11 October 2019 17:02
The CW's supernatural series Supernatural will come to an end with its 15th season. The series follows brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester as they follow their father's footsteps in the "family business" — hunting down supernatural monsters. Since it premiered in 2005, the series has has garnered a massive fan following. In a video message on Twitter, Padalecki, Ackles, and co-star Misha Collins (who plays the angel Castiel) announced that the series would come to an end with its forthcoming season, and thanked the fans who have watched over the years. "We wanted you to hear from us that although we're excited about next year," Padalecki said, "it will be the finale." Creator Eric Kripke originally envisioned the series would run for five seasons, only to see it last three times as long, building on the world and the characters for years.
Supernatural isn't the only long-running CW series to come to an end this year — earlier this month, the network revealed that Arrow will end after its eighth season this year. That show, based off of the DC superhero comic Green Arrow, launched a robust franchise for the network, spinning off shows such as The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, along with a forthcoming Batwoman series. Over the years, the network has introduced several new characters in an attempt to create backdoor pilots for potential spinoff shows, such as Ghostfacers (about two characters who hunt for ghosts), Supernatural: Bloodlines (a series set in Chicago), Wayward Sisters (a female-driven supernatural series), and a western series about Samuel Colt, a fantastical version of the real-world gunmaker. Over the following seasons, the two travel around the United States in a 1967 Chevy Impala, hunting down supernatural creatures, and finding themselves in the midst of a greater war between good and evil. Over the show's long run, it's attracted a devoted online fanbase, which the series has occasionally directly referenced and nodded to in various episodes.
From its unassuming beginnings as one of the last shows to be launched on the WB network before it was relaunched as The CW, Supernatural endured to become the flagship show of its new fledgling network and one of the sleeper hits of the mid-aughts. But by the time Tumblr appeared in 2007, with its vast fandom communities turning women-dominated fandom into a significant cultural force, the producers of Supernatural could no longer deny that its future was female. In 2014, at last, the show's creative team seemed to finally accept the way the wind blew: Its 200th episode was a long-overdue loving embrace of the women of Supernatural's fandom. These changes, remarkable for any show but especially for one as testosterone-heavy as Supernatural, led to the brief, beautiful idea, in 2018, of a women-driven spinoff. And while that ultimately didn't become a series, there's still hope for a future spinoff that takes the lessons learned over the course of the show's long reign and turns them into something new and refreshing.
As announced by series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins in two Instagram videos Friday, The CW's longest running show will conclude after its upcoming fifteenth season. "We just told the crew," an emotional Jensen Ackles says. Supernatural, which debuted on the WB on 2005, premiered its fourteenth season in October 2018. "I will say this, a little word from Eric Kripke, the creator of this world and these characters," continues Ackles. "In a show about family, it is amazing and it is the pride of his life that it became family." Supernatural's final season will feature twenty episodes and doesn't have a premiere date as of yet, so you have some time to get ready for your trip to the underworld to kick Satan's ass on their behalf. Series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins made the announcement in a video posted on Instagram on Friday. "We just told the crew that even though we're very excited to be moving into our 15th season, it will be our last," Ackles said. "15 years of a show that has certainly changed my life, I know it's changed these two guys' lives, and we just wanted you to here from us that though we're excited about next year, it will be the finale." The final season will consist of 20 episodes. "Supernatural" has been a cornerstone of The CW throughout its run and remains one of the most popular shows on the network. This is the latest popular CW series to set its final season. Most recently, The CW also announced that DC Comics show "Arrow" would end after its upcoming eighth season.