Supernatural Honors Sam & Dean's 15 Season Journey, Hair Evolution

After all of the debates, discussions, and speculations over how the long-running CW series would wrap up its 15 season run, it's hard to believe that the SPB Family is less than two weeks until finding out how Supernatural ends (at least for now). Will the end of the journey find Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins), and Jack (Alexander Calvert) saving not just the day but all of existence from a righteously petty and sociopathic God (Rob Benedict)? Or will truly be "The End" of everything? With seven episodes left to go, the network released a new promo that looks back on how the Winchesters have changed and grown over the years to honor their journey (and we're not hoping as some kind of ominous foreshadowing).

Supernatural | Final Season Announcement | The CW
Supernatural | Final Season Announcement | The CW

So before we look ahead to the future (Thursday, October 8th, to be precise- with the series finale set for Thursday, November 19), here's a look back at the evolution of Sam and Dean (and their hair- wow!) over the years:

 

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Here's a look back at the newest teaser "Exhaust"- but are there two ways we could be taking that title's meaning? Sure, it could mean what Baby leaves behind as the Impala double-times it out of another deadly situation. Or it could mean what God's been doing to our heroes this entire time, softening them up for "The End":

Supernatural season 15, episode 14 "Last Holiday": MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) discover a wood nymph (guest star Meagan Fey) living in the bunker who is determined to protect her family, at any cost. Eduardo Sanchez directed the episode written by Jeremy Adams

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.'"

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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