15-year-old “Supernatural” closes its curtains for good

“Supernatural” by 娜娜. is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 A show that was initially about two brothers hunting monsters grew into a show that delved into all sorts of topics such as loss, anxiety, mental health and perseverance. Many fans praise the show for tackling these subjects without addressing them directly.

Tori Suhre, Opinions Editor

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After 15 seasons and 327 episodes, the horror-drama series “Supernatural” aired its last episode on Nov. 19 of 2020. The actors, writers, and directors ended the series with a bang by confirming a long-suspected relationship between two characters, making it canon.

The last episode was titled “Carry On,” a charming nod to the show’s Kansas anthem, “Carry On Wayward Son.” The fandom was left somewhat shattered by a heartbreaking loss of a major character, but the ending itself was bittersweet.

For those of you that aren’t aware, “Supernatural” follows the story of two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester, hunters on a never-ending quest to protect the world from every monster imaginable. Although many of its episodes are serious and dramatic, killing off characters left and right, there are just as many comedic episodes where the writers and cast were allowed to have fun for a change.

The final episode had a feeling of looming doom, as Supernatural fans know well that finales are the perfect episodes to kill off major characters, including the Winchesters themselves. The plot was simple, the Winchesters found a case against a nest of vampires and set out to eradicate them. The situation was so ordinary compared to the rest of the trials and tribulations fought by the Winchesters, though this made it all the more heartbreaking when Dean was fatally impaled during the fight.

One thing that struck me as so interesting about this finale is that it was not any powerful being that led to Dean’s downfall. It was a simple job against a few vampires. The Winchesters had previously fought against angels, demons, even the devil himself, yet the thing that killed Dean was nothing more than a common vampire. This ending is criticized and even hated by some fans, as they believe that it could’ve been better.

“It was not a good ending for the show,” said senior April Eddingar. “Sometimes you like things wrapped up in a nice package, which is what this finale tried to do, but other times you want to write your own ending and I think the penultimate episode would have been a better ending point.”

As many are upset about the loss of Dean Winchester as a character, others, including myself, are relieved that Dean died doing what he loved to do, and allowed Sam to live a normal life for the rest of his days. Later in the episode, we see the two brothers reuniting in heaven after Sam grows old and passes away with his son at his side.

Just before Dean’s death, a long-awaited confirmation was made concerning himself and Castiel, the angel introduced in Season 4. Many fans shipped the couple, naming the relationship “Destiel.” The characters in their last moments together confessed their love for each other, moments before Castiel’s character is killed off. Needless to say, death is a go-to ending for every character on the show.

A question was posed at one of the Q&A’s hosted by the actors, “Are you going to continue Supernatural after this?” It is not uncommon for Supernatural to release a “finale” episode and end up continuing it for another season. This occurrence happened with Season 5, but the writers and producers decided to carry out 5 more seasons afterwards.

“The ship has already sailed on this being the final season. Jared’s already got another show lined up, I’ve got a few stokers in the fire, so we’re gonna knock this out, try to do it justice,” Ackles said. “I’ve always thought that there was a possibility of five years down the road getting the call and saying, ‘Hey, let’s do a little short order action for a streaming network and bring it back for six episodes.’”