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‘Supernatural’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

Family is forever. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles not only formed a close bond with each other while playing brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, respectively, on Supernatural, but they also forged an unbreakable connection with their fans.

The actors led the CW drama for 15 seasons from September 2005 to November 2020. The duo were the only cast members to appear in all 327 episodes of the series, which followed the siblings as they hunted demons, monsters, ghosts and other supernatural beings.

Ackles, Padalecki and Misha Collins announced in March 2019 that the show would come to an end. “I am so incredibly grateful for the family that we’ve all built together,” the Gilmore Girls alum told fans via Instagram at the time. “I love y’all and am more appreciative of y’all than my meager vocabulary could hope to describe. I’m also typing through tears. So, please forgive me. ‘Til next time. #WinchestersNeverDie.”

Padalecki told Us Weekly in May 2019 that he felt like he would “never really say goodbye” to his character. He also reflected on what he would miss most about the show. “We really have become a family,” he said. “Over 15 years, we’ve cut the fat. We didn’t fire anybody but if they didn’t like being there, they move on. So the people that are there want to be there.”

Ackles, for his part, set his eye toward expanding the Supernatural universe. “It’s a long journey,” he teased during a TV Critics’ Association press tour panel in August 2019. “I don’t think it’s ever going to be over. It’s just going to go away for a while. I don’t know how long.”

The Boys star added that he was “not ever ready to close doors or burn bridges. I think that’s foolish.”

Ackles announced in June 2021 that he and wifeDanneel Ackles had a Supernatural prequel series in the works that centered around Dean and Sam’s parents. However, Padalecki was less than thrilled by the idea, claiming that he was not informed about the project before the news went public.

“Dude. Happy for you,” the New York Minute star tweeted. “Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter. I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever.”

When a fan suggested that Padalecki’s response was a “bad joke,” he replied, “No. It’s not. This is the first I’ve heard about it. I’m gutted.”

The House of Wax star subsequently requested that his followers keep their cool after Jensen faced backlash. “Hey world. Thank you for the love,” he wrote via Twitter. “Please PLEASE don’t send any hate or threats. I care deeply about everybody involved and would be in true misery if any of them were harmed or threatened.”

Padalecki later clarified that he and his former costar “had a great talk” and their friendship was “good” again. “We’ve travelled a lot of roads together, and sometimes those damn roads have bumps. Bumps don’t stop us. Once brothers, always brothers.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see where the stars of Supernatural are today.


After Supernatural: What The Main Actors Are Doing Next

Now that Supernatural has finally ended after a decade and a half, what are the series' stars going to be appearing in next?

After an incredible fifteen seasons (and over three hundred episodes) Supernatural finally wrapped up in 2020, and fans said their final goodbye to the Winchesters (and learned that for them, death could finally be final!). Although the last episode was a contentious one, with some fans furious at how Dean was killed in a simple fight with a few vampires, others felt that it was the appropriate goodbye for the brothers after devoting their lives to killing the things that go bump in the night.

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But after fifteen years with a series, where will the actors go next? It can be difficult to imagine stepping into a totally new role after a decade and a half of embodying one character, and of course, after this level of success, the stars of Supernatural don't necessarily have to leap straight into the next project, either. So what have the Winchesters and their friends (and enemies) been up to since the end of the series, and where can fans see them in future?

10 Kim Rhodes (Jody Mills)

The hope was that Sheriff Jody Mills, ally to the Winchesters, would be following up the series with a spin-off. The planned series, which was to be called Wayward Sisters, was given a backdoor pilot in season 13 of Supernatural, and would have followed Jody and the young women who lived with her after losing their families to supernatural events. Sadly, though, this series failed to take off. Rhodes has had a few other roles while Supernatural was still on the air, including in Criminal Minds and Kings of Con, but she currently has no upcoming projects.

9 Rob Benedict (Chuck)

Rob Benedict has been a part of Supernatural since 2009, although the earlier seasons had him appear only occasionally as a prophet and author of the 'Supernatural' books. It was only in the later seasons that it was revealed that he was actually God himself, and (finally) the enemy of the Winchesters. Benedict has appeared in two projects since the end of the show, sticking with the supernatural series with a small part in Lucifer, as well as a role in the film Violet. Next, he'll be appearing in On The Verge, a drama series for Netflix about women in their 40s.

8 Ruth Connell (Rowena)

Rowena, the witch who was an enemy turned frenemy turned friend of the Winchesters, dies at the end of season 14. Of course, that's not the end of her in the show, as death is rarely the end for anyone in Supernatural! Since the show ended, Connell has appeared in 2020's The Cursed Man, keeping in with the supernatural theme - as this is a thriller about a man who believes that death is in love with him, and will jealously kill anyone who so much as smiles at him. Next up, she will be in Hexengeddon, still sticking with a witchy vibe, as this project (currently in pre-production) centers on modern day witches rising up to take global revenge for the death of one of their own.

7 Alexander Calvert (Jack)

Jack was a late addition to Supernatural, appearing for the first time at the end of season 12. However, by the end of the series he had become a vital character, eventually even able to essentially take over as the new god. The role is arguably Calvert's biggest yet, although he has also appeared in the Arrowverse (as Lonnie Machin in Arrow) as well as recent movies like Good Boys (2019). At the moment, the actor has no upcoming projects.

6 Mark Sheppard (Crowley)

Many fans were bitterly disappointed that Crowley didn't return in the final season of Supernatural like so many other fan-favorite characters, but that doesn't take away from how important he was to the show as the crossroads demon, king of hell, and ally to the Winchesters.

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Mark Sheppard was, of course, a well-established actor long before his appearance in Supernatural, and is known for appearing in 'nerdy' series, including Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Dollhouse, Warehouse 13, and many more. Post-Supernatural, Sheppard moved on to the world of comic books, with a role as Willoughby Kipling in Doom Patrol.

5 Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester)

Mary Winchester has a fascinating history in Supernatural. A character who dies in the pilot (and in a flashback, at that), it was assumed that she would not appear in the series again. However, throughout the seasons, Mary appears in flashbacks, fantasies, and even in time travel scenes, before eventually being brought back to life by the Darkness and joining her sons for the final few seasons. Samantha Smith's character didn't quite make it to the finale, though, and has no upcoming projects listed.

4 Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer)

Bobby Singer is a father figure to the Winchester boys in Supernatural, and is a great example of how death really does mean nothing in Supernatural. Over the course of the show, he was a main character in the earlier seasons, died in season 7, returned as a ghost a little later, himself in the original Heaven for a while, and then returned as a doppelganger from Apocalypse World for the final seasons, and got his last appearance as his original self in the new Heaven after Dean dies. Now that the show is well and truly done, though, Beaver is working on something new: Nightmare Alley. This mystery thriller is set for release in December of this year.

3 Misha Collins (Castiel)

Castiel may have only joined Supernatural in season 4, but it quickly became impossible to imagine the show without him. Often considered the third Winchester, Castiel's end was an emotional one - and one that paid homage to the many fans who shipped Castiel and Dean.

RELATED: 10 Characters Who Died For Sam & Dean

Collins became known for founding The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES) during the filming of Supernatural, an institution that will continue post-series (the next edition is set for July 31, 2021). The only acting project he is currently working on is a sci-fi thriller, titled Invasion.

2 Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester)

The younger Winchester brother, Sam is one of the two stars of Supernatural - and during the show's run, also worked to raise awareness of mental health issues (and spoke openly about his own struggles with depression), raised money for causes through his 'Always Keep Fighting' campaign, and has become a very public face for the topic. He has also collaborated with Arrow star Stephen Amell on a wine for Amell's 'Nocking Point' brand, and owns a bar in his native Texas. Since the show, he has become the star of Walker, a reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger.

1 Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester)

It's difficult for Supernatural fans to decide if Sam or Dean is the bigger star of Supernatural, but at the end of the day, the show couldn't exist without either of them. The tough big brother of the show, Dean's end may not have been beloved by every fan, but his final scenes in Heaven were beautiful. Post-Supernatural, he'll be joining the comic book adaptation The Boys, as Soldier Boy, in the third season. In addition, Ackles will be taking on another comic project, voicing Batman/Bruce Wayne in the upcoming animated Batman: The Long Halloween Part I, set for release later this year.

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Every Supernatural Actor In The Boys

Supernatural and The Boys share a creator in the form of Eric Kripke, but the two popular shows also share several of the same actors.

The CW's Supernatural and Amazon Prime's The Boys have featured several of the same actors, and here's a breakdown of everyone who appeared on both shows. The former began life on The WB in 2005 and survived the transition into The CW. Ultimately running for a total of 15 seasons; the show greatly surpassed the initial plans of original Supernatural creator, Eric Kripke. Starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, the monster-hunter series officially concluded in 2020. Regardless, its legacy continued to provoke passionate support. Furthermore, the world looked set to be expanded, with a new prequel spinoff centered on John and Mary Winchester confirmed as in the works.

After Kripke made his exit following Supernatural season 5, he developed a range of new shows. Principal among them was the adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's ultra-violent, darkly satirical comic book saga, The Boys. The small screen iteration featured a notable cast, including Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Antony Starr as Homelander, Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve, and Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell. Premiering in 2019, the series rapidly won over critics and fans alike. As such, it was rapidly renewed for multiple further seasons. Equally, The Boys was confirmed to be receiving a spinoff of its own.

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Over the years, Kripke has become synonymous with nurturing family environments within his shows. That has most notably been prevalent via Supernatural. Padalecki and Ackles often demonstrated a close brotherhood as much behind the scenes as on-screen. That also extended to a loving connection with other actors that appeared across the 15 seasons. Even Kripke himself has frequently described Ackles and Padalecki as brothers. Such relationships were also visible from the cast of The Boys, as exampled by the birthday celebrations of Erin Moriarty (who played Annie January, a.k.a. Starlight). As a result, it made all the sense in the world that Kripke would find roles on The Boys for previous Supernatural cast members. Here's a breakdown of everybody that has enjoyed turns on both shows and who they played.

Jensen Ackles

As mentioned, Ackles played Dean Winchester on Supernatural, serving as one of the two leading heroes for the entirety of the show's run. Going to Hell and back, as well as realms beyond, Ackles saved people and hunted things for a total of 327 episodes. As well as starring, Ackles also directed six installments. The journey of both the actor and character seemed to be wrapped up in Supernatural season 15, episode 20, "Carry On." However, he later returned to the world, executive producing and reprising the role of Dean in voiceover for The Winchesters prequel series. Following Supernatural's divisive series finale, Ackles also landed the role of Soldier Boy on The Boys. Referenced through the first two seasons, the superpowered World War II veteran was confirmed to make his official debut in The Boys season 3, episode 1, "Payback," and recur throughout the subsequent episodes.

Nathan Mitchell

Mitchell debuted as Black Noir in The Boys season 1, episode 1, "The Name of the Game." Across the episodes since, the mysterious, silent warrior has become a firm fan favorite. Despite fighting aggressively on the side of Vought International, viewers were won over by the character's hidden depths. Those included sublime piano skills and a surprisingly exploited nut allergy. Before joining the superhero world, Mitchell appeared in Supernatural season 12, episode 15, "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell." He later returned for Supernatural season 12, episode 19, "The Future." He played Kelvin, a friendlier and more open-minded angel that briefly aligned with Castiel (Misha Collins).

Lesley Nicol

The Downton Abbey actress appeared in The Boys season 2, episode 7, "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker." She played Connie Butcher, Billy's long-suffering mother. Visiting from England, she tried to facilitate a reconciliation between Billy and his abusive father, Sam (John Noble). Though Billy refused to bury that hatchet, he parted on good terms with his mother. Years prior, Nichol starred in Supernatural season 10, episode 12, "About A Boy." She portrayed Katja, the cannibalistic witch from the Hansel and Gretel fable and responsible for briefly reverting Dean Winchester to his teenage self. The move was an amusingly fitting one since Lesley effectively went from playing a butcher in nature to a Butcher in name.

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Adrian Holmes

Holmes actually had two separate Supernatural roles. The actor first debuted in Supernatural season 3, episode 15, "Time Is On My Side," playing an unnamed demon that Dean Winchester caught and tortured for information. Holmes later returned for two episodes of Supernatural season 13. On those occasions, he played James Turner, the estranged son of psychic and longtime Winchester ally Missouri Moseley (Loretta Devine). Then, crossing over, Holmes featured on The Boys season 2, episode 2, "Proper Preparation and Planning." He played Dr. Park, the scientist that oversaw the Vought compound that housed Becca Butcher (Shantel VanSanten), and her superpowered son, Ryan (Cameron Crovetti).

Christian Keyes

As well as appearing within the Arrowverse, Keyes antagonized the Winchesters for multiple episodes of the other CW staple. Playing the villainous archangel Michael, the actor debuted in Supernatural season 13, episode 2, "The Rising Son." Hailing from a parallel, apocalyptic world, he harbored a desire to conquer the prime universe. In pursuit of that end, he recurred across four more episodes before switching bodies to possess Dean Winchester. Jumping over to the Amazon Prime show, Keyes played A-Train's (Jessie T. Usher) older brother and coach, Nathan Franklin, in four episodes of The Boys season 1.

Isaiah Adam

Adam briefly appeared in Supernatural season 7, episode 2, "Hello, Cruel World." There, he played a forensic technician that Dean Winchester encountered while investigating a string of murders. For the satirical superhero drama, Adam featured in The Boys season 2, episode 1, "The Big Ride." He seemingly played Lance Corporal Dan Miller, a soldier appearing alongside Homelander and Queen Maeve in a Vought promotional video. However, it was quickly revealed by Stormfront (Aya Cash) that "Dan" was simply an actor playing a role.

