Timeline (Mythological Arc )

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Dates are tricky in Supernatural. Some dates are significant dates are made explicit in the script, but most are not. Sometimes dates that appear within an episode relate to the the date when an episode was shot rather than when the events are supposed to occur.

It is generally accepted by fans that the time covered in each season roughly corresponds to the air dates e.g. from September/October to May.

Dates here taken from killa's timeline and hells_half_acre's timeline, canon where available and some wild speculation. The episode an event relates to is included so readers can make their own decision.

See the timelines category for other alternative dates.

In the Beginning

  • In order for God to create the universe, God and the archangels beat back and tricked the Darkness and locked it away, creating a Mark to act as both lock and key.
  • Death comes into existence.
  • God entrusts the Mark to his most loyal lieutenant, Lucifer.
  • God creates the Leviathans, but grows concerned that they will try to destroy His other creations. He creates the realm of Purgatory to contain them, and seals the Leviathans away.
  • God then creates celestial beings known as angels, all of which will dwell in Heaven with Him creating an angelic society collectively known as the Host of Heaven.
  • God defined the laws of physics and created the physical Universe. He also created spirit worlds separated from the physical universe. Among them is Heaven, with Heaven's Garden at the center and the Axis Mundi as the central road through the realm.
  • God creates hellhounds to serve as his companions/pets. The hounds prove to be too vicious and God has them destroyed, but not before Lucifer saves a pregnant female named Ramsey.
  • The Grigori are some of the first angels to be placed on Earth to watch and protect humanity. However when they begin feeding on the souls of humans, they are believed to have been wiped out.
  • Castiel joined Anna's garrison and was stationed on Earth. He watched the very first fish crawl onto land and an older angel told him not to step on it, because God had big plans for that fish.
  • The Mark begins asserting its own will and begins to corrupt Lucifer, amplifying his jealously of mankind. When God instructs the angels that they should bow down to humanity, Lucifer refuses because he sees humanity as flawed and unworthy. Lucifer entreats his brother Michael to support him but he refuses.
  • Gabriel tires of the family arguments and leaves Heaven, hiding on Earth an eventually disguising himself as the Trickster Loki.
  • Lucifer persuades Gadreel to allow him access to the Garden/Earth.
  • In defiance of God, Lucifer takes humans, strips them of their humanity and creates demons. The first of these is Lilith.
  • The first generation of demons are created after Lilith, the Princes of Hell, with purpose leading Hell's army against Heaven.
  • Lucifer begins communicating with Abel, when Cain realizes what Lucifer has planned he strikes a deal with the archangel: Abel's soul in Heaven, for his in Hell. Lucifer accepts the terms, on the condition that Cain be the one to kill Abel.
  • Lucifer passes the Mark on to Cain. Unwilling to become the killer the Mark wants him to be, Cain attempts to kill himself with the First Blade, but is resurrected as a demon.
  • Lucifer hand picks humans for Cain to turn into demons (of which include Abaddon), and has him create the demonic order known as the Knights of Hell.
  • Having seen enough, God imprisons Lucifer with six-hundred seals, sixty six of which have to be broken for Lucifer to escape his confinement.
  • Zeus took away fire from the humans, leaving them dependent of him and defenseless against monsters. But, Prometheus gave it back to them to protect them from the monsters in the world. Zeus cursed Prometheus to die every day, and imprisoned him in a mountain range.
  • In the 10th millennium BC Eve finds her way from Purgatory to Earth, and begins birthing the first monsters -- the Alphas, before she is sent back.
  • 2200 B.C. Castiel witnessed the fall of the Tower of Babel.
  • The angels were recalled to Heaven on Michael's orders, not returning to Earth until the coming of the Judeo-Christian Apocalypse two thousand years later.

