Chuck Shurley

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Name Chuck Shurley
Carver Edlund
Actor Rob Benedict
Dates Before everything
Location Unknown
Occupation Prophet
Episode(s) 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
4.22 Lucifer Rising
5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
5.04 The End
5.09 The Real Ghostbusters
5.22 Swan Song
10.05 Fan Fiction
11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley
11.21 All in the Family
11.22 We Happy Few
11.23 Alpha and Omega

Well, there's only one explanation. Obviously I'm a god... I'm definitely a god. A cruel, cruel, capricious god.

– Chuck Shurley, 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book


Chuck Shurley is an author who wrote the low selling Supernatural book series, which he writes under the pen name Carver Edlund. The contents of the books are actually Sam and Dean's lives, the details of which come to him in his dreams. Chuck continued to write even though the books were no longer being published. Unbeknownst to him, the inspiration of the books is divine - as he is a prophet of God.[1] Chuck says he started writing because of a childhood crush on Nancy McKeon, the actress who played Jo on the TV show The Facts of Life. Chuck thinks he must have sent her 40-50 letters, but she never wrote back. Chuck claimed the ability to foresee events that concern Dean and Sam Winchester, teling the Winchesters he goes through some kind of a "process" when he has visions. A severe headache occurs, and then he takes aspirin and drinks until he passes out. While unconscious, he sees and interprets prophecy.

When Castiel attempts to interfere with prophecy, he is found and killed by the archangel Raphael while in Chuck's presence, who is Chuck's protector. The ensuing confrontation left Chuck's home in ruins.[2] After he finishes his last piece of writing he mysteriously vanishes, suggesting that he may in fact be God.[3] After Amara's return, Chuck returns to reveal to Metatron that he is in fact God in human disguise. After Metatron convinces Chuck to help,[4] Chuck reveals himself to the Winchesters and begins aiding them in their efforts against his sister.[5]


Powers and abilities

One of the most powerful beings in existence, Chuck's abilities are nigh-infinite.

  • Creation
  • Healing
  • Omnipotence
  • Omniscience
  • Resurrection
  • Teleportation


  • The Darkness - Being one of the first two beings in existence, Chuck's only weakness has been shown to be his sister, Amara, who is the only known being in creation that has the ability to mortally wound and kill Chuck.


Chuck's writing space, compromised of a computer, sheets of paper, drafts and alcohol.

4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book

Sam and Dean find a series of books written about them, and through the publisher track down the author Carver Edlund - the pen name of writer Chuck Shurley. He reveals the stories come to him in dreams, and that he's continued writing even after the books stopped being published.

Chuck reveals his latest dream is of Sam and Lilith having "a night of fiery demonic passion." Sam asks Chuck if he knows about him drinking demon blood, which he does, and he confronts Sam about why he is doing it. Later Dean accuses Chuck of withholding information and attacks him, but is stopped by Castiel who reveals Chuck is a prophet of God, who is protected by an archangel.

Later Castiel gives Dean information on how to stop Lilith, revealing that Chuck is protected by an archangel who will intervene if Chuck is threatened. By putting Chuck in the same room with Lilith, a scenario that Chuck had not predicted, the archangel threatens to appear and Lilith flees.

Following the confrontation with Lilith, Zachariah appears to Chuck after he has another vision. While it is not revealed what Chuck saw, he wants to warn Sam and Dean, but Zachariah tells him not to. Chuck threatens to kill himself, but Zachariah says they will only bring him back to life. In despair, Chuck asks what he should do. Zachariah replies "Do what you always do. Write."
Chuck and Castiel face-off with an archangel.

4.22 Lucifer Rising

Dean and Castiel appear at Chuck's place, just as he is ordering some hookers to see see out the end of the world. He tells them where Sam and Lilith are, but says they are not "in the story." Castiel retorts that they are making it up as they go. The archangel, and other angels, appear in pursuit of Castiel and Dean, and Castiel stays with Chuck to let Dean try and stop Sam.

Media Tie-in: On the computer screen before Castiel and Dean show up, there is an e-mail address for Chuck: This address seems to be valid and active, although there has been no response, automated or otherwise, to date.

