Today our Vancouver press trip included a visit to a filming location for Supernatural, and while there, stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki addressed the talk that the show might come to an end at 300 episodes — comments from the actors that were seen earlier at Entertainment Weekly.
“Just 300? Who said that?” Jared Padalecki said when asked.
“I think it was more of, like, that’s the next milestone,” Jensen Ackles explained. We have our eyes set on getting there and then we’ll see. We keep talking about another number, but I don’t want to mention that,” he teased.
Padalecki said that things used to go “one step at a time,” which has now become “one half season stretch at a time,” pointing out that they only have around 45 more episodes to shoot before getting to 300.
“Eric Kripke, way back in the day, I think in Season 3 or 4 he mentioned five seasons or something, and everybody was like ‘you’re only going to do it for 5 seasons’?” Padalecki recalled. “And he was like ‘No. I was just taken out of context. I just think maybe we can at least get that far.’ I think he legitimately was like ‘I’m just trying to keep pushing the ball, so they keep on saying yes,’ so there are a few numbers… I don’t think it’s going to be a number. I think we’ll all know it when we do it. It’s going to be hard to swallow.”
“I think as long as there’s still story to tell, which I think is one of the great aspects of the show, is that we’re not necessarily bound by reality so the stories are kind of limitless… as long as they’re still staying true to the show and the characters are still being written in a way that that we still get inspired to play, then I don’t know that there is a number, necessarily,” Ackles added, and when Misha Collins suggested that they go to Episode 666, Jensen made a joke referencing another long-running series. “All right, Gunsmoke. You’re on!”
In all seriousness, the actors don’t know what will happen. “The network doesn’t seem to have any designs to knock us off, we still have amazing support from the studio… we still, oddly enough, get along… but I don’t know how long that’s gonna last,” he joked. On Padalecki’s side, he relayed a story about how the Upfronts usually give a sign about the show’s future.
“I always ask ‘Okay. When they play the Supernatural reel, how do they present it? Do they say ‘on the 12th season of Supernatural expect this’ or do they say ‘on the 12th and final season of Supernatural?‘ And there’s a sigh of relief when they say ‘oh, they just said 12th season.’ They’re not going to tell the fans ‘oh, by the way, that was it, guys.’ I’d like to think there will be warning and it will be a group decision,” Padalecki said.
“But when that happens, I don’t know,” Ackles added.
Supernatural airs Thursdays on The CW. Stay tuned to KSiteTV for more interviews from the set in the coming weeks!