13.02 The Rising Son

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Title The Rising Son
Episode # Season 13, Episode 2
First aired October 19, 2017
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming
Brad Buckner
On IMDB The Rising Son
Outline As Jack begins acclimating himself to his surroundings, Sam and Dean receive a surprise visit from Donatello Redfield regarding the boy and his power. Asmodeus, the last Prince of Hell, comes out of hiding and sets his sights on Jack. Meanwhile, Mary and Lucifer begin to encounter the inhabitants of the alternate universe.
Monster Asmodeus
Timeline May 20th - 21st, 2017
Location(s) Fall River, Massachusetts
Apocalypse World
Jasper, Wyoming
Lebanon, Kansas
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With no Crowley or Lucifer to rule over Hell, the demons in Crowley’s throne room are bored, worried, or drunk when Asmodeus, the fourth Prince of Hell makes his grand entrance. Sitting himself on the throne, he explains that he intends to rule until Lucifer and Jack return, then smites all but three of the demons that are present.

Meanwhile, Sam and Dean are traveling in the Impala and once again arguing over Jack who is asleep in the back seat. The main theme of their ongoing discourse is that Sam views Jack as an innocent kid but Dean only sees a monster that needs destroying. Sam explains that Jack may be the answer to saving Mary from the alternative universe, but Dean rejects the possibility she is still alive.

In Apocalypse World, Lucifer nags at Mary to move faster and explains that in a perfect world he would kill her "and her plodding sons," but he intends to keep her alive so that he can exchange her for Jack when they escape. Mary voices her doubts that Lucifer can care about raising a child, but Lucifer retorts that she can’t possibly know what he cares about. Before Mary can reply, a fireball lands where they are standing, allowing Mary to make an escape.

Back at Needham Asylum, Drexel, one of the three demons Asmodeus spared, returns to inform him that there is no sign of Lucifer or his son. Asmodeus explains that he wants Jack to rule Hell, with him as Jack's "humble adviser." When Drexel mentions to Asmodeus the risk of upsetting Lucifer if he doesn't continue his search, Asmodeus informs him that the scars on his face were a result of the torture inflicted on him by Lucifer for attempting to release the shedim, creatures so savage even Lucifer feared them. Through the torture his connection to Lucifer was made stronger, making him Lucifer's to command, much like Drexel is his to command.

Since Dean had started hallucinating sheep on the road, the three finally crash at hotel to get some rest. Jack excitably begins to watch Scooby Doo but is relegated to the sofa by Dean and given the Bible to read instead. Although Sam gently offers to take the sofa, Jack refuses. Later, Jack and Dean are eating on the sofa while Sam finishes painting sigils on the motel door, and sits opposite them, observing as Jack amusingly imitates Dean’s behavior from how he drinks his beer to how he sits. Jack questions them about things he learned in the Bible and comes to the conclusion that God is his grandfather. Dean finally snaps at Jack for copying him, so Sam changes the subject to ask Jack about what other powers he may have, such as the ability to teleport to outside the room. Jack misunderstands and walks placidly out the door, closing it behind him and knocks on the door. Sam reasons that Jack is more human than they think but this is undermined by the arrival of the prophet Donatello, who tells them he followed an intense power signal to their location. Dean takes this as proof that Jack is not human, but Sam is buoyed by Donatello saying there is no darkness surrounding Jack. Both conclude that if Donatello could find Jack then others will be able to, so they take him to have protective symbols tattooed; unfortunately these disappear as soon as they are completed. As they are leaving in Baby, a demon spots them.

Back in the motel room, Sam, Dean, and Donatello quarrel over Jack’s actions, causing him to get upset and accidentally teleport himself outside to escape the conflict. Sam finds him and comforts him by explaining Dean’s aggressive behavior as simply the way his fear manifests itself. Sam reassures him that he has faith in Jack just like Kelly and Castiel did. Dean meanwhile is sitting in a bar confiding to the barmaid. When he leaves, she reveals herself to be Asmodeus in disguise. The next morning, Sam is alone in the room when Donatello arrives to talk about Jack. Donatello asks Sam if he has any idea how strong Jack will be and Sam confides in him that the lore suggests that a Nephilim will become more powerful than the angel that sired them.

Having made her escape, Mary is walking through the wasteland of Apocalypse World when she meets a male hunter who, after confirming she is human, attempts to assault her but is killed by Lucifer before he can get very far. Angry at her for saying she doesn’t want him to win, Lucifer briefly causes her internal pain as both punishment and proof that she has no choice in the matter.

When Dean comes back to their room, Sam tries to explain why he should give Jack a chance but is interrupted by Donatello entering to discuss Jack, causing them to realize that the previous Donatello was a fake. Upon further investigation, they discover that Jack is missing and are ambushed by demons. Meanwhile, fake Donatello has taken Jack to a field in Jasper, Wisconsin, and is attempting to use Jack’s powers to open a hell gate to release the shedim by telling him that they are a force for good that need to be saved.

