The Apocalypse. Poor name, bad marketing. Puts people off. When all it is is Ali/Foreman. On a slightly larger scale. And we like our chances. When our side wins, and we will, it's paradise on earth. Now, what's not to like about that?
In Supernatural, the Apocalypse is a series of disastrous events leading up to and including the end of the world.
- 1 Judeo-Christian Apocalypse
- 2 First Angelic Civil War
- 3 Leviathans
- 4 Second Angelic Civil War
- 5 The Darkness
- 6 Michael
- 7 Chuck Shurley / God
- 8 Tradition
- 9 The Apocalypse in Fandom
- 10 References
Soon after Dean's resurrection, hunters are attacked by the ghosts of people they could not save. Bobby's research uncovers an obscure translation of the Book of Revelation that lists the ghosts, or the Witnesses, as a sign of the upcoming Apocalypse. Castiel confirms that demons, under Lilith, are attempting to break the 66 Seals and free Lucifer from his prison.
The Winchesters, Bobby, and angels fight to stop other seals from breaking, but they steadily lose ground. There are 600 possible seals, however, only 66 need to be broken and no one knows which ones Lilith plans on breaking. They discover that the first seal was broken by Dean in Hell, when he became a torturer. Alastair explains that the first seal had to be broken before any others to get the desired end result. After Dean's death at Lilith's hands, Sam gets determined to kill Lilith, who he has been told is the only being that can break the final seal, while angels tell Dean that it is he who must prevent the Apocalypse. The brothers conflicting beliefs concerning Sam's relationship to Ruby, his addiction to demon blood, and his psychic powers causes a rift between them.
It was later revealed that the higher ranking angels including Michael, Raphael and Zachariah want the Apocalypse, and hold Dean in the Green Room while Sam seeks out Lilith with Ruby. Castiel frees Dean and sends him after Sam, but Sam kills Lilith, whose death is actually the final seal. Lucifer's cage opens, and the Apocalypse begins.
Immediately, Sam and Dean hear of earthquakes and disease spreading. Zachariah confronts the brothers, and reveals that the real carnage will not start until Lucifer enters his preordained vessel.
Zachariah: Lucifer is powerful in ways that defy description. We need to strike now, hard and fast—before he finds his vessel.
Sam: His vessel? Lucifer needs a meat suit?
Zachariah: He is an angel. Them's the rules. And when he touches down, we're talking Four Horsemen, red oceans, fiery skies—
Zachariah also reveals that Dean alone cannot possibly kill Lucifer, but he tells Dean that he is Michael's vessel, and once occupied, he can defeat Lucifer. Once Lucifer is defeated by Michael, angelkind believes that he will bring paradise to the Earth. Sam learns later, from the Devil himself, that he is Lucifer's true vessel. Neither brother is willing to consent to serve as a vessel, postponing the final battle. Michael remains disembodied, but Lucifer finds a temporary vessel in Nick.
Demons fall in line behind Lucifer, and his plans proceed. He intends to destroy humanity, and essential to his goals are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. War is the first encountered by Sam and Dean. He causes an entire town to kill each other by making them see demons. Famine, a weakened but still intimidating figure, is cared for by demons at Lucifer's direction until he becomes powerful enough to march across the land with authority. Pestilence, again assisted by demons, devises a scheme to spread the Croatoan virus in the form of a vaccine for swine flu. Death, having been imprisoned since the Great Flood, is released by Lucifer and bound to him to force his obedience. With Death under his control, Lucifer orders still greater disruption. The Whore of Babylon also serves as an instrument of destruction and misinformation. Jesse Turner, the Antichrist, was supposed to play an important role during the destruction of Earth, but he turns away from Lucifer's plans.
