Supernatural: 10 Questions About Sam Winchester, Answered
The end of The CW’s Supernatural has done nothing to diminish its popularity, as new fans regularly enter its fandom. Sam and Dean Winchester remained the lead protagonists through the show’s fifteen-year run, although it’s easy to overlook many important points about the heroes due to the enormity of content in the series.
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Sam started out as the de facto protagonist, having been the center of the main storyline against Azazel for the first two seasons. He remained vital in the entire series time span, during which many elements of Sam's character developed or were revealed. But what details about Sam Winchester might fans of the show have missed the first time around?
10 How Long Did He Live?
An interesting fact about Sam is that Supernatural viewers saw his entire life play out on screen, as a baby to an older man until his death. The first episode of the series began on November 2, 1983, where Sam was said to be 6-months-old.
This makes his birthdate as May 2, 1983, meaning Sam was 22-years-old when the main timeline of the story began in 2005. When the Winchesters defeated Chuck, Sam was 37-years-old, and piecing together the montage in the finale of his remaining life puts his age at death to be around 65-70.
9 Who Are His Closest Friends?
Most of the recurring characters the brothers met had the tendency to be more attached to Dean than Sam. Still, there were a few of them who preferred Sam to Dean, although there was never one person whom Sam could call his best friend, apart from maybe Castiel.
As it was, Sam’s friendships extended to quirkier people, with the witch Rowena eventually becoming a close friend after starting out as an enemy, along with Sheriff Jody, who was a motherly figure. Finally, Garth Fitzgerald IV could be considered as the person who definitely liked him the best, as he went so far as to name his child after Sam.
8 Who Was His Soulmate?
Before Heaven was changed by Jack into accommodating every person rather than being separated in their individual Heavens, only soulmates could reside in one place together. To this end, it was confirmed that Sam’s soulmate was his brother Dean, as they shared their Heaven.
This is reconfirmed in the Supernatural finale when Sam’s soul ascended into Heaven and materialized next to Dean’s soul, making him the first person he interacted with in the afterlife. The brothers are unique in that they are the only soulmates who are family rather than spouses.
7 Who Were His Love Interests?
Sam had great chemistry with a number of characters over the years, with some fans even hoping he would form a couple with Castiel. However, unlike Dean, Sam’s romances were limited due to his desire to settle down rather than casually date.
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All in all, Sam’s most significant love interests were Jessica, his fiancee who was killed by Azazel, Eileen Leahy, a fellow hunter whom he resurrected and it is implied he married in the end, and Amelia Richardson, a woman he settled down with for a time until Dean returned. In addition, Sam had one-time but significant connections with hunt victim Sarah Blake and werewolf Madison.
6 How Many Times Did He Die?
The Winchesters are notorious for dying and coming back to life, with Death wanting to end them permanently for repeatedly defying fate. Overall, Sam died 8 times over the course of the series, with his final demise occurring in the final episode because of old age. Before that, Sam was resurrected each time he died.
He was first killed by Jake when stabbed through the spine, followed by being struck by lightning, getting stabbed by the angel Anna, being shot by hunters, dying when he jumped in Lucifer’s cage, being killed by Billie to escape confinement, and getting torn apart by vampires.
5 What Recurring Gags & Traits Is He Associated With?
There are some recurring aspects to Supernatural that happen every season, with often Sam being the subject of them. His recurring themes come in the form of the Winchesters’ plans going awry, where Sam has to face the brunt of the consequences.
Usually, this happened when the villains sneaked up on Sam from behind and knocked him out, and it happened in a variety of hilarious ways. Another unfortunate occurrence for Sam is for his love interests to die, and there are a whole lot of doomed relationships with Sam, to the point where Sam and Dean even openly refer to this happening.
4 What Are His Nicknames?
Being the younger sibling, Sam was usually referred to with his pet names by his family. His most famous one was “Sammy,” as he was called by Dean and John. In addition, Sam’s tall height has led to him receiving nicknames alluding to it.
Crowley was noted for coining the term “Moose” for Sam, to go with Dean’s nickname of “Squirrel.” Sam was also mocked with the name “Sasquatch” and “Big Bird,” and Dean sometimes jokingly called him “B***h” when Sam called him a jerk.
3 Who Are His Archenemies?
Although the Winchesters battled the villains as a team, the antagonists tended to have personal acrimony with either Sam or Dean. In Sam’s case, his biggest enemy is easily the devil Lucifer, who manipulated events of Sam’s entire life in hopes of possessing him.
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Interestingly, Lucifer remained Sam’s main villain up until the penultimate episode when Michael killed him off. The other character who comes close to this dynamic is the demon Lilith, whom Sam made his mission to kill and didn’t realize he was bringing on the apocalypse by offing.
2 Which Realms Has He Visited?
Earth is far from the only place Sam resided in, as he’s been in almost every major realm there is. In terms of alternate universes, Sam visited the Apocalypse World, the French Mistake Universe, and The Bad Place, along with standing at the entrance to the fairies’ world of Avalon.
Along with those, Sam has been in spiritual realms such as Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, and briefly being part of The Veil, where ghosts who can’t move on reside. He spent more than a century in Hell with Lucifer and ended up spending eternity in Heaven after the finale.
1 What Powers Has He Possessed?
When the series began, Sam was one of the “Special Children” whom Azazel had empowered with his blood. At this time, he had precognitive abilities and was immune to most demon powers. After he started drinking demon blood, Sam developed the ability to exorcise and kill demons, along with super-strength, invulnerability, and telekinesis.
Sam’s powers ceased after he returned from Hell, but his relationship with Rowena led to Sam having the abilities of a witch. Rowena was impressed with Sam’s proficiency in this regard, as he could devise spells that were almost on the level of experienced witches.
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Supernatural: One Major Sam Winchester Story That Never Got Any Closure
Over the course of 15 seasons, Supernatural co-lead Sam Winchester got closure with most of the loved ones he lost, but not with one major character.
Supernatural ended its run without giving closure to one of Sam Winchester's most important relationships. On many TV shows - as in life itself - death is a one-way street. Characters who die are gone, provided there isn't some creative loophole such as the body having never actually been seen. Conversely, Supernatural spent most of its 15 seasons making it clear that death is far from final within its universe, especially when Sam and Dean travel to Hell or Heaven and back many times.
No matter how sad it was when a particular Supernatural character was killed off, chances are they would still get some kind of post-death appearance later as a way of saying a final goodbye. This was true of both major and minor players and led to lots of tearjerker moments in which Sam and Dean got to say the things they wish they could've said before losing that person the first time. Most notably, the Winchesters got emotional reunions with both of their deceased parents before Supernatural signed off.
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Mary Winchester got to reconnect with the sons she never got to watch grow up, and in the 300th episode, John Winchester returned via magical time travel long enough to share some tears and hugs with his wife and kids. Sadly though, Sam never got any closure with one of the people he loved the most, girlfriend Jessica Moore (Adrianne Palicki). That's especially odd considering that Jessica's death was the inciting event that set Supernatural's journey in motion.
Up until Jessica was killed, Sam had no plans to return to the life of a hunter as he'd planned to marry her and settle down. Her death was a major trauma for Sam, yet he never received any real catharsis for her loss. Sam mentioned he still thinks about her during season 15, so the pain never went away. But unlike most everyone else close to him that died, Sam never encounters Jessica after her demise. When Lucifer manipulates Sam into possibly becoming his vessel he uses Jessica's image, and she's also part of an idyllic world a Djinn temporarily traps Dean in, but there was never a real reunion or proper goodbye between the two lovers.
While it's true Sam and Dean did eventually get revenge on Azazel and the lower-level demon Brady that killed Jessica, that's not the same as getting closure. What makes this exclusion more puzzling is that Sam went to Heaven multiple times throughout Supernatural's run, and visited dead people while there, but never thought to say check in on Jessica in any of those visits. Even stranger is that when Rowena's magic allowed Sam to resurrect someone, he chose to bring back Eileen instead of the woman he still apparently pines for on a regular basis. Outside of a possible real-life reluctance by Adrianne Palicki to play Jessica again, the only likely in-universe reasoning for her not returning seems to be that since she never knew about Sam's life as a hunter, bringing her back would require too much adjustment for both her and Sam. Still, that should hardly have been a deal-breaker.
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Sam and Dean Winchester’s Most Hilarious and Heartbreaking Brotherly Moments From ‘Supernatural’
Many fans have been mourning the conclusion of the 15-year run of Supernatural. One thing that has kept fans around for the show’s duration is its idea of family, especially the aspect of Dean’s and Sam’s brotherly bond. Over the years, the pair have shown their dedication to one another and sacrificed a considerable amount in their lives to keep the world a safer place. In an effort to keep Supernatural’s memory alive and kicking, we’ve compiled some of our favorite brotherly moments to put you in your feels. Unfortunately, it seems as though some of our favorite moments may also be the most distressing — so grab those tissues, folks. Don’t worry, we added some comic relief to help you laugh through the tears.
Season 2, Episode 21 & 22: “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1 & 2”
There are a few scenes worth mentioning in these last two episodes of season 2. As fans may remember, Sam dies (and stays dead for some time) after being stabbed in the back by Jake, who was among Sam and others in a ghost town organized by Azazel. Dean tries to warn Sam, but it’s too late. Dean clinging to Sam’s nearly lifeless body as Sam slowly loses consciousness is a heartbreaking brother moment we wish we didn’t have to see; Dean calling “Sam”, as tears stream down his face makes the audience grieve alongside him. Also worth mentioning is the scene where Dean talks to Sam’s body on the bed. As a viewer, this was one of those rare moments of vulnerability for Dean. He is broken, talking to his little brother, whom he feels he has failed. Once Dean makes a deal and returns back to Sam, their embrace warms the audience’s hearts as the brothers’ hunt for Azazel continued.
Season 4, Episode 10: “Heaven and Hell”
Remember when we said to grab the tissues? In the last few minutes of this episode, Dean and Sam are drinking beers on the hood of Baby. Dean says that he knows Sam heard what Alastair said about Hell and how Dean showed “promise.” Sam assures his brother that while he did hear, he isn’t pushing him to open up. Dean pauses and then explains to Sam how he experienced 40 years of Hell. As he explains, he becomes so overwhelmed with emotions — guilt, shame, and anger — that he breaks down into tears. He discloses to Sam how they tortured him, and how everyday Alastair gave Dean the option to get off the rack in exchange for another soul to take his place. For 30 years, Dean told Alastair to “stick it where the sun shines.” As he continues and Sam looks visibly shaken from Dean’s harrowing testimony, Dean tells Sam that he took Alastair up on his offer and “started ripping them apart.” It’s not often that we see Dean lay out all his emotions, especially in front of his little brother Sammy, but Dean knew that if he held this in any longer, it would destroy him. Sam, while wiping his own tears away after imagining what his brother must’ve gone through, tries to comfort Dean by saying that he held out as long as he could. In one of the last lines in the scene, Dean states,
I wish I couldn’t feel anything, Sammy. I wish I couldn’t feel a damn thing.
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This scene sticks with many fans, not only for its difficult subject matter, but for the performance of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. No matter the circumstance, the brothers are always there for each other.
Season 5, Episode 22: “Swan Song”
We will always remember that fateful day at Stull Cemetery. In one of the most powerful moments of the entire series, the Winchesters’ brotherly bond played a major part in what at the time was unthinkable — averting the Apocalypse and saving the world. After Sam had accepted Lucifer in an unsuccessful attempt to end his impending reign of terror, Dean — in true reckless (badass) fashion — drives his car right into Stull Cemetery, interrupting the final showdown in a last-ditch attempt to save his brother. While he quickly realizes that neither of them might be making it out of the situation alive, the ever-loyal older sibling stays with his brother to face the end. As Lucifer is frankly beating the crap out of Dean, the glint of the beloved Impala, the boys’ true home, catches his eye, triggering a barrage of Sam’s most treasured brotherly memories. This gives Sam the strength to briefly take control, gather his nerve, say goodbye to his brother, and fall into the pit.
It’s okay, Dean. It’s gonna be okay. I’ve got him.
While heartbreaking, this important moment perfectly showcases the irrevocable bond between the Winchester brothers, something that will prove time and time again strong enough to save themselves, save each other, and help save the world.
Season 8, Episode 23: “Sacrifice”
In yet another heart-wrenching scene, Sam bares his soul and shows his grief to Dean in an attempt to explain why it’s so important to him to finish completing the trials that will close the Gates of Hell. After Sam failed to search for Dean after he and Cas get sucked into Purgatory, things were … strained between the brothers, to say the least. Sam had internalized the guilt and shame that he felt for abandoning not only his brother but “the life” in general, plagued by the reality that he likely could have helped a lot of people that needed him during his hunting hiatus. This guilt was the driving force to finish the trials — Sam wanted to not only pay his penance for abandoning people in their times of need but earn his brother’s respect and forgiveness once more.
You want to know what I confessed in there? What my greatest sin was? It was how many times I let you down. I can’t do that again.
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Sam’s angst is palpable, but Dean quickly puts a stop to the notion that their brotherly bond is severed. In one of the most iconic lines of the series, Dean iterates (in that indirect yet direct, roundabout way of his) that he cares about Sam more than the arguments they’ve had, more than the crap they’ve done to each other, more than revenge. This moment is one of many that highlights the strength and resilience of the Winchesters’ bond.
Don’t you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you!
Season 12, Episode 22: “Who We Are”
After Sam’s rousing speech rallying the remaining American hunters to storm the British Men of Letters compound, Sam and Dean part ways on their own respective missions — Sam to save the hunters and Dean to save Mary. This is one of the rare times the brothers seem to be operating as two separate units, and the circumstances are especially dangerous with the price on their heads. In a meaningful moment before they part, Dean quietly expresses his pride at Sam’s development into such a capable leader. The two share a rare, non-world-ending hug (wow) and exchange some customary words before setting off on their respective missions including “you come back” and the infamous “Bitch” “Jerk” combo. This scene manages to showcase the quiet rapport that the brothers have built over their lives, with so much feeling infused in a scene with so few words. While imminent danger is still looming for the hunters, this scene doesn’t feel like a goodbye, but rather an “I believe in us” moment as the brothers leave each other to take care of business like they know they can.
Season 14, Episode 12: “Prophet and Loss”
Speaking of “I believe in us” moments … Sam’s tearful confession in “Prophet and Loss” was a tough one to watch, not because of the message his words conveyed, but because of the raw emotion behind it. While the Winchesters are no strangers to death and self-sacrifice, Sam is pushed over the edge by Dean’s nonchalance concerning his impending plan to lock himself in the Ma’lak Box. In a torrent of emotion, Sam picks a fight. The younger Winchester unleashes his fury, desperation, and despair on his brother in a long speech asking why, after all they’ve been through, Dean is resigning himself to die.
I believe in us Dean. Why don’t you believe in us, too?
Sam’s obvious anguish convinces Dean to keep looking for more solutions to subdue Michael until they have no other options but to put him in the box. One has to wonder if Dean’s short speech about being able to let go when it was timed was foreshadowing, as the show’s upcoming end was announced not long after this episode aired.
Some Laughter to Dry Your Tears
Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
We couldn’t make this listicle and not mention the episode that started it all. Yes, the pilot episode has several moments worth discussing, as well as many celebrated quotes Supernatural fans can recite on command. First, we have to mention Dean surprising Sam in the middle of the night. The struggle, the banter, it’s a classic episode that lives in the hearts of the SPN Family. Once on the road, their back and forth as brothers who haven’t seen each other in several years is comical. For example, when Sam questions Dean’s musical playlist, it inspired the line,
House rules, Sammy. Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole.
Other noteworthy moments are when Dean and Sam are running from possessed Baby and after reaching the motel room, Sam informs Dean that he “smells like a toilet.” Towards the end of the episode, Sam drives Baby into “The Woman in White’s” house and once Dean makes sure Sam is unharmed, he says he will kill Sam if Baby was badly damaged. All in all, the episode is a classic reminder to loyal fans of the brother’s history and how their 15-year journey began.
Season 2, Episode 15: “Tall Tales”
On a less depressing note, there have been quite a few moments where Sam and Dean acted like typical siblings — you know, without all the doom and gloom. Some of the most notable incidents occur in “Tall Tales.” Sam and Dean pull quite a few pranks on one another throughout this episode, reigniting a long-standing prank war that gets increasingly more serious as time goes on. Additionally, as a result of the Trickster’s influence, the boys find themselves getting into multiple petty disagreements, bringing out the sibling in them. It all comes to a head when Sam and Dean start fighting/wrestling like literal children after a disagreement. With all of the heavy moments the show brings, it’s nice to see the brothers act like … well, typical brothers.
Season 3, Episode 11: “Mystery Spot”
“Rise and shine, Sammy.” Oh, yes. “Mystery Spot” is another fan-favorite episode with some noteworthy brother moments. If you’ll remember, Sam and Dean are stuck in a loop (where only Sam remembers the day repeating itself) and the day ends with Dean’s death. Although it pains us to see Dean die so many times (in increasingly funny ways, though), it’s hilarious to see Sam start to unravel as “Heat of the Moment” by Asia continues to play. On the 100th Tuesday, Sam and Dean are sitting at breakfast and Sam tells Dean he knows everything that’s going to happen. Dean doesn’t believe him. Sam proves it by copying every next phrase or sentence Dean says.
Right, you’re a mindreader. Cut it out, Sam. Sam!
It’s a beloved episode shared by many and it’s another example of our favorite brotherly duo. We can’t imagine living through 100 Tuesdays, and we sympathize with Sam for being so grumpy.
Season 8, Episode 20: “Pac-Man Fever”
Back in Season 8, Sam’s body is worn down from completing two of the three trials from the Demon Tablet. At the beginning of the episode, Sam appears from a 12-hour “siesta” and Dean throws a beer to Sam. To Dean’s surprise, Sam misses. Dean without missing a beat states, “That’s why we can’t have nice things, Sam.” Additionally in the same scene, Dean tells Sam as he walks closer that he just needs “five minutes with some clippers,” referring to Sam’s long hair. Sam chimes in and tells him to “shut up.” This scene helps show the audience that Dean and Sam, amongst all the lack of normalcy in their lives, they can still find time to have these jokingly brother moments. While it’s a short scene, it’s a notable brother moment we can’t help but watch again with laughter.
While these moments may be mostly sad in nature, they showcase the Winchesters’ ability to support each other, even as the world was crumbling down around them. Sam and Dean’s loyalty to one another persevered time and time again, something that ultimately allowed them to help save the world — on more than one occasion. These moments throughout the entirety of the series continually reaffirmed their fraternal bond, allowing for the continuation of one of the show’s most important legacies, the theme of family, and for that, we will be eternally grateful.
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Look, I know you think it's safer inside. No more torture. No more pain. No more... expectations. I've been there. You were nothing like your family. You sure as hell weren't like your dad. Me either. And just like you, I got out. or I-I thought I got out. But then... then my family needed me. And this is my life. No matter how many times I try to fight it, this is what I was put here to do. This is where I make the world a better place.
– Sam Winchester, 13.18 Bring 'em Back Alive
- Born May 2, 1983, the same birth date as Eric Kripke's son.
- Son of John & Mary Winchester; younger brother of Dean Winchester and older half-brother of Adam Milligan
- He is named after his grandfather Samuel Campbell
- Unlike John and Dean, Sam's musical preferences seem to bend more towards '80s hair rock/metal opposed to '70s classic rock, evident is his enjoyment of Bon Jovi and Vince Vincente and Ladyheart. While Sam claimed Elvis Presley to be his favorite singer, in reality he was forced to reveal himself as a fan of Celine Dion when Jack caused the entire world to stop lying.
- He is a true crime aficionado with an interest in serial killers
- Has developed an interest and some proficiency in witchcraft over the course of the series, causing Rowena to comment that Sam is the closest thing the Winchesters and Castiel have to a seasoned witch besides herself.
- Sam dies in 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One after being literally and figuratively backstabbed by Jake Talley. He is resurrected in 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two after Dean makes a deal with a crossroads demon.
- Sam dies of a lightning strike induced by a wish from Hope Lynn Casey, reversed moments later along with all the other wishing-well wishes.
- Sam nearly dies of asphyxia after Zachariah removes his lungs, reversed moments later at Castiel's order.
- Sam dies when Anna stabs him in the gut, reversed a few minutes later by Michael.
- Sam dies when angry hunters shoot both him and Dean for Sam's role in starting the Apocalypse.
- Sam dies of unknown causes (presumably from the fall) after jumping into Lucifer's Cage to trap Lucifer inside, brought back by Castiel.
- Sam dies after Billie causes him and Dean to become temporarily incapacitated and momentarily revived to escape Site 94.
- Sam dies of exsanguination after having his jugular vein ripped out by a vampire in Apocalypse World until he is resurrected by Lucifer.
- In a nightmare Sam has, he is killed with the First Blade by a Dean who is both still the wielder of the Mark of Cain and a Knight of Hell. Like the rest of Chuck's Endings, this is revealed to be an alternate reality Sam.
- In a future God shows Sam where the Winchesters and Castiel succeed in locking God away, Sam is eventually turned into a vampire on a hunt gone wrong. During a final confrontation with several hunters, including both Jody Mills and Bobby Singer, Sam is shot in the chest by Jody with a dead man's blood bullet. As Dean kills Jody in retaliation, Bobby takes the opportunity to decapitate Sam. This future and fate are averted when Sam chooses not to complete the spell to trap God as a result of what he saw would become of the world.
Sam's police record appeared in 1.15 The Benders as follows:
- Samuel Winchester:
- Born: May 2, 1983
- Place of Birth: Lawrence, Kansas
- Physical description: 6'5" or 6'6", 180-190early series or 220-230 current as of 11 Dec 2010 lbs, brown hair, green eyes 1
Sam, and Dean's, middle name (if they have one) is unknown. In 11.23 Alpha and Omega, Lady Antonia Bevell has cork board with information on the family. Sam's birth certificate can also be seen and it lists Sam's full name as Samuel William Winchester. However, as Sam's birth date is incorrectly listed as April 13, 1983, the veracity of the information is in doubt.
Relationship with the Yellow-Eyed Demon
- Sam: I mean, either telekinesis or premonitions, we both had abilities, you know? Maybe it was after us for some reason.
