Hey. I'm not leaving you. I'm gonna be with you... right here... every day. Every day you're out there and you're li... and you're living and you're fighting, 'cause you... you always keep fighting. You hear me? I'll be there every step. I love you so much. My baby brother. Oh, man. Well, I did not think this would be the day. But it is. It is, and that's... Man... that's okay. I need you to... I need you to promise me. I need you to... to... to tell me... that it's okay. I need you to tell me that it's okay.
– Dean Winchester, 15.20 Carry On
- Born January 24, 1979; the same month and day as Jess. In an interviewEric Kripke said the reason they share a birthday was "...not a creepy, mythology, conspiracy reason. January 24th is my wife's birthday, and it's kinda my valentine to her."
- Son of John & Mary Winchester; older brother of Sam Winchester and older half-brother of Adam Milligan.
- Named after his grandmother, Deanna Campbell.
- Drives a black 1967 Chevy Impala which his father gave to him. It is later revealed that a young John Winchester initially bought the car in part because Dean, after being brought back in time by Castiel, persuaded him to buy it, as opposed to a van his girlfriend Mary Campbell (who would later become Mary Winchester) liked.
- Dean is a good mechanic. He single-handedly repairs the totaled Impala multiple times throughout the series and is a professional mechanic in the Wishverse of 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be.
- He is also a good cook, as meals he has prepared are complimented by both Sam in 8.14 Trial and Error and Death in 10.23 Brother's Keeper.
- He always (until 5.02 Good God, Y'All) wears an amulet given to him by Sam as a Christmas present in 1991.
- He always (until between 5.07 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester and 5.08 Changing Channels) wears a silver ring.
- In seasons one and two, Dean alternates between wearing two bracelets. One is an African tribal bracelet and may either be a support bracelet from Invisible Children, or an elephant hair bracelet, which are believed to protect the wearer and bring them good luck and fortune. The other is a Buddhist mala, or prayer bracelet, whose beads carved in the shape of skulls are used by Tibetan monks during meditation as a memento mori.
- In 3.12 Jus in Bello we learn that Sam and Dean got matching tattoos depicting a pentagram that protects them from demonic possession.
- In 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book Dean says that his favorite songs are a tie between "Ramble On" and "Traveling Riverside Blues" by Led Zeppelin
- Dean is Michael's true vessel, but he refused to say yes to Michael, which forced Michael to use Adam as his vessel.
- After Sam fell into Lucifer's Cage, Dean and Bobby parted. Dean then stayed with Lisa Braeden, putting a hold on his hunting career. After Sam's return from the Cage at Castiel's hand, Dean went back into the "hunting business."
- Following his abduction by fairies, Dean is capable of seeing all types of them who reside in the human realm as he was dragged over to their side and came back. In general, humans are incapable of seeing fairies, unless they want to be seen.
- Dean's most common catchphrase is "Son of a bitch."
- Dean loves pie, hamburgers, and diner/junk food in general.
- Dean has a love of the Magic Fingers bed relaxation system and memory foam mattresses
- In 10.03 Soul Survivor Sam says "I got your blood type" which could easily mean he got a compatible donor. Dean could accept type O - which is the universal donor and can be given to people with type AB, A, B or O. As John is AB, and whether Mary is A, B, AB or O, Dean could be type A, B or AB.
- In 2016, Dean killed Adolf Hitler.
- In 2017, Dean killed Lucifer.
- Dean dies over 100 times as part of Gabriel's time loop. Known causes of death include getting shot in the chest, being hit by a car, being crushed by a dresser, choking on a sausage, eating a bad taco, being electrocuted plugging in an electric razor, falling in the shower, accidentally being bludgeoned by an axe, getting shot with an arrow by Doris, and getting mauled by a dog. After Gabriel ends the time loop, Dean is shot by Cal and remains dead for six months until Gabriel sends Sam back to the Wednesday when he was killed, only without Cal.
- Dean dies when he is torn apart by a hellhound on May 2nd, 2008, when his crossroads deal expired. Dean is pulled out of Hell and resurrected by Castiel on September 18, 2008.
- Dean almost dies when Zachariah gives him Stage IV Stomach Cancer. Reversed moments later at Castiel's order.
- Dean dies when two angry hunters -- Walt and Roy -- shoot both him and Sam for Sam's role in starting the Apocalypse.
- Dean dies when Dr Robert injects him with something that kills him, in order to give him time to talk to Death. He is revived 7 minutes later.
- Dean dies after being stabbed in the chest by Metatron with an angel blade. Several hours later the Mark of Cain brings him back as a Knight of Hell.
- When Dean thinks Sam is dead, Dean overdoses on barbiturates and dies in order to talk to Billie the reaper. She tells him that Sam is not dead, and she is there to reap Dean and take him to the Empty. However, Dr. Kessler is able to successfully resuscitate him.
- In order to get out of a remote federal prison where they are being held for attempted assassination of the president, Dean and Sam must die. Dean asks Billie the reaper to let him and Sam die and come back one more time, and then she could take a Winchester for good. Being temporarily dead allows them to be transported to another room, and they sneak out once Billie brings them back.
- Dean dies after he injects himself with something that stops his heart in order to speak to the ghosts who are haunting a house. Sam injects him with a syringe full of another substance that is supposed to restart his heart, but it doesn't work. Billie shows up, and she brings him back, after a conversation in which she reveals that it is not his time to die yet.
- In a nightmare Sam has, Dean's neck is telekinetically snapped by a Sam who had given into the demon blood. Like the rest of Chuck's Endings, this is revealed to be an alternate-reality Dean.
- In another nightmare that Sam has, Dean tries to kill a Lucifer-possessed Sam with the Colt only to fail and have the archangel burn him alive. Like the rest of Chuck's Endings, this is revealed to be an alternate-reality Dean.
Michael's True Vessel
- According to Zachariah, Dean is the "Sword of Michael" meaning that Dean is Michael's true vessel. His brother Sam is Lucifer's true vessel. The archangelGabriel states that the Winchester brothers were always destined to be vessels, partially because of their bloodline, and partially because their relationship parallels that of Michael and Lucifer. Michael himself tells Dean that his line goes all the way back to Cain and Abel, thus explaining why Dean is destined to kill Sam.
Gabriel: Why do you think you two are the vessels? Think about it. Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father. And Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of daddy's plan. You were born to this, boys. It's your destiny. It was always you. As it is in heaven, so it must be on Earth. One brother has to kill the other.
- Dean consents to being Michael's vessel in 5.18 Point of No Return; as Michael begins to appear, Dean reneges and kills Zachariah. He tells Sam that he changed his mind because he didn't want to let him down. Their half-brother Adam Milligan is taken as the vessel instead.
- In 13.23 Let the Good Times Roll Dean consents to being Apocalypse WorldMichael's vessel in order to battle Lucifer. He demands that he remain in control, but after Lucifer is killed, Michael reneges on their deal and takes over Dean's body. Michael suppresses Dean, but Dean fights back and Michael leaves him after about a month's time. Before leaving, however, he leaves the "door" to Dean's mind open, which enables him to remotely see what Dean does and provides a way for Michael to later re-occupy Dean's vessel without his consent again. This time, he creates an illusion in which Dean is happy (Rocky's Bar) to stop him from fighting back. Sam and Castiel enter Dean's subconscious, and help him repress and contain Michael within his mind. After being knocked unconscious by the gorgonNoah Ophis, Michael is able to escape Dean's mind and possess Rowena, but he is exorcised and destroyed by Jack Kline.
- Following the return of the original Michael in 15.08 Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven, the archangel shows no further interest in Dean as a vessel and is instead content with using the body of Adam with whom Michael has reached an agreement to share control of said vessel.
March 5th, 1861
Dean, along with Sam is transported back in time by Castiel to Sunrise, Wyoming to kill a phoenix and get its ashes to use against Eve. Sam retrieves the colt from Samuel Colt himself, which Dean uses in a showdown with the phoenix.
Dean is sent back in time by Lucifer to the USS Bluefin to retrieve a Hand of God, in this case a piece of the original Ark of the Covenant.
Dean attacks Chronos, the god of time, and is accidentally taken with him to 1944 where he meets and teams up with Eliot Ness to kill Chronos.
April 30-May 2, 1973
A 29 year old Dean is transported back from 2008 by Castiel. He discovers his mother Mary was a hunter, as were her parents. She was very capable but ambivalent about the life; she wanted to leave for a safe life with her boyfriend, a mechanic recently returned from Vietnam – John Winchester. She tells Dean the worst thing she can think of is having her children raised to be hunters. Mary and Samuel (Dean's grandfather) start hunting a demon, which is revealed to be Azazel. Dean goes to Daniel Elkins' house and steals the Colt, with the hope of killing Azazel and thus preventing the tragedies that have cursed his family. When Dean, Samuel and Mary encounter Azazel, he is very interested in Mary, and subsequently possesses her father. He kills both her parents and John, and then offers Mary a deal in return for John's life. Dean is unable to stop the deal, in which Mary agrees Azazel that can have access to her home in ten years time.
Spring or Summer 1978
Dean and Sam are taken back in time from 2010 by Castiel so that they can defend their parents from Anna Milton. Anna has come back in time to kill John and Mary, thereby preventing Sam's birth. Mary remembers Dean from his previous time travel, but John does not. The two are married, and Mary does not want their life interrupted by hunting, something she has left behind. She is persuaded to accept Sam and Dean's help when Anna goes after John, and the family retreats to a safe house. Once there, Dean tells Mary about her future, and reveals his true identity. He tries to warn her about the night in the nursery when she will be killed. Sam suggests that it is not enough for her to avoid the nursery. She must leave John so that Sam and Dean will never be born. Mary informs them that it is already too late: she's pregnant. Anna attacks, but Michael intervenes by using John as a vessel. He destroys Anna, then wipes the memories of John and Mary so that they will continue with their lives as before. He then returns Sam and Dean to the present, assuring Dean that he will one day consent to being a vessel.
January 24, 1979
Dean is born.
The Journal mentions that prior to Mary's death, Dean played t-ball.
November 2, 1983
Mary Winchester is killed by Azazel when she interrupts him feeding demon blood to Sam. John hands the infant Sam to Dean as the nursery burns and tells him to "Take your brother outside as fast as you can! Don’t look back! Now Dean, go!"
John leaves Lawrence with Dean and Sam before Dean's fifth birthday (see The Journal).
When Dean is "6 or 7," John takes Dean out shooting for the first time, using bottles as target practice. According to Dean, he "bullseyed every one of them." (Story told by Dean to Jo in 2.06 No Exit). Dean cites this story as one of the fonder memories of his father.
In 1.18 Something Wicked Dean recounts to Sam of an occasion when John is hunting a shtriga in Wisconsin and leaves Sam and Dean alone in a hotel room. Dean gets bored and goes out, and comes back to find the shtriga attacking Sammy. John returns in time to scare the shtriga off. Dean is haunted by his failure to defend his brother.
In 7.10 Death's Door, Bobby has a flashback to a sunny afternoon in "89-ish," when he took young Dean to a park. Ten-year-old Dean tells him, "Dad says I'm supposed to practice with the double-barrel," but Bobby insists that he gets to throw a ball around "like a regular snot-nosed little jerk."
In 8.08 Hunteri Heroici , Dean says that Fred Jones gave him his first beer. "I don't even think I was double digits." So unless Dean is misremembering, this happened around or before the age of 10.
When Dean is in sixth grade he makes his first sawed-off shotgun.
Christmas Eve 1991
Events told in flashback scenes in 3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas:
Dean is left to babysit Sam (8 years old) while John is on a hunt, and Sam begins to interrogate Dean about what it is that their dad actually does. Dean responds "You know that. He sells stuff." When Sam moves on to asking about their mother, Dean gets angry and yells "Shut up! Don't you ever talk about mom! Ever!" before storming out. Upon his return, Sam reveals to Dean that he found and read their dad's journal, and demands to know if monsters are real. Dean finally resigns himself to telling Sam the truth.
- Dean: I swear, if you ever tell dad I told you any of this, I will end you.
- Sam: Promise.
- Dean: First thing you have to know is...we have the coolest dad in the world. He's a superhero.
- Sam: He is?
- Dean: Yeah. Monsters are real. Dad fights 'em. He's fighting them right now.
It is hinted at that Dean still believes that his father is a "superhero" at this point, and continually excuses his flaws, while the tension between Sam and John is clearly starting to take root.
Disappointed with John's lying and absence, Sam gives Dean the present intended for his father: the amulet.
In 15.16 Drag Me Away (From You), Sam and Dean are left at the Rooster Sunrise motel in Wadsworth, Ohio, while John goes on a hunt. During their stay, they meet siblings Caitlin and Travis Johnson. After Travis has an encounter with something supernatural, Sam and Dean try to get in contact with their father through Bobby, who tells them John is out of range for two days. Despite not knowing what they are dealing with, Dean decides to handle the hunt himself, and believes to have killed the creature that is later learned to be Baba Yaga.
In 5.12 Swap Meat we learn that Dean and Sam spent a portion of the summer being looked after by Donna, a maid at the Mayflower motel in Housatonic, Massachusetts, while their father was hunting. On one occasion, John was gone for two weeks. It was the summer before Sam entered sixth grade, and he assigned himself a summer reading list. Dean possibly had a crush on Donna.
Dean is 16.
As told by Dean to fellow hunter Gordon in 2.03 Bloodlust:
- Dean: ... So, I picked up this crossbow, and I hit that ugly sucker with a silver-tipped arrow, right in his heart. Sammy's waiting in the car and, uh, me and my Dad take the thing into the woods, burn it to a crisp. I'm sitting there and I'm looking into the fire, I'm thinking to myself... I'm sixteen years old. Kids my age are worried about pimples, prom dates... I'm seeing things they'll never even know. Never even dream of. So right then I just sort of...
- Gordon: Embraced the life?
- Dean: Yeah.
Dean spends two months in 1995 at a boys home after getting caught stealing food, prior to being arrested he mentions to Sonny that he got his injuries during a werewolf hunt.
In summer 1997 John, Dean and Sam are hunting a werewolf.
In November 1997, John "parks" the kids in Fairfax, Indiana, where they attend Truman High School. While Sam is having trouble with a bully named Dirk McGregor, Dean gets a girlfriend, Amanda Heckerling; although he becomes uncomfortable when she wants him to meet her parents. When she catches him cheating on her with another girl, she challenges him, charging that his "cool" persona is a cover for his loneliness.
1998 or 1999
Dean is 19 or 20.
In 3.02 The Kids Are Alright, Dean says it has been "8 years ago," then edits himself to say it has been "8, almost 9 years." The episode is based in 2007, therefore, depending on when "8, almost 9 years" ago was precisely, he was either 19 or 20 at the time.
Dean goes on a road trip that was supposed to be "5 states, 5 days" while Sam (15 or 16) was "in Orlando with dad, wrapping up that banshee thing." However, Dean reveals in 3.02 The Kids Are Alright that he spent most of his time in Lisa Braeden's loft. "She was a yoga teacher. It was the bendiest weekend of my life."
Sometime between 2001-2005
Sam leaves for Stanford. While there he becomes estranged from Dean and his father, and doesn't speak to them for at least a couple of years.
During this time, as Dean tells Sam in 1.13 Route 666, he met Cassie Robinson while he and John were in Athens, Ohio for a hunt. She was "finishing up college" (she was therefore approximately 21 or 22) and they "went out for a couple of weeks." Dean was in love with Cassie, who was the first person he'd ever seriously dated (as Sam says "for more than one night") and the first person he'd ever felt that way about. When he found out he was leaving, he told Cassie the 'big family secret' about hunting because, as Dean says in the episode, he "just couldn't lie to [her]." Cassie, however, called him "nuts" and dumped him. This, as Dean also revealed in the episode, really hurt him, and he decided at that point that it was "stupid to get so close" and that he didn't need to open up to anyone.
Note: It is likely that it was around 2003 or 2004, during the "almost two years" that Dean did not speak to Sam, because Sam claimed that Dean hadn't told him anything about it. That means Dean was approximately 24 or 25.
Dean is 26.
In 1.01 Pilot, Sam asks Dean why he didn't go with John when he left to check out the hunt in Jericho. Dean explains that before he showed up in Palo Alto to get Sam from Stanford, Dean was "working [his] own gig... this, uh, voodoo thing down in New Orleans."
Sam asks, "Dad let you go on a hunting trip by yourself?" to which Dean replies, "I'm twenty-six, dude." This implies that before Sam left for college when Dean was 23 (see again Canon Discrepancies: How long did Sam spend at Stanford?), Dean had not gone on a hunting trip by himself. Considering the two men had not spoken in "almost two years," as Dean points out in 1.01 Pilot, it could mean that Dean hadn't hunted alone until he was 24 or 25.
When John Winchester goes missing, Dean goes to Stanford to enlist the help of the brother he hasn't spoken to for a couple of years. After spending an unsuccessful weekend trying to track down John, Sam returns to Stanford, despite Dean's obvious desire for him to stay. Sam's commitment to returning to shaken when his girlfriend, Jessica Moore is killed in the same manner as their mother. Sam joins Dean, and they go on the road with the aim of finding their father and killing monsters along the way. In particular, they are after the demon that killed Jess and Mary Winchester.
In season one, it is obvious that Dean is happy with his life as a hunter, and he tries to draw Sam back into the life: "Saving people; hunting things. The family business." To some extent, Dean sees himself as a soldier, and his father as his commander. Gradually, Sam and Dean become reacquainted with each other after their long separation – and often clash. In 1.06 Skin, the shapeshifter reveals Dean's anger at Sam going to college, while he had to stay and look after their father. He states that he knows eventually everyone will leave him. They clash over Dean's loyalty and obedience to John. In 1.09 Home, Dean first becomes aware of Sam's psychic abilities, when he has a vision of trouble at their old home in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1.10 Asylum while influenced by the spirit of Dr. Ellicott, Sam tries to shoot Dean in a spirit-induced rage over Dean's insistence in obeying John's orders rather than going to California to find their father. In the following episode Sam actually does leave Dean, who insists he and John are both selfish because all they care about is revenge then later who tells Sam he was always proud of how he pursued what he wanted. Sam eventually goes looking for Dean when he can't reach his brother on his cell phone.
In 1.12 Faith, an accident while hunting a rawhead leaves Dean with a fatal heart condition when he is electrocuted, but he is saved by a faith healer whose wife is controlling a reaper. When Dean asks why he was saved, Roy Le Grange says he looked into Dean's heart and saw "A young man with an important purpose. A job to do. And it isn't finished."
In 1.16 Shadow, as they prepare to battle Meg, Sam announces he will return to Stanford after the Yellow-Eyed Demon is killed, to which Dean says he wishes Sam would stay with him and keep hunting, even if they kill the demon that killed their mom, and Jess.
They come closer to this possibility in 1.20 Dead Man's Blood, when John reveals that there is a weapon that can kill the demon: The Colt. The Winchesters manage to acquire it from a group of vampires. The Yellow-Eyed Demon and his "children" Meg and Tom are quick to act, and begin killing John's friends and threatening to kill more until John gives them the Colt. John tries to trick them and is captured. In the season finale, the two Winchester brothers must rescue their father and face the Yellow-Eyed Demon, who possesses John. It is Dean who senses that something is wrong, when his father, uncharacteristically, praises him. Azazel is able to hold the brothers in check with his powers, and begins to torture Dean. The demon taunts him:
- "You know, you fight and you fight for this family, but the truth is they don’t need you. Not like you need them. Sam – he’s clearly John’s favorite. Even when they fight, it’s more concern than he’s ever shown you."
John manages to resurface and hold the demon in check. John pleads with Sam to shoot him with the Colt, but Dean begs him not to. The demon leaves John's body after Sam shoots him in the leg, and the three Winchester men drive towards the hospital. Suddenly the Impala is totaled by a demon driving a big semi-truck.
