'Supernatural' Season 9: Character affiliations from the divine to the damned - An infographic

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The stakes are higher than ever on "Supernatural" now that Dean (Jensen Ackles) made the choice to allow the angel Ezekiel (Tahmoh Penikett) to possess his younger brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) without Sam's knowledge ... all to save Sam's life. 

Over the past nine seasons of the long-running CW drama, many of the show's main characters have grown and changed -- some for the better, others for the worse -- and now that Season 9 is underway, it's time to clear up the confusion. Where do all our fan-favorite characters stand, from the divine to the human to the damned?

Though all the angels have been kicked out of heaven (thank you, Metatron ...), representing the divine on earth is Ezekiel. Though this warrior angel was injured in the Fall, he's healing himself while healing Sam inside of Sam's body. In between the divine and human is Castiel (Misha Collins), since Metatron stole his grace in the Season 8 finale. Executive producer Jeremy Carver promises that watching Castiel adjust to live on earth without his angelic powers will be a season-long journey

In between the divine and the damned are our trusted humans. Kevin Tran (Osric Chau) is the resident prophet, and he's currently safely tucked away in the Men of Letters bunker. Then we've got the Winchester brothers, Dean and Sam. Dean's harboring some major secrets while Sam's unknowingly harboring an "angelic pacemaker," and both of those issues will guide Season 9. And while we got to see Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) in the Season 9 premiere, it was just in Sam's mind. He is still dead, and in heaven (RIP Bobby).

Representing the damned are Crowley (Mark Sheppard) and Abaddon (Alaina Huffman). But Crowley isn't fully demonic, as we will see in Tuesday (Oct. 15) night's "Devil May Care." Sam stopped the trial to cure Crowley of being a demon before it was finished, and there will be some lingering effects on the king of hell. Plus, he's trapped in the Men of Letters bunker, unable to defend his place at the top of the hell food chain. Vying for his position is Abaddon, a knight of hell ... and unlike Crowley, she's got no pesky humanity weighing her down.

Check out Zap2it's "Supernatural" character affiliation infographic below (click on the graphic to see full-size image):

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"Supernatural" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

Photo/Video credit: The CW