Recent Past

  • 1300
    • The human Ruby sold her soul to the demon Astaroth and became a witch. During the Black Plague epidemic in Europe (1348-1350), she died and her soul went to Hell, where she was tortured and eventually became a demon.
  • 1315
    • Sister Agnes writes the Book of the Damned. After receiving visions of darkness, Sister Agnes locked herself away for decades, using slices of her flesh to make the pages of the Book of the Damned
  • 1600s
    • Crowley was born in Scotland as Fergus Roderick McLeod in 1661 to Rowena and an unnamed wealthy father, whom was engaging in an affair with Rowena.
    • Rowena intended to sell Crowley in exchange for three pigs, however dismissed it.
    • Rowena after being forced to flee Scotland after being charged with practicing witchcraft came across a Polish family who helped her out of her poverty. In return, she granted the family's dying son, Oskar, immortality.
    • Crowley seeks out a crossroads demon to whom he sold his soul for a longer penis. After a decade, he was killed by a hellhound and his soul taken to Hell. In Hell, Crowley was tortured brutally until he became a demon. He became the right-hand man to Lilith, the first demon.
  • 1863 -- events of 9.11 First Born
    • Abaddon kidnaps Colette in an attempt to lure Cain back into the Knights of Hell.
    • Cain slaughters the entire demonic order while searching for his wife.
    • Cain tracks Colette down to a cabin in Jasper Springs, Mississippi and kills the demons guarding her. When he realizes Abaddon has taken possession of his wife, he attempts to kill her with the First Blade. Abaddon escapes just before the blade pierces the body. As Colette lays dying, she asks Cain to not seek revenge as there has been enough killing.
    • Cain disposes of the First Blade in the deepest part of the ocean.
  • March 10, 1937
    • At a dinner party, H.P. Lovecraft and his associates perform a ritual opening a doorway to Purgatory, allowing a creature to take possession of Lovecraft's maid, Eleanor.
  • March 15, 1937 -- events of 6.21 Let It Bleed
    • Eleanor kills Lovecraft to keep anyone else from obtaining the ritual to open the door to Purgatory.
  • 1937
    • The six other people who performed the ritual with Lovecraft either disappear or die over the course of the year.
  • April 30 - May 2, 1973 -- events of 4.03 In the Beginning
    • Mary Campbell and her parents - Samuel Campbell and Deanna Campbell - are hunters living in Lawrence, Kansas. People in the area are dying, and it appears their deaths may have been caused by a man with "yellow-eyes" who makes a deal with someone who wanted the person dead (for example the son of a violently abusive man, a woman whose father is terminally ill) in exchange for permission to return to them in ten years time.
    • Dean Winchester is sent back to this time by Castiel, and warns the Campbells that the being is a demon. He steals the Colt from Daniel Elkins, but fails to kill the demon we will later know as Azazel.
    • Azazel meets Mary Campbell and likes her bravery and hunting prowess.
    • Azazel possesses Samuel Campbell and reveals to Dean that he makes the deals with people he deems "perfect parents" so he can return and feed demon blood to babies, which will endow them with demonic powers.
    • Azazel tells Dean that the aim is not only to create beings to lead a demon army and taunts that "my end game's a hell of a lot bigger than that."
    • Azazel kills both Samuel and Deanna Campbell and Mary's fiancee John Winchester. He offers to bring John back to life if Mary will make a deal to allow him to enter her home in ten years time. He adds "as long as I'm not interrupted, nobody gets hurt, I promise."
    • Mary agrees to the deal and Azazel seals it with a kiss.
  • 1978 -- events of 5.13 The Song Remains the Same
    • Mary is pregnant with Dean.
    • The angel Anna travels back in time to kill John and Mary before Sam can be born in order to avert later events.
    • Castiel takes Sam and Dean back to stop Anna.
    • Anna enlists Uriel's help to kill the Winchesters.
    • Anna kills Sam.
