What Happened To John’s Father?

After a few years away from CW, the station’s most enduring world supernatural has finally returned in the hit prequel series The Winchesters. Executive produced by Dean Winchester himself, Jensen Ackles, The Winchesters tells the story of how Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean’s parents, John and Mary Winchester, met and fell in love. Originally played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith on supernaturaland from Matt Cohen and Amy Gumenick As young adults in the time travel episodes of the “Mothership” series, John and Mary are played by in this prequel series Drake Rodger and Meg Donnelly searching for their fathers in the paranormal world of the early 1970s.


Although Mary’s father, Samuel Colt (originally played by That X files alum Mitch Pileggi), will appear in the series later this season, where he will be played by none other than Kleinville star Tom Welling, John’s father is nowhere to be seen. Years ago, when John was a child, Henry Winchester disappeared (Gil McKinney) was a man of letters, and one with a pretty good reason for missing out on his son’s whole life. Though John will no doubt keep trying to find his father The Winchesterslongtime fans of supernatural already has an answer to his father’s fate…

A man of letters

The Men of Letters were a paranormal secret society bent on containing and restraining the supernatural forces that threatened to destroy our world. For centuries, scholars have endeavored to hold back the darkness of the mythical Akrida, beings from another dimension who could actually destroy the world. At every turn, the scholars succeeded and kept the Akrida at bay. Each scholar comes from a specific bloodline and makes their children into legacies. A legacy himself, Henry Winchester came from a long line of Winchesters who joined the Men of Letters.

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Aside from his studies, Henry was also assigned some field work for the Men of Letters which brought him together with fellow initiate Josie Sands. Josie loved Henry, but since he was faithfully married to his wife Millie (Bianca Kajlich) and had a son, she did not pursue him further. In which supernatural In the episode “Mother’s Little Helper,” Henry and Josie are sent to Milton, Illinois, on behalf of their superiors, to investigate a case of demonic possession. There Henry bemoaned his commission and wished more than anything that he would not abandon his family.

In the case, Henry and Josie exorcise two of the three demons involved in the bizarre series of murders, but one of them – a Hell Knight named Abaddon – knocks Henry unconscious with a plan to use the Winchesters to infiltrate the American branch and to destroy the literati. Due to her love for Henry, Josie is able to persuade Abaddon to take her instead, and the demon goes with Henry impersonating Josie when they return home. Completely unaware, Henry trusts the demon, unaware that his girlfriend is as good as dead and the evil spirit is carrying her like a puppet.

Inauguration gone wrong

Not long after these events, Henry and the demon-possessed Josie attended their final initiation into the Men of Letters. The ceremony took place in Normal, Illinois, but despite the location’s name, it was anything but. That night Henry said a final goodbye to his young son John, who was only 4 at the time. The little boy went to bed assuming he would see his father the next day, but Henry quietly slipped out of the house on his way to being sworn in as a full member of the Men of Letters.

Within an hour, Henry met Josie at an undisclosed location for the initiation ritual. What was intended to be a night of celebration and promise quickly turned into a horror show, which makes sense given the fact supernatural was always at its best when playing the horror. After the elders put Josie behind closed doors, it wasn’t long before Henry heard screams from inside. What he saw was worse than he could have imagined and exactly what he vowed to try and prevent.

When Henry broke in, he encountered a dying scholar who gave him a key to all of the secret societies’ secrets, but not before realizing that Abaddon had killed everyone else inside. Fleeing for his life, Henry locked himself in an adjacent room and used a spell to open a portal. Without thinking, just hoping he would go back to his son, Henry immediately jumped in. Though he didn’t know it then, Abaddon wasn’t far behind and would follow him through time.

Time travel into the future

As in the chronicle supernatural In the episode “As Time Goes By”, Henry arrives in 2013 after fleeing Abaddon in 1958. Due to the nature of his spell, he was sent into the future to find his son, but since John had died in 2006, Henry was kidnapped to his grandchildren Sam and Dean Winchester instead, which proves shocking and disappointing to him.

Because John grew up without Henry, he hated the man and while we don’t know much about what his life at home was like apart from being raised by his mother Millie, the supernatural Episode “In The Beginning” (which is set in 1974) implies that he had some sort of father figure replacing Henry. Despite this, Henry learns from his grandchildren that John grew up to be a hunter, which was outrageous and even disgusting for a man of letters.

Because of their bloodlines, Sam, Dean, and their father should all have been Men of Letters Legacies, but without Henry to show them the way — and since the American branch of the Men of Letters was wiped out by Abaddon in 1958 — they knew nothing of the secret society. As Henry began raising his grandchildren, the Knights of Hell caught up with Henry and killed him before Sam and Dean could send him back in time to help raise their father. As he died in her arms, Henry admitted he was proud of her and stated that he didn’t know his own son as a man, but knowing her makes him proud of John nonetheless.

The Winchester Legacy

But Henry’s sacrifice was not in vain. He passed the key to the secrets of the Men of Letters to his grandchildren, who then found the Men of Letters bunker in Lebanon, Kansas, not too far from their own hometown of Lawrence. With this new base of operations, Sam and Dean finally had a home, and they used the bunker’s vast resources to defeat countless global threats, slaying plenty of monsters along the way. Henry may have lost his life, but his grandchildren benefited from his sacrifice. In fact, without access to the Men of Letters’ resources, Dean would never have killed Abaddon and avenged her grandfather’s death.

years later, in supernaturalIn the 300th episode “Lebanon”, Dean wishes her father from the year 2003 to the present 2019. After reuniting with his family, Sam and Dean explain to their father that Henry didn’t abandon him, he died to save them protect and give his grandchildren a chance in the fight against the forces of evil. When John finally understands his father’s absence, he accepts that he and his sons are Men of Letters Legacies and seemingly forgives his father for “abandoning” the Winchester family.

While we don’t yet know how John’s discovery of his father’s literary role will affect him The Winchesterswe know Henry Winchester didn’t do it want leaving his family and that in the end he actually protected her. If John and Millie will ever understand that The Winchesters (which takes place in 1972) has yet to be seen, but we can be sure that John will eventually learn the truth and even follow in his father’s footsteps by sacrificing his own life for his sons. Because at the end of the day, the world is the supernatural and The Winchesters it’s all about the family anyway.

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