Sam and Dean follow omens, (including forest fires, biblical storms, and the dead rising) and combat what they find. Other hunters are hostile toward them because it is rumored that they are directly responsible for starting the Apocalypse. They are constantly assaulted by both angels and demons who want to force them to serve as vessels so that the final battle between Michael and Lucifer may take place; all parties involved claiming that it is their destiny. They try and fail to kill Lucifer with the Colt, losing Ellen and Jo in the process. Dean, slowly worn down by the ominous warnings of others and afraid that Sam will give in to Lucifer's temptations, decides to say yes to Michael. However, he manages to step away from his destiny after seeing the faith Sam had in him. Dean kills Zachariah and leaves Michael, who takes Adam Milligan, Sam and Dean's half-brother, as his host.
When they learn from Gabriel that Lucifer can be re-imprisoned using the rings of the Four Horsemen, Sam, Dean, Bobby, Castiel, and Crowley do whatever it takes to acquire the rings. Sam comes up with a plan to say yes to Lucifer, so that the archangel will enter him and he can gain control just long enough to throw himself into the pit, dragging Lucifer along with him. Team Free Will is reluctant to agree, but eventually realize that it's the only way to stop the Apocalypse, after Death confirms that Sam's plan is viable. Sam gives Lucifer his consent, but is unable to control him. They go to Stull Cemetery to meet with Michael and begin the final battle. However, Dean interrupts, and gives Castiel enough time to banish Michael long enough for Dean to make an attempt to reach Sam. After Lucifer kills Castiel and Bobby and turns his attention to Dean, Sam manages to wrestle control back from the archangel and use the Horsemen rings to open the portal. Michael tries to stop him, but he and Adam end up getting imprisoned along with Lucifer and Sam. God revives Castiel as a Seraph, who in turn revives Bobby. With the Apocalypse stopped, Dean decides to quit the hunting life and goes to live a normal life with Lisa and Ben Braeden.
First Angelic Civil War
Following soon after the events of 5.22 Swan Song, a civil war breaks out in Heaven between Raphael and Castiel. Raphael gathered a group of traditionalist angels in order to conquer Heaven and restart the Apocalypse. Castiel, and many other angels, have waged war against him, wanting to prevent the world from ending. The two angels started racing each other to gather a number of Angelic Weapons stolen by Balthazar to rally their forces. Castiel says " Whoever has the weapons wins the war." While Castiel is able to reach Balthazar first, he is reluctant to give him the weapons as he is selling them in exchange for souls. Eventually, after Raphael starts targeting everyone associated with Castiel, Balthazar decides to send him and Virgil on a wild goose chase after the Winchesters into an alternate universe while he locates and provides the weapons to Castiel. With these weapons, Castiel is able to strengthen his forces considerably. According to Bartholomew, Castiel even defeated Raphael and a majority of his loyalists with a small unit of 20 angels. 
In an attempt to defeat Raphael and win the civil war, Castiel has formed an alliance with Crowley to find Purgatory and raid the souls of dead monsters to gather enough power to kill the archangel. However, this catches the attention of Eve, who after learning that they are torturing the Alphas, her children, escapes from Purgatory and attempts to create the perfect beast in order to transform every human into monsters so that all the souls on Earth will go straight to her upon death. Crowley wanted Eve captured alive to study her, however she is killed by Dean with the ashes of a phoenix. However, Castiel manages to locate and capture Eleanor Visyak, a purgatory native, and torture her for information on how to open a portal to Purgatory and steal the souls. After Crowley targets Dean through Lisa and Ben Braeden, Castiel puts his alliance into question. He eventually double-crosses the demon, intending to take all the souls for himself. In retaliation, Crowley makes an alliance with Raphael and they force him to surrender the blood they need for the spell. Unbeknownst to them, Castiel switches it with dog's blood and performs the ritual in secret. When they realize the deceit, Crowley makes his escape while Castiel obliterates Raphael with a snap of his fingers, effectively ending the war. Afterwards, he decides to kill all of Raphael's followers and take command of Heaven, Hell, and Earth. However, the leviathans, which Castiel absorbs along with the souls of Purgatory, start to take control of his vessel and attempt to escape into the world. Castiel works with Bobby and the Winchesters to return the souls to Purgatory. Unfortunately, the leviathans manage to hold on, kill Castiel from the inside, and release themselves into the world. 
