“Supernatural” is entering its 10th season this fall. That’s a full decade of Sam and Dean Winchester saving people, hunting things — the family business.
It’s also one of The CW’s biggest shows, thanks to its international audience, extensive on-demand library of almost 200 episodes and a rabid fan base. So that makes it kind of hard to imagine a time when “Supernatural” will end.
But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end … even if that end is in the far, distant future. When Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and “Supernatural” executive producer Jeremy Carver took to the stage at the 2014 summer TV press tour on Friday (July 18), they were all in agreement that they’re all happy to continue doing “Supernatural” as long as they can.
“There’s so much story left to tell, which is remarkable given that we’re in Season 187 now,” Carver jokes. “What impresses me most about these guys and the rest of the cast and the crew and all the writers, it remains to be the hardest-working bunch I’ve ever worked with. I don’t want to get all military but there’s no quit in anybody. That starts in the stories and ends in the execution.”
Padelecki has confidence in the writers that they will continue telling compelling, interesting, creative stories with the Winchesters, and he’s game to do the show as long as he possibly can.
“I truly do deeply care about this show and Sam Winchester,” Padalecki says. “I’ve spent nine years of my life with him so I don’t want him to be beaten down and broken down into something I don’t respect. If there’s an end coming, I think we’ll see it coming. But for me, I’ve been able to do a lot during the show, I’ve got two kids and a wife, and I love my personal life very much. If there comes a time to hang up the Sam Winchester hat, then I look forward to that next chapter.”
So when the time does come, how will the “Supernatural” series finale end? Carver has an idea. “I know that [series creator] Eric Kripke always had an ending in mind that he hasn’t shared with me,” Carver says. “I have an image and the like, but I always want to keep room for happy accidents as well. The show is continuing on beyond our wildest dreams so we don’t want to limit ourselves.”
Ackles reveals that he still gets excited when he receives scripts like the Season 9 finale, and is always anxious to find out what happens next on the show. “As long as there is that fulfillment, that enjoyment, that excitement, then we’ll keep going,” Ackles says.
Of course, that means both Ackles and Padalecki personally need to stay in peak fighting shape, even though they’re both now 10 years older than when they began in Season 1. “We always knew it was going to be a physical role from the get-go,” Ackles says. “That’s what attracted us to the roles. We’ve grown up on the show a bit so it’s forced us to stay active, stay in shape and stay able to do what we do. And we still love it. We try to do as much stunt work as possible and that kind of pisses off the stunt guys since they have to stay on the side and watch it.”
Padalecki agrees, and adds, “The bumps and bruises aren’t quite as easy as when I was 22.”
“Supernatural” Season 10 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.