10.22 The Prisoner

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Title The Prisoner
Episode # Season 10, Episode 22
First aired May 13, 2015
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Written by Andrew Dabb
On IMDB The Prisoner
Outline Dean goes on the warpath when he takes on the Styne Family for the death of Charlie. While still reeling from her death, Sam receives Charlie's message on how to decode the Book of the Damned, however Rowena demands he make good on their agreement and kill Crowley before she finds a cure for the Mark of Cain.
Monster Styne Family
Location(s) Shreveport, Louisiana
Concordia, Kansas
Lebanon, Kansas
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In Shreveport, Louisiana, a young man named Cyrus Styne exits a school building named Styne Hall. As he walks away, a group of guys stop him and start teasing him. After Cyrus is pushed to the ground, Eli Styne, who is in a car parked a short distance away, notices and gets out. He asks if anything is wrong, but the bully backs down. However, later that day, Eli confronts the bully after he leaves a convenience store, and he and Roscoe Styne corner him and kidnap him, putting a plastic bag over his head so he cannot breathe.

Sam and Dean chop wood and prepare to cremate Charlie's body on the funeral pyre. As they watch it burn, Sam breaks the silence by starting to apologize to Charlie. Dean interrupts him, blaming her death on him. Sam tries to tell Dean that they were trying to help him, but Dean doesn't care and tells him that he thinks it should have been Sam who died instead of Charlie. He tells Sam to stop trying to help, before somebody else gets hurt. He then vows to find the ones responsible for Charlie's death, and says he will destroy them. Looking worried, Sam asks if it's Dean or the Mark saying that, but Dean doesn't think it matters, and leaves by himself.

In the basement of the Styne house, Monroe has chained the kidnapped bully to the operating table. He tells Cyrus that he is only good for spare parts, and that Cyrus himself must harvest them. Cyrus tries to get out of it, saying he doesn't want to, but Monroe forces him, guiding his hand with the scalpel. Dean leaves a motel room, on the phone with a hunter named Rudy. Dean had given Rudy security footage of a black sedan, and Rudy is able to learn that the car is registered to the Stynes in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sam goes back to the hideout where Castiel and Rowena are, and delivers the news about Charlie's death. Sam tells Cas about Dean going after the Stynes, and that he promised Dean that they would stop trying to translate the Book of the Damned. As he pulls out his phone to track Dean's whereabouts, an email from Charlie comes through. He downloads the attachment and realizes that Charlie may have been able to crack the code needed to translate the book. When Rowena confirms this, Sam decides to go forward with the plan to save Dean. However, Rowena refuses to help Sam until his end of the bargain, to kill Crowley in order to have the book translated, is fulfilled.

Cyrus sits in the basement, looking at the dead body of the bully, as Eldon flexes his new arm transplant. With tears in his eyes, he asks to be excused, but Eldon says that he will be coming with him instead. Elsewhere in Shreveport, Dean is pulled over by two police officers. When he asks them why he was pulled over, one of the officers tells him that his taillights are out. At this, the other police officer smashes the Impala's taillights with his nightstick. When Dean gets angry about this, he is handcuffed.

Crowley is drinking coffee in a diner and making small talk with the man behind the counter. His phone rings, and he hear's Dean's voice on the other end, saying "Hey, I need your help." The call cuts out, and he receives a text with coordinates.

The police officers take Dean to the police station, and handcuff him to a chair in front of the desk of one of the officers. Dean knocks a coffee mug full of pens off of the officer's desk, then punches the officer when he crouches down to pick it up. With his legs, he pins the officer to the ground and demands the keys to the handcuffs. After the officer hands them over, Dean knocks him out. Free from the cuffs, he finds the other officer talking on the phone talking about Dean. When he hangs up, Dean demands to know who he had been talking to. When the officer refuses to say, Dean raises his gun and moves forward, punching him twice in the face before throwing him on the desk. The officer finally admits he was talking to Monroe Styne.

Crowley walks around an abandoned building at the supposed meeting place. While looking for Dean, a gunshot rings out and hits him with a Devil's trap bullet, as Sam emerges from hiding. Crowley realizes Sam tricked him. Sam confesses he's been working with Rowena, and stuffs a hex bag into Crowley's pocket. Crowley starts choking and coughing up blood.

After finding the Styne estate, Dean kills three men who appear to be lookouts, stabbing one and shooting two. He then enters the house, which is dark for the first several seconds, until the lights switch on without warning, and a group of men with guns appear over the stair railings above Dean. Monroe appears among them as Eli sneaks up behind Dean and pulls a plastic bag over Dean's head.

