Over the past 15 seasons, we have seen Dean and Sam Winchester and Castiel die…a lot. The brothers and angel have gone through Hell quite literally. They have had their fair share of visits to Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, made demon deals, and even went to alternate universes. Each time we witnessed a demise, a river of tears followed (I always thought that Kleenex should sponsor this show for the number of times they have made us weep with the storylines).
But what I want to talk about today are their deaths. After seeing the final few episodes and series finale (and being emotionally hungover for the next three days afterward), we all need some laughter. As weird as it sounds, there have been some times where the Winchester’s deaths have made us laugh.
“French Mistake” (Season 6, Episode 15)
Sam and Dean are sent to an alternate universe by Balthazar (Sebastian Roche) to be safe from Raphael’s (Lanette Ware) latest attack. In this universe, Supernatural is a television show, and someone named Jared Padalecki plays Sam, Jensen Ackles is Dean, and Misha Collins is Castiel. Does your head hurt from the meta circle yet? Of course, they were followed to this universe by angel hitman Virgil (Carlos Sanz). Virgil sees Misha and thinks it is Cas. I don’t see the resemblance, do you? Misha goes into his car after a day on set and starts to type a tweet asking if anyone else has ever felt like someone is in the backseat of their car. Virgil pops up, forever making me check my backseat when I have that feeling, puts a knife to Misha’s throat takes him hostage. Virgil then kills Misha in an alley using his blood to contact Raphael.
“Wishing Well” (Season 4, Episode 8)
There is a wishing well that is granting people’s wishes. The brothers investigate it and figure out that it is being caused by a Tiamat Coin that is also cursed and eventually turns the wisher’s wish against them. One of the wishers, Hope (Anita Brown), who is under the magic of the wish, makes a wish that no one can come between her and her love for Wesley (Ted Raimi), who made the wish for her to love him. So, when Sam comes in between them, he gets hit by a bolt of lightning and dies. His hair stays puffy, though.
“Mystery Spot” (Season 3, Episode 11)
In this episode, when the Winchesters are looking into a missing person case, they are also getting Sam ready to live a life without Dean. Of the vast number of ways Dean Winchester dies during the time loop, many of the deaths are ridiculous and funny. One involves his love of food with the line, “Do these tacos taste funny to you?” Others include a desk falling on him in a very cartoon styled death, choking on sausage at breakfast, falling in the shower, getting electrocuted when he plugs in his razor, and even Sam accidentally killing him when trying to take an ax away from him.
Honorable mention goes to the suicidal teddy bear from the “Wishing Well” episode. We will forever be quoting “Tea parties? Is that all there is?”
You’ve got to love Sam, Dean, and Cas. Even though the series is over (for now), we can still find sanctuary in a show that brought so many of us joy.