The CW announced the renewal of Supernatural for a ninth season on February 11, 2013. Actor Misha Collins was announced to be returning as a series regular and also directed an episode. He is the second star of the show to direct an episode. Actor Jim Beaver was also announced to be returning this season. Jensen Ackles did not direct an episode of his own, as he did in Season 6, 7 and 8 due to the birth of his daughter. At Comic Con, Jensen stated that “I’m not directing this year — well not yet. They haven’t given me one. I usually direct the first one out of the gate, but because I have a 7-week-old daughter I opted to stay home with the newborn instead this year. There’s still a few episodes that are not slated yet with the directors and I think they’re trying to figure out how they can slide me in there storyline wise.”
Supernatural switched from Wednesday to Tuesday nights for the new season. Following the trend of the past two seasons, this season also had 23 episodes. This season premiered October 8, 2013. 
Immediately after the fall of the angels caused by the angel Metatron, the Scribe of God, Sam falls into a coma from the effects of the trials to close the gates of Hell and almost dies. With Castiel unable to help (having lost his grace), Dean seeks the aid of another angel named Ezekiel, whose only option to save Sam from his wounds is to possess him. Dean accepts, and helps Ezekiel trick Sam into giving his consent against his knowledge. The three of them, with Kevin (and Crowley as their prisoner), work to find a means to put the angels back in Heaven and are also forced to deal with Knight of Hell, Abaddon, who is attempting to seize control of Hell in Crowley's absence and enforce her reign of Hell on earth. Also a newly human Castiel must continue to run from the thousands of angels who blame him for their setbacks including many of whom are now lead by Bartholomew and Malachi seeking to restore themselves back to Heaven under their respective leadership's. Sam and Dean (with the help of Ezekiel) deal with regular hunting cases with help from old friends such as Charlie and Jody, but over time Sam begins to notice that something isn't right with him which Dean wants to tell Sam about but Ezekiel insists that his presence must remain secret. Eventually, Metatron returns to Earth and Ezekiel is revealed to actually be the angel Gadreel, the former protector of the Garden of Eden picked by God to protect the Garden but failed by letting Lucifer into the Garden and was then punished by being locked away in Heaven's darkest dungeon. Metatron makes a deal with Gadreel to rebuild Heaven together by allowing certain angels to return which Gadreel, seeking to redeem himself accepts. Dean discovers Gadreel's deception and tries to warn Sam, but Gadreel takes full control and kills Kevin. Meanwhile, Castiel reclaims his powers by stealing the grace of another angel. Dean and Castiel team up with Crowley to expel Gadreel from Sam's body, but are forced to let the King of Hell go in exchange for his help.
Sam is furious at Dean's deception, and their relationship becomes strained as they struggle to deal with Kevin's death. While Sam is still at the Bunker and Castiel starts a mission to find Metatron on his own and stay clear of Bartholomew, who eventually finds him and tries to convince Castiel to join him, Dean then teams up with Crowley in his hunt for Abaddon to find the only weapons that can kill a Knight of Hell, the First Blade and the Mark of Cain. Both of which Dean acquires from Cain himself, the first born son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel and became the original Knight of Hell as well as the trainer and creator of the rest of the Knights, including Abaddon. Sam helps Castiel look for Gadreel, while Castiel comes face to face with Bartholomew who wants him to join his faction of followers hunting for Metatron. Castiel disagrees with Bartholomew's ruthless methods and kills him in self-defense, causing a number of angels to ask Castiel to lead them (much to his chagrin). Dean eventually finds Abaddon and kills her, but the Mark of Cain begins to affect him, bestowing him with great strength, but also a painful desire to kill. Meanwhile, Metatron continues to play God with the power of the angel tablet and starts enacting public miracles to become a deity to mankind and they begin to slaughter and praise in Metatron's name. Gadreel grows tired of Metatron's lies and defects, teaming up with Castiel to try and stop him.
In the season finale, Sam and Castiel worry about the Mark's influence on Dean, but eventually realize that he's their best shot at defeating Metatron. Castiel and Gadreel try to infiltrate Heaven to destroy the angel tablet and cut off Metatron's power, allowing Dean to kill the angel, but they are caught and put in Heaven's dungeon. Gadreel is forced to sacrifice himself as part of a spell to free Castiel. Meanwhile, Sam arrives too late to stop Metatron from stabbing Dean through the heart and his brother dies in his arms. Castiel manages to trick Metatron and take back Heaven, but chooses to spare his life and locks him in Heaven's dungeon though is dying from his draining grace. Sam tries to summon Crowley to fix Dean, but instead Crowley shows up in the bunker of his own choice where Dean's body has been placed and puts the First Blade back into his hands, which revives Dean as a demon.
