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Castiel retrieves Metatron at the playgorund.

The playground, located somewhere in the Midwest of the United States, is an area that the angels have designated as the sole Earthly Portal to Heaven after the Fall. It is the portal's second known location, following a warehouse in Pray, Montana, as mentioned in 9.22 Stairway to Heaven. The portal is a special sigil known as Metatron's Cube, drawn into a sandbox. The playground is typically guarded by one or two angels. After the revelation that there are only nine angels left in existence, Naomi chooses to close the gate until Castiel can locate Gabriel and bring him back to Heaven.

In 11.01 Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire, Efram states that they moved the portal's location following Metatron's breakout. Despite this, the portal is seen to still be in the playground in 12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, suggesting that it had either been moved back or Efram was lying.

In 14.08 Byzantium, Castiel reports that all of Heaven's gates are open once again following the Cosmic Entity's attack on Heaven. However, the angels continue to use the portal as seen in 14.18 Absence. Though the portal was closed, Castiel was able to use angel radio to reach out to Naomi, causing Dumah to arrive.

Episodes

9.23 Do You Believe in Miracles?

10.02 Reichenbach

10.10 The Hunter Games

10.17 Inside Man

Castiel and Sam arrive at the playground, where they are met by Hannah. Castiel tells her of their need for Metatron to learn more information about the Mark of Cain. Hannah apologizes but refuses to give Metatron up, stating he is too dangerous to be set free. As Sam and Castiel leave, Sam moves to plan B, breaking Metatron out.

After meeting with psychic Oliver Pryce and communicating with Bobby in Heaven, Sam and Castiel talk Bobby into helping them out by opening the gate from Heaven. Castiel and Sam stake out the playground and once the gate opens, Castiel makes a run for it, fighting off an angel as he jumps through the portal. After retrieving Metatron and taking him to the playground, Castiel removes his grace, rendering him human.

12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

12.19 The Future

Castiel takes Kelly Kline to the playground where she is to step into Metatron's Cube and die upon her soul's ascent into Heaven. Upon arriving, they are greeted by Joshua, who is almost immediately killed by Dagon. Sam and Dean soon arrive, but are quickly dispatched by Dagon, who destroys the Colt. As Dagon goes to kill Castiel, he becomes imbued with the power of the Nephilim child, allowing him to incinerate Dagon, killing her.

13.07 War of the Worlds

Castiel meets with Dumah in the playground about Jack Kline, wondering if the angels might have him. However, Dumah denies it before revealing that the angels are in danger of going extinct and wish to use Jack to create more of their kind. Two other angels join Dumah, who reveals that they wish to use Castiel to get to Jack, leading to a brief skirmish between the angels. The skirmish is interrupted when Lucifer, recently returned from Apocalypse World, suddenly appears and intimidates Dumah and the other two angels into fleeing back through the portal. Exhausted by his use of power in his weakened state, Lucifer sinks onto one of the playground's benches to recuperate but rebuffs Castiel's approach with an angel blade.

13.13 Devil's Bargain

After escaping the Winchesters and Castiel, Lucifer and Sister Jo arrive at the playground where they speak with Dumah and two other angels. Dumah immediately orders Lucifer's death, but is quickly dissuaded by Lucifer who reminds her that even when he's weakened she can't kill him. He makes an offer to both create new angels as well as give the angels back their wings, in exchange for instilling him as the new undisputed and unquestioned ruler in Heaven.

13.19 Funeralia

Seeking Heaven's aid in locating Gabriel, Castiel enters the playground, angel blade in hand, only to find its guardian, Indra, attempting to get drunk. Indra, who appears to be despondent and suicidal offers, no resistance to Castiel, even offering to let him kill him and say they fought, before allowing him entry into Heaven.

After learning that Heaven may crumble due to the lack of angels from Naomi, she sees Castiel off as he continues his search for Gabriel, locking the entrance on her return to Heaven, until Castiel can bring back Gabriel.

14.18 Absence

14.19 Jack in the Box

After learning what Jack has been up to, Castiel returns to the playground to use the portal to reach Heaven. Due to the cold and the snow on the ground, Eremiel has a fire going in a trashcan in the playground which he warms his hands over. Eremiel refuses to let Castiel back into Heaven on Dumah's orders and draws an angel blade to stop him. However, Eremiel loses their fight and is forced to let Castiel through the portal.

Trivia

  • In the Abrahamic religions, the idea of a "stairway to Heaven" is known as Jacob's ladder.

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