‘Supernatural’s’ 25 Best Episodes Ranked – Variety
In the final two episodes of season 12, Sam and Dean take on the British Supernatural finale recap: 'Who We Are'/'All Along the Watchtower'. With Season 13 of "Supernatural" at our doorstep, Variety looks back at all the previous seasons of Sam and Dean's adventures to pick out the 25 best episodes . Since the Season Five finale was originally intended to be the series finale, you could switch to a Route 2: Saving People, Hunting Things . Long Distance Call returns to the rich well of Dean Winchester's relationship with his father, while.
Later in the episode, when it was revealed that a local family was behind the kidnappings, that sense of being hunted came more literally, with the camera tracking the characters as they fought for their lives. But what really set this episode apart was that for the first time, the Winchesters seemed like they were in over their heads. Here, they had to reconcile the fact that sometimes people are the things from which others need to be saved.
The brothers investigated a series of bank robberies and learned that a shapeshifter was pulling them off. They headed to the next bank to be hit but hit a snag when a well-meaning but in-over-his-head conspiracy theorist held the bank hostage, convinced his hometown was being attacked by a Mandroid.
We Need to Talk About Kevin Season 8, Episode 1 After an uneven seventh season that wrapped up a lackluster big bad in the Leviathans, this eighth season premiere, under the guidance of new showrunner Jeremy Carver, set the show on a new and more promising path. The brothers were faced with a role reversal from the start of the sixth season, now with Dean climbing out of Purgatory to find that Sam had stopped hunting and spent time building a regular life instead of looking for him.
Tensions were high, aided by the fact that Dean returned with a monkey on his back in the form of PTSD, and with a literal vampire on his back in the form of Benny. Not since the apocalypse did the show set out to deal in a story of such magnitude, and that renewed excitement in this now long-running series.Supernatural Reaction 2x21
The always-great Titus Welliver guest-starred as War, who was stretching his legs on Earth by turning a small town into a warzone. The twist in the episode was that each of the warring sides in town saw the other group as possessed by demons, when in reality it was just War playing with their perceptions to get them to kill one another.
When the Levee Breaks Season 4, Episode 21 The penultimate episode of the fourth season put Sam at the center of a gritty storyline that saw him detoxing from demon blood. It was a culmination of a season-long arc about addiction that could have been a Very Special Episode if not in such capable hands as writer Sera Gamble and director Robert Singer. On the other side of the door, though, were Dean and Bobby, the only family Sam had left, each wanting him to be okay but with very different ideas about how to go about getting him there.
Jensen Ackles and Jim Beavers both dug deep to embody men who could have benefitted from Al-Anon and brought additional gravitas to the situation.
He was resourceful as he researched the thing Dean and Sam were hunting, he was a stoic force as he tortured a crossroads demon to get more information about Crowley, and he was crafty as he posed as other members of law enforcement to back up a whole network of hunters. He was extremely efficient, the ultimate multi-tasker, but he was also vulnerable as he tried everything to negotiate for his soul, and it was a joy to watch Beaver pull back these many layers.
This episode also held the distinct honor of being the first that series star Jensen Ackles directed, and no one knows the show better, and therefore knows how to make it shine, like those who have been there from the beginning. Casting[ edit ] The writers used the second season to expand upon the concept of hunters, resulting in the introduction of many recurring characters through the hunter-frequented saloon—Harvelle's Roadhouse. This pair complemented the father-son relationship of the Winchesters in the first year.
Because the writers felt the character's "comical" and "wacky" personality was too unrealistic for the show, he was also removed by the finale. Actor Jim Beaver made multiple appearances as hunter Bobby Singeran old family friend of the Winchesters. Beaver had expected his first-season guest appearance in " Devil's Trap " to be a "one-shot deal", and was surprised when he was asked to return.
And though at first reluctant because of his role on Grey's AnatomyJeffrey Dean Morgan returned as John Winchester in the season premiere and finale. The reins passed to Fredric Lehne for the second-season premiere, and the show's producers enjoyed his performance so much they brought him back for the two-part finale.
Though a fan of the show, Blair had turned down a guest appearance in the first season because she did not want to return to horror, having spent years getting a "clean slate".
This changed after the television series Extra aired a three-part profile on her acting career and work with animals. It attempted to find a series that would write a role for her as "an actor's piece", rather than a cameo.
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Kripke, a fan of The Exorcist,  offered to write an episode specifically for her, and she was "really touched" when he listened to her request to leave out demons in the storyline. This was the first episode to have the Winchesters as supporting characters, and Kripke felt "Tricia had the charisma to perform the leading role". However, this changed with Chris Gauthier 's casting, and Edlund felt that Ronald turned out to be a "really cool" character fans would enjoy.
There'd be an obituary that would take the guys into a town, they'd do a little research, they'd have a skirmish with the monster, they'd meet a girl, they'd have a showdown with the monster, they'd learn something about themselves, and then they'd roll out of town again.
Pretty much every episode had that structure.
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And we worried that the viewers would get bored with the show if we did that again for a whole other season. The writers attempted this by including more "human themes," mainly "the things Sam and Dean are truly afraid of: Instead, the episodes dealt more with Sam's fear of becoming evil, which Kripke regretted since the writers never depicted the character committing malevolent acts.
From the series' beginning, Kripke desired to feature an evil clown because he felt that "clowns in a context where they're not supposed to be are friggin' terrifying". This decision made the clown "less satisfying", to Kripke's chagrin, because it limited the clown-related scenes.
He found the legend similar to Supernatural, noting, "It's a piece of real life American history and folklore, it's an American horror story, it takes place on the dusty back roads of rural America, and it's got great music. To circumvent this, writer Sera Gamble suggested Johnson's story be made into a subplot detailed in flashbacks, with the Crossroads Demon returning in the present to make more deals. She confides in Dean that, unlike other demons, she still remembers what it is like to be human, citing this trait as the reason she is helping the brothers against other demons.
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Upon learning that they have lost the Colt, she decides to perform a spell that will destroy all the demons in the area, including herself. However, because the spell requires a human virgin's heart, Dean does not allow her to perform it.
Although the plan he comes up with instead saves himself and his brother, the people they leave behind get killed by demons pursuing Sam and Dean, which Ruby uses to rebuke the brothers for not listening to her. Her plan is to train Sam to harness his latent demonic abilities so that he can use them to kill Liliththe demon who holds the contract for Dean's soul. Believing that Ruby is trying to manipulate Sam into giving in to his dark side, Dean tricks her into a devil's trap—a mystical symbol capable of rendering demons powerless—and leaves with Sam to face Lilith.
Ruby frees herself and tracks the brothers down during their campaign, but gets expelled from her host body by Lilith and thus is not present at the confrontation between Lilith and the brothers, with her whereabouts at the time unclear. Eventually, Ruby returns and offers Sam her help in taking revenge on Lilith for Dean's death in "No Rest for the Wicked" as well as in stopping Lilith's apocalyptic plans.
To appease Sam, who dislikes her using a living host against the host's will, Ruby takes possession of a body recently declared to be dead Genevieve Cortese.
They have sex together at least once, and she brings him out of his downward spiral towards self-destruction.