The season opens with Dean comatose from his injuries. He encounters a reaper, Tessa, who explains that Dean’s choice is either to stay as a disembodied spirit, and become the type of vengeful spirit that he hunts, or leave this world with her. Just as Dean is about to choose, he is returned to his body and healed because John has made a deal with the Yellow-Eyed Demon, trading his life for Dean's. Before he dies, John gives Dean a last, secret command – that he should save Sam, and if he can't save him, he should kill him. Throughout this season Dean struggles with this secret and his grief and guilt over his father's death. As much as he wants to, he has trouble admitting the secret to Sam. He becomes increasingly concerned about Sam's powers as the season progresses, but attempts to be supportive. During Sam's possession later in the season, Dean insists that Sam could not be responsible for the actions attributed to him, because in spite of Dean's own fears he believes in Sam.
Dean's police record begins to be a problem for the brothers this season. Dean is picked up in Baltimore on suspicion of murder, and the national authorities become aware that he is alive. They associate the crimes of the dead shapeshifter who took Dean's form in 1.06 Skin with the living Dean, who is now officially a fugitive. Matters become even more convoluted when Sam and Dean deal with another shapeshifter in 2.12 Nightshifter and end up holding people hostage to find it. In this episode they first become aware of Special Agent Victor Henriksen of the FBI who has been tasked with hunting Dean down. Their notoriety does allow the brothers access to a prison they are investigating in 2.19 Folsom Prison Blues when they allow themselves to be captured. They later escape.
Some of Dean's inner desires are revealed in 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be, when a djinn attacks Dean. It uses a strong desire from Dean's subconscious (that his mother never died) to hold Dean captive in a dream world. There, Mary is indeed alive, Dean has a girlfriend and a job as a mechanic, but Dean and Sam are not close, and rarely speak. However, when Dean finds out that it is a fantasy and that all the people he has saved are dead in this reality, he struggles to escape it. He decides in favor of his life as a hunter, but he later admits to Sam that "I liked it there. I didn't want to leave."
In the season finale, Sam is kidnapped by the Yellow-Eyed Demon and pitted against the other Special Children. Dean and Bobby arrive as Sam is battling Jake. Jake comes up behind Sam and stabs him in the back with a knife. Sam dies in Dean's arms. Grief stricken, Dean makes a deal with a crossroads demon that echoes what his father did for him - Sam's life for Dean's, and Dean is given one year to live. Dean also agrees not to fight the deal, on pain of Sam's death.
In the climax of the episode, the boys battle the Yellow-Eyed Demon. The Devil's Gate in Wyoming is opened by Jake who using the Colt and demons and souls pour forth – including John. The spirit of John helps fight the demon, who is finally killed by Dean with the Colt. Sam and Dean share a silent moment with John before he disappears. The brothers then move forward with the knowledge that they have one year of Dean's life left.
In the third season premiere 3.01 The Magnificent Seven, Dean decides to make the best of his final year, indulging in many pleasures and refusing to even think about saving himself, while Sam tries desperately to find a loophole in the crossroads demon's deal. While searching for escaped demons to send back to Hell, Sam encounters Ruby, a mysterious blonde who assists him but who also informs him that, for some reason, demons are killing all of his mother's old acquaintances. Sam learns that Ruby is a demon, and she promises him help in freeing Dean from his contract. She "fixes" the Colt so that it can again kill "anything," and also shows them a knife in her possession that can kill demons. Later, they learn from her that all demons used to be human, but had their humanity burned away slowly in the fires of Hell. Dean begins to train Sam to fight demons alone once he is gone.
In 3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me, Bobby falls into a coma, and Sam and Dean investigate the murder of a scientist. In the course of viewing Dean's dreams, it becomes clear that Dean believes that Sam was their father's favorite, but only thought of Dean as a tool. Dean encounters a future, demonic version of himself in a nightmare, which shocks him into starting to fight for his life and to realize he is not worthless. After waking up, Dean admits to Sam that he doesn't want to die. Meanwhile, Bela steals the Colt, meaning they won't have it to fight with when the hellhounds come for Dean.
In 3.11 Mystery Spot, Sam is forced to relive the same day, a Tuesday, repeatedly. On each new day, Dean dies a different way despite Sam's frantic efforts to save him. Sam realizes that the culprit is the Trickster, a villain from season two. It finally becomes Wednesday, but this time, Dean dies and doesn't come back. Sam spends months trying to hunt down the Trickster, who reveals that he's been trying to get Sam to understand that he and Dean can't keep making sacrifices for each other, and that Dean is going to die no matter what Sam does. The Trickster then sends Sam back to Wednesday, despite Sam failing to learn the Trickster's lesson. He is warned by Ruby that he might not make it back from Hell.
In 3.12 Jus in Bello, the FBI and Agent Henriksen capture Sam and Dean, thanks to a tip from Bela. While Sam and Dean are in jail, a host of demons comes to kill them. Ruby comes to help them, but is furious to learn they have lost the Colt. She says that she knows of a spell that will destroy all the demons nearby, including herself, and that she is willing to die in order to help Sam. However, they will need the heart of a virgin. Sam and the virgin, Nancy, agree to the plan, but Dean refuses to let her die. Dean's plan to exorcise the demons works, but one demon manages to escape and tells Lilith who — taking the form of a little girl, blows the police station up, killing everyone inside. Lilith, it turns out, wants to kill Sam, as she sees him as a rival. According to Azazel's plan, Sam was supposed to lead the demon army, and Ruby was ready to follow Sam. Now, Lilith has become their main enemy.
Dean continues to search for a means to save himself from his fate, but ultimately is told by Ruby that there is no way to get him out of his deal. Shortly before Dean's contract comes due, he learns from Bela that Lilith, the demon pursuing Sam, holds his contract. As the brothers search for Lilith with Bobby's help, Dean begins suffering nightmares and hallucinations of his hellish fate. When Lilith is located, the three head to New Harmony, Indiana, and Dean discovers that he now has the ability to see the faces of demons underneath their human hosts.
As Dean and Sam confront Lilith and her demon forces in a last-ditch effort to protect Sam and save Dean's soul, Ruby appears and the three are chased into a room by a hellhound that has come for Dean. Dean quickly recognizes that Ruby's human host is now possessed by Lilith, not Ruby, but it's too late. The hellhound mauls and kills Dean in a gruesome fashion. Lilith flees, leaving Sam alone with Dean's mutilated corpse. In the last scene of the season, Dean is shown in Hell, suspended in a void by seemingly endless chains and hooks through his flesh, crying out in agony for Sam's help and yelling Sam's name.
The fourth season premiere, 4.01 Lazarus Rising, begins four months after the third season finale. Dean awakes to find himself in a coffin choking he manages to dig himself out and breaks into a nearby gas station where he gets some water, food and cash and a sneak peek of “Busty Asian Beauties.” Before leaving the store, Dean sees the television and radio flicker on, with static, and a powerful whine that shatters all of the glass and hurts Dean's ears. Dean calls Sam, but finds his number disconnected. He calls Bobby, who hangs up on him, so he hot-wires a parked car and goes to Bobby's house. After proving that Dean is really back, he and Bobby track down Sam in a town right near where Dean was buried — he's in a hotel with a girl, but he claims he did nothing to bring Dean back; he's in town because he is searching for a demon. The girl acts puzzled by all of this and leaves, while Dean tells Sam he remembers nothing from Hell. The Winchesters track down whatever force ripped Dean from Hell. By the end of the episode, it is revealed that an angel named Castiel pulled Dean from Hell on God's command; Castiel tells Dean that God has work for him. The girl in Sam's room, it turns out, is Ruby, in a new body, and Sam had lied to Dean when he told him that he didn't know where Ruby was and that he wasn't using his demonic powers. Dean, in turn, was lying to Sam about Hell; in 4.08 Wishful Thinking, Dean confesses that he does remember every second of Hell.
Later, in 4.03 In the Beginning, Dean is transported back in time to Lawrence, Kansas in 1973. There, he meets his father and mother, as well as his grandparents, and learns of a connection between Azazel and Mary, which explains why Mary seemed to recognize the demon hovering over Sam's crib (as seen in 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One) and why her ghost apologized to Sam (in 1.09 Home). A causality loop is revealed in that the time-traveling Dean, by trying to stop Azazel in the past and change his future, actually made the demon aware of his family in the first place, setting in motion the events leading to the death of his parents, the corruption of his brother, and the life he tried to change, therefore setting up a predestination paradox. (However, it is implied by Castiel that the events would have happened anyway without him being there as they were already destined.) Upon returning to the present, Dean is informed by Castiel that Sam is "going down a very dark road," and that if Dean doesn't stop him, the angels will.
Dean follows Castiel's directions and encounters Sam using his powers to exorcise a demon, also learning of Ruby's return. He conveys the warning of the angels. After he and Sam stop a rugaru in Missouri, Sam decides to stop using his powers, which seems to satisfy Dean.
In 4.10 Heaven and Hell, Dean reveals to Sam what happened to him in Hell: time flows differently there, so four months on Earth was forty years in Hell. During that time, he was put on the rack and "cut, carved, and torn" apart until there was nothing left of him, only to be made whole again just so the demons could start over on him. Dean reveals that, at the end of every day, the demon Alastair would offer to take him off the rack if Dean would put souls on it and torture them. Dean resisted for thirty years, then gave in and spent ten years torturing people in Hell to escape being tortured himself.
In 4.11 Family Remains, Dean confesses to Sam that he enjoyed torturing souls, as he finally had the chance to dish out the same pain that he'd endured for the past thirty years.
4.13 After School Special included flashbacks of a teenage Dean and a pre-teen Sam while they are going to a high school. In this episode, we learned that Dean was as promiscuous as ever when he was younger. The girl he was currently dating told him that he acted cool when, in reality, he was a little boy who played with people's feelings to make himself feel better. Dean, clearly stung, from then on hated the school.
In 4.15 Death Takes a Holiday, Dean meets up again with the reaperTessa. She awakens his memories of their previous encounter with a kiss. Dean confesses that there has been a "hole" in him since that time, and realizes that it is related to her. Soon after she is taken by Alastair in his quest to break another seal, that involved killing reapers. The boys ask Pamela Barnes to help them spirit walk and leave their bodies so that they may find the kidnapped reapers. Once they have, they are captured, but Sam is able to break them out and Tessa is able to continue on reaping souls. However before Dean is able to return to his body, Alastair corners him, but he is captured by the angels and Castiel informs Dean that they have won this seal. As he awakes in his body, Pamela is dying from her injuries she obtained during a fight with a demon, while the boys were "out".
In the next episode 4.16 On the Head of a Pin, Dean is pressed into service by the angels, who need him to torture Alastair for information on who is killing angels, since Dean was his "student" in Hell. Dean refuses at first but eventually agrees. However, he only succeeds in getting Alastair to reveal that Dean was the first seal to break, by virtue of giving in and torturing souls in Hell. ("The first seal shall be broken when a righteous man sheds blood in Hell. As he breaks, so shall it break.") The distraction is enough for Alastair to free himself, the Devil's Trap set up by Castiel having been eroded by a leaking pipe. Alastair nearly kills Dean and then comes close to sending Castiel back to Heaven, but Sam, having grown stronger, arrives, and uses his powers to torture Alastair in to revealing he did not know who was killing the angels. Sam killed him shortly after. As Dean recovers in the hospital, Castiel informs him about Uriel's betrayal. Uriel had been killing angels who did not join his cause: to free the angels' "brother" Lucifer from hell, which would start the end of days and destroy humanity whom they despise for being forced to "bow down" to and they believe is the reason God no longer seems to be concerned with them. He also confirms Alastair's claim that Dean was the first seal, but adds that because of this Dean is the only man capable of averting the Apocalypse. However, Dean does not believe he is up to such a task, telling Castiel to find someone else as tears run down his face.
To put Dean back on the right path, Zachariah, Castiel's superior, rewrites Dean and Sam's memories to remove their knowledge of supernatural creatures, making them believe they're average people working regular jobs. He then drops them in a haunted building. The brothers proceed to defeat the spirit that's haunting the building as Dean's boss, Zachariah restores Dean's memories to show him that hunting is in his blood, not simply something he was brought into by his father, and that he has an opportunity to affect the world in ways most humans will never be able to. This renews Dean's resolve.
In 4.20 The Rapture, Dean witnesses as Sam drinks the blood of a demon he is about to kill. Later in the Impala, Sam is waiting for Dean's rebuke. Sam tells him to get over it and Dean yells at him for drinking demon blood, before Sam gets a request from Bobby to head to his house. Once there, Dean and Bobby trick Sam and lock him in the demon-proof panic room for his own safety as he detoxes.
While Sam is going through painful withdrawal symptoms from the demon blood, Dean asks Castiel for help. He takes an oath to serve God and the angels if it would mean that Sam wouldn't have to kill Lilith, to which Castiel says "if that gives you comfort". Sam escapes the panic room after Castiel releases him, and Dean tracks him down to a hotel, despite Sam's efforts to shake him. They argue whether or not Ruby is corrupting him, if he is supposed to stop the apocalypse, and if Sam is turning into a monster. The argument leads to a fight that Sam wins. Dean yells at Sam by saying, "If you walk out that door, don't you ever come back," after which Sam leaves the room.
The angels take Dean to a "safe" room and Zachariah explains that they are preparing for the Apocalypse and will allow the final seal to be broken. They want Sam to kill Lilith as her death will break the final seal holding Lucifer, after which Dean will kill Lucifer and bring paradise on Earth. Dean is shocked and horrified that they would allow the Apocalypse. He asks Castiel for help, together they escape and meet Chuck to see where the final seal will be broken. As Castiel holds back the archangel, he sends Dean to stop Sam from killing Lilith. Ruby shuts the door on Dean as Sam kills Lilith. After the final seal is broken, Sam finds out Ruby has been working with Lilith since the get-go and manipulating him to kill Lilith to break the final seal to release Lucifer. Dean then enters the room and approaches Ruby. Ruby says "It's too late," to which Dean replies "I don't care," and stabs Ruby with her own knife with Sam's help. A portal opens for Lucifer while Dean and Sam can only watch.
The fifth season begins right where season four ends with the portal opening. As Lucifer escapes the brothers are teleported into an airplane by an unknown force. Dean is told by Zachariah that he is the "Sword of Michael," which means the archangel Michael will use his body as a vessel to lead the forces of Heaven, but Dean must consent to this. Dean refuses and Castiel saves him when Zachariah tries to force Dean to agree by harming him and Sam.
Dean and Sam fight the HorsemanWar in a town where the people think that their neighbors are demons. Dean worries that Sam cannot control his urge to drink demon blood and the brothers agree to go their separate ways because Sam is a liability with his demon blood lust. Castiel finds Dean and they capture the archangelRaphael to ask the location of God.
In the 5.04 The End, he finds himself in 2014, eventually meeting up with his future self, as well as the survivors, and victims of the Croatoan virus. Dean finds out that Sam let Lucifer into his body, and this was the reason the world was in such disarray. Later, the future Dean is killed by Lucifer, while in Sam's body. After being told by his future self to accept Michael into his body. Dean is transported back to his own time, where he comes face to face with Zachariah. He refuses to become Michael's vessel. In the end of the episode the brothers meet back up again, and decide that they should stay together, to "Keep each other human."
In 5.10 Abandon All Hope..., Dean and Sam get the Colt and head off to take on Lucifer alongside Castiel, Ellen and Jo. It is discovered that the Colt cannot kill Lucifer and Ellen and Jo lose their lives in the fight against a group of Hellhounds, which severely damages Dean’s spirits. Dean is further shown to be “broken” in 5.14 My Bloody Valentine when he is unaffected by Famine’s abilities and Famine tells Dean that he wants for nothing because he is “dead inside.” Dean’s so desperate he even begs for help from Heaven.
In 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon, Dean’s further pushed when he receives word from God through Joshua to “back off” and that God is not going to get involved with the fight against Lucifer. When a despondent Castiel returns Dean's amulet to him, deeming it worthless, Dean discards the amulet into the waste bin.
Dean eventually decides that saying “Yes” to Michael is the only he can do as he doesn't believe they can find a way to stop Lucifer and he doesn't believe in Sam himself. However, it is Sam’s faith in his big brother which eventually convinces Dean not to say “Yes” to Michael.
Eventually, Dean discovers that Lucifer can be locked back into Hell using the rings of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse but to do so, Sam must say “Yes” and then jump into the pit. Dean is extremely reluctant at first but then realizes that Sam is a lot stronger than he gives him credit for and he allows Sam to make this decision himself.
Sam says “Yes” to Lucifer in Detroit and is seemingly taken over to him. However, Dean has yet to give up on his brother and chases him down to Stull Cemetery to try and talk with Sam. An annoyed Lucifer severely beats him however Dean continues to call out to his brother, eventually causing Sam to regain control enough to pull both himself and Michael into Lucifer's Cage.
With the Apocalypse avoided and both Lucifer and Sam locked away in Hell, a distraught Dean sets about fulfilling the last promise he made to Sam: to live a normal, safe life with Lisa Braeden and to not find a way of bringing Sam back. Lisa comforts Dean and the they seem to have a try at being a normal family, even sitting down to a family dinner, unaware that outside the house, staring in through the window at them, is Sam.
In the first half of the season, Dean is in many ways the center of the action because Sam is soulless. Dean has been living with Lisa and Ben Braeden for a year. He works construction and drives a pick-up truck, having stored the Impala in the garage under a tarp. He embraces domestic life, and when asked about his past, Dean says on one occasion that he was in "pest control." He has nightmares, though, and keeps vigilant: there is holy water and a gun under his bed, and a devil's trap is painted under the rug by the front door. When djinn track him down and poison him in 6.01 Exile on Main St., he is saved at the last minute by Sam, who injects him with the antidote. Dean is shocked to see his brother; he is both puzzled and hurt to learn that Sam has been back almost a year. Sam has been hunting with their Campbell family members, in particular their resurrected grandfather Samuel Campbell.
Dean struggles with balancing his relationship with Lisa and Ben against the need to help his resurrected brother and to hunt. When Sam approaches Dean for help with a shapeshifterinfant in 6.02 Two and a Half Men, Dean is hesitant to go, but Lisa tells him that he should. He proves to be a help with the baby, knowing how to put on diapers and get him to sleep. When he returns, Lisa encourages him to return to hunting full time. Dean does, unwrapping the Impala with a flourish and heading off to meet Sam. As he spends more time with his brother, Dean becomes more suspicious of his behavior and motives, but he is distracted in 6.03 The Third Man by Castiel's news of an angelic civil war with the archangelRaphael. There is also the matter of Bobby's deal with Crowley. Dean and Sam travel to Scotland during 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's to help Bobby regain his soul. Dean's fear of air travel made the journey difficult, but he made the trip to help Bobby.
Dean's relationships with Lisa and Ben and his own brother are severely strained in 6.05 Live Free or Twihard, when Dean is attacked by a vampire leader and turned. He goes to Lisa to say goodbye, frightens her, and shoves Ben away roughly when the boy gets too close. Samuel Campbell has a cure for vampirism, but Dean needs the blood of the vampire that turned him, so he goes to the vampire nest and slaughters them all with a machete. While there, he has a vision of the Alpha Vampire and his plan to build a vampire army. He takes the cure and undergoes an agonizing transformation back into a human. During the transformation, he remembers the moment he was turned and realizes in horror that Sam stood by and smiled while it was happening.
