16 ‘Supernatural’ Episodes to Watch Before the Final Season (PHOTOS)

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Pilot
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“Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Watch how it all began, from the fateful night in which Sam and Dean lost their mother (for the first time) to history repeating itself with Sam’s girlfriend, Jessica (Adrianne Palicki), and the brothers hitting the road together.

In My Time of Dying
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“In My Time of Dying” (Season 2, Episode 1)

The Winchesters and death (and reapers and Death) have a complicated relationship. Dean might have been the one in a coma following the Season 1 finale, but after John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) made a deal to save his son’s life, the boys lost their father.

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“All Hell Breaks Loose Parts 1 & 2” (Season 2, Episodes 21 and 22)

Just like John refused to lose Dean at the beginning of the season, Dean refused to let Sam die at the end of it and made a deal. Also, John climbed out of hell to help his sons kill Azazel.

No Rest For The Wicked
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“No Rest for the Wicked” (Season 3, Episode 16)

Dean’s time was up, and despite attempts to save him, the season ended with him in hell. Bonus: Bobby (Jim Beaver) told Dean, “Family don’t end with blood,” a sentiment that has become part of the heart of the series.

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“Lazarus Rising” (Season 4, Episode 1)

Castiel’s first appearance (“I’m the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition”) and that entrance — need we say more?

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“Swan Song” (Season 5, Episode 22)

While serving as Lucifer’s vessel, Sam managed to overcome him and trap him in the cage in hell. (Oh, and he took his Michael-possessed half-brother Adam with him. Remember Adam?)

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“The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” (Season 7, Episode 20)

Whatever your thoughts on the Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) and Leviathans season, at least it brought us Charlie (Felicia Day), who would go on to become a beloved character (in this and the apocalypse world).

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“Sacrifice” (Season 8, Episode 23)

Sam might have been willing to die to close the gates of hell, but Dean wasn’t willing to let him, culminating in a heartbreaking conversation between the brothers and Dean assuring Sam, “Don’t you dare think that there is anything past or present that I would put in front of you.”

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“Fan Fiction” (Season 10, Episode 5)

For the series’ 200th episode, the Winchesters found themselves investigating strange happenings surrounding a high school production of a musical based on Chuck’s books (and their lives). (Bonus: Chuck appeared at the end to declare it “not bad.”)

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“Baby” (Season 11, Episode 4)

Any fan of the show knows how important Baby is to the Winchesters (especially Dean). This episode was told entirely from the Impala’s perspective.

Don't Call Me Shurley
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“Don’t Call Me Shurley” (Season 11, Episode 20)

This episode confirmed a popular fan theory: Chuck is God. Chuck even brought back Dean’s amulet (a gift from Sam when they were younger), which led the brothers to him.

Keep Calm and Carry On
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“Keep Calm and Carry On” (Season 12, Episode 1)

The series began with Sam and Dean losing their mother, but Amara gave Dean what he needed most at the end of Season 11: Mary (Samantha Smith), alive again. The following season picked up just after Dean saw his mother, and she learned what had happened to her and her family.

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“Wayward Sisters” (Season 13, Episode 10)

It’s worth rewatching this episode simply for the spinoff that wasn’t since we never did get to see these characters on their own show.

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“Scoobynatural” (Season 13, Episode 16)

Supernatural has pulled off some wacky episodes over the years, including this crossover with Scooby Doo. See Sam, Dean, and Castiel animated and solving a classic case with the Scooby gang. (Don’t miss what happens when they tell Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby that monsters are real.)

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“Lebanon” (Season 14, Episode 13)

The series marked its 300th episode with a family reunion as John was reunited with his wife and sons. Even though it couldn’t last, it was the perfect way to bring him back and explore how things could’ve been different.

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“Moriah” (Season 14, Episode 20)

Remember how Season 14 ended with a finale in which God turned on the Winchesters (and this Earth) and declared the story “over”? Familiar monsters (like the Woman in White and Bloody Mary from Season 1) returned. Zombies surrounded Sam, Dean, and Castiel. “Welcome to the end,” indeed, God.

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Sam and Dean have been “saving people, hunting things, the family business” for 14 seasons of Supernatural, so it would be quite the undertaking to rewatch every episode before the final season premieres this fall on The CW.

Instead of trying to tackle that daunting task, why not settle in to watch a select list of episodes from over the years as you prepare to say goodbye to Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Castiel (Misha Collins)?

Some of the ones TV Insider has selected may be key to the plot of Season 15, while others are just solid, fun, or quite memorable. So click through the gallery above to for our picks and add your own in the comments below.

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