While Eric Kripke's name may be making more headlines as the showrunner and executive producer of Amazon Prime's The Boys, he's also forged a name for himself in the geek hall of fame for creating The CW's Supernatural and serving as showrunner for the first five seasons. So it's only fitting that as Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, and the rest of "Team Winchester" begin their final day of filming on the series, Kripke would post a touching message to the team along with a gif flashing back to the very first scene they ever shot.
Here's a look at Kripke's tweet, which wrapped with very essential life advice from the late Kim Manners, series producer and director:
This was the first #Supernatural scene we shot. Today will be the last. I'm grateful & love you all beyond words. But it's only over when you say it is, #SPNFamily. In the words of Kim Manners (RIP): Kick It In The Ass. #SPN @jarpad @JensenAckles @mishacollins pic.twitter.com/GXLqBkanPu
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) September 10, 2020
With the first of the final episodes premiering on Thursday, October 8, at 8 p.m. and a series finale set for Thursday, November 19, at 9 p.m. (preceded by one-hour wrap-up special Supernatural: The Long Road Home), here's another look at the end of the road for Sam, Dean, and Castiel- but will it be a journey that ends with the Winchesters saving the day one last time- or with the destruction of everything?
A Look Back at When the "Supernatural" Heartbreak Began
Though news of the series' was announced in March 2019 (with Collins via Instagram post, which you check out below), Ackles and Padalecki did their part to get viewers through the grieving process a month later, taking the stage at VegasCon 2019 to explain that the decision to end the series was a "community decision" and not influenced by the network or the studio. In the video below, Ackles wanted the crowd to know that the decision was one they had discussed for quite some time now, saying, "It wasn't an easy decision. It was months and months, if not years, of discussion between he and I, between the rest of the cast, between the crew, between our writers, between our producers, between the studio, between the network. Nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out."
For the Supernatural team, it was a matter of knowing when the right time was to leave. Ackles says it was important to find that right balance between not staying around too long and giving yourself enough time to tell the story that fans deserve: "I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong. It just seemed like the writing was kind of on the wall as to when that was happening. Everybody kind of felt that it was coming soon, and so it was just taking that leap of faith of going like, 'Well guys, let's get out the paint and paint that finish line because what we've accomplished is unlike any other.'"