Jared Padalecki says the final episode of Supernatural is his favorite of all time. It's almost the end of the road for the Winchester Brothers. The stars and showrunners of the long-running series took part in PaleyFest New York earlier this week to discuss the final season and their feeling about it all coming to an end. The public health crisis slammed the production to a halt back in March, so the cast and crew had to wait several months before getting back together again to finish the final two episodes, which seem to have made a lasting impression on everybody involved.
During the virtual discussion at PaleyFest New York, Jared Padalecki spoke about the final Supernatural episode, along with his time on the show. Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have been involved with the series since day one, all the way back in 2005 when it debuted on The WB. 15 years is a long time to have a steady job in the entertainment industry, and Padalecki knows it. He had this to say.
"I will say that the series finale is my favorite episode of all time... During the filming of that, there was just something in the air. [This story has] been a big part of my life, and I'd be lying if I tried to posit that I hadn't thought many times about how I want this to end up. I guess I could have seen it ending a slew of different ways, but now that it's all said and done, I couldn't be more pleased with the way it turned out."
Jensen Ackles agreed with Jared Padalecki's statement. However, he went a bit further and talked about a specific moment in the final hour that will more than likely end up as his favorite thing they ever did together. "It's a fantastic way for the show to wrap up," Ackles says. However, he did admit to having some reservations. "The more that I thought about it, the more that I mulled over all the different possibilities of what could happen, and maybe what should happen, it's interesting to think that I kept coming back to what ended up happening."
According to Supernatural showrunner Robert Singer, the series finale will be an "intimate episode," noting that the episode is truly about the relationship between Sam and Dean Winchester. Andrew Dabb talked a bit about how it all ends for the brothers earlier this month. "It's about these two guys completing a journey that's been 15 years in the making, to become, hopefully, better and more fully realized people," Dabb said. "It's not always just about defeating the next bad guy; it's about making yourself a little bit better, too. I think that's something we've talked about a lot with Sam and Dean, and we've seen a lot over 15 years, and this is kind of the culmination of that."
The final two episodes of Supernatural were mapped out well in advance of the public health crisis. "We knew the challenge we had in front of us, but I think once we arrived at where we were going to go, we were just going full speed ahead," says Robert Singer. They only had to make a few minor adjustments that were mainly due to safety concerns on the set and some suggestions from Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Other than that, everything will be as it was intended. You can check out the Supernatural panel above, thanks to Nusrat Parvin Mohona's YouTube channel.