- Duane Tanner: I don't think any more tests will be necessary... The Winchester boy, definitely immune as expected.
The experiment was later revealed to be a test for Sam's immunity to the special abilities of other demons.
- In 2.10 Hunted Dean reveals that before he died John told Dean that he would have to save Sam, and that if he couldn't do that he might have to kill him.
- In 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One the Yellow-Eyed Demon appears to Sam in a dream, and explains that his plan is for the children with special powers to fight amongst themselves until the strongest is left to lead a demon army. He tells Sam, with his leadership qualities and hunter training, is his favorite.
- In the same dream, YED admits to killing Jessica so Sam would go back to hunting. He then shows Sam a vision of what happened the night Mary died. Sam sees that YED fed drops of his blood to baby Sam, and that Mary knew the Yellow-Eyed Demon. Sam does not tell Dean about this.
- After Sam's resurrection the Yellow-Eyed Demon implies to Dean that Sam came back changed.
Lucifer's True Vessel
- In 5.03 Free to Be You and Me, Sam is revealed to be Lucifer's true vessel.
- In 5.04 The End, Dean is teleported five years into the future, it is revealed Sam of 2014 said "yes" to Lucifer in Detroit. Lucifer kills Future!Dean.
- In 5.22 Swan Song Sam says "yes" to Lucifer in order to force him back into Hell.
- It is revealed that Sam, with the aid of the Impala which resurfaced certain powerful memories, could in fact resist Lucifer; thanks to the Impala, some of his memories were triggered which allowed him to regain control of his body.
- Surprisingly enough, despite the weighting odds, Sam manages to absorb the memories of his experiences in Lucifer's Cage, and was able to resist them from decimating him for a period of time.
- Lucifer once again attempts to use Sam as his vessel in 11.10 The Devil in the Details in order to escape the cage. However, despite mental and physical torture, Sam stalwartly refuses to consent to Lucifer again, and Lucifer is forced to find a different vessel.
- After Sam discovers that Lucifer is possessing Castiel in 11.14 The Vessel, the archangel shows no more interest in Sam and even attempts to kill him before Castiel seizes control back temporarily. After returning from the past, Lucifer attempts to kill both Winchesters, forcing Sam to banish the archangel. During their brief conversation, Lucifer suggests that his continued interest in Sam may have stemmed from the fact that Sam was like the prom date that kept turning him down.
- In 12.23 All Along the Watchtower, Lucifer blatantly tells Sam that he no longer needs him anymore thanks to Crowley's upgrades to Nick's body to make him the perfect vessel for the archangel. As a result, Lucifer dismisses Sam's importance entirely.
- In 13.23 Let the Good Times Roll, Lucifer again attempts to kill Sam, comparing it to ending a relationship while beating up on him before attempting to have Jack and Sam kill each other. The attempt is ended when Dean shows up, acting as the vessel for the alternate Michael and kills Lucifer.
- In 15.05 Proverbs 17:3, Sam has a nightmare where he is the vessel of Lucifer, dressed in the same white suit as his 2014 counterpart wore. Dean shoots the archangel through the head from behind with the Colt, but fails to kill him and Lucifer immolates Dean. In 15.09 The Trap, God reveals that this was in fact an alternate reality Sam and Lucifer.
Powers & Abilities
Sam has been shown to possess talents such as telekinesis and precognitive abilities (manifesting as visions). As the series progressed, Sam has learned to further develop his powers allowing him to exorcisedemons from their human vessels and eventually to kill demons.
Sam's premonitions began "about six months" before Jessica's death. Initially they only occur when he's sleeping (through dreams), but by 1.14 Nightmare they occur when Sam is awake. Sam cannot control when the premonitions occur or what they're about, and they are often accompanied by intense headaches. Sam and Dean theorize that Sam only has premonitions when they are somehow related to the Yellow-Eyed Demon. This is likely true, for Sam ceases to experience visions after the demon's death in 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two, which also suggests that his visions were a result of some sort of link between himself and YED.
Occurrences (in chronological order):
Sam first displays telekinesis during a moment of desperation, allowing him to move a heavy cabinet blocking his path to Dean. Sam tried to repeat this ability afterward but was unable to do so. In fact, his telekinesis did not manifest again until after he began training with Ruby and drinking her blood. By the time he wields his power again, Sam is shown to be highly adept at hurling a demon as powerful as Alastair across a graveyard with little effort. He can also maintain a grip on demons, preventing them from moving or using their powers.
- Sam moves a cabinet trapping him in order to save Dean's life.
- Sam throws Alastair with telekinesis after he proves immune to Alastair's own telekinesis. He seems to be able to simultaneously hold a demon telekinetically and use his exorcism powers on it.
- Sam uses his telekinesis to throw Lilith across a room.
- Sam uses his telekinesis to throw a demon across the room after he gives in to his demon blood cravings.
Sam can force a demon to leave its host through sheer force of will. Initially, using this ability caused Sam a great deal of stress and would often result in severe headaches and nosebleeds, but with time and practice he was able to exorcise a demon without these side-effects. Once removed, the demon "smoke" falls to the ground and burns a black circle as it descends back to Hell. Unless the host is already dead, the vessel will survive this process (though he admitted to unintentionally killing a few during training).
- In 4.01 Lazarus Rising we learn that Sam is now able to exorcise a demon by holding out his hand and forcing the demon to leave the possessed body and return to Hell. He was taught that skill by Ruby.
- In 4.04 Metamorphosis Dean finds Sam practicing his exorcism powers and brings him to promise him that he will never use them again.
- In 4.20 The Rapture, Sam attempts to exorcise a demon who is attacking Jimmy Novak's family. However, he is unable to do it. Later, in the warehouse where demons are holding Amelia and Claire Novak, Sam exorcises a demon from Jimmy's wife Amelia, after drinking blood from the neck of a demon possessed human.
- In 5.14 My Bloody Valentine, after Sam gives into his craving for demon blood, Famine offers his demons to Sam so he can drain them of their blood. Sam refuses and instead exorcises all five demons at once before exorcising the demons that Famine has consumed and effectively defeating him.
Sam has immunities to demonic attacks that steadily expand over time. At first, Sam was vulnerable to all forms of demon powers, being easily overpowered by telekinesis from both YED and lesser demons. However, his first bout of immunity manifests after being exposed to the Croatoan virus. Sam proves immune, and is later able to survive Lilith's "light" without any harm. Though still susceptible to the telekinetic attacks of other demons (like Alastair, for example) and possession by the Meg!Demon, Sam eventually reaches a point where no demon can harm him so long as he's high on demon blood. To this end, Lilith is practically defenseless against Sam during their final confrontation.
- Sam is immune to both Andy Gallagher and his twin brother Ansem Weems mind controlling powers.
- Sam is immune to the demonic virus that was spreading in the town through blood-to-blood contact.
- Lilith turns her power on Sam after killing Dean (in the same manner she used in "Jus in Bello") Sam shields himself with his arm, and after the light dies down, he is shown to be completely unharmed, and apparently immune to Lilith's power.
- He is also able to withstand Samhain.
- Sam proves immune to Alastair's telekinesis.
- Lilith herself says that Sam is immune to her power.
Execution & Torture
When fueled by a certain amount of demon blood, Sam powers are strong enough to allow him to not only exorcisedemons, but kill them too. Killing a demon creates the same light inside their body as when they're killed by the Colt or Ruby's knife. When killing Alastair, Sam was able to do so with ease, but Lilith required extreme concentration and will, the result of which drained him of all his powers upon completion. After consuming several gallons of demon blood in preparation for becoming Lucifer's vessel, Sam was powerful enough to kill two demons without moving a muscle. Sam is also capable of inflicting intense pain on any demon, which proves useful in torturing them for information for the agony is so great that Lilith's servant begged for death after just a few minutes of exposure. However, after her resurrection, Lilith insisted that Sam was only able to kill her because she allowed him to.
Sensing the Supernatural
Sam has a sixth sense that allows him to detect impressions or a sense of supernatural presence. Sam describes this as a "vibe" (1.10).
- Sam is able to sense supernatural presences in the old Winchester family home.
- Sam was able to sense Dean's spirit during a time of great stress.
When Sam came back from Lucifer's Cage his soul was left behind which left him completely emotionless. Castiel sticks his right arm into Sam's chest and reveals to Dean that, the reason for Sam's cold/relentless behavior is because his soul is missing because of him being in hell. He has said himself that he doesn't feel anything anymore, with no remorse. The new Sam will do anything to kill monsters, even let his own brother be turned into a vampire. Sam claims that it has a few benefits that have allowed him to become a better hunter: he doesn't need to sleep or really eat anymore, he has a higher pain tolerance and was able to lie to the goddess Veritas, even though she can make all other people, even Dean, tell the truth.
This soulless version of Sam has also been proved to be quite dangerous, with his lack of emotion or empathy for others makes him something of a sociopath. He doesn't seem to care about those he works with, or even his brother Dean, as he just uses those close to him to achieve his own ends. This comes to an end by the middle of season six, when Death restores Sam's soul.
Age 6 months: Sam is visited in his nursery by the Yellow-Eyed Demon, who drips demon blood into his mouth. When Mary interrupts him, the demon kills her, pinning her to the ceiling and setting the house on fire. John saves Sam and Dean carries him from their burning home. that is the reason for him having demon blood.
Age 6: Left in Dean’s care in a motel room in Fort Douglas, Wisconsin while John is on a hunt. While a bored Dean leaves briefly, Sam is attacked by a shtriga, but is rescued by John.
Age 8: Dean and Sam are again on their own in a motel in Broken Bow, Nebraska on Christmas Eve. Until this age Sam believes his mother died in a car accident, and doesn't know John is a hunter. On finding John’s Journal, Sam confronts Dean, who confirms that supernatural beings exists, that one killed their mother and that their father hunts them.
Age 9: Sam befriends a zanna / imaginary friend named Sully.
Age 11/12: Sam is sent to live with Bobby for two months while John is on a hunt and Dean has been sent to a boys home.
Age 12: Sam wins a Division Championship Soccer trophy, which he later finds in John's lock-up.
Age 13: On July 4, 1996, Sam and Dean set off a box full of fireworks in an empty field. As Dean recalls, they "burned the field down."
Age 14: In summer 1997, Sam, Dean and John hunt a werewolf.
Around age 15: Sam was a Mathlete in high school, as remembered by Travis.
Around age 15: In 1998, Sam researches kitsune alone in a library and feeds the information to Dean and John, who are hunting one, by cellphone. He wants them to stop bothering him so that he can try to have a normal time. At the library he meets a girl named Amy, and helps her fend off two bullies. She invites him to her house in thanks. They have common ground in that their families are always on the road, and they feel out of place, like freaks. They kiss. Amy's mother returns, and Amy hides Sam in a closet. Amy and her mother are both kitsune, and her mother has seen Dean and John tracking her. Amy tries to sneak Sam out, but her mother finds him and would have killed him, but Amy killed her instead. Sam lets Amy go.
Sometime as a teenager (presumably): At some point in his teenage years, when living in Flagstaff, Arizona, Sam ran away from home on "Dean's watch"; he was gone for two weeks and adopted a dog, "Bones", and lived on junkfood.
Age 18/19: Sam leaves his family to study at Stanford. See Canon Discrepancies.
Age 20: Sam starts dating Jessica Moore (He tells Dean in 1.13 Route 666 he had lied to Jessica for "a year and a half" about what their family did).
Sam is 22 and about to enter law school, when Dean turns up unexpectedly at his apartment in Palo Alto. The two have not spoken for some time (see Canon Discrepancies for how long). But their father is missing, and Dean asks Sam to help find him. After a weekend of searching, Sam returns to the apartment he shares with Jessica only to find that she has been killed in the same manner as his mother.
This spurs Sam to embark on a journey to find their missing father and get vengeance on the demon. While John Winchester is missing, he occasionally contacts the boys to leave them new missions to complete. The boys fend off mystical creatures such as the Woman in White, the wendigo, folklore's Bloody Mary, and shapeshifters. Through these missions, Sam begins experiencing episodes of precognition and once displays telekinesis.
The season finale concludes with Sam, Dean, and their father John escaping from a clash with the Yellow-Eyed Demon in Salvation, Iowa. While Sam is driving the Winchesters to a hospital after Dean and John were hurt, a truck crashes into them, causing massive damage to Dean's Impala with the Winchesters inside.
In the beginning of the second season, Sam takes a more active role in the hunting. He tells Dean that this is what their dad would have wanted him to do. the Yellow-Eyed Demon's plans for Sam are still unknown. Dean and Sam meet with three people that John once knew: Ellen Harvelle, her daughter Jo, and their computer genius associate Ash. They assist the brothers in their hunting. In 2.05 Simon Said, Sam displays immunity to Andy Gallagher's power of mind control. He is also immune to the demonic sulfur virus in 2.09 Croatoan.
In 2.10 Hunted, Sam learns what his father told Dean moments before his death: that the Yellow-Eyed Demon plans to cause Sam to become evil and use him and "children like him" as soldiers in an upcoming war. Dean was told that if he could not save Sam, he would have to kill him. Sam is convinced that he must save as many people as he can in order to change his destiny, as he drunkenly states in 2.11 Playthings. In 2.13 Houses of the Holy, Sam has a vision of what he thinks is an angel, telling him he has been chosen to kill someone evil. The angel is later revealed to be the spirit of Father Thomas Gregory. We learn in this episode that Sam has faith and prays regularly.
In 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign, Sam is possessed by the demon which had previously possessed Meg Masters. While possessed Sam killed Steve Wandell, attacked Jo and shot and beat up Dean. It is initially difficult to exorcise as it has used a spell (signified by a brand on Sam's arm) to bind itself to Sam's body. In 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be, Sam and Dean aren't close in the alternate reality created by a djinn. Neither Sam nor Dean had ever hunted, and Jessica is Sam's fiancee.
In the first episode of the season finale of season two, 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One, Sam is trapped in a haunted abandoned town in South Dakota with other psychics like him. It was revealed that there is demon's blood in Sam and his mother Mary Winchester knew who the demon was, much to Sam's surprise. He is stabbed by a soldier named Jake and dies in his older brother's arms just as he and fellow hunter Bobby arrive to the rescue. It is unknown where Sam's soul went after his death, although in 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon, Ash says that Sam and Dean have been to Heaven before upon their deaths, and that "angels must’ve Windexed your brain."
In the second episode of the season finale, Dean made a deal with a crossroads demon to deliver himself to Hell in one year, in exchange for Sam's life. Sam doesn't know of what happened while he was dead, and is in fact unaware he was ever dead in the first place. In the following battle to prevent Jake and the Yellow-Eyed Demon from unleashing a demonic army, Sam shoots and kills Jake, unloading over ten bullets into his body. This is the first time Sam kills a man, or someone that isn't a demon, and he seems to show no remorse. The Yellow-Eyed Demon questions Dean if he is sure that what he brought back 100% pure Sam, but this is never elaborated on. Sam figures out that he was dead, and tells Dean he'll get him out of the deal he made, no matter what.
Throughout season three Sam's quest is to find the loophole in Dean's contract with the crossroads demon in order to save Dean from going to Hell. For a while, Sam is quietly and fondly exasperated about Dean's hedonistic tendencies, but Dean's borderline suicidal behavior is bothering him a lot. Sam tries everything in his power to save Dean, he even goes as far as to summon the crossroad demon and shoot her with the Colt.
He receives unlikely help from Ruby, a demon who reveals that not everybody in Hell is opposed to Sam, that in fact, there a demons who are very much behind Sam. Sam also learns, that he holds dubious fame as the "boy-king" or rather "the Antichrist," something that brings fellow hunter Gordon Walker to pick up his trail and hunt him down. In the episode 3.07 Fresh Blood Sam kills Gordon using nothing but his own two hands and a wire.
A notable episode is 3.11 Mystery Spot, in which, after having lived through a groundhog-day like setting for over 100 times in which Dean is killed and Sam can't save him, Sam has to fend for his own with Dean in Hell. The episode shows what will become of Sam when Dean goes to Hell - namely a single-minded, dead-inside hull of a person.
To save Dean, Sam even goes as far as to consider using a questionable scientific method which helps a homicidal doctor, Doc Benton to stay "alive" in a Frankenstein-like body.
Ruby, who claims to know a way to help Sam save Dean - but who revealed to Dean that she was lying in episode 3.07 Fresh Blood - is trying throughout the season to get Sam to embrace his demonic powers.
In the season finale, 3.16 No Rest for the Wicked, Sam still hasn't found a way to save Dean, and has to watch, helplessly and powerless, Lilith sic her hellhounds on Dean and tear him to pieces.
Throughout the course of season four, Sam's activities while Dean was in Hell are slowly revealed. Sam was in despair after Dean's death, and tried to make a deal with a crossroads demon, but no demon would deal with him. He drinks to excess and acts recklessly, until Ruby makes contact with him and begins to teach him how to use his demon-given powers.
Ruby possesses the body of a comatose woman whose soul has already fled. In a short time, Sam and Ruby become lovers, and Ruby is able to shake Sam out of his depression to some extent. Together, they hunt demons and Sam exorcises them and sends them back to Hell using his powers. Sam is overwhelmed when Dean returns from Hell, but the two quickly begin fighting. Castiel informs Dean of Sam's use of his powers, leading up to a minor fallout between the brothers, as Dean tries to get him to stop using them and stop hanging out with Ruby.
Sam, who is more religious than Dean, is delighted to find that angels are helping them, but is severely disillusioned in 4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester, when he finally meets Castiel and another angel, Uriel, and the angels attempt to destroy an entire town. Also a shock is that Uriel treats Sam with complete disgust, threatening to kill him as soon as Sam is no longer useful. Sam promises Dean to stop using his abilities, but quickly breaks the promise.
Season four shows a colder, less emotional Sam. He blatantly lies to Dean and has also become much more accepting of collateral damage and incidental loss of human life.
Finally, in 4.16 On the Head of a Pin, we find out that Sam has been drinking demon blood to fuel his powers. In this episode, he has become strong enough to torture Alastair to the point of making him reveal information (though Dean's torturing methods could not make him give any information away), and then subsequently kill Alastair.
In 4.20 The Rapture, it is easy to see that Sam has become very addicted to demon blood, showing all of the signs of a drug abuser. Apparently, he has not seen Ruby in awhile, which therefore means that he has not had much demon blood. He desperately calls Ruby and drinks the last of his supply. Though previously he was strong enough to kill Alastair, a very powerful demon, now he can't even exorcise a low-ranking demon. Dean is worried about Sam because he recognizes that Sam is strung out and that he cannot use his ability. Later, when Sam and Dean go to save Jimmy Novak and his family from demons, Sam loses control and drinks a demon's blood, right in front of Castiel and Dean. This leads Dean to call Bobby Singer, and together, they lock Sam in Bobby's panic room to help Sam detox.
In 4.21 When the Levee Breaks, Sam hallucinates while detoxing from demon blood. He thinks he is being tortured by Alastair and then he seems himself as a fourteen year old. He also sees his mother, and then thinks that Dean is taunting him and calling him a monster. Later, Castiel lets Sam out of the panic room on the angels' orders. Sam immediately takes off to find Ruby where he drinks a lot of her blood and learns that there are only a few seals left, and the last seal must be broken by Lilith herself. Dean eventually finds him which results in a major fight where Sam almost strangles Dean. As Sam turns to leave, Dean echoes John Winchester's words, saying that if Sam leaves, he should never come back.
In 4.22 Lucifer Rising, Sam works with Ruby to reach Lilith before she can break the final seal. When Sam and Ruby finally reach Lilith, he kills her, with his eyes turning black because of the amount of demon blood he had to ingest. Once Lilith is dead, he learns that Ruby had been working to raise Lucifer all along. When Dean bursts into the room, Sam holds Ruby while Dean kills her with her own knife. Sam and Dean then watch in horror as Lucifer's door is finally opened.
In 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil, following Sam's actions and Lucifer's release, Sam tries desperately to redeem himself by trying to stop the devil’s plans. However, Dean and Sam temporarily part ways, leaving Sam in a normal life until he is approached by Lucifer, who appears in the form of the deceased Jess. Lucifer tells Sam that he is his true vessel, in conjunction with Dean being the archangelMichael's true vessel.
Dean and Sam reunite shortly after this and Sam does his best to rebuild his relationship with his brother although the brother’s are no longer as close as they once were and find it hard to reconnect, a fact emphasized in 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon when Sam’s version of Heaven was completely devoid of his family and involved incidents that meant he was away from the Winchester's which causes Dean to discard the amulet Sam gave to him years prior.
In 5.18 Point of No Return, Dean admits he doesn't believe in Sam and is convinced Sam will say “Yes” to Lucifer at some point. However, Sam is shown to still have faith and belief in Dean and it is this faith that stops Dean from saying “Yes” to Michael.
It is revealed in 5.20 The Devil You Know that Sam's good friend from Stanford, Brady, was possessed all that time and Sam has been hounded by demons from even back then. Brady taunts Sam that perhaps the reason he is so angry and so easily manipulated by demons is because of all the demon blood inside of him.
Sam still lives with a craving for demon blood. In 5.14 My Bloody Valentine, Sam is affected by Famine's ability and he attacks and drinks from Famine’s henchmen, becoming strong enough to exorcise five demons at once and eventually defeats Famine although he is soon returned to Bobby's panic room. Sam also admits that he is angry all the time although he is unsure as to why, a trait that Lucifer tells him he will need when Sam finally agrees to be his vessel.
After discovering that Lucifer can he locked back into his Cage using the rings of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Sam considers the enormous task of allowing the Devil to possess him in order for Sam to push him back into Hell.
In 5.22 Swan Song Sam finally says "Yes" to Lucifer, prior to which he consumes an incredible amount of demon blood to strengthen his body. Lucifer appears to take full control of Sam and starts a number of natural disasters around the globe. He also gathers all the remaining minions of Azazel who have been keeping watch over Sam his entire life (including a grade school teacher and Sam's prom date, Rachel Nave). Lucifer informs Sam that they were always meant to be this way, two parts of the same whole and that Lucifer is Sam's true family.
Lucifer meets Michael in the chosen area for the final battle, during which he kills both Castiel and Bobby and severely injures Dean. However, Dean tells Sam that he's there for him and after glancing into the Impala, Sam's memories return enough for him to take control of his body again. Sam opens the gate to Hell and pulls Michael in with him, effectively stopping their battle.
