Mary Winchester

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Name Mary Sandra Winchester (née Campbell)
Actor Samantha Smith
Amy Gumenick (Young Mary)
Dates December 5, 1954 - November 2, 1983 (killed by Azazel)
2016 (resurrected by Amara)
Location Lebanon, Kansas
Occupation Hunter
Episode(s) 1.01 Pilot
1.09 Home
2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be
2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
4.03 In the Beginning
4.21 When the Levee Breaks
5.13 The Song Remains the Same
5.16 Dark Side of the Moon
6.19 Mommy Dearest (as Eve)
11.23 Alpha and Omega
12.01 Keep Calm and Carry On

I wanna get out. This job, this life, I hate it. I want a family, I wanna be safe. You know the worst thing I can think of? The very worst thing? Is for my children to be raised into this like I was. No, I won't let it happen.

– Mary Campbell, 4.03 In the Beginning


Born Mary Sandra Campbell, on December 5, 1954 to Samuel and Deanna Campbell. She kept extensive journals.[1]. Mary traveled around with her family, learning the hunting trade until they you ended up in Lawrence, Kansas. On March 23, 1972 after seeing the film Slaughterhouse-Five, Mary bumped into John Winchester, knocking him down. While Mary was embarrassed, John simply laughed it off, and told her she could get him a cup coffee to make it up to him. The two would go to Maroni's Diner and talk. And when John asked for Mary's number, she gave it to him, despite knowing her father wouldn't approve. In 1973, after Azazel killed John, Mary made a deal with in order to resurrect him. This involved her granting him access to her home ten years hence. On August 19, 1975 Mary and John eloped, in Reno. Five years later Mary would give birth to Dean on January 24, 1979, with Sam following on May 2, 1983. Dean remembers her making tomato and rice soup for him when he was sick, and singing "Hey, Jude" to him as a lullaby.[2] Despite how John talked about Mary to Sam and Dean, there were indications that there marriage was not entirely happy[3], and that Heaven may have been involved in bringing them together, in order for Dean and Sam to be born.[4]

Six months after Sam's birth, Azazel visit Sam to feed him demon blood. When Mary tries to stop him, he kills her. She was 29. An unknown uncle erected a headstone for her in Greenville, Illinois. After the death of John, Sam and Dean would bury his dog tags at Mary's grave. 33 years later, as he was about to face Amara, Dean told Sam that he wanted his ashes scattered at Mary's grave.[5]

Mary was bought back to life in 2016 by Amara, in a gesture of thanks to Dean.


Mary is killed by Azazel.

1.01 Pilot

During the night Mary wakes to the sound of Sam crying. She goes to the nursery and sees a man standing there. She assumes it is her husband and goes downstairs, where she see John sleeping in his chair. She runs back to the nursery interrupts the Yellow-Eyed Demon as he lurks beside her son's crib. The demon kills her and pins her to the ceiling, then sets the nursery on fire.

1.09 Home

Mary's spirit manifesting to fight the poltergeist.

When Sam has visions about their old home, he and Dean return to find a malevolent spirit at work. When it attacks them, Mary's spirit appears as a flaming figure in the room that was Sam's nursery, and she sacrifices herself in order to banish the powerful poltergeist.

2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

Following their father's death, Sam insists on him and Dean taking a trip to their mother's grave (a memorial erected by an uncle that Sam and Dean have never met) to bury their father's dog-tags with her; this results in them getting caught up in a case involving the reanimated Angela Mason, returned to life as a zombie after she died the week before.

2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be

A djinn uses a wish from Dean's mind -- that Mary never died -- to trap Dean in a dreamlike state while the creature feeds on him. In the fantasy world, Mary is still alive and living in the family home in Lawrence, Kansas, John having died of a stroke a year prior. Sam is in law school at Stamford and engaged to Jess, but he and Dean are estranged. Dean steals some of Mary's good silver to use against the djinn when he realizes that everyone he and Sam saved by becoming hunters are now dead.

2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One

The Yellow-Eyed Demon shows Sam a vision of the night Mary died. It is revealed that she was killed because she interrupted the demon as he fed his blood to baby Sam. Sam learns for the first time that he was fed demon blood, and that Mary knew the demon that killed her.

4.03 In the Beginning

Dean is transported back to 1973 and discovers (by noticing her charm bracelet) that Mary (nee Campbell) is a hunter. He soon finds out that her parents are too. Mary is very capable but ambivalent about the hunting life. She wants to leave it behind for a normal life with her boyfriend John Winchester. She tells Dean the worst thing she can think of is having her children raised to be hunters. After her parents and her boyfriend, John Winchester, are killed, Mary agrees to a deal with Azazel to revive John. The deal allows him to enter her home in ten years.