Dean avoids speaking with Lisa about what happened, but when they finally do speak in 6.06 You Can't Handle the Truth, Lisa ends their relationship. Left with only Sam and his guilt over endangering and then losing Lisa and Ben, Dean tries to find out what is wrong with Sam and how to fix it. When Veritas declares Sam to be "not human," Dean attacks his brother and knocks him unconscious. He calls Castiel, who diagnoses Sam as soulless. Though Dean distrusts Sam, he still sees him as his brother. He tries to find a way to return Sam's soul, but the answer eludes him, even though he goes so far as to work with Crowley in his search for Purgatory, hoping the demon will return Sam's soul. This hope is lost when Castiel incinerates the demon. Dean becomes increasingly disturbed by RoboSam's behavior and the thought of Sam's soul still in Hell. Finally, in 6.11 Appointment in Samarra Dean gambles with his own life, and then with Death, who wants the brothers to continue investigating the souls.
The second half of the season begins with Sam having regained his soul, and Dean worrying that Sam will remember his time in Hell if he tries to remember too much of the last year. Dean tries to hide the existence of his soulless self from Sam, but his brother finds out, and wants to make amends for what he did. They are soon distracted, though, by the arrival of a new threat: Eve. The mother of all supernatural creatures, she is released from Purgatory in 6.12 Like a Virgin and threatens to overrun the world with monsters. They research her and her possible weaknesses, and follow the trail of destruction she leaves behind. Dean is possessed by one of her new creatures in 6.16 ...And Then There Were None. The angelic civil war is also an obstacle, and sends them into an alternate universe in 6.15 The French Mistake and an alternate timeline in 6.17 My Heart Will Go On.
Dean gets to live out a cowboy fantasy when Castiel sends the brothers to the Old West in 6.18 Frontierland to search for phoenix ashes, Eve's weakness. They manage to get the ashes, and strike out after Eve in 6.19 Mommy Dearest. She has created a town of monsters, and they have little hope, but Dean, having drunk some of the ash, antagonizes Eve into biting him. She dies, but the victory of her death is overshadowed by her announcement that Crowley, who they thought was killed by Castiel, is still alive. Dean defends Castiel against Sam and Bobby's suspicions, but when they discover the angel has been spying on them, even Dean cannot deny that the angel is not being honest with them.
When they finally unravel Crowley's plan to open Purgatory and use its captive souls as a power source, Dean is shocked and horrified to discover that Castiel has been working with Crowley in secret for the last two years. Castiel is adamant that he needs his half of the souls in Purgatory to defeat Raphael, who wants to restart the Apocalypse, but Dean is resolved to stop him and Crowley. Crowley tries to hold Dean off by kidnapping Ben and Lisa. Dean saves them, but Lisa is gravely injured. Castiel, in a last act of friendship, heals Lisa, and at Dean's request erases their memories of Dean.
Dean's path is next blocked by Castiel, who knocks down Sam's wall to hold Dean back. Even so, Dean and Bobby resolve to stop the angel and the demon. They fail, however, and Castiel manages to claim all the souls in Purgatory for himself, and kills Raphael. A weakened Sam tries to kill the angel, but they discover that he is too powerful. Dean is confronted with the loss of someone that he considered a brother, and the terrifying prospect of a new, God-like enemy.
In 7.01 Meet the New Boss, Castiel spares the hunters, but refuses to heal Sam. As Castiel travels the world, wreaking havoc in his attempt to right the wrongs he sees, Dean despairs. He sees chance of stopping the angel, and instead resorts to drinking, focusing on the broken Impala, and worrying about Sam. As Castiel's actions become more erratic, Dean does come up with an option: binding Death, as Lucifer did. Dean, Bobby and Sam succeed in putting a spell on Death, but Castiel undoes it in a moment. Death does agree to assist in reopening Purgatory, but it is up to them to get Castiel to release the souls. Dean refuses to pray for Castiel to come, thinking there is no hope. Instead Sam prays, and eventually Castiel appears. Cas tries to apologize to Dean, but Dean is not forgiving. Cas returns the souls, and survives, but is taken over by Leviathans, which hung on inside him. In 7.02 Hello, Cruel World the leviathans escape in Castiel's body to a reservoir, and let themselves loose on the world. Castiel disappears beneath the water, and Dean finds Castiel's trench coat at the shore, and takes it with him.
Dean and Bobby take a disturbed Sam back to Bobby's place, and confront him about the consequences of losing his wall. Sam admits that he is seeing Lucifer, and cannot tell if he is out of Hell, or still there. Dean worries about Sam as he leaves to investigate the first of the known Leviathan killings. When he returns to Bobby's house, he finds Sam missing, and tracks him by his phone GPS. Sam's hallucinations manifested as Dean, and led him to a warehouse as part of an imaginary hunt. Tormented by his visions, Sam nearly shoots the real Dean when he arrives. Dean, with as much calm as he can manage, grabs Sam's injured hand, and uses the pain of it and his own experiences in Hell to convince his brother that this is the real world. When they return to the salvage yard, they find Bobby's house destroyed, and no sign of the hunter. Dean calls Bobby's phone, and leaves him a desperate, near suicidal, message, pleading for him to be alive.
The brothers are attacked by Edgar the Leviathan in the salvage yard, and are so badly injured that they are taken to the Sioux Falls hospital, which is also infested with leviathans. Bobby appears in 7.03 The Girl Next Door, and manages to get Dean, who broke his leg, and Sam away to hide at Rufus's cabin. As they heal, Dean continues to worry about Sam, though his brother insists he is well. When Sam disappears suddenly to investigate a case on his own, Dean follows his trail, and finds out that he was hunting a kitsune named Amy Pond who has been killing criminals. Sam met her when they were kids, before finding out what she was. He leaves her alive now because she was hunting for her sick son. Dean pretends to accept Sam's decision, but secretly goes after Amy and kills her.
In the weeks that follow, Dean's worry over Sam and the Leviathans, and guilt over the Amy situation, overwhelm him. He sinks into alcohol dependency, even drinking on jobs. When Osiris threatens to punish Dean for his past sins in 7.04 Defending Your Life, Dean gives in to judgment to prevent Osiris from revealing Amy's fate. Sam cannot understand, and tries to get Dean to open up, while also attacking Dean's alcohol use. Matters are complicated when two Leviathans masquerade as Sam and Dean in 7.06 Slash Fiction and go on a killing spree in hopes of exposing the brothers. Bobby sends them to Frank Devereaux, who gives them new fake IDs and insists that they hide the Impala, something to which Dean agrees with great reluctance. Sam and Dean are eventually caught by police, and the leviathans come after them. Dean manages to behead them with an axe, but not before the one pretending to be Dean reveals the truth about Amy to Sam.
The brothers separate for a time, but reunite to investigate a series of murders in 7.07 The Mentalists. Dean receives an unexpected message from Ellen through a real medium, encouraging him to talk to Sam about how he feels. Dean obeys, and tells Sam he feels justified in killing Amy, but guilty about lying to Sam. Eventually they move on, and take their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, but life takes another odd detour in 7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding! when Becky Rosen kidnaps Sam using a demon love potion. Dean is forced to work with Garth, an unusual hunter, to get his brother back. In spite of his drugged state, Sam is able to help with the case, and Dean admits that Sam does not need him the same way that he used to. Sam suggests that Dean should be relieved, and that now he has a chance to look after himself instead. Dean does not seem comforted by the idea.
Investigating murders in New Jersey during 7.09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters, Sam, Dean, and Bobby, run across the trail of the Leviathans again. They are tampering with the food supply through the Biggerson's Restaurant chain, and Dean ends up drugged by a turducken sandwich, which blocks his emotional turmoil. After Dean recovers, they go after the leviathan test facility, but during their escape Bobby is shot in the head by Dick Roman. The boys rush him to the hospital, where an administrator asks Dean about organ donation. Dean is furious to the point of punching a wall. Outside the hospital, he sees Dick Roman. Dean taunts him, and promises vengeance. Bobby awakes briefly, gives the brothers a series of numbers, and dies.
The brothers retreat to Rufus's cabin to mourn. Over the next three weeks, Dean obsesses about the numbers, and agrees to split up with Sam on a case during 7.11 Adventures in Babysitting so that he can talk to Frank Devereaux about them. Dean has been losing track of time, and does not know that he gave Frank the numbers only four days before. Frank has identified them as map coordinates, and the two set up surveillance on the designated area. Dean passes out, and sleeps for thirty-six straight hours. When he wakes, Frank reveals that he lost his whole family to monsters, and advises Dean that he has two options: to quit, or to keep hunting, and smile while he does it. Dean considers Frank's words carefully, then sets out to find a missing Sam with Krissy Chambers. Dean gets similar advice from Eliot Ness in 7.12 Time After Time. Dean has a drunken one night stand with what turns out to be an Amazon in 7.13 The Slice Girls, and the two have a fast growing daughter together, who comes to kill Dean two days later. Dean tries to persuade her that she does not need to be a monster, but she does not relent, and Sam kills her. Dean's drinking slows after this, though he continues to carry Bobby's flask with him.
In 7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie and 7.15 Repo Man, the brothers revisit their pasts, and Sam's condition gets worse. During "Repo Man," Dean gets kidnapped by the former host of a demon they exorcised while searching for Lilith and as a result of allowing the Lucifer hallucination to help him find Dean, allowing it a stronger grip on Sam's mind. By 7.16 Out with the Old he is unable to sleep, and in 7.17 The Born-Again Identity he is institutionalized after being hit by a car. Dean searches for a faith healer, and to his surprise finds an amnesiac Cas serving as one. He takes Cas to Sam with Meg in tow, telling Cas that his brother was hurt by Dean's friend, and that Dean has not been able to forgive him. At the hospital, Cas remembers who he is after fighting a group of demons, and Dean returns his coat. Cas takes on Sam's suffering, and remains at the hospital in a catatonic state watched by Meg.
The brothers reteam with Garth in 7.18 Party On, Garth, and Garth suggests that Bobby may still be with them as a ghost, tied to the flask. The same idea has occurred to the brothers, but both are reluctant to believe it Bobby is shown to be watching over and helping them and they are finally able to see him in 7.19 Of Grave Importance. Dean in particular is bothered by Bobby's presence, worrying that Bobby made the wrong decision in staying behind. Still, they work toward bringing down the leviathans, and manage to steal a tablet that is the Word of God from Dick Roman, and have a prophet named Kevin Tran translates it for them. Uncovering the tablet wakes Castiel, and Dean tries to get him involved in the fight, but Cas is hesitant and damaged and leaves.
The brothers work on a weapon to defeat the Leviathans based on the tablet, and secure blood from the Alpha Vampire, Castiel, and Crowley for it. Bobby meanwhile becomes vengeful, and asks the brothers to burn the flask, and send him away. They agree, and Dean burns it. He then asks Cas to transport him to the Impala, and tries again to get the angel to come with them in the attack on Dick as he is the key to finding the real Dick. Cas is afraid of doing wrong again, but Dean insists that either way he would rather the angel be with him, and forgives him for what he did. Castiel finally agrees and Dean, Sam, Castiel and Meg attack SucroCorp, using Meg and the Impala as a distraction. Dean faces down Dick Roman and finally kills him with Castiel's help, but as a side-effect, Dean and Castiel are sucked into Purgatory with Dick. Once there Castiel disappears on Dean, leaving him surrounded by monsters.
After a year in Purgatory, Dean escapes with the aid of a vampire called Benny Lafitte, who he subsequently restores to life with a ritual, but Castiels fate is initially unknown. Reuniting with Sam and Kevin, Dean learns that Kevin has discovered another Word of God tablet containing a ritual that could seal the Gates of Hell forever, but Kevin flees because he does not trust Dean to keep him safe. Despite this, Kevin and Dean eventually make contact again after Dean saves Kevin from Crowley with the aid of the returned Castiel, Kevin continuing his research under the protection of Garth, who has taken over Bobby's former role as Hunter coordinator. Although Dean and Benny grow more distant after Sam learns of his existence, Dean stands by Benny when another hunter accuses him of murder.
Following a meeting with their temporally time-displaced grandfather, Henry Winchester, Dean and Sam take custody of the archive of the Men of Letters, an organization dedicated to recording the supernatural before their destruction in the 1950s. With the archive resources and Kevin's translation of the tablet, Sam sets out to complete the three trials to seal the Gates of Hell, which include killing a hellhound, delivering an innocent soul (Bobby) from Hell unto to Heaven, and curing a demon. However, Dean stops Sam when he learns that the trials will kill him, shortly before renegade angel Metatron seals off Heaven using spell to banish all the angels from Heaven and leaving Castiel human.
In order to save Sam's life, Dean manages to make contact with a fallen angel who introduces himself as 'Ezekiel', who manages to trick Sam into agreeing to act as his Vessel while in his coma, allowing Ezekiel to heal Sam's injuries and recharge his own 'batteries' from inside Sam. With Castiel reduced to a human state and on the run from the other angels, Dean orders him to stay away so that Ezekiel can focus his energies on healing Sam while Kevin Tran studies the angel tablet to find a means of reversing Metatron's spell. However, things become more dangerous when the fallen angels begin to fight amongst themselves and Abaddon sets out to take over Hell while the Winchesters hold Crowley captive.
When Castiel regains his powers by stealing the Grace of another angel, he learns that Ezekiel is actually the renegade angel Gadreel, who was banished to Heaven's prison for past mistakes. Taking complete control of Sam, Gadreel kills Kevin and flees, forcing Dean, Castiel and Crowley to collaborate to reveal what has happened to Sam so that he can expel Gadreel from him. Disgusted at Dean's lies, Sam loses his trust in his brother, forcing Dean to work with Crowley to find Cain and receive the First Blade and the Mark of Cain, the only weapon capable of killing Abaddon. Dean is able to kill Abaddon, but is killed himself in a later confrontation with Metatron, with the Mark's influence causing him to transform into a Knight.
When season 10 starts, in 10.01 Black, several weeks have gone by. Now transformed into a Knight of Hell, Dean disappears from the Bunker, leaving behind a note for Sam, which says only, "Sammy let me go." While Sam and Castiel try to figure out what happened and where he is, Dean is busy hanging out with Crowley at bars, singing karaoke, sleeping with women, and getting drunk. He also kills several demons who had been Abaddon supporters. When Sam gets captured by Cole Trenton, and Cole tries to use Sam to lure Dean, Dean makes it clear that he does not care what happens to Sam, and that he will not be coming to Sam's rescue.
In 10.02 Reichenbach, Crowley (thinking Dean would make a good partner in running Hell) convinces Dean to agree to kill a human for the client of one of his crossroads deals. However, when Dean instead kills the client, Crowley realizes that Dean is out of his control. Crowley then finds Sam, and gives him Dean's location. Sam finds him, and reminds him that they know how to cure demons. Dean, however, says that if he had wanted to be cured, he would not have left. Sam doesn't give up and tries to persuade Dean to let him attempt the cure, but Dean mocks him. As Sam pulls out the handcuffs, tear gas is thrown through the window, interrupting them. While Sam is on the ground outside coughing, Dean fights Cole. He defeats him easily, but leaves him alive in order to make him have to live with his failure. Sam takes advantage of Dean's distraction by throwing holy water on him. As Dean falls to the ground in pain, Sam is able to put the binding handcuffs on him.
By 10.03 Soul Survivor, they have returned to the Bunker, where Sam has handcuffed Dean to a chair inside a Devil's trap in the dungeon. Sam begins injecting Dean with purified human blood, which Dean reacts to with great pain. Throughout the process, he continues to taunt Sam mercilessly. Sam perseveres, despite not knowing if the cure is working or not. Eventually, the human blood makes Dean human enough to be able to slip out of the handcuffs and the devil's trap, and he chases Sam through the Bunker, trying to kill him with a hammer. He almost succeeds, but at the last minute, Castiel finally arrives, and is able to stop and subdue Dean. They return him to the dungeon, where they are able to finish the cure successfully. Although Dean is human once again, they know that because the Mark is still there, it will continue to be a problem.
While Dean no longer has access to the First Blade, he still finds himself struggling against the Mark's influence. In 10.06 Ask Jeeves, he kills a shapeshifter, and then proceeds to shoot it several more times after it is already dead. In 10.09 The Things We Left Behind, he has a nightmare in which he is kneeling on the floor in a room full of bodies, covered in blood with a knife in his hand. It turns out to be prophetic - the nightmare becomes reality when loses control and single-handedly kills several men after they attack him. When a shocked and horrified Sam says, "Tell me you had to do this," Dean can only reply, "I didn't mean to."
In 10.10 The Hunter Games, Castiel brings Metatron to the Bunker so they can question him about the Mark of Cain. When Castiel and Sam are elsewhere in the Bunker, Dean locks himself in the dungeon with Metatron and begins torturing him with an angel blade to force information out of him. When the others realize what is happening, they run to the dungeon, and Castiel breaks the door down. Sam pulls Dean away from Metatron, who warns Dean that he is only going to get worse. Dean later admits, "I was going to kill him, and I couldn't stop myself." When Castiel asks him to go talk to Claire, he is ambushed and almost kills his attackers, but manages to resist.
Charlie returns in 10.11 There's No Place Like Home, and she explains to them that she has been split into two - good Charlie and bad Charlie. They are connected, if one Charlie gets hurt, the other one will also get hurt. When Dark Charlie confronts Dean, a fight ensues, and Dean breaks her arm. He continues to beat her until she is semi-conscious, until Sam, carrying Good Charlie in his arms, yells at Dean to stop. Dean, snapping back to his senses, realizes what he is doing and steps back. He watches as the two Charlies merge back into one, his face etched with remorse. Back at the Bunker, a battered Charlie tells him that she forgives him, even though he doesn't forgive himself.
After a spell reverts Dean's body into that of his 14-year-old self in 10.12 About a Boy, he discovers that the spell also removed the Mark. For this reason, he briefly considers remaining as a teenager, but ultimately changes back in order to save Sam, Tina, and himself. After working a case involving a ghost in 10.13 Halt and Catch Fire, Dean tells Sam that he's done trying to find a cure for the Mark of Cain. He doesn't believe there is one, and he can't continue to rely on false hope. He vows to continue to fight and work cases, saying that is where he finds his peace.
When Cain resurfaces and starts killing humans in 10.14 The Executioner's Song, Dean resigns himself to confronting and killing him. Sam, Castiel, and Crowley lure Cain into a Devil's trap in a barn, and Crowley hands the First Blade over to Dean, who takes it with apprehension. While the others wait downstairs, Dean goes up to face Cain, and they fight. Because Dean is desperate to not fully give in to the powers or influence of the Mark, he is easily overpowered, and Cain gains the upper hand. He tells Dean that their stories are very similar, and by killing him he would be doing Dean a favor. If he let Dean live, he would inevitably end up killing those he cares about - Crowley first, then Castiel, and then Sam. The act of killing his brother would be the one he would not survive. When Cain goes to kill Dean, Dean manages to grab a knife from Cain's belt, and uses it to cut Cain's hand off. In control of the Blade once more, he desperately asks Cain to tell him that he will stop killing people - or that he even can stop. When Cain refuses, Dean kills him, devastation written all over him. When he meets up with the others, he gives the Blade over to Castiel instead of Crowley, and then collapses into Sam's arms.
Dean goes to a bar in 10.17 Inside Man and is attacked with a spell by Rowena, who is shocked when he survives, completely unaffected. Dean corners her, and she tells him that he is a bad influence on her son - Crowley. Later, he meets up with Crowley and they have drinks and talk about how they have changed, and what family means.
