While news of Supernatural receiving a sixth season order may have people excited, fans of the series won’t be too be happy to find out that when the show returns this fall, it will be with one less showrunner – creator Eric Kripke.

Kripke has been handling the day-to-day operations of the show since it started in 2005. With Kripke stepping aside, executive producer Sera Gamble (who has also been with the show since the beginning) will be taking his place.

Since Supernatural is my favorite show on television, I know what everyone is going to say and before you do let me tell you this; While Kripke will no longer be showrunner, he will continue to be actively involved in the show as an executive producer. Now, before you speculate about how this is just to appease the fans, sources close to the show have stressed that this isn’t just fluff and that he and co-showrunner Robert Singer are not the type to just cut ties and run.

Says the source:

“Eric and Bob will be working very closely with Sera. They are not abandoning the show.”

Boom, there you go. Could they be lying? Sure, but I’ve got to give Kripke the benefit of the doubt. There’s no way he’s going to just walk away from his baby. Still, if he’s going to be “involved” then what’s the point of leaving?

Well, it looks like Kripke is finalizing a new deal with Warner Bros. that will allow him to develop new television series and since developing new shows isn’t exactly easy, he’s going to need a little free time.

I, for one, thing it’s great that Kripke is going to develop new shows and I’m excited to see what else he comes up with, but I’m also a little worried about Supernatural season six. Sure, the original story was planned as a five season arc and that will come to an end this summer, but I’m wondering if they’re going to be able to start over, so to speak, and maintain the quality of programming that fans have become accustomed to.

Even if they do think of something amazing, it can’t be another five season arc. There’s no way the show will last that long, right?

While you’re thinking about that, take a look at this behind-the-scenes video shot by Jim Beaver (Bobby) from the March 25th episode, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.”

With Kripke leaving and season six just around the corner, are you worried about what’s to come? Do you think Kripke will be as “hands on” as he says? How much of an impact does Eric Kripke leaving have on you continuing to watch Supernatural?

To see more of the zombie picnic and find out why “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” make sure to catch Supernatural when it returns March 25, 2010.

Source: Entertainment Weekly