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John Winchester



Johnny, John Boy (by Meg)
Sir (by Sam and Dean)


Mechanic (formerly)
Marine (formerly)

You know, when you were a kid, I'd come home from a hunt, and after what I'd seen, I'd be, I'd be wrecked. And you, you'd come up to me and you, you'd put your hand on my shoulder and you'd look me in the eye and you'd... You'd say "It's okay, Dad". [...] You shouldn't have had to say that to me, I should have been saying that to you. You know, I put, I put too much on your shoulders, I made you grow up too fast. You took care of Sammy, you took care of me. You did that, and you didn't complain, not once. I just want you to know that I am so proud of you.

— John Winchester to Dean
in In My Time of Dying

John Eric Winchester (1954-2006) was the son of Henry and Millie Winchester,[1] the husband of Mary Winchester, and the father of Dean and Sam Winchester[2] and Adam Milligan.[3] Seeking revenge after his wife was killed by the demon Azazel, John became a hunter and raised his two oldest sons to fight the supernatural. When Dean was 26 and Sam was about to get his law education started, John mysteriously disappeared, which caused his sons to go back into hunting in order to find him.[2] Eventually they found John who sought the demon-killing Colt gun to kill Azazel,[4] but the three were caught in a car crash after a brutal encounter with the demon.[5] Soon after John made a deal with Azazel to bring back Dean from death and went to Hell for it,[6] but eventually escaped when the Devil's Gate was opened and, as a spirit, assisted Dean in finally killing Azazel before moving on.[7]

Before becoming a hunter, John was a Vietnam War veteran (USMC) from Lawrence, Kansas, he worked as a mechanic and was eventually co-owner (with Mike Guenther) of a garage in Lawrence. John also served as a temporary vessel for the Archangel Michael and a temporary vessel for the demon Azazel in said demon's first true onscreen appearance.[8]


Early life[]

John was born in 1954, presumably in Normal, Illinois, as this is where we see John Winchester when he was younger at the start of As Time Goes By. At this time, it was unknown to him that his father Henry Winchester belonged to a secret society called the Men of Letters, as had his grandfather and his great-grandfather before him. Henry also states that he bought John a little music box which played "As Time Goes By" from the film "Casablanca" to help him sleep after he took him to see "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy" at the drive-in one night, which apparently scared the "beeswax" out of him. In 1958, he went to the club, leaving John home. However, due to the attack by Abaddon, Henry was forced to flee to 2013, where he died at the hands of Abaddon. This led John to believe that his father had abandoned him.

Surviving a lonely childhood, a stinking war... only to get married and have his wife taken by a demon... and later killed by one himself. That man got a bum rap around every turn. But you know what? He kept going. And in the end, he did a hell of a lot more good than he did bad.

— Dean Winchester to Henry Winchester
in As Time Goes By

He left to fight in Vietnam as a marine, and held the rank of corporal. He later returned to Lawrence, where he worked as a mechanic. On April 30, 1973, John bought a 1967 Chevrolet Impala secondhand at Rainbow Motors, after being convinced by a stranger named Dean Van Halen to choose the vehicle. What John was unaware of, however, was that Dean was actually his future son Dean Winchester.

John had a history with Mary Campbell, although before falling in love (under the influence of a cupid), they couldn't stand each other. John intended to propose to Mary, but later when Mary ran away from her family, he was killed by Azazel as he was possessing Mary's father Samuel, prompting Mary to strike a deal with Azazel to bring John back at the cost of allowing Azazel into her home ten years later.

Five years later, in 1978, John and Mary were visited by yet another future Dean and his brother Sam. They claimed to be Mary's cousins, as she already knew about time travel to an extent but John did not. John was called back to work by his boss unexpectedly, but once he got there he encountered the angel Anna Milton, also from the future. Dean, Sam, and Mary stopped her from harming John, though John learned of the existence of monsters. Later John helped prepare their house for an angel attack where Sam told him of how his father raised them into the hunters life, at which John was disgusted (though unaware that it was in fact John himself that would do this). Much later, when Anna attacked, John was tossed outside the house, and was approached by the archangel Michael, to whom John gave permission to use in order to save Mary from Anna. Afterwards, Michael erased John and Mary's memories of the attack.

