Going strong 13 years now, it’s looking like Supernatural is going to last until well after the Apocalypse hits. Supernatural focuses on brothers Sam and Dean Winchester and their never-ending fight against the things that go bump in the night. Or is it? What if the monsters they face are simply metaphors for their own inner turmoil. Perhaps, after the loss of their mother and the lack of love they experienced at the hands of their father, Sam and Dean snapped. Is Supernatural more a show about the emotional odyssey of two broken siblings who hallucinate evil creatures?
For some, that’s probably the case! After all, everyone has their own theory about Supernatural; how it will end, what’s it’s actually about, and the identity of major characters. Which brings us to the subject at hand. Supernatural is a show that has something for everyone. With such a lengthy history, for a few, that “something” includes ruminating and creating outlandish theories. On account of Supernatural’s many seasons, you can bet fans have not only found plot holes, but created theories to fill in gaps, no matter how bonkers their ideas are. Today at CBR we’re looking at some zany Supernatural fan theories!
15 JOHN WINCHESTER WAS POSSESSED BY AN ARCHANGEL
The Winchesters and the angels in heaven have a unique history. Occasionally their dynamic is adversarial, but sometimes the angels are there to help out…or act on their own accord and possess one of the Winchester family members. When he was younger, John Winchester allowed Archangel Michael to possess him. Some people think Michael continued possessing him later in life. These individuals maintain that this would explain John’s harsh treatment of Sam and Dean, while he shared a completely different relationship with his other son, Adam.
Was John preparing his sons to be the future vessels for Michael and Lucifer? Probably not, but angels have been shown capable of possessing a human without their knowledge, so you never know. Was John a puppet for Michael? We really hope not!
14 CROWLEY WAS ONCE AN ANGEL
From crossroads demon to the King of Hell, despite helping Sam and Dean out multiple times, Crowley’s a clever sort who’s only real allegiance is to himself. Anyway, multiple Supernatural fans believe Crowley used to be an angel, or even the archangel, Samael. The idea is that he ripped out his grace and fell, sold his soul, and that’s how he became a demon. Otherwise, how else could he have met the angel Naomi in Mesopotamia?
If that wasn’t enough, he helped stopped the Apocalypse, a weird thing to do for a demon. As for his Samael identity, people have looked to the actual Bible for answers. The archangel Samael is known for being good and evil and taking people’s souls; both of which describe Crowley. Additionally, there’s the matter with Lilith and how she apparently mated with Samael. In season five, Becky said Crowley was once Lilith’s lover.
13 EVERYTHING AFTER SEASON THREE IS A DREAM
Sam and Dean Winchester have leaded a crazy life. They’ve been killed multiple times, fought the Devil, time travelled, been possessed, and even met God. After a while, that likely gets a person’s psyche. Heck, most people would call it quits after fighting their first werewolf.
The “it was all a dream” trope is not an especially popular one, but there those who think Sam and Dean never awoke from their sleep in the season three episode "Dream a Little Dream of Me". This would mean everything the audience has seen up until now has been one long, and really messed up, dream. With the show well into its 13th season, this isn’t to say the theory isn’t true, but it would be incredible lazy and awful storytelling. Furthermore, the series has moved far beyond the point for this theory to be a possibility.
12 JOHN LIVES IN BOTH SUPERNATURAL AND THE WALKING DEAD
Two of the hottest shows on TV are Supernatural and The Walking Dead. Funnily enough, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays prominent roles on both. The father of Sam and Dean Winchester, and the psychopathic killer of zombies and human on The Walking Dead, the theory that John Winchester are Negan are one and the same, appeared when the infamous baseball bat Lucille made a cameo on Supernatural.
This fun easter egg led some fans to believe that The Walking Dead and Supernatural actually take place in the same universe (Dean did say his father loved the bat), or perhaps John was plopped into an alternate timeline. Since John went to Hell, maybe he came back during the Apocalypse or went to a neighboring universe as the soulless Negan.