Kai Bradbury

Bradbury briefly appeared in The Boys season 1, episode 6, "The Innocents." After the titular group visited Mesmer (Haley Joel Osment), viewers were treated to a series of flashbacks to the early days of Kimiko Miyashir0 (Karen Fukuhara). One took place sometime after her enforced induction into the Shining Light Liberation Army. Bradbury played a younger version of her brother, Kenji, to who she gave her food and sought to protect. That particular storyline thread continued (to tragic ends) in The Boys season 2. Over on The CW, however, Bradbury starred in Supernatural season 13, episode 15, "A Most Holy Man." He played a clerk at a courier company visited by one of that particular episode's many villains.

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Alvina August

August has been no stranger to The CW, having guest-starred on Arrow and Nancy Drew. In 2017, however, the actress also appeared in Supernatural season 12's "Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes." August played the titular Tasha, a powerful and good-natured witch. The character died, was resurrected, and died again across the span of the episode, preventing her from making any subsequent appearances. Instead, she debuted as Monique in The Boys season 1, episode 7, "The Self-Preservation Society." As the wife of Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso), Monique is forced to go into federal protection with their daughter, Janine, after Homelander learned the identity of The Boys.

Jim Beaver

Currently rounding out the acting overlap, Beaver initially made a surprise cameo on the Amazon Prime series. As Secretary of Defense Robert A. Singer (the name being a Supernatural reference in itself), the veteran actor shared a scene with Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue) in The Boys season 1, episode 8, "You Found Me." Beaver later reprised the role for two more episodes in The Boys season 2. Before that, he enjoyed a long-serving, fan-favorite role on Kripke's previous show. As the lovably crotchety Bobby Singer, the actor debuted in Supernatural season 1, episode 22, "Devil's Trap." A Winchester family friend and fellow hunter, he recurred throughout the overall 15 season run, bouncing back from several deaths and even guest-starring in Supernatural's series finale.

The connections between the two shows didn't end there, however. As well as actors, Kripke also brought over multiple producers, writers, and directors. That didn't go just for Supernatural, either, but also his other show, Timeless. In a particularly amusing move, Kripke even signed up Supernatural's composer, Christopher Lennertz, for The Boys. As well as working on the score, Lennertz starred as a version of himself in The Boys season 2, episode 6, "The Bloody Doors Off." As such, fans of The Boys and/or Supernatural have a lot more to keep an eye out for on their next rewatches of the respective shows.

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Jensen Ackles

American actor

Jensen Ackles

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Ackles at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con


Jensen Ross Ackles

(1978-03-01) March 1, 1978 (age 43)

Dallas, Texas, U.S.

OccupationActor, producer, director
Years active1996–present

Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American actor, singer, producer and director. He is best known for his portrayal of Dean Winchester in The CW horror fantasy series Supernatural and has appeared in television shows such as Days of Our Lives as Eric Brady (earning him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations), Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel and Jason Teague in Smallville. He also starred as the lead in the box office success My Bloody Valentine 3D, and provided the voices of Jason Todd in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, and Batman in the animated adaptation of Batman: The Long Halloween.

Early life

Ackles was born in Dallas the son of Donna Joan (née Shaffer) and Alan Roger Ackles, an actor.[1]


After modeling on and off since the age of four, Ackles began to concentrate on an acting career in 1996. He appeared in several guest roles on Mr. Rhodes, Sweet Valley High, and Cybill before joining the cast of the NBCsoap operaDays of Our Lives as Eric Brady in 1997. He won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer and went on to be nominated three times (in 1998, 1999, and 2000) for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Days of our Lives.[2]

Ackles left Days of our Lives in 2000 and went on to appear in the mini-series Blonde, about the life of Marilyn Monroe. He also auditioned for the role of the young Clark Kent on Smallville, a role offered to actor Tom Welling instead.[3] Next he appeared in a guest role on the James Cameron television series Dark Angel on Fox in 2001 as serial killer Ben/X5-493, the brother of main character Max/X5-452 (played by Jessica Alba). His character died in the episode, but Ackles returned to the show as a series regular in the second season as Ben's sane clone, Alec/X5-494. He remained with the show until its cancellation in 2002.

Ackles worked steadily throughout 2003. He joined the cast of the WB's hit show Dawson's Creek during its final season, playing CJ, Jen Lindley's lover. Afterward, Ackles filmed several episodes of the unaired series Still Life for Fox before it was abruptly dropped.[4] He also had a small role in the 2004 short film The Plight of Clownana. Ackles was the producer's first choice to play Eliza Dushku's love interest on the second season of Tru Calling;[5] Ackles turned down the role, which was then offered to Eric Christian Olsen and the character's name was changed to "Jensen" because the producers of Tru Calling liked Ackles' name.[citation needed] Ackles returned to Vancouver (where Dark Angel was filmed) in 2004 to become a regular on Smallville playing the assistant football coach Jason Teague, who was also the newest romantic interest for Lana Lang (played by Kristin Kreuk). He also had a lead role in the 2005 film Devour in which Ackles' father, actor Alan Ackles, also had a role playing the father of Ackles' character, Jake Gray.

In 2005, Ackles joined the cast of the WB show horror/action series Supernatural where he starred as Dean Winchester. Dean and his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) drive throughout the United States hunting paranormal predators, fighting demons and angels, and showcasing fantasy & sci-fipop culture. The show ended after fifteen seasons, making it the longest-running North American sci-fi series in history.[6]

In the summer of 2007, Ackles took on the role of Priestly in the independent comedy Ten Inch Hero. The film began hitting the film festival circuit in early 2007 and Ackles received high praise for his comedic timing in the role. In February 2009, the film was released on DVD exclusively by Blockbuster Home Video. He also appeared on stage from June 5–10, 2007 with Lou Diamond Phillips in A Few Good Men at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas as Lt. Daniel Kaffee. Ackles received strong praise for his work in this role, which was also his professional theatre debut.

In the summer of 2008, Ackles was cast in the remake of the cult film My Bloody Valentine 3D, which opened nationwide on January 16, 2009.

In summer of 2010, as part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies franchise, Ackles provided the voice for the Red Hood (Jason Todd) in the animated film, Batman: Under The Red Hood, which was released to DVD and Blu-ray on July 27. In summer of 2021, Ackles voiced the role of Batman for the two-part adaptation of Batman: The Long Halloween.[7]

On October 22, 2010, Disney Interactive Studios announced he would be voicing a character named Gibson in the video game, Tron: Evolution which was released on December 7, 2010.[8]

After years of performing at conventions, Ackles released his first original song as a professional singer titled "Sounds of Someday" which is the first track from his debut album. In 2018, Ackles collaborated with musician Steve Carlson to form Radio Company. Together Ackles and Carlson completed a debut album entitled Vol. 1. The album's first single was released on iTunes and the album was released in November 2019.[9] Ackles and Carlson released Vol. 2 on May 7, 2021.[10]

In August 2020, it was announced he would join the cast of The Boys as Soldier Boy.[11][12] More recently, he and his wife formed Chaos Machine Productions with a deal at Warner Bros. Television.[13]

In October 2021, Ackles was cast in the Western feature Rust written and directed by Joel Souza. He will play U.S. Marshal Wood Helm with Alec Baldwin as the lead.[14]

Personal life

After three years of dating, Ackles became engaged to actress and model Danneel Harris in November 2009.[15] The couple married on May 15, 2010, in Dallas.[16] Their first child, a daughter, was born in May 2013.[17] In August 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting twins, a boy and a girl[18] who were born in December.[19]

Ackles is a co-owner of a brewery in Dripping Springs, Texas, Family Business Beer Company, with his wife and in-laws. The brewery's name is a reference to Supernatural ("family business" being a tagline for the series).[20]




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Supernatural Actors You May Not Know Passed Away

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By Xandra Harbet/Aug. 19, 2021 4:40 pm EDT/Updated: Sept. 13, 2021 8:35 am EDT

"Supernatural" fans are all too familiar with death. During the show's 15-season run, hundreds of characters met their ends on screen, and tragically, the deaths didn't stop there. In real life, Death never takes a holiday, and there aren't any demon deals or loopholes we can use to evade its inevitability.

With such a long-running series and an almost incalculable number of guest stars, the cast of "Supernatural" has had to say farewell to a few of its own throughout the years. Whether lost through accidental tragedy, old age, or terminal illness, it's safe to say these actors are sorely missed by the Supernatural Family — as fans lovingly call the show's community.

As it turns out, "Supernatural" was even the last role for several of the show's esteemed guest stars. From those who played on-screen civilian casualties to terrifying monsters and everything in between, here are the "Supernatural" actors you might not know passed away.

Warning: Major spoilers from the entire show below.

George Coe (Pat Fremont)

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Who hasn't watched their innocent young granddaughter get possessed by a demon and murder the family dog? We've all been there, right? No? George Coe's performance as Pat Fremont in the Season 3 finale "No Rest For the Wicked" is incredible to watch, even if we can't exactly relate. (If you can relate to Pat's situation, please memorize the Latin exorcism called the "Rituale Romanum.")

Not only did Coe have a memorable performance in "Supernatural," he's also a "Saturday Night Live" legend from the show's very first season in 1975. He even snagged roles in popular films like "The Mighty Ducks," "The Stepford Wives," and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

According to the LA Times, the 86-year-old actor and veteran lived with several diagnosed conditions, including lymphoma, prior to his death in 2015 — seven years after his role on "Supernatural." It's pretty darn impressive that he lived with lymphoma for two decades while he continued to act right up until his death. It's clear that Coe truly loved his craft, and the world is a more entertaining place for it.

Don Sinclair Davis (Trotter)

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Not many people get the drop on Sam Winchester, and even fewer are of the human variety. Don Sinclair Davis' Season 4 character Trotter manages to hold him at gunpoint in "Sin City" — albeit not for long. Fans expected to see a demon reveal when Trotter shows up, but instead, he's merely perturbed when Sam splashes holy water in his face, as any human would be. The scene marks one of the most unexpectedly funny scenes early in the show: Trotter's entire vibe is just flabbergasted, and it's great. 

Chances are, "Supernatural" fans have seen the actor appear in generically similar shows like "The X-Files," "Stargate: SG-1," and "Twin Peaks." Davis even appeared in the hit film "A League of Their Own" in 1992. As reported by Variety, just a year after his episode on "Supernatural," Davis suffered a heart attack at 65 years old, causing his death in 2008.

Billy Drago (Doc Benton)

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Throughout its run, "Supernatural" hosted horrific and unforgettable villains and monsters. One of the creepiest has to be Doc Benton in the Season 3 episode "Time is on My Side." Billy Drago played the immortality-seeking doctor who kidnaps hapless victims from the street to harvest their organs and birth new life into his ancient and deteriorating body. But it's totally okay because he stitches them up after snatching their body parts. He doesn't kill all of them with his outdated, maggot-based medicinal practice, after all: One or two live.

What's the point of living forever if you don't read a new book on modern medicine now and again? Of course, Benton's character ties in with Dean's impending mortality after a reckless demon deal. Sadly, time wasn't on this "The Hills Have Eyes" actor's side, either. 

According to Variety, in 2019, the "Untouchables" and "Delta Force 2" alum suffered a stroke, leading to his death at 72 years old. A true horror legend, "Supernatural" fans might recognize Drago from his reptilian stint on "Charmed" or his appearance in "Tremors 4."

Chad Everett (Aged Dean Winchester)

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Even on his bad days, Dean is a captivating guy, and there was no better portrayal of the aged elder Winchester than Chad Everett's in the Season 5 episode "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester." The "Psycho" actor had Dean's mannerisms down so thoroughly that we can almost believe a witch really hit actor Jensen Ackles with an aging hex during a poker game gone wrong. The only discernible difference in the aged version of the character is that Dean's decades of eating pie, beer, and greasy takeout seem to have finally caught up with him. The snark and the bravado? Everett still has that in spades.

Besides playing elderly Dean, Everett had a long stint on the show "Medical Center" before landing a role in "Airplane II: The Sequel." According to the LA Times, Everett died in 2012 at age 75, over a year after his lung cancer diagnosis. Many actors have played Dean Winchester at different stages of his life, but no one besides Everett came close to matching Ackles' iconic portrayal.

Antony Holland (Westborough)

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Anyone but the most seasoned demon hunter should probably avoid messing with the paranormal or opening a mystical door they don't know how to close. And yes, that goes for you, too, H.P. Lovecraft. There are plenty of movies based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and "Supernatural" jumped on that train in Season 6 with the character Westborough in "Let It Bleed." Antony Holland's last role centered around the Lovecraft mythos, as his character's mother is possessed by an invisible creature that Lovecraft unknowingly unleashed.

With a long and storied acting career, Holland made a name for himself on shows like "MacGyver," "Battlestar Galactica," and "Eureka." The actor's IMDb page is almost as long as his 95 years of life! According to the Vancouver Sun, the acting veteran's death occurred in 2015. Before that, he had a heavy hand in local theater and arts programs, even founding the acting program at Langara College called Studio 58.

Gabe Khouth (Lester Young and Herb Nelson)

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When a show is on the air as long as "Supernatural," there are bound to be a few repeat guest stars now and then. The core cast of the series are the Winchester brothers, a trench coat-clad angel, a gruff baseball cap-wearing hunter, and an ever-rotating list of allies and foes. But most of the show's roles actually consist of civilian casualties and random passersby — and Vancouver, where "Supernatural" is filmed, is only so big. Many guest actors snagged a couple different parts on the series as a result, like Gabe Khouth, who appeared in the Season 7 episode "Time After Time" as Lester Young and as Herb Nelson in Season 12's "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell." 

"Supernatural" wasn't the actor's first foray into horror or fantasy. He also played two different parts on the '90s miniseries "It," along with lending his voice to a hefty number of voice acting roles and securing a significant stint as Sneezy in "Once Upon a Time." According to Variety, the actor died in 2019 from heart complications during a motorcycle ride at just 49 years old.