Beginning to Hunt[]

In 1979, John and Mary had their first child, Dean, and in 1983, they had their second child, Sam. On November 2, 1983, Azazel stayed true to his word and visited the house, though Mary tried to intervene. Azazel killed her as a result and destroyed the house, but John, Dean, and Sam escaped with their lives. After Mary's death John went to a psychic named Missouri Moseley. He learned the truth about Mary's past. He left Lawrence with his sons, Sam and Dean. He dedicated the rest of his life to hunting down monsters, particularly Azazel. John began his hunting "career" approximately on November 2, 1983, following the death of his wife. His primary goal, as a hunter, was to kill the Prince of Hell, Azazel, for murdering the mother of his children.

His hunter career led him to investigate the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11 attacks, suspecting demons being involved.

John accumulated a vast knowledge of the supernatural, keeping a journal of the creatures he hunted. He was a well-respected hunter by his peers. John worked with several other hunters, most notably Bobby Singer, William Anthony Harvelle, Caleb, Martin Creaser, Lee Webb, Tara, and a pastor named Jim Murphy as well as a psychokinetic Fred Jones. He was described as one of the best hunters, one who hardly ever ended a hunt with the monster still alive. Despite this, Sam tells Dean that his elder brother is a better hunter than John. While working with Tara, John hunted and exorcised a demon protégé of Abaddon who informed them about the existence of the Knights of Hell and the First Blade, though John never believed in the Blade's existence. Nevertheless, he and Tara kept notes of the information they gathered. They also had a brief relationship. Later, John kept a photo of Tara in his locker.

During his hunting career, when Dean was around ten, John left him alone with Sam to hunt a shtriga and returned only just in time to drive the shtriga away. John was furious as Dean leaving his brother for a while out of boredom led to the situation and it took a long time for him to trust Dean again. He also never completed the hunt as he had to take Sam and Dean to Pastor Jim's and when he returned, the Shtriga was gone and didn't resurface until 2006.

In 1995, John arrived at the Roadhouse and met the Harvelle Family. He became friends with another hunter named Bill Harvelle. Though both usually hunted alone, John and Bill went on a hunt together. Bill was savagely wounded by the monster that John had been forced to shoot him to put him out of his misery. John cut all ties from the Roadhouse and never forgave himself for the incident.[9][10]

His life as a hunter led to strain between him and his son Sam, who wanted to quit hunting, leading to an argument where John told Sam if he left he would have to stay away. However, John regretted saying it, as he didn't want Sam to be on his own. John would surreptitiously stop by Stanford every so often just to make sure Sam was all right. John admitted it was never his intention to raise his sons the way he did.

Around August or September 2002, after Sam had left for Stanford University, John received a call from Kate Milligan, a nurse who had treated John several years previously in Windom, Minnesota. She informed him that they had a son named Adam who was twelve at the time. According to Adam, John "dropped everything" and drove all night to Windom. After the initial meeting, John had sporadic contact with Adam. He taught him to play poker, taught him to drive in the Impala, and bought him his first beer when he was fifteen. He also took him to ball games on his birthday. John never mentioned Adam to either Sam or Dean nor did he tell Adam about his other sons. They learned about him around two years after John's death. Dean suspects that John saw Adam as a second chance, a child he could raise outside of hunting and do normal father-son activities with. This may have also been inspired somewhat by Sam's recent leaving.

Season 1[]

In Pilot, Dean visits Sam at Stanford, telling him that John has gone missing. Sam reluctantly accompanies Dean to Jericho where John was on a case, but while they find his motel room, and belongings including John's journal, he is not there. While being interrogated by the police, Dean finds coordinates that John has left for him.

