The shift in show runners on The CW's "Supernatural" in recent years has seen some changes emerge in regards to when those in charge think the series should come to an end.
Last we heard, current show runner Jeremy Carver came onboard at the start of the eighth season last year with a planned arc that would see the series come to a logical end at the close of the tenth season in May 2015.
Appearing at Comic Con over the weekend though, Carver has apparently changed his mind and sees the show going beyond that thanks to a storyline being implemented in the upcoming ninth season.
Carver says: "We think of the general arch, and we allow for happy accidents. I think people would be stunned to know what were happy accidents and seemed liked it had been planned all along. I think me, personally, I have an obligation to plan forward for an arc, but also to keep the show in a position where, if they wanted to go for season 11, 12… 19, it can."
Actor Jared Padalecki added: "With this season – and this isn’t just a line – we can go for however as long as [viewers] and the writers want it to. We opened so many doors – and that’s another thing we did last year. We, the writers – the royal 'we' – we opened doors; we didn’t kill this or stop that, we just left to where we can do anything now, and what they’ve chosen to do is just so awesome."
After a consistently strong five seasons under the tutelage of creator Eric Kripke, the series hit a creative speed bump in recent years. The leviathan story arc of the seventh season in particular was not well-regarded by fans.
Carver took over last year, resulting in a distinctly improved eighth season. The various arc episodes and the odd standalone were strong ("What's Up, Tiger Mommy?," "Goodbye Stranger" and the last two episodes of the season in particular were inspired), but there was still some notable stinkers like "Man's Best Friend with Benefits," "Remember the Titans," "Bitten" and "Southern Comfort". Here's hoping those plans of his include less "filler" episodes.
It was also announced at Comic Con that one of the episodes next season will be used as a backdoor pilot for an upcoming spin-off series. Further details soon.