Fans are claiming that they were pranked after several media outlets reported that for 15 years, the American dark fantasy television series ‘Supernatural’ would finally say goodbye next year. But it is not Jared Padalecki nor Jensen Ackles who decided to end the show, as what the news mostly reported.
CW President Mark Pedowitz has long said in an interview that the show would go on as long as stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles wanted the show to go on, which makes it hard for the boys to decide once the management will give them the right to do so.
During the VegasCon 2019, where the stars have their first big appearances since it was announced that the show is ending, a fan jokingly asked about the boys’ part in cutting off the show. Padalecki and Ackles finally opened up the truth;
‘This was a community decision,’ Padalecki announced. ‘The network and studio did not say like, hey guys, get outta here.”
The duo confessed that before coming up with the final decision, it took months, if not years for the management, network, cast, crew, and staff to finally digest that the show is ending.
So the rumors are true, Supernatural is currently on its 14th season and next year will be the final, and probably the last episodes of the show after almost a decade of giving us stories filled with ghosts and demons.
Supernatural is an American dark fantasy TV series created by Eric Kripke. It was the first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB and subsequently became part of successor The CW’s lineup. The series follows the two brothers, Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings.
The pilot episode was viewed by an estimated 5.69 million viewers back in 2005. It became a hit TV Series when the ratings of the first four episodes prompted The WB to pick up the series for a full season. The management intends to run the series until its 3rd season but later expands it to five based on the public’s demand. With its 11th season, Supernatural became the longest running American-live action fantasy TV Series.
Now after 15 years, the show is ready to say goodbye. According to Ackles in an emotional video, he and Padalecki informed the crew that 15th would be the last. It seems that the ending was getting real as ‘the crew cried some tears and will cry some more.’
What the show’s most concerned about is the growing number of a dedicated fanbase across the globe who don’t want the show to end. Fans haven’t moved on since the announcement which makes it hard for the two brothers to leave the show.
As the year progresses, Supernatural has garnered a fandom, and many have written fanfiction stories about the show, including the romantic pairings of Dean and Sam Winchester known as ‘Wincest.’
The first fan conventions dedicated to the show took place in Nashville Tennessee in 2006 and London in 2007. Since then, many conferences have expanded through to Germany and throughout the United States. The series’ stars and large guest make appearances with fans from across the U.S, Europe, China, and Australia attending.
Ackles knew that the end is near, so what he can do best is to go out strong for his fans. The two brothers promise to still participate in local charity events in Austin, Texas even if the show has already ended. The said event, which originated after Mayor Steve Adler declared June 23 as ‘Supernatural Day’ in the city as the show’s stars Ackles and Padalecki are both Austin residents, is attended by fans from different countries.
‘All signs were pointing to next year.’ said Ackles. He also explained that everybody should hold their heads high because what they’ve accomplished is something unlike any other. The duo reminded the audience that although news of the show’s finale is starting to creep both of them, they remained positive as fans still have a whole year to stay with them.
Supernatural reminds us that not all endings are sad, they are often the beginning of something beautiful.