|“||"I want a family. I want to be safe. You know the worst thing I can think of, the very worst thing? Is for my children to be raised into this like I was."||”|
Mary Catherine Winchester (née Campbell) (born December 5, 1954) is a retired hunter, the daughter of Samuel and Deanna Campbell, the wife of John Winchester, and the mother of Dean and Sam Winchester. She was killed by the demon Azazel exactly six months after Sam was born, which spurred John into becoming a hunter to kill Azazel in revenge and raising their sons as hunters as well. 33 years later, after Dean reunited God and the Darkness, she was resurrected by the latter as a thank-you gift for Dean.
Mary was born December 5, 1954 to a supernatural hunter couple Samuel and Deanna, who had not planned for her birth but regarded her as a "blessing" regardless. Mary had a brother, but he is never named. His last known location was Greenville, Illinois, but his status is unknown. The family lived in Lawrence, Kansas.
Mary hated hunting; she sought to have a normal life so that she could be safe and raise a family. This caused tension between her and her father. When she fell in love with John Winchester, Samuel did not approve of their relationship because he believed John to be a naive civilian. Though Mary loved John, she did not tell him about the supernatural.
Unbeknownst to her, Mary met the future version of her firstborn son, Dean, in "In The Beginning". She noticed him following her and John on a date, and violently confronted him before he revealed that he was also a supernatural hunter. She then took him back to her house, where he had dinner with her family despite Samuel's distrust of him.
A reluctant Mary worked a case with her father and Dean. They learned that Charlie Whitshire had unwittingly made a deal with a demon in order to protect his father from abusing his mother. From Charlie's description, Dean realized that the demon in question was Azazel, who had killed Mary in the future. Dean made her promise not to leave her bed on November 2, 1983, the night she was supposed to die. However, when she learned that Azazel was targeting a friend of hers named Liddy Walsh, Mary and Samuel intervened, in the process inadvertently drawing Azazel's attention to Mary due to her skills and courage.
Mary was terrified by the demon's interest in her. She spent time with John to try to clear her head. While he was in the middle of proposing to her, her father Samuel, who was possessed by Azazel, interrupted. He killed John then revealed that he had also killed her parents, devastating Mary. He then pressured her into making a deal for John's resurrection and her having a normal life; in exchange, she granted permission for him to enter her house in ten years. Dean arrived too late to stop her, and was returned to his own time by the angel Castiel.
Mary later married John and retired from hunting. The couple lived together at 485 Robintree.
Mary became pregnant with Dean.
In "The Song Remains the Same", Mary's future sons arrived to prevent Anna Milton from killing John, thus preventing the birth of her youngest child, Sam, and the onset of the Apocalypse. Mary was vehemently against their presence because the last time she'd seen Dean, her parents were murdered. She also didn't want them getting her involved with hunting again.
Mary fended Anna off to protect John and distract Anna while Sam banished the angel with a sigil. During this fight, Mary exposed her hunting background to John, and was forced to reveal the truth about herself to him. John was upset that she hadn't told him earlier as well as being angry at her parents for endangering her life by raising her like that.
Mary led the rest of the Winchesters to a house her family had owned and kept stocked with weapons and measures against the supernatural for years. Sam taught her how to use holy oil to trap angels.
While preparing to fight Anna, Mary demanded an explanation as to why an angel wanted to kill her from Dean, who eventually revealed that the truth about himself and Sam to her. She was stricken with guilt and horror at the thought of raising them as hunters, but Dean revealed that she had been killed by Azazel and John trained them as hunters instead while seeking vengeance. Dean suggested that she try to flee with Sam before the demon came for them, but Sam himself stated that she should just leave John. While shocked by her sons' words, Mary remained steadfast that she could not leave John because she was pregnant with Dean.
