The Rupture is the 3rd episode of Season 15. It aired on October 24, 2019.
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DO NOT CHANGE!
In the graveyard, Rowena tells the Winchesters, Castiel, and Belphegor how her spell will strengthen the barrier. She needs a quiet, ghost-free place near the epicenter, and is taken to the Carver crypt where Sam, Dean, and Castiel first took refuge. On their way they pass by the massive hole Chuck created that leads to Hell.
Rowena tries to cast the spell, but she is overcome with the ghosts' rage and falls down in anguish -- exclaiming they're all going to die. Rowena explains that there are too many ghosts and they are too strong. Belphegor walks out, and Castiel follows. He goes to the rupture and says he has an idea, but that Castiel won't like it.
Inside, Dean preps for battle, telling Sam he isn't giving up without a fight. Sam is overwhelmed, but Dean is angry. Belphegor returns and explains his plan, which involves Lilith's Crook, which is in Lilith's Chamber in Hell. Belphegor explains that the crook is actually a horn that, when blown, will draw in all the escaped inhabitants of Hell. Rowena says she can then close the rupture - described by Belphegor as more of a tear or a wound than a portal - like healing a wound after the souls are inside using a spell of her own creation, the Sanetur Acre Vulnus. She needs Sam's help, as he's close to a seasoned witch. Someone will need to throw the "bomb" into the rift while she and Sam stay protected. Dean volunteers. Belphegor offers to get the crook, and claims he needs protection, looking to Castiel. Dean agrees, leaving Castiel feeling like he must go.
Meanwhile, Ketch wakes up in the hospital. He is about to leave when he is attacked by the demon Ardat. She wants Belphegor, who Ketch was meant to kill for her, but he is reluctant to reveal his location. Ardat then realizes that Ketch is protecting his friends. When Ketch won't give up his friends at any price, Ardat kills him by ripping out his heart. As the spell supplies Rowena needs are brought to the crypt by the hunter Stevie, Ardat texts Dean from Ketch's phone and Dean unwittingly reveals the details of their plan.
Castiel and Belphegor prepare to enter Hell through the rupture, with Belphegor taunting Castiel that the Winchesters don't care about him. Castiel pushes Belphegor into the hole and jumps in after. In Hell, they find Lilith's Chamber, which is being ransacked by a demon that Castiel quickly dispatches. Belphegor explains that the horn is safe inside a box with Enochian warding. Castiel realizes that Belphegor wanted him to come to read the Enochian. Castiel recites the words -- verses singing praise to Lucifer -- but nothing happens. Belphegor points out that maybe it needs to be sung, so Castiel sings the Enochian and the box opens. Just as Castiel is handing over the horn, Ardat appears and attacks. She reveals that Belphegor has been playing a long game and wants to rule Hell. Belphegor kills her with an angel blade while Ardat is distracted and tells Castiel that he plans to use the horn to draw all the souls into himself, giving him god-like power. He pushes Castiel away and sounds the horn, causing the souls to start rushing back to Hell and into Lilith's Crook.
Meanwhile, Dean has taken up position near the hole, with the hex bag that will help close it. Rowena has prepared the ingredients, and together she and Sam perform the spell. The hex bag Dean holds starts to glow, giving him the signal to throw it down into the rupture, causing it to start to close.
In Hell, Castiel overcomes the horn's power and is able to stop Belphegor, which also stops the souls returning. Belphegor pretends to be Jack for a moment to stop Castiel, but Castiel calls him a liar and smites Belphegor to a cinder, destroying the horn in the process.
Topside, Rowena notices something is wrong and that the crook has not worked. She states that she has one last spell she can use, as she pulls out her last resurrection charm from the flesh of her shoulder. Rowena tells Sam there is a spell that will work, and will contain all the souls. Death Is an Infinite Vessel is a spell which requires only two ingredients -- the blood coursing through her veins and her last breath. This will draw all the souls into her body, where they will be trapped until, over time as her corpse decays, they will slowly be released. However, Rowena says she cannot kill herself -- she still values her own life too much. She explains that Sam, as was written in Death's notebooks, must be the one to kill her. Sam protests and refuses, but when Rowena asks if he'll let the world, and Dean, die instead, he knows the answer. Sam hugs Rowena to him, stabbing her in the process.
Castiel emerges from the hole. When Dean asks what went wrong, Castiel tells him that he killed Belphegor and the horn is destroyed. Dean is incredulous when, suddenly, they notice the ghosts being drawn into Rowena as she walks to the rift with a somber Sam behind her. With a last farewell, she jumps into the rupture and it closes behind her.
At the Bunker, Dean checks in on a grief-stricken Sam. He tells him the townsfolk of Harlan are okay, and that Ketch was found killed, probably by a demon. He reassures Sam that he had no choice about Rowena and they stopped the last apocalypse that Chuck threw their way because of it.
In the library, Dean is getting a drink when Castiel comes to ask about Sam. When he apologizes for what Rowena sacrificed, Dean picks a fight over what happened, directly blaming Castiel for Rowena's death, despite knowing Belphegor's ulterior motives. Castiel realizes that Dean still blames him for Mary's death. He confronts Dean about his anger and lack of concern for him, and says he's dead to Dean. With Jack dead, and Chuck gone, and the brothers having each other for support, Castiel says he feels it is time for him to move on and leaves. 
