By Scott C.
On September 13, 2005, the horror series Supernatural premiered. It would go on to have fifteen seasons, building a loving and loyal fan base. Despite this, the series is ending after the conclusion of season fifteen. The March 2019 announcement came out of nowhere, as many thought that this series would go on a bit longer, similar to Fox‘s The Simpsons. As of this writing, with the first episode of season fifteen having already aired, there are only nineteen episodes left of Supernatural! Earlier this year, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the FoCC Blog had a chance to hear from four of the main cast, as well as the series’ showrunners, during a press room meeting.
Executive producer Eugenie Ross-Leming said that there was a lot of talk in the writers room on how to wrap up most of the loose ends from past seasons, with the series ending already being known. Not every single story will have a conclusion. Ross-Leming feels that it is possible that the show helped to ‘legitimize’ the horror genre on television, although she just wanted to create something good for the fans that tackled brotherhood, hope, friendship, and any other ‘drama’ topic to create a good episode. Basically, the showrunners are all about “creating their own stories”. Keeping the horror theme was important.
Executive producer Robert Singer has never gotten bored when working on the series, due the show’s characters; each one’s characteristics challenged the showrunners to try to stay fresh when producing new material. “Some shows peter out because they lose their creative drive,” said Singer. With Supernatural, that was not the case.
As for season fifteen, Singer stated that Eric Kripke (the series’ creator) liked the ending, once being told about it. Singer also pointed out that this season will probably have a fun/crazy episode like the past ones have had. My personal favorite (so far) is season thirteen’s “Scoobynatural” episode, which had the series’ main characters met Scooby Doo, in animated form, to solve a mystery. It was a blast to watch, due to how wacky and funny it was. I can hardly wait to see what is next for this year!
Singer will not forget the loyal fan base which helped his drive to make good material. He felt that it was ‘special’ in having such amazing fans for so long.
Alexander Calvert (Jack) did not know how passionate the fans were until joining the series recently in 2017. Once he saw it, he was pleasantly surprised as time went on after meeting so many nice people. As for Jack, Calvert did not share any details regarding a possible redemption arc.
Executive producer Brad Buckner stated that he did find it difficult to see this season’s script say “the end” instead of “to be continued”, as the past ones have done. It defiantly made the situation feel surreal. Buckner also said that the series did strike ‘gold’ when it began, by having everything working out so well. Executive producer Bob Berens did find it ‘awesome’ to be working on the final season, yet added that it felt weird knowing it all ends soon. His goal was to make sure that this twenty-episode season sticks the landing, hoping that the fans will like the overall work.
Executive producer Andrew Dabb noted that there was pressure in making sure that the ending has a solid conclusion. As such, it was an ’emotional journey’ to do so. He has been working on the series for twelve years.
Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) had trouble ‘digesting’ with what the ending was going to be, after meeting with the writers in Los Angeles. “It’s going to be really tough hanging those keys up,” he said, regarding not driving the series’ main car, the 1967 Chevrolet Impala any longer. After talking to an old friend (Eric) and Berens, the actor later accepted that the end was necessary; he did not want Supernatural to lose its charm if the show keeps on going for no good reason. The final scene will be shot during an added day of production, which will be the last day of work. The last episode number will be 327, which he sees as a nod to the Impala’s engine.
Misha Collins (Castiel) also can’t believe that the series is ending, but he is just grateful to have been part of something special for so long. According to Collins, he liked that the series tackled the brotherhood topic, and how powerful it can be.
Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) concluded that he finds the end to be ‘brilliant’, after reading the script. There is “some version of peace” for Sam and Dean in the end, whatever it will be. Even so, if there are any changes to the final season, he will be fine with it.
Supernatural is ending, but its legacy will live on forever, thanks to its loyal fan base. Yes, it will be difficult to know that we will not have any more new episodes after this season, yet going for fifteen seasons is a mighty achievement for any series. This series was definitely super-normal.
Supernatural’s final season is currently airing on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Don’t forget to visit the FoCC forum to keep the chat going.