Crowley continues coughing up blood. Sam tells Crowley that he is going to watch him die. Crowley admits that he is a monster, and, his eyes turning a demonic red, that he has enjoyed every minute of it. Standing up, pulls the bullet out, and sends Sam flying across the room with a flick of his hand. He considers killing Sam, but at the last minute lets him live.

Dean, unconscious, has been taken to the basement and tied to the operating table. When regains consciousness, he tells them that he can't die because of the Mark, but this doesn't stop them. As Monroe lowers the scalpel, Dean breaks free from his restraints. Headbutting Monroe, he grabs a knife and slices Eli's throat. He next kills a woman with a syringe that she was trying to inject into Dean, and then grabs Monroe and breaks his neck. Sam lets Rowena know he failed to kill Crowley, and then receives a call from Castiel, who is at the Styne estate, looking at the bloody bodies of the Stynes. He tells Sam that Dean was there, and that he killed at least fifteen people, brutally. He also tells Sam that Dean is headed back to the Bunker.

Eldon, Cyrus, and Roscoe find their way into the Bunker and start making a pile of books and Dean's possessions to burn. Roscoe goes off on his own to the dungeon and staggers back a few minutes later, having been stabbed in the back by Dean. Dean proceeds to shoot Eldon, and then turns the gun on Cyrus, who pleads for his life, desperately trying to prove he is nothing like his family. Dean hesitates, then pulls the trigger anyway, killing Cyrus.

Moments later, Castiel arrives. He stops Dean from leaving, saying that he and Sam are only trying to cure him. He tells Dean that he can't fight the Mark forever, that it's only a matter of time before he turns. Dean again attempts to leave, and Castiel stops him. Dean punches Castiel and beats him mercilessly, until he is bleeding and semi-conscious on the floor. Dean pulls Castiel's angel blade from his coat, and prepares to stab him with it. Castiel looks up and pleads with him. After a pause, Dean stabs a book next to Castiel's head, then turns and walks out of the room, with a warning for Sam and Castiel to stay away from him, because next time he wouldn't miss.




  • "Go Wherever You Wanna Go" by Patty Griffin
(playing as Sam and Dean set up Charlie's funeral pyre)
  • "Blues with Some Booze" by Andy Quin (De Wolfe Music Library)
(playing as Dean enters the Styne mansion)


Dean: The Mark isn't gonna kill me.

Sam: Maybe not, but... when it's done with you, you won't be you anymore. Dean you're all I got, so of course I was gonna fight for you, because that's what we do. Listen I had a shot.
Dean: Yeah you had a shot. Charlie's dead, nice shot.
Sam: You think I... you think I'm ever going to forgive myself for that?

Dean: You wanna know what I think? I think it should be you up there and not her. This thing with Cas and the book ends now. Shut it down before somebody else gets hurt, you understand me?
Rowena: I'm sorry, you're just fascinating, an angel that rejected Heaven. That's like a fish that wants to fly or a dog that thinks it's people.

Castiel: Well, I'm a lot like people.

Rowena: Keep telling yourself that dear.
Castiel: What about her?

Sam: Guess.

Castiel: I'd be happy to kill her, she just called me a fish.
Sam: Cas, go find Dean. Make sure he doesn't go too far off the reservation, okay?

Castiel: What are you doing?
Sam: I'm saving my brother.
Castiel: You told Dean-
Sam: I know what I told Dean. Cas, look, I've been the one out there messed up and scared and alone.
Castiel: And Dean -- he did whatever he could to save you.
Sam: Yes. I mean, it's become his thing. I owe him this. I owe him everything. Look, I know he pretends that he can ride the Mark out, but you and I know the truth. You know what happens if we don't cure him. We both know where that road ends.
Castiel: Black eyes and blood.

Sam: Yes. Go. Find him, Cas. Keep him safe.
Sheriff: You can't take on the Stynes. They own this town, they're practically gods around here.
Dean: Yeah, well I kill gods.
Crowley: Thought you were the smart one, working with my mother, you insane? You actually trust her?