Anna and fellow angel Uriel attacked after removing all the defenses the Winchesters had set up against them. Mary witnessed Sam's death at Anna's hands; however, when Anna turned to her, Michael possessed John, killed Anna, and sent Uriel back to Heaven. Michael also modified Mary's memories to remove her memory of meeting her sons as well as of the warning they gave her to ensure she would die as intended.
A family of her ownEdit
Mary gave birth to Dean on January 24, 1979.
A memory of Dean's from "Dark Side of the Moon" revealed that Mary and John's marriage was not as perfect as John later portrayed it as; at one point, they fought until John had to temporarily move out. She was upset by this, but a toddler Dean comforted her.
In 1980, Mary resumed hunting briefly to "tie up some loose ends." While in Emerson, Manitoba, Canada, Mary killed a werewolf she had history with and saved the life of a young boy named Asa Fox. As a result of the encounter with Mary, Asa was inspired to become a hunter himself.
Mary gave birth to Sam on May 2, 1983.
As seen in the teaser of "Pilot", Mary awoke on November 2, 1983 due to the sounds of Sam crying over the baby monitor. She entered his nursery to find Azazel leaning over the infant's crib. She mistook him for John and decided to let him soothe Sam so she could return to bed.
However, Mary noticed a light flickering in the hallway and a television still on downstairs. She discovered John asleep in the living room. Much to her horror, she realized that the person upstairs was an intruder and rushed back to Sam's nursery, interrupting Azazel as he fed her son his blood--this is what Mary had given him permission for in 1973 without realizing it.
Azazel used telekinesis to drag Mary up the wall and pin her to the ceiling, at which point he slit her stomach. She screamed briefly, alerting John, who ran into the nursery. She could not speak to warn him and stared helplessly at her husband and her youngest son before John noticed her blood dripping onto Sam and looked up; Azazel then set her aflame, burning her alive.
In lieu of her body, Mary's uncle put up a headstone to commemorate her in Greenville, Illinois, where he presumably lived. Sam and Dean never met her uncle. They visited her headstone in "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things".
After Mary's death, Azazel killed all of her remaining family, friends, and even acquaintances, such as her doctor, to hide his deal with her. Because her family and anyone associated with them died, Sam and Dean did not learn that their mother used to be a hunter until early in Season 4.
The memory of Mary and her death drove the remaining Winchester family to become hunters in order to track down and kill Azazel to avenge her. John continued to grieve for her even decades later, confessing in "Salvation" that he wanted her back. Dean's wish in "What Is And What Should Never Be" is for Mary to have never died, but he chooses to wake himself up from his dream when he realizes that a djinn has poisoned him in order to feed off of him until he dies. Dean avenged her at the end of the second season when he killed Azazel with the Colt. When undergoing demon blood detox in "When the Levee Breaks", a feverish Sam hallucinates her reassuring him that he is doing the right thing in drinking blood to kill Lilith.
Enemies of the Winchesters have been known to use the family's love and grief for Mary against them: besides the example of the djinn above, Zachariah used an illusion of Mary to make her sons suffer by manipulating their emotions in "Dark Side of the Moon", and in "Mommy Dearest" Eve assumed her shape to make a point about her love for her monstrous children.
For years after Mary's death, her ghost haunted the house she'd died in. Her death and Azazel's temporary presence drew a powerful, violent poltergeist to the house.
Mary's last chronological appearance as herself was in the Season 1 episode "Home", in which Sam's premonition led her sons back to their childhood home to hunt the poltergeist terrorizing the family currently living in the home. When the poltergeist tried to kill Sam, her ghost manifested, first as a flaming humanoid figure that walked out of the closet of the room that used to be Sam's nursery. She apologized to him for allowing Azazel to feed him blood. She confronted the poltergeist, telling it to leave her house and let go of her son, before she sacrificed herself to banish the poltergeist from the house. What became of her soul afterward is unknown: the psychic Missouri Moseley believed that she ceased to exist and Ash later tells Sam and Dean that he had not found her in Heaven. However it has been revealed that destroyed ghosts do in fact still move on to their destined resting places and perhaps Mary and John simply do not want to be found.
