Supernatural was renewed for a third season by The CW on May 7, 2007. The CW originally ordered 22 episodes for this season, but interference from the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike ultimately limited the season to 16 episodes and aired on Thursdays at 9PM EST.
The season mainly focuses on trying to save Dean Winchester from his deal and tracking down the demons who were released from Hell. Along the way, the brothers meet Ruby, a black-eyed demon who also has an interest in Sam Winchester and claims to be able to help save Dean. Also, they meet Bela Talbot, an acquirer and seller of occult objects, who is constantly a thorn in their side. The brothers eventually learn what demon holds Dean's contract, a white-eyed demonic being of great power named Lilith, the very first and oldest demon in creation. The brothers, along with Ruby, track her down and attempt to kill her. Lilith is unable to stop Sam due to his demonic powers, however. Dean's contract then expires and his soul is taken to Hell.
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester (16/16)
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (16/16)
- Katie Cassidy as Ruby (6/16) (episodes 1-2, 4, 9, 12, 16) and Lilith (1/16) (episode 16)
- Lauren Cohan as Bela Talbot (6/16) (episodes 3, 6-7, 10, 12, 15)
Special Guest StarsEdit
- Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer (7/16) (episodes 1, 3-4, 10-11, 15-16)
- Sterling K. Brown as Gordon Walker (2/16) (episodes 3, 7)
- Richard Speight Jr. as The Trickster (1/16) (episode 11)
- Charles Malik Whitfield as Victor Henriksen (1/16) (episode 12)
- Kurt Evans as Calvin Reidy (1/16) (episode 12)
- A.J. Buckley as Ed Zeddmore (1/16) (episode 13)
- Travis Wester as Harry Spangler (1/16) (episode 13)
- Cindy Sampson as Lisa Braeden (2/16) (episodes 2, 10)
- Michael Massee as Kubrick (2/16) (episodes 3, 7)
- Nicholas Elia as Ben Braeden (1/16) and Changeling (1/16) (episode 2)
- Steven Williams as Rufus Turner (1/16) (episode 15)
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DO NOT CHANGE!
|The Magnificent Seven||Writer: Eric Kripke||Director: Kim Manners||10/04/07||#45 301|
|SAM AND DEAN MUST DEAL WITH THE AFTERMATH OF RELEASING THE DEMONS FROM HELL - Bracing themselves for the possibility of an apocalyptic war, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize they have an enormous task of hunting down the hundreds of demons that escaped from the Devil's Gate. With only a year left to live, Dean decides to live life to the fullest and exhibits a carefree attitude that troubles Sam, who is trying to find a loophole in the deal. Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) tells the brothers about a sighting in Nebraska that turns out to be seven demons that are the actual manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins.
|The Kids Are Alright||Writer: Sera Gamble||Director: Phil Sgriccia||10/11/07||#46 302|
|DEAN MEETS MINI-DEAN - Dean (Jensen Ackles) pressures Sam (Jared Padalecki) into visiting Cicero, Indiana, so he can visit an old flame named Lisa (guest star Cindy Sampson), he had a tryst nine years ago. However, Dean is stunned when he meets not only Lisa again, but also her 8-year old son Ben (guest star Nicholas Elias), who bears a striking resemblance to him. However, Ben soon goes missing and Sam and Dean discover that a Changeling, a demonic parasite, is snatching kids from the small town and assuming their form. Meanwhile, Ruby (Katie Cassidy) makes contact with Sam and reveals some startling information about his mom.
|Bad Day at Black Rock||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Robert Singer||10/18/07||#47 303|
|MEET BELA - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) answer a call on their dad's old cell phone, alerting them someone has broken into John's secret storage room in New York. They discover a cursed rabbit's foot has been stolen and call Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) for help. He advises them to beware of the foot because anyone who touches it will receive an extreme amount of good luck, but once the foot is lost that person will die. Unfortunately, Sam has already handled the foot, which causes an overjoyed Dean to buy lottery tickets, but a female thief (Lauren Cohan) steals it from Sam causing his luck to plummet and putting his life in danger.