In Wendigo, Sam and Dean follow the coordinates left in their father's journal and land in the middle of the woods where they investigate the disappearance of several campers in Black Water Ridge, Colorado. The two eventually realize that John was never in the area and had simply been assigning them a case.

In Phantom Traveler, Jerry Panowski reveals that he got Dean's phone number from John's voicemail, surprising them as John's phone has been inactive until now. When Sam and Dean call John, they receive a voicemail saying that he is unreachable and redirecting people to call Dean if they want help - the first sign the boys have that John is still alive.

In Bugs, Dean reveals to Sam that John would often check up on Sam at Stanford in secret.

In Home, distressed at returning to his home town as they follow one of Sam's visions, Dean calls John but receives no answer. While investigating the haunting at their old home, Sam and Dean visit the garage John once owned with Mike Guenther. He directs them to Missouri Moseley. She helps the boys, but unbeknownst to them John Winchester is in town and in contact with Missouri. He tells her he can't contact them until he knows "the truth".

In Asylum, John sends Sam and Dean on a case in an insane asylum through a text. After the hunt, Dean's cell rings, and Sam answers to hear his father's voice.

In Scarecrow, John, on the phone with Sam, expresses sympathy at the murder of Jessica, and for the first time reveals that he knows that what killed Mary and Jess was a demon. John tells Sam that he must stop looking for him and he starts to give Sam details of a new hunt, but Sam argues that he wants to help John hunt the demon. Dean grabs the phone and takes the details from John about couples who have gone missing near Burkitsville, Indiana.

Later Sam leaves Dean, intending to travel to California and find John. However, after Dean goes missing on the case, he returns saying while he still wants to find John, he and Dean need to stick together.

In Shadow, when Sam and Dean encounter Meg in Chicago and realize she is linked to the demon that killed Mary and Jess, Dean calls John who arrives after the case is apparently over. John's appearance surprises them and Dean embraces him warmly. John reunites for the first time in years with Sam, seemingly putting aside their argument as he is glad to see his son. To Sam and Dean's surprise, John reveals that he intends to kill the demon responsible for Mary and Jess' deaths - not exorcise it, actually kill it though he doesn't yet know how to do it. However, they are attacked by daevas under Meg's control. Sam manages to dispel them and they escape, but are injured. Afterward, Dean supports John when he says it is too dangerous for them all to be together, and they part. John tells them that the fight is far from over and they'll see each other again.

In Something Wicked, after learning that the shtriga he once hunted has reemerged in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, John sends the coordinates to Dean as he knows that killing the shtriga is unfinished business for Dean. Dean ultimately kills the shtriga and finishes John's old hunt.

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In Dead Man's Blood, following up on the death of the hunter and old friend Daniel Elkins, Sam and Dean are surprised when John arrives. He tells them about the Colt, a gun that can kill supernatural beings, which he now realizes Elkins had. He is after it as it can kill the demon that killed Mary and Jess and avenge their deaths. Together they fight the vampires that killed Elkins, and retrieve the Colt, although John and Sam clash almost immediately and argue. John orders Sam and Dean to rescue the victims and then leave while he confronts the vampires alone and they realize that afterwards he intends to go off on his own again. Even Dean argues with this, saying they are stronger as a family, but finally they reluctantly agree. Using Kate, John draws the vampires into a meeting to exchange her for the Colt, but Kate breaks free and John is nearly killed. However, Sam and Dean disregard his orders and rescue him, though the vampire leader Luther takes Sam as a hostage to force Dean to surrender. John quickly recovers and kills Luther with the Colt, saving him.

The surviving two vampires retreat. Afterwards, John confronts his sons for disobeying him, but agrees that they did save his life and thanks them rather than yelling at them for it. The experience causes John to realize that they are right: the three of them are stronger as a family and he asks Sam and Dean to join him in hunting the demon that killed their loved ones and they eagerly agree. During the episode, Sam and John also spend some time alone and seem to come to some form of peace as they realize they are a lot more alike than they care to admit and John tells Sam he never wanted his son to have this life.