In 10.18 Book of the Damned, Sam and Dean get a phone call from Charlie. She has managed to find a book called the Book of the Damned that might contain a cure for the Mark of Cain, but is being chased by several men who are able to track the book. They meet up at an old hunting cabin, and when Charlie hands Dean the book, he becomes entranced by it. Unnerved, he hands it back, saying that he doesn't think it's a good idea for him to touch it. After some research, Dean discovers that the men who are after Charlie are members of the Styne Family, who have used the Book in the past for evil purposes. He decides that using the book is a bad idea. He tells Sam and Charlie that the book is calling out to him, telling him to use it, but not for good. He insists that they destroy it, but Sam argues that it is their only hope to save Dean, and he'll do anything he can to do so. Dean goes to a convenience store to get some snacks, and while there runs into Jacob Styne and another man. They attack Dean, but not before telling him that the Book does in fact contain a cure for the Mark. Dean escapes after shooting one of them to death, unloading an entire clip to do so. He goes back to the cabin, giving a few seconds warning to Sam and Charlie. He tells Sam to burn the book, and as the Stynes break into the cabin and attack, he watches as Sam throws a book on the fire that he believes to be the Book of the Damned.
In 10.19 The Werther Project, Sam starts to work with Rowena without Dean's knowledge, and sets out to look for a codex which allow them to translate the Book of the Damned that he was supposed to have burned. When he goes to look for it, Dean catches up with him, and says he wants to help with the case. Sam agrees, though he doesn't tell him what they are really looking for. Sam finds the box containing the codex in the basement of a house, but when he tries to open it, he releases a deadly spell that was put there by Cuthbert Sinclair of the Men of Letters. The spell, which makes people hallucinate and drives them to suicide, makes Dean hallucinate that he is back in Purgatory with Benny. There, Benny tells him that he would be doing Sam and Castiel a favor by killing himself. Dean knows that this is not the real Benny, and says that although he would do it if he really had to, the Mark won't let him die. He wakes up from his hallucination in time to save Sam, who was also hallucinating and on the verge of death.
After investigating a murder in 10.21 Dark Dynasty that they find out was committed by one of the Stynes. When Dean is attacked by Eldon Styne and another man, he is able to defeat them and brings Eldon back to the Bunker's dungeon. While Sam is out of the room, Eldon tells Dean that the Book is protected by magic and cannot be destroyed. When he confronts Sam about this, they get a panicked phone call from Charlie, who has been working on translating the Book of the Damned. She is trapped in a motel bathroom, and Eldon Styne, who had escaped from the Bunker by ripping his arm off, is attempting to break in. Dean, realizing the extent of Sam's secret campaign to save him, angrily criticizes him for lying, and getting Castiel and Charlie involved. They arrive at the motel to find Charlie's body, dead in the bathtub. This causes something inside of Dean to snap. In 10.22 The Prisoner, after telling Sam that he should have been the one to die instead of Charlie, he goes on a hunt for the Stynes. He goes to the Styne estate in Louisiana, where he single-handedly kills at least 15 people. Then he returns to the Bunker, where three more Stynes are stealing things and ransacking the place. He kills them all, including a teenager who pleaded with Dean not to kill him, trying to explain that he was nothing like the rest of his family. When Castiel arrives, a confrontation ensues, ending with Dean severely beating Castiel and nearly killing him. As Dean leaves, covered in blood, he warns Castiel to stay away from him.
Dean wakes up on a motel room floor in 10.23 Brother's Keeper, looking awful as he takes a swig of beer and tells himself, "I'm good." He tries to work a case, but ends up getting another hunter, Rudy, killed. When he goes back to his motel room, he sees the images of both Rudy and Castiel in the mirror. He then proceeds to thoroughly trash the motel room. He goes to an abandoned Mexican restaurant where he summons Death, who he asks to kill him. Death tells him that he can't - the Mark won't let Dean die. Although Death could remove the Mark, he won't, because the Mark acts as a lock which holds back the Darkness, an evil primal force that God himself banished. However, Death offers Dean an alternative - he will take Dean somewhere where he can't hurt anyone. Dean calls Sam and tells him it's time to say goodbye. Sam rushes to the restaurant, where he is shocked to see Death. Sam tries to reason with Dean, telling him that he doesn't need to die, but Dean says that it isn't his death that is the way out, it's Sam's. They fight, and Dean wins. Defeated, Sam finally agrees that Dean must be stopped, and is willing to die in order for that to happen. Death hands Dean his scythe, and Dean tells Sam to close his eyes. Before Sam does, though, he pulls out a few old photos of Dean and Mary, and Dean and Sam when they were kids. He tells Dean to let them be his guide when he finally finds his way back - to remember what it was like to to be good, to love, and to be loved. Sam closes his eyes, and Dean swings, but goes over Sam's head and kills Death instead. He helps Sam up, and as they prepare to leave, a lightning bolt strikes Dean's arm, removing the Mark. Just as they get outside, multiple lightning bolts hit the ground, and columns of black smoke emerge from the holes in the ground and start moving toward them at a breakneck pace. Sam and Dean try to drive away but reverse into a pothole. Trapped, they watch as The Darkness engulfs them.
In 11.01 Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire as the black, swirling cloud surrounds the Impala, Dean vanishes and reappears next to an unfamiliar woman - the Darkness. She thanks him for setting him free, and tells him that they will not harm each other. She reveals the Mark of Cain on her collarbone and informs him that they are bound, and they will always help each other. The next thing Dean knows, he is waking up in a deserted field, where Sam finds him. They head to the nearest town and find that there are dead bodies everywhere, and that there is something that appears to be infecting people, turning them into rabids. They meet up with Deputy Jenna Nickerson and head to the local hospital, where they find more rabids. They also find a man and his newborn daughter. Unfortunately, he has been infected, so he turns the baby over to Jenna. While they are in the hospital, the building becomes surrounded by rabids. In order to get Jenna and the baby out to safety, Sam uses himself as a decoy to draw the rabids away from the others. Just before Dean, Jenna, and the baby reach the building's exit, they run into the baby's father, who tells them, just before he dies, that the child's name is Amara. Dean takes Jenna and Amara to Jenna's grandmother's house.
In 11.02 Form and Void, Dean is heading back to the hospital, when he gets a worried phone call from Jenna, who tells him about the strange things that Amara appears to be able to do. He turns the car around and goes back to find Crowley there, posing as a Catholic priest. Dean and Crowley go outside to talk and return to find that Jenna has killed her grandmother. Dean goes to check on Amara, and realizes that she has the Mark of Cain on her collarbone, in the same spot that the Darkness had it. Dean begins to suspect that she is the Darkness. When Dean asks Jenna why she killed her grandmother, Crowley says that it's because she does not have a soul - Amara consumed it. While Dean and Crowley are distracted, Amara mysteriously disappears.
Sam and Dean start to look for information about the Darkness in 11.03 The Bad Seed, and for any leads on Amara's whereabouts. They also track down Rowena, in order to force her to remove the attack dog spell she had placed on Castiel. In 11.04 Baby, Dean learns about the visions Sam has been having, and that Sam thinks that they are from God. Sam also confesses to Dean that he had been infected by a rabid at the hospital, before he was able to find a cure.
While investigating what appears to be a ghost case in 11.05 Thin Lizzie, Dean interrogates Lizzie Borden superfan Len Fletcher. Through talking to him, Dean realizes that Amara had been in town, and had consumed Len's soul, along with those of several other people. Even more surprising to Dean is the news that Amara is no longer a baby - she is now a 12 year old girl. Sam and Dean continue to look for her in 11.06 Our Little World, trying to find more people who have had their souls removed in order to track her. After Len turns up dead, they figure out that demons are also going after the soulless people. They find another soulless person, Goldie, who has just been arrested, and set up a devil's trap in her jail cell. When a demon arrives, saying he must clean up the messes that were made by his boss's daughter, he tries to kill Goldie, but is stopped by the devil's trap. Through interrogating the demon, Dean realizes that Crowley has Amara. Sam is able to pinpoint a location that is likely to be where Crowley and Amara are, and after some debate, they decide to go there to kill her, despite not knowing how strong her powers are, her weaknesses, or if she can be killed. When they arrive, they are able to enter the building (an abandoned asylum) with ease, but run into several demons inside and get separated. Dean finds Amara's room and goes in to find her (now a teenager) waiting for him. Dean apologizes for what he is about to do, but before he can do anything, Crowley emerges from behind Dean and pins him against the wall. He makes the decision to kill Dean, but as he says this aloud, Amara hits Crowley over the head with a heavy object, and then uses her powers to force him to drop the knife and pin him to the wall. She threatens Crowley and demands that Dean be allowed safe passage out. Then she orders him to leave her room. When they are alone, Dean approaches Amara with Ruby's knife, but she scoffs at him. He can't take his eyes off of her and stares at her in a trancelike state as she reveals that she is God's sister. She tells him that he was the first thing she had seen of God's creation after her release, and that he represents that creation to her. She says that soon she will be ready to settle a score - the oldest score. Dean can't seem to move, until Sam bursts in, which seems to break the trance. As Amara throws Sam back into the hall, Dean charges at her, but she hurls him back. He falls to the floor, and watches her leave.
In 11.07 Plush, Sam tells Dean that the visions he has been having are about Hell, and Lucifer's Cage. He doesn't know if the visions are from God, and he doesn't know what to do about them. When he wonders aloud if it means that he has to go back there, Dean says no, and that it's not going to happen. Sam brings it up again in 11.08 Just My Imagination, but Dean refuses to go along with it, saying that there is always another way. Sam asks what that other way is, but Dean doesn't have an answer.
They continue to argue about it in 11.09 O Brother, Where Art Thou?, when Dean finally agrees to try and find out if it's even theoretically possible to safely talk to Lucifer without opening the cage. When they ask Crowley, he tells them that there might be a way. He captures Rowena and they convince her to help them. Sam stays with Rowena while Dean goes to investigate a massacre at a church. He tells Sam over the phone that he suspects that Amara was behind it. Sam gives Dean updates on the research to find a way to contact Lucifer, and Dean tells Sam not to do anything without him there. As Dean leaves the church, a strange sensation comes over him, and the sounds around him become muffled. He looks around but doesn't see anything, so he goes to a park. Sam calls him and he is about to answer, when the sensation happens again. This time, he turns around to find an adult Amara standing behind him. She touches him on the shoulder, and transports him to a remote wetland. There, she tells him that the things she has been doing has been to get God's attention. She says that she only has a bad reputation because God was afraid that she would make a better creation than his, and that was why she was exiled. Dean asks her what she wants, what her plan is. She replies that she was the beginning, and she will be the end. She will be all that there is. When Dean compares her with God, she says no - he is the Light, and she is the Dark. Dean then tries to stab her, but the knife's blade shatters instead. She tells Dean that she can't be resisted, and moves forward, her hands cradling his face. She opens her mouth as if to suck out his soul, and Dean just watches, once again in a trancelike state. After a few seconds, she either changes her mind, or is unable to consume his soul, and kisses him instead. After the kiss, he pulls back, confused and slightly alarmed. Amara tells him that is the future, that he is the one who set her free, and they are bonded. Dean protests, saying that it was an accident, but Amara insists that it was destiny. He had the Mark of Cain, and she is the original Mark. She tells him that they will be together, that they will become one. A horrified Dean tells her that that is not going to happen. Several angels arrive then, and tell Amara that she must surrender to Heaven. If she resists, every angel will smite her in a single, unified blow. Dean tries to dissuade them, due to the fact that a lot of people would die, but they do not care. Amara kills the angels, and as the skies darken with the impending wrath of the angels, she transports him back to the park, to safety.
In 11.10 The Devil in the Details, just after the angels’ smiting attempt, Dean drives back toward the spot where he and Amara had been, to check and see for himself if it had worked. However, when he gets close, he starts to feel ill and is forced to pull over and get out of the car, where he promptly vomits. Castiel finds him, and after a quick examination informs Dean that he has smiting sickness - he cannot get any closer. If he does, it will only get worse, and he will die. Castiel insists on going alone, as angels are not susceptible to smiting sickness. Dean goes back to the Bunker, but Sam isn’t there. Crowley calls him, and informs him that Sam is in Hell, with Lucifer. He tells Dean to go to a warehouse in Nebraska. Billie lets him inside, and then opens a door to Hell. There, he meets up with Crowley and Rowena. Dean and Crowley put a witchcatcher around her neck, forcing her to work on the spell to put Lucifer back in the cage. Not long after, Castiel arrives, with a message (“I AM COMING”) carved into his chest by Amara, who survived the smiting. While discussing this, they start to hear the sounds of Lucifer attacking Sam. Dean bolts for the cage, Castiel right behind him. When Lucifer sees them, he snaps his fingers, and they are instantly transported into the cage as well. Castiel lunges at Lucifer with an angel blade as Dean rushes to Sam’s side. The four of them fight until Rowena finally finishes the spell, and Lucifer vanishes in a burst of bright light.
Soon after, in 11.11 Into the Mystic, Dean goes back to the Bunker during a case to retrieve gold blades which are needed to kill a banshee. He is surprised to find Castiel there, going through all the files. Castiel tells Dean he is looking for a spell that can draw Amara out, adding that he had her in his sights and he should have killed her. Dean then admits that he has had two opportunities to try and kill her, but he couldn’t do it. Castiel tells him that he and Amara are connected because of the Mark, but Dean argues that it’s more than that. He admits to feeling a sort of attraction to her. He doesn’t know if he can resist it, and that scares him. Castiel promises Dean that they will figure it out. Later, after they finish the case, Dean mentions to Sam that he thinks there was something a little off about Castiel. Sam doesn’t think it’s anything too serious, but suggests they keep an eye on him.
In 11.13 Love Hurts they head to Ohio to work a case involving a curse that is transmitted by kissing. Once a person is cursed, they are killed by a creature called a qareen, which takes the shape of a person's deepest desire. Dean curses himself to distract the qareen from killing its other victim, and while he and Sam look for the creature’s heart (which is not located in its body), the qareen approaches Dean in the form of Amara. The qareen tells Dean to give in to the love he feels for Amara. She tries to kill him until Sam is finally successful in stabbing its heart. Later, Dean confesses to Sam that the qareen had appeared to him as Amara, and is surprised when Sam isn’t surprised. Sam tells him it isn’t his fault, he never had any choice. Dean then admits that although he wants to kill the Darkness, he can’t. Sam tells Dean that it’s okay.
While researching ways to kill Amara in 11.14 The Vessel, they come across what is known as the Hand of God. It is a piece of the original Ark of the Covenant, touched by God himself. They track it through history to a WWII submarine that went down in 1943, and convince Castiel to time travel with Dean to the submarine to retrieve it. Dean successfully gets on board, but Castiel is unable due to the angel warding on the hull. Dean gets the Hand of God, but right before he gets teleported out and back to 2016, the Hand of God is used by Delphine Seydoux. When Dean lands back in 2016, he finds out that Castiel has in fact been possessed by Lucifer. When Lucifer takes the Hand of God and realizes that its power has all been used up, he starts to punish them, stopped only by Sam, who uses an angel banishing sigil to blast him away. Dean vows to hunt Lucifer down and save Cas. They work a few more cases in [[11.15 Beyond the Mat] and 11.16 Safe House when they have no luck finding anything useful that will help them in their fight against Amara, or the search for Lucifer.
In 11.17 Red Meat, while hunting werewolves deep in the woods, Sam is shot in the torso. Along with two others, they try to make their way back to where the car is parked, miles away, but Sam’s injury is severe enough that he is slowing them down. They find an empty cabin, and Dean leaves Sam with the two hikers while he looks for sticks to make something to carry Sam back on. When he comes back in, he finds Sam on the floor, all signs indicating that he is dead. Devastated, Dean at first refuses to leave Sam’s side, but ultimately, the pleas of the hikers convince him to help get them to safety. He leaves, promising Sam he’ll be back. The trio find their way to the road, and Dean flags down a Sheriff. He tries to leave and go back to Sam, but the Sheriff won’t let him. Dean punches the sheriff in an attempt to escape, but is tased and brought to the hospital. There, he becomes desperate and decides to talk to a reaper. In order to do so, he downs a handful of barbiturates, overdosing. He collapses on the floor and starts to seize. Dean, in ghost form, watches as the doctors surround his body and attempt to save him. Billie the reaper arrives and refuses to make any deals with him. She tells him that Sam is not dead, but that Dean’s time is up. However, the doctor is able to bring Dean back to life. Soon after, to his great relief, Dean gets a phone call from Sam. Later, Sam asks Dean what he did when he thought he was dead, but Dean avoids answering, saying that he knew he wasn’t dead.
In 11.18 Hell's Angel, Crowley calls Dean and tells him that he’s found a Hand of God, and to meet him in St. Louis. Once there, Crowley tells that he possesses the Hand of Joshua, and will give it to them if they expel Lucifer from Castiel’s vessel, and return him to the cage. Dean and Sam tell Crowley they’ll need Rowena to do so, but Crowley tells them that Lucifer snapped her neck. They then argue about whether Lucifer should be dealt with before or after Amara, as he might be useful in defeating her. Crowley quickly gets tired of their arguing and stands firm that he will not give them the Horn of Joshua until Lucifer is back in the cage. Outside, they see the sky is full of lighting and swirling dark clouds. Dean apprehensively says that he thinks it’s Amara. Then, the words “BACK FROM THE DEAD FERGUS” appear on the wall, letting them know Rowena is still alive. They meet up with her in an abandoned church, where they summon Lucifer. When he arrives, they trap him in a ring of holy fire, then use a sigil to bring Castiel out. Dean tries to tell Castiel something, but before he can, Lucifer comes back. When some of the other sigils start failing, Crowley, as a last resort, goes inside Castiel’s vessel to try and talk to Castiel himself. However, it is unsuccessful - Castiel doesn’t want to expel Lucifer. The Holy Fire goes out, and Lucifer is able to get the Horn. He begins to torture Sam and Dean, until Amara comes in. Lucifer uses the Horn against her, but it doesn’t work. Amara is unharmed, and she disappears with him.
In 11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley Sam and Dean become trapped in a police station surrounded by a uncomfortably familiar mysterious fog, which starts to seep in through the building’s vents. Sam accidentally breathes it in and becomes infected. Seeing this, Dean refuses to go on without him, and willingly takes a deep breath of the fog as well. When trying to infect himself doesn’t work, Dean desperately and angrily yells out to God to stop it. Then, Dean notices something glowing in Sam’s pocket. He reaches inside and pulls out the samulet. Going outside, they see everyone who had died in the street walking around, bewildered and confused, but perfectly fine. They make their way down the street, unsure of what to expect. Then, they see him. They stop, stunned. Chuck turns around and comes over, saying that they should probably talk. In 11.21 All in the Family Dean refuses, saying that he isn’t going anywhere with him, he doesn’t even know if he is really Chuck. Chuck snaps his fingers and transports them all back to the bunker. Kevin Tran’s ghost appears from behind Chuck and tells them it’s alright, and to trust Chuck. Chuck sends Kevin’s ghost to Heaven. Dean and Sam watch, flabbergasted, as it finally becomes clear.
Sam is beyond excited to talk to God, who prefers to go by Chuck, but Dean is much more withdrawn, not understanding how Chuck could just have left humanity to deal with everything by itself when he was really needed. Chuck says that he needed to let people find their own way. Being over involved was not helping anyone. Later that night, in the bunker, Dean is on the computer looking for any leads on Amara, when he has a vision of her inside the bunker, telling him that she misses him and that she knows her brother has resurfaced and that he should tell him that Lucifer (and his vessel) aren’t doing so well. The next morning, Sam finds out about another town that experienced the mysterious fog, where thousands of people died, everyone except for one person. They go to the town, where they talk to the survivor, Donatello Redfield, and figure out that he is a prophet. Dean sees another vision of Amara, telling him that she needs to see him. They bring Donatello back to the bunker to see Chuck, then go off to meet Metatron at a bar, who tells them that Chuck has no intention of taking Amara down - he will sacrifice himself. Dean meets Chuck in a park and asks him why he’s giving up. Chuck plans to make a deal with Amara to have himself put in a cage as long as the world is unhurt. He tells Dean that if that doesn’t work, he and Sam will step up - it’s why he saved Dean - Dean is the firewall between the light and the darkness. Dean argues that it’s Chuck who must do it. Back in the Bunker, they agree to let Metatron in on their plan, as his knowledge may be useful. Dean meets up with Amara in a forest, and once again she asks him to join her. However, she quickly realizes that he has betrayed her - this meeting is a diversion to distract her while the others rescue Lucifer. She goes to try and stop them, leaving Dean unharmed.
