Earlier today, Supernatural star Jared Padalecki took to Instagram to share his thoughts as he was making his way to the set for the final day of filming for the long-running CW series. Now it's Jensen Ackles' turn, and it's every bit as heartbreaking as you would expect. Also taking to Instagram, Ackles expressed his love and appreciation for everything the SPN Family has done for them over the years as well as sharing some images from the final days of filming (including one from today). Just like Padalecki, Ackles promises to "send more later"- but the three he shared should be more than enough of a kick to the feels to last us the rest of the day.
Here's a look at Ackles post from earlier today:
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Woke up at 6am this morning. That alarm went off with a heavy tone. Today is the final day of a 15 year journey. One that has changed my life forever. To those I have worked with on this journey and to those who have watched and supported…you will never understand my great appreciation for you. "Thank you" doesn't cover it. There just aren't words. I'm so grateful for these memories that I will carry with me forever. What a ride it has been. And what a run. #spnfamilyforever here are a few shots from our final days…including today. I'll try and send more later, but in true SPN form…we are in the middle of "nowhere" and have zero service. Go figure. Stay tuned.
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.'"