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“Supernatural” to Air Series Finale After COVID-19 Delay

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Written by Charissa Roberson

The paranormal TV drama “Supernatural” is coming to an end this November, after a record 15 seasons on the air.

The series finale was originally set to premiere back in May. However, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down production on films and TV shows across the country, including “Supernatural,” which only had two episodes left to film in the entire series. Co-showrunner Robert Singer confessed that the delay was more stressful than it would have been on any other season of “Supernatural,” since they had to stop so close to the end (Entertainment Weekly). For lead stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, the five-month-long break was the longest they had been away from their characters, Sam and Dean Winchester, since the show began.

Despite the complications, the stars of “Supernatural” noted a positive element to the delay. “I feel like this almost gives us an opportunity to refocus and go into the last two episodes and hit them with everything we got,” Ackles said in April (Entertainment Weekly). Co-star Misha Collins voiced a similar sentiment. “One possible unintended benefit of it is that it will draw out the end of the show and we’ll be able to savor the end for a little bit longer,” he said (Entertainment Weekly).

In August, filming of “Supernatural” was finally able to resume with appropriate safety measures in place. Because of the new COVID-19 restrictions, some adjustments had to be made to the final scripts. “For example, for the finale, we had a big, super extravagant thing planned for that episode, and it wasn’t feasible,” said co-showrunner Andrew Dabb. “But we found an alternative to get to the same place, plot-wise and, more importantly, emotionally, that worked great” (TVLine).

The last seven episodes of “Supernatural” began to air on Oct. 8 on the CW. Without revealing too much, the cast and showrunners have hinted at an epic and emotional wrap-up to the series. Dabb has also made it clear that this will be a “true ending,” without any of the loopholes that have become characteristic of the show. “This is the end of these characters’ journey,” he said (Syfy Wire).

The final episode of “Supernatural” will premiere on Nov. 19, preceded by an hour-long reflective special called “Supernatural: The Long Road Home.”