Death

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Name Death
Actor Julian Richings
Dates Origin of Time - Eternity
Location Death was always kept restrained under the Earth's surface according to Bobby. Death was released from his cage in episode 5.10 Abandon All Hope. His current location is unknown.
Occupation Pale Horseman of the Apocalypse
Episode(s) 5.10 Abandon All Hope
5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

Bobby: It sounds like Death, son. I think Satan's in town to work a ritual. I think he's planning to unleash Death.
Dean: You mean like, as in this dude and taxes are the only sure thing?

Bobby, Dean, 5.10 Abandon All Hope

And through the fire stood before me a Pale Horse, and he who sat atop him carried a Scythe. And I saw since he had risen, they too shall rise, and from him and through him.

Bobby, 5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Death: This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that’s barely out of its diapers. I’m old, Dean. Very old. So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you.”

Death, 5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

Dean: Well I gotta ask: How old are you?

Death: As old as God. Maybe older. Neither of us can remember anymore. Life, death, chicken, egg – regardless, at the end, I’ll reap Him too.
Dean: God? You’ll reap God?

Death: Oh yes. God will die too, Dean.

Death, Dean, 5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

Death, also known as the Pale Horseman, is affiliated with Famine, War and Pestilence, although he is far more powerful than them. Death is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It was implied that God and Death are connected to each other in some what of a family manner. Death can manipulate Life and Death; he proves this when he effortlessly kills a man just by brushing his shoulder.

  • According to Bobby, the last time Death was free, "Noah was building a boat".
  • Death is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and has been referred to as the brother of War, Famine, and Pestilence.
  • Death has to be brought to Earth via a summoning ritual that must take place on the site of a great massacre.
  • Lucifer performed this ritual in Carthage, Missouri as part of his Apocalyptic preparations.
  • He sacrificed the town's women, children, and demon-possessed men, saying it was required to complete the ritual.
  • Death tells Dean that he may be older than God. Death says eventually he will reap God.
  • Death drives a white 1959 Cadillac with California license plate BUH*BYE. See Death's Cadillac for more information.
  • Death wears a ring with a white stone. See Horsemen's Rings for more information.

While Reapers in Supernatural are portrayed as being part of the natural order, Death is seen as being catastrophic.

Death is first referenced indirectly in 4.15 Death Takes A Holiday by Alastair. Death does not make his first appearance until he is raised in 5.10 Abandon All Hope, though his visage is kept hidden. His shadow falls over Lucifer as he stands in awe and greets the Horseman, saying, "Oh, hello, Death."

The song O Death by Jen Titus was portrayed as Death's "theme song."

4.15 Death Takes A Holiday

Alastair claims his reaper killing weapon was given to him by an "old buddy from downstairs. Now, between you and me, he doesn't ride a pale horse, but he does have 3 amigos." See Death's Scythe for more information.

5.10 Abandon All Hope

Lucifer undertakes a ritual to release Death. He chooses the town of Carthage, which was the site of a terrible battle during the Civil War known as the Battle of Hellhole. The land where it took place is on William Jasper's farm. The ritual involves killing all the women and children in the town and burying them in a mass grave. Lucifer then performs an invocation, and commands the demon possessed men from the town to sacrifice themselves. They do so and Death rises, casting a shadow across Lucifer.

5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

In "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", Death arrives in Bobby's hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and proceeds to revive some of the dead in the local cemetery, including Bobby's wife Karen. While unseen in this episode, his presence is heralded by fierce lighting storms. Those who are revived by Death appear normal at first, but after five days, the revived devolve into stereotypical zombies, developing a craving for human flesh after a high fever.

Before dying a second time, Karen says that Death told her that the entire incident was organized to attack Bobby, as he is one of the few remaining elements keeping Sam from saying "yes" to be Lucifer's vessel. Karen describes Death as "so thin - like a skeleton."

5.20 The Devil You Know

Death does not appear in this episode, but plays a key role because Sam, Dean and Bobby are hunting the remaining two Horsemen.

Bobby is talking on the phone with Rufus Turner discussing possible omens for locating Death when Crowley appears in his home. Crowley tells Bobby he can help them find Death, but he needs to make a deal for Bobby's soul to pull it off. Bobby is resistant to the idea, but Crowley assures him that it will be temporary and that he will give Bobby back his soul after it's done.

5.21 Two Minutes To Midnight

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Death, the Pale Horseman

Death arrives in Chicago to start a large storm chain that will trigger massive global weather events and at least 3 million deaths.

Death stops in a pizzeria for lunch, killing everyone inside (possibly unintentionally) and is found by Dean, who attempts to sneak up on him with Death's Scythe. However, the scythe begins to burn hot in proximity to Death, forcing Dean to drop it and alerting the Horseman to his presence. Rather than act hostile toward Dean like the other Horsemen, Death thanks him for returning the Scythe before asking Dean to join him at the table. Death then reveals that he has been waiting for a while to talk with Dean.

When Dean asks him how old he is, Death admits he can't really remember anymore and guesses he is as old or older than God himself, but neither can remember anymore. He surmises that he has been alive since life itself began and someday he will even reap God. Death just states God is a living being like any other and someday he too will die; its just the way things work.

Death explains that Lucifer, whom he describes as "a bratty child", has him bound by a spell and is using him in creating Apocalyptic chaos.

Death offers his ring to Dean, on the condition that Dean must do everything in his power to assure that Lucifer is put back in his cage. Dean reluctantly agrees, and Death warns him to hold true to his word by saying he can't cheat Death. He then gives Dean instructions on how operate the rings that combine to form a key like device.

Later, Dean and Bobby discuss the plan and while Dean is skeptical Bobby says that Death probably has a larger view of things than they do and they should have more faith in Sam.