Dean accepts Sam's final request, to find Lisa Braeden and live a normal life, and sits down with them in their home. However, just outside the window, staring in at them, is Sam.
A year after the events of season five, Sam reveals himself and reunites with Dean in 6.01 Exile on Main St. after Dean is attacked and poisoned by a djinn. Sam reveals to Dean he has been back practically the entire time and has spent the past year hunting alongside the remaining Campbells.
Dean and Sam begin hunting together again in 6.03 The Third Man. However, it is immediately apparent that Sam is not the same person he was before. He is shown to be a more cold and calculating person than before and also a more efficient and ruthless hunter, particularly when he doesn't object to torturing a young boy in order to gain information about their case which horrifies Dean.
When Dean confronts Sam about the fact he is acting differently, Sam denies that Hell affected him in the same way that it did Dean and that he is absolutely fine though Dean doesn't buy it.
In 6.05 Live Free or Twihard when Dean is changed into a vampire, Sam is shown observing the change with a small smile on his face. Samuel Campbell confronts Sam about knowing about the cure for being turned which Sam denies ever having known and suggests that Sam actually allowed Dean to be turned to be used as a bait, something the old Sam would never have considered doing.
In 6.07 Family Matters, with the help of Castiel, Dean discovers the reason for Sam's cold, relentless behavior is because his soul is missing. It is confirmed by Crowley that he was barely able to bring Sam's body back from the cage and his soul is still in there with Michael and Lucifer. It is suggested by Castiel, Crowley and even Death that Sam's soul is "mutilated" and "flayed to the raw nerve", and even if they are able to retrieve it, Sam may die from the damage done.
In 6.11 Appointment in Samarra, Dean makes a bet with Death that if he could be him for a day, Death will bring Sam's soul back. Sam does not want his soul back and goes to extreme lengths to prevent this from happening, even almost killing Bobby. However, even though Dean loses the bet, Death does bring Sam's soul back and creates a mental wall within Sam's mind to deal with the memories of Hell before he forces it back into Sam's screaming body.
Sam remains unconscious for ten days after the return of his soul. When Castiel examines his soul at the beginning of 6.12 Like a Virgin, he says that it feels as though it was "skinned alive," and doubts Sam's survival. Nonetheless, Sam does regain consciousness, and has no memory of the past year and a half, either from Hell or from Earth. He is overjoyed to see Dean and Bobby alive and well, and eagerly hugs them both. He is hungry, and curious to know how he has been saved. Dean chooses not to tell him what has actually happened, and Bobby reluctantly follows his lead. Sam is ready to start hunting at once and joins Dean to investigate the disappearances of some girls under strange circumstances. Sam believes that Dean never went back to Lisa after the Apocalypse was stopped, and when Dean tells him briefly that after a year, his relationship with Lisa did not work out, Sam is sympathetic. As they interrogate witnesses, Sam's empathy and thoughtfulness provide a stark contrast to RoboSam's methods.
Sam is quick to realize that Dean is not telling him the whole truth, so he prays to Castiel. The angel appears, glad to see Sam intact. Sam hides his memory loss, and from Castiel's questions, realizes that he had been on Earth without his soul. He hides his surprise, and asks the angel to help him remember some of the details that are fuzzy. Dean and Sam rescue the girls and defeat a dragon, and when they return to Bobby's, Sam apologizes to Dean for what he did while he was soulless. He feels that he needs to make amends where he can, even if he is not entirely responsible.
As they investigate a case in 6.13 Unforgiven in a town Sam visited while soulless, he begins to remember flashes of the missing year. He discovers the brutal way in which he dealt with the victims of an arachne, one of whom was turned and drew him back to the town. At the end of the investigation, he drops to the floor convulsing as he recalls some of the torment he endured in Lucifer's Cage. He awakens after a few minutes, remembering about a week of his experiences in the pit. Sam is sufficiently recovered to run the next case himself, and encourages Dean to follow up on a call he received from Ben. In 6.15 The French Mistake, Sam and Dean are thrown into an alternate world where Sam is an actor married to the actress who played Ruby. He lives in a mansion decorated with art of himself and owns an alpaca. In spite of the wealth he has in this world and his enjoyment of his alternate universe wife, he wants to return to his own world, where his life matters.
Eve remains a focus for the brothers, and they track her during 6.16 ...And Then There Were None. They find themselves the victim of her new creation, the Khan worm, which possesses Samuel Campbell. Sam is forced to kill him, and in spite of everything, regrets that his grandfather has died. The brothers lose Rufus, but manage to save Bobby. The brothers also deal with repercussions from the angelic civil war, including Balthazar's saving of the Titanic, and the attempts by Fate to kill off the survivors. Sam and Dean agree to act as bait for her, and she is stopped when Castiel agrees to re-sink the Titanic.
Eventually, Sam remembers that there is a hunter's library in the Campbell Compound, and leads Dean and Bobby there in search of a way to kill Eve. They discover that phoenix ash is her weakness, and that Samuel Colt reported the death of a phoenix in 1861. They arrange for Castiel to send them back in time. Dean tracks the phoenix while Sam goes to find Samuel Colt. He proves he is from the future using his Blackberry, and impresses Colt with his knowledge, but the older hunter is not interested in helping, as he is 'retired'. Sam reminds him that hunters cannot retire, and persuades him to give up the Colt so that Dean can use it to kill the phoenix. They do not get the ashes, but Samuel Colt manages to send a package to Bobby's house in the present day using the information from Sam's Blackberry.
Sam, Dean, Bobby, and Castiel go in pursuit of Eve armed with the ashes. They find a city that Eve has populated with monsters in 6.19 Mommy Dearest. Together they manage to defeat Eve after she drinks the phoenix ashes when she bites Dean, but discover that Crowley is alive. Sam and Bobby both suspect that this can only have been because Castiel is in league with Crowley. They are proven right in 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King. Sam, Dean, and Bobby try to find Crowley on their own, but are blocked by Castiel, who has, as they discover, been spying on them. They trap him in a flaming ring of holy oil to interrogate him. Castiel tries to defend himself, revealing that he resurrected Sam. Sam is shocked, and suspects Castiel of having deliberately left his soul behind.
Crowley strikes at the brothers in 6.21 Let It Bleed, kidnapping Lisa and Ben. Dean tortures demons to find them, and Sam tries to keep him calm. He offers to take over, but Dean refuses. Sam prays to Castiel for help even though Dean suspects Castiel's complicity in the kidnapping. Castiel listens invisibly. The brothers later summon Balthazar, telling him about Castiel's involvement with Crowley. The angel is surprised, though he lies to cover it. He later gives them Lisa and Ben's location. The brothers go to rescue them, but Sam is caught, and Dean must complete the mission alone. They rush an injured Lisa to the hospital, where she is expected to die, until Castiel appears and heals her. Dean then has him take away all their memories of the Winchesters. Sam disagrees with his decision, and thinks it is a low thing to do.
In 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much, Sam finds himself fleeing from the police near John's lock-up. He hides in a bar and tells the bartender Robin he does not know who he is. After a few flashes of memory surface, she drives him to his hotel, and he finds Bobby's address. They head for South Dakota, and it suddenly switches from night to day. Sam also smells whiskey and Old Spice aftershave. A soulless version of himself tries to kill him. Sam realizes that he is trapped in his own mind. He manages to kill his soulless counterpart and absorbs him. He then remembers the last year, including Robin, a woman whom a crossroads demon was using as a human shield, who Sam shoots. He makes his way on his own to his mental version of Bobby's place and finds the version of himself that remembers Hell. They talk, and though it may kill him, Sam decides to face the memories so that he can wake up and help Dean against Cas. He awakens and goes after Dean and Bobby. He finds them in the aftermath of the Purgatory opening ritual that Castiel performed. The angel has killed Raphael and is not willing to give up the power of the souls that he has taken in. Sam stabs him from behind with an angel blade, but the weapon does not kill him. He welcomes Sam, and tells Dean, Sam, and Bobby that he is a new god, a better god, and that they must worship him.
In 7.01 Meet the New Boss, after his unsuccessful attempt to kill Castiel, Sam's condition begins to deteriorate. Because the brothers continue to oppose him, Castiel chooses not to repair Sam's wall. He leaves, and Dean and Bobby take Sam back to Bobby's place. Sam begins to experience hallucinations, seeing Hell, but does not reveal his problems. Castiel is killing people, Dean has given in to despair, and even Death will only provide a way to reopen Purgatory. When Castiel's very public actions become more erratic, it is Sam that prays for him to let them help him before it is too late. Castiel responds, and they return to Crowley's lab to reopen Purgatory. Sam goes after the jar of blood they need, but is stopped by a vision of Lucifer.
The souls in Castiel are returned, but he is taken over by Leviathans, who use him to disappear into a reservoir. The Winchesters and Bobby regroup in the aftermath during 7.02 Hello, Cruel World, and Dean and Bobby confront Sam about his obvious troubles. Sam admits that he is seeing the Devil, who tells him that he is still in Hell, being tormented. His hallucination tries to convince him that killing himself is the only solution. Sam is tricked into going alone to an empty warehouse. Dean finds him, and convinces him that he is back on Earth by helping him see the difference between real physical pain and pain in Hell.
When they return to the salvage yard, they find Bobby's house destroyed, and no sign of the hunter. The brothers are attacked by Edgar the Leviathan, 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 and Sam, with an additional head injury, away to hide at Rufus's cabin. As they heal, Sam insists to both Dean and Bobby that he is well. Sam soon spots a familiar killing pattern in local papers, and leaves Dean behind while he tracks it. He knows the kitsune responsible, Amy Pond; her met her when they were kids, before finding out what she was, and even asked her out. Sam leaves her alive now because she was hunting for her sick son, and swears she is finished. Dean pretends to accept Sam's decision, but secretly goes after Amy and kills her.
Sam knows something is wrong with his brother. Sam uses his long abandoned legal training in an attempt to defend Dean from Osiris' judgment, but his brother gives in without explanation, and Sam must defeat Osiris in a more traditional way. Sam 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 destroys Sam's computer, and charges him for another one. 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. They discuss their viewpoints on Amy, and though Sam remains unhappy about it, they agree to move on. On their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas in 7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!, Sam summons Dean to a Little White Chapel, where Sam eagerly marries Becky Rosen. She has drugged him with a demon love potion, and as it becomes less effective Becky resorts to tying up Sam to keep him around. In spite of his drugged state and Becky's other obstacles, Sam is able to help with the case to defeat the demons who want Becky's soul.
Investigating murders in New Jersey during 7.09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters, Sam, Dean, and Bobby, run across the Leviathans again. They are tampering with the food supply through the Biggerson's Restaurant chain, and Sam and Bobby take the lead after Dean ends up drugged. 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 Sam sits in the waiting room, continually massaging his scarred hand to keep the monsters in his head at bay. Bobby awakes briefly, gives the brothers a series of numbers, and dies.
The brothers retreat to Rufus's cabin to mourn. Sam suggests that they notify Bobby's old contacts about what happened, but Dean is uninterested. Sam receives a surprise call from one of them, Krissy Chambers, and investigates the disappearance of her father on his own in 7.11 Adventures in Babysitting while Dean is with Frank Devereaux. Sam comes to Dean's rescue in 7.12 Time After Time, when Dean is pulled back in time, managing with the help of Sheriff Jody Mills to get him back. He protects Dean again in 7.13 The Slice Girls, this time from Dean's Amazon offspring. Sam feared that Dean would not be able to kill the girl, and might have died; the prospect of losing his brother again deeply disturbed Sam.
In 7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie, Sam must once again confront his fear of clowns when two monstrous specimens are sent after him with magic. He survives, despite being covered in glitter. His situation takes a turn for the worse during 7.15 Repo Man, when the brothers try to protect Jeffrey from the demon that once possessed him. In fact, Jeffrey is trying to bring back his demon, and kidnaps Dean, leaving Sam alone with his Lucifer hallucination. He has been ignoring Lucifer diligently for months, but when the vision starts taunting him about Dean, then offering useful advice, Sam acknowledges him. Dean is rescued, but now that Sam has given in to the taunting, he can no longer escape it. By 7.16 Out with the Old Sam is unable to sleep, and in 7.17 The Born-Again Identity he buys sleeping pills off of a drug dealer in an attempt to help himself, but is institutionalized after being hit by a car. Lucifer continues to torment him in the hospital, and he is eventually reduced to a catatonic state. He is saved when Castiel takes on his suffering, enabling Sam to continue his life.
The brothers re-team 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, and they are finally able to see Bobby in 7.19 Of Grave Importance. Sam is willing to attempt working with Bobby to bring down the leviathans, and they do 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.
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. Then Sam, Cas, and Dean enter the leviathan headquarters, and Cas and Dean manage to find and stab Dick. There is a strange explosion of black ooze, and Sam is left alone in the laboratory, with no sign of his brother or the angel.
Throughout the first half of season 8, Sam's time with Amelia during the year that Dean was in Purgatory is slowly revealed. After the events of 7.23 Survival of the Fittest, Sam fixes up the Impala and drifts across the country. When he accidentally hits a dog with the Impala, he rushes it to a nearby veterinary hospital where he meets Amelia, the veterinarian who tends to the injured animal. She has Sam adopt the dog because he has no owner and Sam later names him Riot. Sam finds a job at a nearby motel as a repairman and runs into Amelia, who happens to be living there, when she walks into him fixing her garbage disposal. They soon start dating and end up living together in the same house. When it is revealed that Don, Amelia's husband who was thought to have been killed in Afghanistan, is actually alive, Sam decides to leave so that Amelia can get back together with her husband.
8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin picks up just as Sam is leaving Amelia and heading back to Rufus's cabin in Montana. There he reunites with Dean, who soon becomes angry after Sam reveals that he did not go looking for Dean following his disappearance into the explosion of black ooze. This is compounded when Dean finds out that Sam had also abandoned Kevin, the one person they were responsible for protecting, and didn't even answer the phone whenever he called. Despite this, they team back up and soon find Kevin in an abandoned church in Iowa and find out that there is a way to close the Gates of Hell, thus sealing all demons in Hell forever. When Crowley arrives looking for Kevin and the demon tablet, Sam, Dean, and Kevin manage to escape but are unable to prevent Crowley from killing Kevin's girlfriend, Channing.
In 8.02 What's Up, Tiger Mommy?, Kevin has Sam and Dean take him to his mother, Linda Tran. When they find out that she is being monitored by demons, they rescue her and go to where Kevin hid the demon tablet only to find out that it is missing. They are soon invited to an auction, hosted by the Roman god Plutus, where the demon tablet is being sold off. Linda Tran bids her soul so that they can get the demon tablet and Kevin, who had been added to the deal, back. However, Crowley takes back the tablet after possessing Linda, and Kevin and his mother disappear because Kevin is no longer needed by the brothers and knows that anyone they no longer need ends up dead.
The brothers then get back on the road and do what they do best, hunting, while also searching for Kevin and the demon tablet.
Sam reveals in 8.03 Heartache that he no longer takes joy from hunting and just wants a normal life. He tells Dean that after they find Kevin and the demon tablet and close the Gates of Hell he is done hunting for good.
After Sam meets Benny in 8.05 Blood Brother and realizes he is a vampire, he questions Dean as to why he didn't tell him about Benny and why he is letting him live. Sam admits to Dean that he may have to kill Benny one day, with Dean telling him that they will deal with it when the time comes.
In 8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin, Sam and Dean investigate a series of mysterious disappearances that have been occurring across the globe, when Castiel suddenly returns after Dean sees him several times. Castiel reveals that the people that have gone missing are all future prophets. Sam and Dean realize that Crowley must be holding them while he searches for Kevin. Sam is then contacted by Linda Tran, who tells him that Kevin has been kidnapped by Crowley and she needs his and Dean's help in getting him back. They find out where Kevin and the future prophets are being held after interrogating a demon and head on there to rescue them. They successfully rescue Kevin, however Crowley escapes with half of the demon tablet after Castiel smashes it into two pieces. Sam has Kevin and Linda go stay with Garth while they go searching for the other half of the demon tablet.
In 8.09 Citizen Fang, Sam reveals to Dean that he had Martin Creaser, who had been discharged from the psychiatric hospital not that long ago, track Benny for him to make sure he didn't kill anyone. Dean is upset by this, but decides to go and investigate Benny anyway once he learns Martin told Sam that Benny killed someone. When they find out that Martin didn't actually see Benny kill anyone, Sam allows Dean to go investigate on his own for a few hours while he keeps Martin at bay. When Dean comes back and tries to convince Sam and Martin that Benny is innocent, Sam doesn't believe him and believes he isn't thinking clearly. Martin knocks Dean unconscious which doesn't make Sam happy, but he goes off with Martin anyway to go kill Benny. However, he soon gets a distressing text from Amelia and heads off to Kermit, Texas on his own. When he finds out that Dean tricked him so that he could deal with Benny, Sam is mad at Dean for trusting Benny and making him think that Amelia was in danger when she wasn't.
Sam runs into Amelia again and explains why he came to her house to check on her. He still cares about her and she reveals that she still cares about him as well. She makes an ultimatum with him, that if they wanted to get back together they would show up at the motel Sam is staying at in two days and commit to each other. In the meantime Sam gets back together with Dean to help Castiel rescue Samandriel from Crowley, who is doing experiments on him. After Castiel kills Samandriel to put him out of his misery, Sam and Dean have to decide whether they want to stick together or separate again. Dean decides to give up Benny and Sam decides to not get back together with Amelia and chooses to continue hunting with Dean instead.
With the brothers back together for good, Sam and Dean go off investigating several cases. In 8.12 As Time Goes By, Sam and Dean learn about the Men of Letters when their grandfather, Henry Winchester, suddenly emerges in their motel room after time traveling from 1958. He is soon followed by the demon Abaddon, the last remaining Knight of Hell, who wants to find a box that had been given to Henry. Sam soon discover from a surviving Man of Letters that the box is actually the key to the Men of Letters secret bunker. Unfortunately, Abaddon was possessing his wife and captures Sam, forcing Dean to trade Henry and the key for him. They are able to trick Abaddon and incapacitate her, however, not before she fatally wounds Henry. Sam and Dean bury their grandfather and head off to the Men of Letters' secret bunker.
After settling into the Bunker, Kevin soon contacts Sam and Dean in 8.14 Trial and Error and informs them that there are three trials that need to be performed in order to close the Gates of Hell. The first one requires bathing in the blood of a hellhound. Sam and Dean manage to track one down, and Dean tells Sam that he wants to perform the trials so that Sam can go on to live a normal life. Despite his protestations, Sam agrees to let Dean do this. However, Sam ends up killing the hellhound and being covered in its blood when he protects Dean from it. Dean begrudgingly agrees to let Sam perform the trials. Sam recites the Enochianspell for the first one and his arm glows red while he is saying it.
Sam's condition begins to deteriorate in 8.15 Man's Best Friend with Benefits when he coughs blood into his hand. In 8.16 Remember the Titans he spits out blood into a sink and Dean begins to suspect that the trials are hurting Sam. In 8.17 Goodbye Stranger Sam coughs blood into a napkin and Dean's suspicion that the trials are having a negative effect on Sam grows.
Kevin deciphers the second trial in 8.19 Taxi Driver and summons Sam and Dean to Garth's safe-boat. He tells them that the second trial involves rescuing an innocent soul from Hell and delivering it to Heaven. Sam and Dean learn from the rogue reaperAjay that he had taken Bobby to Hell under Crowley's orders. Sam goes alone with Ajay to Purgatory in order to use a back door to access Hell. Sam is able to get Bobby out of Hell and through Purgatory with the help of Benny, who sacrifices himself so that Sam can get out with Bobby's soul. When Sam releases Bobby's soul, it is stopped by Crowley who tries to bring it back to Hell. With the help of the angelNaomi, Bobby's soul is delivered to Heaven where it should be and Sam completes the second trial. Sam and Dean return to Garth's safe-boat only to find Kevin missing.
Sam's condition gets worse after completing the second trial. He sleeps for a day in 8.20 Pac-Man Fever and is visibly unwell, he is even unable to shoot target. Despite this and against Dean's wishes he goes on the case anyway and helps Dean rescue Charlie from the nightmare the djinn puts her into.
In 8.21 The Great Escapist Dean is worried about Sam's worsening health while Sam insists that the trials are not only making him sick but are also transforming him in some way. When reading the translations that Kevin sent to Sam and Dean in his email, Sam sees a recurring symbol which appears to be Metatron's signature. He then remembers a similar symbol used by a tribe in Colorado. Sam and Dean then head to Colorado and check in at a hotel. There Sam begins to hear noises, develops a high fever, and has vivid flashbacks to his childhood. Dean is forced to submerge Sam in a tub full of ice after he finds him passed out on the floor of the hotel with a high temperature. They then discover Metatron, the angel who wrote the Word of God, who reveals that Sam is now beginning to resonate with the tablets and with Metatron himself, so Sam can sense both when he is in close proximity. Metatron rescues Kevin from Crowley, who had taken Kevin and fooled him into thinking that he was still on the safe-boat. Before Kevin can reveal it, Metatron tells Sam and Dean that the third trial involves curing a demon.
In 8.22 Clip Show, Sam and Dean discover an old film reel showing two priests, Father Simon and Father Max Thompson, unsuccessfully attempting to cure a demon by having it drink Father Thompson's blood. After speaking with Father Simon, they go back to the Bunker and watch the reel of the last test, in which Father Thompson successfully cures a demon after injecting it with his blood several, which had been purified through confession. Sam and Dean plan to recreate this using Abaddon; however, she escapes while Crowley informs them to go to an address in Indiana, which turns out to be Jenny Klein, the woman they saved in 7.05 Shut Up, Dr. Phil, who was burned in her oven. After unsuccessfully trying to save Sarah Blake, the girl from 1.19 Provenance, Crowley tells them he will keep killing everyone they have saved one by one if they don't stop the trials. Sam and Dean contemplate whether to accept the ultimatum.