This isn't the life I wanted for you [...] You gotta understand something. After your mother passed ... all I saw was evil, everywhere. And all I cared about was keeping you boys alive. I wanted you ... prepared. Ready. Except somewhere along the line, I ... I stopped being your father and I became your drill sergeant. So when you said you wanted to go away to school, all I could think about was, my only thought was that you were gonna be alone. Vulnerable. Sammy, it just ... never occurred to me what you wanted. I just couldn't accept the fact that you and I were just different.

— John explaining his actions to Sam
in Dead Man's Blood

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In Salvation, as hunters they know start being killed, the Winchesters start the hunt for the demon in earnest, following signs, that John has learned are associated with its appearance, to Salvation, Iowa. Sam has a vision concerning a young woman and her baby, suggesting she is a target of the demon. John is angry that the boys hadn't told him about Sam's visions, but Dean stands up to him.

When Meg calls she demands the Colt, killing his friend Caleb as John listens having also killed Pastor Jim. John plans a ruse to give her a fake Colt, as Sam and Dean take the real Colt to kill the demon. Both plans go wrong, when John is captured, and the demon eludes the boys. When Sam and Dean try to call John after stopping the demon from hurting the Holt family, Meg answers and reveals that she has captured John.

In Devil's Trap, Sam and Dean turn to Bobby Singer for help. When Meg turns up, they capture her, and manage to find out John's location, exorcising the demon. The boys rescue John, and take him to a remote cabin. It is while he is telling Dean he is proud of him, even though Dean used the gun and wasted a chance on killing the Demon, that Dean gets suspicious and realizes that John is possessed by the Yellow-Eyed Demon


Last month, Supernaturalfans got the news they've been waiting a decade for – that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be returning as Dean and Sam's father John Winchester.

The Walking Deadstar will appear in the show's 300th episode, titled 'Lebanon', which will air on Thursday, February 7 on The CW.

Now, more details about how John will make his return have been revealed by co-showrunner Andrew Dabb in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.

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Speaking about how Sam and Dean are reunited with their father, Dabb said: “Our guys are put in a position where they essentially can have a wish granted.

“They’re actually expecting something else, but [John’s return] comes from a place of want by Dean. The need for closure is really what brings John back into their lives.”

But John doesn't return alone, as this altered reality also brings the return of the angel Zachariah (Kurt Fuller).

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Related: The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan reassures fans about Rick Grimes' exit

Morgan had wanted to return to the show for years, but was waiting for the right way to bring John back.

“The relationships between these three men were so open, so if I was going to come back, it would be nice to have some closure, especially with Sammy,” he said.

And it looks as if Morgan will also be getting his wish granted, as both brothers will be getting time alone with their dad before the episode ends.

“This episode gives Sam a chance to forgive,” Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam, said.

His on-screen brother Jensen Ackles added: “For Dean, the whole episode is a dream that he doesn’t want to wake up from. But he knows he has to.”

Supernatural season 14 continues Thursdays on The CW. The series airs on E4 in the UK.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (born April 22, 1966 in Seattle, WA) plays the character of John Winchester, father of Sam and Dean Winchester on Supernatural.

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JDM on playing John Winchester:

"OK," Morgan says, "let's look at WB casting for a second, because there's no way I could be the father of Jensen unless I was a dad at 12. That's just WB. That's how they cast stuff.

"I'm 12 years older than Jensen in reality, but I'm like 25 years older than him in intelligence, so it works out. I'm not that old, dang it. I feel like [Jensen and Jared] are my brothers more than my boys. You're making me feel like an old person, all of a sudden. I'm not even 40 yet -- give me a break."

JDM and Jared and Jensen have kept in contact. All have expressed the desire to work together again, although as Morgan's star rises that is becoming more difficult.