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester (23/23) and Gadreel / "Ezekiel" (8/23)
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (23/23)
- Misha Collins as Castiel (11/23)
- Mark Sheppard as Crowley (9/23)
- Tahmoh Penikett as Gadreel / "Ezekiel" (6/23)
- Alaina Huffman as Abaddon (6/23)
- Curtis Armstrong as Metatron (5/23)
- Osric Chau as Kevin Tran (4/23)
- Erica Carroll as Hannah (3/23)
- Adam J. Harrington as Bartholomew (2/23)
- Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills (2/23)
- Danielle Kremeniuk as Ingrid (2/23)
- Timothy Omundson as Cain (1/23)
- Julian Richings as Death (1/23)
- Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer (1/23)
- Richard Speight Jr. as Gabriel (1/23)
- Felicia Day as Charlie Bradbury (1/23)
- Anna Galvin as Abaddon and Colette Mullen (1/23)
- DJ Qualls as Garth Fitzgerald IV (1/23)
One of this season's late episodes (reportedly #20) was set to serve as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off of the show. The show planned to explore the clashing hunter and monster cultures in Chicago with all new characters. Unlike "Supernatural," the spin-off would only be set in Chicago.
In the Chicago-set episode, Carver said we’ll be introduced to a show that would, if picked up by the network, “explore the clashing monster and human characters” living in the city. In fact, he said, “we’ll have main characters who are both human and monsters.” That will include, added Singer, “families of monsters and families of hunters.” “It’s much more of an ensemble than Supernatural ,” Singer said.
The show's official title was to be called Supernatural: Bloodlines (previously titled Supernatural: Tribes), but the backdoor pilot was not received well.
Episode List: 2013-2014
|I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: John F. Showalter||10/08/13||#173 901|
|Dean is frantic after Sam collapses and the doctor tells Dean his brother won’t make it. Desperate, Dean sends out an all points bulletin, via prayer, to every angel in the area, asking them to help his brother. In exchange, Dean will owe that angel a favor.
Numerous angry angels race to find and kill Dean, but one, Ezekiel, gets to him first. In the meantime, Sam is going to fight for his life, and must face some familiar demons to do so. Castiel is learning to survive without powers. Sam also comes across Death.
|200px||Devil May Care||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Guy Bee||10/15/13||#174 902|
|Dean shocks Sam by popping open the trunk of the Impala and showing him that he has kidnapped Crowley. Kevin freaks out when he sees the King of Hell, but Sam and Dean convince him that they need Crowley to find the demons on Earth. Meanwhile, Abaddon re-emerges and plans to take over Hell.
|200px||I'm No Angel||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Kevin Hooks||10/22/13||#175 903|
|Ezekiel tells Dean a group of angels is hunting Castiel. Dean and Sam race to find their friend before the angels do. Meanwhile, a homeless Castiel is trying to make his way through the city and comes across some unexpected surprises.
|200px||Slumber Party||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Robert Singer||10/29/13||#176 904|
|While discovering an ancient computer in the Men Of Letters Bunker, Sam and Dean enlist the help of Charlie Bradbury. While moving the computer they dislodge a hex bag which unleashes Dorothy (guest star Tiio Horn) and The Wicked Witch (guest star Maya Massar) who trapped themselves in the web years ago
|200px||Dog Dean Afternoon||Writer: Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder||Director: Tim Andrew||11/5/13||#177 905|
|While investigating two bizarre murders, Sam and Dean realize there is an eye witness to both gruesome deaths- a German Sheppard. Anxious to find out if they are dealing with a witch, a skin walker or other supernatural monster, the guys look up a spell that could let Dean "communicate" with the dog. Unfortunately the spell comes with side effects that no one saw coming.
|200px||Heaven Can't Wait||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: Rob Spera||11/12/13||#178 906|
|Castiel gets a job at a Gas-N-Sip and actually starts to enjoy life as a human. A headline in the local newspaper about some disappearances in the area catches his eye, so he calls Dean to help him investigate the case. Dean knows he needs to keep Sam/Ezekiel away from Castiel, so he tells Sam that he and Kevin need to stay and work with Crowley to decipher the tablet. Crowley agrees to help Dean and Kevin but in return he wants one phone call to Hell.
