30 best Supernatural episodes ever ranked

Supernatural "Pilot" Image # SN100-6733 Pictured (l-r): Jared Padelecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean Photo Credit: © The WB / Justin Lubin
Supernatural "Pilot" Image # SN100-6733 Pictured (l-r): Jared Padelecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean Photo Credit: © The WB / Justin Lubin /
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“Two Minutes to Midnight” – Jensen Ackles as Dean, Mark Sheppard as Crowley, Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
“Two Minutes to Midnight” – Jensen Ackles as Dean, Mark Sheppard as Crowley, Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

13. Two Minutes to Midnight

The penultimate episode of Supernatural Season 5 and what would be Eric Kripke’s penultimate episode. Everything had built to this and the next episode, wrapping up five years of foreshadowing and storytelling. And just like with every other season, we just knew in our guts that both Winchesters weren’t going to make it out alive.

However, there’s another reason this episode is so important and downright one of the best Supernatural episodes ever. It’s all about the introduction.

If you ask any fan about the best introductions on the series, there are probably three now that stand out the most. Castiel in Season 4 is certainly one and Michael has taken a spot from Season 13. The other is most definitely Death. As the song “Oh, Death” plays, we just see all the power Julian Riching’s character holds.

Yet, we get a human element to this Horseman of the Apocalypse. He loves pizza and he’s willing to make bargains and trades. However, we quickly learn that his bargains are always going to be difficult to go through with.

While Dean deals with Death, Sam decides to take on Lucifer’s vessel and finds out all about the vaccine filled with the Croatoan virus. He has to take steps to stop the apocalypse and it may mean starting it in the first place.

There’s a poignant line at the very end that sums up everything the Winchesters have felt. Bobby wants to know if Dean is more afraid of losing the war or losing his brother. Everyone knows the answer to that.