All Hell Breaks Loose - Part 2 is the 22nd episode and the season finale of Season 2. It premiered on May 17th, 2007.
The scene opens up to Sam laid out on a bed. Dean is watching him, but it’s obvious Sam is dead. Bobby walks in, telling Dean he needs to eat. Bobby also suggests it’s time they bury Sam. Dean refuses. He’s angry. When Bobby asks Dean to go with him because something “End-of-the-world big is going down”, Dean refuses, saying “Then let it end!”. Bobby says he doesn't mean it, and that he thinks he shouldn't be left alone. Dean tells Bobby to leave – which he does.
Jake has escaped Cold Oak and is camping out. The yellow-eyed demon appears to him and says “Congratulations, Jake, last man standing. The American Idol”. Jake wants to know what the demon wants him for and threatens to kill him. The demon thinks this is funny and threatens Jake’s family. Jake has no choice but to say he’ll do the demon’s bidding.
Abandoned House, Cold Oak, South DakotaEdit
Dean sits alone, looking at Sam’s body. He talks about when they were little. About when Sam was five and had just started asking questions, like where was mom. Dean says he told Sam to not to ask, and that he always tried to protect Sam, keep him safe, because he felt it was his responsibility. And now, he’s screwed that job up. Dean apologizes, saying he always lets down the people he loves. He breaks down, and then rushes out to the Impala.
"You know, when we were little, you couldn't have been more than 5. You had just started asking questions. 'How come we didn’t have a mum?', 'Why do we always have to move around?', 'Where did Dad go?' when he'd take off for days at a time. I remember I begged you, 'quit asking, Sammy. You don't want to know.' I just wanted you to be a kid. Just for a little while longer. I always tried to protect you. Keep you safe. Dad didn’t even have to tell me. It's just always been my responsibility, you know? It's like I had one job. I had one job, and I screwed it up. I blew it, and for that, I'm sorry. I guess that's what I do. I let down the people I love. You know, I let Dad down, and now I guess, I'm just supposed to let you down, too. How can I? How am I supposed to live with that? What am I supposed to do? Sammy? What am I supposed to do? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?!"
- Dean to dead Sam
Driving like a maniac to the nearest crossroads, Dean puts a box with his picture and other items at the center of the intersection, wanting to summon the Crossroads Demon. Eventually, she appears. Dean tells her he wants to make a deal for Sam’s life. The demon is sarcastic; she knows he’s hurting, and she’s enjoying it.
Dean offers his soul for Sam back and ten years of life. The demon says no way. He offers 9 then 8 years of life, but the demon says Sam back and just one year to live. For his brother, Dean has no choice but to accept. The demon makes a clause, though, saying if Dean tries to ever get out of the deal Sam will die again. Dean kisses the demon, sealing the pact.
Sam wakes up and he’s confused. He goes to the nearest mirror and tries to look at his back where he was stabbed. He knows something is wrong, but can’t figure out what. Dean walks in and is relieved to see his brother back among the living. He can’t help but give Sammy a hug.
Sam asks what happened, and Dean lies saying Sam was stabbed in the back but Bobby patched him up. Dean asks who the kid was anyway and Sam says “his name’s Jake”. Sam asks if Dean got Jake, but Dean says no, he got away.
Sam and Dean get something to eat, and Sam tells his brother everything that happened in Cold Oak, and that the demon only wants one special kid. He can’t understand why he and Jake are both still alive as that’s two kids. Dean brushes this aside and says Sam was left for dead. Sam has to accept this, but says they have to figure out what the demon wanted the special kid for, and stop him. Dean wants Sam to rest first, but Sam refuses and says they should call the Roadhouse. Dean has to tell him the roadhouse has burned down because of something Ash found out and that Bobby is trying to find out just what that something was. Sam insists they go to Bobby’s despite Dean’s protests that he needs to take care of himself a little more.
At Bobby's HouseEdit
Bobby is shocked when he opens the door to see Sam alive. He doesn’t say anything, but Sam notices the strange reaction. The brothers go inside and Bobby shows them what he’s found. He doesn’t know what it means, but demonic omens have skyrocketed in a certain area, all except for one place in the center. He shows them on a map. One place in Southern Wyoming is totally clean, as if demons are surrounding it, but can’t get in. Bobby asks Sam to take a look for clues to why while he and Dean go outside and get more research books.
