|Name|| Celeste Middleton|
Charlene "Charlie" Bradbury
|Dates||1985 - 2015 (killed by Eldon Styne)|
|Location|| Chicago, Illinois (formerly)|
Farmington Hills, Michigan (formerly)
|Occupation|| IT expert|
Woman of Letters
|Episode(s)|| 7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo|
8.11 LARP and the Real Girl
8.20 Pac-Man Fever
9.04 Slumber Party
10.11 There's No Place Like Home
10.18 Book of the Damned
10.21 Dark Dynasty
10.22 The Prisoner
Saving people, hunting things, the family business? I am down. But I was raised on Tolkien, man. I mean, where is all this? Where are my White Walkers and my volcano and magic ring to throw in the damn thing? Where's my quest?
– Charlie Bradbury, 9.04 Slumber Party
- 1 History
- 2 Episodes
- 3 Trivia
- 4 See also
- 5 External links
- 6 References
As a young girl Charlie, then known as Celeste Middleton, was read The Hobbit by her mother Gertrude Middleton and got interested in fantasy realms as a result. When she was twelve, Charlie got scared at a sleepover and called her parents to come pick her up. On the way, they were hit by a drunk driver and her father was killed while her mother was left brain-dead and only kept alive by life-support.
Soon after the accident, Charlie hacked into a game company's server and stole a first-person shooter game called The Red Scare before it was finished that has the player battling against super-soldier vampires to save some hospital patients. She reprogrammed it to reflect her "flamingly liberal politics" and released it for free. She was eventually tracked down and arrested, forcing her to go on the run for 16 years. During that time, Charlie secretly visited her mother and read to her while using her aliases to fund her mother's hospital bills.
Charlie became an IT expert who formerly worked at Richard Roman Enterprises. She's a lesbian with a taste in electro pop, left politics and is a keen gamer and fangirl, with her favorite series including Harry Potter and Star Wars. She has a tattoo, which she got at Comic-Con while drunk, of Princess Leia in a slave girl bikini astride a 20-sided dice.
In her apartment, Charlie has a similar collection of figurines to those on her desk at work. There is a blackboard which is covered in notes including "Comic-Con San Fran Book Hotel," "Order Book on the Language of Star Wars," "La Roux tix" and "New Collection Craigslist."
Charlie's desk at Richard Roman Enterprises is decorated with a bobblehead Darth Vader, C3P0 and stormtrooper dolls, a Yoda Pez dispenser, at least one Star Wars comic, a Wonder Woman figure, a set of Lord of the Rings Pez dispensers, two Harry Potter figurines and a Dumbledore figurine. In pride of place is her Hermione figurine which Charlie refers to as "H." She has a Wonder Woman mug.
Her name is an alias, and she has started a new life at least once before.
The Leviathan leader, Dick Roman - claimed Charlie possesses a certain "spark," which renders her immune to being fully cloned by leviathans. He claimed that even though he could feed all of her thoughts to someone, they wouldn't be able to achieve her level of intellectual performance.
After helping the Winchesters with Dick Roman, Charlie fears pursuit by the Leviathan and changes her identity to "Carrie Heinlein," settling in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Having been made aware of the world of the supernatural, she became interested in hunting, and started pursuing her own cases.
After killing the Wicked Witch of the West, Charlie traveled to Oz with Dorothy Baum to free it from evil control. In order to defeat the enemy, Charlie made a deal with The Wizard of Oz that split her into her good and bad sides. Dark Charlie traveled to Earth to get revenge for her parents deaths while Good Charlie followed her. After killing the Wizard and merging with her dark self, Charlie began working on helping to free Dean from the Mark of Cain. This involved tracking down the Book of the Damned, and evading the Styne family as they hunted her across Europe. While she got the Book to Sam and Dean, she later sacrificed herself to ensure that the Book didn't fall into the hands of Styne's, though with her last act she uploaded her notes on how to successfully translate the Book to Sam and Dean.
- see also Charlie Bradbury (Apocalypse World)
In 8.20 Pac-Man Fever we see passports with other aliases including Christine K. Le Guin, Annie Tolkien, Susan Asimov.
It was revealed in 10.11 There's No Place Like Home that Charlie's real name is Celeste Middleton. "Celeste" is a tribute by writer Robbie Thompson to his mother.
In 10.21 Dark Dynasty Charlie checked into a motel under the alias Carrie Asimov.
As a true geek girl, Charlie usually wears a t-shirt related to something she loves.
- 7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo: Princess Leia t-shirt with the slogan "Rebel" on it.
