocalypse, but Dean tells Sam that they are better off apart. Later, Dean awakens five years in the future in an abandoned city and is attacked by humans who have been infected with a demonic virus that turns humans into Zombies. Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) appears to Dean and explains that this is the world that exists as a result of Dean saying no to helping the angels fight Lucifer. Dean meets up with Future Dean, who tells him that the virus is the Devil's endgame for destroying mankind. Misha Collins also stars.
|Fallen Idols||Writer: Julie Siege||Director: James L. Conway||10/08/09||#87 505|
|PARIS HILTON GUEST STARS - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) decide to start hunting together again and their first case leads them to a small town whose inhabitants are being killed by famous dead icons like Abraham Lincoln and James Dean's car. However, after two teenage girls come forward and claim their friend was kidnapped by Paris Hilton (in a cameo role as herself), the brothers aren't sure what they are hunting anymore.
|I Believe the Children Are Our Future||Writer: Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin||Director: Charles Beeson||10/15/09||#88 506|
|FAIRY TALES DO COME TRUE - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a series of odd murders that strangely resemble fairytales and urban legends. The brothers track down an 11-year-old boy named Jesse (guest star Gattlin Griffith) and realize that whatever Jesse believes is coming true. Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam and Dean that Jesse is a serious threat and needs to be eliminated.
|The Curious Case of Dean Winchester||Writer: Sera Gamble and Jenny Klein||Director: Robert Singer||10/29/09||#89 507|
|OLD MAN DEAN! - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) discover a witch (guest star Hal Ozsan) is running a high-stakes poker game where the currency is life years vs. money. Bobby (Jim Beaver) sees the game as a chance to get out of the wheelchair and bets 25 years, but loses. As Bobby begins to age rapidly, Dean steps in to save him but also ends up turning into an old man, leaving Sam holding the bag for their survival.
|Changing Channels||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: Charles Beeson||11/05/09||#90 508|
|SAM AND DEAN GET STUCK IN TV HELL - The Trickster (guest star Richard Speight Jr.) throws Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) into an alternate universe where they are characters in different television series, including a sexy medical show, a Japanese game show, a forensics show and a sitcom. The brothers realize the only way to get out of this world is to play along and become the characters in the shows. However, Castiel (Misha Collins) appears and warns them this universe is dangerous and they must get out before they become trapped.
|The Real Ghostbusters||Writer: Eric Kripke and Nancy Weiner||Director: James L. Conway||11/12/09||#91 509|
|IT'S A SUPERNATURAL CONVENTION! � Super fan Becky (guest star Emily Perkins) uses Chuck's (guest star Chuck Benedict) phone to trick Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) into attending a Supernatural fan convention, complete with fans dressed up as Sam and Dean. One of the activities is a live action role playing game, but things quickly turn sour after a real ghost appears on the scene.
|Abandon All Hope...||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Phil Sgriccia||11/19/09||#92 510|
|SAM AND DEAN FACE OFF AGAINST LUCIFER - Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) track down the Colt and head off to find Lucifer (guest star Mark Pelligreno) to send him back to Hell. It's a hunters' reunion when the crew joins forces with Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver), Ellen (guest star Samantha Ferris) and Jo (guest star Alona Tal) for what could be their last night on Earth.
|Sam, Interrupted||Writer: Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin||Director: James L. Conway||1/21/10||#93 511|
|SAM AND DEAN CHECK INTO A MENTAL HOSPITAL - A former hunter named Martin (guest star Jon Gries), who is currently institutionalized, calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help investigating a case in the mental hospital. The brothers get themselves admitted as patients to check out the mysterious monster that is attacking the patients, but their incarceration pushes both to the breaking point as they unleash their inner demons against each other.
|Swap Meat||Writer: Julie Siege, Rebecca Dessertine and Harvey Fedor||Director: Robert Singer||1/28/10||#94 512|
|SAM'S BODYSNATCHED! - Gary (guest star Colton James), a teenage nerd, conjures up a body-switching spell and changes bodies with Sam (Jared Padalecki). Thrilled by his new handsome and built body, Gary (now Sam) investigates a case with Dean (Jensen Ackles) and takes advantage of his good looks and age by hitting on women and getting drunk. Meanwhile, Sam is stuck in Gary's teenage body, dealing with intrusive parents and high school.