It has a crazy fan base that refuses to let John Winchester go. It would make more sense to bring him back from the dead on a show called Supernatural than Grey’s Anatomy, and Grey’s managed to do it… I would never say no. Do I think it’s going to happen? I do not. But I would go back. Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Entertainment Weekly #1201
“Yeah, I don’t know how you bring me back now, I think the mythology is so huge- but I’ve always said, that’s the one show that I would go back and do. I am dear friends with Jared and Jensen. I truly love them and think they’re two of the coolest guys I’ve ever known in this business, and I would love to go back and find some sort of closure with that character.” Jeffrey Dean Morgan on whether he would consider reappearing as John Winchester (Supernatural Magazine, May/June 2012)

In March 2012 Jeffrey told Entertainment Weekly:

"It'd be fun to go back," he told Entertainment Weekly. "But I don't think it will ever happen." Morgan added that he would be happy to reprise his role if he was approached.
"My stance always is, I would love to come back," he said. "In fact, they have trashed John so fucking much on that show that I would like to come back just to set the record straight the real way.
"I'm not that bad of a dad. I saved my kids. I went to hell to save my kids. How bad can I be, people? But there are a couple of storylines that I'd like to resolve and more importantly those people mean a lot to me."


Full name: Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Born: Friday, April 22, 1966 (Seattle, Washington)

Status: Jeff was introduced to his partner Hilarie Burton in 2009 by Jensen and Danneel. Danneel and Hilarie had worked together on One Tree Hill. The couple have a son Augustus "Gus", born March 2010. Jeff also has a child with ex-girlfriend Sherrie Rose whom Morgan became aware of in March 2009, when the child was four years old.


Jeff's acting career started almost by chance. He previously was oriented towards a career in graphic design, then went to LA with a friend and never left. He had a divergence of opinion with the production team of The Burning Zone, which lead to him leaving the show. After that, his career went on at a slow pace. Jeff appeared in many TV series and a few films, but it all came together in 2004/2005 with Jeff appearing in Weeds, Supernatural and Grey's Anatomy in the same year. In all three shows he played dead, dying and soon-to-be-dead characters. Since then he has appeared in a number of movies including The Watchman and The Losers.

In 2012 he starred as Ike Evans in the TV series Magic City.

He will be playing Negan in Season 7 of The Walking Dead series.

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The most memorable shows are the ones that have something different to set them apart. They have unique plots and interesting characters. They’re different from everything else that’s on, and they offer viewers a chance to enjoy a great story and escape from reality. 

Supernatural was one of those unique shows. Throughout its 15-season run, Supernatural has captured fans and brought them into an exciting, monster-hunting adventure. An excellent cast and talented writers helped to create a memorable show that has engaged viewers every week for many years. It also gathered a loyal following of fans, many who believe they know everything about the show. They might be surprised to learn that one of the show’s notable characters almost died in the first episode. 

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What was ‘Supernatural’ about?

Supernatural follows the Winchester brothers in their attempt to rid the world of monsters, demons, and any other form of evil they can find. When the boys were young, their mother was killed by an evil being. Raised by their father, the boys learn how to track and hunt these supernatural beings. 

The brothers drive across the country in a 1967 Chevy Impala, destroying malevolent creatures while meeting new friends and making allies. Sam is the younger brother, with special abilities like precognition, demon detection, super strength, and immunity. Dean is older, and has literally gone to hell and back to save his brother’s life.

The show is filled with fascinating characters, thrilling action, and engaging storylines. The Winchesters hunt every kind of supernatural being you can imagine, from vampires to werewolves to fallen angels. 

Who was John Winchester?

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John Winchester was Dean and Sam’s father. He was also father to Adam Milligan, their younger half-brother. John’s father, Henry, was part of Men of Letters, a secret society that studied the supernatural and unexplained phenomena. An attack by the demon Abaddon forced Henry to run, but he was killed anyway. John didn’t know any of this at the time and thought his father had abandoned him. 

