There’s only one show on the CW that’s been around long enough to remember when it was called the WB, and that’s Supernatural. The series follows two monster hunting brothers who battle ghosts, vampires, demons and angels in their predestined quest to keep the world safe, and they’re about to go into season 12 of that almost now literal never-ending battle. Even Mark Pedowitz, president of the CW, has said that it’s likely that Supernatural will outlive his tenure at the network. It appears that the series stars agree with him, at least in part, because in a recent interview both Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles said they could easily see the series going all the way to episode #300.
While talking to Entertainment Weekly, the Winchester Bros. talked about just how long they might stick it out with the show. “If we don’t make it to 300, I think Ackles and I will both be truly bummed,” Padalecki said.”When we get to 300, I think Ackles and I will think it might be time to say bye. There’s a chance that changes, but we certainly do not take it for granted that we’re going to make it to 300. I feel I’ve learned a lot from my friend Sam. I’ve learned a lot from my friend Dean. I want to tell that story as well as long as possible, but I don’t want it to get too long in the tooth.”
For the record, the upcoming season premiere of Supernatural will be episode #242, which means that the show, if it keeps getting season orders for 22 or 23 episodes, won’t reach 300 for two more years. For Ackles though, he’s not thinking about putting a number on the show’s end date… yet. “I feel like if I ever show up to set and I feel like I don’t care, or if I feel like he doesn’t care, then that’s the canary leaving the mine,” he said. “To this day, I have not really ever sensed that from myself or him… They’re paying us to bring that little bit of magic to what they wrote, and I still feel that magic today. The day that I don’t feel that magic will be a very sad day, and I hope that day never comes. I’d like to get to 300 before that day comes.”
As for that ever elusive end date, the man that runs the show said that he doesn’t know how the show will end, never mind knowing the when, but still, he’s also thinking about long-term future of Supernatural. “We talked about wanting to be able to know when our end was, and if it was to be, let’s say, 300 episodes, we could tell a 13-episode story,” explained Robert Singer. “I think it would be bad for this show to just ride off in the sunset without a finale. I think we’ve earned that. I don’t know what that finale is, but we’d certainly like to do one.”
Supernatural (appropriately) premieres for the new season on Thursday October 13,