“Supernatural” fans are used to some uncertainty when it comes to the fate of the long-running series.
It’s been years since the show has gotten an early renewal, so season finales are usually written and filmed weeks before the network gives official word that the show has been picked up for another season. In most cases, they’ve written a cliffhanger anyway, with cast and crew optimistic about the network’s decision.
This year is unique in that stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are contracted only through the end of Season 8. Years ago, the actors suggested that they intended to leave the series after 5 seasons, when creator Eric Kripke wrapped up his planned series arc and stepped down as showrunner. Obviously, they changed their minds — and when we spoke with Padalecki last season, he was hopeful that the series would continue.
So is The CW planning on extending “Supernatural” past Season 8? In short, yes. CW President Mark Pedowitz confirmed to Zap2it at the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Monday that there have been conversations with the actors about extending their contracts further. “There are always conversations that happen,” he says. “I am a big ‘Supernatural’ fan, so I hope it stays on as long as I’m here.”
New showrunner Jeremy Carver tells us that in mapping out Season 8, the writers did not consider it a final season arc. “I’m not looking at it as the end,” he says. “The mythology is not built to be the final season. You deal with what you have to deal with, but no, I’m not looking at it that way and I don’t think the cast is, either.”
“Supernatural” returns to The CW on October 3 at 9 p.m. EST. Season 8 will run for a total of 23 episodes.