In Alpha and Omega, Sam and Dean visit Mary's grave before Dean goes to sacrifice himself to destroy the Darkness. After Dean helps the Darkness reconcile with God, the Darkness tells him that he gave her what she truly wanted so she will do the same for him. Shortly afterwards, Dean finds a resurrected and confused Mary in a nearby park.
In Keep Calm and Carry On, Dean is shocked by Mary's resurrection. Mary, not remembering her death or anything that came after it, is confused by Dean's presence and claim that he is her son. Dean tells Mary that he's not four anymore since she has been dead. Mary suddenly remembers her death at the hands of Azazel and lets up Dean who tells her that she has been dead for 33 years. Dean convinces Mary of his identity by reciting her family history and her history with John. Convinced, Mary hugs Dean and they sit on a bench in the park and Dean fills her in on all that she's missed over the last 33 years. Mary is stunned by the news that she met Dean through time travel twice and was resurrected by God's sister and met Dean while she was a ghost which she is unable to remember either.
After catching Mary up, Dean takes her to the Men of Letters bunker to meet Sam. Mary is shocked to find out that the Men of Letters are real as she'd only known them as a hunter's myth. Noticing blood on the ground, Dean hands Mary a gun and tells her to stay behind as he searches the bunker. Instead, Mary explores and hides when she hears someone enter. Emerging from hiding, Mary threatens Castiel at gunpoint until Dean defuses the situation. Dean explains to a shocked Castiel who Mary is and to the shocked Mary that Castiel is in fact an angel. After Castiel explains what happened before Lady Toni Bevell banished him, Dean searches through traffic cameras on the Winchester's laptop for the kidnapper's car. Mary is confused by the size of the computer before Dean locates the vehicle. Joining Dean and Castiel in the hunt for Sam, Mary goes with them to the bunker's garage where she recognizes the Impala as John's car and comments on how beautiful the car still is, treating the car in a similar manner to how Dean does.
Tracking the kidnapper's vehicle to the airport, the three question a man there about the kidnappers and Mary is surprised by Castiel acting violent when he's an angel. The man gives up the tail number of Toni's plane and Mary sits in a café and watches the changed world as Dean searches for information on the plane. When Castiel joins her, Mary tells him about how strange everything is to her, from the fact that she was resurrected at all to the world around her. Dean rejoins them and explains that the plane has a diplomatic registry, meaning that they can't access the flight plan. After Castiel spots a nearby veterinary clinic, the three realize Sam could've been treated there and kidnap the doctor for answers. After the man admits he treated Sam's leg wound for $100,000 but clearly holds something back, Mary orders Castiel to beat the answers out of him. The doctor finally tells them that he has Toni's phone number as she called to ask about the sedative he used on Sam and Mary watches with Castiel as Dean calls Toni.
Having failed to get anything from the phone call, the three make their way back to the bunker when the Impala is rammed by Ms. Watt in an SUV, knocking Mary unconscious. Castiel is able to determine that Mary is not seriously hurt before he and Dean are forced to fight Ms. Watt who has the upper hand due to a set of enchanted brass knuckles. As Ms. Watt prepares to kill Dean with his own gun, Mary regains consciousness and stabs Ms. Watt through the back with Castiel's dropped angel blade, killing her and saving Dean. As Dean and Castiel push Ms. Watt's SUV off the road, Mary sits inside the Impala door and stares at her hands before Dean tells her that they have a lead from Ms. Watt's cellphone. Mary tells him that she's not alright as she never wanted her children to become hunters, but Dean tells her that he and Sam have done a lot of good and the world is a better place with them in it as hunters. The three then set out for Aldrich, Missouri where Ms. Watt's cellphone points to Sam being.