In 11.22 We Happy Few Sam, Dean, Chuck, and Lucifer, decide to put Amara back in the cage, after talking about how outright killing her would disrupt the balance of darkness and light. To increase their power to do so, they decide to bring in Crowley, Rowena, and more angels. Crowley recruits demons, Lucifer recruits the angels, and Rowena recruits several other witches. They come up with a plan to attack her, weakening her enough so that Chuck can put her back in the cage. At the abandoned power plant where this is all to take place, Dean finds out that the plan involves Sam taking on the Mark of Cain, something he immediately objects to, but his protests are brushed aside. Rowena telepathically lets Amara know where they are, and when Amara arrives at the power plant, the attacks begin, from the witches, demons, angels, and Lucifer. She and Chuck argue, until she admits defeat, and requests that he kill her. However, when she realizes that he is about to imprison her instead of killing her, she fights back with renewed vigor. She rips Lucifer out of Castiel’s vessel and injures Chuck. She tells Dean and Sam that he is dying, then vanishes.
Castiel wakes up a few minutes later in 11.23 Alpha and Omega, much to Dean’s relief. Chuck also wakes up, and tells them that Amara was right, he is dying. Outside, they realize that the sun is dying as well. Back at the bunker, Chuck finally agrees to help kill Amara. He says that the darkness can be killed by light. A plan is devised to create a bomb using souls. Sam and Dean head to a haunted asylum to raid the souls of the ghosts there, and when they return, Billie the reaper appears and wants to know what they are doing. When they tell her, she offers to help them by letting them use the souls that are in the Veil. With Billie’s help, Rowena is able to build the bomb. Dean is chosen as the one to bring the bomb to Amara, as he is the one with a personal connection to her. However, Rowena tells him that he will not just be carrying the bomb - he will be the bomb. Resigned, Dean agrees. After he has said his goodbyes, Chuck transports him to Amara. There, Amara knows about the bomb - she knows what Dean is trying to do. Dean tells her that Chuck doesn’t actually want her dead, and to put aside their differences. Amara summons Chuck, they talk, and Amara heals him, which makes the sun shine again. Chuck and Amara are planning to go away together, but before they do so, Amara tells Dean she wants to to give Dean what he needs the most. Later, somewhere in a dark park, Dean hears a woman calling for help. As he rushes over, he sees who it is, and stares at her in shock. It is his mother, Mary Winchester.
The season 12 premiere 12.01 Keep Calm and Carry On begins immediately after the events in 11.23 Alpha and Omega, with Dean staring in disbelief at what appears to be his mother, Mary Winchester. Once he establishes she is really his mother, they sit on a park bench and talk until morning. Dean then takes her back to the Bunker where they discover blood on the floor and no sign of Sam or Castiel. Cas returns to the Bunker where Dean introduces him to Mary, and they begin the search for Sam. Cas tells Dean about the woman waiting for them in the bunker so Dean hacks traffic cams and finds the SUV that kidnapped Sam. They track it to the SUV's driver, and then to a vet who treated Sam for a gunshot wound, who gives them the phone number of the woman who kidnapped him - Lady Antonia Bevell. Dean calls her to let her know they are coming to rescue Sam. Toni sends Ms. Watt to meet them -- she crashes into the Impala and fights with Dean and Cas, almost beating them. Mary kills her with Cas' angel blade, then becomes upset over taking a life and her sons becoming hunters. Dean comforts her, saying he believes what he and Sam do has made the world a better place to live.
Dean is working with Castiel to search for Sam in 12.02 Mamma Mia, and struggles with the return of his mother Mary. She overhears his conversation with Cas, and Dean tells her he's glad she's back but feels she needs time to adjust. Mary worries that Sam won't be able to forgive her for her deal with Azazel. Cas calls with a possible location for Sam and texts Dean the address. Mary insists on coming along and Dean argues against it, but loses and Mary joins him. In the car, Mary tells Dean about her time as a hunter, how she was good at it but also realized that all hunters end up dead. Dean tells her about how she died, how it caused John to become obsessed with hunting and raise him and Sam in the life, and how Sam wanted out, but when John went missing, they realized they only had each other. They arrive at the house and join Cas, and while searching the grounds Dean comes across a sigil and disappears. He reappears inside the house where Toni catches him and shoves him into the basement with Sam and threatens to torture him so that Sam will give up information on the American hunters. Mary appears and threatens Toni with a gun, tossing handcuff keys to Dean who releases himself and Sam. Mary and Toni fight but are interrupted by Mick Davies, who apologizes for her behavior and states that the British Men of Letters want to work with them instead.
12.03 The Foundry begins with Mary finding a case in Minnesota where people are found dead after reporting hearing a baby crying. Sam expresses concern over Mary's desire to get back into hunting but Dean is all for a "family hunting trip". Mary struggles with her lack of knowledge about the technological methods the boys use and the aftereffects of the attack. While salting and burning what they think is the ghost's bones, Sam remains concerned about Mary but Dean still believes she's just "adjusting". They return to the room to find Mary gone and upon discovering she's returned to the house, they return to rescue her but she's been possessed by the actual ghost. The ghost tries to make her kill Dean but she resists it and releases him. Dean keeps the ghost occupied while Sam finds the bones and burns them, which releases Mary and the ghosts of all the children in the house. Back in the Bunker, Dean apologies for taking over her case, but becomes hurt and angry when Mary says she has to leave to have some time by herself.
In 12.04 American Nightmare Dean, still upset about Mary's departure, travels with Sam to Mason City, Iowa, to investigate a person who died while being flayed by an invisible force and displaying signs of stigmata. As they discuss the victim, Olivia, with the priest who witnessed her death, Sam notices Dean is very short with him. They wonder if perhaps it was caused by a rogue angel, so Dean calls Cas to discuss the case. After hanging up with Cas, Dean texts Mary to check in on her and asks if he should still call her Mom. Sam returns and Dean briefs him on Cas' news -- the gates of Heaven are still closed, so it can't be an angel, and he and Crowley have teamed up to hunt for Lucifer, who has possessed the "Master of Butt-rock" Vince Vincente. Dean teases Sam when he defends Vince. They head to the morgue to examine Olivia's body, where Dean is dismissive to the medical examiner, and when Sam calls him out for being cranky, Dean denies it. They question Olivia's former employee and replacement, Beth, who's also a Wiccan, which causes Dean to believe she is responsible, but Sam disagrees. A grocery delivery guy is killed in the same fashion, and Olivia's case files show a connection to the Petersons, a "real Old-Testament type" family. They question the family, and afterward, Sam once again questions Dean about Mary's departure and how he's dealing with it, which Dean again brushes off. Discussing the case, Sam believes the ghost of their dead daughter, Magda Peterson, is responsible. Dean disagrees, believing Beth is the killer and leaves to track her down, leaving Sam at the farm. Dean questions Beth and determines she was not responsible for Olivia's death. He receives a phone call from Sam who tells him Magda is still alive before he is attacked and the phone disconnects. Dean rushes back to the farm in time to save Sam, who was about to be poisoned by the Petersons. Afterward, Dean receives a text from Mary where she apologizes for not getting back to him sooner and says that she will always be "Mom".
12.05 The One You've Been Waiting For finds Sam and Dean in Columbus, Ohio, to investigate a case of two people falling victim to apparent spontaneous combustion. While investigating the shop where the deaths occurred, Dean finds a hidden room full of Nazi paraphernalia. Meanwhile, Sam hacks into the shop's computer and discovers the victims were meeting regarding an antique pocket watch, and that the store owner had a whole business catering to "Nazi nutjobs". He finds out that the pocket watch used to belong to Hitler's inner circle, and the boys presume the Thule are involved. They call Aaron Bass to see what the Judah Initiative knows about any local Thule activity. Aaron tells them they've all come back to Germany regarding a mission called "Das Blut" (The Blood). They ask him about the pocket watch but he doesn't know anything. When news of another spontaneous combustion death pops up, they head to the crime scene -- the apartment of a young woman who managed to escape. They leave the apartment in time to see a cop car driving off, with a woman in the back screaming for help. The follow the cop car to a parking garage where they rescue the woman, Ellie, and tie up her captor for questioning. He is Christoph Nauhaus, the son of Commandant Nauhaus, a ranking officer in the Thule High Command. He explains how the soul of Hitler is trapped in the pocket watch "like a Horcrux", and the Thule plan to use it to resurrect Hitler, along with Ellie's blood, because she happens to be a direct descendant of Hitler -- "Das Blut". The boys convince Ellie to help them set a trap for the Thule, but while fighting Thule thugs, Ellie jumps out of the window and is captured by Nauhaus and Christoph. The boys head to a diner to research a tracking spell to find her, when Christoph arrives, having overheard their location while escaping execution. Christoph leads them to the location where the resurrection ritual is taking place. Handcuffing Christoph in the Impala, they plan their attack. Dean wants to use the Grenade Launcher but Sam refuses since they need to be stealthy; he promises Dean he'll be able to use it someday. The boys launch their attack but are captured and brought to the room where Hitler's soul has already been transferred into Nauhaus. Ellie is lying on a gurney, weak from blood loss. she staggers from the gurney, grabbing a gun and shooting one of Nauhaus/Hitler's flunkies. Dean uses the distraction to grab a gun and shoots the other flunkies, then shoots Hitler. They walk back to the Impala with Ellie, and Dean exclaims multiple times "I killed Hitler!". They release Christoph and take Ellie back to her apartment. Dean suggests heading for pie since he deserves it after... killing Hitler!
In 12.06 Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox, Sam and Dean are on their way home from a hunt in Brookings, Idaho, and stop by Jody's house in Sioux Falls for a visit. The girls are out of town at a Radiohead concert but Jody invites them in for pizza. Dean, of course, informs Jody that he killed Hitler. While eating, Jody receives a phone call which leaves her obviously upset. The boys ask her what's wrong, and she tells them a friend of hers died -- Asa Fox -- and they're having a wake tonight with a hunter's funeral the next day. The boys insist on going with her to support her, and also because they've never been to a hunter's gathering before. She tells them they'll have to get cleaned up before they spend five hours in a car together, as the gathering is in Manitoba, Canada. They arrive and meet Asa's mom Lorraine Fox and several hunters, amongst them Elvis Katz and Bucky Sims. Dean wanders into Asa's office where Sam finds him. Sam talks about how people tell stories about them, and when Dean mentions they're "kinda legendary", Sam says that Asa was too. Dean states that's how it usually goes for hunters, Sam questions it and Dean explains that they're not in the "live till you're 90, die in your sleep" business. Later, most of the hunters have left and only a handful remain. Bucky begins telling a story about Asa and reveals Jody and Asa had a relationship, when suddenly Mary arrives. Dean asks where she's been and she tells him she's been using John's journal to catch up on what she's missed, and that it was something she had to do on her own. Dean is annoyed, believing she was ignoring his texts and leaves to get some air. Outside, Billie appears, saying she's just finished reaping a soul from inside the house. Dean runs to the door to find it locked. Billie says the house is on lockdown, so he can't get in and no one inside can hear him. Dean makes a deal with Billie to get him inside, where he finds out Elvis has been possessed by a demon. They fight, but when Dean starts to exorcise it, the demon snaps Elvis's neck and leaves his body. The rest of the group joins him and works to trap the demon, but Dean discovers it has possessed Jody and stops Mary from killing her. The demon gets Bucky to admit to killing Asa as the group, taking turns with the Latin, manages to exorcise it. Afterward, Bucky explains he and Asa were hunting the demon, Jael. Asa wanted to chase him but didn't have his angel blade, and Bucky when wanted to go back to get it, they fought and Bucky pushed him, accidentally killing him. Dean accused him of stringing Asa up on the tree to try and frame Jael for his death, which Bucky admitted. The next morning at Asa's hunters funeral, Billie appears to collect on the deal: Mary. She tells Mary she knows she's all alone - Which Dean argues - and offers to take her back to Heaven. Mary turns down the "offer", but when Sam asks if she's coming home, she tells them she needs just a little more time, and Dean offers to buy her breakfast with all the bacon.
12.07 Rock Never Dies begins with Dean sitting in the Bunker's Library playing Words with Friends with Mary. Sam accuses him of taking advantage of her lack of technical skills until Mary plays a high point word against him. Sam asks how she's doing and Dean says she's "dealing," when Cas calls. Dean asks if he's still working with Crowley - "Unfortunately". Sam asks if there's any news on Lucifer, and Cas tells them to check the news which is flooded with news about Vince Vincente getting his band "Ladyheart" back together. Dean wonders how Vince can be Lucifer since Rowena damaged him. Crowley explains it is unlikely a Ladyheart revival is happening without outside influence and tells them to meet them in LA. As the boys drive to LA, Dean is complaining to Sam about having to go, recalling the last time they were there hunting a vengeful spirit (from 2.18 Hollywood Babylon). He realizes Sam has headphones in and asks him what he's listening to. Sam says it's a history podcast and protests when Dean suggests letting him listen; Dean pulls out the headphones to discover Sam is listening to Ladyheart and teases him about it. Sam protests that it's actually research and makes Dean listen to it. They meet Cas and Crowley at Vince's hotel. Crowley is certain Lucifer is still possessing Vince and, having acquired the key, suggests searching his room. They discover Vince/Lucifer has been reading rock star biographies as if he's researching how to become famous, and Cas finds a bloody tooth. They hear a woman, Roseleen Greenfield, has been admitted to the hospital after carving "Vince Vincente" onto her chest and they question her, asking if Vince forced her to do it. She claims she did it to make him happy and tries to leave to get to a secret Ladyheart show. To discover where this secret show is, Sam and Dean arrange to meet with Vince's PR person but she refuses to tell them where it is. Tommy calls Cas after Lucifer kills Russell Lemmons and lets them know where the show is. Sam and Dean clear the concert-goers from the venue and fight Lucifer, draining him and causing his vessel to disintegrate. Lucifer leaves Vince, killing him. Outside the club, Dean thanks Cas and Crowley for fighting Lucifer before the show, and while they didn't catch Lucifer they saved the crowd so he's calling it a win. Sam disagrees, saying everyone who died that night, including Vince, is on them because they let Lucifer out and that he threatened to possess someone even bigger. Dean assures Sam they will stop Lucifer because that's what they do.
Sam and Dean run into Castiel and Crowley posing as FBI agents while investigating the death of Wallace Parker in 12.08 LOTUS. Parker, a powerful CEO, was obviously Lucifer's latest vessel and wasn't able to hold him, and it's obvious that Lucifer is choosing powerful people to possess. Back at the Bunker, Sam is researching people in power looking for Lucifer's next victim. He notices a picture of the Archbishop of St. Louis with Parker. In the picture he is wearing a large cross, but in a new picture the cross is missing, and Sam discovers that all of his future public appearances have been canceled. They head to the Archdiocese to investigate, where they find everyone has been killed except for one priest who tells them they realized the Archbishop was possessed and tried to exorcise him, which failed. Among the dead is the Archbishop, meaning Lucifer has moved on. Back at the Bunker, Dean powers down the wards to allow Crowley to report big news on Lucifer. Crowley had received intel that Lucifer's latest vessel is President Jefferson Rooney. They strategize how to get close enough to the President to exorcise Lucifer from him. Cas is suddenly overcome by a burst of activity on angel radio, saying a Nephilim has come into being but with much more power used to create it than from a typical angel - Lucifer. Dean comments that he didn't know Lucifer was dating. On their way to Indianapolis to intercept the President at a fundraiser, Sam, Dean, and Cas are stopped by Rick Sanchez and the Secret Service, who try to take them into custody. From behind, a black sedan stops and a man exits with a grenade launcher, destroying the government agent's vehicle and knocking them unconscious. The man tells Cas to wipe their memories and introduces himself - Arthur Ketch, British Men of Letters. Dean, of course, doesn't trust him, so Ketch shows them the high-tech weapons he has, including the Hyperbolic Pulse Generator. Dean borrows the Pulse Generator, saying the BMoL have to trust them first. Crowley discovers Rooney/Lucifer's secret girlfriend - Kelly Kline - and teleports her to a hotel room where they convince her that Lucifer has possessed the President and have her call him to arrange a meeting. Rooney/Lucifer arrives and Sam uses the Pulse Generator to pull Lucifer from the President, while Rowena casts a spell to send him back to the Cage. Rooney collapses and is unharmed but while Sam and Dean attempt to revive him, they are taken into custody by Sanchez and the Secret Service for attempting to assassinate the President.
12.09 First Blood opens with Sam and Dean being taken to a "black site" for questioning and imprisonment, and they are placed into separate cells with no windows. When questioned, they say nothing so they are left in isolation, the only contact being meals served through a slot in the door. Dean finds a loose screw in his cot and uses it to mark the passing days. After about two months, the guard places a meal in Sam's door but he doesn't come to get it. Looking through the slot, he sees Sam unconscious on his cot. The guard opens the door and discovers Sam is dead. They open Dean's cell and finds him dead as well. In the morgue, Dean suddenly sits up, gasping and coughing. Sam is already up and asks Dean if he's good - "I've been better, but I've been worse." They hear footsteps approaching; Dean gets behind the door and grabs the coroner as he enters. Sam asks him where they are but the coroner doesn't know - he's always blindfolded when he's brought in. Escaping outside, Dean uses the coroner's cell phone to call Castiel. Sam finds a map in a vehicle parked outside and discovers they're in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and they ask Cas to pick them up. Ditching the cell phone, they head off into the forest. Rick Sanchez discovers they are missing and gathers troops to follow them into the forest. The troops catch up to Sam and Dean, but they manage to capture one of them, take his rifle, and use his radio to threaten Sanchez - "We're not trapped out here with you, you're trapped out here with us." As darkness descends, Sam and Dean find an abandoned cabin. In the cabin, Dean finds a bear trap, which he places in front of the cabin and covers with leaves. Sam lights a lamp, which draws Sanchez and the troops to the cabin. Sam, hiding under the floorboards, takes down several while outside, Dean takes down a few more. Then Sanchez steps in the bear trap where Dean captures him and Sam joins him. They explain that the President was possessed by Lucifer and they saved his life. Sam and Dean leave Sanchez in the trap, warning him not to come looking for them. They find the freeway, where Mary and Cas are waiting for them, explaining they were able to find them with assistance of the BMoL. They leave in Mary's car, which suddenly loses power and stops. Billie is there, and Dean reveals that in order to escape the black site, Dean made a deal with Billie - they would get to die and come back one more time, but in exchange, at midnight a Winchester must die. Mary volunteers and draws her gun to shoot herself when Cas kills Billie with an angel blade.