    • Michael possesses John Winchester and kills Anna.
    • Michael wipes John and Mary's memories, heals Sam and sends Dean and him back to the present.
  • 1989 -- events of 1.18 Something Wicked
    • John is on a shtriga hunt and entrusts Dean to look after Sam. Dean gets bored and goes out, and comes back to find the shtriga attacking Sammy. John returns in time to scare the shtriga off.
  • 1983 - 2006 -- information from Ruby in 3.04 Sin City
    • People associated with Mary Winchester including family, friends and her doctor are killed by Azazel.
  • December 25, 1991
  • March - April, 1995 -- events of 9.07 Bad Boys
    • Dean loses the food money gambling when John is on a hunt, and is arrested for stealing peanut butter and bread. John allows Dean to stay at a boys home, and ships Sam off to Bobby's while he continues on his hunt.
  • 2002/3 -- as revealed in 5.20 The Devil You Know
    • Sam's college friend Brady is possessed by a demon, on instruction from Azazel, while on Thanksgiving break.
    • Brady introduces Sam to Jess with the aim of killing her and propelling Sam back into hunting.
  • May 2006 - events of 1.14 Nightmare
    • Sam has visions of Max Miller's father and uncle dying.
    • Max Miller reveals his mother died in a nursery fire.
    • Sam uses his powers to move a sideboard that is trapping him in a closet.
    • Max Miller kills himself.
  • July 2006 -- events of 2.01 In My Time of Dying and 4.16 On the Head of a Pin
    • John Winchester makes a deal with the Yellow-Eyed Demon offering his own life to save Dean. John reveals that he has known known the "truth" about Sam and the other children for "a while."
    • Before he dies John tells Dean a secret about Sam.
    • John Winchester dies and goes to Hell where over the next year he is tortured by Alastair, who recounts that he never broke.
  • September 2006 -- events of 2.05 Simon Said
    • Sam and Dean meet Andy Gallagher and his evil brother, who are more of the Special Children and find out that not all of them had a mother who dies in a nursery fire when they were six months old.
  • Late November/Early December 2006 -- events of 2.09 Croatoan and 2.10 Hunted
    • Dean reveals to Sam the secret John told him - that he has to save Sam "that nothing else mattered; and that if I couldn't save you, I'd have to kill you."
    • Sam proves to be immune to a demon virus that spread and infected nearly an entire town.
    • Scott Carey, one of the Special Children, is visited by the Yellow-Eyed Demon who tells him a war is coming and he will be part of the army.
    • Gordon Walker kills Scott Carey and tries to kill Sam after learning of his destiny to lead a demon army.
    • Sam meets Ava Wilson, another of the Special Children, after she has a vision of Sam.
    • Ava disappears, and her fiancee is killed. Sam and Dean find sulfur at the scene, indicating the involvement of demons.
  • December 2006 - May 2007
    • Ava is taken by the Yellow-Eyed Demon to Cold Oak, South Dakota. Over the months she learns how to use her powers to summon demons. Other Special Children arrive at intervals, and Ava uses the demons she controls to kill them.
  • 2007, early to mid-June. Events of 3.02 The Kids Are Alright
    • Following a hint from Ruby, Sam learns that after his mother's death, all her friends and "her doctor, her uncle -- everyone who ever knew her" were killed by the Yellow-Eyed Demon
  • 2007, early July. Events of 3.04 Sin City
    • Ruby helps Bobby restore the Colt.
    • The demon possessing Casey tells Dean that the Yellow-eyed Demon was actually Azazel, and that after his death, the demon hordes that escaped the Devil's Gate in Wyoming are in chaos, since Sam did not take on the role Azazel had planned for him to lead the demon army. She says that she would've followed Sam. She also reveals that demons believe in a higher power – Lucifer.
    • Dean expresses his concern to Bobby that something has changed in Sam since he came back from the dead.
  • 2008, January. Events of 3.09 Malleus Maleficarum
    • The demon Tammi reveals that a new leader has 'risen in the West', and that they want Sam killed.
