How the Final ‘Supernatural’ Season Will Be Different from the First 14

So far every season of Supernatural has had one thing in common. There’s always been another one. That will change for the 15th season. It is Supernatural’s final season, at least until they do a reboot or a limited streaming revival series if stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have their way. 

Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins in Supernatural
(L-R): Misha Collins, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in Supernatural| Colin Bentley/The CW

Writers and executive producers of Supernatural were on a panel for the Television Critics Association this summer discussing the final season. Here are the ways in which Supernatural will change as the end approaches, and some that will maybe never change. Supernatural returns tonight on The CW.

There won’t be a cliffhanger at the end of ‘Supernatural’

So far every season finale has set up the following season. With no season 16, Supernatural will have a definitive ending. That means they have to write something that closes the story.

“We’re looking at this as a true ending,” Andrew Dabb said. “In a true ending, people can’t keep coming back over and over again. Through various machinations, some of the things that our guys have relied on to keep themselves going and going and going, like, no matter what, are going to kind of go away. And they’re going to be facing life or death really they face it a lot, but this time it’s for real.”

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(L-R): Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in Supernatural | Shane Harvey/The CW

That’s not to say they planned the following season ahead. They just set it up and dealt with it later.

“We would leave a cliff hanger, and not know where we were going next year, and then figure it out in the following season,” Robert Singer said. “So it became sort of a surprise to us. So this was a totally different experience of, saying, ‘Oh, an ending. We’ve never done an ending before.’”

‘Supernatural’ told them when to end it

Once a show is in the double digits of seasons, it seems like anything goes. But something about Supernatural told the producers season 15 was the time to end.

Jensen Ackles in Supernatural
Jensen Ackles in Supernatural | Dean Buscher/The CW

“The way the ending has emerged, it’s very organic,” Eugenie Ross-Leming said. “It really sort of led us to this place. Sure, there has been manipulation and consideration and conversation about this, and inspiration, and some argument. But it’s been a really organic and correct path that has got us to where we’re going.”

Every episode of season 15 is vital to the ending

Jared Padalecki in Supernatural
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in Supernatural | Dean Buscher/The CW

With 327 episodes, some of those were standalones or tangents. In the final season, there’s no time for filler. Every episode is part of the ending.

“Usually, we sort of know the arc of the season when we’re writing it, but there are twists and turns that sometimes surprise us, take us off guard,” Ross-Leming said. “But now we have a year to develop. So each episode really is a piece of the ending. It’s sort of it’s architecturally being built, emotionally and narratively being built. And every episode carries a piece of its finality with us. And I know that sounds a little mystical, but it’s sort of how it’s working for us as writers.”