The CW’s “Supernatural” is the show that just keeps on ticking. Currently in the midst of its eleventh season, renewed already for a twelfth and talk stirring about a potential thirteenth season – the long running CW series has survived not just several apocalypses within its narrative but all sorts of time schedule changes and regime shifts within the network itself.
One day though it will have to come to an end and the show’s two stars Jared Padalecki (Sam) and Jensen Ackles (Dean} were asked recently by EW about what they would see as a fitting conclusion for the Winchester Brothers when the time eventually comes. Ackles said initially he thought the apocalypse would be the end, but that’s already come and gone at least once:
“If you’d asked me in season 1, I would’ve thought that it would’ve been the apocalypse. But then again, you can’t end the TV show with the worst thing happening. As we’ve evolved, I think that there’s different roads that the show could certainly go down that would be interesting. I think we’ve taken some really good turns.
It’s either going to end tragic or it’s going to end not tragic, and I can kind of make an argument for both. I don’t really know where it’s going to go. I always thought Dean would make the ultimate sacrifice for his brother. I guess if I had to choose something, that’s probably what I would choose.”
Padalecki on the other hand wants to see something more hopeful and open-ended be it akin to “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (an ending Joss Whedon also used for “Angel”), or with the boys just prepping for the next battle to be fought:
“Its changed a lot over time. Part of me, loving Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, always thought it’d be great to see the boys against insurmountable odds and to freeze-frame on them and just hear stuff in the background. You don’t know if they die, you don’t know if they live, but you know that they’re going to go out in a blaze of glory.
I went back and watched a few of the episodes, I watched through ‘Swan Song’ and the scene of the boys laying on the hood of the Impala. I think that’d be a nice way to go out if we had to – watching the end of the world. Or looking up at us from the trunk and throwing the weapons in and saying we’ve got work to do. All of those kind of leave room for opinion and room for interpretation. I don’t think we should see the boys die or live, we should wonder.
The boys can’t stop fighting. As long as they’re alive, they’re not going to stop fighting. We’re going to have to see them continue to do good together. I think that’s what’s the most important part. As long as they’re alive.”
The pair indicate that they aren’t aware what is in store for their characters, and both seem very comfortable and happy with their jobs – even with over 230 episodes under their belt. “Supernatural” continues airing Wednesdays on The CW.