In the television series Supernatural it is said that upon death, demons go back to hell and vampires and other creatures go to purgatory. Where do angels go when they die?


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Actually it's never stated that demons go back to hell when they die. They do go back to hell when they're exorcised, and since yellow eyes was killed we haven't seen him except for flashbacks and such. Vampires and pretty much all other monsters go to purgatory when they die. It's never stated if angels go anywhere when they die, I believe they simply stop existing completely.

In season 8 we see Dean kill some vampires in purgatory, it's assumed that once you die in purgatory you stop existing.

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    This is great, but just to nitpick a little, Castiel actually raises the point of where demons who died in Purgatory go in Blood Brother, saying it's an excellent metaphysical question. Nov 26, 2014 at 10:24


This is similar to how we don't know where demons go, or where someone killed in Purgatory goes.

We know when they die they don't go back to heaven (which was obvious from the on-going war in heaven). We know that beings can only go to Purgatory if they have a soul. However, from The Man Who Would Be King:

CASTIEL You want to make a deal? With me? I'm an Angel, you ass. I don't have a soul to sell.

So, they can't go to Purgatory.

Therefore, at the of sounding a little wishy-washy, the angels go somewhere, and God has the ability to bring them back. Where that somewhere is, what the requirements are to get there, and how they get back, is a complete unknown.


It is never said where Angels go. The same with Demons but all supernatural beings except for Ghosts go to Purgatory. I'm pretty sure Ghosts go to Heaven or stop existing all together. Now, when you kill something in Purgatory, I believe it just stops existing all together.

  • do you have some sort of reference from the show's universe to support this?
    – Tablemaker
    Jan 14, 2013 at 0:34

As introduced in season 11: They both (angels and demon) go to the empty.

The Empty is a void that existed before God or the Darkness. It serves as an afterlife for angels and demons, where they sleep for eternity.

Source: https://supernatural.fandom.com/wiki/The_Empty


It's not clear yet. Misha thinks they're just gone but there must be some kind of loophole (See here). I think God must have some control over it, as he brought Cas back.


Well, demons can't stop existing because Death said that souls can be twisted tossed and turned, but never broken, not even by him. So souls can't be destroyed. Demons have souls, they maybe corrupted, but they are still souls. I think maybe they go to Purgatory when they die, because in Gods eyes they are probably monsters. And monsters have poisoned souls, Eve put a monstrous virus in their body and soul. And Leviathans have no souls, because they are older than souls (said so by death) so I like to think that purgatory is the place of the soulless and corrupted soul. God gave humans souls so that they can go somewhere after death. So to go to heaven or hell when you die, you need a pure soul. Now in this case pure doesn't mean good or righteous, it means not contaminated. Demons have corrupted souls, so they go to purgatory. God probably gave Angels grace, not only for power, but so they could go somewhere when they die besides purgatory. They don't have souls, so god gave them grace to take them to a special place for angels.I believe God made it so that when Angels take out their grace, or have it taken out, they gain as soul, so they go to heaven (or hell) not purgatory. So if Sam had died when he had no soul, he would have gone to purgatory.

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    Your answer is overly long considering the only question asked was "where do angels go upon death?" The stuff about Death, demons, Eve, and the Leviathans is irrelevant to the heart of the question (especially because the OP already summed it up). Also, as your answer is opinion-based as opposed to referring to a canon source, it doesn't really answer the question. Don't be discouraged, long answers are welcome here. Just try to remain on topic to the question and provide verifiable answers. Welcome! Dec 29, 2013 at 6:45
  • Actually, me mentioning Eve, Demons Death and Leviathans, are perfectly valid as they are part of the explanation of the answers. And in the topic the person stated that demons go to hell when they died, and that isn't true, so I answered that for him. And part is opinion based, but most is cannon. Death did say that about the soul, leviathans and monsters are in purgatory. Nothing except a soul goes to heaven and hell, every without a pure soul, or soul at all god to purgatory as far as we know, angels do have grace, and when they loose it they gain a soul. If they die with that soul they go
    – Josh
    Dec 29, 2013 at 19:48
  • Josh - I converted your other answer to a comment - but some is lost as its too long. Please use comments to respond to people's comments, not another answer :)
    – iandotkelly
    Jun 17, 2014 at 13:20

Pretty sure Cas mentions they go to Purgatory, I could be wrong in which I apologise, but in 7x23 - 'Survival of the fittest' both Dean and Castiel go to Purgatory after killing Dick Roman and killing him killed them did it not?


Well actually, when Dean and Castiel went to Purgatory, they didn't actually die. It was just that when standing close enough to a Leviathan, you were sent to Purgatory along with it. So technically, Dean and Castiel were actually ALIVE in Purgatory, never actually dying. Also, if they did both die and go to Purgatory, it wouldn't work out, as Dean would either have to go to Heaven or Hell(being a human soul), and Castiel? Well, the answer for where he goes is still uncertain.

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