Back in the alternative universe, a group of angels appears and attempts to smite Lucifer, who laughs at the situation before disintegrating them with a snap of his fingers. However, within seconds another angel arrives and reveals that he is the archangel Michael.

Sam, Dean, and the real Donatello read John's Journal on the way to find Jack and realize where he has been taken. They reach him in time to see the shedim beginning to emerge and shout to get his attention. Dean shoots the fake Donatello, causing him to morph back into Asmodeus who uses his demonic powers to choke Sam, Dean, and Donatello. Despite trying to persuade Jack to join him, the fact he is hurting Jack’s "friends" brings out his anger forcing Asmodeus to flee.

Meanwhile, Lucifer and Michael briefly fight, but even though Michael killed his universe’s Lucifer, he reveals he may have use for Lucifer and therefore he will spare him.

Finally home, Sam and Dean sit in the Bunker kitchen discussing Asmodeus and the fact Jack saved them. Dean leaves but on the way to his room hears a strange noise which he discovers is Jack repeatedly stabbing himself with a large knife. Dean’s mask of indifference slips slightly and he snatches the knife from Jack whilst chastising him for being an idiot. Dean explains that Sam believes Jack can be saved whereas Dean does not and that when the time comes, it will be Dean who kills Jack.




  • "Blades" by The Zellots
(playing in the tattoo shop while Jack gets warding tattoos)
  • "Graveyard Shift" by Lynda Kay
(playing in the bar as Dean is speaking with the "waitress")


Asmodeus: I am Asmodeus...

Drexel: Fourth Prince of Hell.

Asmodeus: ...here to rule until such time as Lucifer returns with his son. And there are gonna be some changes. The underperforming and ineffective, the corporate lackeys of the Crowley era are being purged. The grand old days of fire and brimstone are back. The following will step forward: Mr. Drexel. Mr. Harrington. Mr. Sierra. As for the rest of y'all... There's a new sheriff in town.
Sam: Hey, we still got probably twelve hours until we're home. You want me to drive?
Dean: Do I ever want you to drive?
Dean: Wait, wait, wait, wait. How old do you think you are?
Jack: Three days, seventeen hours, and forty-two minutes.
Sam: I'll tell you what. You got some special skills, Jack. That's for sure. We just need to make sure to get a grip on them, so... so you don't hurt anybody.

Jack: Is that why Dean hates me?
Sam: Dean doesn't hate you. It.. Look, sometimes the wires in Dean's head get crossed and -- and he gets frustrated, and then he mixes frustration with anger and -- and fear.
Jack: Why would he be afraid?
Sam: Because Dean feels like it's his job to protect everyone. And right now, we need to protect you. But we also may need to protect people from you.
Jack: Maybe I'm not worth all this.

Sam: Your mom thought you were. So did Cas. So do I.
Lucifer: You're welcome. Uh, Mary, in case you didn't notice this, you left without me. What is wrong with you? We need each other. This is a win-win situation. Okay? We get out of this... theme park, we both get our boys back.
Mary: You think I want you to win?
Sam: Alright. You know what? I know what's going on here.

Dean: Oh. Okay. Well, please, tell me, what's going on here?

Sam: You thinking that Mom is gone and Cas is gone, and that Jack can't be saved. Dean, after everything we've gone through... We just lost people we love, people who have been in our lives for a long time. Everything's upside-down. I get it. But we've been down before. I mean, rock bottom. And we find a way. We fix it because that's what we do. And Jack wants to do the right thing. Jack's scared to death of who he is, and he's scared of you.
Lucifer: Are you tired? Really? You know what? Let me tell you a couple things. First of all, we need to blow this taco stand, before who knows what happens to my son. And second of all, you're the reason that we are even stuck in this literally godforsaken place to begin with. So I'm sorry you're tired. It's not my fault you were born a wimpy little human, with your wimpy little lungs and weak little legs.
Michael: You are Lucifer. I can feel it. But how is that even possible?

Lucifer: Um... You know, alternate universes, interdimensional travel, blah, blah, blah. It's her fault. Uh, I'll buy that you're Michael, but you sort of seem like a cheap knockoff to the one I left behind, and he's a hot mess.

Michael: I killed my Lucifer. Tore him apart in the skies over Abilene. But hey, can't get enough of a good thing.
Sam: Dean, wait a second. The kid came through for us today. Jack saved us.
Dean: No. No, whatever that was, that was a reflex. It was a sneeze. Maybe next time he sneezes, he kills us.
Dean: Okay, what the hell? Give me that. You -- Don't be an idiot. Look, A, this is not gonna do anything to you, okay? And B, you-- What the hell?

Jack: Exactly. What the hell am I? I can't control... whatever this is. I will hurt someone.
Dean: You know, my brother thinks you can be saved.
Jack: You don't believe that.
Dean: No, I don't.
Jack: So... if you're right?