- 8.20 Pac-Man Fever: Lying Cat, a character from the comic series Saga written by Brian K. Vaughn, and illustrated by Fiona Staples.
- 9.04 Slumber Party: Sonmi-451, the name of a artificially created clone or fabricant in the book (and movie) Cloud Atlas.
- 10.11 There's No Place Like Home The red t-shirt worn by "good" Charlie says "What would Falkor do?" source. Falkor is the Luckdragon from the book and movie The Never Ending Story. At the end of the episode she wears a white t-shirt with the logo of singer Robyn.
- 10.18 Book of the Damned: Charlie wears two graphic t-shirts in this episode. The first is from the comic series The Rat Queens and the second is from the comic series The Lumberjanes. Both series about a group of monster-fighting girls.
- 10.21 Dark Dynasty: Legend of Zelda
Dick Roman asks Charlie to decrypt Frank Devereaux's hard drive. After more than 24 hours of constant work, she manages to open the files on it. Frank's hard drive has the folders: The Feeb, Richard Roman Enterprises, Clones, Known Facts, Monsters, Unsolved Mysteries, March of Dimes, X-Files and two folders titled Misc. Research.
Charlie starts reading files describing the Leviathans and their activities, including their connection to Dick Roman. Concluding it all sounds crazy, she goes in search of her supervisor Pete, who has gone to the parking garage for a cigarette. In the parking garage, Dick Roman tells Pete that Charlie is one of the few humans who is special, who can't be fully copied by the Leviathans, whereas Pete can. Charlie then watches as one of Roman's men turns into Pete and eats him - vindicating all she read in Frank's files.
Sam and Dean have tracked the location of the hard drive because it has an inbuilt GPS, and then manage to track Charlie to her apartment. They explain that they need to get the hard drive back, and when they find out about her hacking skills, ask whether she would break into Dick's emails. When she finds out that his emails are on a private server and will require her breaking into his office, Charlie is reluctant but agrees. Unbeknownst to Charlie, Bobby slips Dean's flask into her bag so he can enter the building with her. As a spirit he can only go where the flask is.
Dean and Sam are in a communication van Charlie has set up. When her nerve nearly fails her, Sam gives her a "What would Hermione Do?" pep chat. She makes it up to Dick's office, but there is a guard on patrol. Dean tells her to flirt her way past him. Charlie reveals she has no idea how to flirt with a guy, so Dean talks her through it, much to Sam's amusement.
Charlie manages to get into Dick's office and download his emails. Back at her desk she sends these, along with the contents of Frank's hard drive, to the boys. She discovers that a package is arriving for Dick at a nearby airport, and manages to send a fake email, so it appears to be arriving 30 minutes later. This allows Sam and Dean time to get to the airport and switch the package for a case with a borax bomb in it.
Meanwhile Dick has arrived at the office, and quizzes Charlie on the hard drive. She declares it is empty of any files relating to "Sam and Dean Winchester". When Roman's minions arrive with the switched package, Charlie tries to leave the building. The borax bomb explodes, but Dick is unharmed and puts the building on lock down. As Charlie tries to escape, Bobby is able to shatter the glass on the front doors by freezing it. He then launches a frenzied attack on Dick, breaking Charlie's arm in the process. Sam and Dean arrive and manage to rescue her.
Charlie, broken arm tended to, boards a bus out of town. She tells Sam and Dean it's not the first time she's disappeared, and asks them not to contact her again.
Using what Charlie has taught them, Sam and Dean are able to hack into the security cameras of SucroCorp so they can locate and kill Dick Roman. Dean says "thank you Charlie, wherever you are" for this.
Charlie, now under the name Carrie, is the queen of one of four kingdoms of the LARPing game of Moondoor. When two of her subjects are killed, it draws Sam and Dean's attention and they head to Moondoor where she is sword fighting one of her "squires" and wins. Charlie panics when she sees Sam and Dean and starts packing to start a new life rather than stay with the one she has. She explains that after Dick Roman was killed and his company went bankrupt, she felt she was safe and came out of hiding with a new identity, but fears becoming a target for monsters again. After learning why Sam and Dean are there, she agrees to help them investigate the deaths and other mysterious injuries that have happened, telling Sam where he can find a computer to research a weird Celtic symbol while she and Dean (who she dresses in LARPing clothes) try to find someone who would use that symbol.