11 HOLY OIL WILL SAVE THE DAY
One of Supernatural’s underappreciated aspects is its title card. With every season, the title card changes. Interestingly enough, when one is looking for clues about where a season is headed, look at the title card; it offers clues and usually links to the season in some way. For example, season two dealt with fire heavily, while season seven featured Leviathan goo exploding everywhere.
The theory for season 13, which seems pretty spot on so far, is that the title card links to angels; more specifically, ways to trap angels. If what we’re seeing is holy oil, is that going to save the day at the end of the season? Some say yes, and that it’ll be used to maybe trap Lucifer, Michael, or maybe even Jack.
10 CHUCK ISN'T GOD
Appearing back in season five, Chuck Shurley was the writer of the Winchester Gospels, a series of book that was read by lonely housewives everywhere. When they first met him, Sam, Dan, and even the audience assumed he was a prophet of God. Years later, Chuck revealed he wasn’t a prophet, but was actually the big man upstairs, but theorists believe differently. They believe Chuck really is a prophet.
When God chose to use his vessel, he "played Chuck" so well that he began to believe Chuck’s memories were his own. Apparently, this syncs up with Metatron saying Chuck's personality was impinging on God's. Furthermore, this shows why Chuck's visions gave him headaches when no one was around to see, along with how Raphael never noticed the prophet he’d been watching since birth was God.
9 THE VIEWER IS GOD
So if Chuck isn’t God, then who is? Well, dear viewer, the answer is you! There are a few fans that posit that God is not any character we’ve seen on the show, and in fact, we never will run into him on Supernatural. The reason for this is that God is the viewer.
The theory maintains that at some point, archangels wrested the power from God, leaving the Almighty powerless. However, God still remained omniscient, and continues to see and hear every aspect of the story; he just has no physical way to influence any situation he witnesses. Additionally, the theory also states that this means the closest the Winchesters ever got to truly finding God was in the season six episode "The French Mistake", wherein Sam and Dean travel to a fourth wall-breaking alternate universe.
8 AMELIA WAS IN SAM'S HEAD
On account of their horrible, the Winchesters are unlucky when it comes to love. Not counting the demon Ruby, the character Amelia Richardson was Sam’s first long term relationship since Jessica. Of course, a segment of viewers claim they’ve discovered evidence that indicates that Sam romance in season eight romance was a figment of his imagination.
The premise is based off on how Amelia and Sam had way more in common than is likely reasonable. After all, both of them recently lost someone, they were both running away (literally) from their grief, and they just happened to be staying at the same motel. And so goes the theory that after Dean died, Sam had something of a mental breakdown and neither Amelia or her adorable dog ever existed.
7 THE WINCHESTERS WILL START A NEW RELIGION
If you were an average Joe and heard about a pair of brothers who’d beaten Lucifer, slain every manner of demon and monstrosity, and even gave the sister of God a good talking to, it wouldn’t be to far fetched to believe you were hearing about religious figures. After all, Sam and Dean have died more than once, they’ve time travelled, and even met literal prophets of God. All their accomplishments and feats add up to a crazier life than nearly any religious figure.
Is it then so unimaginable that if/when Sam and Dean finally defeats evil, a new religion would be born? Supernatural did offer an easter egg in that vein back in the season four episode "The Monster at the End of This Book". After Castiel revealed Chuck to be a prophet, he also stated that Chuck’s Supernatural novels would one day be known as the Winchester Gospels.
6 EVERY ALTERNATE DIMENSION IS A POCKET UNIVERSE
Sam and Dean Winchester have not only time travelled and gotten stuck in time loops, but they’ve been to other dimensions as well. Usually, they don’t end up in these places out of their free will. In Supernatural, dimensions like Purgatory, Hell, and even the alternate Earth they encountered in season 12 and 13, are not fun places.
With all these dimensions, there are those that assume all the dimensions we've seen so far, including the no-magic universe from season six, are just pocket universes created by angels or other similarly powered creatures. Once the angels or whoever completed their half-finished universes, they left to the worlds to their own devices. This would also mean these pocket universe aren't fully formed universes and were not made from the same fabric of creation as the main universe.