Chuck during his IM conversation with Becky Rosen.

5.01 Sympathy for the Devil

Sam and Dean arrive in Kripke's Hollow to find Chuck's house more chaotic than usual and also quite bloody. They ask if it's true that Castiel is dead. Chuck tells them, that Castiel practically exploded (one of Castiel's molars seems to have lodged in Chuck's hair). Zachariah and some of his "bodyguards" show up, and after a brief conversation in which they try to convince Dean that he should work with the angels again, because they want the same thing, namely Lucifer gone, Dean banishes them with the angel banishing sigil.

Later, Chuck messages Supernatural fan Becky Rosen, interrupting her work on her Wincest fan fiction, asking her to pass along a message to Sam and Dean. The message reveals that the angels are looking for Michael's Sword (later to be revealed to be Dean, with the vision having been apparently planted by Zachariah), and that it is to be found "in a castle, on a hill made of 42 dogs" (which turns out to be John's Lock-up).

5.04 The End

In 2014, Lucifer's minions re-released the Croatoan demon virus - in this post-apocalyptic world, most humans have been reduced to murderous zombies. Future!Chuck is at Camp Chitaqua with Future!Dean, Future!Castiel and other survivors. Future!Chuck is in charge of supplies. Toilet paper, he informs Dean, is "like gold."

A hoarding on a dilapidated movie theater advertises "Route 666" indicating that one of Chuck's Supernatural books was made into a movie.

5.09 The Real Ghostbusters

Chuck is present at a Supernatural Convention, which fan Becky Rosen invites Sam and Dean to. When real ghosts start attacking people, Chuck has to step up and help keep everyone safe while Sam and Dean and Demian and Barnes fight the ghosts. His bravery impresses Becky who abandons her pursuit of Sam for a relationship with Chuck.

5.22 Swan Song

Chuck begins his final book, titled "Swan Song," with an explanation of the Impala's history and significance. He is later called by Dean for the location of Lucifer and Michael's final battle, which he readily gives.

He finally appears dressed in white, musing on the difficulty of getting endings right. He then disappears, evaporating into thin air.

Chuck typing "Swan Song" - The last book in the Supernatural book series.
Chuck reads over the finished book.

7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!

Becky mentions Chuck when she talks to Sam while he's tied to the bed. She says that she's pursuing Sam in part because Chuck broke up with her.

8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin

Chuck is mentioned briefly by the Winchesters whilst discussing prophets after many of the "potentials" are being captured world-wide by Crowley. As there can only be one prophet at any given time, Castiel suggests that Chuck is most likely dead, thus allowing for Kevin Tran to become one.

8.20 Pac-Man Fever

Charlie Bradbury mentions having read all the Carver Edlund Supernatural books, in her preparations for starting hunting.

10.05 Fan Fiction

Chuck appeared at the theater after the musical after claiming the ticket that Marie left for "the publisher." When asked by Marie what he thought of the play, despite it's problems, he replied with a "Not bad."

11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley

Chuck reveals himself as God to Metatron and asks for help in writing a book and Metatron asks Chuck many questions and Chuck finally decides to be himself as God instead of just being Chuck. He appears in every other scene with Metatron. The scenes switch from Sam and Dean and everyone in the town they are in and then it goes to Chuck and Metatron and then keeps switching between them. Chuck reveals himself as God to the Winchesters at the end of the episode through Dean's Amulet.

11.21 All in the Family

The Winchesters are stunned to learn that Chuck is in fact God, causing Chuck to teleport them to the Men of Letters Bunker where he calls upon the ghost of Kevin Tran to confirm his claims. Chuck then sends Kevin's soul to Heaven where it belongs. Metatron later reveals that Chuck intends to sacrifice himself to Amara to save the universe which Chuck tells Dean he feels is an even trade. After the Winchesters rescue Lucifer, Chuck teleports the Impala from the middle of the road where Amara is attacking into the Bunker itself, saving them. There, Chuck and Lucifer meet for the first time since Lucifer's fall and comment on how much the other has changed. To Lucifer's surprise, Chuck heals his injuries from Amara with a snap of his fingers.

