Supernatural: Jared Padalecki Message to SPN Family: "You Define You"

Normally, this would be a post promoting the return of The CW's Supernatural for the first of its final seven episodes. You would probably be reading about how this is Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins), and Jack's (Alexander Calvert) last stand against God (Rob Benedict) with all of existence hanging in the balance. But we're putting that on pause this time, and instead focusing on an incredible video Padalecki posted via social media on Tuesday night. The soon-to-be Walker actor has always had an amazingly open and honest relationship with the SPN Family, and that's never more evident than in the clip below. Opening up about how tough the year's been for him from both a COVID and series-ending perspective, he uses that experience to urge everyone to not give in to the moment. Instead, they should be using this time to define who they want to be and not let others do the defining for them.

Supernatural — "Last Holiday" — Image Number: SN1514B_0158r.jpg — Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Sam — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

"To put it mildly, this year has been difficult. All around us, we're bombarded by confusion and strife. From a global pandemic and natural disasters, to political drama and the loss of what we had all considered "normalcy". Amidst all of that, I've tried to keep my focus on my own mental health, and remind myself that it is up to ME how I confront the issues in my world," Padalecki wrote. "Saying goodbye to a character and show that means so much to me was (and still is) truly difficult. The desire to figure out who I would be in the world "after" was trying. That's why I always remind myself that I will define me. Just like YOU DEFINE YOU! Not the jobs you've had or will have, not comments online (good and bad) from people who don't know you, not even that brutal inner voice that sometimes rears it's ugly head. You alone have the power to figure out who you want to be and how to work for it. So, go ahead. DEFINE YOU. Only you can…" Take a moment and check out the full video below:

Here's a look back at the newest teaser "Exhaust," with two ways to take the 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." Following that, we have a look at the episode overviews for series return "Last Holiday" (premiering Thursday, October 8th) as well as "Gimme Shelter" and "Drag Me Away (From You)."

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.

Supernatural season 15, episode 15 "Gimme Shelter": MATT COHEN DIRECTS – Castiel (Misha Collins) and Jack (Alexander Calvert) work a case involving members of a local church. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) go off in search of Amara (guest star Emily Swallow). Matt Cohen directed the episode written by Davy Perez.

Supernatural season 15, episode 16 "Drag Me Away (From You)": FLASHBACK TO A YOUNG SAM AND DEAN – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are asked to investigate the murder of a childhood friend, calling them back to a motel from their past and perplexing the brothers with a case they thought was solved a long time ago. Amyn Kaderali directed the episode written by Meghan Fitzmartin.

Supernatural -- "Gimme Shelter" -- Image Number: SN1515B_0248r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supernatural — "Gimme Shelter" — Image Number: SN1515B_0248r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

A Look Back at When the "Supernatural" Heartbreak Began

Though news of the series' was announced in March 2019 (with Misha Collins via Instagram post), 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.'"

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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