    • Ruby tells Dean she can't get him out of his deal.
    • Ruby reveals that demons are people who were sent to hell and who have been stripped of their humanity
  • 2008, February. Events of 3.12 Jus in Bello
    • For the first time demons take the offensive in trying to kill Sam and Dean
    • Ruby reveals that Lilith,the new leader referred to by Tammi, is behind the attack
    • Ruby offers to help, but when her plan is rejected by the boys, she leaves
    • Lilith, appears and kills all the survivors of the demon attack, except for Sam and Dean
  • 2008, May 1-2. Events of 3.16 No Rest for the Wicked
    • Sam summons Ruby who reveals Sam's powers are only dormant, and that he could use them to defeat Lilith
    • Dean opposes this plan, and steals Ruby's Knife to use against Lilith
    • As the hellhounds appear for Dean, Lilith takes over the body Ruby has been in,sending her 'far, far, away'.
    • Lilith lets the hellhounds take Dean.
    • Lilith tries to kill Sam, but her powers have no effect.
    • Sam takes Ruby's Knife and is about to kill Lilith, when she disinhabits "Ruby's" body.
  • 2009, Mid May 4.21 When the Levee Breaks, 4.22 Lucifer Rising and 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
    • Dean swears fealty to God and the Angels
    • Castiel helps Sam escape from Bobby's Panic Room
    • Ruby tells Sam there are only 2-3 seals left to break and that only "Lucifer's first" - Lilith - can break the final seal.
    • Zachariah holds Dean in limbo and finally reveals that he wants Lucifer to rise and the Apocalypse to start so that the angels can battle and defeat Hell so that they can live on Earth in eternal peace despite the fact that this will devastate humanity.
    • Castiel reveals to Dean that Lilith is the final seal and that her death will release Lucifer
    • Castiel helps Dean escape from Heaven. They go to Chuck to find Sam's and Lilith's whereabouts.
    • Castiel is killed by Raphael
    • Sam kills Lilith
    • Ruby tells Sam that she was manipulating him all along for this end.
    • After being helped by Castiel, Dean arrives too late to stop Sam killing Lilith, but he does kill Ruby using Ruby's Knife
    • Lucifer rises
    • God puts Sam and Dean on a plane to save them from Lucifer, and resurrects Castiel
    • Chuck gets a message to Dean and Sam about the whereabouts of "the Michael Sword"
    • A demon possesses Bobby, and with Meg, tries to kill Dean.
    • Bobby overpowers the demon possessing him and stabs himself in the stomach, releasing the demon and is left wounded but not dead.
    • Zachariah reveals that Dean is Michael's vessel and that he needs to consent to possession so Michael can kill Lucifer
    • Lucifer possesses a human named Nick
  • 2010 Jan/Feb - the events of 5.13 The Song Remains the Same
    • Sam, Dean and Castiel follow Anna back in time to 1978 as she tries to kill John and Mary Winchester.
  • 2010, April - the events of 5.20 The Devil You Know
    • Crowley helps Sam and Dean get Pestilence's whereabouts from the demon Brady
    • Crowley goes to Bobby and offers to help find Death - but requires the temporary use Bobby's soul
  • 2010, April - the events of 5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight
    • Sam and Dean stop Pestilence's Croatoan virus from spreading across the world.
    • Castiel cuts off Pestilence's ring
    • Death hands over his ring to Dean in return for Dean's promise to let his brother say yes to Lucifer and jump into his cage.
  • 2010, May - the events of 5.22 Swan Song
    • Sam prepares to assent to be Lucifer's Vessel
    • Sam consumes enough Demon blood in preparation for containing Lucifer's overwhelming spirit
    • Sam consents to Lucifer
    • Lucifer kills Castiel and Bobby
    • Sam regains control over his body while he is still containing Lucifer. Sam then opens Lucifer's Cage and jumps in with Michael following close behind
    • God resurrects Castiel. Castiel heals Dean and brings back Bobby
    • Dean and Bobby part. Dean goes to stay with Lisa and her son
    • There stands Sam, staring silently into the window at Dean.