Richard Libertini (Vernon Haskell)

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There are a lot of trios on TV, but most of them don't include a homicidal magician who kills his colleagues in order to stay young forever. In the Season 4 episode "Chris Angel is a Douche Bag," Richard Libertini played Vernon Haskell — one-third of a deadly magician trio. When the more morally sound Jay asks Vernon to stop their murderous cohort Charlie, Vernon decides instead to jump on Charlie's "let's kill people to live forever" train.

The "Popeye," "The In-Laws," and "Dolphin Tale" alum brought a level of realism and desperation to the role, and you can't quite hate Vernon despite his poor choices. Libertini concluded his acting career in 2015 after his final role as Saul Hodiak in "Aquarius." According to The New York Times, an 82-year-old Libertini passed away from cancer in 2016, just one year after he stopped acting. On "Supernatural," his character wanted a long life; his career certainly had one.

Michael Massee (Kubrick)

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It was only a matter of time before the jaded and amoral vampire hunter Gordon Walker got his bestie Kubrick killed. Michael Massee took on the role of the latter hunter in two Season 3 episodes: "Bad Day at Black Rock" and "Fresh Blood." When you're on a delusional holy crusade to kill Sam Winchester, you're generally not long for this world. But unlike his character Kubrick, the talented Massee accomplished a lot, with a swarm of impressive acting credits to his name from "The Crow" to "Lost Highway" and even both "The Amazing Spider-Man" films.

The New York Times reported the esteemed 64-year-old actor's death in 2016, following a stomach cancer diagnosis. Massee had faced his own demons on "The Crow" set in 1993: A series of negligent decisions from the director and props department led to his prop gun firing metal instead of blanks — ultimately killing young actor Brandon Lee. Thankfully, Massee didn't quit Hollywood for good after that traumatic incident, as the blame doesn't lie with him. Instead, he gave us decades of stellar performances.

Cory Monteith (Gary, a wendigo victim)

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"Glee" is usually the first thing that comes to mind when someone says the name Cory Monteith. But before the actor was singing for William McKinley High's Glee club, he was getting mauled in the forest during the second "Supernatural" episode, "Wendigo." All Monteith's character Gary wants to do is play his Nintendo DS (relatable), but the hungry wendigos have other ideas. As "Supernatural" lore goes, wendigos are former humans who, for whatever reason, began eating human flesh — slowly warping them into creatures entirely devoid of humanity. In the case of these monsters, you are not what you eat.

As one of Monteith's earliest roles, the show helped launch the Canadian actor's career. He went on to do films like "Final Destination 3," "Monte Carlo," and "McCanick," along with other series like "Kyle XY." According to People, the young actor, only 31 years old, suffered an unintentional overdose in 2013. The news came several months after Monteith checked himself into rehab, but the actor, who struggled with addiction from the time he was 15, subsequently fell into a relapse that led to his tragic death. Since her son's death, Monteith's mom has kept his memory alive by setting up fundraisers for a Vancouver charity he was passionate about called Covenant House.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction issues, help is available. Visit theSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration websiteor contact SAMHSA's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

James Otis (Famine)

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Plenty of "Supernatural" villains give us the heebie-jeebies, but few reach the level of Famine in Season 5's "My Bloody Valentine." There's just no coming back from an episode where a couple literally eats each other to death, and the series didn't shy away from showing the lovebirds taking chunks of flesh from each other. Yum. Famine served as James Otis' final acting role in 2010, but his retirement from the screen came a full decade before his 2020 death.

"Supernatural" was far from Otis' only appearance. In addition to a number of stage roles, he had stints on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "ER," "The X-Files," and "Criminal Minds." Displaying a clear propensity for intense and unnerving projects, he even had parts in "The Black Dahlia" and "The Prestige." According to the actor's obituary, Otis lived with an undisclosed illness before his death at 72 years old — and his hobby of fostering cats makes him a much more endearing guy than his "Supernatural" character.

Winston Rekert (Jonah Greely)

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No matter how many times "Supernatural" showed that things aren't always as they seem, the series managed to fool its fan base on the regular with cleverly-placed plot twists. When we meet Molly in the Season 2 episode "Roadkill," all signs point to her being a victim of a violent ghost named Jonah Greely. And while that's technically true, it's not the whole story: They're both ghosts, and it just so happens that Molly actually killed Jonah in a car crash. Ultimately, we discover that Greely opted to torture her in the afterlife on their death-iversary. 

Winston Rekert put on a phenomenally twisted performance as the vengeful spirit, which should come as no surprise given his former TV roles on shows like "Star Wars: Droids," "Adderly," "Neon Rider," and "Stargate: SG-1." According to the Vancouver Sun, the prolific screen and stage actor passed away from cancer in 2012 at age 63, a few years after his appearance on "Supernatural."

Donnelly Rhodes (Mr. Shaw and Aged Father Simon)

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Donnelly Rhodes' two characters had a rough go of things on "Supernatural." (Though, to be fair, most characters on the show experience a fair amount of misfortune.) In Season 1's "Wendigo," Rhodes played Mr. Shaw, the lone survivor of a wendigo attack that killed his family. Fast-forward to Season 8, and we see Rhodes take on an aged version of the character Father Simon in the episode "Clip Show." His second character is, once again, a lone survivor. But as it turns out, demons don't take too kindly to priests who try to "cure" them, leading to Knight of Hell Abaddon slaying his mentor.

Rhodes enjoyed an excellent acting career with hit films like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Tron: Legacy," and "Snow Dogs." He also scored significant roles on series like "Soap" and "Battlestar Galactica." According to The New York Times, an 83-year-old Rhodes died in 2018 after a cancer diagnosis and subsequent stay in a hospice facility.

Michael Roberds (Mark Hutchins)

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Very few things scare Dean Winchester, but watching the normally suave demon hunter lose his cool is one of the funniest bits on the series. Of course, no other episode can top his massive ghost sickness freak-outs from the Season 4 episode "Yellow Fever." Whether it's emitting a banshee scream over a lurking cat, getting terrified of a snake, or simply startling himself, Dean's outbursts are high comedy — that is, until the ghost sickness literally tries to scare him to death.

Here to inflict some of Dean's terror was Michael Roberds as Mark Hutchins. The "Elf," "The New Addams Family," and "Hot Tub Time Machine" alum gave Dean quite a fright with his character's pet snake, and it's relentlessly memorable.

Sadly, according to the Digital Journal, 52-year-old Roberds unexpectedly died in 2016 after losing consciousness, with paramedics unable to revive him. But he's left behind a slew of stellar comedy for fans to enjoy.

George Touliatos (Larry Ganem)

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Not many characters escape the wrath of Abaddon, but George Touliatos' character Larry Ganem is one of the lucky ones. In the Season 8 episode "As Time Goes By," we learn that the former Men of Letters (a secret anti-monster organization) member had his own brawl with the demon in the '50s. He may have lost his eyes, but he still managed to slip Henry Winchester the key to the Men of Letters bunker, making him a critical, albeit understated, character in Winchester history.

Sadly, Abaddon finally gets her revenge in the present, but Sam and Dean would never have gained access to the bunker without the heroic efforts of Ganem, played expertly by the "Double Jeopardy" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" alum.

According to Memphis Flyer, the talented actor even started his own Memphis-based theater in the '50s called Front Street Theater — which lasted a good decade before ultimately closing its doors. Little is publicly available about his death, but his local Washington Westford funeral home reports that the 87-year-old actor passed away in 2017.

Logan Williams (Max Johnson)

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Getting haunted by the angry spirit of your beloved uncle isn't exactly a walk in the park for a young kid, but Logan Williams' character Max Johnson proves that children can handle a lot more than their parents give them credit for in the Season 11 episode "Push." The young actor began his on-screen career in 2014 with the TV movie "The Color of Rain." He later went on to snag a significant stint as Young Barry on "The Flash" before landing the character Miles Montgomery in "When Calls the Heart."

But growing up in the spotlight at just 11 years old is a dangerous game. Sadly, according to The New York Post, Williams died tragically in 2020. With his whole life ahead of him and a fruitful acting career on the horizon, an unexpected fentanyl overdose cut Williams' life short just one week before his 17th birthday. His mother, Marlyse Williams, had sent him to rehab, but as she told The Post, "I did everything humanly possible — everything a mother could do. I did everything but handcuff him to me to try to keep him safe." She hopes his death will lead to more awareness about the opioid epidemic.

Kim Manners (beloved producer and director)

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If you ask anyone who had the greatest impact on "Supernatural," Kim Manners' name will undoubtedly come up. Fresh off producing "The X-Files," Manners took on the same role for "Supernatural" back in 2005, eventually fleshing out his "Supernatural" duties by directing — and his vision was unparalleled. 

While he wasn't an actor, Manners was responsible for directing some of the earliest fan-favorite Season 1 episodes like "Dead in the Water," "Scarecrow," and "Devil's Trap." He went on to kick off Season 2 with the heart-wrenching "In My Time of Dying" and helm other gut-punch episodes like "Heart," "All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2," and "No Rest for the Wicked." Not to mention, he brought us Castiel's iconic entrance in "Lazarus Rising" and the "Heat of the Moment" song from "Mystery Spot" that haunts the dreams of every "Supernatural" fan. Manners likely directed more than a handful of your favorite episodes. 

Sadly, according to Variety, the 58-year-old "Supernatural" savant died in 2009 due to complications from lung cancer. However, Manners' legacy and impact never quite left the show. At the end of the Season 4 episode "Death Takes a Holiday," "Supernatural" dedicated the entire season to the man who was integral to bringing creator Eric Kripke's vision to life. Manners even had a catchphrase: "Kick it in the a**," which beloved character Ellen repeats to Dean right before her devastating death in homage to Manners. That phrase describes exactly what the show — and these greatly-missed stars — accomplished.


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Supernatural (American TV series)

American dark fantasy television series

Not to be confused with the unrelated Supernatural (British TV series).

Supernatural is an American dark fantasydrama television series created by Eric Kripke. It was first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB, and subsequently became part of successor The CW's lineup. Starring Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, the series follows the two brothers as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. The series was produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision. Along with Kripke, executive producers have been McG, Robert Singer, Phil Sgriccia, Sera Gamble, Jeremy Carver, John Shiban, Ben Edlund and Adam Glass. Former executive producer and director Kim Manners died of lung cancer during production of the fourth season.[5]

The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, and surrounding areas and was in development for nearly ten years, as creator Kripke spent several years unsuccessfully pitching it. The pilot was viewed by an estimated 5.69 million viewers,[6] and the ratings of the first four episodes prompted The WB to pick up the series for a full season. Originally, Kripke planned the series for three seasons but later expanded it to five. The fifth season concluded the series' main storyline,[7] and Kripke departed the series as showrunner.[8] The series continued on for 10 more seasons with new showrunners, including Sera Gamble, Jeremy Carver, Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb.[9] With its eleventh season, Supernatural became the longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series.[10] The series was renewed for a fifteenth and final season which consisted of 20 episodes,[11][12] which premiered on October 10, 2019.[13] The series concluded on November 19, 2020, with 327 episodes aired.


Conception and creation

Creator Eric Kripke feels that America's urban legends are "every bit as fleshed out as any world mythologies".[14]

Before bringing Supernatural to television, creator Eric Kripke had been developing the series for nearly ten years,[15] having been fascinated with urban legends since he was a child.[16] He had originally envisioned Supernatural as a movie.[17] He later developed it as a TV series and spent a few years pitching it before it was picked up by The WB.[18] The concept went through several phases before becoming the eventual product, shifting from the original idea of an anthology series to one of tabloid reporters driving around the country in a van "fighting the demons in search of the truth".[16][19] Kripke wanted it to be a road trip series, feeling that it was the "best vehicle to tell these stories because it's pure, stripped down and uniquely American... These stories exist in these small towns all across the country, and it just makes so much sense to drive in and out of these stories."[16]

As he had previously written for The WB series Tarzan, Kripke was offered the chance to pitch show ideas to the network and used the opportunity for Supernatural.[17] However, the network disliked his tabloid reporter idea, so Kripke successfully pitched his last-minute idea of the characters being brothers.[20] He decided to have the brothers be from Lawrence, Kansas, because of its closeness to Stull Cemetery, a location famous for its urban legends.[21]

When it came time to name the two lead characters, Kripke decided on "Sal" and "Dean" as an homage to Jack Kerouac's road-trip novel On the Road. However, he felt that "Sal" was inappropriate for a main character and changed the name to "Sam".[14] It was originally intended for the brothers' last name to be "Harrison" as a nod to actor Harrison Ford, as Kripke wanted Dean to have the "devil-may-care swagger of Han Solo". However, there was a Sam Harrison living in Kansas, so the name had to be changed for legal reasons.[22] Combining his interest in the Winchester Mystery House and his desire to give the series the feel of "a modern-day Western", Kripke settled on the surname of "Winchester". However, this also presented a problem. The first name of Sam and Dean's father was originally "Jack", and there was a Jack Winchester residing in Kansas, so Kripke was forced to change the character's name to "John".[22]

Black '67 Impala, similar to the car in the series

Growing up, Kripke connected to television shows that had signature cars, such as The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider. This prompted him to include one in Supernatural.[23] "We say it's a modern American Western – two gunslingers who ride into town, fight the bad guys, kiss the girl and ride out into the sunset again. And we were always talking from the very beginning that if you're going to have cowboys, they need a trusty horse."[23] He originally intended for the car to be a '65 Mustang, but his neighbor convinced him to change it to a '67 Impala, since "you can put a body in the trunk" and because "you want a car that, when people stop next to it at the lights, they lock their doors."[14] Kripke has commented, "It's a Rottweiler of a car, and I think it adds authenticity for fans of automobiles because of that, because it's not a pretty ride. It's an aggressive, muscular car, and I think that's what people respond to, and why it fits so well into the tone of our show."[23]

Kripke had previously pitched the series to Fox executive Peter Johnson, and when Johnson moved to Wonderland Sound and Vision as president of TV, he contacted Kripke.[24] Johnson soon signed on as co-executive producer, as did Wonderland owner McG as executive producer, with the production company set to make the pilot episode. Before it could be filmed, however, script issues needed to be dealt with. Originally, the brothers were not raised by their father, but rather by their aunt and uncle. Thus, when Dean comes to Sam for assistance in the pilot episode, he has to convince him that the supernatural exists. However, Kripke realized that this made the backstory too complicated and reworked it with Peter Johnson so that their father raised them to be hunters.[25] The script went through many additional revisions. One of the original ideas was for Sam's girlfriend Jessica to be revealed as a demon, which prompts him to join Dean on the road; however, Kripke felt it was more appropriate for Sam's motivation to be Jessica's death, so he had her killed in the same manner as Sam's mother, making them the "right bookends".[26] Other revised concepts include Sam believing Dean to be a serial killer who murders their father[27] and their father dying in Jessica's place.[28] Filming for the pilot episode was greenlit after director David Nutter, who previously had worked with Kripke on Tarzan, signed on.[29] When the series was eventually picked up, the studio brought in Robert Singer as executive producer, as it wanted Kripke to work with someone with production experience. Due to his previous work on The X-Files, co-executive producer John Shiban was also hired to help design the series mythology.[30] Kripke had the series planned out for three seasons but later expanded it to five[31] and hoped to end it there on a high note.[32]


After the departure of series creator Eric Kripke, the role of showrunner was assumed by Sera Gamble (top left) for seasons 6–7, Jeremy Carver (top right) for seasons 8–11, and Robert Singer (bottom left) and Andrew Dabb (bottom right) for seasons 12–15.

