Grab your salt, lighters, demon blades, and maybe even some tissues, Supernatural fans! The Winchesters cruise into Episode No. 300 Thursday, February 7th at 7pm on CW18.
The venerable granddaddy of CW18 primetime launched in 2005 on The CW Network's predecessor, The WB, and has been entertaining its dedicated #SPNfamily ever since. For the uninitiated, Supernatural is the story of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), two boys from Lawrence, Kansas who lose their mother at an early age in a deadly supernatural incident and are raised by their militant father on the road to be "hunters". The grown young men reunite when their father goes missing during a "hunting trip", prompting them to start a countrywide crusade in their treasured 1967 Impala (aka "Baby") to save innocents targeted by all evil creatures, entities, and spirits who go bump in the night.
This world of monsters, angels, demons, and more has proven time and again that the lines between life and death can be blurry. Luckily, this sometimes means fans can see favorite characters thought lost return, which is exactly what will happen in Thursday night's milestone chapter when John Winchester (who hasn't been seen on the show since season 2) himself, played by television and film favorite Jeffrey Dean Morgan, returns to get some closure with his family.
The 300th installment will find the boys looking to occult lore for a solution to their latest problem, but discovering much more than anticipated. As reported by EW.com's Samantha Highfill, showrunner Andrew Dabb teased, "Our guys are put in a position where they essentially can have a wish granted. They're actually expecting something else, but [John's return] comes from a place of want by Dean. The need for closure is really what brings John back into their lives."
The hour will also give insight into how the residents of Lebanon, Kansas -- home to the boys' bunker/base of operations -- view these mysterious neighbors that come and go in their sleepy town. As reported by TVline.com, “It’s a little different from some of our benchmark episodes,” executive producer Brad Buckner shared at the show’s red carpet event for the milestone. “It’s not particularly wacky, but there are some definite surprises and a big emotional corker.”
The long-awaited reunion between one of TV's most lethal families has been on the minds of fans and stars alike for years. When asked by Entertainment Weekly about the fans' persistence in asking about a potential return to the fantasy series, Jeffrey Dean Morgan responded:
Every time a fan asked, I always said the same thing: ‘I’m totally open to returning. It’s about the story.’ Because I’m very good friends with Jensen [Ackles] and Jared [Padalecki], and we’ve talked about it and it was always, ‘Before the show goes off the air, I hope to get on.’ Jensen called and said, ‘Hey would you be interested in doing our 300th?’ I wasn’t going to be working at this time so absolutely, sure. So I got on the phone with [co-showrunner] Andrew [Dabb] and I said, ‘It’s about story.’ It’s kind of important if you’re going to bring this guy back, there’s gotta be an endgame. The relationships between these three men were so open, so if I was going to come back, it would be nice to have some closure, especially with Sammy. So it went from there, and we worked it out to where we think it’s a good story and a really good way for John to come back into the fold.
Supernatural was one of ten series that recently received an early renewal from The CW Network heading into the 2019-20 season. With the upcoming 15th season now a lock, press at TCA once again asked network reps if there is any end in sight. The CW President Mark Pedowitz responded:
As long as the ratings hold up and guys (stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) want to do it, it's really that simple. They have created something about these two brothers that actually transcends.