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Small Details You Missed In The Winchesters

"Supernatural" gave fans 15 seasons of rich folklore, symbology, music, and nerdy references to explore throughout the series. With such rich and expansive mythology to pull from, it's no surprise that fans keep finding new and exciting details about the series. Dean and Sam Winchester spend their time on "Supernatural" killing monsters and taking names, all against a classic rock soundtrack. Though the ending of "Supernatural" has come and gone, Jensen and Danneel Ackles brought this beloved world back to fans in the form of a spinoff called "The Winchesters." 

While the original series teases the love story between Dean and Sam's parents, John and Mary Winchester, fans witness Heaven and Hell tamper with the family more times than they can count. In both parental time-travel episodes, demons and angels alike meddle with Mary and John. Considering all the upheaval, it's not exactly a stretch to think that the version of their parents' origin story Dean and Sam think they know might not exactly be accurate, and Dean is determined to discover the truth.

Of course, in chronicling this story, "The Winchesters" creatives can add a slew of references to the original series, its actors, and the show's expansive musical choices. Between Easter eggs, plotline teases, symbology, and dialogue references, here are some small details you may not have noticed in "The Winchesters." 

I'll see you around, Soldier Boy

The series wouldn't be a "Supernatural" spinoff if it didn't poke fun at the actors' other roles. Fans might remember the gory Valentine's Day episode of "Supernatural" titled "My Bloody Valentine." While the show frequently took its titles from Led Zeppelin songs and classic films, Jensen Ackles played the villain in the remake of the horror film by the same name, inspiring the episode title.

"The Winchesters" is taking a page out of its parent show's book by poking fun at yet another one of Ackles' roles — this time, from "The Boys." The Eric Kripke-led show is arguably the most delightfully unhinged thing on TV, and Ackles joined the series in Season 3 as the villain Soldier Boy. It's not difficult to see where Mary's nickname for John found its inspiration. Mary tells John, "I'll see you around, Soldier Boy," when she first meets him, and it becomes a theme later on.

The OG anti-possession charm

As far as Easter eggs on "The Winchesters" go, the anti-possession charms are an intriguing addition to canonical lore. When Dean and Sam get matching anti-possession tattoos in Season 3 of "Supernatural," some fans thought the sun design was an artistic choice. It's the pentacle that matters, right? Yet in the "Pilot" episode of "The Winchesters," both Mary and John have the same sun pentacle sigil on separate charms to prevent possession.

Now, this is the case before the duo really knows each other. Mary's charm undoubtedly comes from her hunter family, while John's is a relic from his dad's Men of Letters days. So, how do two unrelated brands of hunter families have the same charms that their future sons will later get tattooed on themselves? Sure, it's possible that the writers just wanted to throw in a fun Easter egg, but it begs the question: Would a barren pentacle not prevent possession? It's certainly not a do-or-die conundrum, but it's still fun to speculate.

Ground control to Major Tom

As it turns out, Mary may have been a larger musical inspiration to Dean than John. We know she sang "Hey Jude" to him in lieu of a lullaby, but her musical influence might go even further. In the "Pilot" of "The Winchesters," John is having war flashbacks when Mary says "Ground control to Major Tom" to get his attention. David Bowie fans may have clocked the classic rock reference to the song "Space Oddity," but the reference goes even deeper into "Supernatural" canon.

In the Season 6 episode "Clap Your Hands If You Believe," Dean absurdly fights a fairy while that very same song plays in the background. It's one of the more ridiculous sequences in the series, but it's also one of the most memorable ones. The subtle Easter eggs to the OG show are certainly fun, but most fans are just happy that "The Winchesters" takes its musical cues as seriously as its parent show ... even though, in this case, the parent show is about the children. 

The family business

Apparently, John Winchester was saving people and hunting things before it became the family business. Who knew? While fans spent the first seasons of "Supernatural" thinking John only gets into the hunting game after Mary dies, Season 5 already retconned that notion. 

Season 4's time-travel episode, "In the Beginning," hinges on Hell meddling with the Campbells and Winchesters with John's premature death and Mary's demonic deal with Azazel. Yet in Season 5's "The Song Remains the Same," Heaven is responsible for all of the tampering. After a gut-wrenching exchange with Sam where John unknowingly flames his own future parental choices, John says yes to Michael using his body to save Mary. Luckily, Michael only wants to chat with Dean, and he scrubs John and Mary's memories instead of doing lasting damage — if it's even possible for Michael to meddle with the past enough to change the future. Through it all, we discover that John did know about the supernatural world at one point, and the angels made him forget. In fact, the entirety of "Supernatural" hinges on both Heaven and Hell screwing with this family.

In the "Pilot" of "The Winchesters," John mirrors Dean's own family business sentiment from the "Pilot" of "Supernatural." John says to his mom, "Saving people, hunting things. I was born to do this." Well, he's right — because no matter how many times higher powers make him forget, John Winchester always finds his way back to the life.

Sigil of Azazel

The show's many sigils virtually make up a main character on "Supernatural." Throughout the series, we see symbols and sigils like the Devil's Trap and Men of Letters symbols — both of which appear prominently in the premiere of "The Winchesters." Fans may not have expected the Men of Letters bunker to show up in the prequel, but John and Mary uncover it in the show's very first episode. Even more curious, however, is what Mary discovers in a filing cabinet.