The staff for the first season consisted of Kripke and five other writers, with assistants to help with researching urban legends.[17] Most of the work done in writing the series is very collaborative, with the writers often breaking up into groups. At the beginning of each season, the writers are brought together and pitch their ideas, which are then assigned to a specific writer to be developed. Each story idea is outlined on a dry-erase board, with Kripke and Bob Singer making necessary changes. Afterward, the script is written,[33] and Kripke goes through it to make sure it has the same tone as other episodes.[17] Kripke found this task very difficult to do in the first season,[34] but he felt it became easier by the third season, as the staff came to "really understand the show's style".[34] Following the fifth season, Kripke stepped down as showrunner but maintained his connection with the series as an executive consultant. In a 2016 interview with Collider, he responded to the question as to how involved he still is with the show with the answer, "I would define myself as a proud parent who has sent their child off to college."[35] He elaborated on this analogy, explaining, "I'm there if they need me, I'm happy to help, but I also stay out of their way if they don't need me."[35]

The tone of Supernatural was heavily influenced by films such as Poltergeist—having the horror happen in a family setting rather than remote location—and Evil Dead II and An American Werewolf in London—having bits of comedy mixed in. Commenting on the former, Kripke said, "It's the idea that horror can happen in your own backyard. How many viewers have to worry about the vampire in the gothic castle?"[14] "It's always been a show about family."[31] Other influences include The Two Sisters and Asian horror films The Eye, Ju-on, and Ring.[36]

According to creator Eric Kripke, the show originally was intended to focus on the weekly monsters, with Sam and Dean Winchester merely being "an engine to get us in and out of different horror movies every week".[37] His sole desire was to merely "scare the crap out of people".[38] However, a few episodes in, Kripke and executive producer Bob Singer noticed the onscreen chemistry between Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. This revelation caused them to change the series to focus more on the brothers than the monsters, basing the weekly monster around the storyline they wanted for the Winchesters. According to Kripke, "... sometimes we don't even have the monster until way late in the break, once we get all the angst and the drama done first."[37]


Though companies were hired for work on the pilot episode—such as Entity FX for the visual effects[39]—effects departments now work exclusively for the series.[40] Ivan Hayden is the visual effects supervisor, and works with many levels of the production staff. During pre-production, Hayden must go through the scripts, looking for possible visual effects. He then has a concept meeting with the writers, and after settling on the effect designs to use, coordinates with the special effects and stunt departments. Hayden is also present during filming to help the director make sure that the scenes are being filmed in the best way for the visual effects, such as by ensuring that the actors are looking at the correct location where an effect will later be added. Afterward, he then meets with the editors.[41] Another aspect of the visual effects department is coming up with rules and physics for each supernatural creature,[41] though the rules are often bent if it benefits the story.[40] In 2012, it was announced that Hayden would be working at the new Vancouver location of Encore for its VFX division.[42]


Supernatural features a synthesized orchestral score, although traditional acoustic instruments such as guitars and cellos are used at times. Special instruments have also been used in specific episodes, such as "bluesy gospel music" played on a broken-down piano in the faith-healing episode "Faith". Unlike other television shows, the series features two composers: Christopher Lennertz and Jay Gruska.[43] Each composer scores every other episode, giving them extra time to write the scores, which usually end up being around 30 minutes per episode. They write themes for their own episodes and characters and work with one another if there is overlap between episodes. They try to base the music on the visuals of the episode, such as in the episode "Dead in the Water", in which off-angle shots are accompanied by repetitive and discordant notes, and spoken words such as "water" and "die" are followed by a lower pitch to create a "gurgly" sound.[44] While there are similarities in the scores for situations such as the brothers and their father, about a third of each episode's score is newly written for the series.[43]

While original scores are used throughout episodes, another important aspect of the series' music is the use of classic rock, over which creator Eric Kripke threatened to quit when the network would not allow its inclusion. Most of the songs are from Kripke's private collection, although one of his favorite bands—Led Zeppelin—is too expensive to use. Some episode titles are references to Led Zeppelin songs.[45] The series has featured such bands as Blue Öyster Cult, Bad Company, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rush, Boston, Triumph and AC/DC on more than one occasion. Multiple songs are usually used throughout each episode, and accompany "The Road So Far" sequences before select episodes that highlight a montage of past events. Although Kripke prefers to keep a fine line between the score and songs used, sometimes Lennertz and Gruska are required to write short sections of rock-like music to fill 15-to-20-second gaps, as it would be too costly to acquire song rights. On the last episode of every season except the first, the song "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas is played at the beginning.[46]

Filming locations

Though the pilot was filmed in Los Angeles, principal filming takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia.[27] Thus, on-location filming usually takes place in the area. "Dead in the Water" was filmed at Buntzen Lake,[47] and the final scenes of "Simon Said" were filmed at Cleveland Dam.[48] Other locations used on the show are often reused two or three times, with the art department making variations to conceal this.[49] Heritage Park in Burnaby has been used as a cemetery in "Red Sky at Morning", and as the location of the gingerbread-house cottage in "Bedtime Stories".[50] Also, Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam has served many functions for the series, including an asylum in "Asylum",[51] a hospital in "In My Time of Dying",[52] and a prison in "Folsom Prison Blues".[52] The episode "Houses of the Holy" was filmed on location in Vancouver at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church. Because episodes usually take place in the middle of nowhere, filming often takes place at an old military base. Having been shut down for years, the buildings have been removed, leaving just roads on which sets are erected, such as for crossroads scenes.[53]

Online distribution

Rather than having the series debut on television, The WB instead made the pilot episode available for online streaming through Yahoo! a week before it was set to premiere on the network as part of a promotional scheme.[54] Following the transition to The CW, Supernatural episodes were added to Apple's iTunes Store starting in December 2006, being one of the first CW series to be made available for sale online.[55] The following month, the network began streaming episodes of the series on its website with limited commercial interruption, available for up to four weeks after the initial airings.[56] Beginning January 11, 2007, Australia's Network Ten also began offering full episodes for download via their website, through a deal with Warner Bros. Television. To combat piracy, Ten debuted the second-season premiere five days before its initial broadcast in the country, making Supernatural the first major network show available for free download in Australia before being aired. Subsequent episodes became available online just hours after being televised.[57] Around the same time, episodes were also made available for download on Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace.[58] In September 2008, launched its new on-demand TV service, with Supernatural being one of the many television shows available for sale.[59]

Home media

Main article: List of Supernatural episodes § Home video releases

Cast and characters

Main article: List of Supernatural characters

The series originally focuses primarily on the brothers Dean Winchester and Sam Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, as they travel throughout the country hunting down evil supernatural creatures. Padalecki became interested in the role because he liked horror series, including both The X-Files and The Twilight Zone, which he found similar to the proposed plot of Supernatural. He was also excited to play "the reluctant hero", comparing Sam to The Matrix's Neo and Luke Skywalker of Star Wars. Padalecki had previous experience working with executive producers McG and David Nutter,[60] the former convincing him to audition for the role.[61] Ackles was originally asked by Nutter to audition for the role of Sam[62] but preferred the character of Dean after reading the script.[63] At the time of his audition, he was already a series regular on fellow WB series Smallville. After landing the part of Dean, his Smallville role was cut short.[64]

When I read the script, Dean just jumped out at me. With that character there was always a bit more comedy, and a bit more recklessness, and it just appealed to me more. So when I asked to read for that, they were like, "That's what we're looking for." So it was great. I found a character that I really enjoy playing.

— Jensen Ackles on what drew him to the character of Dean Winchester[63]

While the series does not have many lead characters, there are many recurring characters. Jeffrey Dean Morgan portrays John Winchester, father of Sam and Dean. Making an appearance in the pilot episode, John does not return until nearly halfway through the first season, after which he becomes a recurring character until his eventual death in the second season's premiere episode, though his spirit returns to help his sons in the season finale. Later in the series, it is announced that John Winchester fathered a third son with another woman; a half-brother to Sam and Dean. According to writer John Shiban, it was decided early on that John would die. The writers found that having the brothers being separated from their father "split the show". Shiban noted that "... the boys were looking for Dad, and they were looking for a monster of the week, whatever that is, whatever case crosses their path. It became difficult, because we thought it was like – 'what is Dad doing? Is he doing more interesting things than the boys are doing, or what?'"[65] They believed Morgan was initially reluctant about returning to Supernatural for the second season because of his recurring role on the series Grey's Anatomy.[66] Future appearances of the character have been hindered by Morgan's busy schedule.[67]

Also introduced in the first season are the demon Azazel and his unnamed daughter. While Azazel mainly appears merely as shadows or silhouettes in the first season, taking physical form only when he possesses John Winchester, Azazel's daughter uses a girl named Meg Masters—portrayed by Nicki Lynn Aycox—as a host.[68] In the second-season premiere, Azazel's host is portrayed by Fredric Lehne; originally brought on for only one episode, Lehne impressed the showrunners so much that he was asked to return for the season's two-part finale.[69] Even after the character's death, Azazel makes appearances in subsequent seasons, being portrayed by different actors. Lehne also reprises the role in the first episode of season six when Dean is poisoned and begins to see Azazel again. Likewise, after Azazel's daughter is exorcised from Meg towards the end of the first season, the demon and her host continued to appear in the series, although now as two separate characters. Aycox continued her role in the fourth season when the angry spirit of Meg tries to kill the Winchesters. The demon returns for an episode in the second season played by Padalecki, temporarily taking Sam as a host. She appears once again in the fifth season, her newest host being portrayed by Rachel Miner, in a recurring role.

Actor Jim Beaver never expected his character's longevity, believing his initial guest appearance would be a "one-shot deal".[70]

Actor Misha Collins believed he would be another recurring guest star who would fade away quickly. For the fifth season, Collins was promoted to a series regular.

Actor Mark Sheppard was also not expecting the popularity of his character. In the tenth season, Crowley became a series regular, which would last for another two seasons before his departure.

The writers eventually wanted to flesh out the concept of hunters, resulting in the introduction of many new characters.[71] Actor Jim Beaver makes his first appearance as Bobby Singer, an old family friend of the Winchesters, at the end of the first season. Becoming a sort of surrogate father to Sam and Dean after their father's death,[34] the character acts as their mentor and foremost point of contact before his departure in the seventh season. Other hunters appear in the second season with the introduction of Harvelle's Roadhouse, a saloon frequented by hunters. It is owned by Ellen Harvelle (played by Samantha Ferris), whose late husband was a friend of John Winchester. Working alongside her mother is Jo Harvelle (played by Alona Tal). Also present is the computer guy Ash (played by Chad Lindberg), who uses his vast computer skills to track the paranormal. Tal was eventually written out of the series, and believes the reason to be that the producers felt she looked like Sam and Dean's "14-year-old sister".[72] Kripke claims the character was incorrectly conceived, and also cites poor fan reaction for her removal.[73] Also, the character of Ash is killed off in the second-season finale with the destruction of the Roadhouse. Ellen was meant to return in the third season, but the episode had to be scrapped due to the writer's strike.[74] The writers intended for her to be featured in the third-season finale,[75] but Ferris declined because the deal offered to her was not acceptable, as "It could cost [her] money and work".[76] However, both actresses returned as Jo and Ellen in the fifth season.

