After the 100th episode of Supernatural, Sam and Dean are back on the same page, turning their backs to destiny and looking to stop Lucifer and the Apocalypse on their terms.  How will they do it?  The next few episodes will hold the key.

SPOILER WARNING: This article may give away details you don’t want to know, so read at your own risk.

First, I should note that all of these Supernatural “spoilers” come from the official episode descriptions of the next three episodes.  While an official press release from the CW can hardly be considered a spoiler, these details give away so much that I’m shocked the network would give them away.

Episode 5.19, “Hammer of the Gods” (April 22)

Official Description: “Sam and Dean are kidnapped by a group of gods, including Kali, Ganesh and Baldur and held hostage in a small hotel.  The gods want to use Sam and Dean as bargaining chips to stop the Apocalypse, but Gabriel shows up and warns them that if Lucifer finds them he will kill them all.  Unfortunately, one of the gods turns on the rest and Lucifer appears.”

What Can We Learn: Lucifer comes back, which is good since he’s been gone for a while.  Now that Zachariah is dead, the angels are taking a backseat and the real bad guy is going to emerge.

Episode 5.20, “The Devil You Know” (April 29)

Official Description: “The demon Crowley tells Sam and Dean he can help them find the remaining Horsemen rings so they can trap Lucifer.  The brothers are doubtful until Crowley leads them to Brady, the Handler for Pestilence and Death.  However, Brady refuses to give up their locations and sets Pestilence after the Winchesters.”

What Can We Learn: It sounds like rather than killing Lucifer, Sam and Dean plan to trap him just like Lucifer was trapped before they opened the 66 Seals, and they need the Four Horsemen to do it.

Episode 5.21, “Two Minutes to Midnight” (May 6)

Official Description: “Crowley tells Bobby he will give him the location of Death, the fourth horseman, in exchange for his soul.  Knowing Sam and Dean need that fourth ring to stop the Apocalypse, Bobby reluctantly agrees.  Sam and Dean confront Pestilence, but he unleashes a deadly virus upon them, so Castiel must intervene on their behalf.  Dean has a meeting with Death to discuss Lucifer, and an unholy alliance is formed at a very high price for Dean.”

What Can We Learn: What can’t we learn is more like it?  The second-to-last episode of the season sounds like a big one with a lot of plot crammed into one hour.  From this it sounds like the rings of the Four Horsemen can be used together to stop or trap Lucifer.  We also know that Bobby sells his soul (I’m crying already), Castiel is still alive (hooray!) and based on that last sentence, Dean is going to do something very, very stupid to stop Lucifer.  Not Michael stupid, but “Team Up with Death” stupid.

Episode 5.22, “Swan Song” (Season Finale, May 13)

Official Description: “The showdown between good and evil is at hand.  With the Apocalypse looming, Sam and Dean realize they are out of options and make heart-breaking decisions that will change their lives forever.  A beloved character faces death.”

What Can We Learn: The season finale is going to have some very sad moments.  Given what we’ve read about Bobby’s deal, he is certainly the frontrunner for facing death.  Also, how much more heartbreak can these boys go through?  Call me crazy, but I had a weird thought after learning about the plan to trap Lucifer.  What if, in order to lure Lucifer back into the cage, Sam goes inside and offers to say “Yes,” meaning he would be trapped with Lucifer?  Of course that makes it almost impossible to continue for season 6, but Supernatural has already ended a season by banishing a Winchester to Hell.

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9pm on the CW, and new episodes air every week until the season finale on May 13.

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John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.