Debuting on the now defunct WB network back in fall 2005, The CW’s elder statesman drama Supernatural recently began airing its 12th season, and shows no signs of coming to an end anytime soon. As the previously on segments so often remind fans, saving people and hunting things is indeed the Winchester family business, and brother duo Sam and Dean never seem to be at a loss for “clients” in need of their help. When they’re not trying to avert the latest biblical apocalypse of course.
Having worked alongside God himself in season 11, one wonders just how many creative roads Supernatural has left to travel. Still, as long as the ratings stay consistent and stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles remain willing to return, CW execs have made it clear that the series could conceivably continue for an indefinite period of time. That said, every show has to wrap up at some point, and Supernatural will eventually ride off into the sunset via a series finale episode that hopefully ties up any remaining loose ends.
With that idea in mind, Padalecki and Ackles recently made it known to TV Line that they would love nothing more than for Supernatural creator Eric Kripke to come back and write the series finale, putting an exclamation point on the end of the popular mythology that he created.
Padalecki: “I don’t like to say, ‘When the show ends,’ because the show’s not going to end. But when the show does start to wrap down, I would love to see Eric come back and give his opinion. Because he created us in the first place, so it would be an honor.”
Ackles: “It would be a nice little bow on top of the whole thing [to] have Eric take us out.”
As is well known to Supernatural devotees, Kripke originally envisioned Sam and Dean’s tale as running for 5 seasons, culminating with Lucifer literally attempting to end the world and the Winchesters doing their best to stop him. As evidenced by the title of the season 5 finale – Swan Song – Kripke saw stopping the apocalypse as a good place to end the series. However, The CW saw things differently, picking Supernatural up for season 6. At that point, Kripke exited, turning showrunner duties over to fellow producer Sera Gamble.
So, with that said, would Kripke be willing to come back and pen Supernatural’s real swan song? The answer is yes, but with a few caveats:
“I do fantasize that it would be great to at least come in and be a co-writer of the finale, whenever that would be. But obviously that depends on what [executive producer] Bob Singer wants, what [co-showrunner] Andrew Dabb wants [and] what I’m doing at the time. But yes, the idea of it would be cool, if possible.”
Of course, it’s still very much unclear when Supernatural will finally send Sam and Dean on their final ride in the Winchester family’s famed black Impala. Until then, fans will no doubt be fine with continuing to enjoy the ride, Kripke or no Kripke.
Supernatural season 12 airs Thursdays at 9pm on The CW.
Source: TV Line
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