For the third season, the writers decided to introduce Ruby, a demonic former witch who claims to be an ally to the Winchesters. However, The CW requested that another female be added, so the character Bela Talbot, a self-centered thief who sells occult objects to wealthy clients and who was already intended to appear in multiple episodes, was upgraded to a series regular.[77]Katie Cassidy and Lauren Cohan were eventually cast as Ruby and Bela, respectively, though they originally auditioned for the others' role.[78] Though making only six appearances each in the third season, both actresses were credited as co-stars for their episodes. At the end of the season, Bela was killed off,[79] and Cassidy was let go for budgetary reasons.[80] The role of Ruby was recast for the fourth season, auditions describing the character only as "a love interest". Genevieve Cortese (who later married Padalecki) took over the role until the character's death at the end of the season.[81]

Wanting to bring in Christian mythology to the series, the writers created the angel Castiel.[82] With Kripke wanting to keep the introduction of an angel a secret, the character was instead described as a demon during auditions.[83]Misha Collins was cast as the character. Making his debut in the fourth-season premiere, Castiel resurrects Dean from Hell after his death in the third season, and comes to be an ally of the Winchesters. The character was originally intended for only a six-episode story arc, but the role was later expanded.[84] Collins was promoted to a series regular for the fifth and sixth season, something Collins believes to be mainly due to fan support.[85] Collins was downgraded to recurring status for the seventh and eighth seasons, but returned to series regular status for seasons nine and ten.[86]

Along with Castiel came other angelic characters, with Robert Wisdom portraying the "militant" and "dogmatic"[87]Uriel, who secretly supports Lucifer; Julie McNiven playing the fallen angel Anna Milton, who eventually regains her angelic form but remains an outcast of Heaven; and Kurt Fuller as Castiel's boss Zachariah, who wishes to start the Apocalypse in order to bring Paradise to Earth. Though Wisdom's character is eventually killed, McNiven and Fuller continue their roles into the fifth season and are joined by Mark Pellegrino as the recently released but fallen archangel Lucifer. Pellegrino also appears as Lucifer as a hallucination in Sam's head in season 7. Pellegrino had been the second choice for the role of Castiel[88] and was offered the role of Lucifer without an audition.[89] Further on, Fuller's and McNiven's characters were also killed along with both Harvelle characters.

Season 5 introduces the demon Crowley, played by Mark Sheppard, who would become the Winchester's longest-recurring antagonist and occasional anti-hero in the series. Crowley appears in three episodes of season 5 to help the Winchesters seal Lucifer back in the Cage, believing that once he destroys humanity he will target all demonkind next. In season 6, Crowley becomes the King of Hell and one of the main antagonists working with Castiel to stop Archangel Raphael, the other main antagonist of season 6, from restarting the Apocalypse by harnessing the souls of Purgatory and splitting the power with Castiel. In season 7, Crowley becomes an anti-hero who helps the Winchesters against the threat of Leviathans led by Dick Roman, after they are released from Purgatory by Castiel. Crowley becomes the main antagonist of season 8, attempting to harness the Words of God and their powers and stop the Winchesters from sealing Hell forever. In season 9, Crowley becomes an unwilling prisoner of the Winchesters but is forced to deal with Abaddon trying to steal his position as King of Hell. Sheppard was promoted to series regular status for season 10.[90]

Season 7 introduces Kevin Tran the prophet (played by Osric Chau), who translates the word of God to help the Winchesters stop the Leviathans which leads to their destruction. In season 8, Kevin works to translate another word of God to find the means of sealing Hell forever. In season 9, Kevin instead tries to find the means of returning the fallen angels to Heaven but is killed by a Gadreel-possessed Sam.

Also introduced in Season 7 is Charlie Bradbury, a tech-savvy geek (played by Felicia Day) who works at Richard Roman Enterprises. After hacking into Frank's hard drive and learning about the existence of monsters, Charlie becomes an ally of the Winchesters and occasionally helps them out with technical problems and hunts.

Season 9 introduces the angel Gadreel, who originally poses as Ezekiel, played by Tahmoh Penikett and Padalecki. After Sam is seriously injured when he decides not to seal Hell, Gadreel comes to Dean in response to his prayer for help, possesses Sam to heal him, and becomes Dean's ally. However, Gadreel's true identity is later revealed by Metatron to be the guardian who had allowed Lucifer into the Garden of Eden and was imprisoned until the fall. Gadreel then allies with Metatron in an attempt to redeem himself and lead the angels back to Heaven. He kills Kevin Tran and is later expelled from Sam and possesses his original vessel again. However, after Metatron begins sacrificing angels for his plans, Gadreel becomes regretful and joins Sam, Dean and Castiel.

Season 4 introduces Chuck Shurley as one of God's prophets portrayed by Rob Benedict. Later in season 11, it is revealed that Chuck is God masquerading under the guise of a human to allow angel's and mankind free will. In season 15, it is revealed that Chuck is manipulating events in the lives of the Winchesters and their allies for his own perverse amusement and entertainment.

Season 10 introduces the antagonistic witch Rowena MacLeod portrayed by Ruth Connell, who is later revealed to be the mother of Crowley who was previously named Fergus. Rowena returns as a sometime ally of the Winchesters throughout seasons 11 to 15 making her one of the long-standing female characters to exist on the show. Rowena's antagonistic and unpredictable nature is redeemable by her sacrifice in season 15 to close Hell's portal opened by Chuck.

Season 11 introduces Amara / The Darkness, also known as "the Darkness" portrayed by Emily Swallow. The Darkness would later on go on to become an antagonist after being released from imprisonment once the Mark of Cain is broken. The Mark was a seal that kept the Darkness imprisoned in order for God's creation and humanity to survive. Later it is revealed that the Darkness is a sibling of God.

Season 13 introduces a Nephilim, Jack Kline portrayed by Alexander Calvert as the son of Lucifer. Jack would later on become a member of the Winchester family and an important ally in rescuing the people of Apocalypse World (a world without Winchesters to prevent the endtimes) and defeating Apocalypse World, archangel Michael. Jack would go on to be killed by God as part of Chuck's plan only to be resurrected by Billie, a reaper who is a newly turned replacement for Death.

Because the show focuses mainly on the two Winchester brothers, the writers realized that viewers would know that the characters are not in danger of being permanently killed. To fix this, the staff often writes in guest characters to give tension to the episode, occasionally having them die.[91]


Main article: List of Supernatural episodes

Season 1

Main article: Supernatural (season 1)

The first season consists of 22 episodes. It premiered on The WB on September 13, 2005, and concluded on May 4, 2006. The first 16 episodes aired on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm, after which the series was rescheduled to Thursdays at 9:00 pm.[106]

After their mother's death in a suspicious fire that burns down their house 22 years prior, Sam and Dean Winchester's father goes missing during a "hunting trip". As a result, Dean tracks down Sam at Stanford University and they begin to live a life on the road, in Dean's black 1967 Chevrolet Impala with Kansas license plates. However, their father is not a typical hunter: he hunts supernatural creatures like ghosts, vampires, and spirits, and has trained his sons to do the same. Along the way, Sam and Dean save innocent people, fight creatures and ghosts, and collect clues to their father's whereabouts. Sam begins to mysteriously develop psychic abilities and visions as they travel. They also find another man with abilities similar to Sam's, whose mother died the same way. They reach out to the young man, Max Miller, offering help and seeking answers. But Max has experienced years of physical abuse and neglect and his life ends in a murder suicide which Dean and Sam are unable to stop. They eventually find and reunite with their father, who reveals that the creature that killed their mother years earlier is the demon Azazel (aka "Yellow Eyes") and the only thing that can kill him is a legendary gun created by Samuel Colt. It is revealed that Azazel, on a baby's six-month birthday, would bleed into their mouth and kill the moms when they walk in. This is what gave Sam and Max their powers. The season ends with the brothers and their father involved in a car crash when a truck hits the side of the Impala. They lie inside the car, covered in blood and unconscious.

Season 2

Main article: Supernatural (season 2)

The second season consists of 22 episodes, and it aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm on The CW, beginning September 28, 2006, and ending May 17, 2007.[107]

The season follows Sam and Dean as they deal with their father's death, who, after the car crash, traded Azazel his life for Dean's. Sam and Dean continue to hunt Azazel, who caused the fires that led to the deaths of their mother, and later, Sam's girlfriend, Jessica. They receive assistance from new allies Bobby, Ellen, Jo, and Ash. Part of Azazel's master plan is eventually revealed as he gathers Sam and others with similar psychic abilities to fight each other, leading to Sam's death. Dean makes a deal with a crossroads demon to bring Sam back in exchange for his soul, which will be collected in one year and taken to Hell. Azazel opens a portal to Hell, and as hundreds of demons and souls escape, has a final confrontation with the Winchesters. With the help of the spirit of John Winchester, who escaped Hell through the portal, Dean finally kills Azazel and the portal is closed. The Winchester brothers and their allies are left to deal with the demon army that has been unleashed and the one-year contract Dean has before he goes to Hell.

Season 3

Main article: Supernatural (season 3)

The third season consists of 16 episodes that aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm beginning October 4, 2007, and ending May 15, 2008.[108] Originally 22 episodes were ordered for the third season, but production was halted on December 5, 2007, upon completion of the twelfth episode by the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. The season number was shortened to sixteen episodes, with four new episodes airing in April and May 2008.[109]

The season focuses on trying to save Dean from his deal and tracking down the demons that were released from hell. Along the way, the brothers meet Ruby, a "good" demon, who has an interest in Sam and claims to be able to help save Dean. Also, they meet Bela Talbot, an acquirer and seller of occult objects, who becomes a thorn in their side. The brothers learn from Bela which demon holds Dean's contract: a powerful demon named Lilith. Lilith is the first demon ever created, with her soul being twisted by Lucifer himself in a spite against God for kicking him out. Lilith takes Bela's soul after her contract expires, but not before she warns Sam and Dean. The brothers, along with Ruby, track Lilith down and attempt to kill her. Lilith is unable to stop Sam on account of his mysterious abilities; however, Dean's contract expires and his soul is taken to Hell.

Season 4

Main article: Supernatural (season 4)

The fourth season consists of 22 episodes that aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm beginning September 18, 2008, and ending May 14, 2009.[110]

Dean is rescued from Hell and brought back by an angel of the Lord named Castiel. The rest of the season follows the brothers as they work with Castiel to stop Lilith's plan of breaking the 66 seals, which would allow the fallen archangel Lucifer, AKA "the Devil" or "Satan himself", to walk the Earth free once again. Sam and Dean's relationship is strained and Sam starts siding with Ruby over Dean. He begins to give into his demonic side by drinking demon blood to become strong enough to defeat Lilith. He and Dean have a falling-out. Sam sides with Ruby in his obsessive quest to kill Lilith. Dean makes a deal with the angels to save Sam, and learns that the angels want the Apocalypse to occur in order to rebuild Paradise on Earth. With aid from Castiel, Dean escapes and tries to stop Sam after learning that Lilith is, in fact, the last seal, but Sam kills her anyway, breaking open Lucifer's prison. Ruby reveals her true colors as a demon loyal to Lucifer and Dean kills her. As the season ends, Lucifer's cage opens and he escapes from Hell.

Season 5

Main article: Supernatural (season 5)

The fifth season consists of 22 episodes that aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm beginning September 10, 2009, and ending May 13, 2010.[111] This season was rumored to be the last season, because Eric Kripke had said previously that he planned the show to run for only five seasons.[32] Despite this, Padalecki and Ackles had contracts for a sixth season,[112] and The CW renewed it for season six on February 16, 2010.[113]

The fifth season revolves around the fight to stop Lucifer and save the world from the Apocalypse, inspired by events in the Book of Revelation. Throughout the season, while Castiel searches for God, Sam and Dean battle both angels and demons as they fight their destiny to become the vessels of Lucifer and Michael, respectively. They attempt to stop Lucifer by retrieving the Colt from the demon Crowley and attempting to kill Lucifer with it. This fails as Lucifer can't be killed by the Colt, and they lose fellow hunters and friends Jo and Ellen in the process. Unable to defeat Lucifer, Sam and Dean, with information from the Trickster, revealed to be the archangel Gabriel, and with help from the demon Crowley, decided to collect the rings of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, including Death, which act as the key to Lucifer's prison. In the end, Sam allows Lucifer to possess him and he kills Bobby and Castiel, who is now human. Sam then manages to regain control, thanks to his bond with Dean, and throws himself (while possessed by Lucifer) and Adam (possessed by Michael) into the Cage to trap Lucifer once more. Castiel is resurrected by God and, more powerful than ever, resurrects Bobby and then returns to Heaven to restore order. Dean returns to his old girlfriend Lisa to live a normal life. Sam is next shown mysteriously free of the Cage, watching his brother eating dinner in the house with Lisa and her son Ben.

Season 6

Main article: Supernatural (season 6)

The sixth season consists of 22 episodes that aired on Fridays at 9:00 pm beginning September 24, 2010, and ending May 20, 2011. Beginning with this season, Kripke did not return as showrunner, but still remained as a hands-on executive producer, leaving executive producer Sera Gamble to take over the reins.[114]

The sixth season begins a year after the conclusion of the fifth season, with Dean living a somewhat happy life with Lisa and Ben. When an emotionless Sam returns to Dean, he is forced to leave his new life behind and work with his resurrected grandfather Samuel to capture Alpha monsters for Crowley. The brothers are unable to get much help from Castiel since his time is occupied by a civil war raging in heaven against the archangel Raphael. Dean does not trust Samuel and his suspicions are confirmed when he finds Samuel working with demons to discover the location of Purgatory. Dean discovers that Sam's soul is still in the Cage, so he implores the Horseman Death to retrieve it. To ensure Sam does not remember his time in the Cage, Death blocks that part of Sam's memory using a mental wall. The season's second half revolves around the so-called Mother of All, which ultimately leads to events which prove that Castiel is behind the circumstances of Sam's return, the hunt for the Alpha monsters, and the search for Purgatory and was working with Crowley the entire time. When the brothers try to stop Castiel, he brings Sam's memory of the Cage back and proceeds with his plan, absorbing all the souls from Purgatory and pronouncing himself God, having ascended beyond a mere angel.

Season 7

Main article: Supernatural (season 7)

The seventh season consists of 23 episodes that aired on Fridays at 9:00 pm beginning September 23, 2011, and ending May 18, 2012.

