Supernatural Season 1: “Dead Man’s Blood”

Winchester family bonding
Winchester family bonding


S01xE20 AKA The Episode Where Vampires Really Do Exist and The Colt is the Most Dangerous Gun in Existence

Dean’s Best Line:

“Sorry. I never really stay with a chick that long. Definitely not eternity.”

Sam’s Best Line:

“Yeah, well maybe that worked when we were kids, but not anymore, all right? Not after everything you and I have been through, Dean. I mean are you tellin’ me you’re cool with just followin’ the line and lettin’ him run the whole show?”


The Winchester boys are on the hunt for a nest of vampires that killed another hunter, who just so happened to be John Winchester’s former mentor. When John shows up in the middle of Sam and Dean’s hunt, he reveals that the vampires took something besides the hunter’s life: a gun that can kill anything. The three work together to destroy the nest and retrieve the weapon that could kill the yellow-eyed demon once and for all.

What this Episode Reveals about the Winchesters:

This episode is the first to reveal the incredibly f**ked up dynamic of the Winchester family. For most of the first season, the boys are worried about their father, but in “Dead Man’s Blood” we get the back story to Sam and John’s fallout. John confesses that he’s been a less-than-stellar father-figure (he spent Sam’s college fund on ammunition) and that he’s acted more like a drill sergeant than a dad. One of my favorite things about the show is the close relationship between the brothers, and after this episode, it becomes pretty obvious that the two boys grew up only having each other. Dean Winchester is the protective big brother, but he is also Daddy’s Little Soldier. He’s committed to the family, to the cause, and never questions an order from John…until this episode. Sam’s fight with their father reveals that maybe their dad doesn’t always know what is best. This episode begins a continuous struggle for the two younger Winchesters to step out of their father’s shadow, and by season 8, they’ve done so much more than their dad ever thought to accomplish (how many apocalypses have they ended now?). Even though the show’s plots get bigger and more complicated, it’s important to remember that Dean and Sammy started out as two boys who wanted to make their dad proud.

The Big Picture:

John Winchester brings nothing but tension to the show, and his shoddy fathering skills haunt our two protagonists in the current seasons. But, without John, our two boys wouldn’t know anything about the Colt, which features in several of the more prominent story arcs in the show’s reign on television. This episode is pretty key into our exploration of Winchester Family Drama, without which the first three seasons may as well not have happened. Also, we learn about the existence of vampires and that they can be poisoned by the blood of the dead, and that snippet of knowledge saves our two favorite hunters several times in the later seasons.

My Favorite Scene:

I’m not a fan of John Winchester, but this scene was poignant and a big moment for both John and Sam.

-The Collectress