Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, teased the fact that Supernatural might not be gone for good. As fans, and even the actors themselves, prepare to say goodbye, Pedowitz’s comments suggest that he’s in no hurry to let go of the monster-hunting drama which has spanned 15 seasons.
Back in March, the Supernatural stars announced season 15 would be the show's last. In a video posted to Jared Padalecki’s account on Twitter, the actor appeared alongside co-stars Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins to break the news. Clearly holding back emotion, the trio said that though they were excited about the upcoming 15th season, it would be the end. Since then, renewed focus has been given to the stalwart series which has been on the air since 2005 and that same trio has been giving interviews and expressing sentiments about the need for a satisfying final episode.
Pedowitz, who has been president of The CW since 2011, wasn’t singing quite the same true. Per CBR, while giving remarks at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, he openly expressed his reluctance to part with the Winchester brothers. “If you can convince them to come back,” he said, “I’m open!” While the comment, on its own, certainly has a playful bent, Pedowitz revealed that he’s had long and sad conversations with Ackles and Padalecki, as well as producers, about the fact that Supernatural is wrapping up.
For his part, speaking at the same event, additional sources have reported that Ackles wouldn’t rule out returning to the role of Dean Winchester at some point in the future. It’s a journey Ackles didn’t believe would ever be completely over. Though he remained adamant about walking away for the time being, he described it as ‘foolish’ to permanently close doors or burn bridges.
Additionally, it was revealed that the premiere of the 15th season would pick up right where the shocking 14th season finale left off. The first episode has already been filmed and it seems to suggest that Dean will be a little bloody and worse for wear. With writers on the show promising a true ending and a different experience, and assuring that each episode carries with it a measure of finality, fans will be in store for a few definite shocks when Supernatural returns for its last set of 20 episodes in a few months. Though if Pedowitz has his way, maybe not. For his concluding remarks, the network president struck a note of thanks. “You will always have a home here,” he said.
Supernatural season 15 premieres October 10th on The CW.