After absorbing souls from Purgatory and declaring himself God, Castiel begins to punish all the wrongdoers in the world. He discovers that he absorbed the Leviathans, who are attempting to break free of his vessel. Sam and Dean manage to return most of the souls to Purgatory but fail to return the Leviathans, who seemingly kill Castiel before vanishing and inhabiting the bodies of many different people around the world. Sam and Dean learn that their weakness is Sodium Borate (also known as Borax), though it has minimum effectiveness on the Leviathan leader Dick Roman. After Roman kills Bobby, Dean becomes obsessed with taking the Leviathans down and learns of a facility they are building, only to discover that it is a facility to cure cancer. The spirit of Bobby later confirms that while they are curing disease, they are doing it as part of their plan to turn humanity into the perfect food source. With Castiel and Kevin's help, the brothers learn that the only way to kill the Leviathans is with the "bone of a righteous mortal washed in the three bloods of the fallen" and set out to find the three bloods. Kevin can read the word of God and helps Sam and Dean decipher it to stop the Leviathans. Eventually, Dean and Castiel kill Dick but are dragged into Purgatory as a result, while Sam is left alone to deal with Crowley, who plans to rise to power now that the Leviathans are disorganized.

Key plot points presented in the season were Sam struggling with the constant hallucinations of Lucifer and the ghost of Bobby "haunting" Sam and Dean through his alcohol flask. Bobby's rage toward Dick Roman slowly causes him to become a vengeful spirit, and Sam and Dean ultimately deal with this by burning the flask at his request, thus destroying Bobby.

Season 8

Main article: Supernatural (season 8)

The eighth season consists of 23 episodes that aired on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm beginning October 3, 2012, and ending May 15, 2013.

One year after being dragged to Purgatory, Dean returns to Earth without Castiel, carrying inside his body the soul of a vampire named Benny. The two brothers begin a fight against Crowley to find the Demon Tablet and lock the Gates of Hell, thereby trapping all demons in Hell. The brothers use Kevin Tran to help them read the tablet and accomplish this. Castiel is brought back by an angel named Naomi, and takes possession of the Angel Tablet to break her control of him when she tries to use him to kill Dean. While Kevin works on the tablet, Sam and Dean have an unexpected encounter with their paternal grandfather, Henry Winchester, who was a member of the Men of Letters, an organization dedicated to gathering supernatural knowledge; his disappearance in 1958 was actually him using a time-travel spell to go to the future and escape an attack by the demon Abaddon. Henry is killed protecting his grandsons, but he provides them with access to the Men of Letters bunker, a storehouse for several supernatural artifacts and books, which the Winchesters subsequently adopt as a new 'home'. Kevin translates three trials that must be completed in order to lock the Gates of Hell for good, but although Sam completed the first two, Dean ends the trials before the third can be finished as completing the trials would kill Sam. Unfortunately, Castiel is tricked by the angel Metatron into completing another series of trials that would have allegedly locked all angels in Heaven, but actually banished every angel apart from Metatron to Earth, the season ending with millions of angels falling from the sky and Castiel stripped of his Grace.

Season 9

Main article: Supernatural (season 9)

The ninth season consists of 23 episodes that aired on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm beginning October 8, 2013, and ending May 20, 2014.

In the first half of the ninth season, the angels have fallen to Earth and two angel factions are warring against each other while hunting Castiel. Rogue angels roam the Earth causing trouble. Castiel is now human and has to adjust to his new life while Crowley is held prisoner by Sam and Dean who are trying to use an old blood ritual to turn demon Crowley back into a human. Sam is left near-death from the Trials of God and Dean is forced to let an angel, claiming to be Ezekiel, possess Sam to heal him from the inside. Dean must hide Ezekiel's presence from Sam so that he won't expel him and die while also keeping Castiel away at Ezekiel's demand. The brothers search for a way to return the angels to Heaven. Eventually it is revealed that Ezekiel is actually Gadreel, the angel who let Lucifer into the Garden of Eden. Gadreel murders Kevin Tran and escapes to join Metatron, while Castiel regains his powers after taking the Grace from another renegade angel. With Crowley's help, Sam expels Gadreel, but the experience causes Sam and Dean to split up while letting Crowley go as part of the deal Dean made for him to save Sam.

In the second half, Dean begins searching for both Gadreel for revenge and the First Blade to kill Abaddon with the help of Crowley. Despite being warned of terrible repercussions, Dean takes on the Mark of Cain in order to be able to wield the First Blade. After healing Sam completely, Castiel begins a search of his own for Metatron, believing him to be the key to reversing the expulsion of the angels. Metatron begins trying to unite all the angels under his rule while Castiel leads other angels against him to retake Heaven. Eventually Dean kills Abaddon and Castiel defeats Metatron after a repentant Gadreel sacrifices himself to let Castiel confront Metatron directly, but Metatron kills Dean, causing Dean to become a demon due to the influence of the Mark of Cain.

Season 10

Main article: Supernatural (season 10)

In the tenth season, after being resurrected by the Mark of Cain, Dean is now a demon, working alongside Crowley. Meanwhile, Sam continues to search for Dean. After Dean refuses to follow Crowley's order and embarrasses him in front of his demon followers, Crowley gives Sam his brother's location. For giving up Dean, Sam gives Crowley the First Blade. Later, Sam, with the help of Castiel, cures Dean by using sanctified human blood. After being cured, Dean is reminded by Castiel that the Mark of Cain is still a problem. Dean and Sam help Castiel track down his vessel's (Jimmy's) daughter, Claire. Dean ends up slaughtering several men who are keeping her captive and loses control of the Mark, a nightmare he previously had.

Meanwhile, a mysterious new witch comes into play, being revealed to be Crowley's mother, Rowena. A large focus of the season is Dean's quest to overcome the Mark of Cain and have it removed if possible. New hope for ridding Dean of the Mark comes when Charlie unearths the Book of the Damned. Sam needs help in reading and using the tome, and turns to Rowena for help. He requests help from Charlie, too, who decodes the text but is murdered by the Steins, a family that has secretly controlled much of history. After massacring the Steins, nearly killing Castiel and getting another hunter killed, Dean starts despairing of being free of the Mark, causing him to turn to Death for help. Death proposes putting Dean in isolation away from the Earth, but insists Dean must kill Sam, who otherwise would work to bring Dean back. Sam and Dean both agree that it is for the good of the world. At the last moment however, Dean seemingly kills Death instead to save Sam. Oblivious to the dangers, Rowena successfully casts the spell to remove the Mark and unleashes the Darkness, a primordial evil that had been kept away by the Mark. Rowena also places Castiel under a spell so he attacks Crowley as she escapes with the Book of the Damned.

Season 11

Main article: Supernatural (season 11)

In the eleventh season, Sam and Dean deal with the release of Amara/The Darkness, after Rowena's spell removed the Mark of Cain from Dean's arm. While Crowley's taking care of Amara, feeding her with souls, the brothers are, alongside Castiel, trying to find a way to kill The Darkness. In order to find out more about Amara, Castiel asks Metatron for help, and he says that in order to create the world, God had to sacrifice his sister, The Darkness. To face the most dangerous creature they've crossed paths with so far, the brothers ask for Lucifer's help. Lucifer claims he's the only one who can beat Amara, but in order to do so, he needs to possess Sam's body. When Sam refuses, Lucifer tries to kill Dean, Sam, and Castiel, but Rowena's spell seems to have sent him away. Later, it's revealed that Castiel said "yes" at the last second, and that Lucifer is now possessing his body.

When nothing works to get rid of The Darkness, Amara claims that God must appear himself to see her destroying everything He created and loves. Then, she decides to draw out God by torturing an archangel, making Lucifer/Castiel scream in agony. Meanwhile, Chuck returns and reveals himself to Metatron, telling him he is God. Then, he reveals himself to the Winchesters and they all decide to seal Amara. Rowena, who had cast a spell that made her immortal, helps them with a spell, while Crowley and Lucifer use the demons and angels in a combined attack against Amara. When Chuck tried to seal Amara, she resisted, stopping the Winchesters, apparently killing Lucifer and gravely wounding Chuck. Amara warns that Chuck is not dead yet because he is going to watch her destroy everything ever created.

As a result of Chuck's injuries, the sun is now dying and the world along with it. Realizing that the only chance for the world to survive is to kill the Darkness along with Chuck, the Winchesters begin gathering ghosts to create a bomb to destroy the Darkness. With the help of Billie the Reaper, they are able to get the needed souls which are inserted into Dean. Chuck sends Dean to Amara who has started to regret her actions and Dean convinces Amara that revenge is not worth it. Amara and Chuck reconcile and Amara heals Chuck of the damage she did to him. The two then leave the Earth, but not before Amara tells Dean she is going to give him what he wants most for helping her. At the bunker, Castiel is banished by a woman who identifies herself as Lady Antonia Bevell of the London chapter of the Men of Letters. Antonia tells Sam the Men of Letters have sent her to bring Sam in for punishment for his actions and fires her gun, apparently at Sam as he tries to talk her down. Making his way through the woods, Dean finds his resurrected mother.

Season 12

Main article: Supernatural (season 12)

The twelfth season premiered on October 13, 2016, and concluded on May 18, 2017, consisting of 23 episodes.

Dean meets his mother, Mary Winchester, for the first time in 30 years after Amara sends him the gift which he wanted most. Sam has been captured by Lady Toni Bevell and is being tortured as punishment for his past sins. Dean convinces Mary that he is her son and thereafter discovers that Sam has been captured. Dean, Mary and Castiel devise a plan to rescue Sam. Lucifer has been possessing numerous vessels in his quest to find one that is suitable for him. He finally possesses Vince Vincete, a veteran rock star, and kills Rowena in the process. After a concert where Lucifer plans to destroy all those who attend, his vessel disintegrates before he is able to make the President of the United States his vessel. Sam and Dean try to warn the president, but are presumed to be assassins who are trying to kill the president and are thereby detained at an unknown center. They both fake being dead in order to escape and are reunited with Castiel and Mary. Mary begins to work with Arthur Ketch of the Men of Letters in order to get back into hunting. Mary tricks the brothers into stealing the Colt from one of the four princes of hell Ramiel.

After Mick Davies is killed the brothers acknowledge that the Men of Letters have gone rogue. Meanwhile, the president has made his assistant Kelly Kline pregnant and Castiel realizes that a Nephilim is to be born. Sam, Dean and Castiel try convince Kelly about the impending danger. While Lucifer has been captured and being tortured by Crowley. Sam and a few hunters gather to defeat the Men of Letters while Castiel retrieves Kelly after killing Dagon. Lucifer is released by Crowley's minion demon and heads on to find his son. In the finale Kelly gives birth to the Nephilim, while Crowley sacrifices himself to kill Lucifer. Crowley and Castiel die trying to kill Lucifer while Mary and Lucifer are pulled into the rift created by the Nephilim's birth. Dean kneels down in despair after witnessing Castiel being killed while Sam is shocked when he arrives to see Jack the Nephilim grown into a teenager.

Season 13

Main article: Supernatural (season 13)

The thirteenth season premiered on October 12, 2017, and concluded on May 17, 2018, consisting of 23 episodes.

Dean and Sam are left reeling from the loss of so many allies and family members and their new responsibility to 'raise' Jack, with Sam willing to give the boy a chance while Dean is immediately concerned due to his heritage. In the other world, Lucifer keeps Mary alive as a hostage to trade for his son when he returns home, but finds himself confronted by the alternate Michael, who has killed his Lucifer and won the war. Although Dean becomes increasingly bitter at their recent losses, he gains a new sense of hope when Jack unintentionally brings Castiel back to life. Things become complicated when Men of Letters Arthur Ketch is revealed to have escaped death through a spell he received from Rowena, Ketch taking Castiel and a weakened Lucifer prisoner after Lucifer escapes back into this world when Michael tries to use his grace to create a portal so that he can conquer the other reality.

While the Winchesters' efforts to return to the other world to rescue Mary fail, Ketch is revealed to be working with Asmodeus, who reveals in turn that the source of his power is Gabriel, who actually faked his death during his confrontation with Lucifer but was sold to Asmodeus by the children of the real Loki. After their first attempt to enter the other world traps Jack in that reality, the Winchesters retrieve the demon tablet, a translation of it reveals the ingredients needed to open a portal to the other world. As Jack sides with Mary and the humans against the angels, the Winchesters and Castiel gather the ingredients for the spell to open the portal while Lucifer tries to re-establish himself as king of Heaven in the absence of God and other archangels. After Ketch rescues Gabriel, allowing the Winchesters to use his grace as part of the spell, the initial raid on the other world fails to achieve more than Dean rescuing the alternate version of his deceased friend Charlie Bradbury, but Gabriel flees in fear after an attack on the bunker by Asmodeus. With Heaven in desperate straits after Lucifer fails to hold the angels together, Castiel is charged with finding Gabriel while the last ten angels try to keep Heaven in order, leaving the Winchesters to mount a new assault on the other world with Gabriel and Lucifer. They are able to rescue a range of human survivors from the other world, including the alternate versions of Bobby and Charlie, but Gabriel is killed in the process and Lucifer and the alternate Michael follow them through.

As Lucifer takes Jack's power for himself, Dean is forced to make a deal to act as the vessel for the alternate Michael to stop him. Dean is able to stay in control long enough to kill Lucifer, but the season ends with Michael taking control of Dean's body and departing.

Season 14

Main article: Supernatural (season 14)

The fourteenth season premiered on October 11, 2018, and concluded on April 25, 2019, consisting of 20 episodes.

