ByElise Jost, writer at Creators.co
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The renewal of Supernatural for a 12th season was announced March 11, making it the longest running show on the CW. This impressive record is even more admirable when you consider that its creator, Eric Kripke, had originally planned for the story to last three seasons.

But the longevity of the show hasn't prevented its cast from thinking about if and how they were going to die. (Picture the Winchester brothers lying on an open field at night, counting the stars and philosophizing about Life with a big L.)

If They Did, How Would The Winchester Brothers Die?

But I don't want to die! / The CW
But I don't want to die! / The CW

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, the Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki had various opinions on how they'd like their characters to leave the show. Ackles said:

"If you'd asked me Season 1, I would've thought that it would've been the apocalypse. But then again, you can't end the TV show with the worst thing happening."
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The CW

Padalecki saw a similar variety of options, picturing like his co-star, the end of the world:

"It's changed a lot over time. Part of me, loving Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, always thought it'd be great to see the boys against insurmountable odds and to freeze-frame on them and just hear stuff in the background. You don't know if they die, you don't know if they live, but you know that they're going to go out in a blaze of glory. And then I went back and watched a few of the episodes, I watched through 'Swan Song' and the scene of the boys laying on the hood of the Impala. I think that'd be a nice way to go out if we had to — watching the end of the world. Or looking up at us from the trunk and throwing the weapons in and saying we've got work to do."

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The CW

Although he didn't have a strong opinion on what he'd want the ending to be, he liked the idea of not knowing for sure what happens:

"All of those kind of leave room for opinion and room for interpretation. I don't think we should see the boys die or live, we should wonder."

'It's Either Going To End Tragic Or It's Going To End Not Tragic'

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The CW

Whatever happens to the brothers, the day we reach the end of the show, there's one thing that will always be clear, said Padalecki:

Regardless of the exact circumstances, Padalecki says there’s one very important rule: “The boys can’t stop fighting. As long as they’re alive, they’re not going to stop fighting. We’re going to have to see them continue to do good together. I think that’s what’s the most important part.”

Is this like a guarantee that we'll never have to watch the Winchester brothers retiring?

Will this hell ever end? / The CW
Will this hell ever end? / The CW

As for Ackles, he concluded that the probability of the brothers living or dying were more or less equal, but what if one died and the other didn't?

"It's either going to end tragic or it's going to end not tragic, and I can kind of make an argument for both. I don't really know where it's going to go. I always thought Dean would make the ultimate sacrifice for his brother. I guess if I had to choose something, that's probably what I would choose."

That would certainly make for a hell of a finale.

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The CW

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