Dean: If I'm right... and it comes to killing you... I'll be the one to do it.

Trivia & References

Drexel: Lord Lucifer promised he would return. He'll pull us out of chaos. He will make Hell great again.
"Make Hell great again" is a play on the Donald Trump presidential campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."
The demon Asmodeus is considered a king of the shedim in Jewish folklore, and listed as a Prince of Hell in Binsfeld's Classification of Demons, where he is the demon associated with the sin of lust.
Asmodeus: At this point, we must focus on the son.

Drexel: There's no sign of him either, sir. Maybe a sudden infant death?

Sudden infant death syndrome also known as SIDS and crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of an infant, typically between the hours of 00:00 and 09:00 while the infant is sleeping.
Asmodeus: Long ago. Eager to please, I freed the shedim.
In Jewish folklore, the shedim are considered demons or evil spirits. They are believed to be the descendants of serpent-like demons, or alternately the spawn of the demon Azazel and Naamah. In one legend they are thought to have been the first humans, whom God did not complete due to needing to rest on the Sabbath. In Jewish and Islamic lore, the shedim are said to be the followers of Asmodeus, who is their king.
The episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! that Jack was watching was "That Snow Ghost". This season in episode 16, Supernatural will do an episode featuring Scooby-Doo.
Jack first opens the Bible to the Song of Solomon. This book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament is a celebration of sex. This may be a reference to Asmodeus who is considered the demon of lust.
Jack: This book, it mentions my father. Not Castiel, but Lucifer.

Dean: Oh, yeah. Yeah, he's -- he's big in the Bible. Lotta screen time.
Jack: And you... knew him?
Sam: Well, he's not really an easy guy to know. He's, um, he's kind of rough around the edges.
Dean: He's Satan.

Lucifer appears most famously in Isaiah 14:12, where a translation using the Latin Vulgate, took the phrase "morning star" and subbed it with "lucifer."
"How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: 'Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, the man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?'"
It is believed by modern scholars that the the "morning star" was not referencing a fallen angel, rather an unnamed king of Babylon.
Sam: You okay?

Donatello: Ah, pretty much. No soul of course, thanks to Amara. It's kinda like losing your appendix. You never really noticed it when you had it. But now, when I come to a moral crossroad, I ask myself, 'What would Mr. Rogers do?' And as soon as I nail that, I'm usually good.

"Mr. Rogers" refers to Fred Rogers the kindly host of the children's show Mister Roger's Neighborhood.
Donatello: Ah. The nature versus nurture conundrum.

Dean: Hey.
Sam: Dude...
Donatello: Oh. Speaking not as prophet, but as a scientist, I don't think teaching him is in the cards. It's like asking a lion not to be a lion.
Sam: But this isn't a lion! This is a human!
Donatello: With a strong dose of God juice.
Dean: Okay, that's it, I'm done, all right? Because he's not God, he's not Cas, he's not Simba. He's the freakin' Devil.

"The nature versus nurture conundrum" refers to the question of whether aspects of a person's character are primarily shaped by their genetics (nature) or the environment of their upbringing (nurture).
Simba is a character from the Disney film The Lion King (which was inspired by William Shakespeare's Hamlet). Simba is the son of the King of the Lions, and destined to become King himself.
Lucifer: Was he kidding? I mean, even in the land of bizarro, an angel isn't gonna try to...
"Land of Bizarro" refers to a term originated in Superman comics but which has since become widely used for an alternate universe that is similar to our world but different in some significant way.
Sam: These yellow-eyed things just keep on comin', huh?

Dean: Mm-hmm. And hopefully this fourth Prince of Hell is the last Kardashian in the family.

The Kardashians are a family who became famous through a long-running reality TV series based around them.


Eric Breker, who played the Apocalypse World Hunter, previously played Police Officer in 3.14 Long-Distance Call.
Mark Sweatman, who played Tattooist, previously played Lizzie's Brother, in 4.11 Family Remains.
Aubrey Amson, who played Bartender, previously played Hannah Thompson in 5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.
Sam had his anti-possession tattoo removed when Castiel burned it off to allow Crowley to help expel Gadreel from Sam's body. This episode reveals that Sam was able to have the symbol tattooed on his chest again at some point after the events in 9.10 Road Trip.
The name of the bar where Dean goes to get a drink, Black Spur Bar, was previously used in 10.01 Black and was located at 156 Knife River Road, Beulah, North Dakota. A monkey figurine can be seen on the counter in the bar which is the same figurine previously seen in Harvelle's Roadhouse which can be seen in 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One.
Asmodeus telling Dean how his "mother" would never stick up for him can possibly be seen as an allusion to Lilith, who was the first demon created by Lucifer.
For the first time since 9.11 First Born, John's Journal is used again to help on a case. Prior to "First Born", it was used as a source of information at least once a season. Since "First Born", it has only appeared a few times in Mary's possession during season 12.

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