At 10:30 am on Sunday morning, the crowd filed into Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con to gather for the final panel for Supernatural. A global favorite, the show is bowing out with its 15th season that premieres this fall.
If you’re like me and have been watching from the beginning, then you realize how hard it is to say goodbye to the Winchesters, Castiel, and other members of the Supernatural family—no matter how many times they’ve died and come back (or not). From all reports so far, emotions were running high in Hall H as the cast, crew, and fans discussed the show’s longevity, impact, and upcoming last season.
Walking to Hall H, fans were gifted with replicas of “Baby,” the black Impala that’s carried Sam and Dean through hunts, rescues, and multiple apocalypses, and Misha Collins was even spotted handing out cookies in the line. It speaks to the family vibe that rules the Supernatural fanbase and also hints at how everyone involved wants to hit all the right notes with its swan song.
Show makes history
Along with sharing a video montage of scenes from every episode of the show, the panel kicked off with some exciting news. Supernatural is officially the longest running sci-fi/fantasy TV show in American history. If you’re reading this, smile and applaud along with me. That is flipping cool.
The gang chokes up while saying farewell
Jared Padalecki (Sam), Jensen Ackles (Dean), Misha Collins (Castiel), and Alexander Calvert (Jack) were on hand for a Q & A led by Robert Patrick Benedict (Chuck) and Richard Speight, Jr. (Gabriel). Other cast members and producer Robert Beren were also present for the tear-jerking final Comic-Con session.
Collins shared that the guys made a promise that they wouldn’t cry on stage, but they knew they were all lying. At one point, Padalecki said, “I’m trying not to cry. Can we all just start crying so I don’t feel so weird?” They all cried.
While they thanked fans and discussed where season 15 will take the Winchesters, they also talked about how much the show means to them, the friendships formed, and the families they’ve started. In case you missed it, both Ackles and Padalecki met and married Supernatural actresses.
After sending love and gratitude to fans and the entire crew, Supernatural’s cast waved goodbye during their last SDCC appearance, but not without loud cheers and a standing ovation, Entertainment Weekly reports.
A peek into where things are headed for Season 15
Season 14’s finale found the boys watching all the monsters they’ve slain come back to earth thanks to Chuck’s vindictiveness. Jack? Dead and stuck in the void. It’s inevitable that everyday people will have to contend with a massive number of creepy encounters for season 15.
In an interview with TV Insider, executive producer Robert Singer teased that we won’t see a lot of Chuck on camera, but he’ll be creating problems behind the scenes. Most of the season is going to be about the brothers trying to clean up the mess:
“We want to pay off every character we can that viewers have either come to love or hate. This season will be less about big set pieces and more about the problems and personalities of both the living people and the resurrected ghosts.”
Viewers also shouldn’t count out Jack just yet. Singer said Billie has a job for Jack to do, and it’s possible it has to do with Chuck’s scheme. He added that Billie—as Death—could be viewed as a rival for Chuck. And this is the part where I remind you that back in season five, old Death told Dean that at some point, even God has to die because Death is older than everything. Ha!
Supernatural returns to CW on Thursday, October 10 at 8 pm. It’s not to late to join the fandom by watching old episodes online, including via Netflix. Carry on, friends.