After having been released from Purgatory, the leviathans plan to turn humanity into a perfect never-ending food source. To accomplish this, they started building slaughterhouses for humanity in various locations and plant an additive into the food that makes humans pliable and cause weight gain. Vamptonite also kills all other monsters that feed on humans such as vampires, werewolves and ghouls. They also created Additive 3.0, which is intended to be added in non-dairy coffee creamer that breeds out unwanted traits (naturally lean people, short people, hemophiliacs, and those with a high IQ) and kills people who have such traits. The leviathans also planned to build stem cell research facilities to cure diseases (cancer, AIDS, heart disease) so that their food supply will be disease free. Their plan is to live on Earth forever in a luxurious lifestyle while humanity is knocked off the top of the food chain and sent to live and die like cattle.
The Word of God tablet on the Leviathans reveals the only way to kill them:
"Cut off the head, and the body will flounder. Waste not thy time nor your breath upon the Leviathan herd. Point thy blade at the heart of their master, for from him springs all their messages. Leviathan cannot be slain but by a bone of a righteous mortal, as light and good as the Leviathan are hungry and dark, washed in the three bloods of the fallen: a fallen angel, the ruler of fallen humanity, and the father of fallen beasts."
Dean, Sam and Castiel use this to fashion a weapon using the bone of a nun, and the blood of Castiel (a fallen angel), Crowley (ruler of fallen humanity) and the Alpha Vampire (father of fallen beasts). Dean and Castiel use the weapon on Dick Roman, their leader, but get sent to Purgatory in the process. As a result, the remaining leviathan go incognito indefinitely.
Second Angelic Civil War
After catching up to everything that has happened in Heaven in his absence, Metatron decides to seal the gates and recruits Castiel to undertake the trials, under the guise of repairing the damage he and the angels caused. However, when Naomi captures him and digs into his mind, she sees his real plans for the angels. Metatron's plan is to banish all angels from Heaven to Earth as revenge to angelkind for sending him on the run and refusing to accept how things were after God left. The spell he used required the heart of a nephilim, a cupid's bow, and the grace of an angel. After neutralizing Naomi, Metatron captures Castiel and steals his grace for the spell. He sends Castiel back to earth and they watch as the angels start descending from Heaven.
At the time of the Fall, thousands of angels either died as a result or were left injured. Many of them were searching for any vessel in order to manifest on earth, although many humans were unable to contain them. The factions of angels led by Bartholomew and Malachi have been slaughtering each other with a common goal to find Metatron and restore their kind to Heaven. Some angels, such as the Penitents led by the angel Rebecca or others like Abner, have decided to live humbly among the humans. Others like Thaddeus decided to make themselves idols for the humans. Many others like the Rit Zien Ephraim have decided to continue their heavenly work on Earth.
Metatron decided to rebuild Heaven as its new leader and recruits the angel Gadreel to be his second-in-command. He uses the angel tablet to give himself powers semi-equivalent to God, making him immune to holy fire and enhance his strength. Metatron also uses Gabriel's Horn to summon the angels and recruit them to Metatron's army and return them to Heaven and have Gadreel slay the angels who refuse to follow him. To keep Heaven inaccessible to the rest of angelkind, Metatron creates a portal to Heaven that can be relocated in order to keep its existence a secret.
Metatron's plan is to manipulate the angels into following his story, making himself the hero and Castiel the villain. When he discovers that Castiel has stolen Theo's grace to make himself an angel again, he motivates Castiel to lead the rebellious angels against him. However, due to Castiel's experience from the first angelic civil war against Raphael, he unexpectedly gains more followers than Metatron and makes progress in uniting angelkind. In order to turn them against Castiel, Metatron has the reaper Tessa and a group of angels recruited by Gadreel brainwashed into making themselves act as suicide bombers, killing one angel and all the other humans in the blast radius, and framing Castiel for the crimes. He also tells Castiel and his followers that he's giving all of angelkind a chance to return to Heaven, where he will be their god, and to inform them of how Castiel killed an angel to steal his grace and only cares about himself and the Winchesters. After Castiel refuses to kill Dean for killing Tessa, Hannah and the rest of his followers abandon him. However, Gadreel has a change of heart and sides with Castiel and the Winchesters.