In 8.23 Sacrifice, Sam and Dean decide to take the ultimatum before Crowley can kill Sheriff Jody Mills. After reviewing the deal, Dean handcuffs Crowley with special handcuffs etched with binding magic. They then take Crowley to a small abandoned church, where they plan to cure Crowley and complete the third and last trial. Sam confesses his sins and then begins to inject Crowley with his blood while Dean goes off with Castiel to help him complete the trials necessary to close the Gates of Heaven. Crowley manages to send out a message to any nearby demons to get them to rescue him. Unfortunately, it is Abaddon who comes, but Sam douses her meatsuit with holy oil and set Abaddon aflame, forcing her to leave her vessel. Sam continues injecting Crowley and prepares to recite the spell for the last trial when Dean comes back. He begs for Sam to stop the last trial because it will kill him. Sam is not phased and tells Dean that he is worried that Dean will turn to someone else if he lets him down again. Dean tells him he wouldn't put anyone else in front of Sam and tells him to let it go. Sam is then struck by pain and collapses. Dean helps Sam out of the church and they collapse right beside the Impala just as the angels begin to fall from Heaven.
In 9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here, Sam has fallen into a coma and is lying in a hospital bed. When the doctor tells Dean that there is nothing that they can do, Dean prays to the angels for help and manages to make contact with a fallen angel who introduces himself as Ezekiel. When Ezekiel examines Sam, he is able to enter into Sam's mind, and finds out that he is talking to Death, and is ready to die and go with him. When Dean is made aware of this, he makes a desperate decision to trick Sam into allowing Ezekiel to possess him, in order to heal him over time. Dean and Ezekiel agree to keep it a secret from Sam, who would likely eject Ezekiel even though he would not survive on his own.
Sam and Dean fight with Abaddon's demons in 9.02 Devil May Care, and after Sam is cornered and beaten unconscious by them, Ezekiel takes over and kills the demons. When Sam regains consciousness with no memory of killing the demons, Dean tells Sam that it was him who killed them. Mildly impressed by Dean's apparent ability to kill 3 demons single-handedly, he doesn't question it.
With Castiel reduced to a human state and on the run from the other angels in 9.03 I'm No Angel, Sam and Dean focus their efforts on finding him. With the help of Ezekiel, they are able to track rogue reapers who are after Castiel. They finally find him just as the reaper April stabs him through the chest with an angel blade, killing him. They rush forward but April flings Sam against the wall, knocking him out. Dean manages to kill April, then goes over to Castiel's body, only to realize that he is dead. Ezekiel once again takes over, and, placing his hand over Castiel's wound, brings him back to life. Sam and Castiel have no idea what happened, so Dean lies, saying that he had made a deal with April to bring Castiel back, before he killed her. They go back to the Bunker, and Sam asks Dean how he knew where to find Cas. Dean makes up an explanation, but Sam is unconvinced. A bit later, Ezekiel confronts Dean, saying that having Castiel with them is too dangerous - the reapers and angels might be able to track him again. He gives Dean an ultimatum - either Castiel goes, or he leaves, which would mean putting Sam's life in jeopardy once again. Dean makes the choice to send Castiel away.
In 9.04 Slumber Party, Charlie is killed by the Wicked Witch of the West, and as Sam runs in, Dean yells "Zeke!" Ezekiel brings Charlie back to life, and later, Sam asks Dean who Zeke is, having heard Dean say his name. However, Dean brushes him off. Sam is attacked by Chef Leo in 9.05 Dog Dean Afternoon, and is surprised to find his neck wound mysteriously healed, after Ezekiel heals him without his knowledge. Sam is unnerved when Vesta tells him in 9.08 Rock and a Hard Place that he's all duct tape and safety pins inside, and wonders how he is even alive.
Ezekiel assures Dean in 9.09 Holy Terror that he is indeed healing Sam. Sam, however, has become very aware of the gaps in time when Ezekiel is in control. He mentions it to Dean, who says that it must be a lasting effect of the Trials. They meet up with Castiel and get drinks at a bar. Ezekiel, not happy about this, excuses himself and goes outside where he meets up with Metatron, who reveals the true identity of Ezekiel - Gadreel. Later, Castiel is taken prisoner by angels, and from them, learns that Ezekiel died in the fall. After he becomes an angel again by stealing another's grace, he calls Dean to let him know about Ezekiel. Dean and Kevin come up with a spell which will allow Dean to talk to Sam without the angel being able to listen in. Dean tries to finally tell Sam the truth, but the Gadreel had known about the spell and sabotaged it. Knocking Dean out, he kills Kevin on Metatron's orders, and leaves.
With Castiel's help in 9.10 Road Trip, Dean manages to track Gadreel down, and they work with Crowley to figure out who the angel is, and how to get him to leave Sam's body. After an effort, they learn Gadreel's identity, but he refuses to leave Sam. Crowley offers to possess Sam in order to find him and let him know of the possession, so that Gadreel can be kicked out. Dean reluctantly agrees, so Castiel burns off Sam's anti-possession tattoo. Crowley quickly finds where Gadreel has locked Sam away in his mind, and tells him that he has been possessed, and encourages him to kick the angel out. Gadreel puts up a fight, but Sam ultimately wins, and Gadreel is expelled. Sam, finally knowing the truth, is angry at Dean for lying to him. Dean defends his decision - he didn't have a choice, he couldn't let Sam die. Dean believes that he is poison - and he can't let anyone get hurt anymore. Sam tells him to leave, and Dean drives off alone in the Impala.
Castiel continues to heal Sam in 9.11 First Born. In 9.12 Sharp Teeth, Sam and Dean meet up again when working the same werewolf case, which turns out to involve Garth. He notices something on Dean's arm, which he finds out is the Mark of Cain. They prepare to go their separate ways again when Dean suggests that they hunt together again. Sam agrees, but tells Dean that he can't trust him anymore, and that their relationship is damaged. Sam practically disowned Dean as his brother and no longer considering him as family since he believed that everything that happened between them was because of their familial ties. In 9.13 The Purge, Dean again defends his actions over the past several months. Sam, frustrated, argues that the only reason Dean saved him is that he didn't want to be alone. Dean counters that by saying that if the situation were reversed, Sam would have done the same thing. Sam, however, tells a devastated Dean that he would just let him die if the time ever occurs.
In 9.16 Blade Runners, Sam and Dean look for the First Blade. They track it down and find that a man named Cuthbert Sinclair has it. Sinclair captures Dean, and Sam teams up with Crowley in order to get him back. Dean kills Sinclair with the First Blade, but as the powerful feelings from the Blade wash over him, needs to be talked down by Sam. Sam tells Dean that he should kill Crowley now that they have the Blade, but before he can, Crowley disappears with the First Blade. Sam works a case alone in 9.17 Mother's Little Helper and finds out that Abaddon has been harvesting souls in order to create an army. Over the next few episodes, he starts getting concerned about Dean, who has become increasingly aggressive and hyper-focused on finding Abaddon.
In 9.21 King of the Damned Crowley calls and tells them the location of the First Blade, and to meet him at a hotel in Ohio. When they get there with the Blade, Dean tells Sam to check the basement while he goes upstairs. When Sam doesn't find anything there, he also goes upstairs, and enters the hotel room just as Dean charges forward and fatally stabs Abaddon with the Blade. He continues to stab her corpse until Sam yells at him to stop. Later that night, Sam tells Dean that he is worried that the Blade is doing something to him, and suggests that they lock it up somewhere safe until they need it. Dean refuses.
Castiel calls them in 9.22 Stairway to Heaven and asks them to meet up with him. Sam requests that Dean leave the First Blade behind, and Dean supposedly agrees very reluctantly. They find Castiel, who has been deeply involved in the angel war, leading an army of angels. Sam and Castiel go off to investigate and track an angel who they believe to be a mole. While in the car, they discuss their concerns about Dean. When they return to base, they find Dean tied up with duct tape over his mouth. During his interrogation of Tessa, he had brought out the First Blade, and she impaled herself on it, committing suicide. After calling Dean out on lying about bringing the First Blade along, Metatron video calls the angels and turn them against Castiel. Sam, Dean, and Castiel go to the bunker. They aren't there long before Gadreel walks in, and announces that he wants to join them, and will provide vital information to them. Dean steps forward and holds out his hand, but as Gadreel reaches out to shake it, he pulls out the First Blade and slashes Gadreel across the chest. Sam and Castiel rush forward to restrain Dean, and they lock him in the dungeon (9.23 Do You Believe in Miracles?). Sam tells Dean that something is wrong with him, and that he has to stay locked up until they can figure out what. Sam and Castiel then find Gadreel outside a short distance away from the Bunker, and after Castiel heals him, they return to the Bunker to find Dean and the Blade gone. They then discuss tactics. Castiel and Gadreel plan to go to Heaven and find the angel tablet so that they can defuse Metatron's powers, and then the way will be clear for Dean to kill Metatron. Sam follows up on a lead for Metatron's whereabouts, and it's not long before Dean and Crowley show up, acting on the same information. Sam acknowledges that Metatron must go and that Dean is their best chance. Dean tells Crowley he can go, and then he and Sam head off to find Metatron. They park the car and Sam hands Dean the First Blade. Dean punches Sam, knocking him unconscious, and goes to find Metatron himself. When Sam comes to, he races to find Dean, and finds him just in time to see Metatron jam an angel blade deep into Dean's chest. Stunned, he rushes to Dean's side. Metatron disappears before Sam can kill him, and Sam is left to try and stop Dean's bleeding. Dean tells Sam that it's better this way, because the Mark is turning him into something he doesn't want to become. Sam tries to help Dean out of the building, but Dean stops him halfway. Looking up at Sam, he tells him that he is proud of them, and then closes his eyes as he dies in Sam's arms. Sam tries to shake him awake, but he is already gone. Sobbing, Sam holds Dean's head to his chest. At the bunker, he lays Dean's body on his bed, eyes red and puffy. He has a drink before trying to summon Crowley.
Season 10 picks up over a month after season 9 leaves off. During that time, Dean's corpse had mysteriously vanished, nothing left behind except for a note for Sam, which read, "Sammy let me go." Desperate to find out where Dean went, and what happened, Sam tortures a demon for information, but is unsuccessful. In 10.01 Black he finally gets a lead - a man named Drew Neely turns up dead three years after killing his family and disappearing. Sam suspects that Neely may have been possessed by a demon, who then decided to possess Dean instead, leaving Neely's body behind. He calls Castiel to ask for his help in following up on investigating the lead, but when he hears how sick Castiel is, changes his mind, telling him that he could handle it alone. Sam goes to Wisconsin to investigate Neely's death, and the police show him security tapes from a Gas-n-Sip. He immediately recognizes Dean, reading a porn magazine, is approached by Neely from behind with a knife. Dean turns around and attacks him with the First Blade, stabbing him over and over. Sam rewinds the tape and watches it again frame by frame, and is horrified to see Dean's eyes flash black, though he believes that it confirms his theory. When Sam goes to the gas station, the attendant gives him Drew Neely's phone. He looks through it and finds a text that had given Dean's location. Sam calls the number, and when Crowley answers, he accuses Crowley of having Dean's body possessed by one of his demons. However, Crowley finally reveals the truth - Dean has not been possessed - he IS a demon. The Mark twisted his soul until it became demonic, just as it turned Cain. Sam vows to save Dean, or die trying. When they hang up, it's revealed that Sam has traced the call, to a bar called the Black Spur in Beulah, North Dakota. He starts heading in that direction, but is kidnapped by a man, Cole Trenton, who is desperate to find Dean and kill him. Using Sam's phone, he calls Dean and tells him to either come meet him, or he will kill Sam. Dean however, refuses. He says that whatever mess Sam is in, it's his problem, and then hangs up on Cole.
Cole tells Sam in 10.02 Reichenbach that Dean killed his father in 2003, and that his plan was to kidnap Sam in order to get to Dean. Sam tries to convince Cole to give it up - Dean is not Dean at the moment - he's a monster. Cole however, continues to torture Sam, until he takes a phone call and goes outside, giving Sam a chance to escape. After he escapes, he calls Castiel, tells him that Dean is a demon, and to meet him in Beulah, North Dakota. While Sam works on tracking Dean down, Crowley finds him and gives him Dean's location. Dean has become too much of a liability for Crowley, and he tells Sam that Dean is now his problem. Sam finds Dean at a bar, and reminds him that they know how to cure demons. Dean scoffs, telling him that if he had wanted to be cured, he would have stayed. He makes it clear he has no intention of leaving with Sam, and gives Sam a chance to leave. When Sam refuses and tells him that he is his brother and he came to take him home, Dean taunts him for being so emotional. Just as Sam approaches him with binding handcuffs, Cole, having followed him, throws tear gas into the building. Coughing and choking, Sam stumbles out. Cole and Dean start to fight, Dean easily deflecting every attack. As they fight, Sam goes back inside, unnoticed by the others. Dean wins the fight and Cole slumps to the ground unconscious. While Dean is still distracted, Sam comes up from behind and throws holy water on him, causing his skin to smoke as he falls to the ground, growling in pain. Sam takes the opportunity to slap the handcuffs on him, and though Dean glares daggers at Sam, he is trapped and powerless. Sam puts him in the Impala, gives the First Blade to Crowley, and heads back to the Bunker. On the drive back, he mentions to Dean that he noticed how he had shown Cole mercy by not killing him. Dean smirks and says that it wasn't mercy - instead, it was the worst thing he could have done to him, to make him have to live with the fact that he couldn't beat Dean. He continues by saying that what he plans to do to Sam will be even worse.
Sam pretends to be a doctor in 10.03 Soul Survivor in order to have a priest bless a room full of blood in a hospital. He then takes a cooler of blood back with him to the Bunker, where Dean is being held in the dungeon, handcuffed to a chair inside of a devil's trap. Sam prepares the syringes of sanctified blood, as Dean tries his best to dissuade him from performing the cure. As Sam approaches him, Dean's eyes flash black and he lunges forward in the chair, baring his teeth. Sam is ready with the holy water, and splashes it in his face as he quickly injects the blood into Dean's arm. Dean has a painful reaction as Sam worriedly watches him. As Sam continues the injections, Dean keeps insulting him, and brings up some of the morally questionable things that Sam did in order to find him. Sam uncomfortably remembers how he convinced Lester Morris to summon a crossroads demon, with the plan to trap the demon (in order to torture it for information on Crowley and Dean) before Lester could make a deal. Unfortunately, Lester completed the deal, selling his soul before Sam could intervene. Dean coldly mentions that he killed Lester himself. He continues to torment Sam in every way he can think of, insulting their father, the lore, the hunting life, even how Sam's very existence ruined his life. Sam continues injecting Dean, and as Dean gasps in pain, he asks Sam if he's prepared to do what needs to be done if the cure doesn't work. Feeling drained and worried, Sam calls Castiel to tell him he isn't sure if the cure is working. Dean's reaction to the cure is much different than Crowley's was. He's afraid that the cure may be killing Dean, but because Castiel tells him there is no other cure, he may have to prepare himself for it. He goes to Dean's room and finds a few old photographs of himself, Dean, Bobby, and their mother. Smiling to himself, the pictures give him strength to keep going. When he returns to the dungeon, he is startled to see that it is empty - Dean has escaped. Dean stalks Sam through the bunker wielding a hammer, and while Sam manages to lock him in the electrical room, Dean smashes through the door with a hammer and continues the chase. Finally, he attacks Sam from behind, swinging the hammer at Sam's head. Sam ducks, and holds Ruby's knife to Dean's throat. Dean eggs Sam on, telling him to kill him. Sam however, lowers the knife. As Dean's eyes go black, he advances, just as Castiel grabs him from behind and subdues him. They return Dean to the devil's trap in the bunker, and finish the injections. Dean wakes up, and after a quick splash in the face with holy water, it's confirmed that the cure worked. Castiel warns Sam that the Mark of Cain will still be a problem, but Sam just wants to relax after the ordeal, saying that they'll deal with it later, and he goes to get food for Dean and to get drunk.
Sam and Dean take some time off in 10.04 Paper Moon, relaxing on the shores of a lake. Their break doesn't last long, though - Dean is itching to get back to work. Although Sam is worried Dean isn't ready, he agrees to start hunting again. They work a few cases, and it seems to be okay, until Sam starts getting a little worried again in 10.06 Ask Jeeves after Dean shoots a shapeshifter multiple times after she is already dead. In 10.09 The Things We Left Behind they meet up with Castiel again, who has reunited with his vessel's daughter, Claire. Claire has not taken kindly to the re-emergence of Castiel in her life, and has run away. They help him try to locate her, and ultimately find her at the house of a man named Randy, who had helped her in the past. He is there with a number of sleazy loan sharks. They rescue Claire, and head back to the car. As they get in, Sam hears a roar and crashing noises coming from the house, and realizes that Dean had not followed them out to the car. They rush back in, to find Dean kneeling on the floor, covered in blood and surrounded by the dead, mutilated bodies of Randy and the loan sharks. Sam, shocked and dismayed, grabs Dean and desperately begs him to tell him that he had to do it, that it was life or death. Dean can only mutter, "I didn't mean to."
Back at the bunker in 10.10 The Hunter Games, Castiel, Sam, and Dean decide to double their efforts to find a way to remove the Mark of Cain. Castiel arranges for Metatron to be transferred out of Heaven so that they can take him to the bunker for questioning. Metatron tells them that they will need the First Blade, so Sam and Dean arrange for Crowley to be ready to hand it over to them. However, Metatron refuses to give them any more information, so Dean locks himself in the dungeon with Metatron and starts to torture him. Sam and Castiel break their way in and Sam grabs Dean and pulls him away from Metatron. Charlie returns in 10.11 There's No Place Like Home, and tells Sam and Dean that she has been split into two - good Charlie and bad Charlie. Sam and Good Charlie go look for a man named Clive Dillon, who holds the key to put the two Charlies together again. Just before they are able to be put together, Sam finds Dean in a fight with Bad Charlie, breaking her arm and beating her to the point of unconsciousness. He yells at him to stop, which he does. After the two Charlies are made one again, she stays with them for a few days at the bunker to recuperate, then leaves to follow up on a possible lead that might help them with the Mark of Cain.
After working a ghost case in 10.13 Halt and Catch Fire, Dean tells Sam that he is done finding a cure - he can't keep going with the sense of false hope continuing to taunt him. He just wants to help people, that's where he finds his peace. Sam doesn't want Dean to give up, but doesn't argue the point. They investigate a case of a missing prisoner in 10.14 The Executioner's Song, only to realize that Cain is behind it, and he is on the hunt to kill his descendants. They theorize that he will probably target the missing prisoner's son next, and set up a trap for him at the boy's house. The trap works. Dean confesses to Sam that he is scared. Crowley gives Dean the Blade to fight Cain with, and Sam waits with Castiel and Crowley as Dean fights Cain, not knowing whether they'd see Dean again, or if Dean would even be Dean when he emerged. When Dean finally comes out, Cain is dead. Dean hands the Blade to Castiel, then collapses into Sam's arms. At the Bunker, Sam tells Dean that it's a good sign that he was able to kill Cain and not lose himself. Dean agrees half-heartedly, then excuses himself. After he leaves, a worried Sam tells Castiel that Dean is in trouble.
Sam and Castiel secretly perform a séance in 10.17 Inside Man without Dean's knowledge, to contact Bobby in Heaven. Bobby helps them break Metatron out of his cell and out of Heaven. Castiel and Sam take him and cut out his grace, making Metatron human. They again question him about the Mark of Cain, this time learning that Metatron actually has no idea how to remove the Mark, or even if it can be removed. Charlie calls them in 10.18 Book of the Damned to let them know that she found the Book of the Damned, and that there are men after her, looking for the book. They meet up with her at an old hunting cabin, where they try to decipher the book, which needs to be decoded before they can read it. Dean, after learning about the Styne family and their horrible uses for the book over the years, tries to convince them not to continue trying to decipher it after discovering the cost of using it. He doesn't want to use it, saying that the book and the Mark have been calling out to him, wanting him to use it for evil. Sam, determined to save Dean, refuses to give up stating that they will deal with whatever happens afterwards and that he can't lose Dean. Dean mentioned that Sam wasn't that interested in saving him last time they talked about this, but Sam tries to tell him that he didn't mean what he said before, but Dean refused to hear it and tells them to destroy the book before it falls into the wrong hands, including himself. When Dean leaves to get snacks, Sam tells Charlie about what happened between them after Gadreel killed Kevin where he told Dean that he wouldn't save him. After Charlie told Sam about her appeals to hunting, Sam tells her that he loves hunting - he loves the life - but he can't do it without Dean. When Dean comes back, with Jacob Styne and his henchmen on his tail, he orders Sam to destroy the book by throwing it into the fire. As the intruders burst into the cabin, Sam, pretends to have thrown the book into the fire, really having burned a different one. Later at the bunker, they enjoy pizza, beer, and each other's company, and while Dean seems to be in good spirits, Sam can't stop worrying about him. Taking matters into his own hands, he secretly seeks out the only person he thinks has the best chance of decoding the Book of the Damned; Rowena.
In order to decode the Book of the Damned, Rowena tells Sam he must kill Crowley as payment, which he accepts. She tells him that the has to find a codex that once belonged to a deceased Grand Coven witch named Nadya. With that, she can translate the Book. Sam does some research and finds that Nadya's Codex had been retrieved years ago by the Men of Letters, The codex was then taken by rogue member Cuthbert Sinclair who hid it in the Werther Box, sealed with deadly protective enchantments. Sam tracks it down to a Men of Letters chapterhouse in St. Louis, Missouri. Dean joins him, and though Sam doesn't give him the full details of what they are looking for, he allows Dean to help. Sam finds the box in the house's basement, and accidentally unleashes the enchantment, which makes its victims experience hallucinations that drive them to suicide. Dean is affected, and Sam is joined by Rowena who helps him crack the Werther Box's puzzle - it requires the blood of a Man of Letters or a Legacy. Sam starts to drain his blood into a bowl in front of the box. It requires so much blood that Sam is soon on the verge of passing out. Dean, having managed to break himself free of the enchantment, arrives in time to stop Sam from completely bleeding out. Rowena disappears, proving she was just a part of Sam's hallucinations. Dean contributes some of his own blood, and finally the box opens. Dean takes the codex out, and hands it to Sam when they get back to the Impala. Once he recovers, he takes the codex to Rowena, so she can decode the Book of the Damned. He also places her in iron shackles, so that she cannot escape with the Book.