4.04 Metamorphosis

Dean tells Sam about what happened to him in 4.03 In the Beginning, including his encounter with Mary. Sam is amazed to find out that she had been a hunter and asks Dean to tell him what she was like, leading Dean to describe her as an awesome, funny, smart and hopeful person. Sam wonders what the point was to Azazel killing her and the rest of their family, just to give him demon blood.

Mary faces off against Anna.

4.21 When the Levee Breaks

Sam hallucinates while in withdrawal that his mother understands his motives and urges him to continue drinking the demon blood.

5.13 The Song Remains the Same

Dean and Sam travel back to 1978 to protect Mary and John from Anna Milton, who wants to kill them before Sam is born. Mary has to reveal to John that she was raised a hunter. Dean later explains the truth of the situation to her, proving that he is her son by telling her about his childhood. He says that she fed him tomato and rice soup when he was sick, because that's what her mother did for her, and that she sang him "Hey Jude" as a lullaby. He tells her not to go into Sam's nursery six months after the birth. Sam is listening, and says that it will take more than that to save Mary: she should leave John so that they don't have any children. Dean agrees, but Mary tells them that it is already too late. She is pregnant with Dean.

Michael arrives in time to save the family from Anna and Uriel. He removes all memory of the events from Mary and John.

5.16 Dark Side of the Moon

Sam and Dean are in Heaven searching for a way into the Garden. They encounter memories from their pasts, including one of Dean's about a fight Mary and John had over the phone. Sam and Dean talk about their parents marriage, and Dean says that John didn't see the union as perfect until after Mary's death. Dean takes a moment to hug his mother as he did in the memory.

Later, they take a shortcut and find themselves in their old house again, confronted by an altered version of Mary. She calls Dean "her burden" and starts bleeding from the wound she received the night she died. Her eyes flicker yellow. Sam and Dean are suddenly trapped, and Mary elaborates on her death and continues to berate Dean. Zachariah appears, and the brothers accuse him of changing Mary. Zachariah says that he has grown fond of her, kisses her, and then snaps his fingers, sending this Mary away.

Mary resurrected.

6.19 Mommy Dearest

In the Winchesters' final confrontation with Eve, the mother of all monsters, she takes on Mary's appearance to taunt the brothers.

11.23 Alpha and Omega

As Dean prepares to sacrifice himself to destroy Amara, he and Sam visit Mary's grave and Dean asks for his ashes to be interred there. Before leaving, Sam kisses his hand and places it atop Mary's headstone.

After Dean helps Amara and God reconcile, Amara tells Dean that as he gave her what she truly needed, she will give him what he truly needs in return. Shortly afterwards, as Dean finds himself in a forest trying to figure out where he is. He hears a female voice calling for help, when he goes to try and help he is shocked to find his mother, Mary, alive and confused in the middle of the park.

12.01 Keep Calm and Carry On

As Dean approaches Mary to see if she is real, Mary's instincts kick in and she quickly takes Dean to the ground where she proceeds to aggressively question him as to who he is and where they are. When he tells her he is her son, Dean, she doesn't believe him as the last she saw Dean he was four-years-old. When Dean tells her that he is her son, and that she died, Mary suddenly remembers her death. As she stands in a state of shock, Dean begins telling her about her life, based on the things John told him about her. Finding that she has been gone for thirty-three years, Mary finally believes that Dean is her son and the two embrace. As the morning came, Dean and Mary say on park bench, with tears in her eyes, Dean begins telling her about John and how he sacrificed his life for Dean and raised he and Sam to be hunters. As Mary tries to process all the new information, Dean suggests they head to the home, where he can better explain everything to her.

As they arrive at the Bunker, they quickly notice the blood on the floor. Dean gives Mary a gun, as he begins searching the Bunker for Sam. As Mary begins to investigate her surroundings, Castiel arrives. As enters the library, Mary places the gun on Cas and asks him where Sam is. Dean quickly runs in and diffuses the situation telling Mary that Cas is a friend and an angel. As Cas tells Dean what happened when he and Sam came back to the Bunker, the trio soon hit the road in search of Sam. When they find the veterinarian that patched Sam up, and believe he is holding out information from them, Mary quickly tells Castiel to hurt, prompting Dr. Marion to reveal he has Lady Antonia Bevell's cell number.


In Origins 4, it is related that in February 1979, John and Mary go rafting in the Grand Canyon while on their honeymoon. Their raft flips, and John nearly drowns until Mary saves him. That night, Dean is conceived. This is obviously at odds with the canonical timeline which has Dean born in January 24, 1979.

Mary appears in a flashback in the Supernatural spin-off novel Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, where she and her parents first defeat a fire-demon known as the Heart of the Dragon in 1969. A teenager at this time, Mary flirts with a San Francisco hunter, and it is implied that they have had sex. The hunter was spared from going to Vietnam because of an injured foot, with Mary affirming that the angle of the wound makes it impossible for the wound to be self-inflicted. Reference is also made to her being friends with a local mechanic, who may or may not be John Winchester.

See also

Mary in Fandom