One year after the defeat of the Leviathans, Dean escapes Purgatory, with a vampire-comrade-in-arms named Benny, and reunites with Sam who has retired from hunting much to Dean's anger. Not long after Dean discovers that Kevin had escaped Crowley's abduction months ago which Sam was unaware of. Kevin reveals that he stole another Word of God from Crowley about demons and discovered the means of closing Hell forever with all demons inside. Now reunited Sam and Dean embark on their monster hunts while Kevin continues to translate the tablet to stop Crowley and his plotting.
Sam and Dean's relationship is challenged as Sam stopped hunting for a year which he claims is because he had no one to force him anymore with Dean and Castiel gone, Bobby dead and Kevin and Meg missing. Dean, however, remains in contact with Benny, who is trying to live without killing but is missing Purgatory but Sam becomes angry that Dean would let a vampire live.
The season also features flashbacks in both Sam and Dean's past year on Earth and Purgatory. For Dean he constantly fought monsters everyday for a year in Purgatory until Benny saved him and told him of a portal which could transport humans out. Dean and Benny find Castiel and the three fight past Leviathans to make it to the portal but Castiel refuses to leave. As for Sam, he retired from hunting and met a woman named Amelia and lived a normal life with her. However, once she discovers that her husband, a soldier presumed KIA, was still alive, Sam left to allow her to reunite with him. Eventually Castiel returns, freed from Purgatory by the mysterious but powerful angel Naomi, who has apparently taken control of Heaven and puts Castiel under her control to spy on the Winchesters for her own motives. Meanwhile, Amelia returns to Sam to re-connect but Sam pushes her away for good while Benny helps Dean by dying and returning to Purgatory to help Sam and Bobby pass through Purgatory to Earth and subsequently chooses to stay there.
Kevin eventually learns the three trials for sealing Hell from the Demon Tablet: kill a Hellhound and bathe in its blood, free a soul from Hell (who turns out to be Bobby) wrongfully imprisoned, and finally cure a demon who they choose to use on Crowley. However, the Winchesters and Castiel learn from Meg, before she is killed by Crowley, of the Angel Tablet which Naomi tries to have Castiel steal for her own uses but he resists and flees from everyone. Additionally, Sam and Dean encounter their grandfather Henry and a powerful demon named Abaddon who is a Knight of Hell, among the oldest and most powerful demons. While Henry is killed and Abaddon is decommissioned, the brothers learn of a bunker belonging to the Men of Letters, the collectors of information on the supernatural who entrust a few hunters to handle the most powerful monsters. In the midst of the trials, Sam and Dean encounter an angel named Metatron, the Scribe of God and the creator of the tablets who then reveals the nature of the angel tablet to Castiel: to seal Heaven and its angels and works with Castiel to fulfill this mission. Meanwhile, after Crowley begins killing Sam and Dean's old friends, they decide to give in.
In the season finale, Sam and Dean manage to capture Crowley to use him as the last trial and cure him while Naomi continues looking for Castiel and captures Metatron, forcing Castiel to work with Dean to finish the angel trials. Meanwhile, Sam is interrupted by Abaddon but fends her off as Crowley begins to show signs of humanity. Naomi realizes that Metatron is not planning to seal Heaven but is planning to break Heaven and cause the angels to fall and that if Sam completes the final trial, he will die as God wanted. Dean returns to Sam and in an emotional breakdown they make up for their years of mistakes but Sam passes out while Metatron betrays Castiel and takes his grace, turning him human. Moments later the angels of Heaven fall all across the Earth as Sam, Dean, Kevin, Castiel, and Crowley are forced to watch helplessly.
- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester (23/23) and Sam Imposter (1/23) (episode 19)
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (23/23), Vance Collins (1/23) (episode 6), and Dean Clones (1/23) (episode 17)
Special Guest StarsEdit
- Mark Sheppard as Crowley (9/23) (episodes 1-2, 7, 10, 17, 19, 21-23)
- Misha Collins as Castiel (9/23) (episodes 2, 5, 7-8, 10, 17, 21-23)
- Osric Chau as Kevin Tran (8/23) (episodes 1-2, 7, 10, 14, 19, 21, 23)
- Felicia Day as Charlie Bradbury (2/23) (episodes 11, 20)
- Lissa Neptuno as Channing Ngo and Channing's demon (1/23) (episode 1)
- Jon Gries as Martin Creaser (1/23) (episode 9)
- Rachel Miner as Meg (1/23) (episode 17)
- Madison McLaughlin as Krissy Chambers (1/23) (episode 18)
- Cindy Busby as Jenny Klein (1/22) (episode 22)
- Graham Wardle as Tommy Collins (1/22) (episode 22)
- Taylor Cole as Sarah Blake (1/22) (episode 22)
- Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills (1/23) (episode 23)
- Ty Olsson as Benny Lafitte (7/23) (episodes 1-2, 5, 7, 9-10, 19)
- Liane Balaban as Amelia Richardson (7/23) (episodes 1, 3, 5-6, 8-10)
- Amanda Tapping as Naomi (7/23) (episodes 7-8, 10, 17, 19, 21, 23)
- Tyler Johnston as Samandriel (3/23) (episodes 2, 7, 10) and Alfie (1/23) (episode 10)
- Alaina Huffman as Abaddon (3/23) (episodes 12, 22-23) and Josie Sands (1/23) (episode 22)
- Curtis Armstrong as Metatron (3/23) (episodes 21-23)
- Lauren Tom as Linda Tran (2/23) (episodes 2, 7) and Crowley (1/23) (episode 2)
- Brit Sheridan as Kate (1/23) (episode 4)
- Gil McKinney as Henry Winchester (1/23) (episode 12)
- Adam Rose as Aaron Bass (1/23) (episode 13)
- Nels Guloien as Young John Winchester (1/23) (episode 12)
|There was something about being there... It felt pure.|
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|We Need To Talk About Kevin||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: Robert Singer||10/03/12||#150 801|
|SAM AND DEAN ARE REUNITED AFTER A YEAR APART - Dean (Jensen Ackles) re-emerges from Purgatory, but he isn't alone. He heads straight for Sam (Jared Padalecki), but the reunion isn't exactly what he thought it would be. Sam drops everything to join his brother, but leaving the life he had grown to enjoy turns out to be harder than he imagined. Dean and Sam look for Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) who has managed to escape Crowley's (guest star Mark Sheppard) grasp, but things come to a head quickly when Kevin tells them what it is that Crowley wants.
|What's Up, Tiger Mommy?||Writer: Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin||Director: John F. Showalter||10/10/12||#151 802|
|MRS. TRAN JOINS SAM AND DEAN ON THE ROAD - Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) talks Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) into checking in on his mother (guest star Lauren Tom). When they arrive, they see that Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) has surrounded her with demons so they rescue her and take her along on their quest to find the tablet. However, they soon discover Kevin wasn't kidding when he said his mother was a strong-willed woman after she tries to take on Crowley.
|Heartache||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Jensen Ackles||10/17/12||#152 803|
|JENSEN ACKLES DIRECTS - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a string of unusual murders where the victims were all recipients of organs from the same donor. The killer is captured, but things become even more complicated when the brothers find their killer in a trance mumbling an ancient prayer.
|Bitten||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Thomas J. Wright||10/24/12||#153 804|
|A UNIQUE EPISODE OF SUPERNATURAL - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a bizarre murder in a college town. Close on the tail of their suspect, they bust into an apartment to find two dead bodies and a laptop cued up to some disturbing video footage. The footage begins with Brian (guest star Leigh Parker), Mike (guest star Brandon W. Jones) and Kate (guest star Brit Sheridan) hearing about an unusual animal attack in their town and the rest of the story is revealed through their eyes. Sam and Dean become unknowing participants in a unique student film.
|Blood Brother||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Guy Bee||10/31/12||#154 805|
|BENNY CALLS DEAN FOR HELP - After Benny (guest star Ty Olsson) gets brutally beat up by some vampires, he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help. Dean abruptly packs up and tells a confused Sam (Jared Padalecki) that he's taking a "personal day." Benny confesses that he's going after his Maker (guest star Patrick Stafford) so Dean offers to help, flashing back on the many times Benny helped him and Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) in Purgatory. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) uses his solo time to reflect on the life he left behind with Amelia (guest star Liane Balaban). However, when things go bad for Dean and Benny, Dean calls Sam for help, which makes everything very complicated.
|Southern Comfort||Writer: Adam Glass||Director: Tim Andrew||11/07/12||#155 806|
|GARTH RETURNS TO HELP SAM AND DEAN ON A CASE - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a murder and find Garth (guest star DJ Qualls) is already on the case. Dean is not happy to learn that Garth has assumed Bobby's duties, but Garth points out that both Sam and Dean have been missing for the last year and someone needed to do it. They guys discover an "avenging ghost" is responsible for the murders and they need to find the source before the killings starts again.