In 12.10 Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets, Sam and Dean are in the Bunker discussing the search for Kelly Kline and Mary's return to hunting. Sam asks Dean if he's talked to Castiel but Dean is still angry with him for killing Billie, not because Cas cares about them but because of the consequences of killing her. Cas, overhearing, says he will deal with any consequences should they occur, but for now he has to leave to assist an angel friend of his who called for help. Sam offers to go with him and Dean agrees, wishing to prevent Cas from "doing anything else stupid". In the Impala Cas and Dean are not talking but Sam finally gets Cas to talk about his friend, Benjamin. They arrive at the location and find Benjamin has been killed. Dean finds an angel blade but Cas says it's not Benjamin's which seems to indicate another angel attacked him. Cas hears a call over angel radio from another angel he served with, Ishim. They meet at a diner; Cas goes in alone where he also finds Mirabel there with Ishim. Dean gets tired of waiting outside for Cas so he joins him and the other angels in the diner, Sam following. Ishim sends Mirabel outside to look for any others. In the diner, Sam and Dean get annoyed with Ishim taunting Cas. Cas stops them from arguing as it's more important to figure out what happened to Benjamin. Ishim agrees but suggests going to his safehouse and goes outside to get Mirabel. Cas, Dean, and Sam follow Ishim out just in time to find Mirabel dead and Ishim fighting with Lily Sunder. Cas rushes to help Ishim and recognizes Lily. Dean and Sam draw their guns on her but she blinds them with a spell and gets away. At Ishim's safe house, Cas explains to Sam and Dean how they know Lily - a long time ago, they were sent to kill an angel and a Nephilim, who was Lily's daughter. She is using some sort of magic to stay alive and exact her revenge. Sam and Dean agree to talk to her since she doesn't want to hurt them. They find her, and Lily explains she wants revenge on Ishim because he was obsessed with her, so when she didn't return his affections, he killed her human daughter, claiming she was a Nephilim. Dean tries to call Cas to confirm but he's not answering, so he returns to the safehouse while Sam stays with Lily. Back at the safehouse, Cas is greatly weakened by healing Ishim's wound from his fight with Lily. Dean finds him and tells him Lily's daughter was human and that he thinks Ishim is playing them. Ishim returns and when Cas confronts him, Ishim tries to turn Cas against Dean. Dean attacks Ishim, who throws him against the wall, then begins to fight with Cas. Dean draws an angel banishing sigil and threatens to use it, but Ishim tells him that using it would probably kill Cas in his weakened state so Dean stops. Lily and Sam arrive; Sam rushes to Dean and Lily fights Ishim, finally using her power to hold him long enough for Cas to kill him. Cas apologizes to Lily and tells her that if she decides she can't forgive him, he'll be waiting. Back at the Bunker, Dean tells Cas he's not weak for being their friend and explains that he's not mad about him killing Billie, he's just worried about the consequences. Cas acknowledges his concern but still does not regret doing it even if it costs him his life. Dean then asks him what he's going to do about Kelly and the Nephilim she's carrying. Cas says that while he knows a Nephilim is dangerous, he's not sure he can kill her. Dean asks what they're going to do, and Cas suggests they drink and hope they can find a better way.
12.11 Regarding Dean finds Dean chasing a man through a forest at night. Catching up to him, he confronts the man but is suddenly blasted by purple light and knocked out. He comes to the next morning in a park, having no idea where he is or how he got there. His phone is broken so he borrows one from a passing jogger and calls Sam, who asks where he's been and where he's at. Dean notices a waffle house and tells Sam to meet him there. Sam arrives at the restaurant and asks him what happened but Dean has no recollection of the previous night and assumes he blacked out. Sam, upon finding out Dean's phone is broken, says he'll text Castiel to let him know to contact him instead of Dean in case he gets a lead on Kelly Kline. Dean does not recognize Kelly's name until Sam reminds him she's carrying Lucifer's baby. When Dean tries to get Sam to have some waffles, he tells Dean they have a case to work which he also doesn't recall. As they're leaving, a woman walks up to Dean, obviously recognizing him but he does not remember her, which earns him a slap on the face. In the morgue, they review the autopsy report and discover one of the items removed from the victim is a hex bag, indicating a witch was involved. Returning to the Impala, Dean first forgets which key to use, then forgets to put it in reverse, and even briefly forgets his name. Back at the hotel, Dean claims to be okay but Sam wonders if he was hexed and starts quizzing him about the names of items in the room, which Dean falters on. Sam calls Rowena, who upon hearing about Dean's failing memory believes he may have been hit with a memory curse, and the cure requires killing the witch who cast it. Sam and Dean begin to retrace Dean's steps from the previous night in order to find the witch, which leads them to a glyph on a tree and the dead body of the man Dean was chasing the night before. Sam takes a picture of the body and the glyph and they return to the hotel room. Rowena arrives and recognizes the witch and the glyph. While Sam leaves to confront the witches and retrieve the spell to cure him, and Rowena prepares to cast the spell, Dean looks in the bathroom mirror and tries to recite his and his family's names, but soon forgets even that. When Sam is captured by the witches, Rowena and a now completely amnesiac Dean leave to rescue him. Dean wakes up alone in the car where Rowena has left notes directing him to grab the gun and witch-killing bullets. He enters the house and uses them to kill the witches. Using the witch's grimoire, Rowena reverses the memory spell and Dean's memory returns.
In the style of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs", 12.12 Stuck in the Middle (With You) begins with Dean, Sam, Mary, and Castiel in a diner with another hunter Wally, who has asked for help taking down a demon. During the attack, they discover the demon is more powerful than they were led to believe and has two other demons with him. The demon stabs Cas with a spear while Wally is killed by one of the other demons, and Dean kills a third that was threatening Sam. They call Mary and head to a barn where she has taken a now gravely-injured Cas. When they arrive, she tells them the demon had yellow eyes. Dean goes to Cas to ask him what happened, and Cas tells him about the spear and that he believes it may have been poisoned. Suddenly, Crowley appears, telling them they're all going to die because they have taken on not just a demon but a Prince of Hell, Ramiel, and that Cas was stabbed by the Lance of Michael which kills angels slow and painful - and there is no cure. Dean tells Crowley to shut up and help them or leave, and Crowley disappears. Dean asks Cas how he's doing, and Cas pulls aside his shirt, showing the rot from the Lance's wound has spread. He tells them they should go and when Dean protests, Cas tells them they are his family and he loves them, and begs them to not make him spend his last moments watching them die. Dean refuses, saying they don't leave family behind and that they'll stay and fight. They prepare a trap made out of holy oil. When Ramiel enters the barn, they light the holy oil and demand a cure for Cas, but he says there is no cure. He then accuses them of stealing from him, which Dean denies. Ramiel uses the Lance to blow out the holy fire and fights Sam and Dean. In the fight, Sam takes the Lance from Ramiel and kills him with it. As Cas' condition deteriorates, Crowley appears, grabs the Lance and breaks it in half, releasing the magic and curing Cas. He wonders what Ramiel meant by his accusation, but Dean dismisses it. Picking up the pieces of the Lance, he says "Let's go home."
In 12.13 Family Feud, Dean is on the phone with Castiel, who reports no leads in finding Kelly Kline. Sam has found another case involving the murder of a teacher at a Des Moines museum and Dean calls Mary to see if she wants in on it. Mary begs off, saying she's in a hotel in Newark recovering from the last case with Ramiel. On the way to Des Moines, Sam tells Dean of another teacher murdered in Andover, Massachusetts, under similar circumstances to the one in Des Moines, and that it's too bad Mary didn't want to join. Dean feels there's something off about her but Sam disagrees. In Des Moines, they talk to the museum curator who explains there has been yet another murder. Dean asks if there have been any new exhibits and she takes them to the lab where a new exhibit has been uncrated. Dean checks the EMF meter, which is off the charts, which leads them to believe it's a ghost. One of the exhibits in the lab are artifacts from a sunken ship called The Star, which Dean remembers was the ship Gavin MacLeod was supposed to die on. Dean calls Crowley to ask if he knows where Gavin is, but Crowley demands they find Kelly Kline first. They turn to Rowena asking for her help, telling her Gavin is her grandson. They pick up Gavin at the bus terminal and ask him for information on The Star, introduce him to Rowena, and then take him to the museum lab. Gavin looks through the list of artifacts and discovers a locket belonging to his fiance Fiona Duncan is among the items, and they determine she must be the ghost, tethered to the locket - but when they look for it, the locket is missing. They talk to the curator, who tells them another school group which had recently visited the lab. Sam, Dean, and Gavin head to the school in time to stop another teacher's murder, then have Gavin summon Fiona's ghost. After talking to her, Gavin tells Sam and Dean that she boarded the boat looking for him, where she was abused, and their teacher who was also on the boat said she deserved it, hence her vendetta against teachers. They determine the only way to stop her is to send Gavin back to his time to protect Fiona and prevent her from becoming a vengeful spirit, which Gavin agrees to do. Back in the Bunker, they use Henry Winchester's time travel spell to send Gavin back to his time. Checking the news, all of the teachers who were previously murdered are alive. Mary returns and tells the boys she's been working with the British Men of Letters.
In the Season 14 Premiere 14.01 Stranger in a Strange Land, Michael (Apocalypse World) continues to possess Dean as he travels the world looking for someone/something worth saving for his "better world". Dean reappears at the end of 14.02 Gods and Monsters in the dilapidated church where Michael performed his experiments after Sam, Bobby (Apocalypse World), and Mary take down a pack of Michael's augmented werewolves, and has no idea why Michael left.
When Dean returns to the Bunker in 14.03 The Scar, after he teases Sam about his beard, Sam asks if he's okay. Dean says he's good, doesn't know why Michael left, and as for his memory, he can't remember anything that happened while Michael possessed him, that it was "just a blink", and he's just really happy to be home... Then he sees the Map room has been inundated by the AU hunters. A hunter calls Sam "Chief" and Dean is about to tease him about that when Jack and Cas enter, overjoyed to see him. Dean excuses himself to clean up and returns to his room. Angrily whipping off the clothes Michael dressed him in, he turns to a mirror and notices a scar on his upper arm. After showing the scar to Sam and Cas, he asks Cas to look into his memories to see if they can determine what happened. Cas touches his head and sees memories of Michael's questioning and experiments, but when he touches the scar itself, he sees Michael on the ground being stabbed by a double-pronged spear wielded by an unknown hooded figure - the same person and spear that killed Kaia in the Bad Place. They call Jody to ask if there had been any disturbances at the rift in the boatyard but she hasn't seen anything. However, when Dean describes the scar, Jody knows what they are talking about as she has several beheaded bodies with a similar scar in the morgue. Sam and Dean load up and head to Sioux Falls to investigate.
When they arrive, Jody welcomes Dean back and compliments Sam's beard, much to Dean's chagrin. She points out the crime scene on a map and they head out. They discover a clearing with vampire heads stuck on pikes, probably belonging to the bodies in Jody's morgue, and the clearing looks just like the one Dean saw when Cas touched the scar. Suddenly they are attacked by the hooded figure with the spear. During the fight, the hood comes off, revealing someone that looks just like Kaia, who then turns and runs away with the spear. Dean finds her tracks but Sam stops him and tells him he believes the vamps were hunting her instead and were sent by Michael -- Jody had tested the bodies and they didn't react to dead man's blood. Dean does not care and continues to follow the tracks, which leads them to a cabin. Dean sees Dark Kaia and knocks her out, but the spear is not in sight. He ties her to a chair and they begin questioning her. She explains her and Kaia were connected and her death was an accident -- she meant to kill Claire. They ask her why she's here; she looks at Dean and says "because of him". Dean tells her he's not Michael anymore which she acknowledges, saying he's much weaker. Dean tells her she's still scared but she says she's not scared of him, she's scared of Michael's vampires which are hunting her. Jody wants to take her to the station for safety but Dean wants to "break her" so she will tell him where the spear is.
He kicks Kaia's chair against the wall and demands answers. Dark Kaia refuses and accuses him of being no different from Michael -- using threats and violence to get what he wants. She reminds him of the incident from 13.09 The Bad Place where Dean forced her into the Impala at gunpoint. She tells Dean his anger and impatience come from fear of Michael and tells them about her confrontation with Michael. Michael tried to take the spear from her, knowing it was the one thing that could hurt him, and she stabbed him with it. Michael's vampires arrive and burst into the cabin to take Kaia. Sam, Jody, and Dean try to fight the vampires but they are too strong. Dean shoots the leg out from under Kaia's chair to free her; she runs to get the spear and kills the vampires before disappearing again, spear in hand. In the Impala on the way back to the Bunker, Dean admits to Sam that his time with Michael was not a "blink" and he doesn't remember anything Michael did with his meatsuit because he was drowning, fighting for air the whole time and trying to escape but he was not strong enough. He blames himself for everything Michael has done because he said "Yes".
In a return to the MOTW format, 14.04 Mint Condition opens with Dean in his room watching 'All Saint's Day' and avoiding the mass of AU hunters in the Bunker. Sam comes to check on him and to tell him of a new case - a comic book store employee beaten up by a Panthro action figure. They head to the store, where Dean nerds out over a life-sized talking 'David Yeager' (Hatchet Man) figure. Posing as insurance agents, they question the clerk Samantha Juarez regarding Stuart Blake, the guy who was attacked by the action figure, and she directs them to Stuart's mom's house where he lives in the basement. They question Stuart about the attack and he claims he made it all up, then kicks them out when they attempt to question him further. Stuart's ex-girlfriend is Wiccan so they figure she might have cursed him. While waiting in the Impala for Stuart and his mom to leave so they can check the house for hex bags, Dean asks Sam why he doesn't like Halloween, but before he can answer, Stuart's mom leaves and Sam comments that Stuart changed his story because of all the brutal comments on the video. Suddenly Stuart emerges from the house screaming for help and bleeding from multiple cuts. Dean runs inside to investigate and is attacked by a floating chainsaw which barely misses him, embedding in the wall next to his head.
Stuart is in the hospital, his mom at his bedside talking to the boys and thanking them for saving his life. She says she needs to go home to get his favorite pillow but they convince her to stay until he wakes up. They leave the room to discuss the case in the hall, where Dean reveals that he didn't find any hex bags but the EMF was going crazy, so it must be a ghost. Sam suggests Dean stay to keep Stuart's mom from leaving so he can check the house. Stuart's friend Dirk Winchell arrives to check on Stuart, and he and Dean begin to bond over their love of the 'All Saint's Day' franchise of horror movies. Dean receives a call from Sam; he's calling from the comic book shop where he and Samantha were just attacked by the Hatchet Man figure which has been possessed by the ghost of Jordan MacNeel
|“||God or no God, you go to Hell!||”|
— Dean standing up to God
Dean Winchester (b. January 24, 1979 – d. 2025) was a human and hunter as well as a member of the Men of Letters with his younger brother Sam. He and his brother are members of the Winchester and Campbell families. Through his father, Dean is the older half-brother of Adam Milligan.
Dean is also the destined vessel of the ArchangelMichael. He and Sam are also the surrogate sons of the late Bobby Singer. Dean is best friends with the angelCastiel, close friend to the late prophet Kevin Tran, and reluctant ally of Crowley. Dean has an ex-girlfriend, Lisa Braeden, who he lived with for a year when he thought Sam was in Hell. She has a child named Ben, who Dean acted as a father for during that year. Dean's biological child was an amazon named Emma. He is also the former apprentice of Alastair.
Both Dean and Sam were raised in the hunting life by their father, after the demon Azazel killed their mother. Dean's main role in the series is being the self-appointed guardian of Sam and often going to extreme lengths to protect him regardless of personal cost. Often in these occurrences Dean finds himself the center of a much larger picture.
When he was killed by Metatron whilst using the Mark of Cain, Dean returned as a demon and a Knight of Hell loyal only to himself. He was then cured by his brother using purified blood. Eventually, the Mark was removed, but the price was that the Darkness has now been released into the world, something Dean tried to avoid. Dean and his brother soon met God who returned to help put an end to the danger to the world. During this time, Dean got through to God about not sacrificing himself and The Darkness about not destroying all of reality and helped them reconcile. As a reward, Dean was given back his mother and was able to return to his usual style of hunting with his family.
With his mother trapped in an alternate reality, Dean set out with Sam, Castiel and the NephilimJack to rescue Mary and reunite his family, a situation made more urgent by the upcoming invasion of an alternate reality Michael. Following the reunion of his family, Dean agreed to become the vessel for the alternate Michael in order to finish Lucifer once and for all. Aided by Michael, Dean faced Lucifer in battle and ultimately killed the rogue archangel and ended his long reign of terror. This victory was short-lived as Dean was to be betrayed by Michael who took full control of Dean and became loose upon the Main Universe in Dean's body, his one true vessel. Michael would use him for weeks before he left Dean's body on his own for unknown reasons.
In the days after, Dean struggled with re-adjusting to being himself again as he tried to help Sam on hunts. However, he regain his will and did better in hunting, as he and his family decided to go after Michael and defeat him. Dean also bonded with Jack after learning his declining health. During a confrontation with Michael, the Archangel retook control of Dean after revealing that he left to break his spirits and locked the hunter away in his subconscious. However, Dean manages to trap Michael within his own subconscious shortly thereafter, but is left worried for what will occur if the archangel escapes.
Following a hunt, Dean lost concentration over keeping Michael imprisoned but the latter instead escaped Dean's mind and took Rowena for an alternative vessel while inflicting revenge on Dean. However, Michael was then killed by Jack, saving the world from his influence and freeing Dean of his grasp.
Almost five years after defeatingGod himself, Dean is killed for a final time during the Masked Vampires hunt. Dean accepts his fate and his soul goes to Heaven where he is reunited with Bobby Singer and later Sam who lived out a full life with a son that he names in honor of Dean.
|“||I gotta tell ya, every women in this place - they want to eat you up.||”|
— Hooker to Dean
Dean has green eyes, light freckles on his face and short-cropped Ivy-league hair that is dark blonde. He is 6'1"-- making him shorter than his younger brother Sam—and muscular. Dean is noted to be "handsome" or even "pretty" by other characters constantly.
He usually wears a plaid shirt over a T-shirt, jeans, and boots, unless he has to wear a disguise in order to impersonate someone. Until Season 6, Dean often wore his father'sleather jacket. He also used to wear a watch and a silver ring. As of Season 4, Dean has a hand-shaped burn scar on his left shoulder from where Castiel pulled him out of Hell. This mark has since disappeared from his body.
For the first four seasons, Dean also wore an amulet around his neck that resembled the head of a bull made of brass, attached to a black cord. This amulet was given to him by Sam as a Christmas gift when they were children. Throughout the first half of Season 5, Castiel attempts to use this amulet to find God, as its claimed power is to burn hot in God's presence. When Castiel is unsuccessful, he declares the amulet "useless," and Dean throws it away.
Sometime before Jus In Bello, Dean got a tattoo on his chest of the anti-possession symbol to protect himself from demons.
Dean mentions to Haley Collins in season 1 that he doesn't wear shorts. However, he is actually wearing shorts while cleaning The Impala in Baby and as the substitute gym teacher in After School Special.
Dean recently received the Mark of Cain, manifesting just below his elbow. The Mark was removed in Brother's Keeper. Dean later briefly possessed a pair of Black Eyes while he was a Demon. Since separating from Sam, his appearance has become more scruffy and unshaven; his hair has also grown out a bit.
In Let the Good Times Roll, Dean gains a pair of Angel's Wings due to his status as Apocalypse WorldMichael's current vessel. During the brief period of time Dean was in control while Michael powered him from within, Dean was able to display the wings and use them in battle against Lucifer. Once Michael took full control of Dean and teleported away from Sam and Jack, he changed from Dean's usual attire to that of a 1920's era suit and hat.
Dean Winchester, from the moment of his debut, was shown to be an understanding, funny, mischievous, and, in contrast to his younger brother, a little immature. Dean's shown countless times to be good with kids and the ladies. At an early age, Dean was trained by his father, John Winchester, to hunt and kill creatures of the supernatural. However, unlike his brother Sam, he did not resent his father for having him "raised like a warrior". He seemed to prefer hunting the supernatural over any normal "apple pie" life, though it was revealed that when he was sixteen, he did in fact desire (or at least hope for) a normal life: he just couldn't leave Sam. This however did not last long, as later on - while still sixteen - following a werewolf hunt, he realized just how unique his life was. However, by Season 7, following all that he has seen and done, Dean admits to Eliot Ness that he no longer wants to be a hunter and would give it up if he could.
