The Show Might Go On, But Eric Kripke Won't


Fans of Supernatural have known for quite a while that executive producer Eric Kripke envisioned their favorite series to have a five season story arc. Rather than allowing Supernatural to become a shell of its former self, Kripke is determined to make the episodes that remain very strong and leave audiences wanting more. Recently rumors have begun circulating suggesting that the series might continue; but Kripke was recently crystal clear with Entertainment Weekly that even if the series went on he would not.


''Despite what the network and studio may or may not want, I don't have more than five seasons of story," he said. "I certainly would be willing to make sure there are enough villains and heroes around to continue a new story line, and I would be around to answer a few questions - that's it. I'm outta here. There's no way I'm doing season 6."


To further halt speculation, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki both spoke negatively about the possibility of moving forward. EW asked Ackles whether a big money contract could lure him to stay.


''They'd have to back up a Brinks truck," he said. That may sound very cynical but he has his reasons. "We don't live at home. We don't sleep in our own beds. Our families aren't here. Our friends aren't here. Our girlfriends aren't here."


Jared Padalecki couldn't offer fans much more hope.


I enjoy working, but what's the point? Do I want to just keep on doing photo shoots and work so I can get more famous so I can do even more photo shoots and work and fly to more places to do more press?... I get sick of talking about myself.


Game over, right? Supernatural is flatlining? Not necessarily. It's not Kripke's decision to cut life support, or Ackles', or Padalecki's. It's the network's; and just as Supernatural's key figures seem to be trying hard to provide fans closure its the network who is leaving ambiguity.


"If the show's doing well, we would go on, I'm sure, said CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff. When asked whether she would try to convince Kripke to come back for it she said, It's premature for us to even address that.''


If Supernatural continued but Kripke, Ackles and Padalecki left what would the series be about? Even if Sam left but Dean stayed or vice versa the central character dynamic would be lost. If that happened would Supernatural really be Supernatural at all?


Perhaps that's where the final right of refusal on the series continuation comes into play, the authority even Ostroff alluded to as controlling their decision. Ultimately Supernatural's audience would have to decide whether or not a series without the people who embody it is truly the series they love. As bittersweet as it may be to see the series end, would Supernatural's continuation in a drastically new, network driven direction be a fate worse than death?


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Apr 13, 2009 12:46PM EDT

Well I think all the fans would be good with a 5 season cap as long as they finished the series well, tied up loose ends, and left us all with a sense of satisfaction.
I really don't want to see this show jump the F*ing shark! I'm sick of that. Sometimes shows need to just end and we need to deal with that; it will be ok. It's not like the other great shows that are getting canceled left and right before they've really gotten a chance to shine. I personally feel that the quality of the show will decline if everyone involved wants out so badly. And then the writers start getting really "creative" and all of a sudden you'll end up with something ridiculous like a Superman without a Lex Luther; oh wait that happened....
If it needs to end, end it well, and make us smile.

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Apr 14, 2009 4:57AM EDT

Absolutely true. Stories should have a beginning, middle and end - and the best ones actually get a chance to have the end written properly, and not drag on and on until they are scrapped and end badly.If the show has 5 seasons, then so be it. Let's stick to the plan and bring it to a close.

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Apr 14, 2009 6:10AM EDT

okay i am one of the most devoted supernatural fans and i know the show could go on forever and i'd love it... but eric and jensen and jared are right... this show is perfection and taking it too far could kill it... i mean look at lost... gahh that show sucks now.and i want people to think of this show as the one they want to see more of not the one that they were releaved to see off the air.....i love those boys and the show isnt the show without the both of them.../ thats it.five seasons may not be enough for fans like me who could watch it all day every day for the rest of their lives... but no one likes to think of their favorite show as one of the ones that went stale.i love supernatural!!!!!!rock on guys.keep on listenin to the legends of mullet rock!

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Apr 14, 2009 11:37AM EDT

Supernatural is my favourite TV show so even thought i would hate to see it go, i definitely would prefer it to end than for it to carry on without Kripe Jensen and Jared. Without them it wouldn't be supernatrual anymore!Also I agree with Kripe about going on top, leaving wanting more. It's better to do that than to drag it on so long that it starts to get old! Taking it to far and killing it would be unfair to Kripe and to Jensen and jared because they have all done such an amazing job since the show began they deserve to be recognised as a show that went out leaving fans hungary for more not a show that got so old fans were happy that it went off air!!!
But whatever happens, happens it's not up to us.I'll still love supernatural no matter what!

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Apr 14, 2009 10:09PM EDT

Supernatural is my favorite show on tv. I'm gonna hate to see it end. Whatever happens i'm gonna be there to support it.

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Apr 15, 2009 12:11PM EDT

Dragging it on would be a mistake. Supernatural is too good of a show to do so. I'm sure every Supernatural fan, including me, would be sad when it's over, but they would be devastated and angry as hell if the network decides to keep shooting it without Eric, Jensen and Jared, just to milk more money out of it. that would completely ruin the amazing story of the show.
Now, instead, a Ghostfacers spinoff might be nice, I'd watch it. :)

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Apr 18, 2009 8:25AM EDT

I have a great deal of respect for Kripke's artistic integrity here.
There isn't a lot that Dawn Orstroff or anybody else can do if the two main leads leave. You can explain away a reshuffling of creative minds to fans (Smallville), even if it really affects the quality of the show, but people absolutely *will not watch* if the faces and characters they have become attached to aren't there anymore. I'll be sad as anyone to see this show end eventually, but it would be beyond preposterous to try and continue it if the main leads left. Even Dawn Orstroff has to know that.

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Apr 19, 2009 4:08PM EDT

too right. i'd rather have it end at five seasons than watch it turn into another "lost." i love this show too much for that. and besides, even if it does end, i'll still have all the dvds to rewatch again and again. :)

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