Zachariah

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Name Zachariah
Mr. Adler (Alias)
Actor Kurt Fuller
Dates Before humanity - 2010 (killed by Dean Winchester)
Location Green Room
Occupation Angel
Episode(s) 4.17 It's a Terrible Life
4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
4.22 Lucifer Rising
5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
5.04 The End
5.16 Dark Side of the Moon
5.18 Point of No Return
14.13 Lebanon

In Heaven I have six wings and four faces, one of which is a lion. You see this because you're... limited.

– Zachariah, 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon

History

Zachariah was a high-ranking angel in the Host of Heaven who served under Michael, and held authority over lower-class angels like Castiel and Joshua. Zachariah preferred using mental manipulations to achieve his goals, going so far as to place Dean and Sam Winchester into Sandover Bridge & Iron Inc. with no memory of their true identities, to show that they were not meant for normal lives and to get them to agree to consent to be vessels and go forward with the Apocalypse.[1]

After his repeated failures in securing the Winchesters as vessels, Zachariah was removed from the Host of Heaven, and retreated to Earth to await his final judgement by drinking in a bar, but was given a final chance to secure Dean for Michael. He resurrected and manipulated Adam Milligan in an attempt to draw Dean into a trap to get him to say yes to Michael. It seemed to work, but Dean taunted him, allowing him to get close to him and then stab Zachariah through the head with an angel blade, killing him. His body was last seen in the Green Room before it disappeared.[2]

Episodes

Zachariah as Mr. Adler in the alternate universe he created for Sam and Dean.

4.17 It's a Terrible Life

Under the guise of "Mr. Adler", Zachariah places Sam and Dean Winchester into jobs with Sandover Bridge & Iron Inc., Dean as a corporate Wall Street type and Sam in technical support. They are without their real memories, to show Dean that being a hunter is who he is and who he was always meant to be.

I'm hardly another one, Dean. I'm Castiel's superior. Believe me, I had no interest in popping down here into one of these smelly things. But after the unfortunate situation with Uriel, I felt it necessary to pay a visit. Get my ducks in a row.

– Zachariah, 4.17 It's a Terrible Life

4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book

Following Sam's confrontation with Lilith and the arrival of Chuck's archangel, Zachariah appears to Chuck Shurley after he has another vision. While it is not revealed what Chuck saw, he wants to warn Sam and Dean, but Zachariah tells him not to. Chuck threatens to kill himself, but Zachariah says they will only bring him back to life. In despair, Chuck asks what he should do. Zachariah replies "Do what you always do. Write."

4.22 Lucifer Rising

Zachariah and Castiel hold Dean hostage in preparation for the Apocalypse. When Dean confronts Zachariah, he finally admits that they don't want to stop Lilith from breaking the last seal, which will free Lucifer. The upper caste of angels wants the Apocalypse to begin in order to defeat Hell and bring about paradise on Earth. Zachariah also reveals that Dean's role will be to kill Lucifer after the Apocalypse happens. He states that Sam also has a part to play and nudges him in the intended direction by leaving Sam a fake and hurtful voice mail purportedly from Dean to manipulate him.

Later, Castiel tries to help Dean escape in an effort to stop Sam killing Lilith, and unknowingly breaking the final seal. Zachariah arrives to stop him, but Castiel uses a sigil drawn in his own blood to send Zachariah away.

5.01 Sympathy for the Devil

Zachariah arrives at Chuck's house with two other angels in an attempt to force Dean to come with them. However, he and the other angels are sent away as Dean has drawn the angel banishing sigil in preparation for the angels' arrival. Zachariah and his associates then show up at John's lock-up. The angel attempts to force Dean into giving permission to the archangel Michael to use him as a vessel in the fight against Lucifer. Dean refuses, so Zachariah proceeds to torment him and Sam until Dean changes his mind. However, Castiel appears and dispatches the other angels with an angel blade. Zachariah heals Sam and Dean, then flees.

5.04 The End

With Sam and Dean hidden by the Enochian sigils engraved on their ribs by Castiel, Zachariah employs fringe Christian groups to track down Dean. He sends him to 2014 to see the consequences of his refusal to become Michael's vessel. It is not clear whether this future is "true" or in some way altered by Zachariah in an effort to influence Dean's decision. Dean sees the devastation wrought by the Croatoan virus, the effect of the Apocalypse on himself, Castiel, and others, and most importantly finds out that Sam has consented to be Lucifer's vessel. Following a disastrous encounter between Future!Dean and Lucifer, Zachariah brings Dean back to 2009. When Dean still refuses to be a vessel, Zachariah prepares to take him captive, but Castiel teleports Dean away in time.