In Mamma Mia, Mary arrives at the location Sam is being held, and finds both her sons being held captive by Lady Toni Bevell. Mary surprises Sam by her appearance before she gets into a fight with Toni. They are interrupted by the arrival of Toni's colleague, Mick Davies, who accuses Toni of misbehaving and apologizes to the gang for her behavior. Mick takes Toni away, allowing the trio, plus Castiel, to return to the Bunker.
In The Foundry, Mary begins to struggle with life 33 years after her death. Her sons, who had been raised with false memories of her, struggle as well with re-learning who their mother truly is. Mary decides to bury herself in hunting, and with her sons' help, she manages to solve a ghost problem. However, it is after the case if solve does she finally admit that she needs time alone. Sam and Dean are unhappy about this, but Mary leaves them regardless in order to find herself.
In Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox, Mary travels to Canada to partake in the funeral of a hunter whom she once saved when he was a kid. Sam and Dean arrive some time after and Dean expresses shock when he finds out that Mary continued to hunt after he was born. Mary insists that she was only tying up "loose ends". While there, Mary meets Jody Mills and Billie. Billie offers her a one-way ticket Heaven, but Mary declines and returns home with her sons.
In First Blood, Mary learns from Castiel that he had lost her sons and she heavily blames him for this. Six weeks go by with no sign of Sam nor Dean. Mary helps deal with a werewolf hunt that Castiel failed. Later on, she and Castiel agree to work with the British Men of Letters in order to find Sam and Dean. With the help of Mick and Arthur Ketch, Mary and Castiel manage to locate Sam and Dean and travel to their location. The brothers reunite with them tearfully. On their way back, Billie confronts them over a deal Dean made about sacrificing one of them in order to escape the prison he and Sam had been kept in. Mary decides to offer herself in Sam and Dean's stead, only for Castiel to kill Billie to prevent either Winchester from doing so. He explains that the world, as well as himself, cannot risk losing them ever again. Sometime later, Mick Davies approaches Mary with an offer to work for him, by promising her a world without monsters.
In Stuck in the Middle (With You), the British Men of Letters gives Mary an assignment: retrieve The Colt from Ramiel's house. Mary enlists a huner named Wally to join her, as part of a trick to convince Sam and Dean and Castiel to help them. Mary does not explain the full story, lying that she wishes to simply kill a dangerous demon. The trio buy her story and they infiltrate Ramiel's house. While there, two demons ambush them and one of them kills Wally, while Sam and Dean manage to kill one demon each. Ramiel however, also attacks and stuns Mary with his yellow-eyes, which remind her of Azazel. When Ramiel goes after Castiel, Mary knocks him out by ramming him with a jeep. She then takes her sons and Castiel and flees. The four arrive at a barn, and set a trap for Ramiel. Unfortunately, his weapon, the Lance of Michael, enables him to break free and he proceeds to brutally attack each Winchester. When Mary stabs him with an angel blade, Ramiel is distracted long enough for Sam to kill him with the Lance. However, the Lance's effects are slowly killing Castiel, much to Mary's horror. Fortunately, Crowley arrives in time and destroys the Lance, which restores Castiel to full health. Later on, Mary complains to Arthur Ketch what the mission nearly cost her, but she hands him The Colt anyway, which she stole from Ramiel.
In Family Feud, Mary demonstrates her skills to Arthur who is thoroughly impressed. By the time she returns home, she is forced to confess that she is working for the British Men of Letters. Sam and Dean are not happy.
