Joined: 31 January 2011
Joined: 08 July 2012
|Actor||Kirsten Kilburn (A Mouthpiece)|
|Dates||Before Humanity -|
|Location||Trapped inside his Cage|
|Episode(s)||4.22 Lucifer Rising (Not Seen)|
5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
5.03 Free to Be You and Me
5.04 The End
5.10 Abandon All Hope...
5.19 Hammer of the Gods
5.22 Swan Song
7.01 Meet the New Boss
7.02 Hello, Cruel World
7.15 Repo Man
7.17 The Born-Again Identity
God created the Archangels; Michael, Lucifer, Raphael, Gabriel, and Metatron. Lucifer formed an especially strong bond with his brother Michael. After the creation of mankind, Lucifer began to argue with his brothers and with God over these new, imperfect beings. The arguments became so heated and bitter that Gabriel chose to leave Heaven rather than watch the fighting continue. According to Lucifer, God commanded his Angels to venerate Man, but Lucifer refused, and was cast out of Heaven. As an act of defiance, Lucifer twisted a human being's soul to create the first demon, Lilith. He was then confined against his will in a Cage by God. The Cage could only open if sixty-six of the six hundred seals on the Cage broke. During his confinement, demons multiplied, and some worshiped him as their creator.
In 1972, Azazel possesses a priest at St. Mary's Convent, and killed eight nuns in the chapel. This sacrifice enables him to speak to the imprisoned Lucifer, whose cage opens beneath the convent. Lucifer tells Azazel that Lilith is needed to break seals that hold him captive in the Cage, and that Azazel needs to find a very special child.
Lucifer is freed when the last seal is broken inadvertently by Sam when he kills Lilith. While on Earth, Lucifer, with the help of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, causes chaos and natural disasters. He intends to destroy humanity and to kill Michael. Essential to Lucifer's plan is the possession of his destined vessel - Sam Winchester.
Sam and Dean try to find a way of defeating Lucifer without giving in to the plans of Heaven. They attempt to kill Lucifer with the Colt, but fail.Eventually Sam comes up with a plan in which he will allow Lucifer to possess him, and then force him into the Cage. The initial attempt fails, but when Lucifer confronts Michael at Stull Cemetery, Sam manages to gain enough control to force himself and Lucifer into the Cage, pulling Michael in as well.
After Lucifer's defeat, a group of traditionalist angels, led by Raphael, hope to release both Lucifer and Michael to complete the Apocalypse as prophesied. When Sam is released from the Cage, his soul remains behind, perhaps being abused by Lucifer and Michael.
Lucifer was once the most beautiful angel in all of existence. God loved him best of all his brothers, even more than Michael. Lucifer was proud. When humanity was created, he was unwilling to accept its place in God's favor (Gabriel described it as the favourite son resenting the new baby). And when God commanded all of Heaven to love his new children more than himself, Lucifer refused. Lucifer pleaded: "Father, I can't. These humans are flawed. Murderous!" After persistent disobedience, Lucifer was cast out of Heaven.
This enraged Lucifer, and he struck back by taking a human woman, Lilith, and stripping her of her humanity, creating the first demon. This unforgivable affront led to his imprisonment in the Cage after a losing confrontation against his brother Michael. He remained there in isolation for millennia. His goal was to be free from his Cage, and to eradicate humanity, allowing him to restore Earth to its original untainted glory. It is suggested that he would also destroy demons, his own creations, because he considers them less worthy even than humans.
Lucifer claims that he never lies, because he does not have to. He promises both his vessels, Nick and Sam, that he will be honest with them. He also says that he sympathizes with his vessels, both of whom are victims like himself. He goes to some lengths to get Sam's acceptance, sparing Dean's life once, and allowing Sam revenge against some of the demons that controlled his life.
Lucifer shows concern for his fellow angels, though it is the archangels he loves most. He captures Castiel, and admires the lesser angel's loyalty in refusing to reveal the presence of his friends. He invites Castiel to join him, and when Castiel refuses, Lucifer respects his decision. Lucifer is remorseful when forced to kill Gabriel, and disappointed when Michael berates him. When preparing to fight his older sibling in their pre-destined battle, Lucifer pleads with Michael to "walk off the chessboard", but Michael determined to fulfill his destiny and serve God. Even so, when Castiel molotovs Michael, Lucifer is outraged by the attack on his brother and obliterates Castiel.
