‘Supernatural’ is officially ending after it finishes its Season 15. It is one of the most popular shows on The CW and has been the longest running show in the history of the network. With more than 300 episodes to its name, the incredible run of ‘Supernatural’ is finally coming to an end.
The stars of the show, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins took to Twitter to send out a farewell message to all their fans. Notably, Jensen and Jared are on-screen brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, while Misha is their angelic friend, Castiel. They said that Season 15 would officially be the last season of ‘Supernatural’. Padalecki said, “Hey #SPNFamily here’s a little message from Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and me. I’m so grateful for the family that’s been built because of the show. Excuse me while I go cry”. In the video, Ackles and Padalecki can be heard saying, “Hey guys, Jared, Jensen, and Misha here, and we have some very big news that we wanted y’all to hear from us. We just told the crew that, though we are very, very excited about moving into our 15th season, it will be our last.”
For those unaware, ‘Supernatural‘ began with the tale of two brothers, whose mother was killed by a demon, who go on a hunting trip together, after their father goes missing. Of course, they are no ordinary hunters. They hunt evil and kill monsters, what Dean refers to as ‘the family business’. In the course of their travels, over the seasons, we have seen them go up against various creatures including shapeshifters, vampires, and things even got Biblical for the brothers with the appearance of angels, Lucifer, Leviathans and even God himself. The show has been well loved by fans due to the bond between Sam and Dean, and their friendship with Castiel.
With the news of the show ending, all people who have been part of this well-loved series began to reach out to express their sentiments. This includes the show’s executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb. They said, “Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us, it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We’d like to give special thanks to [stars] Jensen [Ackles], Jared [Padalecki] and Misha [Collins] for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send-off they deserve.” Eric Kripke, who is the creator of ‘Supernatural’ and then went on to be the showrunner for five seasons, before being affiliated as a part-time executive consultant due to the pressure of other projects, also sent out a sentimental message thanking people on and off camera. He said, “#SPNFamily please remember: shows end. But family is forever. That never changes & that’s what you’ve created here. All my love & thanks to the cast & crew & most of all you, the family.” Stars Samantha Smith and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who play John and Mary Winchester, Sam and Dean’s parents on the show, agree with Kripke’s views on ‘Supernatural’ being a family. Smith pitched in, saying, “Many shows say, ‘Oh, it’s a family, it feels like family, and everyone loves each other.’ The difference about this show is that I think it really takes it to a next level, and there are multiple families within the family. So there’s the fandom family, and the cast family, and the cast and crew family, and it is what has propelled it to this point.” Morgan too supported her view and said, “I think what makes Supernatural is so special is the fandom. And when you have that kind of relationship and honesty with your fans, and you give a piece of yourself to these people, it makes something very special. I mean, to do 300 episodes, it means that you have people that love you.”
‘Supernatural’ launched in September 2005 on The WB network, which was the predecessor of The CW. It is the only remaining series from the former network on The CW schedule. Season 15 of ‘Supernatural’ will be a 20 episode season, bringing the total count of episodes to 327. This not only makes ‘Supernatural’ the longest running show in the history of The CW but also makes it ‘the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in the history of American broadcast television’.