"Supernatural" Showrunner Andrew Dabb on Series Finale: "The Ending is An Ending. It's Not a 'To Be Continued'"

With The CW's Supernatural about to wrap up its series' run on the network after the current 15th season, fans have been throwing around a wide range of theories on what the series-ending season will mean for the Winchchesters – which is understandable, all things considered.

Then again, when you tick off a "certain all-powerful entity" so that He forces you into a position of having to relive 15 years worth of "greatest hits"? Let's just say that Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are going to be presented with a sea of deadly, disturbing possibilities.

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Supernatural — "The Heroes' Journey" — Image Number: SN1510a_0363bc.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

With the series' run well underway, there's one more change ahead for fans: a new night. Starting with March 16th episode "Galaxy Brain", Supernatural moves to Mondays at 8 p.m., serving as a lead-in for Roswell, New Mexico. With a little time to kill before Sam and Dean return for their final run, showrunner Andrew Dabb offered TVLine some details on the May 18 series finale:

● While there's been some speculation that the series wrap-up will be a two-parter, Dabb actually sees it as the ending to "kind of a final arc" taking place throughout the season – though the final episode "will have some lead up to it".

● Any fans out there worried that the series will end with a whole bunch of question marks remaining, Dabb wants to make one thing clear: "The ending is an ending. It's not a 'to be continued.'"

● And while the final moments of the series are still locked in, Dabb admits that the road to getting there has taken some twists and turns: "The path to it has changed as we've kind of laid out our story, but the final, final moments of that episode have not changed."

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Though news of the series' was announced in March 2019, fans of the long-running horror-drama series are still coming to terms with the decision and looking for answers. Padalecki and Ackles did their part to get viewers through the stages of the series-grieving process back in April, taking the stage at VegasCon 2019 to explain that the decision to end the series was a "community decision" and was not influenced by the network or the studio.

Check out the moment for yourselves in the video below, starting around the 28:35 mark:

"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.

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.'"

– Jensen Ackles

Here's a look back at the original Instagram announcement from Padalecki, Ackles, and Misha Collins; followed by a personal post from Collins:

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Supernatural executive producers Robert Singer and Dabb also shared their thoughts after the announcement was officially made:

"Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We'd like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send off they deserve."

Supernatural — "The Gamblers" — Image Number: SN1511B_0201bc.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Hanneke Talbot as Evie, Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The CW's Supernatural stars Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Ackles as Dean Winchester, Collins as Castiel, Mark Pellegrino as Nick, and Calvert as Jack. Executive producers include Singer, Dabb, Phil Sgriccia, Jeremy Carver, Ross-Leming, Buckner, and Berens.

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About Ray Flook

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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