Outside in Bobby’s Auto Salvage YardEdit
Bobby confronts Dean about what he’s done for Sam. Bobby is furious, but it’s obvious it’s because he thinks a lot of the young hunter, seeing him like he was his own son. Dean confesses that he made a deal, but asks why it matters (because he shouldn't have been alive after the crash). After a short exchange, Dean asks Bobby not to tell Sam, but then the pair are distracted by a noise in the yard. They sneak up to find Ellen.
Back at Bobby's HouseEdit
Bobby asks Ellen to drink some holy water to prove she’s not a demon or possessed. She knocks back the water then asks for whiskey. Dean asks what happened at the roadhouse and Ellen explains she had to go out for supplies. Ash called her and told her to look in the safe, but by the time she got back the place was on fire and everyone was dead. Ellen did get to the safe, though, as it was in the basement. Inside the safe was another map of Wyoming.
Bobby figures out that marks on the map are all abandoned frontier churches all built by Sam Colt. Private railway lines connect each church and when the lines are drawn out they make a huge, iron Devil’s Trap. Demons can’t cross the iron lines. In the middle of the Devil’s Trap is an old cowboy cemetery. Sam wonders what Sam Colt was trying to protect there and Dean suggests Colt was maybe actually trying to keep something in.Sam asks Bobby if the demons could get inside the trap and Bobby says no full blood demon could. It’s then Sam realizes what the demon wanted the gifted kid for – to get inside the Devil’s Trap in Wyoming.
Jake drives up to the edge of the railroad and is met by the demon. The demon tells Jake 15 miles in is a cemetery, and a crypt. Jake has to open the crypt because he can’t go in there yet himself. Jake gets confrontational and says no, but the demon gives him The Colt and even explains it’s the only gun that can kill him. Jake points the gun at the demon, but the demon laughs and offers Jake and his family “money and honey” forever. He offers a better world, where Jake will be royalty. It’s too tempting and Jake caves in.
In the Cemetery (Night)Edit
Jake walks in among the graves towards the crypt. Dean, Sam, Ellen and Bobby appear from hiding places and pull guns on him. Jake looks at Sam shocked, saying Sam was dead, he cut through his spinal cord. Sam is obviously surprised and unnerved. Jake laughs and makes Ellen put her own gun to her temple just by suggesting it. His pupils briefly flash yellow as he does this. He tells the others that once you give into the abilities there are lots of Jedi mind tricks they can do. He says they all should put their guns down and then he turns, placing the Colt in a strange rotating lock on the crypt.
Sam gets his gun back and repeatedly shoots Jake, almost cold-heartedly. Behind them the lock is opening, and Bobby explains it's a Hellgate. Dean tugs the Colt from the spinning lock and they take cover. The iron train lines are broken by the force and the demons can finally enter and leave the cemetery.
Bobby, Ellen and Sam try to close the gate but Dean spots the yellow-eyed demon and tries to shoot him. The demon takes the gun away using his powers and it flies into his hand. He then tosses Dean into a headstone and pins him there. Sam sees what’s happening and runs for his brother, but the demon pins him to a tree.
The demon proceeds to thank Dean for bringing Sam back, because Sam was his favorite. He explains that demons can't resurrect someone unless a deal was made - "I know. Red tape. It'll make you nuts". He also warns Dean that the deal may not have been as good as it seemed; he mentions how cold-blooded Sam was when he shot Jake. The demon mocks Dean one more time then draws the Colt to shoot him. Suddenly, John’s spirit appears from behind and grabs the demon from his body. The demon quickly overpowers John and returns to his body only to find Dean has gotten his hands on the Colt. Dean shoots the stunned demon in the heart, finally killing him and avenging his mother and father.
The demon drops to the floor and behind them Bobby and Ellen finally manage to close the devil's gate. John’s spirit walks forward and places a hand on Dean’s shoulder. He also nods to Sam with tears in his eyes, but a smile on his face, and then he vanishes in a bright light.