Dean is an avid fan of classic rock music. Many of his aliases have included the names of famous rock musicians. He is known to use crude humor, use pop culture references, make sexual innuendos, and indulge in pornography (especially about Busty Asian Beauties). He has even stated once that he does enjoy anime and Japanese animated porn (Hentai).
Dean typically avoids emotional intimacy, preferring to engage with women only as sexual partners. However, he has had a few long-term relationships over the years, with Cassie Robinson, pre-series, and Lisa Braeden, in season 6. After the tragic events that led Dean to ask Castiel to make it as if Lisa and her son Ben had never met him, Dean seemed to give up on ever having a family other than his brother. After his break up with Lisa, Dean was reluctant to get back into his old routine of "new town, new girl." However, the one time he was shown to indulge in a one-night stand in The Slice Girls he ended up fathering an Amazon that tried to kill him. He was reluctant to defend himself against his Amazonian daughter and Sam ended up making the kill. After these events, he became even more reluctant to get in a physical relationship let alone an emotional one. This seems to fade when he engages in intercourse with Suzy Lee.
Dean values his family's safety over anything else, even going so far as to kill a demon and its human host in order to save Sam's life, as well as sacrificing his very soul and suffering in hell to resuscitate his brother.
Even though Dean keeps himself in excellent physical shape, he is known to have very bad eating habits. He is often shown enjoying greasy, fattening or otherwise unhealthy food, especially cheeseburgers and pie, and dismisses salads as "rabbit food."
Dean is terrified of flying and claims that is the reason why he drives everywhere.
Despite his working knowledge of the supernatural, Dean is skeptical with regard to the "good aspects of religion." However, he becomes somewhat more open-minded after meeting the angel Castiel, yet the antagonistic behavior of most angels and God's reluctance to openly participate in events prevents him from being a true believer, like Sam. When he did meet God he was shocked, but angered (unlike Sam who was rambling on). After God called him out on his anger, Dean opened up, though held some of his anger and supposedly abandoned humanity before God told him to stop comparing himself to his father.
Dean has also shown on several occasions that he is an avid fan of movies, particularly westerns, and was thrilled to be given a chance to go to the old west. He was also overjoyed when he met and was able to work with Eliot Ness, frequently referencing The Untouchables during the episode.
Dean is typically ruthless and aggressive when he is hunting, a task which he approaches enthusiastically, making him the more merciless of the Winchester siblings. But in spite of that, he is capable of acknowledging whenever he's going too far, as seen with his interaction with Lenore and Gordon (Bloodlust). He even sympathized with Elias Finch on his loss of his wife and his unfair punishment for her death. Whereas Sam is at least willing to sympathize with what they hunt, provided that their motives can be counted as morally gray, Dean mostly sees the world as black and white. He passionately despises what he hunts, especially demons, and is prepared to kill without question more often than not, unlike his brother. This has caused him to develop a bigotry against most supernatural creatures and beings.
He dislikes showing his emotions to monsters, and when facing beings like Abaddon or Azazel he acts threatening and determined. When facing the angels, even knowing what they could do to him, Dean is sarcastic, rude, and insulting, often referring to them as "dicks". The only being he was openly afraid of was Death; on the rare occasions that they met, Dean was nervous and cautious, and when Dean was angry or frustrated enough to talk back, he became visibly scared and backed off the moment Death appeared annoyed.
Despite these traits, Dean is very laid-back and well-disposed when not on the hunt, and he values the safety of his family and innocent civilians above all else, even his own life. Though on occasion he can be somewhat impulsive as well as arrogant, Dean is both extremely intelligent and competent. He is more likely to exhibit irrational behavior when his family is threatened.
Despite being the better hunter, Dean admits he doesn't see himself as anything other than a "grunt." He is constantly called out for feeling this way by Bobby and Sam. But regardless his feelings always return. These feelings can be traced back to his relationship with his father John, who at times treated him as a tool rather than as a son and who held him to unrealistic or unfair standards.
Dean enjoys the uncomplicated things in life, such as good food and television. He almost constantly displays some level of humorous behavior, and frequently makes light of tense situations. He sometimes appears foolish due to this habit, but this seems to be merely his means of dealing with the stress of hunting.
Dean shows on multiple occasions a soft spot for children. He is very good with them, able to talk to them with ease, and he is always very sympathetic; this most likely stems from the fact he practically raised Sam when he was a child. Dean's affection extends to nearly all children, particularly young ones, although he also cares about teenagers. Dean is more willing to put his life in danger for children than he is for nearly anyone else. Dean's affection even extends to monster children, and despite his ruthless approach to hunting, he's usually unwilling to kill monster children unless he has a crucial need.
After his extraction from Hell by Castiel, Dean began exhibiting noticeable anxiety and experienced chronic, abominable nightmares of his experience there. He initially lied to Sam that he remembered nothing of his time in Hell, but eventually confessed and told him he remembered every detail. The fact that he tortured souls just to escape torture himself weighed heavily on Dean, leaving him visibly sad and guilt-ridden. Due to this, he believed he was unworthy of rescue. He also explained to his brother that he wished he couldn't feel anything, as the sorrow he felt is so overwhelming. Dean later revealed in Family Remains that it was not just the fact he tortured souls, but the fact he enjoyed it.
Another side of Dean is his utter disgust at Sam for many of his dangerous or foolish actions, such as drinking demon blood, and having a sexual relationship with a demon. While this made him angry, Dean continues to love Sam since he knows their family isn't perfect. His reluctance to completely leave his brother made it difficult for Dean to stay with the Braedens during season 6, and many a times Dean has chosen his brother over others.
Dean has been shown to be hypocritical at times. He shows disgust and rage at Castiel for working with Crowley, despite the fact that he worked with Crowley in the past season and one of the first things he does in season 7 is call Crowley to help take down Castiel. He even works with Crowley in every season that Crowley appears, except season 8. Despite stating "what's dead shoud stay dead," and consistently criticizing people who resurrect their loved ones, Dean has done everything in his power to resurrect Sam, Jack, and Mary.
Dean also drinks a lot of alcohol, especially during times of stress. This worsened during season 7 when life was becoming too difficult for him to bear. Dean also fell into a period of depression. Following Bobby's death at the hands of Dick Roman, Dean developed a very strong, obsessive revenge streak in him and spent the entirety of the season hunting Dick down to kill him. As part of Bobby's last wishes he tried to let go of his anger and vengeance, and while in the end he succeeded in killing Dick, it was as part of the job and not for vengeance.
The constant life-or-death situations Dean was forced into while in Purgatory created an extreme change in him. While he was stuck there, he became emotionless and paranoid of the fear of getting attacked. He killed monsters of Purgatory with ease and was always fighting for his survival. When returned to Earth, his new outlook on life was clear. He became hardened, emotionless, and at times ruthless; his humor and puns were nonexistent when hunting. That changed with Castiel's return from Purgatory after which he started to show his light-hearted side again.
Having a now haunted sense of self-created in him during that year, he became firmer in his belief of hunting. He had personally seen all the monsters they hunted in Purgatory and in doing so, developed a strong sense of responsibility to the people they saved. Dean now believes that it is their duty to save people and quitting out of the hunting business is permanently out of the question. Despite becoming more ruthless, Dean has developed more faith in monsters managing to recover their humanity, as shown with him willing to let Kate go, presumably developed from his time with Benny.
Following Kevin's death, and Gadreel taking complete control of Sam, Dean became desperate to save him. When Sam was freed, Dean's self-loathing seems to have reached a new height: He claims he's poison, and that anyone near him dies. Dean decided to obtain the Mark of Cain, and by doing so, his personality became darker, with extreme levels of aggression and wrath. He also became more distrusting and suspicious, and more hate-filled toward the supernatural.
As a demon, Dean's soul became twisted and he no longer empathized with others. He cared only for himself and what he needed. His change was so drastic that he stalked Sam throughout the Bunker with the intent of killing him using a hammer, only to miss by a few inches. He carried out this task calmly, and coupled it with taunts, giving the impression that he was enjoying himself. This is furthered by the fact that instead of an axe, he decides to use a hammer to break through a door and kill Sam, despite both tasks requiring much more force with a hammer than with an axe. Demon Dean apparently cared about the natural order, something old Dean despised. He even considered himself, as a demon, a part of the natural order, and that it was all set up in this certain way.
Supernatural: 10 Questions About Dean Winchester, Answered
The announcement of the Supernatural spin-off known as The Winchesters has brought back interest in all the main characters. In any case, there have always been questions about Sam Winchester and his brother Dean, as the sprawling 15-year run of the dark fantasy series left a lot of things up in the mix.
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There are plenty of facts known about Dean that are worth recounting now that his story is set in stone, and fans can find all the answers to their most sought-after questions. For most fans, Jensen Ackles will always be known mainly as Dean Winchester, so it’s also a way for The Boys viewers to know enough about his most famous character before the actor appears in that series.
10 Who Was His Archenemy?
Dean didn’t have an official archenemy the way Sam did with Lucifer, but there were certain foes he hated more than others. All things considered, Dean’s main enemy has to be the Prince of Hell, Azazel, who was responsible for the death of his parents.
Moreover, Dean thought of Azazel as his biggest fear whenever he was afflicted by paranoia and curses, with his killing of Azazel being one of Dean’s greatest achievements. By the series’ end, Dean also started considering God as his main foe when he realized Chuck had been playing with his life the whole time.
9 Who Were His Closest Friends?
While Sam didn’t seem to have many firm friendships, Dean was the character who did have personal connections. Here, the easy winner has to be Castiel, as Dean thought of him as his best friend. In addition to the angel, Dean had a habit of forming unusual friendships.
His next closest friend has to be the vampire Benny Lafitte, whom Dean continued to think fondly of even years after passing. Dean also developed a firm friendship with Crowley when he was a demon, which continued sporadically later on as well. Another close friendship was with Charlie Bradbury, whom Dean likened as a younger sister.
8 Who Were His Major Love Interests?
Dean began the series by himself and ended his run on the show being single as well. However, he had a number of love interests in the interim, with some of them ending in trademark Supernatural tragedy. Overall, there were a few women who can be considered as Dean’s greatest loves.
Lisa Braedon was a former flame with whom Dean settled down for a year before an attack by a demon caused Dean to leave her permanently. Dean had a short-term romance with the angel Anna before she regained her grace, and wanted to settle down with Cassie Robinson in her youth but the latter couldn’t accept his role as a hunter.
7 How Many Times Did He Die?
Death was hardly the end where Winchesters were concerned, with Dean being the character to experience it the most. All in all, Dean died 111 times during the series and the series finale fittingly concluded with his demise as well.
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Most of his deaths occurred in Season 3’s “Mystery Spot,” where the archangel Gabriel caused Dean to die every day. Apart from that, Dean died eight times on other occasions, with the first of these sending him to Hell. His final death was the one that stuck and Dean ascended to Heaven where he remained for eternity.
6 How Critically Acclaimed Was The Character?
Supernatural was never an awards season favorite due to it being part of the fantasy genre, but Dean is still the most acclaimed character out of the series. Jensen Ackles was nominated for a number of awards during the show’s run, with his final victory the most major one.
Ackles won the Critics' Choice Super Awards for Best Male Actor in a Horror Series after Supernatural concluded, marking the series’ biggest award. Prior to that, the actor also won a People’s Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor, to go with nominations at the Ewwy Awards and SFX Awards.
5 What Recurring Gags Are Associated With Him?
Dean was the designated comic relief character for Supernatural, with most of the jokes coming at his expense or due to his mannerisms. One of the longest-running gags associated with Dean was his love for pie, which he hardly ever got to eat as Sam would usually fail to buy it for him or get a bad replacement like cake.
Another similar gag was Dean’s tendency to be a big eater, with just about every episode showing him munching down food much to the annoyance of Sam. This gag was even acknowledged on the show when Dean realized he’d been able to eat without suffering stomach problems due to Chuck allowing him to.
4 How Many Big Bads Has He Killed?
Dean could easily be considered as the biggest threat for the villains in the series. He has the largest kill count of any character and was responsible for taking down the majority of the main antagonists.
By the series end, Dean had killed Big Bads including the Prince of Hell Azazel, the Seraph Zachariah, the archangels Lucifer and Michael, the monsters’ mother Eve, the Knight of Hell Abaddon, the Leviathan leader Dick Roman, and both Billie and the original Death.
3 How Many Realms Did He Visit?
Despite being a human with no powers to willingly reach different realms, Dean ended up as the most traveled being in the universe apart from Chuck. He and Charlie were the only humans to ever be in the fairies’ realm of Avalon, while Dean also visited alternate universes like the Apocalypse World and the Bad Place.
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In addition to those, Dean visited the French Mistake universe to go with a number of realms that had no physical location. These included Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, all of which Dean remained in for significant stretches of time.
2 Who Is His Immediate Family?
It’s actually pretty difficult to keep track of all the people Dean was related to, as the Winchester family and other relatives were quite a lot. In the immediate family, Dean and Sam’s parents were John and Mary Winchester, with maternal grandparents being Samuel and Deanna Campbell, and paternal grandparents Henry and Millie Winchester.
Dean also had a half-brother in Adam Milligan from his father’s side, while he had a daughter named Emma with an Amazon, who was killed shortly after when the girl tried to take his life. Finally, Dean posthumously became an uncle when Sam had a son whom he named Dean after his brother.
1 How Long Did He Live?
Spiritually, Dean was 40 years older than his age as he spent that time in Hell. In Earth years, Dean didn’t even get close to old age as he met his end when fighting vampires. Although it appeared as if Dean had died in 2020, it was a little while later.
The finale took place five years after the penultimate episode, according to Jared Padalecki, placing the timeline in 2025. By this point, Dean would have to be 46-years-old, leaving that as his final age. In Heaven, he met Sam about 25 years after his death, meaning Dean would have been 71 had he lived until then.
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Dean Winchester is one of the two protagonists from the American drama television series Supernatural. He is portrayed primarily by Jensen Ackles. Other versions of the character having been portrayed by Hunter Brochu (toddler), Ridge Canipe (child), Nicolai Lawton-Giustra (pre-teen), Brock Kelly and Dylan Everett (teen), and Chad Everett (elderly).
Dean Winchester was created by Eric Kripke, creator and original showrunner of Supernatural, when he pitched a show to the WB about two brothers who investigate the supernatural. Dean's name is a homage to Jack Kerouac's road-trip novel On the Road, tying into Kripke's concept for an Americana road-trip television series. 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. 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." Dean and his brother Sam are from Lawrence, Kansas, due to its closeness to Stull Cemetery, a location famous for its urban legends. Jensen Ackles, who portrays Dean Winchester, was originally asked to audition for the role of Sam, but preferred the character of Dean after reading the script.
Dean Winchester was born on January 24, 1979 to John and Mary Winchester in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the couple's first child, four years older than his younger brother, Sam. He is named after his maternal grandmother, Deanna Campbell.
On November 2, 1983, Mary was killed in Sam's nursery by the demon Azazel, and in the ensuing fire Dean was tasked with carrying Sam out to safety while John unsuccessfully tried to rescue Mary. Since then, Dean has felt responsible for Sam and was always given the job to take care of him while they were growing up. John began investigating the cause of Mary's death and learned about supernatural creatures and the people who hunted them. John became a hunter himself, and trained Dean to be one as well, though both hid the supernatural from Sam until he was 8 years old. The Winchesters constantly moved around the country, living in motels and the homes of John's friends. Dean was left to look after Sam with John being continuously absent during their childhood. When Dean was 16, he was arrested for stealing and spent time in a boys' home where he had the opportunity to go to a regular school, though eventually Dean chose to return to Sam.
Prior to the pilot of the series, Sam left to pursue his own life away from the supernatural. John held a grudge against Sam as he felt Sam had abandoned them, while Sam also held a grudge due to the huge argument prior to Sam leaving. John and Dean continued to hunt together and traveled throughout the United States.
Dean is known for handling a large number of weapons. His signature looks are black boots, a dark leather jacket and dark flannel shirts with dark blue jeans. He is also known for driving a signature black 1967 Chevrolet Impala, which he occasionally sleeps in, and he has a huge stash of weaponry in the trunk.
Dean is 26 years old when the series begins and has been allowed by John to hunt by himself. In the first episode, Dean goes to Sam (who is away at law school), whom he hasn't seen for a few years, and asks for help finding John, who has gone missing. The pair are initially unsuccessful, and at the end of the first episode, Sam's girlfriend Jessica Moore dies the same way their mother did. Sam joins Dean on the road, hunting various supernatural creatures, tracking down their father and searching for the culprit behind the deaths of their mother and Jessica. After eventually reuniting with their father and coming into possession of the Colt, they prepare to strike back against Azazel, a powerful demon with yellow eyes.
Failing to kill him, they are rammed into by a semi-truck, sending Dean into a coma. Flat-lining, Dean dies but is saved from death at the last second when John makes a deal with the Demon to save his life.
After John's soul is taken by the Demon to Hell, Sam and Dean start hunting the Demon, who eventually kidnaps Sam. In a turn of events, Sam is stabbed in the back and killed, forcing Dean to make a deal to save his brother's life. He is given 1 year of life. Dean and Sam are unable to stop the Demon from opening a gate to Hell and freeing Lilith. However, their father escapes as well and gives them the chance they need to kill the Yellow Eyed Demon, before his soul heads to heaven.
While trying to cope with his impending death and make the best of his final year, Dean begins to start hunting the freed Demons. Meeting a seemingly helpful demon Ruby, Dean learns that he too may become a demon himself if he burns in Hell too long. Learning Lilith to have taken the throne of Hell from Azazel and to hold Dean's life contract in her hands, the brothers eventually confront her.
Unable to kill her, Dean is mauled to death by Hellhounds and his soul is dragged to Hell.
While there Lilith orders a demon called Alastair to brutalize Dean. Dean spends four months dead, equating to 40 years in Hell. Dean had joined Alastair in torturing souls after previously refusing for 30 years. However, Dean awakens from his grave and reunites with family and meets the angelCastiel who (along with the army of angels who were also sent to work together) is revealed to have saved from Hell and resurrected Dean. Struggling with his actions in Hell and trying to get Sam to quit drinking demon blood, Dean meets Azazel again when sent back in time by Castiel.
At one point, Dean opened to Sam and revealed how he not only tortured but enjoyed the events while in Hell.
Dean encounters another angel Zachariah who implores Dean to keep hunting after he nearly gave it up when learning Alastair had tortured John, who never broke in his time in Hell.
During Jump the Shark, Dean and Sam learn of their half-brother Adam with Sam. Although initially disbelieving, Dean is convinced of the relation with pictures. Dean is also against Sam using the teachings of their father on Adam after he is attacked by monsters. At the end, it is revealed that it was a ghoul (that wanted revenge on John for a previous hunt) and impersonating Adam who was killed but Dean saved Sam and the brothers burned Adam's body.
Eventually, Dean learns that the angels the want the Apocalypse to start and that if one of the Demon's Special Children, of whom Sam is the only one left, kill Lilith, Lucifer will be free. Castiel helps Dean escape the angels, as Dean kills Ruby (who was a spy for Lilith) but arrives moments too late to stop Lucifer from breaking free.
After Lucifer is freed, Dean and Sam are teleported onto an airplane by an unknown force (God). Later learning of his role as the vessel for the Archangel Michael and Sam's role as Lucifer's vessel, the brothers meet the King of Crossroads Crowley and fight against the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to defeat Lucifer.
