Supernatural Season 15: Is Belphegor lore a spoiler?

Supernatural -- "Back and to the Future" -- Image Number: SN1502a_0226r.jpg -- Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Sam -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supernatural -- "Back and to the Future" -- Image Number: SN1502a_0226r.jpg -- Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Sam -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

Belphegor may be new to us, but there is real lore that may point to what is really happening on Supernatural right now.

Before you read another line, be aware that this post contains heavy spoilers from Season 15, Episode 1 of Supernatural. If this isn’t your cup of tea, you may want to head over to The CW and get caught up first. If you already watched “Back and to the Future,” then by all means, carry on!

With that said, let’s talk about our new little buddy, Belphegor. We talked about the fact that he’d be back “in some capacity,” but I know we were all excited to see Alex Calvert reanimated so quickly. And with that little “hello!” as the first word he said, admit it, you thought it was really him. I know I did. But what a coincidence, huh? Hm.

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So yes, I was bummed to hear that it was some demon. He introduced himself as Belphegor but no one knows what that really means. As the episode goes on, some characteristics start to surface that lead me to believe that his role may be in line with some actual lore surrounding this occupant of Hell.

Supernatural is well known for taking real-life stories and breathing new, twisted life into them. A little tweak here, a little demon blood there, and you have a creature or entity with roots in the bible or some other legendary tale right here on our own Earth.

This is one of the ways Supernatural captures its audience. We are familiar with the monsters, the stories, and the terms from our own life’s history lessons. Then when the tale is turned to suit the script, it holds some semblance of believability for us.

In this case, there isn’t much to find, and that gives a lot of room for filling in the blanks. But there is some information out there about a real entity known as Belphegor, and guess what? He’s a Prince of Hell. Well, a lieutenant, specifically. Just when we thought we’d seen it all, right?

More importantly, this fallen angel is actually the “Master of The Gap.” What gap is that, you ask? Well, of course, the “hellmouth,” which lo and behold, he specifically mentions right in the show. And that’s not all, there are a few other things showing up in Supernatural that really match up to the real-life lore.

One of the number one things that pops up no matter where you find your information is that Belphegor is well known for his association with sexuality and human temptation into sloth. Both of these qualities have already shown themselves in this episode of Supernatural, and I suspect we’re going to be seeing plenty more.

From early on, Belphegor remarked on how good he looked in this body. He also said that Dean was “crazy gorgeous,” and talked extensively about how good looking humans have become on the whole. Inside of that little speech, he made some other references that are interesting.

He talked about the last time he was on Earth when he was alive. He said it was a really long time ago and that everyone had a lot of humps and was really ugly. But more importantly, he mentioned they were all worshipping a huge rock that was, let’s just say, phallic in nature.

As the stories go, phallic symbolism is always associated with Belphegor. His reasons for coming from Hell to Earth often include finding himself a mate, as this is something he’s pretty enthusiastic about over the centuries. He’s also the patron demon of dispute. Interesting (eh hem, Cass/Dean).

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He spends his time convincing people they don’t have to work hard to get what they want. He encourages sloth and laziness and inventions to do the work for them. This way they get what they want and can just basically lay around and get busy while they get rich. But importantly, his goal is to cause procrastination and lack of producing results.

This comes out with his suggestion to Sam and Dean that they don’t really have to find a way to beat the ghosts right now, they can just use a spell to keep them in one spot. Then they can go do whatever else, instead. With those ideas in mind, maybe we’re looking at a timeline here. Perhaps Belphegor is aiming to distract our heroes from what could easily be resolved if they stay united and focused.

All of this makes sense, especially because he did say in the beginning that, while he was a demon, he wasn’t one of those crossroad demons or the black-eyed goons. So what are we left to think? What is he after and what kind of power does he have? Does Jack’s body offer any boost to his own talents?

When he does lay down the barrier around the town, containing all the escaped hell spirits, he mutters some Latin that loosely translates to “all of you that came through the entrance of Hell, you’re bound to this area. Obey me right now.”

These do sound like the words of a leader of the gap. I think that we’re looking at more than we’re seeing. Castiel is put off by the fact that he’s in Jack’s body and that may be part of the idea. He was suspicious and this is keeping him distant, unlikely to detect minor clues of his likely ulterior motives.

I’ve seen several missteps that Belphegor has made which lead me to believe he’s obviously got his own agenda. He knew the Winchesters, but didn’t realize he was in Jack’s body? He said he’d find a new one as soon as he could, but hasn’t after several opportunities. He is just some demon but he knows all the spells they need? I’m on board with Cass; it’s very suspect.

I’m watching everything at this point. From what ingredients he’s collected so far to why he hasn’t found a new body yet, there are tons of holes in his story already. And he’s pretty cool for someone who said Dean’s work torturing in Hell was “art.” I’ve got my eyes on you, Belphegor. Pun intended (Too soon?).

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Do you think Belphegor will turn out to be a Prince of Hell? What do you think he’s planning? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Supernatural airs new episodes of Season 15 on Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on The CW!