Sam: Of course not. Not even a little.
Crowley: Then why? What does she have over you?
Sam: Would you just die already?
Crowley: That's what I get.
Sam: What?
Crowley: I said, that's what I get for trying to be the good guy.
Sam: Wait a second, so you're the good guy?
Crowley: do you have any idea what I've been at this past year? The changes I've made to Hell.
Sam: Am I supposed to be impressed by that?
Crowley: Yes! I thought if I did better, I might actually feel something again. That it might matter.
Sam: It doesn't matter. You know, maybe everybody else forgot about the bad you've done, but I haven't. I have watched you kill people, Crowley, innocent people, people I cared about, people I loved. So yeah, you have got the accent and the suit and the snark, but at the end of it, you are a monster just like the rest of them. And I'm going to watch you die, screaming, just like the rest of them.

Crowley: You're right I am a monster, and I've done bad, I've done thing you can't even imagine. Horrible, evil, messy things. And I've loved every damn minute. So thank you Sam, for reminding me who I really am.
Dean: The Mark on my arm means that I can't die, I'm not bargaining. You flat line me, I will come back, but I'll come back with black eyes and then you all die.

Eli: We let you go and then what? You just mosey on down the road.

Dean: No, but I will be human. So maybe a few of you live. Maybe.
Eldon: So this is what I know about Dean Winchester. He's got crappy taste in music, got a hot mom, and he loves flannel. All right, let's light her up.
Eldon: See you got lucky before, this time I'm sporting some new upgrades. You see my old man-

Dean: Your old man's dead... They're all dead. So you can save me the speech on the three hearts, the two spleens, the seven nipples for the ladies, or the fellas; I don't judge. But even with all that, you still only have one brain.
Eldon: So?

[Dean shoots him in the head]
Castiel: Maybe you could fight the mark for years, maybe centuries like Cain did. But you cannot fight it forever, and when you finally turn, and you will turn, Sam and everyone you know, everyone you love, they could be long dead. Everyone except me. I'm the who'll have to watch you murder the world, so if there is even a small chance that we can save you, I won't let you walk out of this room.

Dean: Oh. you think you have a choice?
Castiel: I think the mark is changing you.
Dean: You're wrong.
Castiel: Am I? Because the Dean Winchester I know would never have murdered that kid.
Dean: Yeah well, that Dean's always been kind of a dick.
Castiel: Dean, I don't want to have to hurt you.
Dean: I don't think that's going to be a problem.
[Dean beats Cas to a bloody pulp. Takes his angel blade ready to stab Cas]
Castiel: No, Dean. Please.
[Stabs it down besides Cas' head]

Dean: You and Sam stay the hell away from me. The next time, I won't miss.

Trivia & References

The episode's title is from the Iron Maiden song "The Prisoner," which is based on the British TV series of the same name.
Bully: I mean, you ain't never got laid before, obviously, but you seen a boob, right? I don't mean on Game of Thrones. I'm talking about in the wild, you know.
In addition to all the violence, one of the other things Game of Thrones is best known for is its abundance of female nudity.
Cyrus: You look like the kind of dude who wants people to think he's hood, but, no. See, the $100 haircut, the hybrid keys? I'd say you grew up in a white-bread wonderland. Your dad's probably a dentist, your mom's mostly Botox, and they both bang the pool boy. Oh and you like rap, but you're scared of black people. Even Will Smith.
One of the things Will Smith is best known for is his wholesome approach to rapping.
When Dean is pulled over by the cops his drivers license has the name Ashley J. Williams on it. Ashley J. Williams, or as he is better known as "Ash" is the protagonist of the Evil Dead series. The other aliases the sheriff's deputy goes through include: Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister and Freddie Mercury.
The vinyl records that Eldon takes from Dean's room include Motörhead's first live album, No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.
Dean's face-off with Eldon Styne in the Bunker is similar to the knife to a gun fight scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The final scene of this episode between Dean and Castiel is a direct mirror of an episode from the 2001 sci-fi series Dark Angel, featuring Jensen Ackles and directed by Thomas J. Wright.
The scene where Demon Dean beats Castiel and he refuses to fight back is often referred to by fans as the "reverse crypt scene", referring to the The Crypt Scene in 8.17 Goodbye Stranger when a brainwashed Castiel attacks Dean who begs him to stop. attacks Dean, and Dean begs with him to stop.


Sean Campbell, who played Sheriff Landes, previously played the hunter Steve Bose in 5.03 Free to Be You and Me.
This is the first episode of Supernatural in which Crowley showed off red demon eyes while played by Mark Sheppard.
The book Cyrus takes off of the shelf in the Bunker library is titled Practitioners Guide to Exorcism.

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