|The Song Remains the Same||Writer: Sera Gamble and Nancy Weiner||Director: Steve Boyum||2/04/10||#95 513|
|JOHN WINCHESTER IS BACK - The angels send Anna (guest star Julie McNiven) back in time to kill John (guest star Matthew Cohen) and Mary (guest star Amy Gumenick) Winchester before they can conceive Sam (Jared Padalecki) knowing that if Sam was never born then Lucifer won't be able to use him as his vessel. Castiel (Misha Collins) sends Sam and Dean (Jensen Ackles) back to 1978 so they can stop Anna, and the two brothers are reunited with their parents. Mary recognizes Dean as a hunter since he visited her in the past once before but tries to keep the truth from John.
|My Bloody Valentine||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Mike Rohl||2/11/10||#96 514|
|CUPID MAKES AN APPEARANCE - Castiel (Misha Collins) helps Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) hunt down Cupid (guest star Lex Medlin) on Valentine's Day after townspeople start to kill each other for love. However, after Cupid tells them he's innocent, they discover Famine (guest star James Otis), one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, has arrived in town.
|Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: John F. Showalter||3/25/10||#97 515|
|IT'S BOBBY'S WIFE! - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate Bobby's home town where the dead are rising from the grave but instead of attacking humans, they are happily reuniting with their families. The brothers turn to Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) for help but he tells them not to worry about it and to leave town. Suspicious, Dean investigates and comes face to face with Bobby's dead wife (guest star Carrie Anne Fleming) who has no memory of what happened to her. Once the zombies start turning evil, the boys tell Bobby he has to kill his wife but he refuses.
|Dark Side of the Moon||Writer: Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin||Director: Jeff Woolnough||4/01/10||#98 516|
|SAM AND DEAN ARE KILLED AND GO TO HEAVEN - Ambushed by angry hunters, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are shot and killed and sent to Heaven. Castiel (Misha Collins) warns Dean that Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) is looking for them in Heaven so they need to lay low while searching for an angel named Joshua (guest star Roger Aaron Brown) who can help them since he talks directly to God. While searching for Joshua, the brothers run into some old friends and family members.
|99 Problems||Writer: Julie Siege||Director: Charles Beeson||4/08/10||#99 517|
|MICHAEL SHANKS ("STARGATE SG-1," "SMALLVILLE") GUEST STARS AS A HUNTER - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are outnumbered by demons, but are saved at the last minute by Rob (guest star Michael Shanks) and his townspeople, who are aware of the Apocalypse, and have been training to fight and kill demons. The small town is very religious and Sam and Dean meet Pastor Gideon (guest star Larry Poindexter), who introduces them to his daughter Leah (guest star Kayla Mae Maloney), whom he claims is a prophet. Leah tells the townspeople they must obey her orders if they want a spot in Heaven but when she starts turning the townspeople against each other in the name of the Lord, the brothers realize they must kill her.
|Point of No Return||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: Phil Sgriccia||4/15/10||#100 518|
|SUPETRNATURAL'S 100TH EPISODE STUNS WITH AN OLD FRIEND AND A SACRIFICE - Dean (Jensen Ackles) begins to think the only way to stop Lucifer is to say yes to Michael, but the angels decide they don't need him anymore. Dean, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Castiel (Misha Collins) are horrified at the angels' new game plan and take on Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) to prevent an all out war on Earth. Meanwhile, a familiar face returns.
|Hammer of the Gods||Writer: Andrew Dabb, Daniel Loflin and David Reed||Director: Rick Bota||4/22/10||#101 519|
|LUCIFER (MARK PELLEGRINO, "LOST") RETURNS - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are kidnapped by a group of gods, including Kali (guest star Rekha Sharma), Ganesh (guest star Keith Blackman Dallas) and Bladur (guest star Adam Croasdell) and held hostage in a small hotel. The gods want to use Sam and Dean as bargaining chips to stop the Apocalypse, but Gabriel (guest star Richard Speight, Jr.) shows up and warns them that if Lucifer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) finds them he will kill them all. Unfortunately, one of the gods turns on the rest and Lucifer appears.