11.22 We Happy Few

11.23 Alpha and Omega

Chuck Is God

Was Chuck God?

Following 5.22 Swan Song, which concluded with Chuck's mysterious vanishing, there was much debate amongst fans to whether Chuck was in fact God, and whether he had been so all along.

Writer and Producer Sera Gamble on the God debate refused to either confirm or deny the speculation

"Don't ask me to squish the God debate! How many TV shows can say their fans are talking about THAT stuff?"

As a writer, Chuck is the creator of the story of Sam and Dean Winchester in the form of the Supernatural book series. He sarcastically says when confronted with the real Sam and Dean that he "is a god," for all that he puts them through in the books happens in real life. This is explained by Castiel as Chuck being a prophet of the Lord. Castiel says the Supernatural books will one day become known as the Winchester Gospels.

Chuck's pseudonym is Carver Edlund, a reference to Supernatural writers Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund. The character is an avatar for Kripke himself (Source) and is used to comment on the text and process of writing with reference to specific past episodes of the Show. This metaphor would also hold then is God, the creator, was also the writer. We have a trinity here - Chuck, Kripke and God.

Sam and Dean find out from the angel Joshua that God is on Earth.[6]

In 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil, Chuck says that he can feel the angels' presence in his house, which is not an established power of the prophet.

In the finale there is further foreshadowing of Chuck's true identity: When Dean calls Chuck, Chuck answers the phone "Mistress Magda," and we briefly see a newspaper ad for a blonde women in a bikini named "Miss Magda" on Chuck's desk before he puts his glass on it. This may be a reference to Mary Magdalene who Jesus healed of demons. She then become a follower of his, and an early Christian leader.

Another thing about Chuck's true identity is his visions. In 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book,when he met the Winchesters for the first time, he acts like he doesn't know them, although in his visions at the beginning of this episode he clearly saw Sam and Dean and the Car.

Chuck, after narrating the events that take place, finally appears dressed in white musing on the difficulty of getting endings right. He then disappears. This leads many to speculate that he is the supreme being.

Fans arguing against Chuck's divinity point primarily to the fact that Dean's amulet, which Castiel says will "burn hot" in God's presence does not react when Dean and Chuck meet face to face in 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book, 4.22 Lucifer Rising, and 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil. However, Joshua tells Sam and Dean in Heaven "Magic amulet or not, you won't be able to find him."

Other arguments include the failure of others to recognize God's true self, including Raphael the archangel assigned to protect Chuck. In 5.03 Free to Be You and Me, he tells Dean and Castiel that God is "dead" and they are living in a "Godless universe."

Castiel is also ignorant of Chuck's true identity. He held off Raphael at Chuck's house while Dean went after Sam in 4.22 Lucifer Rising, and met Chuck several times. However, God is able to hide himself even from Angels (as evidenced in 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon by Joshua).

At the Rob Benedict Panel at Jus In Bello Italy 2011, Rob confirmed that Chuck is in fact God. He explains that other members of the cast, as well as Eric Kripke himself had asked him how it felt to play God. Source

After 5.22 Swan Song fans began using "Chuck" rather than "God" in phrases such as "Thank Chuck," "Chuck Be Praised" and "Chuck bless you!"

In season eight, some fans speculated that Chuck may have been a manifestation of the angel Metatron, who was known as God's scribe.

In the 200th episode, 10.05 Fan Fiction, Chuck appeared at the end (commenting "not bad" when asked if the musical had been good). Castiel noted earlier in the series that Prophets can only become Prophets if the previous one has died. Since Kevin Tran had become a Prophet, yet Chuck was alive, it suggests he is, at the very least, not a normal Prophet and somewhat out of the ordinary.

In 11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley, Chuck reveals himself as God to Metatron, and that he used "Chuck" to 'hide in plain' sight. He states that he had turned the amulet off, which is why it didn't alert the Winchesters or Castiel to his presence. Chuck also confirms that he was the one to resurrect Castiel each time he died. Chuck later reveals himself as God to the Winchesters and confirms it with the help of Kevin Tran.


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