After rallying angelkind back to Heaven, Metatron decides to make his move against humanity, making himself look like a messianic faith healer named "Marv" to the people in a homeless encampment. His plan is to eventually make himself idolized before humanity as the new God. Castiel and Gadreel plan to make their way to heaven in order to destroy the angel tablet and make Metatron an ordinary angel again, however they get imprisoned in Heaven's dungeon by Ingrid and Hannah. Meanwhile, Dean and Crowley manage to follow Metatron's trail after watching a video of him reviving a woman hit by a car. They catch up to Sam, who gets his location after speaking to the woman he healed. Dean makes his way to the warehouse where Metatron is waiting for him. After a brief monologue on both sides, Dean brandishes the First Blade and they begin to fight. Meanwhile, Gadreel sacrifices himself to help Castiel escape form the dungeon and convince Hannah that Metatron is the real enemy. They search his office and find the angel tablet in his typewriter. As Sam makes his way to the fight, Metatron jams an angel blade into Dean's heart and escapes, but not before Castiel smashes the tablet, breaking Metatron's power. Metatron restrains Castiel and muses about how angelkind has flocked over to him like sheep and won't care about anything he did, even if they find out the truth, because he belives that they are too scared of him to rebel. As Metatron prepares to kill him, Castiel reveals that he has inadvertently broadcast his speech all throughout angel radio. The angels immediately turn against him and Castiel has him locked away in Heaven's dungeon, effectively ending the war.
Death revealed that in the beginning, there was the Darkness and the Light. God wanted to create something better than him or his sister, but for every world he would create, she'd destroy it. The Darkness was initially imprisoned by God and the archangels to allow creation to happen and the Mark was given to Lucifer to serve as the lock and key to her cage. However, the Mark revealed itself as a curse and began to corrupt Lucifer, which amplified his dislike for humanity and eventually led to his imprisonment, but not before he passed the Mark to Cain. Cain passed the Mark to Dean in order for him to use the First Blade to kill Abaddon and later himself. However, Sam, Charlie, and Rowena manage to find the cure for the Mark in the Book of the Damned. When the Mark of Cain was removed from Dean, it released the Darkness from her imprisonment.
The Darkness manifested on Earth as the newborn baby Amara. As time passes, she begins to feed on human souls and demons in order to make her vessel older and become more powerful. Amara seeks to lure God out of hiding and making him suffer as he watches everything he created reduced to nothingness, except for Dean. Sam communicates with Lucifer in the cage to find out what he knows about the Darkness, but Lucifer offers to take care of her if he gets a vessel. While Sam refuses to consent to Lucifer again, Castiel grants him his consent to help in the fight against Amara. They initially attempted to use the weapons known as the Hands of God to fight her, but when Lucifer uses the Horn of Joshua against her, she is left undeterred. God (aka Chuck) has decided to let Amara destroy the world, but Metatron convinces him to save humanity. Chuck reveals himself and lends his help to Sam and Dean. They gather an army composed of angels, demons, and witches to substitute for the archangels. The attacks manage to weaken her and Chuck attempts to restore the Mark on Sam's arm in order to imprison her again. However, she ends up using her remaining strength to mortally wound Chuck, causing a disruption in The Cosmic Balance. When Chuck dies, all of creation will cease to exist, including Amara.
In a last ditch attempt to save the multiverse, the group manages to create a soul bomb made up of hundreds of thousands of souls that could theoretically kill the Darkness and restore the cosmic balance. However, Amara is able to taste the power coming off the bomb and blow Dean's cover. Dean manages to convince Amara to put her rage aside and ask herself what she really wants. Chuck and Amara reconcile when she realizes that she wants them to be a family again. She heals Chuck of his wounds and he defuses the bomb in Dean's chest. The two leave Earth together to have a family meeting, but not before Amara revives Mary Winchester as a thankful gesture to Dean..
