The other week came word that The CW’s “Supernatural” is coming to an end with the upcoming 15th season of the show to be its last.
It was an interesting announcement because it was not done due to any studio pressure, network regime change or ratings drop, instead it was a joint decision made by the cast and crew of the long-running series which has been consistently on the air since 2005.
This weekend stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles spoke at a fan convention in Las Vegas to explain why they chose now to conclude the series. Padalecki re-iterates it was a “was a community decision” and neither the network or studio had any part in it. Ackles elaborated (via Joblo):
“It wasn’t an easy decision. It was months and months, if not years, of discussion between [Jared] and I, between the rest of the cast, between the crew, between our writers, between our producers, between the studio, between the network.
Nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out. I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong. It just seemed like the writing was kind of on the wall as to when that was happening. I think everybody kind of felt that it was coming soon. So it was just taking that leap of faith of going like, ‘Well, guys, let’s get out the paint and paint that finish line, and hold our heads high, because what we’ve accomplished is unlike any other.”
While very few shows last as long as this one has, almost all the others in this field that have are very procedural in nature with little in the way of ongoing storylines. “Supernatural” on the other hand has always had a blend of heavily serialised and standalone episodes (ala Buffy & X-Files), utilising arcs that last for multiple seasons and even offering two tonal reboots (at the end of S5 & S11) which effectively reset the board all whilst keeping much of its key cast.
The final season will consist of twenty episodes, bringing the show’s final total to 327 episodes by the time it concludes around April/May 2020.