Season 2 Episode 22

All Hell Breaks Loose (2)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 17, 2007 on The CW
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After the fight between Jake and Sam, Dean has to make the ultimate sacrifice for his brother. Meanwhile the Yellow-Eyed Demon has his new servant and plans to unleash the hordes of Hell.

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  • The best season finale til now!

    Supernatural Season 2 Episode 22 All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2

    After Sam's death, Dean goes to the crossroad demon and offers his soul in exchange of Sam is borught back to life. He only gets one year. The final battle against Azazel arrives, and the devil's gate is opened.

    This episode, and the previous one, are certainly the best Supernatural Season Finale until now! They're off course on of the best of the season, and the whole show! Full of action, drama and suspense! Dean goes to hell after a year, Sam is brought from death, the devil's gate is opened and Lilith is set free! This is one of the best episodes in the seires, if not is the best!moreless
  • All I can say is WOW!!

    This Ep Rocked!! Dean crying Sammy coming back to life JDM in it again! What else could you ask for!

    I was so excited for this EP and I was not let down I was so on the edge of my seat the hole time. There was so much high points I found like when Dean was screaming "What am I going to do. Then he get in the car and drives away I knew he was going to the Cross Roads I was like no Dean don't do it but he did. And that gate that was crazy then the YED was going to kill Dean when John walked up I was so excited I so dont know what to say so

    Bye I guess lolmoreless
  • Oh my gosh epic!

    After watching the episode, there were some apparent plot holes, but that really didn't stop this being from such an excellent season finale. First off, the acting and roles. Dean really did such a fantastic and astonishing job playing the big brother role and his little situation with reviving Sam deserves an oscar. I mean it; some thorough and fine acting that really made the situation real. An awesome job of sympathizing with the characters. It's not just Dean too. Bobby was fantastic himself. It's not even what came out of their mouths, the simple gestures and facial expressions made this entire episode feel so convincingly real.

    Enough with the acting, on a smaller scale yet equally as gratifying, the story. Supernatural isn't anything intertwined with plot twists, but if there was a time it decides to show its colors, it was now. We finally get a grasp of the situation and plan the demon was planning, and it wasn't what you expected; it was something more, bigger, and the plot was just well thought out. Saying anything more will just be spoiling it. In one word, amazing. The only thing holding this episode back is that there seems to be some minor plot holes, like why the demon needed to conjure up a 23 year plan to do his bidding when in the end of it all, it could have been accomplished by any normal human in a day. Only thing bugging me but other than that, a damn great episode.moreless
  • Probably the best episode ever!

    First of all, I will review this two-part episode like a whole, because it's almost impossible for me to coherently divide one part from the other. Moreover, reviewing it after seeing "Lucifer Rising" (4x22), I can't help but take in consideration the whole picture.

    The first thing that pops into my mind about "All Hell Breaks Loose" is that I absolutely adore the Cold Oak set. The fictional haunted town in South Dakota is ghastly and ominous, and Serge Ladouceur's cinematography enhanced the grim, sepulchral look of the town in a way that always send multiple shivers down my spine. It is the best set I've ever seen and the atmosphere was so unearthly and gaunt that every time I watch the episode I feel the urge to grab a blanket. The second thing is that I love the idea of railway-made devil's trap: it's so American, so realistic, so dusty and vivid, do authentically western that I really have to applaud Eric Kripke's imagination. When the Hell's Gate burst open and the legion of demons storms out of it toward the black sky, highlighting with red and flames the railways and exploding the five churches... I was literally shacking with anticipation and emotion. It is such a powerful scene, so apocalyptic and sinister, so suggesting! Kim Manners was really a genius, one of the most talented directors I've ever encountered. And he will be most dearly miss.

    Other two scenes surface: when Sam is stabbed by Jake and Dean runs toward him, to save him, and when Dean - looking over Sam's dead body - told him he can't let him down, he can't let him die. Jensen Ackles' performance, which is always solid and great, was so perfect, so damn touching that I can't help but cry every single time I watch Season Two finale. Not only I can relate to that feeling of necessity that Dean has for Sam, and we all feel toward who we love the most, but also the sense of urgency, of bitter delusion, of frustration, of anger. Kudos to Jensen for delivering such a deep performance. It really set this episode apart.

