Season Five consists of 22 episodes and was rumored to be 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. Despite this, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles had contracts for a sixth season, and The CW renewed the series on February 16, 2010.
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 cross-hairs. 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 to 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) and Lucifer (2/22)
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (22/22)
- Misha Collins as Castiel (14/22)
- Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer (10/22)
- Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer (5/22)
- Kurt Fuller as Zachariah (4/22)
- Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley (4/22)
- Mark A. Sheppard as Crowley (3/22)
- Samantha Ferris as Ellen Harvelle (2/22)
- Alona Tal as Jo Harvelle (2/22)
- Richard Speight Jr. as Gabriel/"Loki" (2/22)
- Rachel Miner as Meg Masters (2/22)
- Amy Gumenick and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester (2/22)
- Emily Perkins as Becky Rosen (2/22)
- Matt Frewer as Pestilence (2/22)
- Cindy Sampson as Lisa Braeden (2/22)
- Jake Abel as Adam Milligan (2/22) and Michael (1/22)
- Matt Cohen as John Winchester and Michael (1/22)
- Steven Williams as Rufus Turner (1/22)
- Adrianne Palicki as Jessica Moore (1/22)
- Demore Barnes as Raphael (1/22)
- Julie McNiven as Anna Milton (1/22)
- Matt Ward as Uriel (1/22)
- Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills (1/22)
- Chad Lindberg as Ash (1/22)
- Traci Dinwiddie as Pamela Barnes (1/22)
- Julian Richings as Death (1/22)
Episode List: 2009-2010
|Sympathy for the Devil||Writer: Eric Kripke||Director: Robert Singer||9/10/09||#83 501|
|The fifth season begins with Lucifer being set free from Hell and appearing on Earth, and Sam and Dean learning that Castiel was killed by the archangels.
|Good God, Y'all||Writer: Sera Gamble||Director: Phil Sgriccia||9/17/09||#84 502|
|Ordinary citizens of a small town fall under a spell that makes them believe that they are demons and causes them to commit murder. While Castiel searches for God, Sam and Dean search for a way to end the violence.
|Free to Be You and Me||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: J. Miller Tobin||9/24/09||#85 503|
|Sam wants to give up hunting for angels and demons, but a mysterious visitor changes his mind; Dean attempts to help Castiel locate the archangel Raphael, who may know God's location.
|The End||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Steve Boyum||10/01/09||#86 504|
|Dean travels five years into the future and is attacked by zombies who were turned into monsters after being infected with a demonic virus. Sam and Dean soon learn that the virus is Satan's tool to destroy mankind.
|Fallen Idols||Writer: Julie Siege||Director: James L. Conway||10/08/09||#87 505|
|Citizens of a small town are being killed by dead icons, such as Abraham Lincoln, and by infamous objects, like James Dean's car. Later, two teens claim a friend was kidnapped by Paris Hilton.
|I Believe the Children Are Our Future||Writer: Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin||Director: Charles Beeson||10/15/09||#88 506|
|Sam and Dean investigate a series of murders that echo fairy tales and urban legends. Their probe leads them to an 11-year-old boy who's able to make everything he believes come true. Castiel thinks the lad is a threat and wants him eliminated.
|The Curious Case of Dean Winchester||Writer: Sera Gamble and Jenny Klein||Director: Robert Singer||10/29/09||#89 507|
|Bobby plays a high-stakes poker game with a witch and bets 25 years of his life for a chance to be free of his wheelchair, but he loses. As he begins to rapidly age, Dean attempts to save him, but he also ages into an old man.
|Changing Channels||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: Charles Beeson||11/05/09||#90 508|
|Sam and Dean are thrown into an alternate universe by the Trickster where they become characters in various TV shows, including a medical series, a Japanese game show, a forensics procedural and a sitcom. Castiel warns them that if they don't find a way out soon, they will become trapped inside forever. The Trickster is later revealed to be the archangel Gabriel.
|The Real Ghostbusters||Writer: Eric Kripke and Nancy Weiner||Director: James L. Conway||11/12/09||#91 509|
|Sam and Dean are tricked into attending a "Supernatural" convention where fans dress up as the brothers. But the entertaining event is soon disrupted by a ghost.
|Abandon All Hope...||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Phil Sgriccia||11/19/09||#92 510|
|Sam, Dean and Castiel track down the Colt and head off to find Lucifer to send him back to Hell. It's a hunters' reunion when the crew joins forces with Bobby, Ellen and Jo 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 get themselves admitted to a mental hospital in order to investigate if a monster is attacking patients. But their incarceration pushes them to the breaking point.
|Swap Meat||Writer: Julie Siege, Rebecca Dessertine and Harvey Fedor||Director: Robert Singer||1/28/10||#94 512|
|A teenage nerd conjures up a spell to swap bodies with Sam. After the switch, the boy investigates a case with an unwitting Dean and enjoys the perks of being good-looking and older. Meanwhile, Sam is stuck in the kid's body and deals 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|
|With the help of Castiel, Sam and Dean go back in time to 1978 and are reunited with their parents. Their mission is to prevent their father and mother from being murdered by Anna, who is ordered by the angels to stop Sam from being conceived so Lucifer won't be able to use him as a vessel in the future. Mary recognizes Dean as a hunter since he visited her in the past once before, but tries to keep the truth from John. Before the angels could finish the job, the archangel Michael shows up.
|My Bloody Valentine||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Mike Rohl||2/11/10||#96 514|
|Castiel helps Sam and Dean hunt down Cupid on Valentine's Day, after townspeople start to kill each other for love. However, after Cupid tells them he's innocent, they discover Famine, 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|
|Sam and Dean 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 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 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|
|Ambushed by angry hunters, Sam and Dean are shot and killed and sent to Heaven. Castiel warns Dean that Zachariah is looking for them in Heaven so they need to lay low while searching for an angel named Joshua 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|
|Sam and Dean are outnumbered by demons, but are saved at the last minute by Rob 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, who introduces them to his daughter Leah, 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|
|Dean 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 and Castiel are horrified at the angels' new game plan and take on Zachariah 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|
|Sam and Dean are kidnapped by a group of deities, including Kali, Ganesh, and Baldur and held hostage in a small hotel. The deities want to use Sam and Dean as bargaining chips to stop the Apocalypse, but the archangel Gabriel shows up and warns them that if Lucifer finds them he will kill them all. Unfortunately, one of the deities turns on the rest and Lucifer appears.
|The Devil You Know||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Robert Singer||4/29/10||#102 520|
|The demon Crowley tells Sam and Dean he can help them find the remaining Horsemen rings so they can trap Lucifer. The brothers are doubtful until Crowley leads them to Brady, the Handler for Pestilence, 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|
|Crowley tells Bobby he will give him the location of Death, the fourth horseman, in exchange for his soul. Knowing Sam and Dean need that fourth ring to stop the Apocalypse, Bobby reluctantly agrees. Sam and Dean confront Pestilence, but he unleashes a deadly virus upon them, so Castiel 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 climatic showdown between good and evil is at hand. With the Apocalypse looming, Sam and Dean realize they are out of options and make heart-breaking decisions that will change their lives forever.
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