The two learn that the symbol belongs to a rival kingdom (with Charlie flirting with a "maiden" along the way) and question a prisoner from the kingdom. When questioned who Dean is, Charlie panics and calls him her handmaiden. Joined by Gerry aka Boltar the Furious, they head to question the king of that kingdom, but Dean sends Charlie away with his cell phone to find Sam so she won't get hurt. Charlie hears something following her and "defeats" one of her rivals, but is then captured by a figure in a cloak and an animal head.
Charlie awakens in a tent with the being that captured her and when she tries to escape, just ends up coming in the other entrance to the tent. Charlie panics and pleads that she just wants to go home when the figure takes off the mask to reveal a beautiful woman who Charlie is instantly smitten with. The woman explains that she is a good fairy named Gilda and that her master is forcing her to harm innocent people against her will. Gilda tells Charlie that she doesn't know her master's name and that the only way to break the spell is for a hero to destroy his spellbook.
Dean, Sam and Gerry eventually find Charlie with help from the "prisoner" and are shocked to discover Gilda and Charlie making out. Charlie is annoyed that they interrupted her but Gilda reveals that Gerry is her master. Gerry arrives and reveals that he takes the game too seriously, treating it like reality. He had been taking out his competition for the upcoming Battle of the Kingdoms so that he could win and Charlie would choose him as King. Gerry bought the spellbook off of eBay and was using Gilda to hobble his rivals, but killed two of them when they cheated at the game.
He forces Gilda to destroy Sam and Dean's guns and battles Dean as a suit of armor pins Sam. After Dean manages to knock Gerry's spellbook to the ground, Gilda tells Charlie to destroy the book and that Dean can't defeat Gerry. Charlie gets Gerry's attention, telling him that she is the one that rescues the damsel in distress then stabs the book with a knife, breaking the spell and setting Gilda free. With Gerry defeated, Dean knocks him out. Gilda shares a goodbye kiss with Charlie, then returns to her world with Gerry for punishment for him while Charlie hopefully calls after her to call her.
Charlie, Sam and Dean return to Moondoor where Charlie resumes her role as queen. Charlie decides to stop running and changing her identity and to stay and make a life for once. She tells Sam and Dean to call her if they ever need her help again and heads off to lead her kingdom in the Battle of the Kingdoms which she is aware she is likely to lose along with her crown as Gerry decimated her "army."
At the Battle of the Kingdoms, Sam and Dean join her "army" and Dean gives a rallying speech that he rips off the movie Braveheart. When Charlie questions it, Sam explains it is the only battle speech Dean knows. After Dean's speech, Charlie and her army charge into battle with the opposing kingdoms and win.
While visiting her mother, Charlie learns of a body with its insides liquefied and contacts Sam and Dean to let them know. They meet her at the Bunker, though she claims she was in Topeka for a comic book convention. Charlie has already narrowed down most of the suspects and after she proves to be an excellent shot, Dean agrees to take her as back-up rather than Sam who is weakened from the trials to close the Gates of Hell.
Before taking Charlie to the morgue to investigate the body, Dean takes her to get a new suit. While there, he borrows her phone to call Sam and secretly activates her GPS. Afterwards, they visit the morgue where Charlie nervously displays her badge upside-down and the coroner, Jennifer O'Brien, refuses to let them see the body without a chain of custody form. Since they failed to convince her, Dean decides to return that night to break in and check, making Charlie nervous.
That night, after learning of another similar body being found, Dean and Charlie investigate the scene only to find Sam there investigating as well. While Sam and Dean argue, Charlie talks with the teenagers who found the body and learn that they spotted a blue handprint on it. After failing to get Sam to leave, Dean takes off without either he or Charlie to go investigate the bodies.
Charlie and Sam break into the coroner's office first and meet Dean. When Jennifer arrives, Charlie distracts her by asking her for a copy of the paperwork they need and fashion advice. Charlie distracts Jennifer long enough for Sam and Dean to learn that she burned the bodies on the orders of the CDC and escape.
Returning to the Bunker, Sam and Charlie use her iPad to eliminate possible suspects while Dean goes through John's Journal to try to find what could be doing it. Dean finally learns from the Journal that a "bastard off-shoot" type of djinn is responsible and Charlie leaves to supposedly get them some food.
Charlie returns to an apartment she keeps and transfers money to pay her mother's hospital bills. However, while she is doing that, she is attacked and captured by Jennifer who is the djinn they are after.
Jennifer takes Charlie to a shipping warehouse she owns and reveals that unlike other djinn, her kind feeds off fear. Charlie inadvertently reveals her connection to the hunting world by revealing her knowledge of what Jennifer is and Jennifer poisons her, saying her fear will be enough to feed her and another djinn that she mentions. Before passing out, Charlie warns that Sam and Dean will find her and Jennifer welcomes it.