|Sin City||Writer: Robert Singer and Jeremy Carver||Director: Charles Beeson||10/25/07||#48 304|
|RUBY VISITS BOBBY AND OFFERS SOME ADVICE - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a rash of violent deaths in Elizabethville, Ohio, a once-sleepy town that has been turned into a haven for gamblers and drinkers. Dean discovers demons have infiltrated Elizabethville and are using their powers of persuasion to make the townspeople succumb to their basic instincts. Meanwhile, Ruby (Katie Cassidy) helps Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) rebuild the Colt from scratch and stuns him with some news.
|Bedtime Stories||Writer: Cathryn Humphris||Director: Mike Rohl||11/01/07||#49 305|
|SAM SUMMONS THE CROSSROAD DEMON TO BARGAIN FOR DEAN'S LIFE - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a small town that has been plagued by a number of strange murders that resemble fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel. Meanwhile, Sam summons the Crossroad Demon (guest star Sandra McCoy) and threatens to kill her with the newly rebuilt Colt unless she releases Dean from his deal.|
|Red Sky at Morning||Writer: Laurence Andries||Director: Cliff Bole||11/08/07||#50 306|
|BELA RESURFACES TO CAUSE MORE TROUBLE FOR SAM AND DEAN - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the mysterious demise of drowned victims who were nowhere near the water at the time of their death. The brothers learn each of the victims saw a ghost ship shortly before they died. Upon investigation, they cross paths with Bela (Lauren Cohan), who is being paid handsomely by one of the murder victim's family members to solve the case. Sam and Dean warn her to stay out of their way, but she has other plans.
|Fresh Blood||Writer: Sera Gamble||Director: Kim Manners||11/15/07||#51 307|
|"BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER'S" MERCEDES MCNAB AND "ARMY WIVES'" STERLING K. BROWN GUEST STAR - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) capture a female vampire named Lucy (guest star Mercedes McNab) who claims to have no knowledge of how she became a vampire. The guys discover Dixon (guest star Matthew Humphreys), a male vampire, is giving out human blood to unsuspecting females in bars, offering it up as the "latest drug" and turning them all into vampires. Meanwhile, Gordon (guest star Sterling K. Brown) escapes from jail and goes after Sam. However, Dixon intercepts Gordon and turns him into a vampire, which makes Gordon more powerful than before and a much bigger threat to Sam.
|A Very Supernatural Christmas||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: J. Miller Tobin||12/13/07||#52 308|
|SAM AND DEAN HUNT AN ANTI-SANTA - It's Christmas time and Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a series of murders where the victims were pulled up through the chimney. Sam realizes they are dealing with a sort of Anti-Santa, a demon with roots in pagan lore. Dean wants to celebrate Christmas the old fashioned way as this is his last, but Sam refuses, not wanting to accept that Dean won't be around next year. Sam flashes back to a certain Christmas when he waited for his father to come home to give him a special gift.|
|Malleus Maleficarum||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Robert Singer||1/31/08||#53 309|
|RUBY REVEALS WHY SHE WENT TO HELL - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) travel to Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and discover a coven of witches that has killed two people. Ruby (Katie Cassidy) warns the brothers to stay away as the demon controlling these witches is very powerful and will surely kill them. Ignoring her plea, Sam and Dean go in after the coven and confront the head witch, who reveals Ruby's past.
|Dream A Little Dream Of Me||Writer: Cathryn Humphris and Sera Gamble||Director: Steve Boyum||2/07/08||#54 310|
|BOBBY FALLS INTO A COMA - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) race to Bobby's (guest star Jim Beaver) side after he lapses into a coma and can't be awakened. While unconscious, Bobby battles his personal demons and the reason he became a hunter is revealed. Sam and Dean discover someone poisoned Bobby with a potion that will kill him if he doesn't wake soon. When the brothers decide to take the potion themselves to enter Bobby's dream in order to save him, they come face to face with their own personal nightmares.