In The British Invasion, Mary and Arthur take out eight shapeshifters and share a toast which leads to unexpected love making. Mary expresses a desire to bond with Arthur further but Arthur disapproves, though he is genuinely intrigued by Mary's desire to have both a family and a job. Mary learns from Arthur that when they first met, Arthur had been expecting to kill her. When Arthur returns to his headquarters, he realizes he is going to have to when Doctor Hess makes the order.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
As a HumanEdit
Mary has been shown to have the general skills possessed by hunters. She was a very good observer, and immediately recognized when she and John were being followed by Dean. She has shown capabilities in hand-to-hand combat, even holding her own temporarily against an angel. She also appeared to be a fast learner, being able to create angel banishing sigils and setting them up on the same day she learned about the existence of angels and their weaknesses. When asked by Dean about her being good at hunting, she tells him that she is "very good" at it but didn't enjoy it. After her resurrection, Mary is shown to be a skilled fighter and extremely good at noticing little clues such as the fact that Lucas Kellinger, while leaving a frostbite handprint on her arm similar to other victims of a malevolent spirit, meant her no harm and was instead scared and trying to warn her. However, some of Mary's skills are behind the times as she lacks the ability to use a computer or a modern day cell phone and expects to have to physically go door to door and search through archives for information. While possessed by the ghost of Hugo Moriarty, Mary displayed a strong enough will to briefly overpower the possession, similar to what her husband and son have been able to do in the past. However, Mary could only hold the spirit back for a couple of minutes and quickly lost control.
As a SpiritEdit
Mary's Spirit lingered in their house in Kansas, where she cancelled out a particularly nasty poltergeist that not only proved difficult to purge, but also attempted to kill Sam. Her spirit appeared to be able to summon flames, reminiscent of her manner of death.
Mary was originally depicted as a loving, gentle mother. Her spirit showed great devotion to her children and was willing to sacrifice herself to save them. She was also playful and took pride in her sons' successes, as shown in "What Is And What Should Never Be". Mary also deeply cared about her husband, John, and visa versa. Mary was a fan of The Beatles, and believed that angels were watching over Dean.
In her younger years, Mary was a brave woman who fought the supernatural without hesitance. She fought against Anna Milton despite not being strong enough. She was also very protective of her friends, as despite wanting to leave the hunting world and be with John, she chose to rescue a friend under demon attack. Mary's devotion to the people she cared about would lead her to make a deal with Azazel for John's life, thus sealing her own fate.
Born and raised as a hunter, Mary was proficient in dealing with ghosts, demons and werewolves. She did not take pride in her abilities to defend herself and merely used her skill to protect others. She had long dreamed of a peaceful life surrounded by a happy family, going so far as to argue with her father, who wanted her to continue hunting. Mary indeed loved her children, and died trying to protect Sam from Azazel.
Upon resurrection, Mary was horrified to learn that her sons, now adults, had been raised as hunters by John because of her death, and that John himself was dead. Despite being in an unfamiliar world surrounded by people she did not know, Mary was quick to adapt if not simply to deal with more confronting situations. She acknowledged Castiel was an angel and accepted Dean's story that he was her son. Mary also fought against Toni Bevell to rescue Sam, showing that she still cared deeply for her sons.
However, Mary began to struggle with living in a world 33 years after her death. Many things had changed, but most prominently her sons, who were no longer the little boys she remembered. She opted to bury these problems through hunting, and focused more on saving lives on her own than with a team. Eventually, Mary was forced to confess about her discomfort, how out-of-place she felt despite the warm welcoming. Much to Sam and Dean's misery, Mary left the bunker to try and figure things out.
As with every hunter, Mary continued hunting, but stayed in contact with Dean through phone calls. As shown recently, Mary enjoyed eating bacon and shared a lot in common with Dean. Mary's love for her children was so strong, that when Billie's deal with Sam and Dean required a Winchester to die permanently, Mary was willing to kill herself so her sons could live, though Castiel's intervention meant she didn't need to.
Unfortunately, Mary's love for her sons was somewhat contorted, as she still wanted to give them a hunter-free life and rid them of the burden of being hunters. Mary assumed this was the correct course of action and the best way to prove her motherly affection without even consulting the boys. When offered a chance to rid the world of monsters, Mary accepted and joined the British Men of Letters, her dedication to this new mission drove her to hide secrets from her children in a very unapologetic manner, preferring instead that they believed in her without her doing the same.
