Death's Scythe

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Name Death's Scythe
Manufacturer Death
Powers Can kill anything
Location/Owners Billie
Episodes 4.15 Death Takes a Holiday
5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight
10.23 Brother's Keeper
13.05 Advanced Thanatology
14.20 Moriah
15.12 Galaxy Brain
15.18 Despair

Keep it. Dean's covered. Death's own. Kills... golly, demons and angels and reapers and rumor has it... the very thing itself.

Crowley, 5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight

History

The scythe is Death's iconic weapon. It first appears as a sickle in Alastair's possession; he claims that Death, an old friend, lent it to him. While Alastair uses it to kill a reaper, his attempt to break one of the 66 Seals fails as Sam and Dean rescue Tessa.[1] Somehow, Crowley is able to get his hands on the scythe, presumably after Alastair's death. After locating Death in Chicago, he provides the weapon to Dean, who attempts to use it against the Horseman. However, Death causes the scythe to burn his hand and summons it to the table. He thanks Dean for "returning" his property.[2]

Death provides Dean with the scythe to kill Sam and satisfy his deal to prevent him and the Mark of Cain from killing anyone else. However, Dean reneges on his deal and swings the weapon at Death, killing him and destroying the scythe in the process.[3]

Billie reveals that when one incarnation of Death is killed, the next reaper who dies adopts their mantle and gains the scythe as a result.[4] Dean subsequently uses this scythe to mortally wound Billie and it is absorbed into the Empty with her by the Cosmic Entity.[5]

Characteristics

Death can summon the weapon to his or her hands and alter its physical appearance between the traditional scythe or a sickle. According to Crowley, the scythe is capable of killing anything, including angels, demons, reapers, and Death itself.[2][3] The scythe is so powerful that even just being slashed in the shoulder with it was enough to leave Billie mortally wounded with her wound festering. When her hand was slashed, it became visibly shriveled afterwards.[5]

Episodes

Alastair preparing to kill Tessa with Death's scythe.

4.15 Death Takes a Holiday

Oh. An old friend lent it to me. You know, he doesn't really ride a pale horse, but he does have three amigos, and they're just jonesin' for the Apocalypse!

Alastair, 4.15 Death Takes a Holiday

The first appearance of the scythe and reference to Death in the series. Alastair hints that it belongs to Death and uses it in an attempt to break one of the 66 Seals: killing two reapers under the Winter Solstice moon. After killing one, he attempts to kill Tessa, but Sam and Dean cause a chandelier to fall, breaking the reaper trap and freeing Tessa before Alastair can finish the incantation.

5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight

Crowley gives Dean the scythe before the two go to Chicago to find Death, telling him it is believed to be capable of killing Death himself. Armed with the scythe, Dean nervously tries to ambush Death in a Chicago pizzeria, but the handle begins to burn in Death's proximity and Dean drops it. Death thanks him for returning the scythe, which moves from its position on the floor beside Dean to lying on the table near Death's right hand without Dean seeing it move.

10.23 Brother's Keeper

After Dean is ready to kill Sam, Death gives him his scythe to do the job. At the last moment, Dean turns the scythe on Death himself, impaling him through the side and killing him. When Death crumbles to dust, so does his scythe.

The reaper Merle is killed by Death.

13.05 Advanced Thanatology

Billie, having taken on the mantle of Death, appears before Dean clad in black holding a new version of the scythe. After teleporting herself and Dean to her library, she places the scythe against a wall away from Dean, noting she knows better than to just leave it lying around in his close vicinity.

14.20 Moriah

While talking about Death, Chuck complains that Billie pokes her scythe where it doesn't belong. Later, when Billie appears in the Empty to talk to the recently-deceased Jack Kline, she is holding her scythe in one hand.

15.12 Galaxy Brain

After assisting in rescuing Kaia Nieves from the Bad Place, the reaper Merle is abruptly stabbed through the chest with Death's Scythe. She crumbles into dust for disobeying Billie's directives.

15.18 Despair

Billie brings the scythe with her to the bunker, but puts it down when she reads Chuck's Death Book. As Billie tries to leave with Jack, Dean grabs the scythe and swings it at her. Billie manages to avoid being killed by the swing, but is wounded in the left shoulder which begins glowing. Billie is forced to teleport away without Jack, the book or the scythe.

Convinced that Billie is the one killing everyone, Dean goes after Billie with the scythe to kill her, eventually wounding her hand and pinning Billie to the wall with it. During this time, Dean states that he hadn't actually been trying to kill Billie when he wounded her previously. Billie reveals that Chuck was responsible not her and that Dean had mortally wounded her when Dean slashed her shoulder with the scythe. Billie reveals that her shoulder wound is festering before disarming Dean of the scythe.

As Billie chases Dean and Castiel through the bunker, she tauntingly scrapes her scythe across the wall. When the Cosmic Entity absorbs Billie, her scythe is absorbed as well.

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