21 Jul 19
Orange County Register
Bittersweet and heavy were the two words used most often by the “Supernatural” cast and showrunners when describing how they feel about the upcoming 15th and final season of the CW Network series.
Following an emotional Comic-Con International panel where they thanked their fans for staying with them, the stars and executive producers gave the press a little snippet of what’s to come as the beloved series comes to and end.
“If the season ends the way we’ve discussed, I’ll be pleased as pie,” said Jared Padalecki on Sunday, July 21, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center where the massive four-day conference is held.
While the entire season hasn’t been fully written, executive producer Eugenie Ross-Leming says that they know where it begins and where it will end but they haven’t settled quite yet on what will happen in between.
“There is a big surprise that I don’t think anyone will expect further down,” Ross-Leming teased. However, she was unwilling to confirm a possible romance that executive producer Brad Buckner said may pop up in the 20-episode season.
Showrunners did confirm that fans will see several familiar faces of friends and enemies alike when the season premieres on Oct. 10. Characters that will be back include Jack, Billy/Death, Rowena, Ketch, Chuck/God, Adam, Amara and the Empty, besides, of course, the Winchester Brothers Sam and Dean along with angel Castiel. Buckner warned that returning characters from the past may not be what fans are used to, hinting that they may be coming back in different capacities.
Fate and faith will play a major role in the upcoming season as the brothers portrayed by Jensen Ackles and Padalecki try to come to terms with everything that happened in the jam-packed season 14 finale. Showrunners were hesitant to call Chuck/God the big bad of the upcoming season, but did say he wouldn’t be of help during season 15. Ross-Leming said that the character would try to manipulate everything he can behind the scenes.
“The question of faith and free will is the biggest twist going into this season,” Misha Collins, who plays Castiel, said. “They’re also discovering that God is the nemesis and he’s been scripting their path and that’s a really tough pill to swallow … So, breaking out of that is going to be hard.”
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Executive producer Bob Berens said that when the 15th season begins, Sam and Dean will be drawing the darkest possible conclusions after learning that Chuck/God has been pulling the strings to their storyline the whole time.
“They’ll be asking themselves ‘What if everything we’ve done doesn’t really matter?’” Berens said. That question really affects both Sam and Dean in different ways that will make them question how or if they should move forward and what they should do, Buckner said.
While Buckner said that the revelations from season 14 have shaken Castiel to his core, Ross-Leming said that the angel will eventually talk the brothers off a ledge of doubting everything that they do. Andrew Dabb, another executive producer, said they’ll be trying to reclaim their lives.
Several of the executive producers also talked about the pressure of the final season and the want to please fans, especially after some of the backlash “Game of Thrones” received when it ended.
“You can never please everybody. You have to do the ending that makes the most sense and I think we have an end point that works for us,” Dabb said. “I hope everyone likes it, but I’d be kidding myself to think that we can please everyone.”
Dabb confirmed that there’s been a conversation about the possible end of the series for the past two years. He said that it really came down to what Ackles and Padalecki wanted to do, saying that it was something they had to decide together.
“I think we were all on board to call it before the quality of the show deteriorated,” Ackles said. “Not to say it would, but I always wanted to go out on top — or at least while we still had gas in the tank.”
Executive producer Bob Singer, who has been with “Supernatural” since the beginning, admitted that he wasn’t sure how much longer he wanted to continue the show. Once Ackles and Padalecki said they were ready, he said that he would see it through until the end and confirmed that he’ll direct the series finale.
Singer refused to talk about if either of the Winchester would die in the upcoming season even though Padalecki had said previously that he can’t see any other end to “Supernatural.”
Padalecki clarified his comments on Sunday though, saying it’s just because he wants the character to “find peace.”
“As of right now there’s no plan for a continuation of ‘Supernatural’” such as a movie or spin-off, Dabb said. “What we intend to offer is a true ending. It’s a real ending.”
Collins called the ending bittersweet, but couldn’t deny that he was looking forward to “having a hole in the calendar,” calling it a silver lining.
“We’ve been doing this a long time,” Ackles said. “Jared and I were sitting backstage (before the panel) and I said ‘Don’t forget to take it in.’ We had that little moment when we walked out to take it in. It was really heavy. A wave of emotion. I was really nervous. My heart was pounding.
It just goes to show how thankful we are for what the fans have given us the past 15 years,” he continued. “It’s been the greatest experience of my professional life and probably my entire life.”
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