Mary's love for her children was further contorted by her desire to bring in a father figure through Arthur Ketch, her new lover, even though both her sons expressed distaste in this particular operative. Mary's behavior could easily have been a product of having lost the unthinkable, three decades of life and everyone she once knew, and in her desperate attempt to make a life for herself Mary became the hunter Samuel raised her to be, cold and calculating, while being motivated by her former desire for a happy, peaceful life, while simultaneously choosing to ignore the changes and accept that this is what her sons want and what she is doing is wrong.
Mary has blonde hair, often kept in slight curls and undone. In her youth, she wore short-sleeved shirts topped with a jacket, and jeans. During most of her adult appearances, Mary is shown wearing her white nightgown, the dress she died in. In The Foundry, after her resurrection, Mary cuts her hair short for hunting so that monsters can't use it against her. She also wears John's wedding ring around her neck.
- Mary and John: Mary and John were married.
- Mary and Dean: Dean is Mary's first-born son.
- Mary and Sam: Sam is Mary's second son.
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- Her actress, Samantha Smith, shares her name with fellow Supernatural actress Samantha Ferris as well as with her character Mary's youngest son.
- In the earliest drafts of the episode script for "Pilot", her and John's last name is Harrison. They both were first written as being in a car crash caused by a demon, where she doesn't survive, but John does.
- She shared her year of birth with John.
- When she got sick, her mother used to make her tomato-rice soup. Mary later made the same soup for Dean when he would get sick.
- She was a fan of the Beatles. Her favorite song was "Hey Jude", which she sang instead of a lullaby.
- She and John initially hated one another, requiring a cupid to intervene and manipulate their emotions in order to breed them together and give birth to Michael and Lucifer's vessels.
- Her desire to lead a normal life was later inherited by Sam, who also fought with his father concerning the matter, though Mary's relationship with her father appeared more amicable. Mother and son also shared the same style of wielding and fighting using blades.
- Her biggest fear was for her children to be forced to become hunters like she was. Ironically, it happened as a direct result of her death.
- She did not believe angels existed until "The Song Remains the Same"; afterward, although Michael had wiped her memory, she bought an angel figurine to place in Dean's nursery and told him "angels are watching over you" every night when she put him to sleep--these were in fact her last words to Dean. Upon meeting Castiel in Keep Calm and Carry On, Mary is shocked to learn that he is an angel and to learn what angels are really like.
- Dean's fondness for pie might stem from her; in one of his memories in "Dark Side of the Moon", she offered him pie.
- In Keep Calm and Carry On, Mary reveals that she has heard of the Men of Letters but always believed them to be a hunter's myth.
- She loved the song 'Someday Soon, by Judy Collins'. Her husband John, would play it to her.
- With Mary's resurrection in Alpha and Omega, all members of the immediate Winchester family have been resurrected: Dean was resurrected after going to hell by Castiel and by the Mark of Cain, Sam was resurrected by a crossroads demon and Michael, and John was resurrected by Azazel.
- Mary is the first of the Winchesters to wield an angel blade, doing so against Anna Milton in The Song Remains the Same. However, Mary is unsuccessful in the attempt. She later wields Castiel's angel blade successfully against Ms. Watt in Keep Calm and Carry On, killing her with it.
- Dean implies that she likes (or liked, back in her youth) Led Zeppelin, as her interest towards John grew when she found out that he was a big fan of the British legendary band.
- Mary is shown to have similar taste in music to Dean: in the Foundry, when the song Born To Be Wild comes on the radio, Mary turns up the volume rather than changing the channel.
- As noted by both Sam and Mary herself in the Foundry, Mary has the same tendency to bury herself in hunting to avoid dealing with things she's struggling with as her sons. Sam puts it as "like mother, like sons."
- In Mamma Mia, Dean got a pie he was actually able to eat for one of the few times in the show from Mary.
- In Family Feud, Arthur Ketch calls Mary one of the best hunters he's ever seen.