The brothers look over the demon’s body. Sam asks Dean if he thinks their dad really climbed out of Hell, and Dean says the door was open, and he was stubborn enough. Sam says he can’t believe it’s over, he doesn’t know what to say. Dean says that he does and kneels, addressing the demon's corpse; "That was for our mom, you son of a bitch".
By the ImpalaEdit
Sam confronts Dean about what really happened, mentioning how Jake looked like he had seen a ghost when he saw Sam. He asks if he died and Dean made a deal. Eventually, Dean’s silence is as good as a confession. Sam tells Dean he shouldn’t have, but Dean insists he had to; it’s his job. Sam says his own job is to protect Dean too. Dean smiles and offers a quiet response.
Bobby and Ellen walk up and Ellen says lots of demons escaped through the gate. Sam says it's an army. Bobby nods, saying he hopes the boys are ready, because the war has just begun. Dean tosses in the Colt and says, “We got work to do”.
The scene fades to black, mirroring the pilot episode.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Bobby Singer
- Ellen Harvelle
- Jake Talley
- John Winchester
- Crossroad Demon
Featured Supernatural BeingEdit
- "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas (plays during "The Road So Far" segment)
- "Don't Look Back" by Boston (plays at the end of the episode)
- The opening of the Devil's Gate will set the stage for seasons to come.
- The reason the Crossroads Demon refused to give Dean any years (and the reason she said she'd probably get in trouble for giving him the one she did) is revealed in Season 4.
- Although not the character's final appearance, this is the final episode of Jeffrey Dean Morgan portraying John Winchester in physical form. Morgan does reprise the role in Long-Distance Call but only his voice is heard over the phone.
- This episode unofficially marks Sam's dark side growing with the death of Jake Talley at Sam's hands, showing no remorse in doing so.
- Jake is Sam's first cold-blooded kill of someone who is not possessed by any supernatural being.
- Azazel states to Dean that he may not have saved Sam 100%, possibly stating that Sam's short death had a major impact on him and altered Sam in a way. Dean worries about this to Bobby Singer in Sin City but Bobby dismisses it. In Fresh Blood Sam states that the way he is acting is because he's trying to be tougher and more like Dean in order to save Dean from his deal.
- In killing Azazel Dean uses the final of the original Colt bullets. The Colt is rendered useless until Bobby learns how to create new bullets in Sin City with the help of Ruby.
- Amongst the demons revealed to have been released from the Devil's Gate are Ruby, Lilith, Astaroth and the Seven Deadly Sins. Of this group, only four of the Seven Deadly Sins remain alive having been exorcised back to Hell. The other three Sins, Ruby, Lilith and Astaroth are currently dead.
- In Lucifer Rising its revealed that the true reason for opening the Devil's Gate was to release Lilith who was trapped "neck deep" in Hell. It was not to release an army as Azazel claimed.
- This episode marks the first time one of the Princes of Hell has been killed with the death of Azazel. This is followed by Ramiel's death in Stuck in the Middle (With You) and Dagon's death in The Future.
- Antagonists: Azazel and Jake Talley.
- The Winchesters kill Azazel as a family, just like they always wanted to (albeit sans Mary).
- During the battle, the Colt is cocked three different times without any sign that either Dean or Azazel uncocked it.
Jake: Go to hell. Azazel: Been there, done that. Azazel: (last words) I couldn't have done it without your self-loathing, self-destructive desire to sacrifice yourself for your family! Dean: (to Azazel's dead body) That was for our mom, you son of a bitch!
- Finnish: Helvetin esikartano, osa 2 (Limbo, part 2)
- French: L'Armée des ténèbres (2e partie) (The Army of the Darkness, part 2)
- German: Der Sturm bricht los (2) (The Storm breaks out, part 2)
- Polish: Rozpętało się piekło, część 2 (Hell has been loose, part 2)
- Portuguese: Demônios à solta, parte 2 (Demons on the loose, part 2)
- Romanian: Intreg Iadul se dezlantuie,partea 2 (Whole Hell breaks loose,part 2)
- Russian: Врата Ада. Часть 2 (Gates of hell, part 2)