It's been a long, bumpy, and highly contagious road back, but the SPN Family should be happy to know that Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have made it through their respective two-week quarantines, are back on the Supernatural set, and hanging out in the Men of Letters bunker. And who do we have to thank for this? None other than the SPN Tape Ball and it's incredibly active social media accounts for posting the first photo of the clean-shaven duo. Earlier this week, The CW released its fall schedule, revealing that Ackles, Padalecki, Misha Collins, and the rest of the Supernatural team would return for the first of the final seven episodes on Thursday, October 8, at 8 p.m. If production on the final two episodes remains on track, the series finale lands on Thursday, November 19, at 9 p.m. (preceded by the series' one-hour wrap-up special Supernatural: The Long Road Home).
Here's a look at our favorite ball of tape's Instagram post:
Director/producer Jim Michaels also shared an image of a very special member of the cast, back on set:
Supernatural Cast on The Journey Coming to An End
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.'"