Bobby Singer (played by Jim Beaver) has been a staple on “Supernatural” since its first season. In addition to serving as a second father to Sam and Dean, Bobby was also the Hunter everyone else went to when they had a question of how to deal with evil.
Bobby learned about violence and evil early on in life. One of his darkest memories was of a family dinner where he spilled a glass of milk, and, in a fit of rage, his alcoholic father hit his mother. In an effort to stand up for his mother, Bobby confronted his father and shot him to protect the family. He then buried his father in the salvage yard.
Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be the last body that he would bury. When his wife, Karen, became possessed by a demon and Bobby had to kill her, fellow Hunter Rufus Turner (Stephen Williams) stepped in and showed Bobby how to dispose of the body properly. Under Rufus’ wing, Bobby became a walking encyclopedia of knowledge related to all things evil, something that would serve him well later in life as he became a resource to other Hunters, including Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester.
Over time, Bobby began to view the young brothers as adopted sons. He and the Winchesters teamed often to defeat the forces of evil until the day when Bobby ran afoul of Dick Roman, the head Leviathan. While escaping from a hairy situation, Roman managed to fire the bullet that would claim Bobby’s life. Though Bobby remained on Earth, briefly, as a ghost, he finally decided to have Sam and Dean burn the flask he had attached his life force to on the Earth and allow him to exit gracefully rather than remain on Earth as a vengeful ghost. He then went on to his reward in the afterlife.
At least, that’s what the brothers thought. While undergoing a trio of trials to seal the gates of Hell, Sam was charged with rescuing an innocent soul from Hell and returning it to Heaven. Sam was shocked to learn that Bobby’s soul was captured before he could rise to Heaven and was locked in Hell on Crowley’s orders. Sam made the trek to free Bobby, and, with a slight bit of help from Angel Naomi, Bobby’s soul was released and he was free to travel to Heaven, though not before telling Sam that he wanted to find a way to return to Earth and rejoin the fight.
It appears Bobby’s succeeded, once again. Promotional videos for “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” “Supernatural’s” premiere episode of the ninth season, show Bobby, once again, providing assistance to the Winchesters. While it’s not clear in what capacity, it appears Bobby will appear in at least one episode this season. A fan favorite, many fans are eager to see Bobby return to the series permanently, though only time will tell if that is the case.
So what’s your favorite moment involving Bobby Singer? Do you have a favorite quote? Share your thoughts below.
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