Gabriel criticizes Lucifer, describing his actions as "one big temper tantrum". Death makes a similar observation, dismissing Lucifer s a child who has happened to bind him. Nonetheless, Lucifer sees himself as a tragic figure who was punished for being right, dismissing humanity as a flawed, barbaric race even as Gabriel argues that he prefers humanity because they at least try to do better. He refuses to accept any blame for his actions, which as Michael observes is nothing new, and suggests that God intentionally made Lucifer a devil.
Lucifer is first mentioned by the demon Casey. Casey claims that demons have a belief system just like humans, but while humans believe in God as a higher power, demons view Lucifer in the same regard. Casey tells Dean Winchester that Lucifer was once an angel, and that his name means "light-bringer." Casey also states that no demon has ever actually seen Lucifer.
Although for different reasons, both members of The Host of Heaven and demons are trying to break The 66 Seals so that Lucifer can be released. Castiel informs Dean that once he is freed, Lucifer will spread chaos, and Hell will follow him. Uriel describes Lucifer as a very powerful Archangel who hated humanity and defended the angels by not bowing to it. Uriel wants Lucifer to rise to power again, and tries to recruit other angels to his cause, killing those who refuse. Anna Milton killed Uriel before he could kill Castiel. Zachariah tells Dean that he has a role in stopping the Apocalypse, but eventually reveals that their true plan was to allow Lucifer to be released so that the Archangel Michael could kill Lucifer after the Apocalypse had begun.
Demons want to free Lucifer so that he will lead them, and take over the earth. Ruby tells Sam Winchester that, in an act of defiance, Lucifer created the first demon by corrupting a human soul: Lilith. The demons' plan is set in motion in 1972, when Azazel manages to speak to Lucifer through the door of the Cage, which opens at St. Mary's Convent, in Ilchester, Maryland. According to Ruby, Lilith is the only one who can break the final seal, and free Lucifer.
The truth—that Lilith is the seal, and her death breaks it—is only revealed after Ruby manipulates Sam into killing Lilith. Lucifer is freed.
Lucifer is released from his Cage and immediately seeks out a suitable vessel to inhabit. He finds a widower named Nick, whose wife and child were both butchered by a man that broke into their home. Lucifer causes Nick to hallucinate. Nick, lying in bed, finds himself covered in blood. He jumps up and turns on the light; the blood is gone, but his dead wife appears by the bed. Later, while boxing up his child's things, he here crying over the baby monitor, and he sees blood dripping from his child's crib. In a dream, Lucifer comes to Nick in the form of his wife, and asks his consent to act as a vessel. He promises to avenge the deaths of Nick's family, if Nick will give in to him. Nick agrees. White light engulfs the room as he enters Nick's body.
At the beginning of the episode, a sleeping Sam rolls over and sees his long deceased girlfriend, Jessica, lying beside him. He embraces the illusion, and they discuss her death and Sam's fate. She says she is trying to protect him from himself. At the end of the episode, in a dream, they speak again. She tells him he cannot change, and he insists that he can, that there is reason to hope. Her voice and form change. Sam turns around, and sitting beside him is Lucifer. Lucifer cannot come to Sam's location directly because of the runes that Castiel carved onto Sam's ribs, and Sam will not tell him where he is. Lucifer explains that Sam was present during his rising not only to kill Lilith, but to serve as his Vessel. Nick is only acting as an improvised vessel for the time being; he is not strong enough, and can barely contain him. It is Sam that Lucifer needs. Sam threatens to kill himself, but Lucifer assures him that he would be resurrected. Lucifer shows Sam sympathy, but assures Sam that in the end, he will consent. He then vanishes.
Sam. My heart breaks for you. The weight on your shoulders. What you've done. What you still have to do. It is more that anyone could bare. If there was some other way...but there isn't.
– Lucifer, 5.03 Free to Be You and Me
Why would I want to destroy this stunning thing? Beautiful in a trillion different ways. The last perfect handiwork of God. Ever hear the story of how I fell from grace? [...] You know why God cast me down? Because I loved him more than anything. And then God created... you. The little hairless apes. And then he asked all of us to bow down before you: to love you more than him. And I said; "Father, I can't." I said, "These human beings are flawed. Murderous." And for that, God had Michael cast me into Hell. Now tell me: does the punishment fit the crime? Especially when I was right. Look what six billion of you have done to this thing. And how many of you blamed me for it?