Three weeks after Apocalypse World Michael possessed Dean, the archangel is confronting individuals of every different species, questioning their wants and dismissing them as hopeless, until he encounters a vampire who expresses his desire to eat. Praising his desire as pure, Michael decides to raise monsters above mankind and begins experimenting with archangel grace and monsters, making them immune to their former weaknesses. Sam, Bobby from Apocalypse World and Mary track Michael down, and Michael seemingly leaves Dean's body after becoming irritated with Dean's resistance. Meanwhile, Jack becomes sick due to the loss of his powers, and dies later, his soul ascending to Heaven. But the Shadow being from the Empty, believing Jack's soul belongs to it and irritated with Castiel for escaping it, attacks Heaven and makes a deal with Castiel to take the angel in place of Jack, but only when Castiel lets himself be happy again.

Dean, Sam, Castiel and the newly resurrected Jack decide to take down Michael and his army of monsters once and for all, but Michael retakes control of Dean and unleashes his monsters on the city. The group subdue Michael, and Dean takes back control of his body and imprisons the archangel in his mind. Dean, with the help of Billie, builds the Ma’lak Box to imprison himself in, in order to protect the world from Michael. But Sam convinces Dean that they'll find another solution, and Dean makes a wish that brings John Winchester back from the past for a day. Dean is then injured on a hunt, and Michael is unleashed. Michael possesses Rowena temporarily, and kills most of the Apocalypse World hunters, but Jack burns off his soul to murder Michael and takes Michael's grace to restore his powers.

Nick, who survived Lucifer's death and suffers psychological damage from so many years of being Lucifer's vessel, sets about getting justice for the deaths of his family. His killing spree leads him to the prophet Donatello Redfield, and Nick communicates with the recently awakened Lucifer in the Empty. Nick tricks Jack into giving him Jack's blood, and tries to resurrect Lucifer to be his vessel again. Jack confronts, and then kills Nick in front of Mary. After Mary berates Jack for viciously murdering Nick, the now soulless Jack kills Mary by accident, leaving the boys without their mother for a second time. Castiel prays for God to return and fix Jack, but the angels manipulate Jack into solidifying their power. Out of options, Sam and Dean imprison Jack in the Mal’ak Box, but Jack escapes. God returns and tells the boys that they must use a gun that he built to kill Jack, but Sam and Dean, frustrated with God's disappearances and inaction, refuse him.

Angered at their defiance, God smites Jack, who wakes up to see the Shadow and Billie waiting for him in the Empty. God decides to end the world, and unleashes every vengeful spirit from Hell back on Earth and sets an army of corpses upon Sam, Dean and Castiel.

Season 15

Main article: Supernatural (season 15)

The fifteenth and final season premiered on October 10, 2019. The season consisted of 20 episodes and aired on Thursdays at 8:00 pm (ET) with the exception of two episodes in March 2020 which aired on Mondays at 8:00 pm.[115] The series finale was scheduled to air on May 18, 2020.[116] In March 2020, Warner Bros. Television shut down production on the series due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[117] Later in March, showrunner Andrew Dabb revealed that the series would go on hiatus after the March 23 episode.[118] The season resumed airing on October 8, and the series finale aired on November 19, 2020.[119]

Recurring elements


Throughout the series, Dean drives a black 1967 Chevrolet Impala which he refers to as "Baby". Having been passed down to him by his father (John), it is Dean's most prized possession, with actor Jensen Ackles feeling it is Dean's "life" and "sanctuary".[120] The brothers travel in it throughout the country as they hunt the supernatural, and the trunk holds various weaponry and their fake IDs. In the first two seasons, it has a Kansas license plate with the number KAZ 2Y5, a reference to the Winchesters' home state of Kansas, and the series premiere date of 2005.[120] Towards the end of the second season, the car sports a new Ohio license plate (CNK 80Q3) to aid the brothers in hiding from the FBI.[121]

The origins of the Impala were first depicted in the comic mini-series Supernatural: Origins, in which John Winchester takes ownership of the car from Mary's uncle after accidentally getting him killed during a hunt. However, fans responded negatively to this, as John is shown with the Impala in the teaser for the pilot episode, which is chronologically set before the comic series. Because of this, the comic was altered for the trade paperback version,[122] with the Impala's true origins later being depicted in the series' fourth season. Having been sent back to 1973 by the angel Castiel, Dean convinces his father to purchase the Impala over a 1964 VW Van. The car's origins were further explored during the season five finale, in which a frame story surrounded the plot of the episode tracking the Impala's history from its manufacture, through several previous owners, up until the present day. According to Chuck Shurley, the brothers have "made it their own", and they are shown as kids sticking an army man into an ash tray that remains there (Sam), putting blocks into the heating vents (Dean) and carving their initials into the car. The Impala later proves important when seeing the old army man allows Sam to overpower Lucifer during the final confrontation. According to Chuck, as they have the Impala, the Winchesters never consider themselves truly homeless. In the seventh season, after two Leviathans go on a killing spree in an identical Impala, Sam and Dean are forced to put the car into storage and use various other cars as they are too identifiable with the Impala. Dean later pulls it out of storage to confront Dick and has the demon Meg crash it into Sucrocorp to create a distraction. Starting in season 8, Sam and Dean are once again using the Impala as their car. The Impala was stolen by the angel Gadreel while possessing Sam, once again forcing Dean to use a stolen car, but it was quickly recovered and proved instrumental in tracking down the rogue angel.

All of the cars used in the show are stock 1967 Chevrolet Impala four door hardtops. They feature Chevrolet small-block engines, recolored interiors, custom seats, and nonfunctioning radios. Other than the one used in the original, all of the Impalas had to be painted black for the series. One of the Impalas used features a detachable roof and doors for up-close shots, and is capable of being separated in half.[123] After filming of the series concluded, Ackles was allowed by Warner Bros. and The CW to keep the main Impala.[124]

Trouble with the law

Because Dean and Sam do not get paid for their hunting, the brothers earn their living and pay for their hunting equipment through credit card fraud, poker winnings, and pool hustling. Furthermore, their investigations often put them on the wrong side of the law, as they have desecrated graves, impersonated various officials, and committed breaking and entering. Framed for murder and bank robbery by shapeshifters, Dean has become a highly wanted man, and the brothers are occasionally pursued by various law enforcement officers, most notably FBI agent Victor Henricksen. Because of their wanted status, the brothers often use aliases, usually derived from hard rock musicians, film references, or a meta-reference. However, in the third season's mid-season finale episode "Jus in Bello", Sam and Dean are presumed dead in the explosion of the Monument, Colorado Sheriff's county jail, effectively ending the FBI's pursuit of them. By the seventh season, however, the FBI are in pursuit of the brothers again, believing them to be mass-murderers (while the murders were actually committed by Leviathans impersonating the Winchesters). However, with the help of a sheriff who learns the truth and the bodies of their doppelgangers, they are able to fake their deaths again, but have to lie low to prevent discovery, abandoning the Impala, taking on new aliases and using stolen cars to get around. By season 8, the threat of discovery seems to blow over as Sam and Dean return to using the Impala and their rock band aliases which they had been warned made them easy to find. Notably in "Ask Jeeves" in season 10, they use their real names and even though a detective is investigating a murder, he does not recognize them from "their" previous crime sprees.

The Colt

The Colt with thirteen original bullets

The 1836 Colt Paterson revolver,[125] usually referred to simply as "the Colt", was made by Samuel Colt, a paranormal hunter. According to legend, anything shot by this gun, using one of its thirteen original bullets, will die, including creatures normally immune to any and all weapons.

John Winchester gives it to the demon Azazel in return for Dean's life being spared after a near-fatal car crash. At the end of the second season, Azazel uses the Colt as the key to open one of the Gates to Hell that Samuel Colt had sealed. The last bullet is then used to kill Azazel, though the gun is later altered to allow the use of more bullets. Towards the end of the third season, Lilith's right-hand demon, Crowley, acquires the gun and hides it. It is then featured in two time-travel episodes – Dean using a past version of it when he is sent back to 1973, and his future self discovering it when Dean is sent five years into the future – before Crowley returns it to the Winchesters so they can kill Lucifer. However, after Dean shoots Lucifer in the head at point-blank range, an unharmed Lucifer boasts there are five things in creation which the gun cannot kill, and he is one of them. The Colt is subsequently lost and absent for several years until Mary Winchester retrieves it back from a Prince of Hell, Ramiel.

It is later revealed due to a causal loop, the Colt went in the possession of Daniel Elkins, the owner of the gun at the beginning of the series, due to the actions of the Winchesters. When the Winchesters travel to 1861, they meet Samuel Colt, from whom Sam gets the Colt, and Dean uses it to kill a phoenix, as they need its ashes. Dean drops the Colt just before being transported back to the present day, where it is presumably retrieved by the saloon owner Elkins, the ancestor of Daniel Elkins.

The gun used in the series is actually a replica Paterson modified to fire metallic cartridges.[125] The gun was described as being built in 1835, before Colt made firearms, and fires metallic cartridges which were never made to fire in a Colt revolver until 10 years after Samuel Colt's death. On the barrel of the gun is inscribed the Latin phrase non-timebo mala, meaning "I will fear no evil".[126] On the grip is a carving of a pentagram, with much of the finish removed to give it an aged appearance.[125] The prop department also has a rubber version of the Colt to be used in fight scenes for pistol-whipping.[123]

Ruby's knife

Ruby possesses a mysterious and presumably magical demon-killing knife, which Kripke refers to as "a hand-to-hand version of the Colt".[127] Its handle is made of elk antlers, and the knife has engravings on both sides of the blade, although the symbols are all nonsensical.[127] It has been seen and used many times following its introduction in the third season. Upon being stabbed in a vital area like throat or heart or the guts, the demon is almost immediately killed, usually taking the human host with it. The only known survivor is Bobby Singer who stabbed himself with it while fighting off a possession and was left paralyzed as a result. It is unknown if it is effective against other supernatural beings, although it is useless against angels. Furthermore, only Knights of Hell such as Cain or Abaddon or Princes of Hell like Ramiel are established as resistant or even immune to the effects of the knife. The white-eyed demon Alastair was never killed by the knife's demon killing power since both times he was stabbed were on the left shoulder, although both stabs were very close to his heart. Creator Eric Kripke doubted that how the knife functions would ever be revealed, stating, "I like to leave some things mysterious. And that's likely to remain mysterious."[67] However, the eighth season reveals it to be "an ancient demon-killing knife of the Kurds".

Word of God Tablets

Sometime in the distant past, God dictated the angel scribe Metatron to write a compendium of tablets known as the Word of God. They cover a variety of subjects, including demons, angels, and leviathans. God then sealed the tablets inside the "Vault of the Earth" and even if someone were to find them, only a few chosen humans, the prophets, are able to decipher them. The Leviathan Tablet, which was dug from somewhere in Iran, has an instruction regarding how to kill a leviathan. The Demon Tablet, recovered by Crowley through unknown means, contains an instruction about locking all demons in Hell forever as well as techniques about disposing demons, such as devil's traps, holy water, and demon bombs. The Angel Tablet, stored in one of Lucifer's crypts, has the information on how to make all angels fall from Heaven as well as an incantation to imbue an angel with great power. The Demon Tablet is currently in the possession of Castiel, who has destroyed the Angel Tablet in the ninth season to prevent Metatron from using its powers.

Men of Letters

For centuries, supernatural activity on Earth was logged and observed by the Men of Letters, a secret society dedicated to gathering knowledge and artefacts, occasionally working with elite teams of hunters to eliminate particularly dangerous supernatural threats. This tradition came to an end when Henry Winchester, attending his final initiation rite in 1958, became the sole survivor of the organization when it was attacked by the demon Abaddon, forcing Henry to attempt a desperate escape by using a spell to take himself to 2013, where he met Dean and Sam. Although Henry is killed in the subsequent battle with Abaddon, he is able to pass on information about the Men of Letters to his grandsons, who track down the Men of Letters' secret bunker, which stores all the knowledge and artefacts that the society had gathered over the centuries. After this, Dean and Sam adopt the bunker as a 'home', residing in the bunker when between cases and using its books to carry out further research. They experience an unexpected challenge when the British Men of Letters come to America to try to take control of the local hunters, perceiving the Winchesters as too dangerous, but the Winchesters and a small army of hunters are able to force the British Men of Letters to withdraw after Dean and Sam confirm that the British branch are too brutal for their tastes, such as attempting to immediately kill new werewolf Claire Novak where the Winchesters would prefer to cure if possible, or killing hunter Eileen Leehy just because she accidentally killed a Man of Letters rather than accept that it was an accident.

Mark of Cain and the First Blade

After God and the archangels successfully battled the Darkness to submission at the beginning of creation, God sealed it inside a metaphysical cage, whose seal was handed over to Lucifer for safekeeping. However, the Darkness' influence was as such that Lucifer was corrupted by it, eventually becoming the first fallen angel after refusing to honor humans. Lucifer then offered the seal to Cain, which empowered a blade made from the jawbone of a donkey that he used to kill and send his brother, Abel, to Heaven. Whenceforth, the seal was known by the moniker of the Mark of Cain, while the blade was dubbed the First Blade. Wielders of the Mark are corrupted by the Darkness so they would have the lust for power and bloodbath. This power in turn activates the First Blade, otherwise useless when wielded by other people, to become an invincible weapon capable of killing everything, even angels and higher demons. If killed, wielders of the Mark are resurrected as demons, as shown by Dean in the finale of the ninth season. At the start of the series, Cain had thrown the First Blade to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, only to take it back and give it as well as the Mark to Dean as part of the latter's quest to kill Abaddon. However, this gives Dean the attendant problems of the Mark, which slowly corrupts him, as releasing the Mark requires an arduous ritual, and if not transferred to someone else would release the Darkness from her cage. Sam is eventually able to remove the Mark, but this unleashes the Darkness, forcing the Winchesters, Castiel and Crowley to join forces to stop the Darkness by releasing Lucifer from the Cage and reunite the Darkness with God (who is identified as Chuck Shurley, the Prophet who wrote the Winchester Gospels).

