There have been rumors of Supernatural being canceled and taken off the air for years now, but that speculation is usually unsubstantiated. Ratings are still good for the series which is about to start Season 12 in October, but when will it actually end? A TV series can’t very well go on forever and now there has been actual talk about the true end to Supernatural. Making things seem a bit more real is that the talk is coming from the Winchesters.
Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) already have 11 seasons under their belts and Supernatural is about a month away from beginning its twelfth. They’ve done virtually everything there is to do in the world of the supernatural, but they haven’t found a true ending.
Well, they may have finally come around to the idea of when it may be.
Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, has said in the past that the show will stay on the air as long as numbers keep up and as long as the stars (Ackles and Padalecki) want to continue. While no one has ever come out before and said they want to quit, it appears as if they are now starting to look towards it.
Ackles spoke with Entertainment Weekly recently about Supernatural and the upcoming season. As expected, he was asked about the longevity of the series and what everyone is looking at as the next milestone.
“In a marathon, I keep my sights on that next mile, wherever that might be. And 300’s a good number to work for.”
That gives fans something to be happy about as Supernatural currently has a history of 241 episodes over 11 seasons. Episode 300 would take everyone entirely through seasons 12 and 13 and then 13 episodes into season 14.
One would think that this goal of 300 episodes would get them through season 14, right? Well, if the gang wants to at least get to episode 300, that could be where they’d want to stop according to the discussions executive producer Bob Singer has had with Ackles.
“We talked about wanting to be able to know when our end was, and if it was to be, let’s say, 300 episodes, we could tell a 13-episode story. I think it would be bad for this show to just ride off in the sunset without a finale. I think we’ve earned that. I don’t know what that finale is, but we’d certainly like to do one.”
So, the plans for the final episode are not yet in place, but like every TV show cast, they want to have an official ending. Those who star in and work on Supernatural don’t want to have their run cut short by a sudden cancellation which forces them to just end without a conclusion.
No matter what, The CW will end up giving Supernatural the proper send-off.
— Supernatural (@cw_spn) September 7, 2016
The hit show has a lot to be excited about with Season 12 prepping to start on Oct. 12 and even some new additions. Variety reported that Kara Royster (Pretty Little Liars) has signed on for a Season 12 guest role and Rick Springfield will do the same when he appears as Lucifer.
There is a lot to look forward to, and that includes episode 300, but Jared Padalecki knows that anything is possible to happen.
“If we don’t make it to 300, I think Ackles and I will both be truly bummed. When we get to 300, I think Ackles and I will think it might be time to say bye. There’s a chance that changes, but we certainly do not take it for granted that we’re going to make it to 300.”
Supernatural is one of those TV series that just seems like it is never going to die, but there isn’t really anyone that wants it to go away. Ratings are staying consistent and The CW loves that fans aren’t going away from it, but new followers are always coming in. If the series is set to end with episode 300, that gives an estimated three more seasons for the Winchesters, but it also all depends on whether Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are set to hang it up.
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