So how long will Supernatural continue on The CW? Apparently, the two men with the most power in that decision just happen to be the two guys who play the stars of the long-running series.
Andrew Dabb, who took over as showrunner for Supernatural at the beginning of the current season, told CinemaBlend‘s Laura Hurley that what might ultimately spell the end of the show is when Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles feel they’ve had enough of the Winchester brothers.
“I think what’s going to stop us ultimately is at what point to Jared and Jensen decide they’ve played the rules for too long, or at what point do we get to a point where we feel like we’re repeating ourselves. Or we feel like we can’t take some of the bigger swings – whether they work or not – that we’ve taken in the past.”
It doesn’t seem like the show is anywhere near that yet, at least evidenced by The CW’s recent decision to renew the show for a 13th season.
More than 250 episodes have been produced (or are scheduled to be produced), with Dabb saying he’d love to see Supernatural reach 300. But what has allowed Supernatural to remain the powerhouse that it has all these years? Some might say it’s the ability to reboot itself, but Dabb has a different idea.
“People come back for the characters. You could ask your average Supernatural fan to explain the mythology of a season, and they’re gonna explain it in terms of the characters they respond to.”
“I think that’s the important thing. So as long as we can keep these characters vibrant and developing, and move toward more serialized storytelling that TV in general has done and that we have done, allows that.”
Supernatural airs Thursdays on The CW, the next episode featuring Samantha Smith’s Mary Winchester asking the brothers and Misha Collins’ Castiel for help on a case she’s working on, only to be double-crossed.
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