‘Supernatural’ Stars Explain Why It’s Time For the Show to End

Some shows are just so good they stay on the air for entire lifetimes. The CBS show, Guiding Light, was on the air for 57 years before signing off in 2009. As one of the longest-running shows in American history, current shows can only hope to hold a candle to its success.

Most of the time shows merely run out of steam before they even cut it close to classics like General Hospital and As The World Turns, two more shows that broke the 50-year mark. One of America’s modern-day miracles, Supernatural, is finally on its way out after breaching the decade mark. While fans may be sad to see the show go, the stars themselves are positive the beloved series’ time is up.

What is ‘Supernatural’ about?

Eric Kripke’s Supernatural has been on the air since 2005. The show follows Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who lost their mom to demonic forces when they were just kids. Their father took the helm and instilled in them everything they needed to know to defend themselves from the forces that killed their mother. But one day he vanishes. The addictive series follows the Winchester bros as they go on the world’s longest road trip to find their dad while taking out every “supernatural” baddie that crosses their path. 

The Primetime Emmy nominated show stars Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean. Considering the nature of the show, the cast list is vast featuring tons of “cameo” appearances. Even The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan starred on the show. He plays their father, John, who surprisingly enough only appears in 14 episodes. The badass father figure returned in Supernatural’s 300th episode which aired earlier this year.

How has ‘Supernatural’ done over the years?

What a rollercoaster ride it has been. The first season is rated at a pretty disappointing 67% according to the critics. The consensus states: “Despite some too-hip dialogue and familiar thematic elements, Supernatural‘s vigilante brothers manage to stir up some legitimate scares.” While the critics weren’t necessarily wowed, the audience was much more forgiving granting the show an 88% or 4.3/5 on average.

CW stuck it out and it’s a great thing they did because the second season pulled 100% on the Tomatometer, with 94% of the audience digging the shifts in the show. Season three took a dip to 83%, but the show came back strong over the next three seasons with an astounding 100% across the board. Season seven wasn’t as high at 80%, but then things took a turn for the worse when season eight wrapped up. The show only pleased 67% of critics (again) with the audience once again being a saving grace at 82%

From there, things hung around in the ’80s until season 13 when the show returned to its former glory bringing in another 100% on the Tomatometer. The last season was also pretty good at 90% and an 86% audience score. Despite being on the air for 15 years, the critics still had kind words to share. “Supernatural remains engrossing despite its almost spooky longevity, patiently doling out new paranormal challenges in a season that takes the time to reflect on a seismic shift amongst the ensemble’s dynamics.”

While the show has had a few missteps, it’s mostly been beloved by critics and fans alike. So why is the show finally calling it quits, especially after knocking it out of the park these past two seasons?

What do Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have to say about ‘Supernatural’ ending?

All good things must come to an end, right? And it’s better that they come to an end with grace and integrity instead of going out like a dumpster fire. That’s precisely what Padalecki, Ackles, and the rest of the cast and crew think.

Recently at a VegasCon, the Winchester brothers took the stage to answer some very pressing questions. Long ago the President of CW, Mark Pedowitz, said that the fate of Supernatural was in the hands of the two main actors. That means the show being canceled has little to do with the network, although they were a part of the ongoing dialogue. As Padalecki said, “This was a community decision.”

The duo went on to say that it definitely wasn’t an easy decision to make, but the last thing anyone wanted was for the show just to fizzle out. To avoid that fate, the fate of so many long-running shows, they decided to go out on their own terms. This gives everyone involved the chance to make the most of the final season so Supernatural can go out with a bang and the Supernatural cast and crew can get the farewell they deserve!

While it’s always sad to see a beloved show go off the air, fans should respect the reasoning behind it. Like Ackles said: “If we’re driving the Impala and we’re headed down the road, it’s like left, you’re gonna hit a rap and go off a cliff, and it’s going to be epic, and right, you’re just going to run out of gas about 30 miles down the road in the middle of the desert with nothing around you, I’m like, I’m going left. I want to go out with like, pyrotechnics.”