|Mystery Spot||Writer: Jeremy Carver and Emily McLaughlin||Director: Kim Manners||2/14/08||#55 311|
|SAM WATCHES DEAN DIE - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the disappearance of a man who went missing at a tourist location. While searching the site, Dean is shot and killed by the owner. Sam is devastated but stunned when he wakes up the next morning to find Dean alive and well. As the day unfolds, Sam realizes he is re-living the previous day and tries to prevent Dean's death, but to no avail. Dean dies again and Sam must learn to live life without his brother by his side.|
|Jus In Bello||Writer: Sera Gamble||Director: Phil Sgriccia||2/21/08||#56 312|
|AGENT HENRICKSEN CATCHES UP WITH SAM AND DEAN - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) break into Bela's (Lauren Cohan) apartment in order to get the Colt back, but she has tipped off Agent Henricksen (guest star Charles Malik Whitfield) about their whereabouts and they are arrested. While Sam and Dean are locked in a cell in Colorado, a demon breaks in and kills some of the sheriff's men and possesses Henricksen. After the guys vanquish the demon, the FBI agent realizes they were telling the truth and prepares to release them, but Ruby (Katie Cassidy) shows up to a warn Sam and Dean that the jailhouse is surrounded by a band of demons with a powerful new leader who wants Sam dead.
|Ghostfacers||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Phil Sgriccia||4/24/08||#57 313|
|SAM AND DEAN STUMBLE INTO A VIOLENT REALITY SHOW - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) take a break from their usual gig to star in a gritty reality show called "Ghostfacers" which chronicles the pursuit of the paranormal. Ed Zeddmore (guest star A. J. Buckley) and Harry Spengler (guest star Travis Wester) have created a radically different and sometimes violent show full of profanity that takes them to the Morton Mansion, an abandoned estate which becomes one of the most haunted places in America one night each year. However, as their team begins to get picked off in grisly manners not fit for television, they realize they are in over their heads.|
|Long-Distance Call||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: Robert Singer||5/01/08||#58 314|
|DEAN GETS A CALL FROM HIS FATHER - Dean (Jensen Ackles) is stunned after he receives a phone call from his dad (guest star Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who tells him he has a solution to get Dean out of his deal. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean fight because Sam is skeptical that it is really John on the other end of the phone and warns Dean not to listen to him but Dean disagrees and sets off on his own path to follow his father's orders.|
|Time Is On My Side||Writer: Sera Gamble||Director: Charles Beeson||5/08/08||#59 315|
|SAM AND DEAN MEET DOC BENTON; BELA'S FATE IS REVEALED - As time runs out for Dean (Jensen Ackles), Sam (Jared Padalecki) convinces him to head to Eerie, Pennsylvania to investigate a possible zombie case. Instead, they discover Doc Benton (guest star Billy Drago), a real-life doctor who, in 1816, abandoned his medical practice to follow his obsession with finding the key to eternal life by drugging people and stealing their vital organs. Meanwhile, Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) finds out where Bela (Lauren Cohan) is hiding, and Dean heads out to confront her, leaving Sam behind to deal with the good doctor. Dean and Bela battle it out for the last time, and Dean leaves Bela in a desperate, and possibly fatal, position.
|No Rest for the Wicked||Writer: Eric Kripke||Director: Kim Manners||5/15/08||#60 316|
|DEAN'S TIME IS UP - It's 30 hours before Dean's (Jensen Ackles) deal with the crossroads demon is up and Dean, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) are searching for Lilith, who holds the contract. They discover her location and Sam summons Ruby (Katie Cassidy) for help despite Dean's protests. Ruby warns them they aren't ready to fight Lilith yet but they steal her knife and depart for New Harmony, Indiana. In a battle to the death, Sam, Dean and Bobby take on Lilith and all her demons in a last ditch effort to save Dean's life.
- The season had an average of 2.74 million viewers and 1.0 rating.
- No Rest for the Wicked is the most watched season finale of the entire series.
- This is the shortest season of the entire series.
- This is the first and only season to have female actresses on the main cast.
- This season marks the first appearances of Changelings and White-eyed Demons.
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