Apocalypse World

After Lucifer is released from the Cage to assist with the Darkness and is eventually 'restored' to his old vessel of Nick, the Winchesters are forced to defeat him by using a rift in reality to trap Lucifer in an alternate reality they come to call 'Apocalypse World', which is established to be a world where Dean and Sam were never born as Mary never made the deal with Azazel to restore John Winchester to life. As a result of Dean and Sam's absence, Michael and Lucifer took new vessels to wage their final battle, which led to Michael's victory, only for Michael to set out to destroy all humans as a failed experiment, aided by the Apocalypse World version of Kevin Tran, who is now a 'loyal' prophet to Michael in return for the promise that he will be reunited with his mother in Heaven. Although the Winchesters had intended to leave Lucifer trapped there, various events force them to re-open the rift, which leads to Mary in particular becoming attached to the people of Apocalypse World, which include still-living versions of Bobby Singer and Charlie Bradbury. Eventually the Winchesters are able to evacuate most of the human survivors to their world, but the alternate version of Michael follows them into this world, with Dean forced to become Michael's vessel to stop Lucifer for good only for Michael to pursue his own agenda on this world.

Other media

Promotion and tie-ins

The advertisements The WB chose for the show went beyond just commercials and billboards. Before the series debuted, the network placed signs for the show at gas station pumps, and gave out rubber glow-in-the-dark bracelets at New York and Los Angeles movie theaters.[54] Also, coffee cup sleeves revealed the image of a "terrified woman seemingly pinned to a ceiling" when heated[128] were distributed to 500 cafes throughout New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.[54] The same image was used in special mirrors the network installed in almost 200 nightclubs throughout three cities in order to reach "young, hip horror fans".[128] Additional advertisements were also placed in bars, movie theaters, and video game stores, with hundreds of the bars also receiving Supernatural napkins and coasters.[54]

The series also has many real-life tie-ins. The urban legend website Hellhounds Lair featured in the season one episode "Hell House" was a real website set up by the show's producers.[129] As a tie-in to the sequel episode "Ghostfacers", in which the owners of Hellhounds Lair create their own Ghost Hunters-style reality show, The CW set up[130] The Winchesters later visit this website in the fourth-season episode "It's a Terrible Life". Series tie-ins, however, extend beyond the internet. For a time, Dean's cell number—revealed in the first-season episode "Phantom Traveler"[131] to be 1–866–907–3235—was a real number, with Jensen Ackles reading the message: "This is Dean Winchester. If this is an emergency, leave a message. If you are calling about 11–2–83, page me with your coordinates."[132] The second-season episode "Tall Tales" featured a tie-in to that week's issue of the tabloid newspaper Weekly World News. The February 19 and March 19, 2007, editions of the paper featured exclusive interviews with Sam and Dean, the articles being written by Paul Kupperberg.[133]


Supernatural has a vast amount of merchandise available, including calendars, T-shirts, shot glasses, temporary tattoos and posters.[134] Inkworks has released trading cards for the show, some cards featuring actors' autographs and swatches from actual costumes used on the series.[135]

The Supernatural Role Playing Game (a pen-and-paper role-playing game) was developed by Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd.[136] Originally scheduled for release in October 2007,[137] it was delayed until August 2009.[138] The game uses material from the series, novels, and comics.[137] Additionally, on September 7, 2010, Watertower Music released Supernatural: Original Television Soundtrack – Seasons 1–5. It features 18 original tracks by Supernatural series composers Christopher Lennertz and Jay Gruska.[139] Funko has also released three Pop! form figures of Dean, Sam, and Castiel as of November 21, 2013.[140]

Further information on the series' mythology and production have been detailed through print. Official companion guides for the first six seasons have been released (ISBN 1845765354, ISBN 1-84576-657-1, ISBN 1-84856-103-2, ISBN 1-84856-738-3, ISBN 1-84856-739-1, ISBN 0-85768-289-X), all written by Nicholas Knight and published by Titan Books. Two additional guides written by Alex Irvine, The "Supernatural" Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls (ISBN 0-06-136703-6) and John Winchester's Journal (ISBN 0-06-170662-0), have been published by It Books. Irvine's books function as resource guides that contain illustrations and detailed descriptions of the supernatural creatures the Winchester family has encountered, giving additional background on creatures and mythology featured on the show. Premiering on November 27, 2007, was the Official Supernatural Magazine.[141] Published by Titan Magazines, it contains series information and exclusive cast and crew interviews.[141] It Books published Supernatural: Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting by David Reed on September 6, 2011 (ISBN 0062103377), sharing all the knowledge that the character Bobby Singer had to share about hunting, the Winchesters, and other knowledge he picked up over the years dealing with the elements of the supernatural.


The series has also developed an expanded universe. Three six-issue comic book miniseries have been published by WildStorm,[142] a company under the DC Comics umbrella. Supernatural: Origins depicts the early lives of John, Sam, and Dean Winchester, and shows how John became a hunter.[143]Supernatural: Rising Son, "a dysfunctional family story", details Dean as he begins following in his father's footsteps.[144] While Kripke was heavily involved with the first series, the writer's strike prevented him from doing so with Rising Son.[144]Supernatural: Beginning's End deals with "the definitive events that led to Sam leaving his family to attend Stanford".

A fourth miniseries, Caledonia (named Supernatural: The Dogs of Edinburgh in the UK), by Brian Wood and Grant Bond, dealt with Sam Winchester's trip to the United Kingdom during the Stanford years.[145] The first two miniseries were written by Peter Johnson, one of the series co-executive producer, while the third one is by television series writers Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin.[146]


Several novels based on the series have also been published.

NevermoreKeith R.A. DeCandidoJuly 31, 2007HarperEntertainmentISBN 0-06-137090-8
Witch's CanyonJeff MariotteOctober 30, 2007HarperEntertainmentISBN 0-06-137091-6
Bone KeyKeith R.A. DeCandidoAugust 26, 2008HarperEntertainmentISBN 0-06-143503-1
Heart of the DragonKeith R.A. DeCandidoFebruary 16, 2010Titan BooksISBN 1-84856-600-X
The Unholy CauseJoe SchreiberMay 4, 2010Titan BooksISBN 1-84856-528-3
War of the SonsRebecca Dessertine and David ReedAugust 31, 2010Titan BooksISBN 1-84856-601-8
One Year GoneRebecca DessertineMay 24, 2011Titan BooksISBN 0-85768-099-4
Coyote's KissChrista FaustJuly 12, 2011Titan BooksISBN 0-85768-100-1
Night TerrorJohn PassarellaSeptember 13, 2011Titan BooksISBN 0-85768-101-X
Rite of PassageJohn PassarellaAugust 14, 2012Titan BooksISBN 1781161119
Fresh MeatAlice HendersonFebruary 19, 2013Titan BooksISBN 1781161127
Carved in FleshTim WaggonerApril 16, 2013Titan BooksISBN 1781161135
Cold FireJohn PassarellaMarch 29, 2016Titan BooksISBN 9781781166758
MythmakerTim WaggonerJuly 26, 2016Titan BooksISBN 9781783298549
The Usual SacrificesYvonne NavarroJune 27, 2017Titan BooksISBN 9781783298563
JoyrideJohn PassarellaOctober 30, 2018Titan BooksISBN 9781783299362
Children of AnubisTim WaggonerApril 30, 2019Titan BooksISBN 9781785653261

Secondary literature

An unofficial anthology titled In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural (ISBN 1933771631) was released on February 10, 2009, by Smart Pop and featured essays covering different aspects of both the series and its fanbase. The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV Show (ISBN 0425241378), published by Berkley Trade on August 2, 2011, sought to explore the religious and mythological roots of the show. And on October 1, 2011, ECW Press released the book TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural (ISBN 1770410201) which explored topics such as folklore, religion, gender and sexuality, comedy, and music through essays from a number of contributors.

Spin-off series


After their first season debut in "Hell House" (episode 17 written by Trey Callaway), the growing popularity of "amateur spook-hunters" Ed Zeddmore and Harry Spangler prompted Kripke to consider a spin-off series for the characters. He discussed the idea of an online venture with actors A. J. Buckley and Travis Wester, and held a successful meeting with studio and network executives.[147] Though Kripke announced their plans to produce "some new material, either webisodes, potentially cell phone content or basically an off-network Ghostfacers series" at the 2008 Comic-Con,[148] the economic downturn delayed production until 2009.[147]

Buckley and Wester, along with Patrick J. Doody and Chris Valenziano, penned the series.[147] They found the format—ten three-minute segments[149]—difficult to manage because each webisode has to work both individually and as part of the overall storyline.[147] However, Wester noted, "We couldn't get too indulgent, we couldn't delve into long conversations. That helps not only with the storytelling but with the comedy... With drama, it takes time to establish an emotional connection with the characters. With comedy, you can jump right in."[147]

Though an initial idea of Kripke's involved the cast searching real haunted houses,[148] the first season instead features the Ghostfacers investigating a haunted theater. The series also stars Brittany Ishibashi as Maggie and Austin Basis as Spruce.[149]

In August 2011, a webisode was released online in which the Ghostfacers meet Castiel.[150]

Supernatural: The Anime Series

On June 9, 2010, the official Japanese Warner Bros. website announced an anime version of the series titled Supernatural: The Animation (スーパーナチュラル・ザ・アニメーション), which debuted in Japan in January 2011[151] and is produced by Japanese anime studio Madhouse.[152] Shigeyuki Miya and Atsuko Ishizuka are co-directors for the series, with Kripke credited as the project creator.[152] Madhouse co-founder Masao Maruyama serves as executive producer, with Naoya Takayama supervising the scripts and Takahiro Yoshimatsu designing the characters. Yūya Uchida and Hiroki Touchi, who voice Sam and Dean for the Japanese dub of the live-action series, reprise their roles.[152]

The anime's first season consists of 22 half-hour episodes; while the storyline covers the first two seasons of the live-action series, it also includes original content exploring the Winchesters' childhoods and expanding upon secondary characters.[152]Warner Home Video released the first two episodes on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on January 12, 2011; episodes 3 through 12 shipped on February 2, and the rest on April 6.[152] Warner Home Video released the Blu-ray and DVD box sets of the anime series on July 26, 2011, in North America.[153]

Jared Padalecki voices Sam in the English-language version of the series, while Jensen Ackles voices Dean only in the last two episodes for scheduling reasons; Andrew Farrar voices Dean in English for the first 20 episodes.

Supernatural: Bloodlines

Main article: Supernatural: Bloodlines

On July 22, 2013, The CW announced there was a spin-off of Supernatural in the works, with the 20th episode of season nine serving as a back-door pilot.[154] On January 29, 2014, it was revealed that the spin-off was to have been titled Supernatural: Bloodlines.[155]

The backdoor pilot was written by Andrew Dabb and directed by Robert Singer. The series was going to set to explore the "clashing hunter and monster cultures in Chicago". The show was not picked up by the CW for the 2014–2015 season. However, the network has remained open to another spin-off of the series.[156]

Samuel Colt

During production of Supernatural's third season, Kripke stated that the writers sometimes discussed the possibility of a prequel series. Set in the Old West, the spin-off would follow Samuel Colt and a group of hunters.[22]

Wayward Sisters

On June 20, 2017, it was announced that Wayward Sisters, a spin-off series starring Kim Rhodes as Sheriff Jody Mills, was being developed by Supernatural writer-producers Andrew Dabb and Robert Berens, along with Robert Singer and Phil Sgriccia. The spin-off debuted as a backdoor pilot during the thirteenth season of Supernatural.[157] In May 2018, it was confirmed that the series was not picked up.[158]

The Winchesters

On June 24, 2021, it was announced that a prequel series titled The Winchesters that focus on Sam and Dean's parents, John and Mary, is in development at The CW. The potential series is executive produced by Jensen Ackles, his wife Danneel Ackles (who portrayed Anael on the series), and Supernatural writer Robbie Thompson. Ackles will also reprise his role as Dean Winchester as the narrator.[159]



Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Supernatural on The WB and The CW (some including repeats).

After the first four episodes of Supernatural aired in 2005, the WB decided to pick up the series for a full season of 22 episodes. During those first episodes, the series was ranked third in males aged 18–34 and 12–34. It also posted an increase of 73% in males aged 18–49 from the year before, although it only gained 4% in total viewers, and retained 91% of viewers from its lead-in, Gilmore Girls.[205]Supernatural had low ratings during its second season, with viewers consisting mainly of teen girls, and the CW trying to attract more male viewers.[206] The show's future was in doubt at the end of the second season.[207] Despite mediocre ratings in the previous year, it was back for a third season.[208] Although its third season's rating were low, it did well with viewers aged 18–49. In this category, it ranked eighth of all returning series broadcast by a major network.[209] The show received an early pickup for its fourth season.[210] The show's ratings increased in its fourth season.[211] The fourth-season premiere aired on September 18, 2008, averaging its highest rating ever since its debut on The CW with 3.96 million viewers, a 33% surge over the season three premiere and a 1.7/5 in adults 18–49, up 42% from one year earlier.[212] On October 16, 2008, the show was watched by 3.06 million viewers, making the lowest rating for the season. On October 30, 2008, the show climbed to its best performance in adults 18–34 (1.4/4), adults 18–49 (1.5/4) and total viewers (3.6mil) since its season premiere on September 18, 2008.[213] For the fifth-season premiere, viewership increased by 6% in women 18–34 (1.7/5) over the fourth-season premiere.[214] However, taking DVR viewings into account with new Live-Plus 7 Day data, total viewership for the premiere increased 38%, with women 18–34 increasing by 35% and adults 18–34 by 47%.[215]

Awards and nominations


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