His days playing Sam Winchester on Supernatural might have come and gone, but Jared Padalecki hopes to one day return to the iconic role he spent 15 years portraying. Starring alongside Jensen Ackles as brother Dean, Padalecki appeared on Supernatural from 2005 through 2020. The fifteenth and final season concluded in November, and Padalecki has since moved on by taking on the starring role in The CW's Walker, Texas Ranger reboot series. Still, that doesn't mean we've seen the last of Sam Winchester.

"I love Supernatural, dearly, I always will," Jared Padalecki says of the series in this week's People magazine. "I have a deep and abiding love for Sam Winchester, and I loved helping him come to life for 15 years and 327 episodes."

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Referring to the date when he filmed the final episode, Padalecki then adds, "I certainly have it somewhere in the bottom of my heart and soul that I hope September 10 isn't the last time I ever played Sam Winchester."

Seeing the franchise continue some day is not outside the realm of possibility. During production on the final season, Supernatural executive producer Robert Singer said that making a movie some day was possible, perhaps after some time passes by.

"I don't think it's a pipe dream. But I think, generally, when they make a movie of a TV show, there's a certain time lapse between the two," Singer said at Comic-Con in 2019. "So I'm certainly not ruling it out. It's something I'd be interested in. I think the boys would probably love to do it. But right now, we're just trying to get through this [final] season and do it in a way that people will be happy with it."

Last year, Padalecki also addressed the possibility on Michael Rosenbaum's Inside of You podcast. When asked if there'd be a Supernatural movie and if he'd be involved, Padalecki said, "I hope so and abso-f***ing-lutely."

"I've always thought that there was a possibility of five years down the road, getting a call saying, 'Hey, let's do a little short order action for a streaming network and bring it back for six episodes,'" Jensen Ackles also told Rosenbaum. "I do feel like this isn't like the long goodbye right now. I feel like this is: let's hang this in the closet for now and we'll dust her off down the road a bit."

Padalecki's new show Walker recently debuted on The CW to great success, scoring the highest Thursday viewership for the network since 2018. A reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger, the series stars Padalecki as Cordell Walker, the role originally played by Chuck Norris. It follows Cordell as he takes on an undercover assignment following the death of his wife. The series also stars Lindsey Morgan, Molly Hagan, Keegan Allen, and Mitch Pileggi. Padalecki's real-life wife, Genevieve Padalecki, is also featured as Cordell's wife Emily.

As for the other Winchester, Jensen Ackles has also picked up his next big role following the end of Supernatural. He will play Soldier Boy on the popular Amazon Prime series The Boys, best described as a supervillain parody of Captain America. The series was developed for the small screen by Eric Kripke, who also created Supernatural. Filming on the show's third season is expected to begin very soon so it shouldn't be very long before Ackles is back to work.

You can catch Padalecki on Walker when new episodes air Thursdays on The CW. This news comes to us from People.