During her quest to find her father, a notion "Supernatural" fans are familiar with, Mary is instructed to uncover a particular file in the bunker. And while the Men of Letters symbol on the page isn't new, another sigil — The sigil of Azazel — might ring some alarm bells. John uses this symbol in "Supernatural" Season 2 to summon and make a deal with the Yellow-Eyed Demon to save Dean's life. Interestingly enough, the sigil looks an awful lot like the Norse Inguz rune which often represents fertility. That's an intriguing connection, given Azazel's proclivity toward amassing a child army to raise Lucifer from Hell. Additionally, two of the other present symbols look a lot like the Raido rune (representing a journey — either physical or spiritual) and the Othala, aka the Othilla rune (which symbolizes family and ancestry).

The combination of these rune meanings hints at a much larger picture that might explain how Mary and John come to forget this part of their history. Given the Raido rune's association with space and time, and the fact that they uncovered this in the Men of Letters bunker, it just might have something to do with Henry Winchester's time-travel expedition. 

Sadly, like many symbols throughout history, hate groups have appropriated Norse ruins and symbols like the Othala rune have been co-opted and manipulated by white supremacists and Nazis. With that in mind, some might argue it would have been a good idea to use a different set of symbols for the show's mythology, given the modern associations of the runes. 

Baby is back

For the first few seasons of "Supernatural," Dean Winchester wouldn't be caught dead without the amulet Sam gave him when their dad bailed on Christmas. In Season 5, the brothers discover that the amulet, nicknamed by the fandom as the Samulet, is a GPS (or maybe we should say "CPS" with a "C" that stands for "cosmic?") charm for God that burns hot in his presence. Of course, God is God, and if he doesn't feel like allowing a talisman to work, he can suck the magic right out of it. At this point, Chuck isn't ready to show his true colors, and Dean throws the amulet in the trash after losing what little faith he has left.

Yet that's not the last we see of the Samulet on "Supernatural." Robbie Thompson wrote the episode "Fan Fiction," where a fan of the in-universe book series written by Chuck calls Dean out for throwing the amulet away. Despite telling her, "I don't need a symbol to remind me how I feel about my brother," Dean hangs the fake amulet up in the Impala for that single episode. However, it shows up one last time in another Robbie Thompson episode, "Don't Call Me Shurley," God turns the amulet's juice back on, and the Winchesters learn the truth about Chuck's secret godly identity. It's probably a good thing Sam keeps the amulet all that time. 

In the "Pilot" episode of "The Winchesters," the amulet once again hangs from the Impala's mirror. And what do these three integral episodes all have in common? You guessed it: Robbie Thompson. Astute fans might also notice the Winchesters' cooler in the back seat and Baby's original KAZ-2Y5 license plate.

I'll keep picking the music

If Dean's heavenly journey to discover his parents' real story wasn't enough of a tearjerker for fans, his closing remark should make even the most hardened fan misty-eyed. Dean's love of classic rock is notorious on "Supernatural," with his array of classic rock tapes providing the backtrack for the show. Between Dean's "Smoke on the Water" ringtone and "Carry on Wayward Son" becoming the show's anthem, music is as much of the heartbeat of "Supernatural" as the Winchester brothers themselves.

In the "Pilot" of "The Winchesters," the song "I'd Love to Change the World" by Ten Years After both opens and closes the episode. Looper learned in a press junket for the series that executive producer Danneel Ackles picked the song, but in the show's canon, it's actually Dean's idea. After a somber monologue about searching for answers about his parents, Dean says, "I'll keep pickin' the music." 

The heartwarming "Pilot" moment is a nod to what is arguably Dean Winchester's best one-liner ever. In the "Pilot" of "Supernatural," Dean tells a miffed Sam that the "Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole." This small reference promises fans that "The Winchesters" will embody everything the original stood for — both in heart and musical cues. Though while "Supernatural" is based long after the classic rock era, "The Winchesters" has a tougher job of sticking to the show's timeline and not playing songs that came after the show takes place. But with Dean in charge, we're not worried.

In memoriam

Fans who don't stick around for the credits may have missed Lou Bollo's "In Memoriam" honor after the title card. Bollo's name should sound familiar to anyone who watched the "Supernatural" episode "The French Mistake" more than a few times. Bollo was the stunt coordinator on "Supernatural" from the early Season 1 episode "Wendigo" up until the Season 12 episode "All Along the Watchtower." That's 252 episodes for inquiring minds. TV crew members don't always get their props, but "Supernatural" actors and the show itself have always made it a point to showcase the off-screen creatives who make the show what it is.

Bollo's work was integral to every fight scene "Supernatural" had seen during his tenure, and the meta episode "The French Mistake" put the stunt coordinator in the spotlight. Of course, the episode finds Dean and Sam acting in their own fictionalized version of the show, so it was only natural to shine a light on the real creatives behind the series.

While Micah Hauptman played creator Eric Kripke and Philip Maurice Hayes took on the role of Ackles' and Padalecki's bodyguard Clif Kosterman, Bollo played himself in this goofy love letter to the industry. It's good to see "The Winchesters" acknowledge and honor the work of creatives like Bollo, without whom this world wouldn't have been possible.