On their search to find a way to defeat Lucifer, the brothers attempt to use the Colt and look for God, but it is revealed that the Colt cannot kill Lucifer and God does not care about the Apocalypse. These actions make Dean decide to become Michael's vessel even if the end result is the deaths of millions of people, however, Sam's faith in Dean pulls him back into finding another solution. Upon the death of the Archangel Gabriel, the brothers discover that by using the rings from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, they can reopen and trap Lucifer back into Hell. As Dean and Sam already have War and Famine's rings, they search for Pestilence and Death's location, leading Sam to meet his old college friend Brady: the guy who introduced Sam to Jessica and the demon ordered by Azazel to kill Jessica. Dean lets Sam kill Brady after getting the information they need.
Learning from Death how to trap Lucifer, Dean eventually lets Sam become the devil's vessel, but his strong bond with Dean helps him fall into Lucifer's Cage with Michael, who is using the boys' younger brother Adam as a vessel.
Quitting hunting and moving in with an ex-one-night-stand, Lisa, Dean begins to move into a normal life but is thrust back into hunting when attacked by a Djinn and mysteriously saved by Sam. Shocked to learn of his brother and maternal grandfather's resurrections, Dean is placed even more on edge when Sam acts cold, ruthlessly and lets Dean get temporarily turned into a vampire. This is mostly shocking because out of the brothers, Sam has always been the gentler of the two. Later learning from Castiel that Sam is lacking a soul, Dean sets out to fix his brother. Getting Sam's soul back, from Lucifer's cage, through Death, the brothers begin to unravel a conspiracy involving Crowley and Castiel. Defeating Eve, the mother of all monsters, Dean cuts ties with Lisa and learns Castiel to have taken Purgatory's souls to become the most powerful angel alive.
Requesting Death's help, Dean is unable to get Castiel to return the souls of Purgatory in time and the Leviathans break free and begin an effort to take over the Earth. After their father figure Bobby is killed by Dick Roman, the Leviathan leader, they gain an ally through Kevin Tran, a new prophet.
With the Word of God, Dean and Castiel kill Roman but are themselves killed in the subsequent explosion and dragged to Purgatory.
Surviving a full year in Purgatory with the aid of the vampire Benny after being abandoned by Castiel, Dean and Benny eventually escape. Dean is angered to learn that Sam did not even search for him. Reuniting with Kevin, they find another Word of God that details trials to close the gates of Hell. Dean aids Sam in completing the trials, and along the way they encounter the rogue angel Metatron and the Knight of Hell Abaddon. During this time the brothers are also given the Men of Letters bunker as a headquarters, by their paternal grandfather. Dean is horrified to learn Castiel was programmed by the angel Naomi to try to kill him. Capturing Crowley, Dean stops Sam from completing the trials when he learns it will kill his brother. When they begin to head to the hospital, Sam collapses just as the angels begin to fall down to Earth.
Praying for help, Dean learns Metatron fooled Castiel and stole his grace leaving him human and causing the fall. Aided by an angel named Ezekiel, Dean allows him to possess Sam if it means saving his brother. With Ezekiel in Sam, however, Dean is unable to get any help from Castiel and begins to try to find a way to handle Abaddon. Joining up with Metatron, Ezekiel reveals himself to actually be the angel Gadreel and overpowers Dean, preventing him from saving Kevin. Turning to Crowley for help, Dean manages to purge Gadreel from Sam at the cost of their relationship.
Growing desperate to defeat Abaddon, Crowley manipulates Dean into accepting the Mark of Cain, from Dean's ancestor Cain, and aids him in locating the First Blade. Mending his bond with Sam, Dean kills Abaddon and nearly slaughters Gadreel. When finally confronting Metatron, Dean is fatally stabbed and once again dies. His body brought back to the bunker, Dean's reawakens a demon and leaves with Crowley.
Enjoying his time as a demon and killing several of Abaddon's loyalists, Dean eventually kills a man called Lester Morris and uses his newfound demon powers to confirm what Crowley told him about Sam. Eventually confronting his brother, Dean is pulled into a fight by a soldier named Cole, allowing Sam to use holy water to imprison his brother. Using the demon cure process to try to turn his brother back, Sam lets his guard down and Dean escapes. With the help of Castiel, however, Dean is cured, but still remains an enhanced human with the Mark of Cain. After eventually growing more and more powerful while losing control, Dean learns from Cain, before killing his ancestor, that there is no viable cure. Death later confirms this by revealing that removing the Mark would unleash the Darkness and offers to remove Dean from society on the condition that he kill Sam. Although he initially agrees, Dean relents and kills Death instead. However, due to Sam's earlier machinations, the Mark is removed and the Darkness is unleashed regardless.
With the Darkness unleashed, Dean and Sam set out to try to find the Darkness, but are shaken to learn that the entity they are hunting is essentially God's sister, who was 'sacrificed' so that he could create the world. Manifesting as a woman who comes to call herself Amara, Dean finds himself unable to kill her due to a twisted attraction, but matters become even more complicated when Castiel consents to act the vessel for Lucifer when he becomes convinced that only an archangel has any chance against Amara. This strategy fails- speculated to be due to Lucifer's status as a fallen archangel- but the Winchesters are eventually contacted by the true God, now revealed to be Chuck Surely, the author who wrote the Winchester Gospels, who is able to make peace with Amara and depart. Dean is shocked when he is reunited with his mother, who was brought back to life by Amara as a thanks for Dean's actions.
The Winchesters find themselves facing human and supernatural threats when the British branch of the Men of Letters attack the Winchesters to try to take control of America's hunters and Lucifer is left on the run trying to find a new vessel. Lucifer eventually takes the President of the United States as a vessel, but the Winchesters are able to banish him from this host.
While the Winchesters discover that Lucifer conceived a child while possessing the President, they are left to guard the child's mother while Mary explores the possibility of an alliance with the British Men of Letters. Although Castiel concludes that Lucifer's child is worth protecting, the potential alliance with the Men of Letters ends when the group prove to be excessively ruthless, to the point of killing a hunter who had assisted the Winchesters on a case because she accidentally killed one of their members.
The Winchesters are eventually able to banish Lucifer to a parallel universe where the Apocalypse took place 'on schedule', in 2012, but this plan backfired when Lucifer alerted the alternate version of Michael to the existence of the original world, as well as leaving them with the complication of trying to raise Lucifer's suddenly-adult son, Jack Kline (6 months old, chronologically). Jack soon comes to see the Winchesters and Castiel as his 'fathers', while they gain a new ally when they discover that Gabriel survived his death, in season 5, but although they are able to return to the Apocalypse World to rescue several humans (including alternate versions of Bobby Singer and Charlie Bradbury), the alternate Michael, and Lucifer follow them into this world.
Stuck for options to stop Lucifer after he takes Jack's grace to charge his own powers, Dean agrees to act as Michael's vessel, but Michael takes control of Dean's body after Lucifer's death.
Using Dean's body, Michael spends the next few weeks exploring this world until he decides to aid the monsters in taking control of the world as their desires are pure. Dean eventually manifested long enough to demand his freedom.
He briefly abandons Dean to continue his own plans while wearing down Dean's willingness to resist, but although Michael eventually takes Dean as his vessel again, with the aid of his family Dean is able to trap Michael in his subconscious. He is later informed by Billie the Reaper, who has replaced Death after his death, that Michael will inevitably escape his prison in every future but the one where Dean seals himself in an Enochian box at the bottom of the ocean, but although Dean starts creating such a box, he accepts Sam's argument that they will still try and find another way first.
Dean is briefly reunited with his father after a pearl with magical abilities grants him that which his heart desires. Although Dean hoped that his heart desire would be Michael out of his head, the family reunion was heart touching. John was forced to return to his own time before an alternate time line could ensue.
Still abandoning his plan to seal himself in the Malik box, Dean accompanies Sam, Castiel, and Jack in a fairly routine hunt. During this, Dean gets knocked unconscious only to wake, and find that Michael has escaped his mind. After slaughtering many hunters in his wake, Michael tortures the Winchesters but is confronted and killed by Jack Kline, who uses his soul to draw on his angelic abilities. In killing Michael, Jack not only burned off his soul, but also absorbed the grace of Michael, restoring him to his powerful state as a Nephilim. Due to this, Dean becomes increasingly more concerned with the condition of Jack's soul.
Parallel to this, the previous vessel of Lucifer engages in a plan to raise Lucifer from the empty. Jack is able to stop him in a grotesque killing which leaves Mary Winchester in a state of deep concern. Jack becomes frustrated and accidentally uses his powers to kill Mary. Dean finds out about his mother's death and starts into a fit of anger fueled by grief. On a mission to kill Jack, Chuck makes an appearance, supplying a gun which will do to the holder what it does to the victim. Dean accepts this as a solution for his building anger towards Jack and finds himself aiming, point blank, at Jack. Dean realizes that this is not the solution and drops the gun, eliciting an angered response from Chuck. Sam and Dean begin to realize that their lives have been nothing more than entertainment to Chuck, while he pulls the strings. Chuck kills Jack and releases every evil spirit from hell to attack the trio in a dramatic show of frustration, with a prequel statement "Story's over. Welcome to the end." Dean characteristically takes a fighting stance as the swarm engulfs him, his brother, and Castiel.
After Chuck brings on the end breaking open the gates of hell, Sam, Dean, Castiel deals with the after effects dealing with a horde of zombies and ghosts. After defeating Chuck, Dean is killed by vampires during a hunt. He accepts his fate and tells Sam a tearful goodbye. He is then reunited with Bobby Singer in heaven who explains to him what has been going on since Chuck's defeat. Dean learns that Jack pulled Castiel from the Empty so that Castiel could help Jack reshape heaven for the better. Soon Sam joins Dean in heaven after living a fulfilling life on Earth.
When turned into a vampire, Dean had greater strength and all of his senses were enhanced. As a human, Dean was the bearer of the Mark of Cain; this granted him extraordinary strength, allowing him to fight on the level of a supercharged angel like Metatron. He also had several psionic abilities, the most notable of which is being able to summon and call the First Blade to him granted it is reasonable range. These powers also included premonitions given in dreams and immunity to both magical and demonic powers. As a demon bearing the Mark of Cain, Dean's strength was multiplied from the time he was a human, allowing him strength on par with, if not greater than, the Knights of Hell. His demonic powers also included a degree of telepathy, being able to read an individual named Lester's mind and learn his history with Sam upon meeting him. During his time as a demon, Dean also possessed the ability to easily regenerate from wounds and as his corrupted soul was possessing his own body, he was exempt from exorcisms that plagued other demons. During the short period as the angel Michael, Dean had powers similar to teleportation, telekinesis and rapid healing.
Skills and abilities
Dean is a skilled and highly resourceful hunter. He is well-versed in multiple types of firearms; he prefers his Colt 1911 and sawed-offshotgun, but is proficient with most other weapons he might acquire. He is also adept with brawling and knife fighting, and has subdued several human assailants with ease and bested physically more powerful creatures such as shapeshifters, vampires and demons. He frequently utilizes improvised weapons and explosive devices; in "Croatoan", he demonstrated knowledge of chemistry, constructing Molotov cocktails and improvised explosive devices, and in "Phantom Traveler", he revealed knowledge of electronics and reverse engineering, having built an electromagnetic field detector from an old Walkman radio. Dean also possesses extensive knowledge of the supernatural and mythology, and from season 4 onwards learns and is able to perform spells that are effective against angels.
Dean's work as a hunter requires him to impersonate various occupational roles in pursuing his investigations and avoid the attention of law-enforcement. To this end, Dean is well-versed in how police, fire departments and various government agencies (FBI, CDC) typically operate and conduct investigations. In supporting this lifestyle, Dean is also skillful in lock picking, breaking into security systems, carjacking and hustling for pool. Due to his time spent in Hell as Alistair's "student", Dean has an in-depth knowledge of torture. Dean is also an accomplished mechanic and maintained an intimate knowledge of automobiles and engines since childhood; he maintains his Impala in top condition.
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Dean Winchester is a hunter from an alternate reality and a part of an organization known as HunterCorp led by his father.
He is the alternate reality version of Dean Winchester.
Growing up, Sam and Dean were spoiled by their father who came to lead the organization known as HunterCorp. Sam and Dean hunted monsters across their world aided by their own plane and being paid for their work.
In 2020, their world was destroyed by God in a massive explosion. Sam and Dean fled through a rift in their car, a turquiouse Fiat, to escape the destruction.
In Destiny's Child, the alternate Sam and Dean arrive through the rift in the Men of Letters bunker in the Main Universe. However, due to the destruction of their world, the rift malfunctions and pulls them back in. Sam and Dean become trapped between worlds, visible as ghostly projections on the wall of the bunker, but unable to see their counterparts or Castiel.
Later, Dean suggests using their counterparts to trick God in case he comes to check on them. Sam uses a variation of the ritual from the Demon Tablet to bring the alternate Winchesters into the Main Universe where the two sets of Sams and Deans are shocked by the lives the other has led and the differences between their worlds. Sam and Dean explain that God is planning to destroy their world too, but they intend to stop him and need their counterparts help. The alternate Dean is shocked to learn that God checks in on them and Dean explains that they have a sort of relationship and they need their counterparts to pose as them in case God does check in. The alternate Dean is shocked and affronted when Dean tells him that he will need to lose his fancy outfit and nearly refuses.
While the Winchesters, Castiel and Jack are gone, the alternate Sam and Dean follow the plan set out for them, sitting around drinking beer in the Main Universe Sam and Dean's clothes though alternate he sees Sam has refused to get rid of the man bun, feeling that keeping it is a compromise for being forced to wear flannel. While alternate Sam enjoys kitten videos, alternate Dean finds and enjoys Dean's porn. Though the alternate Sam is disgusted, the alternate Dean envies their counterparts lives which, while simpler, includes a place of their own, no quarterly reports and no investor calls, leaving them only to hunt monsters, drink beer and watch porn. The alternate Sam agrees with his brother, realizing that Dean is right about how much better their counterparts simpler life is.
After returning to the bunker, Dean sends the alternate Sam and Dean off to new lives in Brazil, rejecting their offer to live together like a club. Dean tells them that Brazil is perfect for them: a place where the alternate Sam and Dean can enjoy a simple life away from hunting. To Dean's anger, the alternate Sam and Dean reveal that they found and drove the Impala before quickly leaving.
Due to his upbringing, this Dean is more uptight about the rules than his Main Universe counterpart. He also enjoyed wearing fancy clothing, but was more willing to adapt than his brother and liked wearing flannel. Another thing to note, Alternate Dean does not seem to share his counterpart's dislike of flying and even relished talking about it.
Though he enjoyed hunting, he admitted to finding it exhausting and enjoyed the simpler life his counterpart had, even asking to keep the flannel shirt he borrowed. He also took a liking to the main universe Sam and Dean been impressed that they were actually going up against God and even asking to live with them.
Like Dean, he maintains a strong love for his brother, who he affectionately calls "Sammy". He also respected his father, even sharing a toast with him to Sam after they got separated. Another thing to note, Dean also enjoyed taking the Impala out for a joyride despite driving a more modern car.
- He is the only version of Dean left alive, following the death of the main universe Dean and the deaths of the other universe's versions of Dean.
Supernatural: 10 Hidden Details About Dean Winchester Everyone Missed
Supernatural has entered its final season after 15 long years. Over the years the show has given the audience myriad characters, but of course, the most memorable ones are those of the protagonists Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles).
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Dean Winchester is the Rambo-esque older brother of Sam, who started out with a tough-guy persona but evolved into a profoundly sensitive and caring character who feels things deeply even if he pretends not to. Here are a few things about Dean that not everyone might have noticed.
10 Ackles Could Have Ended Up Playing Sam
Not many people would know this but actor Jensen Ackles had initially auditioned for the role of Sam.
Yet, although he did audition for Sam, he apparently had a preference for the role of Dean from the start. It was only after Padalecki showed up that he got cast as Dean Winchester, the character that had originally appealed to him, and the rest is history!
9 Dean Has Been Played By 7 Actors
Supernatural has often taken the audience back in time or even into the future where the protagonists have appeared in different phases of life. Apart from Ackles, Dean has been played by several other actors over the years.
From the four-year-old Dean in season 1 to the fifty-year-old Dean in season 5, seven actors, including Jensen Ackles, have played the role of Dean Winchester at various stages of his life.
8 Dean Would Have Made An Awesome Car Mechanic
Now, had Dean led a so-called normal life instead of hunting monsters and locking horns with forces of Apocalyptic nature all the time, he would have made a fine car mechanic.
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The 1967 Chevy Impala, that, as fans know is a character in itself on the show, was handed down to Dean by his father John Winchester. The car has seen the boys through all their ups and downs and has gone through some pretty tough times itself, getting banged up time and again. However, every time it took a blow for the boys, Dean put it back, working on it from scratch and bringing it back to life, as good as new.
7 Dean Has Died over a 100 Times On The Show
If there is anything that can be said with any finality on Supernatural, it is that death is not final. The show has made an art out of bringing dead people back to life. Everyone from the Winchesters themselves to Bobby Singer and Jack the Nephilim has come back from the dead.
However, when it comes to being killed, Dean Winchester takes the cake. Dean has died over 100 times in the space of a single episode back in season 3. Apart from that of course, he was killed in a car accident, dragged away by hellhounds, landed in Purgatory when he killed Dick Roman, etc.
6 Dean Is Into Cowboys
Dean Winchester is a huge fan of the Westerns. The show has taken the boys back in time into the 19th century into the evergreen stark ambiance of a classic Western drama.
Dean, typically, gets over-excited as he and Sam dress up as cowboys, getting into the character with all its swagger. He is consequently rather disappointed when it turns out that the Western is not quite as romantic as it is made out to be.
5 Dean Is Named After His Granny
Sam and Dean's association with angels like Castiel and Zachariah have taken them back in time a few times, where they ended up seeing their parents before they were married and even meeting younger versions of their grandparents.
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Dean found out that his maternal grandparents were called Samuel and Deanna, implying that Sam has been named after the boys' grandfather and Dean after their grandmother. Deanna Campbell, Mary's mother, was a hunter herself and was killed by the demon Azazel who had possessed her husband.
4 Dean Was Not Affected By Famine
In season 5, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are awakened one by one to prepare for the impending Apocalypse.
When Famine rises, even Castiel, who normally doesn't need to eat, being an angel and all, starts hogging down cheeseburgers as his vessel gets hungry for food. But Dean remains unaffected, even though ideally he should have been loading up on pie and burgers, and maybe drinking himself to death. But Cas assumes that he is dead inside ever since he returned from Hell, which is why he does not feel hunger of any kind.
3 Ackles Has Directed Several Episodes of Supernatural
Not everyone might have noticed this but Ackles has donned the director's hat more than once during the 15 years the show has been on air, the latest being in season 15.
From 'Weekend At Bobby's' in season 6 to 'Atomic Monsters' in season 15, Ackles has had quite a run as he has directed episodes of the show that practically defined his career.
2 Latest Season Featured Dean's Song
Ackles' final directorial venture on Supernatural came in the form of 'Atomic Monsters' in season 15.
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The episode features a song sung and performed by the actor himself: 'Sounds of Someday.' This original song is part of a music album that Ackles recently recorded, and was included during the climactic moments of the episode. This allowed the actor-director to show off another of his multi-pronged talents by demonstrating some of his musical prowess.
1 Dean Killed Hitler & Death
One might not be able to recall this momentous event off the top of their heads, given what the show has put its characters and audiences through, but Dean Winchester has the rare distinction of having killed both Hitler and Death.
In season 12, the boys had a run-in with a group of Nazi necromancers who apparently intended to resurrect Hitler. Of course, Sam and Dean had to stop that from happening, and Dean ended up killing Hitler--he was dead for good this time-- and bragging about it a fair bit afterwards. Then again, in season 10, Dean kills Death himself with his own scythe, and the latter disintegrates in a cloud of dust.
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