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‘Supernatural’ facing final demon-fighting episodes

The end is finally here. The demon-fighting Winchester brothers — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) — will be able to park their ‘67 Chevy Impala as the 15th season of “Supernatural” will be the last. The journey to the conclusion begins at 8 pm. Oct. 10 on the CW Network.

Mark Pedowitz, president of the CW Television Network, has been fielding questions about the end of the show for years. He explains how the decision to finally wrap up the show came about after long discussions with Padalecki and Ackles, along with the creative team behind “Supernatural.”

“We all came to understand what the guys wanted to do. They wanted to go out still relevant. They wanted to go be with their families. They wanted to see what else was out in the world.” Pedowitz says. “And, you know what? It is as we always said, and I said this many times, when they were ready to stop, we will stop.”

Although Pedowitz talks like he has accepted the show will be ending, he says, “If you can convince them to come back, I’m open.”

Such a return — at least for another season of the TV show — doesn’t look to have any chance of happening. There have been only 11 other scripted TV shows that have stayed on the air for 15 or more seasons, including “ER,” “NCIS” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” The 15th season, which will bring the series count number to 327, will test Sam and Dean more that any before as they find themselves dealing with God.

The longevity of the show has surprised Padalecki, who was convinced the show would not last past the first episode.

“In all fairness, in Season 1 I thought the show would end when we closed the trunk and said, ‘We have work to do,’ because it’s such a bizarre thing to be able to be a TV show that films a full pilot, not a pilot presentation, and then gets to have that air and then gets to have more episodes purchased and bought and paid for,” Padalecki says. “One of the wonderful things about my experience with the show is that I was sort of wonderfully in the same position that Sam was. I didn’t know how it was going to end.

Five-year plan

One reason Padalecki lacked confidence is the actors were told in the beginning by series creator Eric Kripke that he had a five-year plan for the show. Once the series reached that five-year mark, Kripke left but the production continued to gain a very loyal fan base. That resulted in the continued renewal that helped make “Supernatural” one of the most successful shows in TV history.

Ackles is happy “Supernatural” lived long past the original plan.

“It’s kept us all together and kept us all gainfully employed now for 15 years. And we’ve been able to continually tell this story, and it’s a story that we’re all very excited about, very passionate about. And I love these characters. I wouldn’t be sitting here if I didn’t,” Ackles says. “It’s something that means a lot to me, and it hasn’t grown old. That’s not why we’re entering into the final season. But I certainly don’t want it to grow old, which might be why, I think, we’re all wanting it to go before it does get to that point.

Ackles knows that the finale won’t please everyone. His hope is that the majority of the fans and the people that have been with the program through the long journey will be happy with how the program comes to an end. The last thing he wants is for any fans to feel like they were let down after showing so much loyalty over the years.


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Jared Padalecki (left) and and Jensen Ackles participate in The CW “Supernatural: Final Season” panel in August during the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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