5 AZAZEL IS SAM'S DAD
Azazel, otherwise known as Yellow Eyes, effectively kicked off Supernatural. First he gave baby Sam a bit of demon blood, and then killed Mary Winchester. Or so we thought that’s how the story went. Incidentally, there was a lot more going on then everyone originally thought, but some have postulated Mary Winchester had an illicit affair with someone who turned out to be Azazel. In turn, this would make Sam his son. The theory isn’t popular anymore, especially since Azazel hasn’t been around in years. That hasn’t stopped some fans from putting together a series of clues.
To begin with, Sam was Azazel’s favorite. Why? Who knows! Additionally, in later seasons, we’d discover Mary and the demon shared a history. Some fans also like pointing out feel that before Mary died, John was downstairs watching TV, rather than being with his wife.
4 JACK IS MORE THAN JUST A NEPHILIM
Born to a human woman and Lucifer, Jack is a nephilim and Jack one of the mightiest beings in Creation. With enough potential to destroy the entire universe, it’s clear that Jack isn’t just any nephilim. When he was stabbed by an angel blade, nothing happened, and when Sam used the angel banishing spell to get rid of two angels attacking them in the jail, Jack glowed white but again, nothing happened to him.
And so the theory is that Jack is more than what he appears to be and is especially more than any nephilim. The fact of the matter is that he’s the son of an archangel biologically, which suggest that Jack is going to be high up on the cosmic totem pole. Yet if Jack is more than just a nephilim, then what the heck is he? That’s the question, and one people enjoy musing over.
3 THE LEVIATHANS WE SAW WEREN'T THE REAL LEVIATHANS
The Leviathans were God’s first beasts. Also known as the Old Ones, they were created before angels and souls. Yet the creatures were more destructive than God planned and he was forced to lock them away in Purgatory. Castiel inadvertently released them when he opened Purgatory in season seven.
However, there’s a fan theory that postulates that the "leviathans" we saw weren't actual leviathans. Rather, they were another sort of creature altogether and named themselves Leviathans because of the street cred the Old Ones boasted. In Supernatural, God created two Leviathans and it’s assumed those were the ones of sealed off. Then he killed one so they couldn’t reproduce. That being the case, there’s the possibility the rest of the world's monsters, or a special kind of monster, emerged from the corpse of the Leviathan that God killed and that those are the creatures we see in season seven.
2 BREAKING TONS OF MIRRORS IN SEASON ONE
For all the good they do, the Winchesters seem forever cursed with horrible luck. Well, there’s a theory about why that is. If you remember in season one, there was an episode called "Bloody Mary". In order to defeat the titular bad guy, the brothers had to smash up a bunch of mirrors. As the episode drew to a close, Dean joked, “This has got to be like…what? 600 years of bad luck?” Though he may have been speaking in jest, chances are he was on to something.
The world of Supernatural is a dark and mysterious place. There really isn’t a thing like unwarranted superstition, since nearly every superstition is valid. Rabbit feet can offer protection, Cupid literally shoots people with love, so why wouldn’t the breaking of mirrors cause bad luck? This theory may be a bit overly simplistic seriously, but it’s worth pondering over.
1 BELA WASN'T KILLED BY HELLHOUNDS
The con artist Bela initially started her career as a villain of sorts, but she grew a conscience and helped the Winchesters on multiple occasions. However, she’d already made a deal with a crossroads demon. At the end of her ten-year deadline, Bela was killed by hellhounds.
Except maybe she wasn’t. This theory posits Bela wasn't killed by hellhounds. Since the beasts were after her soul, what if Bela, who was incredibly sneaky and had tons of forethought, prepared for the occasion? What if she had an artifact that either cursed her soul (possibly transforming it into a monster soul) or removed her soul from her body? Either case would result in the hellhounds stop hunting her. She’d have to wait until the last possible second, because she wouldn’t want to risk losing her soul and likely didn’t know how to reverse such a process.