5.16 Dark Side of the Moon

When Sam and Dean are killed, Castiel warns them that Zachariah is looking for them in Heaven so that he can send them back to Earth and they can be made to consent to Michael and Lucifer. After searching for the brothers in the memories they relive in Heaven, Zachariah finds and traps them in a forest, but they are saved by Ash. When Ash gives them a secret path to the Garden, they wind up in another memory of Dean's and Zachariah appears. Zachariah begins tormenting the brothers with an altered version of their mother to make them give in. Joshua then appears and tells Zachariah to release the brothers or risk God's wrath. Zachariah departs.

Zachariah lies dead in the Green Room.

5.18 Point of No Return

Zachariah is seen drinking at a bar and talking to a man named Stuart. He discusses his failure at work (getting Sam and Dean to consent) and his subsequent firing. Zachariah's boss, Michael, appears, burning out the eyes of Stuart and the bartender in doing so. He gives Zachariah one more chance to convince Dean; Zachariah is overjoyed to accept and leaves the bar singing "When the Saints Go Marching In." The plan involves resurrecting Sam and Dean's half-brother Adam Milligan to either act as Michael's vessel or force Dean's consent. Adam's resurrection is interrupted by Castiel, who brings Adam to the Winchesters and hides him from the angels.

Later, Zachariah appears to Adam in a dream talking about their plan and how he cannot trust the Winchesters. Adam gives up his location and disappears with Zachariah. Castiel leads Sam and Dean to the Green Room where Zachariah has hidden Adam. It is located in an abandoned muffler factory in Van Nuys, California. While in the Green Room with Adam, Zachariah reveals the truth about why they brought back Adam and how they are expecting Dean to come and consent. Meanwhile, Castiel enters the factory and clears the way for Sam and Dean by killing one angel and banishing four others (along with himself). Sam and Dean enter the shed containing the Green Room and Zachariah overpowers them. Zachariah then tortures Sam and Adam until Dean says "Yes." Thrilled, Zachariah calls Michael to come down to his vessel, Dean. Dean then manipulates Zachariah, telling him that Michael cannot enter Dean's body unless he can guarantee the safety of his loved ones and until Zachariah is dead. Angry, Zachariah grabs hold of Dean, telling him "Michael's not going to kill me." However, Dean informs him that he will, pulls out a hidden angel blade, and stabs Zachariah through the chin and out the top of his head, killing him in an explosive burst of light that flings Dean into a wall. Zachariah's body is last seen leaning against a wall before the Green Room disappears, his body along with it.

14.13 Lebanon

In an alternate timeline caused by John Winchester getting pulled from 2003, Zachariah arrives in Lebanon, Kansas, with the alternate Castiel to investigate. Walking into a nearby restaurant, Zachariah demands to know who has been messing with time, causing the patrons to think he's nuts after he claims to be from Heaven. Giving one final warning, Zachariah threatens to have Castiel murder them all if someone does not answer, causing Castiel displays his wings.

The effects of Castiel displaying his wings draws the attention of Sam and Dean from outside, prompting them to enter the restaurant to investigate, where they are shocked to find Zachariah. Zachariah is equally shocked to see the Winchesters, commenting that Heaven had big plans for the brothers before their father disappeared. Zachariah quickly realizes that the Winchesters are responsible for what happened and orders Castiel to kill them. As Castiel takes on Dean, Zachariah begins choking Sam, demanding to know what he did. Zachariah taunts Sam, moving closer as he demands that Sam speak. Zachariah doesn't notice Sam draw an angel blade from his belt as he moves closer. Once Zachariah is in his face, Sam stabs him in the heart with the angel blade, killing him.

After John is returned to his own time, events return to normal, erasing the alternate timeline Zachariah from existence.

See also

Trivia

  • Zachariah's description of his true form to Dean and Sam Winchester fits the description of a cherubim.
  • Based on his manipulation of the Winchester Brothers' memory, Zachariah may be a reference to the angel Zachriel, an angel who rules over memory. (Source of Zachriel: "Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels", ISBN-13: 978-0029070529)
  • Kurt Fuller, the actor who plays Zachariah, also appeared in the 1989 Ghostbusters II. Supernatural has made several references to the Ghostbusters movies.
  • Over the course of the show, three different versions of Zachariah have been killed. Dean and Sam respectively killed the original Zachariah and an alternate timeline counterpart of him in 5.18 Point of No Return and 14.13 Lebanon. Zachariah's Apocalypse World counterpart was killed by Jack Kline in 13.14 Good Intentions. Additionally, this particular version of Zachariah met his ends in Supernatural's 100th and 300th episodes.

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