Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is sticking by his word that his CW thriller will bow out next May after five seasons. Sort of.
I did set out [to] tell a five-season storyline, the exec maintains. Quite frankly, I never expected [the show] to make it to five years. But now that we're in our fifth year, I have every intention of ending the story with a bang and not drawing it out or watering it down.
Relax, Supe Nazis. Here's that catch: That having been said, Kripke continues, ''I'm looking at this season as the last chapter in this particular story. That doesn't mean there can't be a new story. Buffy did it. The X-Files did it. You close a chapter on a big mythology storyline and then you begin a new one.
One of the things I like about this show is we don't draw out mysteries endlessly, he adds. We'll answer a bunch of questions this season and then pose some new ones next season.''
Of course, that's assuming there is a next season. The CW has yet to renew Supernatural for a sixth go-round. And even if the show does come back, would Kripke still be involved? I don't know, hedges Supe's fearless leader, who doesn't have a deal in place beyond season 5. I'm going to cross that bridge when I get to it.
What say you, Supe fans? Would you prefer to see Sam and Dean go out with a bang next May? Or are you cool with the show continuing on and running the risk of limping to the finish line like The X-Files and Buffy? And the even bigger question: Is there Supernatural life after Kripke?