    And now, I'm at the moment where I have to tell what sets "Supernatural" apart from any other show I've seen: "The X-Files" had an overarching mythology, which was rich for sure, but not very well developed, and so did many other shows, like "Buffy" or even "Lost". But it was from the golden age of "Twin Peaks" that I didn't found a mythology both rich and simple, enthralling and fascinating, labyrinthine and linear at the same time, like every mythology should be - simple enough to ease you through its meanders, but complex and rich enough to awe you. "Supernatural" has it and, having already watched "Lucifer Rising", the Fourth Season's Finale, I'm even more mesmerized by the care that Eric Kripke and his writers put in weaving such mythology: everything clicks just perfectly, and when the Yellow Eyed Demon's masterplan is finally revealed - the opening of the Hell's Gate, the deal with John and with Dean, the raising of the Special Children - all the pieces fall together and the bigger picture is amazing and spell-binding. There are still unanswered questions, but the mythology of "Supernatural" is so solid and strong, so powerful and sumptuous that I have no problem waiting for them. And in the meantime I have masterpieces of an episode, like "All Hell Breaks Loose" to watch. Thanks Eric Kripke, and thanks "Supernatural"!.moreless
  • Season two finale part two.

    In this final episode for season two we see Dean in a house with Sam lying lifeless on a bed. Bobby is trying to tell Dean that it is time that they bury Sam but Dean wont have it. Dean finds a cross roads and makes a deal. 10 years and Sam comes back but the demon wont take it. She bargains him down to one. He says no and she tries to leave but he calls her back and makes the deal. Sammy back for Dean's soul.

    Back at the house Sam wakes up. Dean walks in with chicken and explains away Sam's injury by saying that Bobby fixed him up. Sam looks scaptical but doesn't argue. They turn up on Bobby's door step an he looks suprised to see Sam but doesn't say anything. He later takes Dean out of the house and asks him what he did. Dean tells him.

    Sam, Dean, Bobby and Ellen go looking for Jake and when they find him he is in a grave yard and is about to open the gate. He ends up doing it and Sam shoots him. Ellen and Bobby try and close the gate (to hell) but they struggle. John showed up from hell and talked to the boys. Then disappeared. Then the YED has Sam up against a tree and Dean against a headstone. Dean and YED have a conversation and then Dean looks right at YED and holds the Colt and shoots (which looks awsome by the way). Dean ends up telling Sam what he really did to get him back because of what Jake said to him. Sam says they will find a way around it but Dean knows they can't.moreless
Aldis Hodge

Aldis Hodge


Guest Star

Ona Grauer

Ona Grauer

Female Demon

Guest Star

Kaare Anderson

Kaare Anderson


Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

John Winchester

Recurring Role

Samantha Ferris

Samantha Ferris

Ellen Harvelle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • At the house, Dean snaps at Bobby and jumps up, and there's the distinctive noise of a chair falling to the floor. However, after he finishes apologizing to Bobby, Dean walks back to the chair, which is standing upright again.

    • When Dean kisses the female demon to seal the deal, his head is tilted to the left. However, the camera cuts to a shot behind him, and his head is instantly tilted to the right.

    • When Sam and Dean stand over the Yellow-Eyed Demon's corpse, Dean puts the Colt in his pocket with the barrel up. When he walks back to the Impala and takes it out of his pocket, the barrel is down.

    • During the opening scene, if you look closely, Sam appears to be breathing, even though he is supposedly "dead".

    • It is odd that the pentagram in the Devil's Gate is turned upright (direction for protection) when the Gate is opened, but when it is closed, the pentagram is upside down (meaning the exact opposite of an upright pentagram).

    • Why didn't the Yellow-Eyed Demon just ask Jake to simply destroy a small portion of the railroad lines? It would have broken the pentagram, and permitted him to cross it himself--and allowed him to not have to entrust the Colt to Jake.

    • When the Yellow-Eyed Demon is talking to Dean you can notice some big light rings, it is like projectors that were used to illuminate the scene.

    • It is the second time the song Carry on My Wayward Son by Kansas is used in the show. It was first used in "Salvation" (season 1 episode 21) over the opening sequence showing what previously happened during the first season. The song is used again in the opening sequence of this episode showing what previously happened during the first two seasons.

    • Trivia: Dean said "We've got work to do" as he closed the trunk of the Impala. Sam said the same thing as he shut the Impala's trunk at the end of the pilot episode. Not to mention that, in the pilot episode, Sam was standing on the left and Dean was standing on the right (and Sam was the one who dropped the gun into the trunk and closed it); in the season finale of this season, the brothers were standing on opposite sides and Dean was the one who dropped the gun into the trunk and closed it.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Yellow-Eyed Demon: If you're gonna open that crypt for me, you're gonna need a key. (pulls out the Colt)
      Jake: A gun?
      Yellow-Eyed Demon: Oh, this isn't just any gun, Jake. This is the only gun in the whole universe that can shoot me dead.
      Jake: Is that so?
      Yellow-Eyed Demon: Yep. Here, take it. (Jake aims the gun at the Yellow-Eyed Demon) Oh my. I'm shocked at this unforeseen turn of events.

