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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Supernatural — “Sacrifice” — Image SN823b_0169 — Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural — “Sacrifice” — Image SN823b_0169 — Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved /

2. Sacrifice

The Supernatural season finales are powerful episodes, so it’s not surprising that one of those finales is making its way to a top spot. Number two out of all 287 episodes so far has to be the Season 8 finale, “Sacrifice.”

Some will put this episode lower, but it’s all about the Winchester brothers and their bond. In fact, that end moment between Dean and Sammy is one of the greatest brotherly moments the show has ever created. We’ve not had one beat it yet, although there are some that have come close.

This episode shows everything that the Winchesters are willing to do for each other and for the world. Knowing that the third trial to close the Gates of Hell will lead to Sam’s death, Dean goes in to stop it. He’s unwilling to lose his baby brother again.

As for Sam, he just wants to live up to his big brother’s expectations. This episode did come off a relatively poor and head-scratching season. After getting out of Purgatory with a vampire’s soul inside his arm, Dean finds out that his brother hadn’t even looked for him. Sam had chosen a normal life, despite not knowing where Dean and Castiel had gone. Dean was understandably angry, just like the rest of the fandom.

“Sacrifice” was the chance to make up for that mistake. Sammy’s confession was heart-wrenching for all. Dean’s speech about nothing past or present to come between them still rings in my head.

While all this happened, we had a nearly-human Crowley, setting up for an interesting storyline in the future and the closing of the Gates of Heaven. Watching the angels fall from the sky was mesmerizingly beautiful. Will we get something like that in Supernatural Season 14?