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Name Death
Actor Julian Richings
Dates Before God - Eternity
Location Chicago; The Spell that bound Death to Lucifer is now broken. This happened in episode 5.22 Swan Song. His current location is unknown.
Occupation Pale Horseman (Horsemen of the Apocalypse)
Episode(s) 5.10 Abandon All Hope
5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

Bobby: It sounds like Death, son. I think Satan's in town to work a ritual. I think he's planning to unleash Death.
Dean: You mean like, as in this dude and taxes are the only sure thing?

Bobby, Dean, 5.10 Abandon All Hope

And through the fire stood before me a Pale Horse, and he who sat atop him carried a Sycthe. And I saw since he had risen, they too shall rise, and from him and through him.

Bobby, 5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Death: This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that’s barely out of its diapers. I’m old, Dean. Very old. So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you.” .

Death, 5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

Dean: Well I gotta ask: How old are you?

Death: As old as God. Maybe older. Neither of us can remember anymore. Life, death, chicken, egg – regardless, at the end, I’ll reap Him too.
Dean: God? You’ll reap God?

Death: Oh yes. God will die too, Dean.

Death, Dean, 5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

  • Death is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Death is the "older" brother of War, Famine and Pestilence. Reapers are agents of Death. They carry out the natural order of Life and Death.
  • Death has to be brought to Earth via a summoning ritual that has to take place on the ground of a great massacre and requires the sacrifice of women, children, and demon-possessed men. Lucifer performed this ritual in Carthage, Missouri as part of his initiation of Judgment Day.
  • Death's realm and origin both are unknown as of now.
  • Death could be thought of as the Head Reaper; he can summon and raise dead people
  • Death is considered the father of all reapers and the creatures who are normally neutral, since death is impartial, all gathered in the town where Lucifer was going to release Death in order to serve him. To date he is the only Horseman who has knowingly served both sides. In the past he served Heaven during the time of the Great Flood and now he serves Lucifer in the Apocalypse. He originally planed on destroying Chicago and its 3,000,000 inhabitants in a great storm. It's possible that this Storm would’ve been very similar to the one conjured during the Great flood. It is unkown if this makes him a neutral force or if he simply serves whoever summoned him.
  • Death is extremely old. Death tells Dean that he may be older than God. Death says eventually he will reap God..
  • Death drives a white 1959 Cadillac with California license plate BUH*BYE. See Death's Cadillac for more information.
  • Death wears a ring with a white stone. See Horsemen's Rings for more information.

While Reapers in Supernatural are portrayed as being part of the natural order, Death is seen as being catastrophic.

Death has made his first appearance on 5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight to, as his visage was kept hidden during the rising in 5.10 Abandon All Hope. The only sight was a shadow falling over Lucifer as he stood in reverence, speaking; "Oh... Hello, Death."

The song O Death was used during promos for Season 5.

Death is first refered to in episode 4.15 Death Takes A Holiday. Alastair claims his reaper killing weapon was given to him by an "old buddy from downstairs. Now, between you and me, he doesn't ride a pale horse, but he does have 3 amigos." See Death's Scythe for more information.

According to Bobby in 5.10 Abandon All Hope, Death is normally kept "chained in a box 600 feet under," and the last time he was let out, Noah was building the ark in preparation for the deluge.

5.10 Abandon All Hope

Lucifer undertakes a ritual to release Death. He chooses the town of Carthage where during there was terrible battle during the Civil War known as the Battle of Hellhole. The land where it took place is on William Jasper's farm. The ritual involves killing all the women and children in the town, and then the men, who are possessed by demons, sacrifice themselves.He then performs an invocation. Death is as yet unseen.

5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

In "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", Death arrives in Bobby's hometown and proceeds to revive the dead in the local cemetery. While still unseen, his presence is heralded by fierce lighting storms. As revealed by Bobby's wife Karen , he appears before her to tell her a message to Bobby: The entire incident was organized to attack Bobby, as he is one of the few remaining elements keeping Sam from saying "yes" to be Lucifer's vessel.she warns Death has his eye on him. Death is not seen in this episode, just the product of his work. Karen describes Death as "so thin - like a skeleton."