– Lucifer, 5.04 The End
Through a street preacher, Zachariah finds Dean and sends him five years into the future so that Dean can see the repercussions which will follow if he refuses to be Michael's vessel. In the year of 2014, Dean travel with the older version of himself, Future!Dean, and a battalion of other hunters, includingFuture!Castiel, to Detroit to confront the Devil. In this future, Sam consented to serve as a vessel, and the world is ending. Future!Dean tries to use the Colt on Lucifer, but he snaps Future!Dean's neck with his heel. Lucifer, wearing Sam, tells the Dean of the past that he does not want to destroy the world, but to rid it of an imperfection. He insists that he was unfairly cast out. Dean, however, dismisses Lucifer's claims, informing Lucifer that, for all his fine words, he is nothing more than a bigger version of the thing that Dean has been squashing all his life. Dean vows to return to the past and stop this, but Lucifer tells Dean that Sam will always consent to him in Detroit; no matter what they do, Sam will become his vessel. Zachariah then retrieves Dean and he returns to his current year.
Lucifer is in Carthage, Missouri on a mission to summon Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He manages to trap Castiel inside a ring of holy oil, and his demons trap Sam, Dean, Jo, and Ellen. Lucifer speaks to Castiel, asking him whether he came with the Winchesters. Castiel lies that he came alone, but Lucifer is not fooled, though he admires the other angel's loyalty. Castiel asks about his vessel, which is breaking down slowly. Lucifer invites Castiel to join him, reasoning that as two of Heaven's castoffs they are on the same side, and Heaven will hunt Castiel if they manage to defeat Lucifer. Castiel refuses. Meg approaches her father, asking what to do with the Winchesters, and Lucifer tells her to leave them be, and gives her a reassuring touch.
Lucifer begins conducting the ritual to free Death. The Winchesters locate him, and while Sam distracts him, Dean shoots him in the head with the Colt. He crumples to the ground, but after a few moments reawakens, and slowly gets to his feet. He flings Dean against a tree, and continues work on the ritual. When Sam asks him about the missing townspeople, Lucifer reveals that the women and children are in the mass grave he has been filling in, and that all the men are possessed. He tries to convince an aghast Sam that it was necessary, and insists that Sam should understand what he is doing, as someone who has always been out of place in his own family.
Lucifer completes the ritual by commanding the demons around him to sacrifice themselves. Castiel, who has managed to escape, takes Sam and Dean away. Lucifer sees, but does not interfere. He turns, and greets Death.
Lucifer arrives at the hotel where the pagan gods are gathered after getting a call from Mercury. His vessel is further degraded. He accuses Mercury of being a traitor, slaughters the other gods. He is about to kill Kali when Gabriel who has been posing as Loki for millennia and formed an attachment to Kali and the Winchesters in that guise- intervenes. He tells Lucifer that he has no legitimate grievance, he is only jealous that humanity replaced him in God's affections. Gabriel says he is not on Lucifer's side, or Michael's but that he has come to agree with God, that humanity is better than them, noting that many of them try to overcome their flaws where the angels are content to repeat their mistakes. Gabriel then tries to stab Lucifer from behind, using an illusion to keep him distracted, but Lucifer sees through the charade and impales his brother with the Angel Killing Sword. Lucifer stands over his brother's body, crying.
After their escape, Sam and Dean play a po*n DVD Gabriel gave Dean. In it Gabriel tells them they may be able to re-imprison Lucifer, and that the keys capable of opening and then re-imprisoning him in Lucifer's Cage are the rings of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He says that Lucifer does not know about them.
Sorry if it's a bit chilly. Most people think I burn hot. It's actually quite the opposite.
– Lucifer, 5.22 Swan Song
Sam and Dean track Lucifer to Detroit, Michigan, with the intention of tricking the Devil back into his cage. Lucifer waits for them in a dilapidated building with his demon subordinates. He has two of them escort Dean and Sam, prepared with Demon Blood, into his presence. Sam makes a show of bargaining, but Lucifer stops him, revealing that he knows about the rings, and Sam's plan. All the same, Sam moves forward, and says "yes" to Lucifer. The Archangel abandons his vessel to enter Sam. For a moment, the two are incapacitated, giving Dean time to open the portal to Lucifer's Cage using the Horsemen's Rings. Sam appears to be in control, and attempts to throw himself into the portal, but Lucifer reveals that he controls Sam, and is only messing with Dean. He closes the gate, takes the Horsemen's Rings, and teleports to another location.
He speaks to Sam, and allows Sam to speak, by looking in a mirror.
Lucifer: I've been waiting for you a long time [...] I'm not the bad guy here [...] I'm your real family [...] Who are you really angry with? Me? Or that face you see in the mirror?
