Apr. Charlie (Felicia Day) ruft Sam (Jared Padalecki) und Dean (Jensen Ackles) zu sich, um ihnen zu erzählen, dass sie das Buch der Toten. Inhaltsangabe zu der Episode Supernatural 4x «The Monster at the End of This Book». Sam und Dean sind schockiert, als sie zufällig auf eine Buchserie mit . Charlie (Felicia Day) ruft Sam (Jared Padalecki) und Dean (Jensen Ackles) zu sich, um ihnen zu erzählen, dass sie das Buch der Toten gefunden hat, das.
They lie inside the car, covered in blood and unconscious. The second season consists of 22 episodes that aired on Thursdays at 9: 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.
The third season consists of 16 episodes that aired on Thursdays at 9: The season number was shortened to sixteen episodes, with four new episodes airing in April and May 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: Lilith is the very first demon ever made, 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. The fourth season consists of 22 episodes that aired on Thursdays at 9: 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 relationshing 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.
The fifth season consists of 22 episodes that aired on Thursdays at 9: 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.
The sixth season consists of 22 episodes that aired on Fridays at 9: 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.
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.
The seventh season consists of 23 episodes that aired on Fridays at 9: 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.
The eighth season consists of 23 episodes that aired on Wednesdays at 9: 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 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 artefacts 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 a 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.
The ninth season consists of 23 episodes that aired on Tuesdays at 9: 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, while Castiel regains his powers. 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 with the help of a repentant Gadreel, but Metatron kills Dean, causing Dean to become a demon due to the influence of the Mark of Cain.
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.
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.
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 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. 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 that can beat Amara, but in order to do so, he needs to possess Sam's body.
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.
Meanwhile, Chuck returns and reveals himself to Metatron, telling him He is God. 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. The twelfth season premiered on October 13, , and concluded on May 18, , consisting of 23 episodes.
Dean meets his mother for the first time in 30 years after Amara sends him the gift which he wanted most. Sam has been captured by Lady 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 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.
The thirteenth season premiered on October 12, , and concluded on May 17, , 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.
Throughout the series, Dean drives a black Chevrolet Impala which he refers to as "Baby. 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 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,  with the Impala's true origins later being depicted in the series' fourth season.
Having been sent back to by the angel Castiel , Dean convinces his father to purchase the Impala over a 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 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.
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 doesn't recognize them from "their" previous crime sprees.
The Colt Paterson revolver,  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 , 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 , 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. On the barrel of the gun is inscribed the Latin phrase non-timebo mala , meaning "I will fear no evil".
Ruby possesses a mysterious and presumably magical demon-killing knife, which Kripke refers to as "a hand-to-hand version of the Colt". Upon being stabbed in a vital area, 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, the higher-ranked demons are resistant or even immune to the effects of the knife. 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. 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.
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 , 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 , 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 and 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.
After God and the archangels successfully battled the Darkness to submission at the beginning of creation, God sealed the latter 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.
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.
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.
Series tie-ins, however, extend beyond the internet. For a time, Dean's cell number—revealed in the first-season episode "Phantom Traveler"  to be 1————was a real number, with Jensen Ackles reading the message: If this is an emergency, leave a message.
If you are calling about 11—2—83, page me with your coordinates. The February 19 and March 19, , editions of the paper featured exclusive interviews with Sam and Dean, the articles being written by Paul Kupperberg.
Supernatural has a vast amount of merchandise available, including calendars, T-shirts, shot glasses, temporary tattoos and posters.
Further information on the series' mythology and production have been detailed through print. 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, , was the Official Supernatural Magazine. The series has also developed an expanded universe.
Three six-issue comic book mini-series have been published by WildStorm ,  a company under the DC Comics umbrella. Origins depicts the early lives of John, Sam, and Dean Winchester, and shows how John became a hunter.
Rising Son , "a dysfunctional family story", details Dean as he begins following in his father's footsteps. Beginning's End deals with "the definitive events that led to Sam leaving his family to attend Stanford".
