Supernatural fans are going to have to wait longer than expected to see how the Winchester's story finishes up, as the show's final season has been put on hold indefinitely. The CW's long-running series recently aired the 13th episode of season 15, set to be the show's final season, but that is going to be the last episode for some time, as revealed by showrunner Andrew Dabb. This is because production has been shut down temporarily.
Warner Bros. announced earlier this month that production was being shut down on all of its shows in the interest of public health. That includes Supernatural. After the most recent episode, titled Destiny's Child, made it to air, Andrew Dabb took to Twitter to explain the delay, but promised they will return to finish things up. Here's what Dabb had to say in a series of tweets.
"Due to the shutdown, this will be our last episode for awhile. Stay well, stay safe, and we'll see you on the other side... Clarification: We have filmed through episode 18, however our visual effects and sound departments have closed because of the outbreak. So, right now, the episodes can't be finished. However, have some special treats coming along the way, to help us all get through this... And yes, we, the CW, and Warner Bros fully intend to return and finish the series. It's not a matter of 'if,' it's a matter of 'when.'"
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles lead the cast of the show, which kicked off its run back in 2005 and has since aired more than 300 episodes. That makes it one of the longest-running shows currently on the air. But all good things must come to an end. That makes this news, for fans of the show, something of a bittersweet development.
On the one hand, the series will need to hit the pause button for an undetermined amount of time, which serves as a reminder of the larger situation the entertainment industry currently finds itself in. On the other hand, it prolongs the inevitable and means Supernatural will end a little later than expected. Warner Bros., in a statement made on March 13, explained that they are going to follow guidelines handed down in making determinations about resuming production.
"With the rapidly changing events...and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the [authorities] as well as local officials and public...professionals in each city where our productions are based."
Supernatural films in Vancouver, Canada. For now, there is no word on when episode 14 will make it to air, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as any further information is made available. Feel free to check out the posts from Andrew Dabb's Twitter for yourself.