‘Supernatural’ Creator Eric Kripke Is Leaving The Show

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 am,

eric kripke Supernatural Creator Eric Kripke Is Leaving The Show

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.

supernatural season 6 Supernatural Creator Eric Kripke Is Leaving The Show

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

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  1. Oh no! That doesn't sound good. I hope this doesn't spell doom for the quality of the show in season 6.

    • hahah sadly it has.. this season is terrible.

  2. As long as Kripke is still working with the show and giving his insight I am fine. Sera has been a great writer for the show and I would like to see where she wants to take the show.

  3. At least, the one replacing Kripke is someone who was already a vital part of the show since the start. It would've been petrifying if they let in someone from the outside take the reins of the show. Besides, Supernatural, even with some of its not-so-good episodes (though infinitely better than some episodes of other shows), never disappoints, at all.

    • I agree. Supernatural is just about the best show on televison. The acting and story are top rate and never disappoint. There is always a surprise and a something you didn’t see coming part to each episode, but overall it has an excitment and characters that touch your heart. We cheer for Dean and Sam and when they triumph, we feel as though we have too. The actors do such a great job that we feel as if we are truly watching two brothers fighting evil in memory of their father, while supporing each other. Each would die for the other and although they have their arguements, they like one another and we like them! I am excited for the next season and will be in line to buy this season when it comes out. I say More Supernatural..Bring it On!! I love it.

  4. Despite being a huge fan of this show, I was really hoping it wouldn't get another season. You said it yourself, Anthony, there's no way they're going to do another five season arc.

    Which means we're gonna enter single season arcs, like so many longrunners end up doing after the myth arc is finished. And they're never as good. This, coupled with the fact that Kripke is going to have less of an influence on the show makes me worried the quality is going to drop.

    Plus, where the heck can they take the show? We're in the middle of the apocalypse and a battle with Lucifer. Ain't nothing the boys face after that gonna be anywhere near as hard.

  5. I love the show and hope that the CW allows at least a 3 season arc to keep the intrigue like the current storyline. I don't see this happening and Gamble is stuck developing single seasons. This worries me about the quality of the show since hit shows have tried this before and most often they failed. Honestly, I'd rather see a spin-off show about other hunters than see the Winchesters be drug down into the ratings trash bin. I hope Gamble can pull this off with limited help from Kripke.

  6. I was hoping they would end it after the 5th season. This is my favorite television show…I'm worried.

  7. sucks that hes leaving.. or well not focusing on it much. tho im superglad that its continuing!! i just hope the quality stays the same cause i love supernatural:D

  8. This is sounding a lot like Smallville. It had a plan, the studio saw dollar signs, and now the milking machine has rolled out. If Supernatural is a five year story end it.

  9. nnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. LMAO THE JENSEN SLIDE!

    EPIC!

  11. Please don't fook with my favourite show. End it on a high after 5 seasons. Everyone seen what happened to the X-Files…

  12. If any SUPERNATURAL writer/producer deserves to take over the show, it's Sera Gamble. Ever since “Faith” she's consistently delivered some of the show's best teleplays. I see no issue at all with this and am willing to give Eric, Sera and the writers every chance next season.

  13. If any SUPERNATURAL writer/producer deserves to take over the show, it's Sera Gamble. Ever since “Faith” she's consistently delivered some of the show's best teleplays. I see no issue at all with this and am willing to give Eric, Sera and the writers every chance next season.

  14. If any SUPERNATURAL writer/producer deserves to take over the show, it's Sera Gamble. Ever since “Faith” she's consistently delivered some of the show's best teleplays. I see no issue at all with this and am willing to give Eric, Sera and the writers every chance next season.

  15. If the same happens here as with the smallville debacle-Lord help us supernatural fans.

  16. Buffy did it and went on for 7 seasons with a huge fan base. Lets just look at it as closing a chapter and starting a new one. Supernatural will be just fine, its a great show with great writers and I am sure that they can figure something really cool for the 6th season. I am really excited I can’t wait!

  17. Please don’t fook with my favourite show. End it on a high after 5 seasons. Everyone seen what happened to the X-Files…

    • True that. X-Files should have gone out with a bang at the first movie. It would be remembered as the best show of all time.

      Kudos to Breaking Bad for knowing when to hang it up on a high note.

  18. I LOVE this show!!!! This has to be one of the greatest shows on TV right now. I stopped watching Grey’s Anatomy to make sure that I don’t miss a beat and I have yet to be disappointed. I even watch the re-runs on TNT (already seen them but hey, I am a fan). I am a little worried about the change over but since Sera has been there from the beginning, I believe that she will be a good fit. Hopefully, she can pick up on season 6 and there wont be a very noticable change. I can’t wait until Season 6 starts and I hope that there are more seasons to come. I can’t get enough of Dean and Sam Winchester!! :)

  19. Mr Eric Kripke mustn’t leave because the supernatural will go to the rubbish bin… Pease mr Kripke i’m begging you don’t leave, we need you.. The supernatural is the best serie in the world and if you let it to someone else hands will go last…

  20. Just read haunted, a screenplay by eric. fantastic and scary as hell.

  21. i am a huge fan of the supernatural series however i will like to offer some advice.
    1, supernatural seem to becoming more like a family show u need to bring back the old feeling of being scaried
    2, the levithans are not a good enough follow up to the series which concentrated on the devil,demons and angels etc i feel as thu this is a really poor series however i still enjoy it just have higher standards since being woow by pervious seasons.
    to conclued this my most important point pleas please let supernatural go out with a bang death blood gore the lot and i would highly recomend making it to a film i believe it will be a blockbuster and would totally wow supernatural movie followers and twlight series fan to become supernatural fans and will increase audience for the brilliant series which is supernatural i hope my comments will be taken seriously

  22. oh, thats the reason supernatural was not the same on season 6+. I gave up watching in middle of season 7!

    • Same here.

  23. Havent been watching tv for past year. But, now have had a chance to watch. Im way disappointed with new supernatural. It now reminds me of charmed. It is too theatrical for me. I try to watch, but turn off early every time now. I still like watching older reruns. Wish it could be the same as before.

  24. I watch all the whole seasons and everything. And you know I didn’t get mad that it changed at all. I’m just glad they continued with the whole thing. I really really really love that show I’m so glad they continued. And maybe it’s fans like you that made it stop. I really hope they continue this show. They just need to wake up and start again.

  25. Looks like Kripke DID leave altogether after season 5. Every season since has been crap, and not even Mitch Pileggi coming in as Gramps was enough to save season 6.

    I feel like I’m watching Ugly Betty. Help!

  26. I love supernatural I know these are old posts. But it is now season 10 and I just want to post that I could watch this show forever. I think there is so much more that can be done in episodes and seasons for the future. I know I have many ideas, like my dream of helping would ever happen, lol. But if those non-making sense soaps can last as long as they have, which by the way I do not care for them at all, stupid in my opinion, no offense Jensen, cuz I love u, lol. Then supernatural, which makes sense in so many ways can make it longer. If it was my show and Jensen and Jared and Misha were up for it, I believe I could make it last to at least 20 seasons. I mean how many shows can produce shows using supernatural events and stories and make them make sense. Well this one has. And I’m hooked, I watch them on the Cw and then on TNT and then I buy every season as soon as they are released. Please take my comment into consideration.

  27. We are on season ten now! :D The show is STILL amazing! another 5 season arch and still going strong!