Those who are revived by Death appear normal at first, but after five days, the revived devolve into a stereotypical zombies , behavior, developing a craving for human flesh after a high fever.

5.20 The Devil You Know

Death does not appear in this episode, but plays a key role since Sam, Dean and Bobby are hunting the remaining two Horsemen.

Bobby is talking on the phone with Rufus Turner discussing possible omens for Death when Crowley appears in his home. Crowley tells Bobby he can help them find Death, but he needs to make a deal for Bobby's soul to pull it off. Bobby is resistant to the idea, but Crowley assures him that it will be temporary and that he will give Bobby back his soul after it's done.

5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

Death arrives at Chicago Illinois.

Death appears fully in Two Minutes to Midnight, where he is shown to drive what appears to be a white Cadillac with the license plate "BUH BYE". He walks through a street filled with people. A man who is not looking where he is going shoves past him, and Death turns to look at the man while brushing the side of his coat where the man touched him. He then watches as the man falls down, dead

Death arrives in Chicago Illinois to start a large storm chain that will trigger massive global weather events and mass death in the process - killing millions. Death, unlike his brothers, appears to have a habit of wandering off from his assigned area to the annoyance of Lucifer, who only allows it because of Death's usefulness and to keep his three brothers in line. (it is also later suggested that this is rather in fact due to Lucifer has only a limited amount of power over Death given him by his spell - Death is in fact, far more powerful than Lucifer)

Death stops in a pizzeria for lunch, killing everyone inside (possibly unintentionally) and is found by Dean, who attempts to sneak up on him with Death's Scythe. However, the scythe begins to burn hot in Death's presence forcing Dean to drop it, alerting the Horseman to his presence. Rather than act hostile like his siblings, the Horseman thanks him for returning the Scythe before asking Dean to join him at the table. Death then reveals that he has been waiting for a while to talk with Dean despite Dean's skepticism. This offends Death who calmly states that Dean has a very high sense of his own importance. He then establishes that he is the eldest of the Horsemen and very old to begin with and that everything around him, from people to the whole universe and even god, is still in its infancy. So he would appreciate if Dean, who to him is little better than a bacterium, would cut the snark. Also, unlike the demons and angels who see Dean as an important tool in the war, Death doesn't care that much and finds him to be insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

When Dean asks him how old he is, Death admits he can't really remember anymore and guesses he is as old or older than God himself and neither can remember anymore. He surmises that he has been alive since life itself began and someday he will even reap God, to Dean's surprise. Death just states God is a living being like any other and someday he too will die; its just the way things work.

Dean then asks the important question as to why he is still alive; Death answers simply "The leash around my neck off" and explains that he never agreed to work for Lucifer and he - and possibly the other horsemen as well - are bound to Lucifer by a spell. He goes on to explain that he has power beyond that Dean can ever understand and Lucifer, whom he describes as "a bratty child" likening the Archangel to a petulant child , is using him like a simple weapon, creating massive disasters and raising the dead. This Indicates that Death, like his children, has some care for the natural order of things and Lucifer's genocide against Humanity is upsetting things. He goes on to explain the binding spell prevents him from going to Dean so he simply had to wait for Dean to catch up.

Dean then asks what he wants him to do and Death says first to take the bullets out of Lucifer's gun. He then willingly takes off his ring indicating that unlike his brothers he can possibly survive without it or they don't become catatonic if they willingly remove their rings. He tells Dean he is inclined to give him the ring if certain conditions are met. He tells Dean not to worry about Chicago, as he likes the pizza, so he will stop the storm. His conditions are that Dean must do everything in his power to assure that the Devil is put back in his cell. While Sam will be the one to bring the Devil back to the cage, Dean is the one who must imprison him even if it means killing Sam by letting him jump into the cage. Dean reluctantly agrees while Death warns him to hold true to his word by saying he can't cheat Death, he then gives Dean the instructions on how operate the rings that combine to form a key like device.

Later, Dean and Bobby discuss the plan and while Dean is skeptical Bobby says that Death probably has a larger view of things than they do and they should have more faith in Sam.