After fifteen killer seasons and countless miles accrued on poor Baby's odometer, SUPERNATURAL takes its final ride for saving people and hunting things TONIGHT -- Thursday, November 19th -- on CW18. Cast members past and present, fans of the series, and media members, and everyone in between have taken to their social accounts to say goodbye to the veteran series that has affected so many.
"Dad's on a hunting trip, and he hasn't been home in a few days."
The #SPNFamily mourns the end of the epic road trip that spanned 327 episodes and two failed attempts at spinoffs after premiering Tuesday, September 13th, 2005, on The CW's predecessor, The WB. Fresh off of stints on GILMORE GIRLS and SMALLVILLE respectively, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles began this fifteen year journey as Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers on very different paths who see their worlds realign when their father goes missing and history repeats itself when Sam's girlfriend is killed by a demon like their mother before her.
Sam and Dean have battled demons and angels, mythical creatures and monsters, (AND killed Hitler?! Thank you, Dean) in a seemingly unending quest to save the world. They've encountered every imaginable nightmare, died and returned countless times in paranormal fashions, and lost family, friends, and allies along the way, but they never stop fighting on the side of good. In the final season they even faced off with Chuck aka God Himself after refusing to play by his rules and kill their surrogate Nephilim son Jack, bringing about God's decision to end reality once and for all... **SPOILER ALERT if not caught up** After a final showdown with Chuck in last week's penultimate episode, tonight's 2-hour series finale event features a celebratory, retrospective special called "Supernatural: The Long Road Home" featuring interviews with the stars, creator Eric Kripke, and executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb, and the series finale, "Carry On." The title is a perfect homage to the unofficial theme song and rallying cry of the #SPNFamily, Kansas' “Carry On Wayward Son,” which has played during the “Road So Far” recaps ahead of almost every season finale.
Need a refresher on the 15 year journey? Here you go...
On a local level, fans of the show will note that our home state has been a favorite locale for the series to reference and "visit," appearing in over a dozen episodes during its run. Stories have taken place in Milwaukee, Madison, Tomahawk, Appleton, Kenosha, and many others in between. The fact was pointed out to Kripke by TV Guide all the way back in February of 2008, to which he replied,
I do love Wisconsin — my brother and sister went to summer camp there growing up — but I have to admit there's no particular reason stories are set there, outside of the fact that we set the majority of our episodes in the Midwest, because that's where I'm from. We have just as many stories in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. By this point, my writers know that if they come in and pitch me an episode set in Seattle, my eyes start to glaze over, but if it's set in Detroit, I pay rapt attention. It's unfair Midwest bias, I guess, but the Midwest never gets the long end of the stick in movies and TV, dammit, so I'm happy to try and even the scales a bit!
Stars of the series have been long-tenured partners with Creation Entertainment, hosting fan convention weekends across the United States and Canada that have become legendary among the con circuits for their talent-lead intimate experiences with panels, special events, and concerts that helped create the #SPNFamily. The rabid fan base has impressed with the online community that was built over the years, driving nominations and wins for People's Choice, Teen Choice, and TV Guide Awards throughout its run. The longest running sci fi series in the U.S. has amassed a loving, dedicated family of fans that continue to support each other, give back via charity efforts, and inspire with shared stories of life, loss, heartbreak, and joy -- all built from the foundation of a shared love about a little show about two brothers. And so tonight we all raise a glass (and a tissue) in honor of all of the cast, crew, and fans that made this seemingly impossible journey possible. We don't know what comes next, but we know it, too, will add to the lore of what's been one helluva ride.