After figuring out that Jennifer is the djinn, Sam and Dean track down Charlie and kill Jennifer. Sam administers the antidote to djinn poison to Charlie, but it has no effect. Realizing from Dean's own experience with a djinn that Charlie will be stuck in a loop in a dream-like state, Dean uses African Dream Root to enter Charlie's mind to break her out of the loop.
In Charlie's mind, Dean finds her trapped in a nightmare where she is trapped in The Red Scare. Charlie saves him from the game's vampires and explains her connection to the game and how she's trapped in an infinite loop where she must protect the patients in the hospital from super-soldier vampires. Charlie explains how she is trapped in her worst nightmare because this type of djinn feeds on fear and that there is two djinn, not one like they had believed. Charlie leads Dean to the patients where Dean finds one is Charlie's mother and another is Sam. Dean explains how after Charlie disappeared he learned about her mother and realizes that her greatest fear isn't the video game or what it did to her, its losing her mother. Charlie tells Dean how she believes what happened to her parents is her fault and how she wants to apologize to her mother and tell her she loves her and have her understand, but knows that will never happen. Dean is sympathetic and convinces Charlie to let go of her mother as she is long gone. Once Charlie does so, the loop is broken and they return to the real world where Sam has killed the other djinn. Charlie breaks down crying in Dean's arms.
The next day, Charlie says goodbye to Sam and Dean who invite her to visit anytime and look through the Bunker's archives. Charlie has learned from her experience and decides to let her mother go. At the hospital, Charlie signs forms to have her mother taken off of life-support and officially visits her for the first time, but before she lets her mother die, she reads The Hobbit to her one last time.
Needing someone to help them hack an antique computer, Sam and Dean call in Charlie who reveals that she has become a hunter herself and has hunted a ghost and a teenage vampire but wants more magic and adventure. Charlie sets up her tablet computer to hack the computer's files and then goes to watch Game of Thrones with Sam and Dean while they are waiting for the download to finish.
Returning to the lab where the computer is, the three discover a large web on the back wall and opening it, they find Dorothy. Charlie is excited to learn that Dorothy is the Dorothy from the Oz books and is insulted when Dorothy thinks that she is just a secretary. Sam and Dean have Charlie work with Dorothy to find a way to stop the Wicked Witch of the West who is now loose in the Bunker and Charlie defends the Men of Letters to Dorothy, telling her that while he was never able to find her, James Haggerty never stopped searching for her and found out that poppy seed extract could stun the Witch. Taking the extract that Haggerty got from a fairy he made a deal with, Charlie and Dorothy make four poppy seed bullets.
Charlie brings the bullets to Sam and Dean and after learning that Dean has the Key to Oz that the Witch needs for her plan, goes with him to his room to get it. Dean finds the Key, but the Witch arrives, takes the Key and fires a blast at him. Charlie jumps in front of the blast and is killed, but Dean has Ezekiel resurrect her.
After her resurrection, Dean tells Charlie she was just knocked out and leaves her with Dorothy as he and Sam go to chase down the Wicked Witch. When Charlie describes the "dream" she had of Christmas with her parents who were both still alive, Dorothy reveals that she was dead and in Heaven. Dorothy then reveals that she died too in Oz but was brought back and that she had followed her father, a Man of Letters on one of his travels and got trapped in Oz where she was helped by three freedom fighters who were cursed to become the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion by the Wicked Witch as a result. After learning that Dorothy is the daughter of L. Frank Baum who wrote the Oz books when the Wicked Witch came to Earth and Dorothy became a hunter, Charlie realizes that the books were written to give Dorothy clues and suggests they find "something pointy" from the books to use on the Wicked Witch.
Following Charlie's idea, the two women travel to the Bunker's garage where Dorothy finds the Ruby Slippers in her motorcycle's saddle bags. As they contain magic from Oz, Dorothy realizes that they can be used to kill the Wicked Witch. Sam and Dean arrive, possessed by the Wicked Witch and Dean pins Charlie, revealing that the Wicked Witch's plan is to actually bring her army to Earth to take over the world. Charlie breaks free by kicking Dean in the balls and runs off with the slippers to stop the Wicked Witch while Dorothy distracts Sam and Dean.
