Although Variety reports that Supernatural, The CW's longest-running television show, has hired Kara Royston for Season 12 and will be featuring a story arc with actor-singer Rick Springfield as Lucifer, there are rumors beginning to circulate that the much-loved show might be coming to an end after Episode 300.
“When we get to 300, I think Ackles and I will think it might be time to say bye. There’s a chance that changes, but we certainly do not take it for granted that we’re going to make it to 300,” Jared Padalecki said during an Entertainment Weekly interview with his co-star, Jensen Ackles, according to iTech Post.
Ackles, however, was considerably less willing to put a time frame on the duration of the fan favorite. He noted that should there ever come a time where either he or Padalecki no longer loved performing the stories that the writers of the show came up with, then they would look at potentially pulling pin on the series.
He also said, according to Collider, “In a marathon, I keep my sights on that next mile, wherever that might be. And 300’s a good number to work for.”
Whatever the decision would be as to when Supernatural came to a close, executive producer Bob Singer said that the show and the characters needed an appropriate closure — not just the expectation that they would simply fade away.
"I think it would be bad for this show to just ride off in the sunset without a finale," Singer said. "I think we’ve earned that. I don’t know what that finale is, but we’d certainly like to do one.”
While it's likely that the network — and the show's writers — will ensure that the Winchester boys and their friends get an appropriate send off when the time comes, there has not been any sort of confirmation from The CW about anything to do with the show beyond Episode 300.
Fans are, however, looking forward to the premiere of Season 12 of Supernatural, slated to air in just over 33 days.
Whether Supernatural will go beyond this current season has not been officially decided, though Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, has said that the adventures of Dean and Sam Winchester will continue to capture imaginations as long as its lead stars Ackles and Padalecki want to stick with the show and as long as the show continues to be popular with its demographic.
Relive a classic scene from Supernatural when Dean comes back from the dead in the clip below:
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