Sam: I'm gonna rip you apart from the inside out!
Lucifer: Such anger, young Skywalker.
Lucifer then offers an olive branch to his host by killing the demon-possessed people from Sam's past who manipulated his life, moving him toward this moment.
The next day, Lucifer appears in Stull Cemetery, the place of his final confrontation with Michael. He tries to reason with Michael by questioning God's purpose, and blaming him for making him into Satan. He insists that he does not want to kill his brother, but will fight to the death if he must. Michael refuses to back down and is determined to be a "good son" to their Father. Before they can begin their battle, Dean arrives in the Impala and demands to speak with Sam, but Lucifer testily refuses. Michael orders Dean to leave but is unexpectedly banished when Castiel throws a molotov cocktail ofHoly Oil at him.
Outraged that Castiel would strike his brother, Lucifer snaps his fingers and obliterates Castiel. He then attacks Dean. Bobby shoots Lucifer several times without effect, and Lucifer responds by telekinetically snapping Bobby's neck. The Archangel continues to hit Dean, promising to break every one of his bones before killing him. As he raises his fist to strike, Lucifer catches sight of an old army toy stuck in the backseat ashtray of the Impala, which Sam put there in his childhood. Suddenly, Lucifer is overwhelmed as memories bring Sam to the surface, and his love for Dean allows Sam to momentarily take control of the Devil. Sam re-opens the portal. Before he can throw himself in, Michael arrives, arguing that he must fight Lucifer, that it is his destiny to do so, but Sam closes his eyes and falls backwards into the doorway. Michael grabs hold of him to stop him from falling, but is pulled in with his brother and the two plummet into the abyss together. The Cage closes behind them, leaving the red hot rings behind.
Dean believes that the resurrected Sam might still being hosting Lucifer, which would explain his emotionless behavior. However, Castiel later dissuades him, saying, "If Lucifer escaped the cage, we would have felt it", indicating that something else is wrong with Sam. Later, through an extremely painful procedure, Castiel determines that when Sam was raised from Lucifer's Cage, his soul was somehow left behind. Castiel speculates that Lucifer and Michael are probably abusing his soul, as they see their imprisonment as Sam's fault. Castiel thinks that the restoration of Sam's badly damaged soul would cause irrevocable physical and mental harm. When Death returns Sam's soul, he erects a mental wall that prevents Sam from remembering his experiences in Hell.
Castiel tumbled the wall in Sam's mind as a means to force the Winchesters to keep out of his plans for defeating Raphael. Afterwards, Sam starts to hallucinate that he is still in Hell; he sees visions of meat hooks and twisted versions of his surroundings, as well as a sinister voice whispering to him, mocking him. At a critical moment Lucifer, in the form of Nick, appears, and tells Sam that he is still trapped in the cage and that he never truly left. Everything that has happened since his "resurrection" is the latest and best torture devised by Lucifer himself.
Whether or not this is a hallucination, an echo of Lucifer or an actual outreach by the archangel himself is not revealed until the following episode. Lucifer continues to haunt Sam's waking moments by constantly seeding doubt that the world around him is real, and even manages to lead Sam away from Dean and Bobby by taking Dean's form and tricking Sam into believing they were going on a hunt. Sam asks Lucifer why he simply doesn't end the illusion and return to hellfire and physical torture, to which Lucifer replies: "It ends when you can't take it anymore", hinting that he wants Sam to shoot himself.
Sam resists long enough for Dean to find him and talk him around, using his hand injury as a physical anchor to weigh him down to reality. By pressing on and making his injury bleed, Sam manages to dispel Lucifer for a time, but he returns during their ambulance ride to Sioux Falls Hospital following a near fatal run-in with a Leviathan. Lucifer confirms that he is a hallucination but promises he will never leave, putting Sam in a seizure.
It appears that Sam continues to see Lucifer during Season 7, but is able to cope by grasping the scar on his hand to drive away the hallucinations, and refusing to acknowledge them. However, on a case in which Dean is threatened, Sam makes the mistake of acknowledging Lucifer, and accepting his advice. This gives the hallucination power over Sam again, and his coping methods cease to be effective. Lucifer begins a systematic attempt to deny Sam sleep, and after five days of insomnia Sam is hit by a car, then committed for psychiatric observation. The hallucinations continue, nearly killing Sam, until Castiel returns to take them into his own mind. Immediately, Lucifer greets Castiel as "brother", and Castiel remains in the asylum. This hallucination was apparently linked to Sam's own mental state, as the Lucifer hallucination eventually faded away, leaving Castiel unbalanced but able to communicate and take action.
