'Supernatural': Will a sixth season compromise the integrity of the series?

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The CW announced the sixth season renewal of "Supernatural" Tuesday morning (Feb. 16), an occasion which you might assume would make the series' diehard fans happy. 

That, however, isn't exactly the case.

Many viewers, loyal to the show's mythology, seem to feel that because the series was always meant to tell a story that spanned five seasons, a sixth year will be doing "Supernatural" a disservice. 

Knowing that "Supernatural" will be back next year means the stakes of the upcoming apocalyptic battle between Dean/Michael vs. Sam/Lucifer have decreased significantly. Sure, creator Eric Kripke has killed off a ton of characters in the past, but there's no way he's going to have one of the Winchester brothers die when the series will be back for at least one more season. "Supernatural" has been building to this epic battle for years, but now that we know this season won't be the show's last, some fans feel like they're getting cheated. 

Then again, others may think another year of Sam and Dean is nothing but a good thing. Especially since Kripke has agreed to stay on as show runner and says he has more stories to tell.

Where do you stand?

Weigh in... 

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: Though both the network and the studio declined to comment, sources now confirm that though Kripke will stay on as an executive producer, he will not stay on as show runner for "Supernatural" season 6.


-Reporting by Marisa Roffman 

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