Fans Share What ‘Supernatural’ Means to Them Amid Final Season Announcement

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Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins took to Twitter to announce that next season, season 15 of Supernatural, would be it’s final season. The show just finished filming season 14, which will air it’s season finale at the end of April.

This past weekend, our staff wrote thank you letters to Supernatural, and now, fans share what the show means to them. Please read below, and thank you to everyone who has contributed!

Lori

It’s hard to put into words how much this show has changed my life. It has brought me the best friendships I could have ever asked for, it has brought me the courage to meet new people, to meet my favourite actors and actresses, and to sing on stage. It has brought me the courage to travel alone, despite my fear of flying. It has made me realize being weird isn’t a bad thing; I’m wayward AF. Family doesn’t end with blood and with this show I’ve definitely found my second family. This show and the characters got me through the hardest times of my life and there’s not a word to express how much gratitude I have for the actors and writers.

Ashley

Supernatural gave me something to hold on to. When you’re in a dark place, you grasp for anything to look forward to, anything to grasp and love. Supernatural gave me that and then it kept on giving. I gained friends, I gained family, I gained confidence in myself and in my writing. I cannot ever begin to express the depths of my heartbreak, but also the gratefulness I feel for having been in the SPNFamily when I needed them. Thank you, Supernatural.

Natasha

While I’ve not been here for long, the impact this show has had on my personal life is everlasting. A few years ago, I could not have found the confidence to participate in something like Gish(whes), but gave it a go for the hell of it (and still am). Flash forward to now and I could not be a more changed person thanks to a lot of this cast and their raging positivity, kindness and sheer determination to simply kick ass and say “FUCK IT!” I’m thankful to them and thankful to be kinder to myself.

Angelique

Like so many other fans, seeing these guys grow with the show, seeing them go from boys to good men, husbands & fathers has helped me find my own place in the world. Because of them, I’m not so scared anymore to be myself. Because of them, I try to stand in my truth every day and if people don’t like it, they can walk on by. Because of them, I take risks every day (not the jump out of planes kind of risks – come on, I’m not completely insane) that I would never have dreamed of taking. Because of them, I have published 14 titles, with more to come. Because of them I’ve ‘met’ the most amazing people ever: Angie & Kate, Joelle, Janita, Jess, May, Leanne, Jessica, Vee, Talya, Viva, JJ, Tom, Jason, Wolfie & Kitty, Talya, Anna, Benjamin, Matthew, Paul, Christopher John… there are way too many to list but these people have made my world so much brighter. So much bigger. So much better.

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Kirsten

Supernatural gave me a safe place to express all my geeky joy without judgement. GISH and my Wayward Banshees. The knowledge that pocket friends are real friends, and they’ll be there when you need them. My heart is hurting. But I’m not going anywhere.

Valox

I am heartbroken to watch the show end. It has meant so much to me, and changed my life. It started off just as any other show, but quickly became the bright light in my dark tunnel. Jared, Jensen, and Misha made me realize it’s okay to feel depressed and alone, and to reach out and get help. Rob supported us through hard times, and let me know anxiety is hard, but we can fight it together. Rich, and all of Louden Swain inspired me so many ways, as a person, and as a musician. They’ve all inspired me and my dream goal is to act. Misha’s kindness and charity has constantly made me be the best version of myself. Kim, Bri, Rachel, and Ruth have shown me how to be confident, and love myself for who I am. The show told me how important YOUR family is, because family doesn’t end (or start) in blood. You can chose your own family and define how you will be. Destiny is what you make it be, and never give up. There’s always another way. So thank you all, and my SPNfamily for always having my back. Let’s continue to be united as one, no matter how many years after the show has ended. Because our family won’t.

Julia

It was just something to fill time while I was in between jobs after moving to Vancouver.  It wasn’t ever supposed to take up so much space in my life and heart.  I never intended to take part in GISH, but in doing so I made a friend picking blackberries.  I never thought I’d go to a con, but my new friend made me see the value in spending the money. I then worked the Vancouver con and will again this summer. People from my GISH team are coming to my wedding. I recently started volunteering for IMAlive, and it’s the first time I feel really sure of what I’m doing with my life.  Seeing the work that Misha, Jared, Jensen and all the cast do, helped me figure out my career path.  Once I graduate with my BA, I plan on getting my Master’s Degree in social justice, because a show about hunting monsters helped me see the value in what I have to offer.
So thanks to everyone who’s had a hand in this.  You’ve also had a hand in helping me hopefully create a better future.