After fighting in Vietnam, John fell in love with Mary Campbell. Before he could propose, he was killed by Azazel. Mary then made a deal with Azazel in exchange for John’s life–she promised to allow him into her home in ten years. Azazel returned when the boys were very young, and when Mary tried to fight him, he killed her. 

When John learned about Mary’s deal with Azazel, he vowed to hunt the demon and avenge his wife. He became an expert hunter, amassing a wealth of knowledge of all things supernatural. He kept journals detailing his experiences and later taught everything he knew to his sons. 

When the show begins, Dean and Sam are investigating their father’s disappearance. They eventually find him and the three begin to work together as a team. At one point, John is possessed by Azazel, and encourages Sam to shoot him to kill the demon. However, Sam can’t kill his father and only shoots him in the leg. The demon left John’s body and escaped. In a frantic rush to the hospital, a truck crashes into them and severely injures all three. 

Dean is dangerously close to dying after the accident, and John summons Azazel to make a deal. He offers to trade his life for the life of his son. Azazel agrees and John dies while Dean recovers. 

Was John supposed to die in the beginning of the series?

Originally, the creators of Supernatural had planned to have John die immediately, according to ScreenRant. In the pilot episode, Sam returns to his apartment to find his girlfriend on fire and pinned to the ceiling. She was burned alive by a demon, very much like his mother had been when he was a baby.

Viewers were very close to watching an even more disturbing scene–John being in this position instead of Sam’s girlfriend. Dean and Sam would have had to watch their father die the same way their mother did. That scene would have been an emotionally scarring way to start a show.


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Supernatural: Why John Winchester Doesn't Need To Return For The Finale

Supernatural reportedly approached Jeffrey Dean Morgan to appear as John Winchester in the final episode, but would this ruin his previous goodbye?

Supernatural sought to tap-up Jeffrey Dean Morgan for the finale, but here's why John Winchester's farewell should remain untouched. Were it not for the current pandemic, the epic saga of Supernatural would have already unleashed its final chapter. But after coronavirus began to cause problems for anyone without shares in the hand sanitizer industry, Supernatural season 15 ground to a halt after "Destiny's Child" back in March, with 7 episodes still to air. After an extended period off-screen (and a few subtle rewrites to the finish), Supernatural returns with "Last Holiday."

Recent reports revealed that Jeffrey Dean Morgan had been approached to reprise his role as John Winchester, Sam and Dean's father, in the final episode, but co-showrunner Andrew Dabb confirmed this became impossible due to the current climate. John debuted in Supernatural season 1, doggedly pursuing the Yellow-Eyed Demon and sacrificing his life to save Dean's, before heroically reappearing as a ghost the following season. A younger John Winchester (played by a different actor) has starred in time travel episodes, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan wouldn't return until Supernatural season 14's "Lebanon" - a long-awaited and highly emotional reunion episode with Sam, Dean and Mary.

Related: Supernatural: Every Time Sam Winchester Was Possessed

On one hand, it's easy to see why Supernatural would seek to bring John Winchester back for the finale, and why fans would get excited at the prospect. Although Jeffrey Dean Morgan's stint in Supernatural was relatively short, the character left a profound impression on the overarching story of the Winchester family and was a reliably charismatic presence whenever he did appear. Among both hunters and fans, John Winchester holds legendary status, and a cameo in the final episode would be a fitting way of honoring the character's legacy... if "Lebanon" hadn't already achieved exactly that.

After John Winchester ascended to heaven in Supernatural season 2, both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and the show's producers spent the next decade facing questions regarding a possible comeback. Death is but a fleeting obstacle in the world of Supernatural, and it seemed as if everyone but John had returned from the grave (more than once in some cases). More importantly, Sam and Dean carried their weight in emotional baggage for virtually all of their Supernatural story, and those issues mostly stemmed from their father's actions. Both boys needed closure that only John Winchester could provide and Supernatural season 14's "Lebanon" neatly solved all of those lingering dramatic plot threads. Sam, Dean, John and Mary were afforded one final dinner to make their peace, say goodbye and ensure nothing was left unsaid before John returned to his own timeline.

