In a flashback we find out that eight-year-old Sam obtained the amulet from uncle Bobby, who said it was "real special." Supernatural: Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting states that Bobby got it from "a woman in Tampa who said it was a protective charm." Sam intends it as a Christmas present for John, but when John doesn't make it home for Christmas, and after finding out that John has lied to him about his mother's death and hunting, Sam decides to give Dean the amulet.
Sam: Here. Take this.
- (holding out the wrapped gift to Dean)
- Dean: No. No, it's for Dad.
- Sam: Dad lied to me. I want you to have it.
- Dean: You sure?
- Sam: I'm sure.
- (Dean opens the wrapping to reveal the amulet)
- Dean: Thank you Sammy, I... I love it.
Dean wears the amulet from this time on. When he returns from Hell, Sam is wearing it, and gives it back to Dean. Later Castiel reveals that the amulet is very powerful and will burn hot in God's presence, and that he wishes to use it in his search for God. Dean very reluctantly hands it over, remarking that without it he "feels naked."
After their time in Heaven when Joshua reveals God is disinterested in further helping stop the Apocalypse and that the amulet will not help them find Him, Castiel returns the amulet to Dean saying "it's worthless." As Sam is trying to reassure Dean that they can still stop the Apocalypse, Dean leaves the motel room, dropping the amulet into a wastebasket on the way out.
The fandom nickname for the amulet is the Samulet.
A replica Samulet appears in the musical in 10.05 Fan Fiction. After Marie says Dean should never have thrown it away, he states he doesn't need it to remind him how he feels about Sam. however at the end of the case, when she gives it to him, he keeps it and hangs it from the Impala's rearview mirror. It was last seen in Sam's Memory Box in 11.11 Into the Mystic.
In 11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley, God, in the form of Chuck Shurley shows Metatron the amulet, telling Metatron that he'd never believe where it's been the whole time. God reveals that he shut off the amulet's ability to detect him so the Winchesters and Castiel couldn't find him. At the end of the episode, Dean pulls the amulet out of Sam's pocket; it's glowing and it finally leads them to God. In the next episode, Dean puts it in his pocket after God transports them back to the Bunker.
Since the beginning of the show there has been much speculation about the amulet's significance in terms of mythology or magic.
Fans were asking Eric Kripke, and Jensen, about the amulet's significance from the beginning of the series. At the William S. Paley Television Festival panel in March 2006, Kripke hinted that the amulet was more than just a piece of jewelry:
Audience member: Dean always wears a certain necklace. Does it mean anything?
Jensen: You’re gonna hang me out to dry on this one?John Shiban: It’s from Sacramento.
Eric: Oh yeah.
Jensen: It does have significance but we can’t talk about it.
In a behind-the-scenes Supernatural special, Jensen Ackles (Dean) calls the amulet his character is wearing an "Egyptian safety symbol."
After the revelation in 3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas, that the amulet was a gift to Dean from Sam, the most obvious meaning of the amulet is as a symbol of the bond between Sam and Dean. For this reason some fans refer to it as the Samulet
Fans continued to press for more information. In an interview with Eclipse magazine:
Q: In the Christmas episode, it was shown that the amulet that Dean wears originally came from Bobby. Why hasn’t anyone asked Bobby all these years what that amulet is all about?
Eric: In my mind, I think they know what it is and what it can do but we haven’t revealed that to the audience yet. There is a little extra mojo to it but we’re saving that card for just the right moment. I think the boys know, but it just hasn’t come up in their direct cases yet.
From Jensen in the Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 5:
The amulet never really had a definitive purpose starting out. In choosing Dean's look, in the very beginning, Eric Kripke and myself agreed that Dean would have accoutrements about him; things that he'd picked up along the way - medallions or trinkets to ward off ghosts or keep his soul intact and all that stuff. The writers built the story that the amulet came from Sam at an early age, which I thought was cool, because it gave it some purpose.
Castiel later reveals that the amulet is very powerful and that it "burns hot in God's presence". Sera Gamble says that they nearly had another amulet in the role of "God-finding amulet" but decided to use it as an opportunity to be more specific about the powers of the amulet.
During their time in Heaven, Joshua reveals that God is disinterested in further helping to stop the Apocalypse and that the amulet will not help them find Him. God Himself later tells Metatron that he had shut off its ability to detect him.
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