Apocalypse World is a version of Earth where armies of angels battle against hordes of demons with humanity caught in the middle. In this world, Michael killed Lucifer and eventually caused the world to revert to a state of desolation. The resistance fighters led by that world's Bobby Singer would hide in encampments in the forests with warding strong enough to hide their location. When Michael imprisons Lucifer and Mary and learns about the Winchesters' world, he decides to make his way to their world as well. His initial attempt to make his way to their world fails when Lucifer makes his way through a rift opened by Kevin Tran which was designed to admit one person at a time. When Jack Kline makes his way to Apocalypse World to save Mary, he is captured and Michael has Zachariah make attempts to convert him to his side, but his mind tricks fail. They eventually make their escape and start fighting alongside the resistance.
When the Winchester discover Michael's plans, they decide to make their own portal to Apocalypse World to save Jack and Mary using a spell from the demon tablet. They manage to acquire the necessary components for the spell; archangel grace, a fruit from the Tree of Life, the Seal of Solomon and the blood of a most holy man. Dean and Ketch are able to save the Apocalypse World version of Charlie Bradbury to locate Jack and Mary. After recruiting Gabriel and Rowena and using Lucifer to feed the spell, they make their way to the resistance encampment in Dayton, Ohio. However, Lucifer manages to escape and make his way to the camp to connect with Jack. When Mary refuses to leave the resistance abandoned, Sam decides to lead everyone through the portal back to their world. Rowena manages to keep the portal open long enough for everyone to escape through. However, Michael catches up and Gabriel sacrifices his life to keep him from entering the Winchesters' world and making his way to the resistance. However, Lucifer who was left behind by Sam tells Michael how to open the portal after seeing them use the spell. they make a deal where Lucifer gets Jack and Michael can have everything else.
After returning to the Winchesters' world, Lucifer kills Maggie (Apocalypse World) in order to manipulate Jack into going with him to explore the universe, Jack accepts in exchange for reviving Maggie. Michael catches up to Castiel and the Winchesters and tries to kill them. Jack is able to hear Sam's prayer and makes his way to the Bunker to stop Michael and kill him. However, he learns of Lucifer's deal and his role in Maggie's death and sees him as a monster. In retaliation, Lucifer steals a majority of Jack's grace and teleports away with him and Sam. In a desperate move, Dean agrees to become Michael's vessel, but stipulates that he is in control the entire time and he leaves when it's over. Powered by Michael, Dean and Lucifer fight and the battle ends with Dean jamming Michael's archangel blade into Lucifer's heart, killing him. However, Michael reneges on his deal and takes complete control of Dean and escapes into the world with his true vessel.
Upon arrival in the Winchesters' world, Michael begins to experiment with monsters, enhancing their abilities and making them invulnerable to conventional methods of death. After trial and error, Michael manages to refine the process. He makes deals with dozens of monsters, motivating them to kill as many hunters as possible. Soon, he tries to turn the entire town of Kansas City, Missouri to make his monster army grow in size. Michael's original plan was to bring paradise to the Earth by wiping out the humans, keeping only as many as the monsters need for slave labor and a steady food supply, but after realizing that Chuck is a writer who throws the worlds he creates away, including his own, Michael decides to burn every single world to the ground until he catches up with God and kills him. However, Michael is imprisoned in Dean's mind for a time. When he manages to escape, Michael possesses Rowena and kills the other Apocalypse World hunters before turning his attention to the Winchesters. Jack Kline manages to use Enochian magic to exorcize Michael and kill him at the cost of burning off his soul to save Sam, Dean, and Castiel.
Sam, Dean, Castiel, and Jack discover that Chuck has been manipulating the Winchesters' lives as part of a sick story, even taking advantage of Dean's grief over Mary's death to trick him into killing Jack at the cost of his own life. When they no longer want any part of his story, Chuck kills Jack himself and Sam responds by shooting his shoulder with the Equalizer. In retaliation, Chuck opens a portal to Hell, releasing the billions of damned souls and unleashing a horde of zombies to kill the Winchesters and end the world.
