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The Executioner's Song 

Sam, Dean, and Castiel must deal with Cain's return. Rowena and Crowley grow closer.


Philip Sgriccia (as Phil Sgriccia)


Eric Kripke (created by), Robert Berens

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Episode cast overview:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Misha Collins ... Castiel
Mark Sheppard ... Crowley (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Ruth Connell ... Rowena MacLeod
Timothy Omundson ... Cain
Julien Hicks ... Austin Reynolds
Roman Blomme ... Tommy Tolliver
Simon Chin ... Prison Guard
John Mackie John Mackie ... Demon (as John J. Mackie)
Keith Martin Gordey Keith Martin Gordey ... Warden Skieff
Jesse James Pierce ... Crossroads Demon
Andrew Neil McKenzie ... Young Demon
Martin Budny ... Guard 2


Sam, Dean, and Castiel must deal with Cain's return. Rowena and Crowley grow closer.

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Release Date:

17 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The title of this episode refers to the 1979 Pulitzer Prize winning fact-based novel by Norman Mailer, about the crimes and execution of murderer Gary Gilmore. Gilmore was the first person to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, after the United States Supreme Court suspended it in 1972. See more »


Cain: Has it ever occurred to you, have you ever mused on the fact that you're living my life in reverse? My story began when I killed my brother and that's where your story inevitably will end.
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Diamond Side Down
Written by Ryan Franks, Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap
Performed by Ryan Franks, Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap
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Best episode this season!
17 February 2015 | by Shane3182See all my reviews

There have been some good episodes this season, definitely a step up from season 9. However it has been a while since we've had an episode like this.

In summary, as we know from the promo clips, Cain is on a killing spree, and the brothers plus Cas are trying to track him down before he takes more lives.

Robert Berens is the genius behind this episodes writing, and I have praised his writing in the past for being so brilliant. Not one line in this episode felt forced or unnecessary or awkward, everything that was spoken felt like it was adding to the episode and adding to the build up.

We had a bit of everything as well. Not only was Dean's story unraveling, but Crowley and Rowena's story also added to the episode very nicely, I was thoroughly interested in both sides which is not something that happens often. I have always felt that Rowena's character was interesting but not game-changing, however this episode leads me to believe otherwise. It seems like there were some developments that could lead to more intriguing things in the future.

All of the actors were phenomenal in this episode. In particular Timothy Omundson and Jensen Ackles did a spectacular job since their characters essentially stole the show, both of them acted their hearts out. Another shout out to the director Philip Scriccia. Beautiful work on his part, I have absolutely no complaints about his way of directing this episode. The action felt very real and tense.

This is one episode everybody should take the time to watch because it is hands down one of, if not THE best episode of this season. Give Robert Berens more episodes, he has proved that he can write these characters and plots better than many others while keeping everything flowing and in character. Round of applause for this guy.

I don't give this rating often, but The Executioner's Song is definitely a 10/10.

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