On a day when we learned that Jensen Ackles would be working with Eric Kripke one more time when the actor joins Amazon Prime's The Boys for the third season as original hero Soldier Boy, the SPN Family is learning when Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins will be wrapping up the final seven episodes of The CW's long-running series Supernatural. On Monday, the network released its Fall 2020 programming schedule and assuming things continue as they are with the team setting up for COVID-19-friendly filming, the first of the final episodes would premiere on Thursday, October 8, at 8 p.m. That would place the series finale for Thursday, November 19, at 9 p.m. (preceded by the series' one-hour wrap-up special Supernatural: The Long Road Home).
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 (starting at the 28:35 mark), 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.'"