Supernatural Says Goodbye In An Emotional Final Panel

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Alexander Calvert, along with  producers/writers Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Bobo Berens, and showrunners Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer dropped into Hall-H on Sunday for the last time.

Wow. That’s tough to say.

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The little show that could is finally calling off the hunt, and the end is beginning now, with their final appearance at SDCC. While the panel didn’t offer too much info about season 15, we did get a couple tidbits about the boys and how last season left off:

“It’s the last year to take chances we haven’t done before. [the final story] has many tentacles and you’ll see them played out throughout the season.” Ross-Leming said.  Buckner also spoke about how the zombie-fueled finale will affect the Winchesters and their relationship with God, as well as themselves.

Buckner added that there’s always an assumption that God was ‘hands-off’ and suddenly The boys learn that God never did leave the building, after all. He was standing in the shadows, manipulating stories to see how the boys deal with stuff.

Berens also talked about how the final season will go back to exploring the theme of free will, and the differences in how the boys deal with this revelation, which casts doubt on their entire lives.

Co-Showrunner Dabb joked about the final season, saying it will just be 20 episodes of clip shows and “30% of fans” would be happy with how it ends. “If you thought Games of Thrones was bad, just wait.” Dabb quipped as if that isn’t the most horrifying thought ever.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning, however, is when a lucky fan won an exact replica of Baby, down to the hidden weapons compartment and “S.W. D.W.” carved in it.

Of course, when a show goes on as long as this has, and impacted both the cast and fans as deeply as Supernatural has, things get emotional.  When asked about their legacy, Jensen answered “Looking back, I’m really proud of the work this team has done for this long. To do a show is not easy. To make television is not as easy as people think. To get those 42 minutes is eight days of very intensive work. And that’s just the filming — there’s the pre-production, there’s prep, writing, conceptualizing. It takes a lot of people… and after this long on the show, to truly love what we do, that’s one of the legacies I’m proud of.” Jared seconded Jensen’s answer and added that his friendships and Sam Winchester won’t go away just because the show is ending.

The panel started out with jokes about everyone having tissues, but ended with a tearful goodbye from Jensen, Jared, and Misha:

Misha: “I hope that you guys continue to be a force for good and companionship in the world.”

Jensen: “Thanks for showing up. Without you we wouldn’t be here and it’s an amazing thing to see.”

Jared:”I’m the luckiest man on the planet. My cup runneth over.”

Fun tidbits:

  • When asked if he plans to take anything from set, Misha joked that he ‘has plans’ to take Jensen and Jared. He’s built the cage and everything!
  • Misha wrote a cookbook! you can pre-order it here!
  • Rowena, Eileen, and Adam will be back in the final season!
  • Rob and Rich dressed in trench coats (and matching outfits) for the occasion.

The 15th and final season of Supernatural premieres on the CW on October 10 at 8/7c. 

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