|The Devil You Know||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Robert Singer||4/29/10||#102 520|
|SAM AND DEAN FACE OFF AGAINST THE HORSEMEN - The demon Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) he can help them find the remaining Horsemen rings so they can trap Lucifer. The brothers are doubtful until Crowley leads them to Brady (guest star Eric Johnson), the Handler for Pestilence (guest star Matt Frewer) and Death. However, Brady refuses to give up their locations and sets Pestilence after the Winchesters.
|Two Minutes to Midnight||Writer: Sera Gamble||Director: Phil Sgriccia||5/06/10||#103 521|
|BOBBY SELLS HIS SOUL TO HELP STOP THE APOCALYPSE/DEAN GOES HEAD TO HEAD WITH DEATH - Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) tells Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) he will give him the location of Death (guest star Julian Richings), the fourth horseman, in exchange for his soul. Knowing Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) need that fourth ring to stop the Apocalypse, Bobby reluctantly agrees. Sam and Dean confront Pestilence (guest star Matt Frewer), but he unleashes a deadly virus upon them, so Castiel (Misha Collins) must intervene on their behalf. Dean has a meeting with Death to discuss Lucifer, and an unholy alliance is formed at a very high price for Dean.
|Swan Song||Writer: Eric Kripke and Eric 'Giz' Gewirtz||Director: Steve Boyum||5/13/10||#104 522|
|THE APOCALYPSE - The entire season has been leading up to this showdown between good and evil. With the Apocalypse looming, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize they are out of options and make heart-breaking decisions that will change their lives forever. A beloved character is killed.
- The season had an average of 2.64 million viewers and 1.2 rating.
- This season marks the first appearances of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Heaven, Hybrids, Seraphim and Wraith.
- Misha Collins has been promoted to main cast this season and this is due to the overwhelming positive response of the fans.
- This is the only season where all of the Archangels (Michael, Lucifer, Raphael and Gabriel) are shown.
- There were rumors that this was the last season due to Eric Kripke's statements over the years that he had planned for the show to run for only five seasons.
- This season marked the shows 100th episode.
- Ironically, the episode 99 Problems is the show's 99th episode.
- Despite his apparent death in Hammer of the Gods, Gabriel is revealed to be alive in Season 13's Devil's Bargain. In Bring 'em Back Alive, its shown that Gabriel faked his death, but was captured and sold to the Prince of Hell Asmodeus before the Apocalypse was over.
- Despite his defeat at the end of the season, Lucifer returns as a hallucination in Season 7 and then in person in Season 11, Season 12 and Season 13 before he was finally killed by Dean in the Season 13 finale Let the Good Times Roll.
- A major plotline of the season was Castiel's search for God. In Season 11's Don't Call Me Shurley, the Prophet Chuck Shurley, a recurring character in seasons 4 and 5 who narrated the Season 5 finale Swan Song, is revealed to in fact be God.
- In Dark Side of the Moon, Joshua identifies God as the one who resurrected Castiel following his death at the hands of Raphael in Lucifer Rising/Sympathy for the Devil. In Swan Song, Castiel suspects that God resurrected him once again. In Don't Call Me Shurley, God confirms to Metatron that "I rebuilt Castiel more times than I can remember."
- In Swan Song, when Castiel is resurrected, he comes back "new and improved" as a Seraphim, a rank confirmed by a comment in Season 8's Blood Brother.
- In Swan Song, Castiel suggests that God helped "maybe more than we realize" to stop the Apocalypse. In Season 11, the revelation that God and Chuck are one and the same shows that he did help more than they knew in the guise of Chuck, something he explained as getting "a front-row seat" to the Apocalypse. God comments that he not only helped the Winchesters, he saved them, particularly by resurrecting Castiel so much.
- In Sympathy for the Devil, Lucifer uses the brutal murders of Nick's wife and son to get him to say "yes." In Season 14's Unhuman Nature and Damaged Goods, Nick learns that the demon Abraxas committed the murders. Before Nick kills him in revenge, Abraxas reveals that he committed those murders on the orders of Lucifer himself.
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