|200px||Bad Boys||Writer: Adam Glass||Director: Kevin Parks||11/19/13||#179 907|
|Dean gets a call from an old friend named Sonny asking for help with a ghost. Sonny runs a home for delinquent boys, and Dean was sent there for stealing food when he was younger. Sam is stunned he never knew this about his brother and asks for more information, but Dean dodges his questions. Another murder occurs while Sam and Dean are at the house, so they scramble to find the culprit before anyone else dies. Meanwhile, Dean looks up an old girlfriend and recalls his time at the house.
|200px||Rock and a Hard Place||Writer: Jenny Klein||Director: John MacCarthy||11/26/13||#180 908|
|Sheriff Mills calls Sam and Dean for help investigating multiple murders in her small town. Discovering all four victims belonged to the same church chastity group, Sam and Dean decide to infiltrate by joining the group themselves. When Dean disappears, Sam and Sheriff Mills realize whatever they are hunting has taken Dean too and team up to rescue him.
|200px||Holy Terror||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Thomas J. Wright||12/03/13||#181 909|
|After a massive angel slaughter occurs, Sam and Dean arrive at the scene to investigate and are surprised to run into Castiel. While investigating, Castiel is captured and tortured. Meanwhile, Dean questions Ezekiel’s demands and wonders if it might be time to tell Sam the truth.
|200px||Road Trip||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Robert Singer||01/14/14||#182 910|
|Dean is devastated after Kevin's death and vows to find the angel that killed him, not only to free Sam, but to seek revenge. Castiel arrives at the bunker and suggests they try to separate Sam's brain from the angel's so they can talk to Sam and have him expel Gadreel. However, there's one small problem: the only person who knows how to do that is Crowley.
|200px||First Born||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: John Badham||01/21/14||#183 911|
|Looking to reclaim his place as King of Hell, Crowley asks Dean for help finding “The First Blade,” the only blade that can kill Abaddon. Knowing he owes Crowley a favor for helping Sam and also wanting Abaddon dead himself, Dean reluctantly agrees and the two set off on a road trip. However, Dean and Crowley are completely unprepared when they find out who has the blade – Cain, the first son. Meanwhile, Sam is back at the bunker with Castiel who notices there is some leftover grace inside Sam. If they can extract it, they can use the grace to track Gadreel. The only problem is the procedure may do permanent damage to Sam.
|200px||Sharp Teeth||Writer: Adam Glass||Director: John F. Showalter||01/28/14||#184 912|
|After finding out that Garth is in the hospital, Sam and Dean go to check on him. Still carrying the guilt over Kevin, Dean lays into Garth about disappearing and demands to know where he’s been. Garth makes an excuse and then hightails it away from the guys. Confused as to why Garth would run from them, Sam and Dean do some investigating and are stunned by what they find.
|200px||The Purge||Writer: Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder||Director: Phil Sgriccia||02/04/14||#185 913|
|Sam and Dean investigate recent murders where the victims were hundreds of pounds lighter after their deaths. Suspecting witches, the two go undercover at a fancy day spa that all of the victims had attended for weight loss. While Sam is hired as a fitness instructor, Dean takes kitchen duty. After Dean swipes some tainted food and passes out, the guys realize someone is drugging the guests and literally sucking all of the fat out of them until they die.
|200px||Captives||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: Jerry Wanek||02/25/14||#186 914|
|Sam and Dean are stunned to discover the Men of Letters’ bunker is haunted. Their investigation leads them to a storage facility where the demons have been keeping a prize possession. Meanwhile, Castiel is captured by Bartholomew.
|200px||Thinman||Writer: Jenny Klein||Director: Jeannot Szwarc||03/04/14||#187 915|
|A teenage girl is killed and the final selfie she took before the attack shows a ghostly figure in the background. Looking for something to keep them busy, Dean and Sam head to Washington to find the ghost. While the two interview the girl's mother, Betty, they are surprised when she starts talking about cold spots and fritzing. When they ask her about bringing up paranormal signs, Betty replies that the "supernaturalists" who called earlier brought it up. Enter Harry and Ed , the famous supernaturalists.