The Wicked Witch manages to open the door to Oz and casts a spell to summon her army of Flying Monkeys, but while she's distracted, Charlie stabs her in the back of the head with one of the ruby slippers, fatally wounding her. When the Wicked Witch turns around, Charlie stabs the other slipper into her forehead, killing her. Charlie then shuts the door just in time before the Flying Monkeys can reach it. Charlie retrieves the key from the Witch's cloak and lets the freed Sam and Dean know when they arrive.
With the Wicked Witch dead, Dorothy decides to return to Oz to free it from the Witch's forces and Sam, Dean and Charlie gather in the garage to say goodbye to her. Charlie pulls Dean aside and reveals she knows the truth about her resurrection, but agrees to keep it a secret from Sam as long as she gets an explanation later. Dorothy asks Charlie to come with her to help free Oz and excited by the chance to finally get to experience all that she has ever wanted, she agrees despite Dean's warnings of the dangers. Waving goodbye to Sam and Dean, Charlie enters Oz with Dorothy.
Sam comes across a video of Charlie beating up someone. Dean believes there has to be a reason. Further research reveals another victim, both in Topeka. They decide to check it out, and while packing weapons Dean's hand shakes.
In Topeka, Sam and Dean question the torture victim. He tells them that Charlie wanted to know about the Middleton drunk driving case, Charlie is tracking driver that killed her parents.
Sam reviews Charlie's police file. They find out her real name is Celeste, and they stake out the house of a woman they believe Charlie is after for information. A scream from the house sends Sam and Dean running. They find Charlie holding a knife to Barbara Cordry's throat. The boys attempt to question Charlie who makes a run for it, Dean tackles her and they wrestle, but Charlie is able to choke Dean out and escapes. Once outside Charlie slashes Baby's tires before driving away, just as another Charlie pulls up. The second Charlie tells Sam and Dean that they need to catch up.
Charlie explains that there are two Charlies: one good and one bad. The split happened in Oz when the Wizard of Oz told Charlie that she had to release her inner darkness to win the war for Emerald City. Charlie explains that the two Charlies are connected physically but are two separate beings. The boys want to put the two Charlies back together. They surmise that they need the Wizard's help, but the key to Oz is broken. However, the first step is finding Dark Charlie. They discover that it all leads back to Russell Wellington who it appears was the drunk driver that killed Charlie's parents. The Boys split up, with Sam and Charlie returning to the Bunker to find a way back to Oz and Dean trying to find Dark Charlie.
Sam and Charlie search the Men of Letters archives and they find out that Clive Dillon is the one that originally found the key to Oz. It seems that Clive went to Oz, and then L. Frank Baum rescued Clive. Clive retired, and Sam and Charlie track him to a nearby town. Meanwhile Dean stakes out the office of Wellington. Dark Charlie shows up, and she convinces Dean that she just wants to talk to Wellington. Dean allows her to do this, but Dark Charlie kills Wellington instead.
Dean calls Sam to tell him what happened. Sam tells Dean to meet them at Clive Dillon's house. Before Dean can leave to meet Sam, Dark Charlie approaches him and teases him about his dark side. Dean taunts back that Sam and Good Charlie have a way to end Dark Charlie. Dark Charlie leaves and steals Baby. Sam and Charlie arrive at Clive's house and explain why they are there. At first, he denies knowing anything about Oz, but then he tells them that his Dark Half is really the Wizard of Oz. He can't fix the key or Charlie. Charlie is worried about Dorothy. Clive doesn't know how to get back to Oz, but he knows how to get the Wizard to come to him. Clive shoots himself.
Dark Charlie confronts Dean on the front lawn of the house. Inside the Wizard comes through a mirror, and immobilizes Sam, while Dean and Dark Charlie fight outside. Charlie feels every punch that Dean lands on Dark Charlie. Clive is lying on the floor with a gunshot and he points to the gun, indicating that Charlie should shoot him. She picks up the gun, apologizes to Clive, and shoots him in the head, killing both Clive and the Wizard. Sam, who is now freed, carries Charlie outside and yells for Dean to stop hitting Dark Charlie.
Sam lays Charlie next to Dark Charlie and then pulls out a key that the Wizard had with him. The two Charlies confront each other before Sam puts the key in Charlie's hand. The two Charlies merge into one. Sam comforts Charlie while a desolate Dean watches.
