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The top five episodes of the fifth season of 'Supernatural'

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The fifth season of “Supernatural” may have been the most action packed and emotional one to date. Fans were put through the emotional wringer as leads Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) dealt with the aftermath of Lucifer’s return to Earth. Originally intended as the final season for the series, the season ended with a finale that still breaks the heart of many fans – a true testament to the heart wrenching performances of both Ackles and Padalecki.

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Though each season has its highs and lows, the fifth season of “Supernatural” was remarkably consistent in quality. Fans were forced to say goodbye to several well loved characters and left to wonder what would become of beloved brothers Sam and Dean. While it may have been difficult to narrow it down, below are five of the best episodes of the fifth season of “Supernatural.”

Changing Channels (S5E8): The brothers are placed into an alternate reality where they are forced to participate in several television shows to survive. Though they believe the Trickster is the culprit, the brothers soon learn the real identity of the man behind the screen – and it’s nothing they could ever have imagined.

Why to watch: Padalecki and Ackles deliver brilliant performances in several genres, ranging from crime procedural to medical soap to game show. Richard Speight, Jr. always delivers a stellar performance as the Trickster /Archangel Gabriel.

Abandon All Hope (S5E10): The Winchesters join fellow Hunters Ellen and Jo Harvelle (Samantha Ferris and Alona Tal,) Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver,) and Angel Castiel (Misha Collins) in an epic fight against Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino.) The end result is less than successful, however, and more than one of the gang loses their battle in the war against Evil.

Why to watch: Ferris and Tal are given a memorable exit from the series. The brothers learn that there are limits to what the Colt can do.

Dark Side of the Moon (S5E16): After being shot by a pair of Hunters, Sam and Dean die and go to Heaven. Castiel makes contact and encourages them to speak with Joshua, an Angel with ties to God who might be able to help the group.

Why to watch: Dean’s memory of shooting fireworks with Sam. Sam and Dean’s all too brief reunion with Ash and Pamela. The unfortunate last appearance of the Samulet.

Point of No Return (S5E18): Zachariah (Kurt Fuller) uses the Winchester’s half brother Adam Milligan (Jake Abel) in a scheme to force Dean to become Michael’s vessel. Dean finds a loophole, but the results of the encounter aren’t exactly positive for all of the parties involved.

Why to watch: Zachariah finally gets his due. Castiel’s fury at Dean gets physical. Dean’s finally spurred into action.

Swan Song (S5E22): The Apocalypse is at hand and Sam is possessed by Lucifer. Dean makes one last effort to save his brother, but, ultimately, both brothers have to make painful sacrifices in order to save the world.

Why to watch: Sam and Dean’s final confrontation. The story of the Impala as told by Chuck. Castiel’s one liner as he flings the holy fire at Michael. The beautiful on screen retrospective of the brother’s relationship.

So what do you think of the list? Do you agree? Disagree? Comment below with your thoughts on the five top episodes of the fifth season of “Supernatural.”

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