    • Dean: (to Sam's body) When you were little, couldn't have been more than five, you just started asking questions. How come we didn't have a mom. Why did we always have to move around. Where'd Dad go. Take off for days at a time. I remember I begged you to quit asking, Sammy. "You don't want to know." I just wanted you to be a kid. Just for a little while longer. Always tried to protect you. Keep you safe. Dad didn't even have to tell me. It's always my responsibility, you know? It's like I had one job. I had one job, and I screwed it up. I blew it, and for that, I'm sorry. I guess that's what I do. I let down the people I love. Y'know, I let Dad down, and now I guess I'm just supposed to let you down, too. How can I? How am I supposed to live with that? What am I supposed to do? Sammy? What am I supposed to do?

    • Female Demon: Then no deal.
      Dean: Fine.
      Female Demon: Fine. Make sure you bury Sam before he starts stinking up the joint.

    • Dean: Stop, Sam, stop! Damn it. 'Kay, you almost died in there. What would I have… can't you just take care of yourself for a little bit? Huh, just a little bit?
      Sam: I'm sorry, no.

    • Dean: Dad brought me back, Bobby, I'm not even supposed to be here. At least this way something good can come out of it, y'know, it's like my life can mean something.
      Bobby: What? And it didn't before? Have you got that low an opinion of yourself? Are you that screwed in the head?

    • Dean: Don't get mad at me. Don't you do that. I had to. I had to look out for you. That's my job!
      Sam: And what do you think my job is?
      Dean: What?
      Sam: You saved my life, over and over. I mean, you sacrifice everything for me, don't you think I'd do the same thing for you? You're my big brother. There's nothing I wouldn't do for you. I don't care what it takes, I'm gonna get you out of this. I guess I gotta save your ass for a change.

    • Yellow-Eyed Demon: So, Dean. I gotta thank you. You see, demons can't resurrect people unless a deal is made. I know, red tape, it'll make you nuts. But thanks to you, Sammy's back in rotation. Now, I wasn't counting on that, but I'm glad. I liked him better than Jake anyhow.

    • Yellow-Eyed Demon: (flings Sam into a tree) I'll get to you in a minute, champ, but I'm proud of you! I knew you had it in you.

    • Yellow-Eyed Demon: Boys shouldn't play with Daddy's guns.

    • Jake: You were dead. I killed you.
      Sam: Yeah? Well, next time finish the job.

    • Dean: Ellen what happened, how'd you get out?
      Ellen: I wasn't supposed to; I was supposed to be in there with everybody else. But we ran out of pretzels, of all things. It was just dumb luck.

    • Dean: What do I have to do?
      Female Demon: First of all, quit groveling. Needy guys are such a turn-off.

    • Yellow-Eyed Demon: I'll make certain that they both live long enough to know the chewy taste of their own intestines.

    • Bobby: I could throttle you.
      Dean: What? And send me downstairs ahead of schedule?

    • Ellen: Well, the Yellow-Eyed Demon might be dead, but a lot more got through that gate.
      Dean: How many you think?
      Sam: A hundred, maybe two hundred. It's an army... he's unleashed an army.
      Bobby: Hope to hell you boys are ready. 'Cause the war has just begun.

    • Bobby: Something big is going down. End of the world big.
      Dean: Well, then let it end!
      Bobby: You don't mean that.
      Dean: You don't think so? You don't think I've given enough? You don't think I've paid enough? I'm done with it. All of it. If you know what's good for you, you turn around, you get the hell out of here. Go!

    • Dean: (after killing the Yellow-Eyed Demon) Check that off the to-do list.

    • Sam: (about the demon being dead) I kinda can't believe it, Dean. I mean our whole lives, everything has been prepping for this and now I... I kinda don't know what to say.
      Dean: I do. (he kneels over the demon's body) That was for our mom, you son of a bitch.

    • Yellow-Eyed Demon: (to Dean) You of all people should know that what's dead should stay dead. Anyway, thanks a bunch. I knew I kept you alive for some reason. Until now, anyway. I couldn't have done it without your pathetic, self-loathing, self-destructive desire to sacrifice yourself for your family.

    • Bobby: (staring at the unlocking vault) Oh no.
      Ellen: Bobby, what is it?
      Bobby: It's Hell. Take cover, now!

    • Ellen: (about the Roadhouse fire) A lot of good people died in there, and I got to live. Lucky me.

    • Jake: Go to Hell.
      Yellow-Eyed Demon: Been there, done that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 27, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: July 2, 2007 on Ten
      Portugal: August 6, 2007 on AXN
      Germany: May 19, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: September 9, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: May 3, 2009 on NET5

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Sound Effects and Foley.

    • Music: Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas, Don't Look Back by Boston


    • Yellow-Eyed Demon: Well congratulations, Jake. You're it. You're the last man standing, the American Idol.
      This is an allusion to the popular American singing TV show, American Idol, first released in 2002. In this show, thousands of people from all over the country come to audition for one spot as the American Idol. Millions of people vote to keep their favorite singer in the running for the title.