|Title||Live Free or Twihard|
|Episode #||Season 6, Episode 5|
|First aired||October 22, 2010|
|Directed by||Rod Hardy|
|Written by||Brett Matthews|
|On IMDB||Live Free or Twihard|
|Outline||Sam and Dean find a group of vampires and Dean is turned. Samuel tells Dean that he can change him back, but he'll need the blood of the vampire who turned him.|
|Timeline||October 17th, 2010|
|Location(s)|| Limestone, Illinois|
Battle Creek, Michigan
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Sam and Dean investigate the disappearance of seven attractive girls, all in their late teens, in the small town of Limestone, Illinois. When they go to the home of the latest victim, Kristen, they find out that she had an obsession with vampires. Her room is a shrine to the recent trend of vampire movies, television shows, and books. Once they crack her laptop's password (Pattinson), they discover that she met someone online who claimed to be a real vampire and was supposed to meet him at a club called "The Black Rose." They're not sure that the online stranger was a real vampire, but Samuel seems certain that vampires are involved. The disappearances in Limestone follow a pattern: this is the fourth town where kids have gone missing and a blood bank van has been jumped and the blood stolen. In this town, the driver of the blood bank van was found with his throat ripped out.
Sam and Dean go to "The Black Rose" and try to pick up the vampires' trail. Sam follows one suspicious man down to the basement of the club while Dean follows one outside to the alley. The man that Dean followed was just pretending to be a vampire to get girls, while the man that Sam followed was a vampire. Sam decapitates him and goes outside to find Dean, who has since been attacked by a real vampire named Boris. Instead of rushing to Dean's aid, Sam watches as Boris feeds Dean his blood, turning him. Sam then runs forward to prevent Boris from taking Dean with him to his nest.
Sam and Dean go back to their motel, where Dean is overwhelmed by his new hypersensitivity to light and sound. Dean wants Sam to kill him, but Sam refuses, saying that he's sure Samuel can help them. Dean goes to the bathroom alone and, after examining his new fangs, leaves out the window so that Sam won't stop him. He immediately goes to his house to see Lisa, who wakes up to see him standing over their bed. He thanks her and Ben for everything, and his behavior worries Lisa, who tries to get him to explain what's going on. He throws her against the wall and is overwhelmed by the sound of her heartbeat. He turns and tries to leave when his fangs extend, but Ben comes out of his room and, though Dean tries to warn him away, he advances. Dean throws him against the wall of the hallway and shouts at him before leaving. Lisa pulls Ben to her in fear as Dean goes.
When Dean gets back to the motel in Limestone, Samuel is there with Sam. Samuel tells them that the Campbells have a possible cure for vampirism written in Samuel's grandfather's journal, but it can only be used if Dean doesn't drink any human blood. Samuel and Sam will gather most of the ingredients for the cure, but Dean has to get the blood of the vampire, Boris, who turned him. Dean insists that he will go into the vampire nest alone: he can sense where they are and he's sure that Sam would just attract attention because he "reeks" like "a walking hamburger." Samuel gives Dean a syringe of dead man's blood to use against Boris, and Dean leaves. Once they're alone, Samuel confronts Sam about his apparent knowledge of the cure. He's worried that Sam purposefully let Dean get infected so that he could get inside the vampire nest and help them capture an Alpha vampire they've been looking for. Sam denies everything, but Samuel doesn't seem convinced.
Dean enters the vampires' nest and runs into Robert, the vampire who lured the latest missing girl Kristen to be captured by Boris. Boris has been using attractive men as "recruiters" to bring young women to his nest to be turned, and he wants to use Dean in this capacity. Boris is not the Alpha vampire, but he is over six hundred years old, and he has been given orders to amass large numbers of vampires. Dean tries to get the jump on him, but Boris senses the dead man's blood and stops Dean before he can inject him. Suddenly, all the vampires are overcome by visions sent to them from the Alpha Vampire. When Dean wakes up from his vision, Boris sets all the vampires in the nest on him, but Dean kills them all with a large machete before killing Boris himself.
After they have Boris' blood, they use it to create the cure for vampirism that Dean needs. Dean takes the cure and is overcome by visions from his time as a vampire. In them, he sees the moment that Sam stood back and watched him be turned. He says nothing about it when he wakes up cured, however, only mentions that the vampires are amassing an army and that they no longer seem afraid of hunters.
- "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus
- (plays in the bar at the beginning)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode title
- Filming of a scene by Jking/INFphoto.com
- On set pics via Spoiler TV
- Fan report on filming with pics by The Dean Team
- Filming pics from @canadagraphs
- Fan report from the set during filming with pics Pt 1 and Pt 2 by elsiecat
- Set photos from SpoilerTV
- More set photos from SpoilerTV
- Plot synopsis from SpoilerTV
- Promotional Photos from SpoilerTV
- Preview clip 1
- Preview clip 2
- Space promo
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