|A Little Slice of Kevin||Writer: Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner||Director: Charlie Carner||11/14/12||#156 807|
|CASTIEL ESCAPES PURGATORY - Sam (Jared Padaleck) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are stunned when Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) suddenly appears back on Earth with no memory of how he escaped from Purgatory. Meanwhile, Mrs. Tran (guest star Lauren Tom) enlists a witch (guest star Cyrina Fiallo) to concoct a demon bomb, but the witch double crosses Mrs. Tran and turns her and Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) over to Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard).
|Hunteri Heroici||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Paul Edwards||11/28/12||#157 808|
|CARTOONS AREN'T ALWAYS FUNNY - Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that he's decided to become a hunter like them. Sam and Dean aren't sold on the idea but agree to investigate a case Cas found where a man's heart literally burst through his chest. The guys discover there has been more than one odd murder in the small town and all of them resemble cartoon deaths.
|Citizen Fang||Writer: Daniel Loflin||Director: Nick Copus||12/05/12||#158 809|
|SAM PUTS A TRACKER ON BENNY - Sam (Jared Padalecki) asks a hunter named Martin (guest star Jon Gries) to keep an eye on Benny (guest star Ty Olsson) without telling Dean (Jensen Ackles). However, when Martin tells Sam there was a vampire kill and he thinks Benny is responsible, Dean defends his friend. When Martin decides to take things into his own hands, things get messy and Dean is forced to make a very hard decision.
|Torn and Frayed||Writer: Jenny Klein||Director: Robert Singer||01/16/13||#159 810|
|CASTIEL MUST SAVE A FELLOW ANGEL - Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) tells Castiel (Misha Collins) that Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) is holding an angel captive and Castiel must rescue him before Crowley finds out their secrets. Castiel turns to Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) meets with Amelia (guest star Liane Balaban) who asks him to make a choice: stay with her or leave and never contact her again.
|LARP and the Real Girl||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Jeannot Szwarc||01/23/13||#160 811|
|FELICIA DAY RETURNS! - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the mysterious deaths of two LARPers (Live Action Role Playing) who were playing a game entitled Moondoor. The guys are thrilled to discover the Queen of Moondoor is none other than Charlie (guest star Felicia Day). The three learn that a fairy (guest star Tiffany Dupont) has been commandeered to harm people and the only way to stop her is to find her master.
|As Time Goes By||Writer: Adam Glass||Director: Serge Ladouceur||01/30/13||#161 812|
|SAM AND DEAN MEET THEIR GRANDFATHER - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are stunned when a man who claims to be Henry Winchester (guest star Gil McKinney), their grandfather, suddenly appears in their hotel room demanding to know where he can find John Winchester. Henry has time-traveled to stop a demon named Abbadon (guest star Alaina Huffman) and was looking for John's help. Through Henry, Sam and Dean learn more about their father and the Winchester blood line.
|Everybody Hates Hitler||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Phil Sgriccia||02/06/13||#162 813|
|SAM AND DEAN FACE OFF AGAINST A GOLEM - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the death of Rabbi Bass (guest star Hal Linden, "Barney Miller"), who spontaneously combusted. The case becomes ever more confusing when they learn that the Rabbi was researching Nazi Necromancers. Sam and Dean are attacked by a Golem (guest star John DeSantis) who turns out to belong to the Rabbi's grandson, Aaron (guest star Adam Rose). The key to the case lies with the Golem but Aaron doesn't know how to control him, which leaves everyone in danger.
|Trial and Error||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Kevin Parks||02/13/13||#163 814|
|KEVIN DECIPHERS THE TABLET - Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) deciphers the tablet and figures out how to close the gates of Hell. He tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that according to the tablet one person must face a series of three tests designed by God. The first one - kill a hellhound. Sam and Dean argue over who should complete the trials.
|200px||Man's Best Friend With Benefits||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming.||Director: John F. Showalter||02/20/13||#164 815|
|DEAN REALLY DOESN'T LIKE WITCHES - A police officer named Kevin (guest star Christian Campbell), who turned to witchcraft after working a case with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), is plagued by nightmares in which he murders innocent people. However, when the murders actually happen, Sam and Dean are called in by Kevin's "familiar" (guest star Mishael Morgan) to help -- but the brothers aren't sure they want to save a witch.
|Remember the Titans||Writer: Daniel Loflin||Director: Steve Boyum||02/27/13||#165 816|
|GODS VS. ZOMBIES - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are stumped when they investigate a possible zombie case where an amnesiac man (guest star John Reardon) dies and then revives himself once a day. After the guy is attacked by the goddess Artemis (guest star Anna Von Hooft), Sam and Dean realize he's not a zombie but instead a god, more specifically, Prometheus.