A fourth miniseries, Caledonia , named Supernatural: An unofficial anthology titled In the Hunt: The Mythology of Supernatural: 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. Buckley and Travis Wester , and held a successful meeting with studio and network executives.
Buckley and Wester, along with Patrick J. Doody and Chris Valenziano, penned the series. 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. Though an initial idea of Kripke's involved the cast searching real haunted houses,  the first season instead features the Ghostfacers investigating a haunted theater.
In August , a webisode was released online in which the Ghostfacers meet Castiel. On June 9, , the official Japanese Warner Bros. 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.
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.
On July 22, , 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.
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 — season. However, the network has remained open to another spin-off of the series.
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. The spin-off debuted as a backdoor pilot during the thirteenth season of Supernatural.
After the first four episodes of Supernatural aired in , 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— In this category, it ranked eighth of all returning series broadcast by a major network.
On October 30, , the show climbed to its best performance in adults 18—34 1. Early reception to the series was generally mixed, but has grown more favorable reviews from critics as it progressed.
The first season received a Metacritic score of 59 out of based on 22 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". The website's consensus reads, "Despite some too-hip dialogue and familiar thematic elements, Supernatural' s vigilante brothers manage to stir up some legitimate scares.
He also noted that the season finished "with one bang of a cliffhanger". Swindoll also liked the third season, saying "Eric Kripke must've sold his soul to the devil so that the show wouldn't suffer a third season slump.
He also felt that new characters Ruby Katie Cassidy and Bela Lauren Cohan were "disappointingly unexplored and ineffectively used". Another Monsters and Critics reviewer, June L.
She praised Misha Collins for his portrayal of the angel Castiel, and felt that the interactions between Dean and Castiel were "one of the highlights of the season".
The Chicago Tribune ' s Maureen Ryan named Supernatural among the top ten shows of , stating that the "thoughtfully crafted show got bolder and more creative in , coming up with hilarious and innovative episodes and taking risks with its storytelling.
In , Entertainment Weekly listed the show at No. The characters have literally been to hell and back, and along the way, they have woven a complicated and compelling mythology filled with friends angel Castiel , recurring foes demon Crowley , and inside jokes Wincest!
Supernatural has also, however, dedicated episodes to mocking the sillier aspects of its own existence, like its hypercritical fandom.
This self-referential approach has rewarded longtime viewers and helped build a community so passionate, it's almost scary.
Being a cult series, Supernatural has garnered a dedicated fanbase. The writers have referenced this several times in the series,  including the th episode, which makes references to Wincest, Destiel, and Sastiel the romantic pairing of Sam Winchester and Castiel.
The first fan conventions dedicated to Supernatural took place in Nashville, Tennessee , in October  and in London in May ,  and conventions have since expanded through to Germany and throughout the United States.
The series' stars and large guest cast make appearances,  with fans from the United States, Europe, China, and Australia attending.
Before the debut of the series' fifth season , in which Lucifer is finally freed from his imprisonment, fans attempted to promote the show through Twitter.
Enough fans posted the hash tag " LuciferIsComing" that it made it into " trending topics "   — a list depicting words and phrases posted with the highest frequency on the website.
Diddy being the one whom many fans believe to be the instigator of the initial backlash. In honor of the series' season 14 renewal, Mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas declared June 23, as " Supernatural Day" in the city, as the show's stars Ackles and Padalecki are both Austin residents.
The day, which coincided with the duo participating in local charity events, also recognized Supernatural for, as the declaration proclaimed, "bringing the best fans in the world" to the city.
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Jay Gruska Christopher Lennertz. After the departure of series creator Eric Kripke, the role of showrunner was assumed by Sera Gamble left for seasons six and seven, and Jeremy Carver right for seasons eight to eleven.
List of Supernatural characters. Actor Jim Beaver never expected his character's longevity, believing his initial guest appearance would be a "one-shot deal".
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.
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