With Dean's condition worsening, and progress on translating the Book at a standstill, Sam recruits Charlie and Castiel to help them. Charlie starts to work with Rowena, but finds herself very annoyed by her. Castiel tells Sam that keeping this a secret from Dean is a bad idea, but Sam knows that Dean wouldn't approve, and that he would try to stop them. He can't let that happen. Sam and Dean investigate a death that they believe to be connected with the Styne family. Later, when Dean goes to pick up a pizza, he is attacked by Eldon Styne and one of his henchmen. Dean overpowers Eldon, and takes him back to the Bunker. Sam and Dean question him, until Sam gets a phone call from Castiel who tells him Charlie wants to leave to avoid Rowena. Just as he hangs up, he turns a corner to find himself facing a very suspicious Dean. Just as Dean is about to ask Sam a question, they hear a noise and realize that Eldon escaped from the chains in the dungeon, leaving his arm behind. Dean confronts Sam about the Book of the Damned, having found out from Eldon that it cannot be destroyed. Sam's phone rings again, and Dean watches him answer it. It's Charlie, who has been working on the codex in a motel room. She tells them where she is, and that there is someone trying to break in. They go to the motel as fast as they can, but it's too late - they find Charlie in the bathtub, dead.
Sam and Dean hold a hunter's funeral pyre for Charlie in 10.22 The Prisoner. As they watch Charlie's body burn, Dean coldly tells Sam that it should have been Sam that died, and not Charlie. Dean warns Sam to stop looking for a cure for the Mark and leaves alone after vowing to destroy the Stynes. Sam goes back to Castiel and Rowena and delivers the news. He is about to call off their work, when Sam gets an email from Charlie, who had sent it just before her death. He realizes that she managed to break the code, and decides to press on, no matter the consequences. Rowena reminds Sam that he has not yet fulfilled his end of the bargain - he still needs to kill Crowley. Sam tricks Crowley into coming to an abandoned factory, where he attempts to kill him with a hex bag given to him by Rowena. However, it doesn't work. Castiel, who had set off to trail Dean, calls Sam to tell him that he had tracked Dean to the Styne estate in Louisiana, where he had brutally killed at least 15 people. Sam tells him he's on his way, but Castiel says not to bother - Dean is on his way back to the bunker.
After Dean and Castiel's fight, Dean disappears in 10.23 Brother's Keeper, not wanting to be found. Castiel and Sam discuss the possible consequences of removing the Mark of Cain. Castiel is worried, but Sam insists that they have no other choice but to continue since the Mark was killing Dean. They threaten Rowena with death to remove the Mark, and she agrees to do so as long as she regains her freedom afterward, as well as Nadya's Codex. She tells them that she needs four ingredients for the spell, the forbidden fruit, a piece of the Golden Calf, a lock of Dean's hair, and the sacrifice of someone that she loves. She insists that there is nothing she loves, but Castiel doesn't believe her, and is able to look into her mind to see a boy named Oskar, who Rowena had made friends with after his family helped her three hundred years ago. Sam gets a call from a hunter named Rudy, who had run into Dean while working the same vampire case. Rudy lets Sam know where Dean is, and that Dean is "not playing well with others." Sam leaves Castiel in charge of the spell, and heads off to find Dean. When he arrives in Superior, Nebraska, he finds Rudy dead. He next finds Dean's trashed motel room, the keys to the Impala on the bed with a note saying, "She's all yours." Just as Sam is leaving, Dean calls Sam to say that it's all over. He's done, and it's time to say goodbye. He tells them where to meet, at an abandoned restaurant outside of town. Sam arrives to find Dean with Death. He tries to tell Dean that he doesn't need to die, to which Dean replies that it's not his death that is the way out, but Sam's. Death tells them that Sam will never stop trying to save Dean, and that is the problem. If they remove the Mark, it will release an ancient evil known as the Darkness. Dean tells Sam that he was right about what happened between them ever since Gadreel possessed Sam and that the world will be better off without them, but Sam argues that Dean was twisting his words and that the Mark is evil, but they are not. Dean will not give in, so Sam punches him, and they start to fight. Dean wins, and Sam finally gives in, acknowledging that Dean must be stopped. He tells Dean to do it. Death hands Dean his scythe, and as Dean prepares himself, he tells Sam to close his eyes. Before he does, Sam pulls out several photographs of Dean and himself when they were young. He tells Dean to use them as a guide when he eventually comes back one day - to remember what it was like to be good, to love, and to be loved. With tears in his eyes, Dean asks Sam to forgive him, and then swings the scythe over Sam's head, stabbing Death, who crumbles into dust before their shocked eyes. Dean helps Sam up, and they agree to bury the hatchet. Several moments later, a bolt of red lightning hits Dean's arm, removing the Mark. Sam and Dean exit the building, when all of a sudden more red lightning bolts strike the ground. Dark, swirling columns of black smoke erupt from holes in the ground and bears down on them. They run to the Impala and try to drive away, but reverse into a pothole. Trapped, they can do nothing but watch as they are engulfed by the swirling dark mass of smoke.
As the smoke overtakes the brothers in 11.01 Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire, Dean mysteriously vanishes into thin air just before Sam gets knocked unconscious. When Sam wakes up, the smoke is gone, and Dean is still nowhere to be found. Sam sets out on foot to look for him, and finds him unconscious in a field a mile away from the Impala. When Sam asks him about it, Dean remembers nothing except for seeing a woman. He tells Sam that she saved him. When Sam asks who it was, Dean tells him it was the Darkness, who thanked him for setting her free. They return to the Impala, and head to the nearest town, only to find it littered with dead bodies. When they get out of the car to look around, they are cornered by a road worker who attacks them. He is shot by Deputy Jenna Nickerson, who informs them about an infection that seems to be going around, turning humans into rabids. The three of them go to the hospital together, where they find more dead bodies, and several more rabids. They also find a man hiding in a closet with his newborn daughter. However, he has been infected by a rabid, and knows he will soon turn into one himself, so he hands the baby over to Jenna, and leaves. When a truckload of more rabids arrive, they devise a plan to escape. Dean wants to just shoot their way through, but Sam wants to focus on saving them, not killing them - so instead, Sam acts as a decoy to draw the rabids away from Dean, Jenna, and the baby. Sam hides in a closet, but is attacked by a rabid who had been in there already. Although he kills her, her blood manages to get in his mouth. A few seconds later, the other rabids break through the closet door, and surround him, but after sensing that he has already been infected, they leave. Dean calls Sam from 40 miles away, and tells him that once he gets Jenna and the baby to safety, he will return to help Sam clean up. Sam doesn't tell Dean that he is infected, and after they hang up, he looks in the mirror and sees black veins creeping up his neck, the telltale sign of the growing infection.
In 11.02 Form and Void, Sam traps another man who has been infected and takes him back to the hospital to question and observe him. Dean calls and tells Sam that he has to go back to help Jenna, because there is something strange going on with the baby. When Dean asks how the zombie situation is, Sam lies and tells him it's good. As he says this, he looks over at his prisoner, who is revealed to be dead on the floor. Sam continues to look for information online, when he hears a haunting voice singing "O Death." He follows it to find the reaper Billie. She tells him that she has a message for him - the times when Sam and Dean were able to be resurrected from the dead are gone. Death had thought them constantly coming back to life was funny, but because he is now gone, when they die, the reapers will throw them into the Empty, where nothing ever comes back from. She then tells him that she knows he is dying, that he is unclean in the Biblical sense. Sam goes to the hospital's chapel and prays to God for help. As he leaves, he falls to the floor, overcome with visions of himself being tortured. Worried and confused, he shouts into the silence, "What does that mean?" Awhile later, the infection starts to seriously affect him, blurring his vision and causing disorientation. As he tries to remain conscious, he remembers the words Billie said - about being biblically unclean. As a desperate last resort, he searches online for biblical purification, and finds a website that mentions fire and holy oil. Stumbling over to his bag, he gets the flagon of holy oil and soaks a piece of gauze in it. He lights it on fire and, ignoring the voices he hears telling him to stop, holds it to his neck, against the black veins. Miraculously, they disappear, and he is cured. With this information, he sets out to cure as many more rabids as he can, trapping them in circles of holy fire. Later, Sam and Dean return to the Bunker, Dean having told Sam about the baby Amara's disappearance, and how Dean suspects that she is the Darkness, even though she is a baby. In the Bunker, they hear a noise and find Castiel on the floor, barely conscious and covered in blood. Weakly, he pleads for help.
Sam and Dean start to look for information on the Darkness and Amara's whereabouts in 11.03 The Bad Seed. When it becomes clear that a more pressing matter is Castiel's deteriorating state due to the attack dog spell placed on him by Rowena, they track her down and force her to lift it. In 11.04 Baby, Sam dreams that he is in the Impala, with a young John Winchester in the driver's seat. He tells Sam that the Darkness is coming, and that only the boys can stop it. When he wakes up, Sam tells him about the dream, his doubts that it was actually their father, and finally confesses to Dean that he had been infected by a rabid when they were separated. He also tells him about the visions he has been having that he believes are from God. In 11.05 Thin Lizzie Sam and Dean find out that Amara has been hanging around Fall River, Massachusetts, feeding on peoples' souls.
They continue to try to follow the trail of soulless people in 11.06 Our Little World, and manage to pinpoint her location to one of Crowley's lairs in an abandoned asylum. Dean wants to make a move to kill Amara immediately, and although Sam is much more reluctant, he agrees to the plan. They go to the asylum, and get separated as they deal with Crowley's demon henchmen, Sam determined to save their meat suits rather than killing them with Ruby's knife or an angel blade. Once Sam has dealt with the demons, he goes off to find Dean, trying to break down Amara's door. As he slams into it, he has another vision, this time of hands coming through cracks in a wall. Still, he keeps trying to force his way in, and when he finally breaks into Amara's room, she flings him back into the hallway, before she leaves. Back at the Bunker, Sam again has a vision of the hands, but this time, it's revealed that the hands are coming through cracks in the wall of a cage - Lucifer's Cage.
Sam tells Dean in 11.07 Plush that the visions he has been having are about Hell, and he doesn't know what to do with them, or even if they are from God. He wonders if it perhaps means that he is supposed to go back to the Cage, but Dean emphatically says no, absolutely not. Sam can't get the thought out of his head, though, and brings it up again in 11.08 Just My Imagination. Dean refuses to go along with it, saying that there is another way - there has to be another way. Sam asks what the other way is, but Dean is unable to answer.
Sam has yet another vision in 11.09 O Brother, Where Art Thou?, this time seeing Lucifer himself. He believes that what he must do has become clear, and he won't let the matter drop. Dean finally agrees, very reluctantly, on the condition that they are able to find a way to ensure Sam's safety and to keep Lucifer from escaping. They find Crowley, who agrees to help them find a way to talk to Lucifer. He has Rowena captured and brought in, and they force her to look in the Book of the Damned for a way. Dean leaves to investigate a massacre at a church that seems to point to Amara, and calls Sam to make him promise to not do anything without him there. When they finally have everything they need, however, Dean doesn't answer is phone, and when Rowena tells Sam that it's now or never, they leave to go to Hell without Dean. After Rowena paints protective sigils onto a holding cage, they summon Lucifer. He appears, his eyes glowing a fiery orange in the shadows. When he sees Sam, he smirks at him, and taunts him, asking why Sam has come. Sam tells him about the Darkness, and that God told him to seek Lucifer. Lucifer seems to consider helping, but says that he will need a vessel, with obvious hints at Sam. Sam refuses. Right after this, the sigils on the cage begin to fade, and the fire surrounding it extinguishes. Suddenly, Sam finds himself inside the cage with Lucifer. Trying to collect himself and not allow the growing sense of panic to take control, he says that this is how God told him it would be, and that he just has to go with it. Lucifer smirks as he tells Sam that it was not God who gave him the visions - it was Lucifer all along. A tear falls down Sam's face as terror runs through him and he fully realizes the true horror of the situation he is in.
The narrative picks up in 11.10 The Devil in the Details with Sam still trapped in Hell with Lucifer, who tries to bargain with him in an attempt to use him as a vessel, and thereby escape the Cage. Lucifer promises not to harm Sam, and instead shows him a series of memories in which Sam was brave and willing to sacrifice himself and Dean. Lucifer had admired Sam then, he says, but Sam isn't like that any more, and the way Sam is now, he isn't strong enough to defeat the Darkness. Sam refuses to fall for Lucifer's ploy and continuously rejects him, insisting that releasing Lucifer would be just as bad for the world as the Darkness is, and that he'll rely on his friends and family to defeat her if it means keeping Lucifer in the cage. Realizing that he won't be able to talk Sam into it, Lucifer begins beating Sam instead. Lured in by the sound of Sam crying out in pain, Dean and Castiel arrive to protect him long enough for Rowena's spell to send Lucifer back to the cage. At one point, Lucifer pins Dean to one of the cage walls and demands Sam say yes or Dean will die. Sam doesn't answer, and in the next moment, Castiel pulls Lucifer off of Dean, redirecting the blows to himself. Before a seemingly killing blow can be landed on Castiel, Lucifer disappears.
Sam, Dean, and Castiel walk out of Hell together and head for the Impala, but Castiel declines a ride back to bunker, saying he'll catch up later. In the car, Sam admits that he's not okay, and wonders aloud whether he made the right decision. Dean backs him up, affirming that having to deal with Lucifer and Amara would've been worse than just Amara alone, and that Sam made the right choice. A few days later, during 11.11 Into the Mystic, Sam is having trouble sleeping thanks to nightmares about Lucifer. He cleans weapons into the early hours to distract himself until he and Dean stumble on a case. After it's over, Sam admits to Dean that memories of Lucifer are bothering him. "He showed me things," Sam says, "It was like a highlight reel of my biggest failures." He then admits that he considers his worst failure not looking for Dean when he was in Purgatory, and that he's still guilty over it. Dean tells him that he's already forgive Sam, "All that matters now, all that's ever mattered, is that we're together." They both say that they'll be able to sleep after this, and Sam retires to his room. He adds a brochure for a retirement home to his wooden box of keepsakes.
With no leads on Amara, Sam and Dean take a few cases, though they always return to the bunker in Kansas during the interim. After a case in Ohio during 11.13 Love Hurts, Dean admits that he has a tie to the Amara through the Mark of Cain, and he doesn't think he'll be able to kill her, when it comes down to that. Sam reassures him simply, "I got it, Dean." From there, they continue researching ways to defeat Amara. When Sam comes across a Hand of God located in the past during 11.14 The Vessel, they petition Castiel's help, unaware that "Castiel" is currently a vessel for Lucifer. Dean insists that he goes instead of Sam, claiming that he's the expendable one between the two, since Sam needs to stop Amara. Lucifer agrees and successfully takes Dean to the past in an attempt to take the Hand for himself, but is unable to board the submarine where it's located due to Warding Sigils on the hull.
When Lucifer returns to the present alone, Sam begins researching for a way to rescue Dean, but the only way he can find requires the power of an archangel. Lucifer, as Castiel, insists they try anyway and begins gathering the ingredients for the spell. Believing that Castiel isn't powerful enough to be successful, Sam insists that Castiel use his soul to help power him, something he'd done to Bobby in 6.18 Frontierland. Laughing, Lucifer reveals himself to Sam. "I will touch your soul, just because you asked so nicely. And I'll use your spell to blast through the warding and retrieve Dean, and the uh, Hand of God. And then when Dean comes back and he finds this place decorated with your guts, I will tell him the truth, Sam. I'll just say, 'Dean- Dean... he knew the risks. He wouldn't take 'no' for an answer.'" Lucifer then shoves his hand into Sam's chest and attempts to kill him, but he's stopped by Castiel. Sam's first question to Castiel is, "Why?" To which Castiel answers that he wanted to help stop Amara, and only Lucifer could do that. Sam insists that Castiel eject Lucifer, that they'll find another way, but Castiel says they still need Lucifer to time-travel and rescue Dean. Moments later, Lucifer arrives back in the present with Dean and the Hand of God, and Sam reveals Lucifer's true identity to Dean. Lucifer attempts to use the Hand of God to kill Sam and Dean, but its power has been used up, and it fails. Sam takes advantage of the delay to cut his hand and paint an angel banishing sigil on the column behind him, and he successfully banishes Lucifer (and Castiel) from the bunker.
A few hours later, Sam and Dean talk about Castiel. Sam says that Castiel may not want to be saved since he chose Lucifer, but Dean insists that they'll save him anyway. Sam offers to talk about what Dean experienced in the past, but Dean refuses, and with a clap on his shoulder, Sam leaves him alone to his thoughts. Sam and Dean then spend the next few weeks working cases while waiting for a breakthrough on either Amara or Lucifer, including the death of a wrestler that their dad used to take them to see when they were kids in 11.15 Beyond the Mat, and what seems to be the return of a monster taken on by Bobby and Rufus almost a decade prior in 11.16 Safe House.
When Sam and Dean track a pair of missing hunters into the remote woods of Idaho during 11.17 Red Meat, they discover a pack of werewolves are behind the disappearances. In an attempt to save the wayward hikers, Sam is shot in the gut and critically injured. Dean struggles to help both the injured hikers and Sam back safely to civilization, but Sam's condition steadily worsens. When one of the hikers, Corbin, recommends that they leave Sam to save themselves, Sam agrees but Dean refuses, insisting that they'll carry Sam if they have to. Dean storms out with the excuse of building a stretcher for Sam. While Dean is gone, Sam asks Corbin to take Michelle and go after Dean, to leave him. But Corbin argues that Dean will never accept that while Sam is alive. He smothers Sam to unconsciousness and declares that he's dead. When Dean returns, he rushes to Sam's side, but he can't find a pulse. Corbin insists that they leave before the rest of the werewolf pack arrives. Dean wants to stay and fight, but Corbin begs him to help them. Reluctant and tearful, Dean tells Sam, "I'm gonna come back for you, okay? I promise." They leaves Sam on the floor of the cabin and head through the woods to a nearby clinic.
Sometime later, Sam wakes suddenly. Still bleeding and in pain, he struggles to standing, but can't keep on his feet for long. He hears a car pulling up and hides in the basement of the cabin moments before the remaining werewolves arrive. One werewolf follows the trail of his blood down the stairs, and using the element of surprise, Sam stabs and kills him. The other werewolf hears the commotion and heads into the basement where Sam kills her also, before taking the keys to their truck. Despite the severe injury and near-crippling pain, Sam manages to drive the truck to where the Impala's parked. Leaning against the car, with cell service at last, he calls Dean. Dean says that he's at the clinic, and Sam asks if Corbin is there also before the phone cuts out and the line is disconnected. In obvious pain but still determined, Sam drops into the driver's seat of the Impala and drives toward the clinic.
By the time Sam arrives at the clinic, Corbin, now a werewolf, has killed the sheriff, injured the doctor, and has Dean pinned to the ground by his neck. Sam shoots Corbin in the back, killing him, then collapses to the ground as the adrenaline finally ebbs. Sometime later, Sam's wound is stitched, and as he walks down the clinic's steps with Dean's support, he jokes, "Couple days of antibiotics and some bed rest, and I'm, uh... back to normal." He asks what Dean did when he though Sam was really dead, but Dean lies rather than admit that he'd killed himself temporarily to talk with Billie the reaper. Sam is rightly skeptical but doesn't press it.
Back at the bunker and fully recovered, Sam and Dean finally catch a lead during 11.18 Hell's Angel when Crowley calls Dean with a Hand of God in his possession, looking to bargain. Crowley demands that they exorcise Castiel and send Lucifer back to Hell for their end of the deal, but Dean argues that only Lucifer is strong enough to defeat Amara, and only Rowena and the Book of the Damned could send Lucifer back to The Cage anyway, to which Crowley answers that Rowena is dead. Dean argues that they should just put Lucifer in a different body since he wants Castiel out before Lucifer takes on Amara, but Sam counters that there are a lack of strong vessels, and that this is what Castiel wanted anyway. The three come to a standstill as elsewhere, Amara flexes her power and causes the ground to rumble. Sam spots a message to Crowley, obviously from Rowena, burned into a nearby crate, and they convene with her in order to trap Lucifer and exorcise Castiel as Crowley had asked.
Using holy oil and warding sigils, the four manage to trap Lucifer and allow Castiel to gain control of his vessel again briefly, but Castiel refuses to eject Lucifer. Crowley possesses Castiel as a last-ditch effort to convince him, but Castiel is apathetic and Lucifer attacks Crowley. Sam and Dean exorcise Crowley to save him from Lucifer, and Lucifer breaks through the holy fire and warding. Before he can attack Sam and Dean again however, Amara arrives. Lucifer attempts to use the hand of God on her, but despite a direct hit, Amara survives. She takes Lucifer (and Castiel) captive and vanishes. Sam and Dean return to the bunker to recoup and discuss over beers Rowena and Crowley's quick escapes, why the hand of God didn't work, and whether Sam siding with Cas (and against Dean) was the right thing to do. Dean offers, "Didn't we say that we were gonna swear off getting in the way when one person makes a choice the other doesn't agree with?" And Sam agrees, "That's our policy." The discussion stays lighthearted while Dean concludes that they'll find Castiel and bring him home.
A week goes by without any leads on Castiel or Amara, and in 11.19 The Chitters, Dean is wearing himself thin still researching into it. Sam offers that they'll find Castiel, but in the meantime, getting out of the bunker on a hunt might be good for them. They head to Colorado, where they help a pair of hunter husbands get revenge and put to rest a case of [biisan]s that's been open for decades. After, they consider asking the two for help with Amara and Castiel, but once Dean hears that they're planning to retire, he decides against it, and Sam agrees.
In 11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley, Sam finds a case in Hope Springs, Idaho, and after chiding Dean for ironing his shirt with beer, they head out to investigate. Crime scene photos reveal veins on one victim's arm similar to rabids infected by the Darkness after her initial release. The next day, another person is mysteriously killed, the victim's wife is missing, and there are reports of a strange fog overnight. Sam and Dean return to the police station to track the missing deputy, and reports begin flooding in that the fog is on its way to overtake the town. Sam tracks the deputy's car to just outside the station, and when they go outside to meet with her, she says that Amara has been talking to her in her head, that the voice is the reason why she killed her husband, and that Amara has a message for Dean. Sam pleads that they can help cure the infection, but the deputy raises her gun to attack them instead and is gunned down by another officer. As she dies, she tells Dean Amara's message, "It's all going away... forever. But not you, Dean."