|200px||Blade Runners||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Serge Ladouceur||03/18/14||#188 916|
|Dean is frustrated when he can't reach Crowley , who has promised to find The First Blade. When Crowley finally calls Sam and Dean, he tells them he fell off the wagon and has been injecting human blood and needs their help. To make matters worse, he had a demon helping him find blood, but she sold him out and told Abaddon that he and the Winchesters were searching for The First Blade. The brothers need to find the blade before Abaddon does, so they enlist the help of a former member of the Men of Letters.
|200px||Mother's Little Helper||Writer: Adam Glass||Director: Misha Collins||03/25/14||#189 917|
|Dean struggles with the after effects of the Mark of Cain. Meanwhile, Sam hears about a case where straight-laced people are turning into violent murderers. Sam suspects possession and suggests to Dean that they investigate, but Dean tells him to go without him. While interviewing the local townsfolk, Sam meets an elderly woman named Julia, who tells him the Men of Letters came to town in 1958. Julia tells Sam the story of a young man named Henry Winchester and his female companion, Josie Sands. While Sam is away, Crowley tests Dean.
|Meta Fiction||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Thomas J. Wright||04/15/14||#190 918|
|Metatron attempts to get Castiel to join forces with him. Still furious with Metatron, Castiel refuses, which sets a surprising plan in motion. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean capture Gadreel.
|200px||Alex Annie Alexis Ann||Writer: Robert Berens||Director: Stefan Pleszczynski||04/22/14||#191 919|
|Sheriff Mills calls Sam and Dean after she kills a vampire who attacked a prisoner named Annie. They discover Annie was kidnapped by a family of vampires who use her as bait to lure in humans they can then feed on. Sheriff Mills tries to rescue Annie from her captors, but finds out the hard way that family always comes first.
|200px||Bloodlines||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Robert Singer||04/29/14||#192 920|
|Sam and Dean investigate a case in Chicago, where they discover that various mafia-esque monster families are, unknown to humans, running the underbelly of Chicago. One is a family of shapeshifters run by Margo Lassiter, whose leadership is thrown into question when her brother David returns home. The other reigning family in town is made up of werewolves, lead by Julian Duval . While in Chicago, Sam and Dean meet Ennis, a man with a personal vendetta against the monsters. The Winchesters warn Ennis about heading into the hunter lifestyle, but Ennis refuses to listen and starts down a dangerous path
|200px||King of the Damned||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: P.J. Pesce||05/06/14||#193 921|
|Castiel captures one of Metatron's angels and asks Sam and Dean for help with the interrogation. Dean eagerly accepts, which doesn't go unnoticed by Sam. Meanwhile, Abaddon demands Crowley help her kill Sam and Dean. When he refuses, she reveals her shocking bargaining chip. Also, Castiel sets a meeting with Gadreel.
|200px||Stairway To Heaven||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Guy Bee||05/13/14||#194 922|
|After a massive attack on the angels, Castiel calls Sam and Dean for help. As they leave, Dean’s eagerness to bring the First Blade doesn’t go unnoticed by Sam who is worried about the cost to his brother whenever he uses the Blade. Meanwhile, Castiel is shocked when he learns the angel that caused the attack was one of his followers and did it in his name. Dean discovers there is a conspiracy among Castiel’s angel followers and at the heart of it is Tessa, the Reaper.
|200px||Do You Believe In Miracles?||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: Thomas J. Wright||05/20/14||#195 923|
|Dean feels the effects of the First Blade, and Metatron makes his move against humanity. Meanwhile, Sam, Dean and Castiel face shocking consequences when taking the fight to Metatron.
- The season's official poster provides a clear hint about a major plot event--Sam's shadow on the church is a silhouette of an angel with its wings broken. It was revealed in the premiere episode that this angel was Ezekiel, later revealed as Gadreel.
- This is the second season to feature Castiel on DVD / Blu-ray the first being Season 4.
Comic Con Videos
- Jared Padalecki Interview 1
- Jared Padalecki Interview 2
- Jensen Ackles Interview 1
- Jensen Ackles Interview 2
- Misha Collins Interview 1
- Misha Collins Interview 2
- Mark Sheppard Interview
- Ben Edlund Interview
- Jeremy Carver Interview #[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= Jeremy Carver Interview 2
- Robert Singer Interview
- Supernatural Panel Part 2
- Supernatural Panel Part 3
- Supernatural Panel Part 4
- Supernatural Panel Part 5
- Jared and Jensen @ Nerd HQ
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