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester
- Misha Collins as Castiel
- Alexander Calvert as Belphegor
- Sharon Taylor as Ardat
- Nevin Burkholder as Malfayan
- Steven Allerick as Cal
- Tori Katongo as Stevie
- Donna Soares as Nurse
Featured Supernatural Beings
- Archangels (Lucifer, mentioned only)
- Crossroad Demons (Crowley, mentioned only)
- Demons (Belphegor, Ardat, Malfayan)
- Hell Ghosts (Francis Tumblety, Lizzie Borden, Mary Worthington, John Wayne Gacy flashback only)
- Nephilim (Jack Kline, corpse and mentioned only)
- Primordial Entities (God, mentioned only)
- Reapers (Billie, mentioned only)
- Seraph (Castiel)
- White-eyed Demons (Lilith, mentioned only)
- Witch (Rowena MacLeod)
- The episode picks up right after the events in Raising Hell.
- Billie was mentioned. She previously appeared in Moriah.
- Jack Kline was mentioned. He previously appeared in Moriah.
- Lucifer was mentioned. He previously appeared as a hallucination in Jack in the Box.
- Mary Winchester was mentioned. She previously appeared in Absence.
- Crowley was mentioned. He previously appeared in All Along the Watchtower.
- Lilith was mentioned. She previously appeared in Lucifer Rising.
- Hell was previously featured in The Devil in the Details.
- The Men of Letters bunker was previously featured in Moriah.
- The Book of the Damned was previously featured in Absence.
- Rowena brings up Sam being the one who killed her permanently, which was mentioned in Funeralia.
- The episode was watched by 1.24 million viewers and got a 0.3 rating.
- This episode is written as the third and final part of the three-part season premiere.
- The episode title shares similarity with The Rapture.
- Interestingly, the episodes had the same director.
- The episode title is a reference to the medical term "Rupture" which is a break or tear in any organ or soft tissue. In this case, it is the Rupture to Hell.
- Charles Beeson returns to the show as a director.
- This is his 13th overall episode to direct.
- This is the second episode in the series wherein Misha Collins sing with Heaven Can't Wait being the first time. Both episodes were also written by Robert Berens.
- Berens said on Twitter that Castiel was scripted to have his song cut off but they made Misha sing the whole thing.
- This episode features multiple recurring character deaths:
- Arthur Ketch was killed by Ardat who ripped his heart from his chest and crushed it. This is his second death. It is presumably his last as there is no indication Rowena gave Arthur a new Resurrection Seal.
- Rowena MacLeod sacrificed herself to save the world from the ghosts. This is her third death. As she removed her last Resurrection Seal, this is her final death.
- Belphegor was smote by Castiel.
- Rowena MacLeod's death bears similarities to scenes from previous seasons:
- Her last words "Goodbye, boys" is similar to what Crowley, her son, said in All Along the Watchtower. Both of them also sacrificed themselves to help the Winchesters get rid of evil.
- Her jumping off into Hell is similar to what Sam Winchester did in Swan Song.
- Her wearing a pink dress and getting stabbed in the abdomen is similar to how Mary Winchester died in Pilot.
- As of this episode, the MacLeod Family is extinct.
- This is the first episode of the season to feature the Men of Letters bunker.
- Castiel confronts Dean Winchester's rude behavior towards him, causing him to leave the Winchesters in this episode.
- Arthur Ketch uses the alias "Blackmore" which is a reference to Elizabeth Blackmore, the actress that portrayed Lady Toni Bevell.
- This is more likely a reference to Richie Blackmore, the guitarist from Deep Purple and Rainbow - a rock alias given to Ketch by Dean to indicate that Ketch is now one of the team. That’s why Ketch looks surprised (and then smiles) when the nurse addresses him by that name.
- Ardat reveals that she has watched Belphegor for centuries waiting for Lilith and Crowley to die so he can rule Hell.
- The Haxon Ring is a reference to Bobby Krlic's band The Haxon Cloak.
- Belphegor attempting to swallow every single ghost that escaped Hell to become something like God is similar to what Castiel did with the Purgatory souls and Leviathans in The Man Who Knew Too Much.
- It is revealed that the Resurrection Seal takes the form of a small hex bag implanted within the body. Rowena's last one was implanted into her left shoulder before she removed it.
- Ardat using Arthur's cell phone to trick Dean after killing Arthur mirrors Arthur doing the same thing in The Memory Remains after killing Mick Davies.
- Sharon Taylor, who portrays Ardat, previously played Bobby's Crossroad Demon in Weekend at Bobby's.
- When Castiel smites Belphegor, it has the effect of burning Jack's corpse into a charred skeleton as well as destroying Lilith's Crook, an effect never seen before with a smiting.
- Castiel reveals that his powers are failing and states that he has been trying to tell Dean this for some time but Dean hasn't wanted to listen.
- Rowena calls Sam the closest thing the Winchesters have to a seasoned witch aside from herself.
- The still-lifeless corpses possessed by the ghosts in Moriah and Back and to the Future are visible on the cemetery ground.