As the fog blankets the town, Sam and Dean rush to get the townspeople indoors. As the fog closes in, Sam continues trying to get everyone inside, and Dean has to grab Sam and drag him indoors before he's infected himself. They take shelter in the station and begin duct taping the entrances, but the tape peels away and begins seeping through an air vent. As infected townsfolk attack the doors, Sam and Dean guide the trapped people further into the station, behind steel doors. Sam tries desperately to re-tape the vent, but he's unable to. He falls to the ground coughing, and black veins form on his arms. Dean rushes everyone deeper into the building, through another set of doors, but when he's urged to follow, he refuses, and stays with Sam. They're unable to completely block the fog still pouring into the room, and Sam worsens while Dean remains unaffected. "You were gonna choose Amara over me," Sam accuses, "Over everything." Sam immediately apologizes and tells Dean to leave, saying, "Go before I hurt you!" But Dean still refuses, and Sam loses consciousness.
Moments later, something in Sam's pocket begins glowing. Dean retrieves what turns out to be his amulet, and Sam wakes, the black veins and fog both suddenly gone. Sam and Dean leave the police station and discover that everyone who was dead or infected in the town is now alive and cured. The amulet continues to glow. In the middle of the quiet confusion, they discover Chuck Shurley and realize that he is God. The story continues in 11.21 All in the Family as Chuck transports Sam and Dean instantly back to the bunker, Dean pockets the amulet, and they all sit down to talk.
In 11.22 We Happy Few, God, Lucifer, Rowena, Crowley agree to work together to lock away the darkness, since they cannot kill her in order to keep the balance between light and darkness. This time, Sam's supposed to receive the Mark of Cain, since Dean is tainted and can't take it again. When Dean asks him how Sam wants to deal with the Mark, he tells Dean to imprison him and throw away the key. Amara is weak after the attacks from Rowena, Crowley and Lucifer. She doesn't fight back when she think God wants to kill her, but feeling her Mark disappear and seeing it appearing on Sam's arm, she fights back, severely damages God and escapes.
As an instant effect of God's condition, the sun starts dying visibly in 11.23 Alpha and Omega. Together they return to the bunker and after a while, God has another suggestion on how to save the earth. Since the darkness can be canceled out by light, he suggests a bomb made of souls to destroy her. Sam and Dean visit a haunted asylum to collect some, but don't gain enough. Knowing about the earth's situation, Death appears and gives them a big amount of souls from the veil making the bomb dangerous enough for their plan. As Dean is the only one with a real connection to Amara, he has to take the bomb inside of him and trigger it when he's with her.
Before meeting Amara, Sam and Dean visit Mary's grave. Sam wants him to reconsider but Dean sees no other way. Dean announces his ideas and wishes for his own funeral, trying to lift the mood. He also asks Castiel to keep an eye on Sam, making sure he's alright. Dean gives Sam Baby's key and they hug before God finally sends him to Amara. Sam, God, Castiel, Crowley and Rowena wait at a pub while Dean talks to Amara. When God disappears and the sun shines normally again, Sam thinks Dean triggered the bomb and died.
Unknowing to Sam, Dean is back at the cemetery again where Mary's grave is, finding her alive.
Back in the bunker, Sam and Castiel are greeted by a woman, Lady Antonia Bevell, who casts Castiel away with an Angel Banishing Sigil. When Sam approaches her, she shoots him.
12.01 Keep Calm and Carry On: Sam finds himself tied up in the back of a pick-up truck. Lady Antonia Bevell – Toni – shot his upper, left leg and brought him to a veterinarian, who is bribed to treat his wound. Some time later, he's tied to a chair in a basement. Toni explains that the British Men of Letters kept an eye on the Winchesters since they started the first apocalypse. Observing the sun's abnormality, they decided to intervene. She wants information about American hunters to join them, creating a more effective network. He answers every request of hers with “Screw you” and is not afraid of torture, since he's been tortured by the devil himself.
Meanwhile, Dean arrives with Mary at the bunker, discovering that Sam's gone. When Castiel explains what happened, they go searching for him.
In the basement, they start showering him with cold water until he's shivering, but he just laughs at their feeble attempt to make him talk. Toni gives a more detailed explanation on how the BMOL works, but Sam still doesn't cooperate. Then Ms. Watt, Toni's assistant, starts burning is foot with a blowtorch, but Sam's still not willing to talk. Toni suggest playing with his mind instead.
Waking up untied, Sam tries to get out of the basement, but starts seeing people who's death he feels responsible for. In panic, he smashes a mirror and pretends to cut his throat with a big shard of the mirror. When Toni enters to check on him, he attacks her, nearly choking her unconscious, but dropping her to run away. She manages to taser him, preventing his escape. She locks the door and he sits on the stairs, crumbling in despair.
In the beginning of 12.02 Mamma Mia, Sam and Toni are having romantic sex in a cozy bed. Toni keeps asking for information about the American hunters and it takes Sam a while until he realizes that he's been drugged. Toni dosed him a strong hallucinogen and added a powerful spell. Since repeating the spell would kill him, she continues to torture him with a knife until he passes out. Later she wakes him up with a bucket of water, demanding information about Ruby. She's interrupted by a phone call and learns that Ms. Watt is dead.
Dean, Castiel and Mary find the house where Sam's held prisoner. Dean tries to enter but gets captured by Toni, who takes him to Sam. She puts his hands in chains and threatens to torture Dean if he keeps refusing to talk, knowing that he can't handle watching his brother suffer. When she leaves the basement, Sam wants to know what happened. Dean promises to explain everything later and asks who that lady is. The younger Winchester tells him about the British Men of Letters and what their intention is.
Toni comes back and is about to hurt Dean with a knife when Mary enters. Sam immediately recognizes her but is confused about her sudden appearance. She threatens Toni with her gun, managing to get the keys for Dean's cuffs so he can free himself. While pointing her gun at Toni, she tries to look at Sam. Toni takes the chance to cast a blood spell on her so Mary can't breath, but Dean knocks her out, ending the spell. They are about to free Sam when Mick Davies enters the basement with Castiel, apologizing for the mess. He takes Toni back to London, where she will faces consequences for her failure. He hands them a business card since the BMOL would like to start a peaceful cooperation with the American hunters.
Back in the bunker, Sam visits Mary in her room, understanding her situation and the feeling of not fitting in. He gives her John's journal, so she can catch up on the events after her death. She tells him she knows that he got out of hunting and wonders why he came back. Sam explains that this is his family and hunting is what they do. He then adds that having her back, fills in his “biggest blank” before she walks up to him. They hug each other tight.
Sam, Dean and Mary solve a case in 12.03 The Foundry. In the end, and to Sam and Dean's surprise, she decides to leave her sons, saying she needs space and time to get used to her new life.
Magda Peterson is a girl with psychic abilities. Sam and Dean come across her in 12.04 American Nightmare. Her parents torture her and keep her locked up in their basement, thinking she's the devil. Sam saves her and talks about his own abilities he used to have and that those doesn't make her evil. She's on her way to her aunt to live in safety but is killed by Ketch, unknown to Sam.
12.06 Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox Sam and Dean meet Mary again and learn more about their mom's past. Despite her wish to leave the hunting life behind, she went to solve supernatural cases after Dean was born. The brothers also learn that they are quite famous among hunters, learning that people tell stories about them. At the end, they part ways with Mary again, accepting her need for time to adjust.
Lucifer resurfaces with his new vessel Vince Vincente in 12.07 Rock Never Dies. Inside the body of the singer, he tells Sam and Dean that he hurts and kills people for fun since nothing really matters to him anymore. But using his powers against the boys cause Vincente to begin decaying at a faster rate. He leaves the body and Vincente drops dead. Sam fears for the worst with Lucifer on the loose like that.
12.08 LOTUS: His fear isn't unfounded since Lucifer's next vessel is President Jefferson Rooney, the head of the USA. Rooney has an affair with his assistant Kelly Kline and sleeps with her. Unbeknownst to him, she becomes pregnant with his child.
When Lucifer sends the Secret Service to get rid of Sam and Dean, claiming these man are trying to murder him, they get nearly arrest. Ketch and Davies intervene and save them. They also give them a Hyperbolic Pulse Generator to get Lucifer out of Rooney's body. Supported by Rowena and Crowley, they successfully force Lucifer out of the vessel, but are arrested from the Secret Service immediately after, assuming that the brothers tried to kill the president.
Sam and Dean find themselves locked away separately in sparsely, grey cells in 12.09 First Blood. They are held in a top secret prison that is not marked on any card and officially doesn't exist. The head of this institution is Camp, an older man who quietly explains to Sam and Dean individually that he won't torture them. He'll keep them locked up, cutting them off from any social interaction until they crave it so badly that they willingly tell everything. Weeks pass without a word said by Sam and Dean, but one day both are found dead in their cells.
After weeks in solitary, Dean called for Billie and made a deal with her in which Sam and him die briefly, in order to creating a chance to escape. Billie's condition is that after 24 hours, she'll come to reap one of them. Camp and his team chase them through a dense forest. Sam and Dean find a little hut where they lay traps for their pursuer. Camp and his team end up defeated. Before leaving, Camp asks them who they are and Sam answers: "We're the guys who save the world." Nearly 24 hours after they died, they are reunited with Mary and Castiel before their time is finally up and Billie appears. Mary offers herself to Billie and the reaper agrees to that deal but is stabbed by Castiel before taking Mary's soul, keeping all three Winchesters alive.
When Dean is cursed by a witch in 12.11 Regarding Dean, Sam contacts Rowena to help him saving her. Sam finds the witches who are responsible for the curse, but gets attacked. Wearing a little microphone in his jacket, Rowena and Dean can listen to everything Sam hears. Despite having lost most of his memories, Dean recognizes Sam as he screams in pain while being attacked by the witches. In the end, Dean's saved and Sam admits that he was a little envious of his older brother who appeared happier without his memories. Dean answers that he lost everything, including everything they have been through together and therefore rather keeps things the way they are.
12.14 The Raid In the beginning, Mary tries to justify her work with the BMOL, but Sam and Dean are disappointed by her choice. After leaving, Dean has an argument with Sam about his 'peacemaker' attitude and that he wants Sam to pick a side instead of playing in the middle. Later, Sam receives a message from his mom, asking him to come to the BMOL head quarter. Without telling Dean, he meets her, but feels uneasy about it. Mary explains what the BMOL is doing and how many benefits working with them has. Sam is impressed, but stays skeptical.
Mick tells Sam that the majority of vamps in the US got killed by them in the last few weeks and that they plan to kill the Alpha Vampire as well. Suddenly, the HQ is under attack from a group of vampires. The BMOL team fights them off but are faced with the Alpha Vampire in the end. Working together, Mary, Mick and Sam can kill him, with Sam using the long, lost Colt to shot a bullet in his brain. In the end, Sam decides to join them as well without telling Dean. Mick asks Sam what he's going to do about Dean, but Sam answers that he just needs a little time to convince him.
In 12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, Sam and Dean deal with a Hellhound. In the beginning of the episode, he tells Dean that he programmed a computer algorithm that finds cases for them. At the end of the episode, he admits that lately, all cases came from the BMOL. He apologizes for not telling him earlier and adds that with their help, they killed the Alpha Vampire. Dean's unhappy with Sam's choice, but decides to join them as well under one conidition: as soon as things head in the wrong direction, they bail. Sam agrees.
Sam and Dean keep working for the BMOL, solving with a case with Mick Davies together. Unbeknownst to them, he's killed for listening to the Winchesters. The BMOL headquarter decides to keep a close eye on them, attaching tiny microphones in the library to listen their conversations when Sam and Dean are away.
12.18 The Memory Remains: The boys hunt the pagan god Moloch and Sam kills him with the Colt. Back in the bunker, they are wondering about their legacies. Sam thinks the people they saved will remember them, but after those survivor die, the Winchesters will be forgotten as well. Dean starts carving his initials in the table, then Sam does the same like they did in the Impala when they were kids.
12.19 The Future: Sam and Dean planning on killing Kelly and the nephilim with the Colt, but Castiel finds her first and decides to protect her, since he feels the baby will turn good. When Sam and Dean try to stop Castiel running away with Kelly, they get interrupted by Dagon. The demon destroys the Colt, but is then burned to dust by the nephilim, who channeled his powers through Castiel. The angel knows now that he has to protect the unborn baby and knocks Sam and Dean unconscious, leaving them behind.
While hunting a witch in 12.20 Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes, Mary gets brain-washed by the BMOL, ending up as a cold, detached killer.
12.21 There's Something About Mary: The BMOL has started their operation to eliminate all American hunters who refuse to join them. Eileen is among their victims. Sam feels especially heartbroken when hearing about her. They know that the BMOL are somehow envolved in the sudden rise of hunters' death and worry about their mom, since they can't reach her on phone anymore. When Sam and Dean realise that their bunker is bugged in, they using this to their advantage to capture Lady Bevell. Bringing her back to the bunker, where the BMOL agents, including Ketch, await and attack them. For a moment, Sam and Dean get the upper hand until Mary arrives, pointing her gun at her sons. Dean tries to plead, but Mary leaves with Ketch and his agents, while Sam looks at her in utter disbelief. Ketch leaves Lady Bevell behind as well to get rid of her. Before closing the door, he tells them that the bunker is on lock down and the water, the electricity and the air-supply is cut off, meaning they are going to die in there.
12.22 Who We Are picks up immediately with the Winchester boys and Lady Bevell locked inside the bunker, desperately trying to find a way out. An attempt of using magic fails. Studying the map of the bunker, Dean finds a spot where the wall is a little less thick and suggests breaking the concrete at that point. Sam and Dean work for hours, but with little progress. They take a break, feeling that the air is getting thin. Sam admits regretting working with the BMOL. To him, is was easier to follow than to lead. He asks Dean if he imagined their ending like that. Dean says he saw them going out in a blaze of glory. This gives Dean the idea of using the grenade launcher, shooting a hole into the wall and escapes, injuring his knee. With the bunker restored, the three of them are planing of getting their mom back and taking down the BMOL headquarter. In the meantime, Mary tried to kill Jody, but she got the upper hand and tight Mary up. Jody calls the Winchesters to update them on their mom. At Jody's place, Sam invites other hunters for his plan to take on the BMOL. When they're ready to leave, Dean tells Sam that he's not coming along because of his busted knee and because he wants to save their mom. Sam successfully raids the headquarter. When he has Dr Hess cornered, she lets Sam know that Lucifer is back, looking for his son. The BMOL offer their support in capturing the devil, but Sam declines. Jody kills Dr Hess and they destroy the headquarter completely.
In the meantime and back in the bunker, Lady Bevell connects Dean to his mom memories while. Seeing her being at home with a four year old Dean and Baby Sam, Dean confronts her with everything he's been through and how he tried to raise Sam. He explains that he lost the girl he loved, that he has been possessed by Lucifer and that he lost his soul. He hates her for not being there, but at the same time loves her. Dean manages to bring her back. When Ketch enters the bunker, he kills Lady Bevell, but Ketch gets shot by Mary, who's back to her old self. Mary tells Dean that she's afraid that Sam will never forgive her. At that moment, Sam enters, telling her not to be afraid and pulls her and Dean in for a hug.
12.23 All Along the Watchtower: Sam, Dean and Mary looking for a sign from the Nephilim. Crowley joins them and admits it was his fault that the devil walks free again. After several hours, Sam reads about a power outage in the Northwest. They stick the Demon knife into Crowley's hand, fixing him at the table this way so he can't interfere anymore. Sam, Dean and Mary finally find Castiel and Kelly. While Mary takes care of Kelly, Sam, Dean and Castiel take a look at the rift the Nephilim created behind the house. It shows an alternative universe, where Sam and Dean were never born. It's a complete mess after the war between Michael and Lucifer. They meet the AU version of Bobby Singer, who tells them that the angel soon will come, checking the rift, telling them it's safer to go back. Sam, Dean and Castiel return to their universe and meet Crowley, who escaped the bunker. He also knows a spell to trap Lucifer. Soon, Lucifer arrives at the little hut as well to take his son. They lure the devil into the other universe, where Crowley performs the spell, taking his own life in order to make it work. Sam and Dean flee back into their world, but Lucifer follows them. Castiel's attempt to kill him ends with his own death. Mary joins them, punches Lucifer until he falls through the closing rift, but pulls Mary with him. Sam and Dean are shocked about the turn of events. While Dean stays back, Sam runs upstairs to check on the nephilim, finding a young man with menacing, gold-glowing eyes, crouching in a dark corner of his room.
Deceased (from natural causes)
Soul exists in Heaven
|“||I don't feel free. What we've done, what we've lost, right now, that is what I'm feeling, and sometimes it's like I can't even breathe. But maybe tomorrow. (...) Maybe I'll feel better in the morning.||”|
Samuel "Sam" William Winchester (b. May 2, 1983) was a hunter as well as a Man of Letters, along with his older brother Dean. He is one of the main protagonists of Supernatural. Both Sam and Dean are related to the Winchester and Campbell families - a Letters family and a Hunting family respectively. The pair also shares a bloodline with Cain and Abel. Because of this, Sam was predestined to be the true vessel of the fallen archangelLucifer (whilst Dean was Michael's). Sam is friends with angel Castiel, Prophet Kevin Tran, the demonMeg and former lover-turned-enemy of demon Ruby. He is also the occasional reluctant ally of demon Crowley and for a time was forced to be an unknowing and unwilling vessel for the angel Gadreel (before expelling him).
After the demon Azazel killed their mother, Mary, both Sam and Dean were raised in the hunting life by their father John. Sam left the hunting life to pursue a career in law, and most likely would have married his college sweetheart Jessica Moore. At the series' start, Sam was reluctant to start hunting again. When Jessica was killed, he was pushed back into the hunting life. However, he has been repeatedly known to try and back out of hunting in the hope of finally having a normal life as he wanted.
After Sam's quest to remove the Mark of Cain unleashed the Darkness upon the world, Sam was forced to confront the consequences of his actions. For Sam, the situation worsened when Lucifer manipulated the situation to escape in the vessel of Castiel. Sam was left torn between using Lucifer to help battle the Darkness as Castiel wished and his own traumas and the resulting desire to be rid of the rogue archangel as a result.
Following the reconciliation of the Darkness and God, Sam was abducted by agents of the British Men of Letters and tortured. During this time, Sam faced a surprise reunion with his resurrectedmother, the return of Lucifer to evil and the draw of the promises of the British Men of Letters to rid the world of monsters. The situation was further exasperated when Lucifer conceived a Nephilim child before his apparent defeat and return to the Cage. With the British Men of Letters threat growing, Sam was forced into a leadership role to end the threat, but suffered losses while battling Lucifer for control of his child.
With the losses of Crowley and Castiel and with Mary Winchester trapped in the Apocalypse World with Lucifer, Sam struggled to find a way to rescue his mother while dealing with Lucifer's son Jack and Dean's growing depression, aided by Castiel's subsequent resurrection. He was also forced to contend with the threat from the last Prince of HellAsmodeus. However, after Jack got trapped in Apocalypse World as well, Sam fell into a depression of his own, only lightened when a way was found to rescue Mary and Jack.
With the growing threat of the Apocalypse World Michael, the return of Gabriel and the death of Asmodeus, Sam's focus shifted completely to saving his family and ending the threat of Michael and Lucifer once and for all. After being killed by vampires in Apocalypse World, Sam was resurrected once more by Lucifer and reluctantly forged an alliance with his old enemy in light of the situation. Sam's subsequent decision to purposefully strand Lucifer in Apocalypse World again led to severe consequences when Michael and Lucifer worked together to reach the Main Universe. Though Lucifer was finally killed by Dean with the help of Michael, the victory was short-lived for Sam after he was forced to watch his brother taken over by Michael who was let loose upon the Main Universe in the body of his one true vessel.
After Dean's final death, Sam goes on to live a long life, have a family and eventually die of old age. He is then reunited with Dean in Heaven.
Sam is very mentally strong, evidenced by his ability to overpower possession by Lucifer. It has been argued that he is the smarter or more intelligent of the Winchester brothers, although Sam himself would disagree.
Over time, Sam has resigned himself to the hunting lifestyle and has repeatedly sacrificed himself for the greater good, highlighting his selfless nature.
Sam has shaggy brown hair that grows longer and smoother in later seasons; he had a fringe as a child as well as in the first two seasons. Over the course of the show, he grew the fringe out. His eye color seems to change; sometimes they appear light green, sometimes they appear brown, etc. He is noted by other characters to be handsome. Sam is very tall, 6'4" (193.04 cm) having a muscular build with broad shoulders and a muscular chest. This is especially ironic considering that he used to be teased for being short and wiry as a teenager. Like Dean, Sam often wears multiple layers of clothing (namely plaid shirts) as well as jeans and boots. In Season 8 of the series, Sam, who is known for always having a clean shaved face, has been sporting some facial stubble similar to Dean. In season 14, Sam grew a beard in the three weeks that Dean was possessed by Michael, mainly due to running himself ragged while hunting for leads. He later shaves it off in Mint Condition, after Dean made fun of him.
Sometime before Jus In Bello, Sam got a tattoo on his chest of the anti-possession symbol to protect himself from demons. He kept it until Road Trip when Castiel removed it so Crowley could go inside Sam and help him expel Gadreel. He got it restored at some point off-screen as it is seen again in later seasons.
A cut on the palm of his left hand was sustained during the episode Meet the New Boss. He was taught by Dean to use it as a way to discern hallucination from reality. Although the scar has healed by now, Sam still presses upon his left palm whenever things get too difficult to believe.
In The Benders, a police file on Sam states his eyes are brown; however, his FBI file in later seasons lists them as blue.
