Jared Padalecki Banned This Beloved Supernatural Episode From His Household

Jared Padalecki Banned This Beloved Supernatural Episode From His Household
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Some things are better left unseen.


  • During its long run, Supernatural has aired many memorable episodes with stunning twists.
  • It is one of them that Jared Padalecki refuses to show his kids.
  • Even though the episode is widely considered to be one of the best in the series, Sam's actor has a very good reason for keeping it out of sight.

Eric Kripke's Supernatural aired its 327 episodes over the course of 15 years, taking those who have been with the show since day one on an unforgettable emotional ride. Fans laughed and cried, broke and healed their hearts along with demon-hunting brothers Dean and Sam Winchester.

Given the nature of the show, frightening creatures, shocking deaths and violence have become an inseparable part of it, and many original fans probably wouldn't let their own children watch Supernatural today.

But Jared Padalecki, the actor behind Sam Winchester, has an additional and unique reason for banning one particular episode from his household. Ironically, it is widely considered to be one of the best episodes of the entire show.

Real Life vs. On-Screen Romance

Padalecki and his wife Genevieve have a big, beautiful family. Their three children are 12, 10, and 7, and their love story is straight out of a Hollywood script. Jared and Genevieve's paths crossed on the set of Supernatural Season 4, where Genevieve portrayed Ruby, the demon with a dark past and a complicated relationship with Sam.

While their real-life romance blossomed under the lights and cameras, the on-screen affair between Sam and Ruby took a shocking turn. After becoming a trusted confidante and lover to Sam, Ruby gradually revealed her true sinister agenda, manipulating the younger brother into killing another demon, Lilith, and releasing the show's main antagonist, Lucifer.

In the Season 4 finale, Lucifer Rising, Dean, played by Jensen Ackles, discovers Ruby's treachery and rushes to stop his brother. But it is too late. Sam, driven by misguided loyalty, has already taken the life of Lilith, unaware of the catastrophic consequences it would unleash.

The brothers unite in an act of vengeance against Ruby and kill her. Sam, grappling with the betrayal, holds her down while Dean delivers the fatal blow with a specially crafted knife.

Forbidden Episode

Needless to say, Lucifer Rising is the episode Jared Padalecki wants to lock away from his kids. In their innocent world, Sam is Daddy, Ruby is Mommy, and Dean is Uncle Jensen, making the brutal events of the scene described above a potential recipe for childhood trauma.

'My wife was on the show in Season 4, and it was great. We met, went out, fell in love, all that. But at the end of Season 4, Daddy and Uncle Jensen killed my wife,' Padalecki recounted the chilling moment in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. 'I held her by the arms while he stabbed her with a knife.'

Sure, Lucifer Rising is on many fan lists as the episode that showed the full range of what the Supernatural cast and crew are capable of with its mind-blowing twists, stellar writing and top-notch acting. However, it's a hard pass for the Padalecki family's cozy movie nights.

'Not even in their 30s should they see that,' Kimmel jokingly suggested, a sentiment heartily endorsed by Jared himself. And really, who could argue with that?

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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