Supernatural Season 1-5: Dean’s story

SUPERNATURAL -- "Fresh Blood" -- Photo Sergei Bachlakov/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
SUPERNATURAL -- "Fresh Blood" -- Photo Sergei Bachlakov/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

When we look at Supernatural’s first five seasons, we can see them definitely telling a complete story from beginning to end. Let’s look at Dean’s story.

About a month ago, I took a look at Supernatural’s first five seasons through Sam’s story. Now, I’m going to take a look at it through Dean’s story. Each brother had his own continuous story throughout the early seasons, each leading up to the fifth season finale where Sam went into the pit. Dean’s story has him watching two people he loves die, dying himself, and then standing up to powers larger than himself. Let’s take a moment and look back to how Dean’s story was told during those early seasons.


From episode one in the first season, it was established that Dean loved his brother. He is the older of the two and old enough to remember their mom and what happened. As the series moved on, it became more and more clear that Dean felt the need to protect Sam. Protect him from anything. In the Season 2 premiere, we see John trade his life for Dean’s, and that sets in motion the events of the season.

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During the second season, we watch as the writers set the building blocks. Introducing the crossroads. Having Dean learn of John’s deal. Knowing that it is possible to trade one’s life for another.

When we watch Sam die (for the first time on the series), we can almost taste what is coming. The writers have been that good at lining up this moment for months. So, when Dean goes to the crossroads and makes a deal with a demon to bring back Sam, it’s not a surprise. It’s expected. It’s in character. Dean would do anything for his brother, even sacrifice his life.

A higher purpose

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In the fourth season premiere, Supernatural resurrected Dean. And introduced angels into the mix. Throughout the fourth season, whenever Dean asked Castiel why he dragged him out of Hell, Cas would always respond that there is some higher purpose for him.

As the season moved forward, and it started to become clear the angels weren’t going to prevent the apocalypse, you had to wonder what exactly Dean’s role in this “new world” would be. So, when Season 5 premiered, and we learned Dean is Michael’s sword, all the hints and pieces began to fall into place.

Dean was pulled out of Hell so he could be Michael’s vessel. Both brothers were there because they were to serve a purpose in the battle between Michael and Lucifer. However, Dean managed to avoid being used as a vessel. He stood up to the angels and refused to bow down. He couldn’t bear the idea of being used as a tool against his brother. And then he was forced to watch as his brother fell into the cage to become trapped in Hell, just like he was.

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What are your highlights of Dean’s story in the first five seasons of Supernatural? Let us know in the comments below.

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