Sam is usually kind, empathetic, intelligent and independent. In the 200th episode, he is described as 'sweet, brave, selfless Sam'. He is often the exasperated voice of reason in his relationship with Dean, who in turn sees him as a geek or prude, and teasingly calls him "bitch," to which Sam usually responds with "jerk". Dean has respect for Sam as a hunter and trusts Sam to "have his six". Sam is repeatedly telling Dean that killing humans is wrong and he does not enjoy the job as much as Dean. However, in later seasons he has not hesitated to kill humans when necessary and even led an assault to wipe out the British Men of Letters American operation despite them all being human due to the threat they posed. He was even poised to shoot the unarmed Doctor Hess due to the threat she represented before she was killed by Jody Mills instead. He does not seem to drink alcohol as much as Dean does and has a much healthier diet than his brother (Dean scoffs at Sam's diet and calls it "rabbit food"). According to Dean, Sam's blood type is O negative as said in the episode Red Meat. Sam also has a phobia of clowns, due to his brother often leaving him at Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie when they were children. This is not helped by the fact that every time they have encountered a clown in the show, it has tried to kill them. Sam can become a very different person when Dean is dead, as evidenced by his change in Mystery Spot and what is shown in I Know What You Did Last Summer, becoming almost psychotically angry.
Sam has phenomenal mental power. This is most evident in Swan Song, where he is able to mentally overpower possession by Satan himself to stop the apocalypse. Other incidences include My Bloody Valentine, in which Sam is able to resist Famine's temptation and not drink more demon blood, exorcising the demons and incapacitating Famine instead.
Because of his intelligence, Sam is usually assigned the role of researching information for hunts; he is the "brain", whilst Dean is the "muscle". He normally remembers details that Dean overlooks and is prone to make connections quicker than his brother. He also knows a great deal of information that causes Dean to label him a "walking encyclopedia of weirdness". In college, Sam scored a 174 out of 180 on his LSAT, which Jessica Moore noted was "scary good" in the series pilot. In spite of their bickering, Sam has looked up to Dean since they were children and knows him better than anyone else. He tries to get Dean to open up about his emotions and problems, and encourages him to take care of himself; on several occasions, he has even been frustrated by his brother's fixation on placing Sam's well-being above his own. However, Sam shows similar protective tendencies towards Dean, particularly after Dean makes his deal and returns from Hell as a shadow of who he used to be, to the point that Sam's memories of Dean allowed him to regain control of his body while possessed by Lucifer. Sam tends to be driven by feelings of anger and vengeance.
As a teenager and even as a young man, he argued with his father constantly whenever they were together. Sam wanted to live a normal, "apple pie" life instead of continuing to hunt, which led to most of his arguments with John and his estrangement from his family at the beginning of the series. However, Dean once stated that despite his own best efforts to be like John; liking the same music, clothes and cars; being the good son, the soldier and the Hunter; Sam always has been and always will be more like John than Dean is. Sam and John clash and argue so much because they are so similar. Sam does not take this as a compliment, and it is clear that while Dean truly idolized his father, both boys are not always overly fond of their father due to his secrets, mysterious actions, and his strict treatment and upbringing of his sons.
After Jessica's death, Sam became fixated on vengeance but still held out hope for eventually returning to Stanford. Early in Season 1, Sam was more focused on finding Jessica's killer than he was on following John's instructions on which hunts to take, something that often put him at odds with Dean. He was obsessed with revenge, and was even willing to sacrifice his life to kill Azazel, although he ultimately proved that he valued Dean's life over the demon's death in Devil's Trap.
After John's death in In My Time of Dying, Sam focused all of his attention on hunting instead of returning to a normal life. He felt guilt for angrily confronting his father in his final moments and for not realizing that he had been planning on sacrificing himself. Sam put all of his energy into doing what he thought John would want him to and kept trying to get Dean to deal with their father's death in a healthy way. After the reveal of John's ultimatum to Dean and the discovery of the other "special children", Sam became terrified that he would somehow turn evil. He made Dean promise to kill him if anything were to happen. Everything came to a head in All Hell Breaks Loose - Part 1, when Azazel placed all of the special children in a death match. Sam was killed (metaphorically and literally stabbed in the back) because he refused to murder another human being, but when Dean brought him back to life by selling his soul, Sam killed his murderer without hesitation. Azazel implied to Dean that since he was resurrected by a demon deal, he may not truly be "100 percent pure Sam", which Dean would also come to question himself when Sam killed Casey when Dean told him to stop, as he wanted her alive. After finding out Dean had made the demon deal, Sam declared that he would save his brother no matter what.
In Season 3, Sam spent most of his time trying to save Dean from his deal. He became frantically obsessed with doing everything he could to stop Dean from going to Hell - even going so far as to try to convince Dean to turn them both into monsters and harvest organs for their survival in Time Is On My Side. Sam kept struggling to come up with some way to save his brother to the very end, but ultimately wasn't able to. To his horror, he was forced to watch helplessly as hellhounds tore Dean apart and was distraught at holding his dead brother's body.
Following Dean's death and condemnation to Hell, Sam became so fixated on avenging his brother and killing Lilith that he almost turned himself into a monster. Due to his grief at Dean's death, the demon Ruby was able to manipulate Sam into a sexual relationship and convinced him to start drinking demon blood, claiming it was the only way he would be able to avenge his brother. Sam drank so much that he became an addict; showing the same symptoms and going through an immensely torturous detox (at the start of season 5, Sam's addiction is gone, but momentarily returned in My Bloody Valentine, exacerbated by Famine, and later has to drink a great deal in order to house Lucifer in his body). Even after Dean returned, Sam was unwilling to let the desire for vengeance go and he continued the affair in secret. Sam was repeatedly warned by Dean and Castiel that he was making mistakes, but he disregarded their advice, believing that he was the only one who could stop Lilith from releasing Lucifer.
As he previously hunted alone for months, Sam became more understanding to his father's training him in hunting. This was best seen when the Winchesters met their half-brother Adam Milligan whose mother went missing because of a monster and he tried to teach the latter how to hunt, despite Dean's protest.
After Zachariah manipulated a fake voicemail message from Dean, saying that he didn't love Sam anymore and was planning on killing him, Sam decided to take Lilith down on his own in a possible suicide mission. Sam was able to defeat Lilith with his powers, but didn't realize that Ruby had lied to him and that Lilith was actually the final seal to unlock Lucifer's Cage. And as a result of his arrogance, Sam ended up being the one to release Lucifer from Hell and begin the apocalypse.
Sam felt extremely guilty over his role in freeing Lucifer throughout the majority of Season 5, and spent a large portion of his time trying to make amends. He also took responsibility in his part of starting the apocalypse. In Sam, Interrupted, Sam confessed that he always felt angry and he didn't know why; as well as the fact that he tended to blame other people for his anger, instead of accepting it as a personal flaw. In Swap Meat, when he temporarily switched bodies with a teenaged boy and was forced to lead said teenager's life, he told Dean that the boy's ordinary life "sucked", and seemed to decide to forgo normal life in favor of being a hunter. In Swan Song, Sam's desire to set things right finally culminated in him sacrificing himself to save the rest of the world, throwing himself into the Cage with Lucifer and Michael in order to protect his brother. It was thought that Sam would be trapped in the Cage forever, but the final show of season 5 reveals that Sam is not in the Cage at all, but on Earth, alive.
At the start of season 6 (one year later), Sam reveals himself to Dean, and they begin hunting again. However, Sam's behavior markedly deviated from what was typical for him; he leaves Dean to to live with the Braedens while he hunts with Samuel Campbell for a year, letting Dean think he's still in Hell, spends the night with a prostitute, and most peculiarly, lets Dean get turned into a vampire in order to find a nest. Even his overall demeanor is different, being much calmer and more collected than before, even when greeting Dean after being separated for a year, he did so as if he just saw his brother the previous day. This leads Dean to momentarily believe Sam was still possessed by Lucifer. However, it is later revealed that, whilst his body and mind are not in the Cage, his soul is. During the time that Sam was soulless in Season 6, he lacked empathy and behaved like a sociopath. Without any emotions or sense of morality, he was often willing to overlook the deaths of civilians as collateral damage, such as urging Dean to snipe the skinwalker pack leader despite there being innocent people in the way, and killing all the arachne victims with the rationale that it would take too long to get them to hospital, which was an extreme departure from Sam's normal desire to help people and protect the innocent. He was also much ruder and snarkier than before, verbally attacking Castiel for ignoring his prayers, taunting Buddy with dog jokes and disdainfully mocking Marion for believing in fairies. He was shown to be reckless and impulsive, and in turn being more seductive than before, sleeping with a lot more women than he typically would (even going as far as leaving his search for Dean in Clap Your Hands If You Believeto sleep with Sparrow Jennings), as well as more aggressive, killing a demon aiding them solely on suspicion of his possible betrayal and beating Sheriff Atkins upon being caught out for impersonating FBI. Sam also felt nothing for any of his loved ones, telling Dean point blank that he didn't care about him, as rude in talking to Castiel, and he even tried to murder Bobby in an attempt to prevent his soul from being returned to his body. After his soul was reunited with him, Sam again felt great remorse for his actions and spent the rest of the season struggling to make up for what his soulless self had done.
In Season 7, after Castiel brought down the wall in Sam's head, Sam began to lose his sanity as a result of the damage done to his soul in Hell. He started to see hallucinations of Lucifer tormenting him, and had a hard time determining what was real and what was a flashback of his torture in the Cage. Dean managed to help Sam distinguish between the two, and Sam was able to block out the worst of the hallucinations. However, in Repo Man, Dean was captured by a serial killer and Sam became desperate enough to save his brother's life that he turned to Lucifer for help. He was able to save Dean, but the reliance on his hallucination meant that he could no longer turn them off, and his visions became so severe that Sam almost died due to fatal insomnia. Dean became determined to save his brother's life in The Born-Again Identity and, luckily, came across Castiel. Sam's mental stability returned when Castiel absorbed Sam's insanity into himself to atone for his actions.
After Dean and Castiel's disappearance in Survival of the Fittest, Sam spent a year thinking that his brother was dead (which he technically was). He "spiraled" out of control for a while, but eventually found some semblance of normality with Amelia Richardson. It was at this point that Sam started to re-imagine the possibilities of a normal life. After Dean's reappearance, Sam immediately returned to his side, but Dean was hurt when he found out that Sam hadn't looked for him while he was in Purgatory. Sam defended his choices of quitting hunting and grew jealous of Dean's close relationship with Benny, which led to a growing strain between the brothers. After bumping into Amelia once more, Sam realized that he wanted to stay by Dean's side and chose his brother over his ex-girlfriend. Sam became determined not to let Dean down again and took on the weight of the trials to prove himself. They took an extreme toll on his health, and as Sam got sicker, he became ever more defensive of Dean's attempts to mother him. He eventually got to the point where he was so ashamed of letting his brother down that he was willing to commit suicide in order to finish the trials. Dean managed to talk him back from the edge, but they weren't able to cure Sam before he succumbed to the effects. After being sent to Purgatory himself, Sam felt guilt at what he left Dean to face when criticized by Bobby. When saved by Benny, he finally let go of his resentment of the vampire to attempt to save him and showed his new view to Dean.
Sam started Season 9 in a coma, dying from what the trials had done to his body. He remained somewhat suicidal, deciding to go with Death if he could promise that no one would be able to get hurt by bringing him back. But Dean managed to trick Sam into allowing the angel Gadreel to possess him, and for the first half of the season, Sam seemed to be in a much healthier place emotionally. However, once Sam found out that Dean had lied to him, he became furious. He told Dean they couldn't have a brotherly trust anymore and their relationship remained tense until the end of the season, closer to a partnership than a brotherhood. Even when Kevin Tran's ghost requested that Sam and Dean fix their issues, Sam refused to do so. Eventually, Sam's worries over Dean's reliance on the First Blade took precedence over Sam's anger and when Dean attempted an apology, Sam forgave him. But they made up just in time for Sam to see his brother die in his arms, and Sam's grief at Dean's death propelled him to try and make another demon deal. During a conversation with Charlie Bradbury in Season 10's Book of the Damned, Sam indicates that his behavior came from his anger at Dean and a desire to lash out and hurt him rather than an actual desire to sever their brotherly bond.
Following the release of The Darkness, Sam is at a complete loss on what to do. He decides to pray to God for guidance. When struck by visions of the Cage and of his dead father, Sam becomes heavily determined to seek Lucifer out, against Dean's better judgment. He even goes to Hell without waiting for Dean to join him. Sam briefly expresses horror when Lucifer reveals that he was the origin of the visions, not God. Lucifer goes so far to point out that from the time they fought at Stull Cemetery, Sam has grown increasingly weak, citing his decision not to seek Dean out when the latter was trapped in Purgatory. Lucifer reveals that Sam's guilt over abandoning Dean in Purgatory for a regular life with Amelia Richardson has filled Sam with such guilt that he can't bring himself to lose Dean again which is why he allowed Dean to talk him out of "boarding up Hell." Sam later admits to Dean that he agrees how he should have searched for him and is surprised to learn that Dean has long ago forgiven him for his actions. Although despite his weakness, Sam is able to brush aside Lucifer's various lies and not say "yes", proving Sam to be smart and still brave enough to stand against the archangel.
When he met God, he was very excited to actually meet him even gaining a semblance of hope after latter came back to fight the Darkness.
As of Season 12, Sam is shown to be a strong and resilient person, able to withstand various torture methods imposed on him by Lady Toni Bevell. He is also more forgiving, as he accepts Mary's decision to take a break from her grown-up sons. He continues to show compassion too, as he gives Magda Peterson support in learning to control her psychic powers which she formerly believed were bad, and again, when he tries to comfort Ellie Grant
Samuel "Sam" Winchester is a fictional character and one of the protagonists of the American drama television series Supernatural along with his older brother, Dean. He is portrayed primarily by Jared Padalecki. Other versions of the character have been portrayed by Alex Ferris and Dylan Kingwell (child), Colin Ford (teenager), and Colton James (body switch with Gary Frankle in Season 5).
Sam was born on May 2, 1983 to John and Mary Winchester in Lawrence, Kansas. He is one of two focal characters in the series, along with his older brother, Dean, who's four years his senior. He is named after his maternal grandfather, Samuel Campbell, and comes from a line of expert hunters on his mother's side of the family and men of letters on his father's side, respectively.
Sam's childhood is explored in the form of flashbacks (as well as present-day dialogue) in episodes throughout the series.
When Sam was six months old, his mother Mary (a retired creature hunter) was engulfed in a massive conflagration by yellow-eyed demonAzazel (one of four Princes of Hell). Her death was not premeditated, but rather a result of her incidental interruption of Azazel's visit to Sam's crib in the night – a contractual option Azazel had acquired with Mary's "consent" years before Sam was born, and which Azazel was now exercising in order to feed Sam his own demon blood to bestow him with psychic powers. Sam was saved from the ensuing housefire by his father, who then gave him to then-four-year-old Dean to carry outside, but Mary tragically died. Since that event, Dean has felt responsible for Sam and became Sam's de facto protector, largely due to their father's absence when he was away tracking Azazel.
Sam and Dean spent their childhood moving from town to town every few weeks while their father hunted supernatural beings, seeking to exact revenge on their mother's killer. Consequently, they lived frugal childhoods and struggled to form long-term connections with others. Sam believed that his mother had died in a car accident and that his father was a traveling salesman, until the age of 8 (1991), when he read John's meticulous hand-written journal entries, describing intricate details of his hunts (as well as creature-related literature and obsessive cataloguing of demonic omens related to Azazel), compelling Dean to confirm the existence of the paranormal. Soon after, Sam seriously considered fleeing his life, as a runaway, with his imaginary friend, Sully (1991), but ultimately rejected the opportunity to escape and expelled Sully from his life. Sam started hunting alongside his brother and father at the age of 8-12, assuming increased responsibilities around the time that Dean left temporary foster care at Sonny's (1995); however, he began wanting a normal life without monsters again. A couple of years later (1997), a teacher, Mr. Wyatt, took interest in Sam, encouraging him to carve out a life away from the "family business" upon reading his writing assignment: a precocious story about a werewolf hunt, which Wyatt interpreted as an allegory and an in-depth character study about family dynamics. Throughout the rest of his teens, he continued to provide support to John and Dean, including in an advisory capacity for a kitsune hunt (1998) which he stumbled into personally in direct connection to meeting teenaged Amy Pond. At nineteen, after a heated argument with John, Sam matriculated into Stanford University, thus finally splintering from his family and their hunting crusade, until the main story events unfolded in Season 1, pulling him back into a role of saving people.
At the start of the series, 22-year-old Sam is a senior at Stanford, in the process of applying for law school. Sam also has a girlfriend, Jessica, with whom he lives and secretly plans to marry. One night, however, his brother Dean solicits his assistance after their father John goes missing. Sam eventually accompanies his brother. After defeating a woman in white and discovering a trail to lead them to their father, Sam returns to Stanford where he witnesses Jessica's death at the hands of a demon – exactly the same way his mother was killed. This incites him to go with Dean to find their father and to kill the demon in order to avenge the deaths of his mother and his lover. In the consequent episodes, the brothers deal with dangerous mythical creatures and urban legends such as the wendigo,Bloody Mary, and shapeshifters. During this time, Sam begins experiencing episodes of precognitive dreams and once displays telekinesis.
As the search for John continues, Sam argues with Dean constantly – mostly about the way Dean obeys his father's orders without question, while Sam questions them and resents his father's treatment of them as "loyal little soldiers". The brothers eventually split up, with Dean going to investigate a mystery his father has assigned him while Sam decides to search for their father elsewhere. The two are eventually reunited after Dean apologizes.
Later in the season, John is captured by demons, and the brothers manage to rescue him. However, they soon learn that the demon who killed their mother is in possession of their father's body. Though John begs Sam to kill him, Sam instead shoots John in the leg using the Colt, and the demon escapes. As Sam drives his father and a badly wounded Dean to a hospital, a truck driven by a demon-possessed man crashes into them, totaling Dean's Impala and gravely injuring the Winchesters.
At the beginning of the second season, the Winchesters are at the Nashville hospital, with Sam and John escaping with minor injuries, while Dean is on the brink of death. In a deal with Azazel, John sacrifices his soul and the Colt in exchange for Dean's life. While the boys mourn their father's death, Sam expresses much guilt about never having a chance to reconcile with John, leading him to believe that his father died thinking his own son hated him.
As the boys start to take a more active role in hunting, Sam begins to search for psychic children like him to find out Azazel's plan. Eventually Sam learns from Dean that, before their father's death, John told Dean that Azazel is planning to turn Sam evil, and that Dean must either save him or kill him. Although angered at his father and brother upon learning this revelation, Sam decides to save as many people as possible so that he can change his destiny. In the season finale, Sam is transported to an abandoned town along with Azazel's other chosen children. There he learns Azazel's plans: he and the other children must kill one another until there is one survivor – who will lead a demon army (as the Antichrist). Sam also discovers that Jessica was killed because her death would lead Sam back into hunting and Mary interrupted Azazel during the process of feeding Sam demon blood, and thus was killed. It is also revealed that Mary somehow knew Azazel. Although Sam tries to protect the other children, various fights ensue, and the children are killed off one by one. Eventually, only Jake Talley and Sam are left, at which point Sam is stabbed by Jake. Sam dies in Dean's arms.
In the aftermath, a desperate and lost Dean trades his soul to the Crossroads Demon for Sam's resurrection. With the help of fellow hunters Bobby Singer and Ellen Harvelle, Sam and Dean track down Jake, but are unable to stop him from opening a gateway to Hell on Azazel's orders. However, Sam subdues Jake and kills him in cold blood. Eventually Bobby and Ellen manage to close the gateway while Sam and Dean battle Azazel. With the help of John's spirit, Dean finally kills Azazel and John shares an emotional moment with his sons before finally moving on. Afterwards, Sam learns that he was dead and Dean sold his soul to bring him back. He then promises Dean that he will save him no matter what it takes.
Sam continues to do whatever he can to save Dean from going to Hell; he begins to become more ruthless and is willing to kill anything demonic even if his prey is part human (i.e., demonically-possessed humans), human witches, and even Gordon Walker, who became a vampire. Sam later reveals that he is trying to become more like Dean so that, if he fails to save Dean's soul, he is ready to face a world full of demons on his own.
Season three also sees the introduction of the demon Ruby, who tries to gain Sam's trust by helping the brothers in fixing The Colt, saving them numerous times, and telling Sam she can save Dean from Hell, even though in reality she cannot. Ruby also reveals that because Sam refuses to lead the demon army, another demon named Lilith has filled the power vacuum and is leading the army while carrying intentions to kill Sam; she is also revealed to hold Dean's contract for his soul.
In the season finale, Sam and Dean, armed with Ruby's demon-killing knife, confront Lilith in a last-ditch effort to save Dean's soul. Sam is incapacitated by Lilith and forced to watch as his brother is killed by a hellhound. Lilith then tries to kill Sam; however, her powers have no effect on him and she flees, leaving a crying Sam with Dean's mutilated corpse.
Four months after the season three finale, Dean wakes up in his own grave and claws his way out. He and Bobby meet up with Sam at a motel, where an overwhelmed Sam joyously reunites with Dean. While trying to figure out how Dean returned from Hell, Dean and Bobby confront the being who revived him, Castiel, an angel who was ordered by the Archangel Michael to raise Dean from the fires of hell and resurrect Dean. They discover that this happened because the angels need Dean and Sam's help to stop Lilith, who is breaking the 66 Seals of God. Once the Seals are all broken, Lucifer, the first fallen angel and chief adversary in the war of angels and demons, will be freed from Hell, bringing the Apocalypse upon the Earth. It is also revealed that Lucifer spawned all of the demons starting with Lilith who is now active. Castiel develops a friendship with Dean and helps him understand the upcoming events. Castiel also reveals the Winchesters' past and shows Dean the connection between the now deceased Demon Azazel and his family. He reveals that Dean's mom was a hunter and working cases around the time Azazel was making crossroad deals in 1973. She and her hunter family, the Campbells, tracked the yellow eyed Demon down and eventually the Demon was stopped, but not before the Demon possessed and killed Mary's father and mother and killed her then boyfriend John Winchester. Shockingly, Azazel makes a deal with Mary to bring back John in exchange for certain debts owed 10 years later. When Mary protests over the cost being her soul, Azazel says that he doesn't need her soul- just a favor years later. Dean is shocked that Mary's deal resulted in he and his brother's permanent lives as hunters.