Joined: 10 May 2006
Joined: 08 July 2012
Metatron. He's an angel; he's the scribe of god. He took down dictation when creation was being formed.
– Castiel, 7.21 Reading Is Fundamental
Metatron is an Archangel and the scribe who recorded The Word of God on a series of tablets. Crowley described Metatron as "The scribe... and suck-up. Took down God's word, picked up His cleaning."
Metatron is briefly mentioned by Castiel while examining a stone tablet containing the Word of God; he notes that Metatron is an angel who kept records of Creation. Dean believes that the angel may be able to help them against the Leviathans, but this is the last they speak of him.
Metatron is mentioned again by Kevin Tran, a prophet, whilst reading the Word of God tablet dedicated to demons. He says that Metatron left a "personal note" on the tablet which reads as a farewell and apology to God for choosing to leave this world. It also reveals that there are more tablets than just the ones about Leviathans and demons, which are "for the defense of mankind".
Metatron is an angel mentioned briefly in the Talmud, but he appears primarily in medieval Jewish mystical text. He is the highest of the angels and serves as the celestial scribe. In the Zohar, he is identified as the angel that led the people of Israel through the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt. He is said to be Enoch, the descendant of Noah, incarnate into an angel.
Joined: 10 May 2006
Joined: 13 November 2006
Joined: 28 February 2012
Joined: 08 July 2012
|Dates||Before Humanity -|
|Location||Trapped inside Lucifer's Cage|
|Episode(s)||2.13 Houses of the Holy (Not Seen)|
4.22 Lucifer Rising (Not Seen)
5.01 Sympathy for the Devil (Not Seen)
5.13 The Song Remains the Same
5.18 Point of No Return (Not Seen)
5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight (Not Seen)
5.22 Swan Song
Michael is one of five Archangels created by God. Michael is the oldest Archangel, which makes him the oldest Angel in creation.
After the creation of Heaven, its angels, and Earth and its people, God commanded all of the celestial beings to bow before mankind, asking them to love humans more than himself. Lucifer questioned this order, insisting that they are "flawed, murderous beings." Lucifer then sought out his older brother, Michael, for support, but Michael refused to listen. At some point, God left Heaven. Michael assumed command of the angels, and then ran Heaven and Earth for millenia.
When demons began making plans to free Lucifer, Michael decided to allow the seals binding Lucifer to be broken. He and a group of other angels, including Raphael and Zachariah, wanted the Apocalypse to occur so that he and Lucifer could battle. Michael expected to be victorious, so as to bring about paradise. Lesser angels, like Castiel, were not privy to the plan, and were deployed to make it look as though Heaven was fighting the devil's release.
Lucifer was eventually freed. In order to confront him, Michael needed his True Vessel, Dean Winchester. Zachariah was instructed to get Dean's permission to possess him. To their chagrin, Dean refused adamantly, and Michael was left to act through his agents. He then decided to speak with Dean in person, when the Winchester brothers were sent back to the year 1978, and used their fatherJohn as a temporary vessel.
Over time, Dean's resolve weakened, and just as he prepared to give his assent, the angels resurrected his half-brother, Adam Milligan, for the purpose of fulfilling the task of "Michael's True Vessel." This was a ploy to make Dean give in, but Dean killed Zachariah instead, forcing Michael to take over Adam's body. Michael then met with Lucifer, who inhabited Sam, on the chosen field. Sam, at the last minute, regained control over his body from Lucifer and flung himself into the Cage, pulling with him Lucifer, Adam, and Michael.
Michael sees himself as a good and loyal son to his father, and that matters most to him. He professes love for Lucifer, his younger brother, but insists that he is only serving his father by destroying his brother. He seems to think himself magnanimous when he promises to leave Dean whole, not catatonic, after serving as a vessel.
His insistence that his actions only serve God is not entirely true, because blames Lucifer for the loss of their father, and is angry with him. He also becomes furious with anyone who interferes with his destiny, including his Dean at Stull Cemetery, and again with Lucifer, when he suggests that they refuse to fight. It is this stubborn insistence on fulfilling his story as written that leads him into imprisonment in the Cage.
Sam notices a painting of Michael by killing Lucifer by the renaissance painter Raphael in the Church they visit.
Father Reynolds: That's right. The archangel Michael, with the flaming sword. The fighter of demons, holy force against evil.
