Even with strong and supportive words from CW president Mark Pedowitz about the show’s future, the cast and producer of Supernatural may be gearing up to call it quits after the show’s 300th episode.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and producer Bob Singer talked about the show — which is currently sitting at 241 episodes — and when they think it would be time to pull the plug. Singer said that while they know they have the support of the CW, they wanted to be able to give Supernatural a proper finale instead of having it drift off. For Singer, having a number like 300 — which would give the team a 13-episode, 14th season — seemed like a real possibility.
"We talked about wanting to be able to know when our end was, and if it was to be, let’s say, 300 episodes, we could tell a 13-episode story," Singer told Entertainment Weekly.
Padalecki agreed and said that he hopes to hit 300 episodes at the very least, but if that happens, it might be time for both him and Ackles to say goodbye to the series. He added that he loves working on the show, but he doesn’t want to see it become something that remains on the air just because it pulls in decent ratings for the network. Padalecki said he’d much rather have a strong finale that fans could remember instead of giving them three, four or even five more seasons of a subpar show.
In August, CW president Mark Pedowtiz said the network had no plans to pull the plug on the show, adding that as long as the stars were happy, then they would keep renewing the series.
Supernatural returns for its 12th season Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET.