As a fan of The Walking Dead, we're going to be going through the same things that the SPN Family have gone through over the past year, knowing that The CW's Supernatural would be ending its run after an epic fifteen seasons. We learned early this week that Thursday, September 10, would be the final day (for now?) that Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and the rest of "Team Winchester" would film an episode of the long-running series (the day that brings those dreaded two words at the end of the finale's script to life, as Ackles had referenced in a previous post).
Now we're hearing from Padalecki via Instagram as he makes his way onto the set for the last time, a meaningful moment he makes clear in the following post:
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Well, here goes… I write this as I head to my last day of #Supernatural. My last day with #SamWinchester. Obviously, my head is spinning and my emotions are stratospheric, but there's still a bit of time left on the clock. Thank y'all SO MUCH for the incredible amount of love and support that's been headed our way, in these final hours. It's definitely been felt. I'll check in soon, but, for now, #WeHaveWorkToDo #spnfamily
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.'"