Vitally, "Lebanon" also allowed Sam and Dean to let go of John on their own terms, rather than being forced apart by fate or evil demons. The Winchesters realize John's presence in 2019 is disrupting the timeline and causing a deadly paradox that threatens the existence of Mary. By crushing the magic pearl that caused John's arrival in the present day, the Winchester brothers are taking agency of their father's death for the first time, resolving a storyline that had been cooking since the very beginning of Supernatural. As fun as it might be to see John Winchester again in the Supernatural series finale, "Lebanon" was such an emotionally note-perfect reunion, any further appearances would risk tarnishing that.

That would, of course, depend on how Supernatural planned to use Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the final episode. One possible Supernatural ending is for Sam and Dean to ascend to heaven themselves, finally granted a peaceful existence with their mother and father in the afterlife. Perhaps Morgan was slated to feature alongside Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester) to welcome the brothers into heaven in Supernatural's final scene. While this wouldn't have detracted from "Lebanon," it's debatable whether Jeffrey Dean Morgan would return for such a minor cameo, given his commitments elsewhere. There are plenty of unresolved stories to wrap up in Supernatural's final episodes but, thanks to an excellent offering in season 14, saying goodbye to John Winchester isn't one of them.

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The Reason Jeffrey Dean Morgan Left Supernatural

Supernatural changed dramatically over the years, as it transitioned from a story of two brothers hunting monsters to a battle between the Winchesters and God himself. At the end of the day, though, family always comes first on the beloved CW series. That's why it was truly shocking when Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean's (Jensen Ackles) dad, John, left the series at the beginning of season 2. It always felt like there was more for John to contribute to the story, but Morgan's reason for leaving Supernatural is totally understandable.

There were no hard feelings between Morgan and his co-stars or the creatives behind the scenes — in fact, he remains close to Padalecki and Ackles to this day. Instead, his exit was simply a matter of timing. Morgan's career was just beginning to blow up when he landed Supernatural, and scheduling conflicts kept the original Papa Winchester from making a proper return until the show's 300th episode.

Way back in 2008, writer Sera Gamble explained to Digital Spy that Morgan's busy career made a return unlikely. "We would love to have him back, but he's really busy. He's turned into a huge star over here!" she said. "There's always a chance. We would love to bring back the character if our schedules ever lined up, but I don't think anyone should hold their breath."

Over a decade later, Morgan finally made his triumphant return, but only after he became a major star in his own right.


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Jeffrey Dean Morgan returning to Supernatural as John Winchester for 300th episode

It’s finally happening … Jeffrey Dean Morgan is making his way back to Supernatural!

Thus far, not much has been shared about Supernatural’s upcoming 300th episode, which is currently in production in Vancouver, but seeing as how the show loves to go big with its milestones — “Fan Fiction,” anyone? — it shouldn’t be too shocking that it’s pulling out all the stops for the hour. But John Winchester?! That’s the return fans have waited years to see.

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To be exact, fans have waited more than 11 years, seeing as how John Winchester last appeared in the season two finale, “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2,” when he escaped through the open gate to Hell and helped his boys kill Yellow Eyes. Of course, that was after John’s death, which occurred in the season two opener, “In My Time of Dying” when John sacrificed himself to save Dean. Needless to say, there’s a lot Sam and Dean probably never got to say to their dad before he died. And now, they’ll finally have the chance.

Co-showrunner Andrew Dabb said in a statement: “We’re incredibly excited to have Jeffrey back for this milestone episode, and think fans will love what we have planned for his character… and a few other surprise guest stars.”

There are no details yet on how John will return or what it could mean for his boys, but we do know that Supernatural’s 300th episode, titled “Lebanon,” will air Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star as the Winchester brothers, hellbent on battling the paranormal forces of evil.

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