|Goodbye Stranger||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Thomas J. Wright||03/20/13||#166 817|
|SAM, DEAN, CASTIEL AND MEG TEAM UP AGAINST CROWLEY AND HIS DEMONS - Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) reappears in Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean's (Jensen Ackles) life and tells them Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) has unleashed several demons into a small town. The demons are looking for Lucifer's Crypt, which holds a valuable asset, but Castiel lies to Sam and Dean about what it is. While interrogating a demon, the three discover Crowley has been torturing Meg (guest star Rachel Miner), who knows the exact location of the crypt. Sam and Meg fight to hold Crowley off while Dean and Castiel go in search of the crypt.
|Freaks and Geeks||Writer: Adam Glass||Director: John F. Showalter||03/27/13||#167 818|
|SAM AND DEAN RUN ACROSS A NEW AND UNUSUAL TEAM OF HUNTERS - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate some recent vampire kills and are surprised to learn Krissy Chambers (guest star Madison McLaughlin) is involved. They find Krissy and learn her father was killed and she's been taken in by a man named Victor (guest star Adrian Hough), who has taken in a group of orphan kids to teach them how to hunt. Victor is helping the teenagers find the vampires who took their parents so they can get revenge. Sam is intrigued by Victor's method of giving the teenagers a home life as well as a hunting life, but Dean is suspicious of Victor's motives.
|Taxi Driver||Writer: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming||Director: Guy Bee||04/03/13||#168 819|
|SAM AND DEAN FACE THE SECOND TRIAL - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) respond to a call from Kevin (guest star Osric Chau), who is terrified after hearing Crowley's (guest star Mark Sheppard) voice in his head. After hearing Kevin's news, Sam and Dean team up with reaper named Ajay (guest star Assaf Cohen), who helps them deal with the second trial from the Tablet. Meanwhile, Dean receives a visit from Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) and realizes he must find Benny (guest star Ty Olsson) and ask for a huge favor.
|Pac-Man Fever||Writer: Robbie Thompson||Director: Robert Singer||04/24/13||#169 820|
|DEAN INTRODUCES CHARLIE TO CHEAP PANTSUITS - Concerned about the physical toll the second trial took on Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) benches his brother from hunting until he heals up. So, when geektastic hacker Charlie (guest star Felicia Day) stumbles upon a case and finds the boys, Dean decides it's time to teach Charlie how to be a hunter-in-training. While happy to see "her highness," the boys suspect Charlie is hiding something; a secret that could get her killed.
|The Great Escapist||Writer: Ben Edlund||Director: Robert Duncan McNeill||05/01/13||#170 821|
|FEELING LUCKY TONIGHT? - When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) receive a distressing video message from Kevin Tran (guest star Osric Chau), they set about trying to uncover the Third Trial. The boys make a discovery that sends them to a casino in Colorado, to find a mysterious recluse (guest star Curtis Armstrong) who may be able to fill in the holes in Kevin's research. Meanwhile, Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) is on a winning streak. Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) tries to elude Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) and the angels hunting him.
|Clip Show||Writer: Andrew Dabb||Director: Thomas J. Wright||05/08/13||#171 822|
|FAMILIAR FACES RETURN AS THE THIRD TRIAL NEARS - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) reunite with Castiel (guest star Misha Collins). Digging through the Men of Letters' files, they stumble upon an undiscovered film which could be the key to the third trial. Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) enlists Cas to mull over problems at home. Meanwhile, Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) digs into Sam and Dean's past. Taylor Cole, Graham Wardle, and Cindy Busby also guest star.
|Sacrifice||Writer: Jeremy Carver||Director: Phil Sgriccia||05/15/13||#172 823|
|WHAT MUST SAM, DEAN AND CASTIEL SACRIFICE TO FOREVER SEAL HELL? - With Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) poised to undo all the good they've ever done as hunters, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) find themselves cornered. But with Kevin's (guest star Osric Chau) help, the Winchester brothers bound into one last play against The Demon King. Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) initiates a plan with Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) to take on Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) and the bureaucracy of Heaven. Alaina Huffman and Kim Rhodes also guest star.
- The season had an average of 2.52 million viewers and 1.1 rating.
- This season marks the first appearances of a Golem, Hellhounds, Hybrids, Knight of Hell, Nephilim and Thules.
- This is the first season to feature a Djinn, Fairies and Rugaru since Season 6.
- This is the first season to feature a Werewolf since Season 2.
- This is the first season to not feature Archangels in any way since their introduction in Season 2.
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