It all began on November 2, 1983 when a demon bled into baby Sammy’s mouth (grooming him to lead the underworld, as you do) and ended up killing his protective mother, Mary, sending John Winchester and his then young sons on a lifelong quest to find her murderer and save people along the way.
In the Catholic church, November 2 is All Soul’s Day—a time to honor the dead. After hours of sorting, debating and touch of hysterical weeping, I've selected "Supernatural's" 11 Saddest Moments. Spoiler Alert!: Most of them include dead people!
10. Sam surrenders. It’s a gargantuan understatement to say that Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) has suffered. But even this fighter reaches the end of his rope after suffering for months from horrendous hallucinations and insomnia as a result of being possessed by Lucifer. It's even more gutting that Sam spends his last lucid moments fighting for someone else.
8. Dean throws the Samulet away. The Brothers Winchester have deeply hurt each other over the years. There have been angel-tainted voicemails, (badass) physical fights and enough lies between them to fill Baby’s bottomless trunk. However, few moments trump an overwhelmed and heartbroken Dean angrily disposes of the amulet Sam gave him for Christmas—a gift he cherished for more than 20 years. The impetus for Dean doing so was probably due to powerful angelic manipulation trying to tear the brothers apart. It still left fans screaming at the television and campaigning for the amulet's return ever since.
7. Sam’s doomed love life. It’s a running gag that Sam’s romantic life is doomed, and that joke began with the terrible scene in which Sam—who lost his girlfriend—finally opens his heart to fall for another girl--only to discover that she is a heart-munching werewolf. Even worse, she asks Sam to kill her to prevent her from hurting anyone else. As bonkers as it sounds, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles expertly turn these extraordinary moments into real and agonizing struggles.
4. Sam and Dean first deaths. I could almost fill this countdown solely with Sam and Dean’s deaths, but nothing hurts more than the first time (though Dean's last death in the season 9 finale still stings). Also, their demises were all apart of a massive, ingenious endgame decades in the making. Sam’s death caused a distraught Dean to sell his soul. Dean’s bloody death a year later forced Sam to use his demonic powers to fight demons While in hell, Dean unknowingly kick-started the apocalypse. Sam’s mastery of his powers helped him release the devil at the end of season 4 and sent him back to the cage at the end of season 5. When death is the best case scenario, you know you're you're dealing with a deliciously morose show.
2. Bobby’s last memory. On “Supernatural,” dying is almost a rite of passage. The death of Sam and Dean’s surrogate father was traumatizing, but not totally unexpected. What sent me adrift in a sea of my own tears was the memory Bobby saved to enjoy just before his death in the aptly named "Death's Door." It wasn’t his boys being the heroic badasses they are. It was Sam and Dean being completely normal brothers as they bickered over movie night snacks. If that doesn’t make your heart explode with love, then dissolve from grief, nothing will.
It was a tragedy in itself how many other moments were left off this countdown. What are your favorites? Hit up the comments section below.
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