With The CW's Supernatural about to wrap up its series' run on the network after the current 15th season, fans have been throwing around a wide range of theories on what the series-ending season will mean for the Winchchesters – which is understandable, all things considered.
Then again, when you tick off a "certain all-powerful entity" so that He forces you into a position of having to relive 15 years worth of "greatest hits"? Let's just say that Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are going to be presented with a sea of deadly, disturbing possibilities.
With the series' run well underway, there's one more change ahead for fans: a new night. Starting March 16, 2020, Supernatural is moving to Mondays at 8 p.m., serving as a lead-in for Roswell, New Mexico.
There's something about a show's final run that can bring some pleasant surprises – and for Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, that came in the form of Star Wars legend Mark Hamill throwing out some "Winchester love" via social media.
Hamill first took to Instagram to show his appreciation for being able to cameo on the show via Sam and Dean's fake U.S. Wildlife Service badges. Seen in the first season, the "Agent Ford" (in honor of Harrison Ford) and "Agent Hamill" badges made a return this season.
As you can see below, Padalecki and Hamill then engaged in a really nice and respectful back-n-forth – which we knew was going to catch the eye of Kripke:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 7, 2020
Kripke's tweet reads in our heads exactly the same way we imagine we would be saying it in real life: near-hyperventilating, feeling like we're 8-years-old again, and sweaty palms – while rockin' our Luke Skywalker pajamas:
That's cool. No biggie. Totally not freaking the fuck out that @HamillHimself checked in on #SPN. Its not like Sam & Dean weren't based on Luke & Han or anything. Or that #StarWars was in the core DNA of the show & my life. Keeping it real chill. #Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah #SPNFamily https://t.co/G8ZAJ7Aiei
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) January 7, 2020
Though news of the series' was announced in March, fans of the long-running horror-drama series are still coming to terms with the decision and looking for answers. Padalecki and Ackles did their part to get viewers through the stages of the series-grieving process back in April, taking the stage at VegasCon 2019 to explain that the decision to end the series was a "community decision" and was not influenced by the network or the studio.
Check out the moment for yourselves in the video below, starting around the 28:35 mark:
"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.
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.'"
– Jensen Ackles
Here's a look back at the original Instagram announcement from Padalecki, Ackles, and Misha Collins; followed by a personal post from Collins:
Supernatural executive producers Robert Singer and Dabb also shared their thoughts after the announcement was officially made:
"Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We'd like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send off they deserve."
The CW's Supernatural stars Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Ackles as Dean Winchester, Collins as Castiel, Mark Pellegrino as Nick, and Calvert as Jack. Executive producers include Singer, Dabb, Phil Sgriccia, Jeremy Carver, Ross-Leming, Buckner, and Berens.