Castiel and the Winchesters run into the demon Belphegor who possesses Jack's dead body to communicate with them. He offers to help them keep the hell ghosts and demons imprisoned in a magical barrier to restore Hell to the way it was before. He reveals that every single door to Hell has been opened by Chuck, including the Cage. The spirit of Kevin Tran, who was revealed to be in Hell, manages to escape and lend his help in the fight. Rowena creates a soul catcher to imprison the ghosts, but their numbers begin to rise and they start clawing at the barrier to escape into the world. Ketch also lends a hand, but reveals that he was hired by the demon Ardat to kill Belphegor. After a run in with Francis Tumblety and a group of hell ghosts, they are captured in the soul catcher and Kevin manages to escape into the world. Ketch is sent to the hospital where he is killed by Ardat, who uses his phone to locate her target. Belphegor comes up with a plan using Lilith's Crook to summon all the damned souls back to Hell while Rowena uses a healing spell of her own devising to heal the rupture created by Chuck. Castiel and Belphegor make their way to Lilith's chamber and retrieve the crook, but Ardat catches up and reveals that Belphegor has been trying to take control of Hell for centuries. When Belphefgor kills Ardat, he reveals his true plans, using the crook to absorb the damned souls and make himself akin to a god. However, Castiel manages to kill Belphegor. destroying the crook in the process. With no other option, Rowena decides to use a spell from the Book of the Damned to imprison the ghosts into her body and return them to Hell at the cost of her life. Rowena has Sam reluctantly kill her to fulfill the prophecy in Death's books. She absorbs the ghosts and falls into the rupture as it closes.
Due to Sam's gunshot from the Equalizer, Chuck is no longer at full strength and incapable of leaving the world he is trying to end. He tries to have Amara heal him, but she decides to leave him imprisoned. Chuck decides to change the rules he created for the world, weakening Castiel's powers and making it impossible for souls that have been in Hell to enter Heaven. God revives Lilith from the Empty to use her as a delegate to retrieve and destroy the Equalizer. He also keeps Lilith from killing the Winchesters as he decides to end them by making one brother kill the other. Because of the shot from the Equalizer, Sam is able to see into Chuck's mind, seeing his memories and many of his endings for the Winchesters. Sam discovers that Chuck is in a weakened state, telling everyone that it may be possible to beat God.
The term "apocalypse" is Greek in origin, and means "revelation" (to disclose or reveal); the Book of Revelation is the last in the New Testament. It is a vision of the end times that relates specific milestones that correspond to the opening of seals in the book of judgment. The first four seals release the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The fifth concerns martyrs, and after the opening of the sixth seal, disasters begin. When the seventh seal is opened, lightning, earthquakes, hail and fire, the burning of trees, mass extinction, poisoned waters, and monsters plague the earth. The Whore of Babylon appears in verse 17:5, and the imprisonment and escape of Lucifer are in chapter 20.
The bible also speaks of Two Witnesses to the end of times such as Moses and Aaron. They would bring all manner of plagues to the Earth and after finishing their testimony, the Devil will make war on them and conquer them. The people would rejoice at their deaths and refuse to give them proper burials. After three-and-a-half days, they would be resurrected and strike fear into the people before ascending to Heaven.
In Christian Escatology, there would be seven years of prophecy known as the Great Tribulation. In it, everyone would experience disasters, famine, war, and all manner of pain and suffering. During which time, the two witnesses would be called to bear witness to these events.
“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the Earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies.”
– The Bible, Revelation 11:3-5
A discussion of the end of days or Judgment Day appears in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, though interpretations and signs vary.
The Apocalypse in Fandom
- 4.02 Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester
- 4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer
- 4.16 On the Head of a Pin
- 4.22 Lucifer Rising
- 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
- 5.18 Point of No Return
- 5.22 Swan Song
- 6.03 The Third Man
- 6.15 The French Mistake
- 9.14 Captives
- 6.19 Mommy Dearest
- 6.21 Let It Bleed
- 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much
- 7.01 Meet the New Boss
- 7.02 Hello, Cruel World