Producer On The Longevity Of “Supernatural”

Just over 250 episodes of The CW’s “Supernatural” have aired to date, making it one of the longest-running shows in primetime currently on the air. For those involved, including the network, it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon either.

Showrunner Andrew Dabb spoke with CinemaBlend this week about the series, currently in the midst of its twelfth season and already renewed for a thirteenth, and was asked how long he thinks the show can last. He offers a pretty in-depth answer:

“People come back for the characters. You could ask your average Supernatural fan to explain the mythology of a season and they’re gonna explain it in terms of the characters they respond to. Sam, Dean, Cas, Crowley, whoever they’re into in whatever combination. I think that’s the important thing.

So as long as we can keep these characters vibrant and developing, and move toward more serialized storytelling that TV in general has done and that we have done, allows that. I think we can keep going for a while.

I think what’s going to stop us ultimately is at what point do Jared and Jensen decide they’ve played the roles for too long, or at what point do we get to a point where we feel like we’re repeating ourselves, or we feel like we can’t take some of the bigger swings – whether they work or not – that we’ve taken in the past.

So for me to give an end date, I couldn’t do it. I think we’re all really hopeful of getting to Episode 300. We think that would be a really awesome milestone. Could it go beyond that? Creatively, yes, I think it could. But just because something could doesn’t mean it should.”

The show’s 300th episode would take place sometime during the fourteenth season which the show could reach.