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Lilith did not break the final seal. Lilith was the final seal. I killed her, and I set Lucifer free.

Supernatural was renewed for a fifth season by The CW on February 24, 2009. The season consists of 22 episodes and aired on Thursdays at 9PM EST.

The season premiered on September 10, 2009 with Sympathy for the Devil and ended on May 13, 2010 with Swan Song.

Season Summary

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.

Season Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Special Guest Stars

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Episode List

Dean Purgatory Blade.png There was something about being there... It felt pure.

This episode summary is an official CW press release. It may contain errors.
Image Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate #
501 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.
502 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.
503 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.
504 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.
505 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.

Absent: Misha Collins

506 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.
507 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.

Absent: Misha Collins

508 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.
509 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.

Absent: Misha Collins

510 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.
511 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.

Absent: Misha Collins

512 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.

Absent: Misha Collins

513 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.
514 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.
515 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.

Absent: Misha Collins

516 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.
517 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.
518 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.
519 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.

Absent: Misha Collins

520 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.

Absent: Misha Collins

521 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.
522 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.


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