It is revealed that in the months without Dean, Sam – depressed, drinking heavily, and carrying a death wish – tries to bargain with various Crossroads Demons in order to exchange his soul for Dean's. None of them accept the offer. Realizing he can't save Dean, Sam plans to kill Lilith in revenge. He makes contact with Ruby – now in a different host – who teaches him how to use his powers to exorcise demons. In time, he and Ruby become lovers and he appears to be moving on from Dean's death – to an extent, at least. When Dean finds out about Sam's powers and all the secrets Sam has been keeping from him, Sam responds by saying that he does this because Dean looks and treats him like a freak. Sam then promises Dean that he won't use his powers anymore but breaks the promise when it becomes apparent that his powers may be needed to prevent the Apocalypse.
During Jump the Shark, Sam and Dean learn of the existence of their half-brother Adam Milligan with Sam using the teachings of his father on Adam after he is attacked by monsters. They also learn that their father had an affair with Adam's mother resulting in him being born on September 24, 1990 and kept it secret so Adam could have a normal life, unlike the boys. 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.
Sam's powers become an important part of the fourth season as they are shown to fluctuate – at times so weak that he can barely exorcise a demon, whereas at other times they are strong enough to kill a demon. It is revealed that drinking demon blood makes Sam's powers grow stronger while at the same time making him "cold" and "arrogant". Sam eventually becomes addicted to demon blood, a fact that Dean soon discovers. With Bobby's help they lock Sam in a protected panic room so that he can detox, but the withdrawal symptoms are painful and he begins experiencing hallucinations. Just as the process becomes easier for Sam, Castiel appears and frees Sam. He meets up with Ruby and learns that he will need to drink more demon blood than he has ever done in order to have the strength to kill Lilith. Dean finds and confronts them and tries to kill Ruby, but Sam intervenes. He and Dean argue about how to stop the Apocalypse, whereupon Dean tells Sam he's changing into a monster, leading to a vicious fight between the brothers. Sam is the victor and as he leaves, Dean tells him not to return – just as their father John, years ago, told Sam not to return when he left for college.
As Sam begins to feel the guilt over abandoning his brother, he and Ruby capture a demon that knows Lilith's location. Using his powers to torture the demon, she gives the location, but as Sam is about to drink her blood, the demon gives control to her human host, inciting immense guilt in Sam. A message from Dean, altered by the manipulative, arrogant angel Zachariah, manipulates Sam, pushing him to continue his original mission to kill Lilith; he then drains the woman of her blood anyway. Ruby and Sam go to St. Mary's Convent in Ilchester, Maryland, where they find Lilith. As Sam attempts to kill Lilith, Ruby holds the doors shut to keep Dean, who has just arrived, from interfering. Sam hesitates when he hears his brother yelling for him, but when Lilith mocks him for his inability to do the job – even after becoming a monster to do so – he finishes her off, fulfilling his true destiny as the "special child." Lilith's death breaks the final seal and begins forming a portal for Lucifer. At this point, Ruby reveals that she was leading Sam along the entire time so he would break the seal. Dean finally enters the room and kills Ruby with her own knife, while Sam holds her in place. Sam apologizes to his brother as a white light shows a portal beginning to open.
As the portal for Lucifer opens, Sam and Dean are teleported onto an airplane by an unknown force (God). Sam loses his demon powers, claiming that the force that transported him and Dean onto the plane cleaned him up. He feels tremendous guilt for starting Armageddon and soon learns his acts have revealed a destiny Dean will be the vessel of the Archangel Michael to fight Lucifer. He is later told by Dean that he doesn't think he can trust Sam anymore due to Sam choosing a demon over his own brother. Over time, Sam realizes that he is too dangerous to be involved in hunting, and he and Dean go their separate ways. During this time, Sam tries to start living a normal life, but is approached by Lucifer in his dreams in the form of Jessica, who tells him that Sam is his true vessel in conjunction with Dean being the true vessel for Michael. Sam decides to start hunting again with Dean as he is tired of demons controlling his life and seeks redemption for starting the Judgment Day; although Dean refuses at first, after he is sent to a nightmarish future in which he sees how awful things got with him and Sam not being together, he decides to join up with Sam once more.
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. Although tempted to kill Brady immediately, Sam realizes that Brady is needed to find Pestilence's location and with the help of the demon Crowley they discover the horseman's location – after which Dean allows Sam to kill Brady.
After Castiel captures Pestilence's ring and Death hands his ring to Dean, both Bobby and Dean reluctantly decide to go with Sam's plan – that is, for Sam to agree to being Lucifer's vessel, then jump into the cage trapping them both in Hell. Upon arriving in Detroit, Sam begs Dean to go live a normal life with his old flame Lisa Braeden and says his goodbyes to Bobby and Castiel. He then proceeds to confront Lucifer, who reveals that he knows about their plan. Seeing no other options left, Sam says yes anyway. A bright light shines and Dean looks upon an unconscious Sam as he opens the portal to Lucifer's prison. Although "Sam" says that he has Lucifer under control, it is shown that Lucifer was just taunting Dean. Lucifer closes the portal and takes the rings before disappearing. At an unknown location, Sam continues to fight Lucifer internally for control over his body. While talking through a mirror, Lucifer tries to persuade Sam to embrace their union by slaughtering demons that were watching Sam throughout his entire life.
During Lucifer's confrontation at Stull Cemetery with Michael (using Adam as his vessel), he beats Dean, slamming him against the door of the Impala. As Lucifer is about to deliver a fatal blow, he catches a glimpse of a toy soldier stuck in the car's ash tray triggering Sam's memory of jamming the soldier in there as a boy. The sudden arousal of Sam's childhood memories and those of the bond of brotherhood he shares with Dean allows him to overpower Lucifer and regain control of his body. Sam takes out the rings, reopens the portal, and prepares to throw himself in. Having been temporarily banished by Castiel, Michael returns and attempts to stop him, but Sam jumps in, pulling Michael also with him – trapping both Lucifer and Michael in Lucifer's cage. The ground closes up with a stunned, devastated Dean watching. Later, it is shown that Dean fulfills his promise to Sam and has gone back to find Lisa. As he sits down with her and Ben for dinner, a street light outside goes out, and underneath it inexplicably is Sam secretly watching the three with a blank look on his face.
Almost a year has passed since Sam went to Hell, and he reappears to Dean after saving him from Djinn poisoning. Upon their reunion, Sam reveals that he has been back this whole time searching for whatever force brought him back and hunting with his mother's side of the family, the Campbells, led by their grandfather Samuel who was also resurrected. While hunting with Sam again, Dean quickly notices how different he acts. These include using a baby as bait, allowing a child to go through a torturous treatment to gain information, and allowing Dean to become a vampire. After facing the goddess, Veritas, Dean and Castiel question Sam's behavior. Castiel then reveals that Sam's soul is not with him and is still trapped in Lucifer's Cage. It is revealed that Crowley brought back Sam and Samuel Campbell so that they could help him find Purgatory, the afterlife of monsters, and that Samuel has been working for him. Crowley then states that if Sam and Dean help him he will return Sam's soul, but if they do not help him he will send Sam back to Hell. Although Sam still retains his memories, likes, dislikes, and is capable of making rational decisions, he is completely without emotion and appears almost inhuman.
Upon Dean's request, Death retrieves Sam's soul from the Cage and returns it to him at the end of the sixth season's mid-season finale "Appointment in Samarra". He gives Sam's mind a "protective wall" to prevent any negative effects it might have on him otherwise, but Death also warns him not to scratch at the wall he has built, or his memories from Hell will destroy him. However, Castiel, in an attempt to distract Dean and Bobby while he attempts to enter Purgatory, brings down the wall, ultimately causing Sam to remember his time in Hell. In the season finale, Sam spends much of the episode attempting to recoup his shattered soul, including the memories of his soulless self and tortured self. Once complete, he reawakens, though still struggling with the visions of the Cage that his soul endured.
After Castiel's actions result in the release of the Leviathans – God's first beasts – Sam is left struggling with the restoration of his memories of his time in Hell, even if he remains dedicated to helping Dean and others stop the Leviathans. During this time, he has a reunion with his old Kitsune friend, Amy Pond, who has become a mortician feeding on the dead to sustain her, although Dean nevertheless kills her when he discovers that she has been killing to help her sick son. As Sam experiences hallucinations of Lucifer taunting him with the idea that he is still in Hell, he initially tries to control them by focusing on wounds he sustains in the real world, but matters become worse when he is forced to rely on information from the hallucination to save Dean. As his mental state becomes worse, Sam foregoes sleep to stop his visions, but is sent to an asylum when he is hit by a car while running away from Lucifer. While trying to find a healer who may be able to repair Sam, Dean encounters an amnesiac Castiel, who, when restored to his full powers, sacrifices himself by taking Sam's mental damage. Sam is shown to possess great guilt about this and rejects hope that Bobby's ghost may be helping them out after an attempt to communicate with him fails. Sam is initially happy when it is shown that Bobby's ghost is there helping them, but changes his mind after Bobby shows more and more signs of becoming a vengeful spirit. During the final battle at Sucrocorp, Sam rescues Kevin Tran – a Prophet who can read the Word of God – and is horrified to hear of Dick Roman's plan to kill all the skinny people in the world through poison in their coffee creamers. He and Kevin head to the lab where they find Dick Roman being killed by Dean and Castiel. After Dick explodes, Dean and Castiel disappear and Crowley appears and takes Kevin, leaving Sam completely on his own, not knowing Dean and Castiel are now trapped in Purgatory.
The year Sam spends while Dean and Castiel are trapped in Purgatory is revealed through various flashbacks in the first half of the season. Now left on his own, Sam believes that Dean had been killed when Dick exploded, and gives up hunting. After several months, he accidentally runs over a stray dog and, panicked, takes it to an animal hospital. The veterinarian who saves the dog's life – Amelia Richardson – convinces Sam to take responsibility for the stray by adopting it. Despite a rocky start, Sam and Amelia fall in love and even buy a house together in Kermit, Texas. They later find out that her husband Don, who she had believed was killed in action, was actually still alive. Sam wants to stay with Amelia, but ultimately decides to leave and give her the opportunity to reconnect with Don.
In the season premiere "We Need to Talk About Kevin", Sam runs into Dean and learns that Dean had just escaped from Purgatory; upon learning about what Sam had been doing the past year, Dean is upset that Sam had not even tried to save him or continued hunting. They find out that Kevin had managed to escape from Crowley six months ago and left Sam a string of desperate voice messages, begging for help. Sam feels guilty and joins Dean in tracking down Kevin, who reveals that he has discovered a passage in the Word of God that would banish all demons from Earth forever. The spell requires three trials be performed by one person. Although Dean tries to do it himself in order to protect Sam from any possible consequence of the trials, Sam ends up completing the first trial (killing a hellhound and bathing in its blood) in "Trial and Error" to protect Dean; he persuades his brother to let him finish the rest by reasoning that Dean would be all-too-willing to sacrifice himself for the trials whereas Sam would fight so that both of them could live. However, taking on the trials quickly begins "damaging" Sam, which worries Dean.
After meeting Benny – the vampire who helped Dean escape from Purgatory in exchange for Dean resurrecting him – at the end of "Blood Brother", Sam immediately distrusts him, and asks Martin (a friend of their father's who had previously appeared in Season 5's "Sam, Interrupted") to monitor Benny. Martin contacts Sam in "Citizen Fang" to tell him that he believes Benny killed somebody, bringing the Winchesters to Carencro, Louisiana to help investigate. However, upon receiving an emergency text from Amelia and being unable to get a hold of her, Sam tears back to Kermit. He finds Amelia happily reunited with Don, and realizes that the text had been a trick by Dean to divert him from Benny. Enraged, Sam initially refuses to continue hunting with Dean in the following episode. Castiel – who has been mysteriously rescued from Purgatory – enlists his help in saving the angel Samandriel from being tortured by Crowley, forcing the brothers to reluctantly work together again. When forced by both Dean and Amelia to choose, Sam decides to rejoin his brother and fully commit himself to sealing Hell over returning to his normal life with Amelia. Around this time, Sam and Dean encounter their time-traveling paternal grandfather Henry Winchester and discover that through him, they are the legacies to an extinct secret society of compilers of supernatural information and artifacts known as the Men of Letters. Although they manage to subdue the demonic Abaddon, who has pursued Henry into the present, their grandfather is killed, leaving Sam and Dean the last link to the Men of Letters. They then inherit the bunker of the Men of Letters as their first real home.
Sam completes the second trial – saving an innocent soul (in this case, Bobby) from Hell and sending it to Heaven – in "Taxi Driver" with the help of Benny, who sacrifices himself in the process of guiding Sam and Bobby out of Hell and thus finally causes Sam to admit to Dean that he had been wrong about Benny. Unfortunately, Sam's illness from the trials worsens to the point that Dean temporarily restricts him from hunting out of worry for his condition. Nevertheless, Sam remains determined to finish the trials and seal Hell because, viewing all the times he has failed Dean in the past (such as not looking for him when he was in Purgatory) as his worst sins, he has become obsessed with not letting Dean down anymore. He and Dean attempt to use Abaddon for the third trial, that of restoring a demon's humanity, but she escapes while they are distracted by a call from Crowley, who has begun murdering everyone they've ever saved to force them to call off the trials. After Crowley kills Sam's love interest, Sarah Blake from Season 1's "Provenance", Sam is devastated and briefly contemplates giving in to Crowley's demands, but he and Dean ultimately feign surrender to lure Crowley to them and take him prisoner in the season finale "Sacrifice" so that they can use him for the third trial instead. Sam is on the verge of fully restoring Crowley's humanity when Dean finds out that completing the trials will kill Sam. Although Sam, having fallen into deep guilt and despair due to him feeling as he always let's Dean down, wants to finish the trials anyway, Dean assures him that nothing will ever be more important then him and manages to calm him down. The effects of the trials remain, however, leaving Sam in dire condition in the final moments of the finale.
Sam is close to death in the premiere, "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here"; it is revealed that the trials have severely burned his internal organs as well as cut off oxygen-flow to his brain, and that he has virtually no chance of survival. Having slipped into a coma, Sam has a dream in which he realizes that he is dying and struggles between whether or not he should even try to fight, eventually electing to let himself die with the guarantee that this time he cannot be revived and cause any more damage. However, the angel Gadreel is called in by Dean to save Sam through any means necessary. Disguised as Dean, Gadreel convinces Sam to let him save him and Sam agrees, unwittingly providing permission to Gadreel so that the angel can possess him due to Gadreel's ambiguously-worded question. Gadreel spends the next eight episodes healing Sam from within without Sam realizing it. In fact, Sam is completely unaware of Gadreel's presence, as the angel spends most of this time laying dormant in Sam's subconscious and he and Dean go to some lengths to prevent him finding out about it because Sam could prematurely expel Gadreel if he found out.
Sam is alerted to Gadreel's possession of him by Crowley in the later episode "Road Trip", at which point he revokes his permission and forcibly expels Gadreel from his body by ordering the angel out. To his horror, he also finds out that Gadreel has killed Kevin using his body to prove his loyalty to Metatron. Sam is appalled and angry at how far Dean will go to keep him alive, feeling betrayed that Dean not only helped Gadreel possess him and hid the truth from him but also for persuaded him not to finish the trials and thus kept the gates of Hell open and allowed demons to continue wreaking havoc, all to keep Sam alive. Sam lets a guilt-ridden Dean leave at the end of the episode. In the following episode "First Born", Sam works with Castiel to extract a lingering piece of Gadreel's grace (angelic energy) so that they can track him. Feeling guilty over the deaths he could have stopped, especially Kevin's, Sam urges Castiel to extract all of the grace still inside him, even though it may kill Sam because the grace is keeping him from reverting to his deathly state prior his possession. However, Castiel refuses to risk Sam's life. As a result, the amount of grace they gather is insufficient to track Gadreel.
Sam runs into Dean on the same case in "Sharp Teeth". Although Dean tries to divert Sam from the case so that they won't have to work together again, Sam reveals that he is willing to work with Dean again so long as it is on a strictly professional basis, telling him that they cannot work on a brotherly basis anymore because Dean has lost his trust. At the end of "The Purge", Sam responds to Dean's attempts to justify his decisions by saying that Dean's choices are not as selfless as Dean paints them and that he would not have done what Dean did given the same situation, which stuns Dean into silence.
The two eventually begin to come back together as Sam learns more about Abaddon's history and plans after he learns that she has been taking souls while leaving the victims 'alive', much like he was after his escape from Hell. They eventually manage to determine the location of a portal to Heaven that allows Castiel to trap Metatron while Dean kills Abaddon with the First Blade – acquired from Cain himself and the only weapon capable of killing a Knight of Hell – but Castiel is left dying of the grace he stole to regain his powers while Dean is transformed into a demon due to the First Blade's influence.
After spending six weeks tracking the transformed Dean – along with a brief confrontation with a man named Cole whose father was killed by Dean on a prior hunt – Sam manages to capture Dean while he is distracted, taking him back to the bunker to treat him with the demon cure. Despite demon-Dean's attempts to undermine his and Sam's relationship through his demonically-warped perspective, Sam is eventually able to cure Dean and restore him to humanity, although he continues to be concerned about Dean's emotional state after his time as a demon and the possibility that the Mark of Cain could transform him again. After Dean kills their ancestor Cain, Sam is weary of his brother and wants to free him of the curse.
When Dean meets with Death, he offers to remove Dean from society on the condition that he kill Sam because he'll likely intervene. Although he initially agrees, Sam is nearly killed by Dean who soon 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, Sam and Dean set out to try to find the Darkness, but are shaken to learn that the entity they are hunting is God's sister, who was imprisoned by God and the Archangels so that he could create the world. Manifesting as a human soul who comes to call herself Amara, Sam learns Dean is drawn to her from an eternal bond as Dean was the one who freed her, 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. Sam briefly believes Dean is dead and is kidnapped by a mysterious woman.
Sam is kidnapped by the British branch of the Men of Letters who torture him but he resists. Sam is later reunited with his brother and mother 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, Eileen Leahy, 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. (Jack is 6 months old, chronologically). Sam bonds with Jack who soon comes to see the Winchesters and a resurrected 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, Sam is beaten by the Archangel until Dean agrees to act as Michael's vessel. Sam watches Dean defeats Lucifer, but is stunned when Michael takes control of Dean's body after Lucifer's death.
With Michael using Dean's body, Sam spends the next few weeks leading the refugees of Apocalypse world in hunts or adjusting to the new world. Sam later uses his reputation as a legendary hunter to abolish the position of Ruler of Hell, to any demon who seek to take control of Hell.
Sam is briefly reunited with his brother when Michael 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. When Dean starts creating the Malik box, Sam is informed of his brother's plan but Dean accepts Sam's argument that they will still try and find another way first.
Sam 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, Sam accompanies Dean, Castiel, and Jack in a fairly routine hunt. During this, Sam tends to Dean when he 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 Micheal, restoring him to his powerful state as a Nephilim. Due to this, Sam becomes increasingly more concerned with the condition of Jack’s soul.
Parallel to this, the previous vessel of Lucifer, Nick, 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. Sam is shocked when Dean accepts this as a solution for his building anger towards Jack but Sam becomes skeptical of God's intention and soon finds Dean aiming, point blank, at Jack. Dean realizes that this is not the solution and drops the gun, eliciting an angered response from Chuck. Sam, Dean, and Castiel begin to realize that their lives have been nothing more than entertainment to Chuck, while he pulls the strings. Chuck kills Jack and Sam shoots God who soon 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.” Sam 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. Sam meanwhile, discovers through nightmares and flashes of what he believes are God's memories that he's connected to Chuck through the gunshot wound that's not healing. While this is all going on Sam deals with his guilt from killing Rowena while also becoming close to Eileen, after he resurrected her with a spell.
Chuck traps Eileen and Sam and forces Sam to witness multiple possible futures, as what was preventing the gunshot wound from healing from Sam's hope that Sam, Dean, and all their allies would defeat Chuck. At the end Sam loses his hope, Chuck returns to full strength and Eileen leaves to deal with the events that Chuck put in place that made her a pawn to use against Sam.
With Chuck back at full health, he takes away whatever luck that Sam and Dean had that prevented them from experiences normal things like a common cold or toothache, as the answer a call from Garth. Garth after saving Sam and Dean tells the boys of a place in Alaska that deals in luck/fortune. Sam discovers that they are dealing with the Goddess Fortuna and after a high stake pool game between the Goddess and Sam, where Sam loses, Dean and Sam's luck is restored as the Goddess Fortuna wants Chuck dealt with.
In the series finale, after Dean dies, Sam leaves the bunker behind for good, taking their dog, Miracle, with him. Over the years, Sam has a family and a son, whom he named after his brother, grows old and dies of natural causes. After Sam's death, he and Dean are reunited in Heaven.
Powers and abilities
Sam's supernatural abilities are the result of him being fed Azazel's demon blood while he was an infant. Sam exhibits signs of precognition throughout the first season, manifesting as dreams of others' deaths and later as visions. Sam has also shown signs of sensing spirits, once displayed telekinesis, and immunity to certain demonic powers. Sam states that his abilities are connected to Azazel and anything related to his actions, such as the other special children. This argument was further proven after Azazel's death, as Sam stopped having visions of both the demon and the other psychics, however, according to Ruby his powers were simply dormant. After training with Ruby, Sam develops new abilities, such as exorcising demons with his mind, and his telekinesis becomes more potent. By drinking demon blood Sam's power become stronger, to the point where he can outright kill demons and even torture them while in their human hosts; by drinking at least three gallons of demon blood, he can kill demons just by concentrating and willing it to happen. After being affected by the Horseman Famine, Sam uses his powers to defeat him by attacking the demon spirits that Famine had recently consumed, although Dean and Bobby were subsequently forced to lock Sam in the panic room to detox.
In addition, with the training given to him by his father, Sam is a skilled fighter, proficient with firearms, shotguns and melee weapons. Like his brother, Dean, he possesses many abilities that are frowned upon by law, including but not limited to: lock picking, computer hacking, disguised conning, and carjacking. Throughout the series, Sam has been shown to be highly intelligent with reading and recalling Latin incantations, which can be used to summon, exorcise, and vanquish demons; typically, when the two brothers are working together, Dean is the superior physical fighter while Sam's expertise lies in carrying out research and recalling information to determine the nature of the threat that they are currently facing. Through Ruby, he knows how to make hex bags to cloak himself from demons and angels. Sam also displays the ability to read one's "poker face" and has a great sense of direction and time, at one point being able to find a vampire's nest while blindfolded by keeping track of the time and the turns of the car.
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