Sam: So they're not really the Hallmark card version that everybody thinks? They're fierce, right? Vigilant?
Father Reynolds: Well, I like to think of them as more loving than wrathful; but yes, a lot of Scripture paints angels as God's warriors. "An angel of the Lord appeared to them, the glory of the Lord shone down upon them, and they were terrified." Luke. Two nine.
Michael's name is never mentioned, but while Zachariah is informing Dean of his true purpose he is looking at an illustration of Michael in a painting in the Green Room.
Mentioned only. Upon Lucifer's rising from the Cage, Zachariah reveals to Dean that the angels' plan is for Michael to use Dean Winchester as his vessel and kill Lucifer once and for all. However, Dean needs to give his consent to be the vessel. Dean refuses and Zachariah tries to torture the consent out of him before a resurrected Castiel intervenes.
Michael first manifests when Sam, Dean and Castiel have traveled back to 1978 to stop Anna from killing John and Mary in order to prevent Sam's birth, and thus his use as Lucifer's Vessel. Michael comes to John while Anna is attacking, and John consents when Michael says he can stop Anna from killing Mary. Michael incinerates Anna with a touch, and banishes Uriel back to Heaven, and sends Mary to sleep. Alone with Dean, Michael explains that while Dean is his true vessel, he can use others from Dean's bloodline. Michael also tells Dean his view of the Apocalypse, and the need to have a final battle.
Michael: Lucifer defied our father, and he betrayed me. But still...I don't want this any more than you would want to kill Sam. You know, my brother, I practically raised him. I took care of him in a way most people could never understand, and I still love him. But I am going to kill him because it is right and I have to.
Dean: Oh, because God says so?
Michael: Yes. From the beginning, he knew this was how it was going to end.
Dean: And you're just gonna do whatever God says.
Michael: Yes, because I am a good son.
Michael insists that everything is pre-ordained, including the need for Dean to serve as a vessel. He says that Dean has no choice, the "Free Will is an illusion", and that is why he will eventually consent. He then heals Sam, and returns the brothers to the present. He removes all memories of the events of the day from Mary and John.
Zachariah has been dismissed from his position and is drinking in a bar, awaiting his destruction, when Michael makes contact. The brilliance and sound of the unshielded archangel kills the bar patrons and Michael offers Zachariah a last chance to secure Dean as a vessel.
Meanwhile, seeing no other way to defeat Lucifer and save the planet, Dean is prepared to consent to becoming Michael's vessel when it is discovered that his half brother Adam Milligan has been resurrected. The angels hold Adam as bait, and Sam and Dean attempt to rescue him. Zachariah tortures Sam and Adam in front of Dean, and Dean tells Zachariah he will consent. Zachariah utters an incantation that summons Michael to their location, only for Dean to kill a distracted Zachariah with an Angel Knife. Sam and Dean manage to escape before Michael descends, but Adam is trapped inside the room and vanishes with Michael. Adam is technically a vessel, if only a temporary one, for Michael, being of the Winchester bloodline.
Mentioned only. Castiel tells Sam and Bobby that Michael is currently using Adam as his vessel.
After Lucifer joins with his true vessel, Sam, Michael appears in Stull Cemetery outside of Lawrence, Kansas, to confront Lucifer for the final battle. Lucifer tries to convince Michael that they need not fight, but Michael is adamant that he be a "good son" to their Father, and is determined to kill his brother. Before they can begin, however, Dean arrives and demands to speak to Sam. Michael protests his presence, telling him he has no place on the field. But before he can do anything about it, Castiel hurls a Holy Oil molotov at the Archangel, forcing him to vanish for several minutes. When he returns, Sam has managed to regain control of his body and has opened the gate to Lucifer's Cage. Michael demands a fight but Sam throws himself into the portal. Michael grabs hold of Sam to stop him from falling but is dragged down into the pit along with him, the portal closing behind them.
Subsequently, in Heaven, Raphael informs Castiel that he wants to release Lucifer and Michael so that the Apocalypse can be re-started.While talking with Dean, Castiel speculates that Lucifer and Michael are probably abusing Sam's soul, as they see their imprisonment as his fault. Balthazar makes a similar assumption. Dean explains to Death - who already knows - that Michael, still inside Adam Milligan, also fell into the cage, and requests that the Horseman retrieves both Sam's soul and Adam's body. Death forces him to pick one, and Dean picks Sam, leaving Adam with Michael and Lucifer.