Back at the Bunker, Sam fills in Cas via phone. Sam is worried about Dean –- they have to find something. A banged up Charlie approaches the Boys. She has slept for 2 days and she has had enough rest. Charlie is not good or bad, just balanced. Charlie asks about the Mark and Sam has found a book that might be helpful, but the book is in Tuscany. Charlie volunteers to check it out. Before she leaves, she tells Dean that they will fix this, meaning the Mark of Cain. Dean isn't convinced, but Charlie knows he has something that Cain didn't. Dean's eyes to flick to Sam. Charlie says she forgives Dean. before leaving in search of the book.
After acquiring the Book of the Damned in Europe, Charlie makes her way back to America with it, she makes it south of Des Moines when Jacob Styne is able to track Charlie down. When he and his henchman attempt to take the book from Charlie she goes on the offensive and is able to escape, but not before being shot. Wounded, Charlie calls Sam and Dean to tell them of her predicament, and that she has found the Book of the Dead, and it may hold the key to removing the Mark of Cain from Dean.
Sam and Dean direct Charlie to one of Bobby's old hunting cabins to lay low until they get to her. At the cabin Sam and Charlie are busy at work translating the Book but hit a wall when Charlie realizes that the book, in addition to being written in an ancient Sumerian dialect, is also in code.
Dean, after reading up on the Styne family and their use of the book, tries to dissuade Sam and Charlie from translating the book. Dean tells them that the book has been calling out to him and the Mark and that it wants him to use it - but not for good. He demands that they destroy it before anything bad happens from using it. Sam insists its their only hope of saving Dean, but he is firm that they do not use it.
After Dean leaves to get supplies, Charlie reflects to Sam that the life of a hunter is full of choices that either end in blood or tears. Sam explains what had happened the previous year with Dean. he talks about how long it took him to accept that hunting is what he loved to do, but that he only wants to do it with Dean at his side.
Jacob and his men follow Dean back to the cabin, they are killed in the ensuing fight. Sam pretends to burn the Book, but actually secrets it away.
Back at the Bunker, Charlie is thrilled to finally meet Castiel, and he heals her of her wounds. They sit down to a meal of pizza and beer with the Winchesters. Dean seems relaxed and good spirits, laughing and enjoying his time with his brother and friends, but Sam continues to worry about him.
Sam calls Charlie in for help in translating the Book of the Damned. Charlie isn't happy to lie to Dean and work with Rowena and neither is Castiel when Sam calls him in, but both ultimately agree for the sake of Dean. Rowena is unimpressed when Charlie tells her that she is a nerd instead of a witch and denies a connection between them. However, Rowena tells her they both possess a similar background. Even working together, Charlie and Rowena are unable to translate the Book of the Damned or Nadya's Codex and Charlie, unable to take Rowena anymore, asks Castiel to take her away for some peace and quiet. As Castiel locks Rowena in a back room as he can't leave her, Charlie leaves for a motel with her notes on the Book of the Damned. Charlie finally manages to figure out how to translate the Book of the Damned, but Eldon Styne arrives for the Book of the Damned itself which she doesn't have. Charlie quickly calls Sam and Dean who tell her to give Eldon what she has, but unwilling to betray them or give the Styne Family the power of the Book of the Damned, Charlie locks herself in the bathroom where she uploads her translated notes and sends them to Sam's e-mail. She then smashes her Microsoft Surface Pro 3 just before Eldon breaks in. Charlie bravely faces him down with a knife, but Eldon wins the fight and stabs her repeatedly, killing her. A devastated Sam and Dean later find her body.
A devastated Sam and Dean give Charlie a hunter's funeral pyre with Dean somberly reflecting on his good times with Charlie. He decides to kill the Stynes in revenge and demands that Sam stop the research on the Book of the Damned. While Sam initially agrees to stop, he changes his mind when he receives Charlie's email containing the code breaker. Dean ultimately avenges Charlie by killing all the Stynes in Shreveport, Louisiana and Eldon Styne in a confrontation in the Bunker.
- Much like how Bobby Singer was created as a replacement for Missouri Moseley, due to actress Loretta Devine's unavailability. The character of Charlie Bradbury was created due to a scheduling conflict with Frank Devereaux actor Kevin McNally, who had booked a play in the UK and was unavailable for the rest of season 7.
There was lot of fan outrage over Charlie's death which was seen as an example of fridging. A number of articles were written about it. Showrunner Jeremy Carver was confronted about the issue by a fan at the Supernatural panel at Comic-Con 2015.
- Supernatural’s Ongoing Fridging Problem Isn’t a Laughing Matter by The Mary Sue
- Ugh, Supernatural. You Really Didn't Have to Go There by io9
- Dear 'Supernatural' writers, what were you thinking? by geekgirldiva
- Bring Back Charlie Campaign