Jennifer

I am currently sitting here reeling over the news that Supernatural will be ending after a remarkable 15 season run next year. To say that this is “just a tv show” would be wrong on so many levels. It has been so much more than that to so many people. For me, it opened up an entire new world that I never even knew existed. I have made so many amazing new friendships with people from all over the world. Supernatural awakened my creativity and gave me the courage to try new things and by extension, gave me some much needed self-confidence. It gave me a place to fit in and I finally felt like I belonged somewhere. It allowed me to travel to new places in order to attend conventions and meet up with my new-found friends. I traveled for the first time by myself and that experience was so amazing for me. If it weren’t for Supernatural and the cons, I never would have discovered the music of Louden Swain or traveled across the continent to attend their album release party in LA (which turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life). I never would have discovered the wild, wacky adventure that is Gishwhes, which in itself was life changing. I am a completely different person than I was before I started watching this show. While I am sad that it is coming to an end, I’m ultimately just incredibly grateful for all of the amazing memories I have made as a result of deciding to give this show a try. Thank you, Supernatural. You will be missed.

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Cristie

I don’t know if there will ever be anything like Supernatural again for me. The show started out as a friend I felt like I had when I  cut myself off from everyone. A few years into watching, I started conventions and life was never the same. Meeting [the actors] and fans was so special and especially meeting Rob Benedict, the nicest person I’ve ever met, made my life so much better. I would never have gotten that chance if not for this show.

Amanda

I was late to the Supernatural game. I didn’t start watching until they were in about Season 5 or 6. Even then I would come and go. Watching a few episodes on the CW, then falling behind and catching up on Netflix. It wasn’t until the end of Season 12 that I took a hard nose dive into fandom. I don’t know what it was that made me go full throttle after the Season 12 ending, but I jumped in and have never looked back. I found my people. I’ve made many good friends and good memories in this fandom and I will forever be grateful that Dad went on a hunting trip and hadn’t been home in a few days. Family don’t end in blood, and we will forever be a family. Thank you, Supernatural, for giving that to me.

Nancy

What Supernatural means to me: My first experience with the SPNfamily in January of 2017 at HousCon. I had never experienced an energy like I felt there, and never had I seen so many people that simply loved not only the show, but each other too. From that point on, I was hooked. It’s truly an amazing family and one I’m grateful to be a part of.

Michelle

We are sad. Our hearts are breaking. We knew the day would come, yet we find ourselves unprepared. But, face this, we must. We will forge on with love and fire, like honorary Winchesters, as we face the inevitable end.

There are no words we can gather to thank you properly for what you have given us. Those out there who don’t “get it” will look down their noses at our tears and our lament and wonder how we can cope with “real” life when we are devastated over the end of a “fake” life.

But it is, this Supernatural family, who feel for them—the outsiders who never got to experience what we have felt through your talent, your heart, your steadfast undeniable love for us as part of your family.  We have cried for you and with you and you have done so for us and with us. This is what makes us family.

When the final shot wraps on Season 15, we will feel your pain and your triumph and we will share in the gladness that you have laid pieces of your souls on the screen. For us. You have given so much more than actors and directors and producers and crew should or do. This is what makes us family.

This show will end and we will carry on. Supernatural is storytelling at it’s finest. It’s acting at it’s best. It’s creativity and expertise and it is damn good TV. It will go down in the books as one of the longest running shows, but that’s not it’s legacy.

It will live in every random act we perform. It will live in every late night phone call made from an online friend, just to see if someone is okay. It will live with every dollar donated and every step taken to help another soul cope or thrive or be given a fair chance.

It will live on with every Louden Swain song, every con attended, every independent project tackled by a host of people whom we have come to know and love from Supernatural. It will live when we tell ourselves. and each other. to always keep fighting.

It will live in us. And you.

This is what makes us family.

Thank you for who you are and what you have done. Thank you for fifteen years of your lives. We can’t wait for the next fifteen. For, we will be with you, no matter what you do or where you go. Carry on.

Samantha

Four years ago I walked into a bar and grill and sat down at a table. What happened next changed my life forever.

On a television screen dangling above my head, I watched what I would later recognize as Supernatural. As time went on I binged the previous 10 seasons within the months that followed. I fell in love with this family these brothers had created and the actors behind them. Although I never have gone to a convention or met anyone on the show, I loved this cast anyway. Jensen with his dad jokes, Jared with his ever growing hair, and Misha with his smiles to name some. This show helped when none could, through a depression I’ve been struggling with for awhile. This fandom has become a family and I love that I’m apart of it. Thank you Supernatural for everything.

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Aryn

What is Supernatural?

It means a fight. It means persevering through life’s trials.

It means love. The love that endures through every storm that rises on the horizon.

It means family. Family strengthened in the shared hardship, tempered by every single battle.

It means a show being transformed from simply a form of entertainment and into inspiration.

It means artists of every kind picking up a craft again, or trying something for the very first time.

It means a cast standing up and taking initiative when disasters rise, starting charity campaigns when real-life hurricanes hit.

It means a crisis line being set up, scholarships created, candles lit at a convention in support of a cast that we adore when personal tragedy strikes and being challenged by crazy scavenger hunts that help save those in need.

In short, Supernatural changes lives.

Williana

Supernatural taught me that being myself as weird as I am and as nerdy as I am was perfectly okay and that I will always find friends to accept and love me. Supernatural brought me amazing friendships from around the world, taught me that being kind and open to change was what can make us happy. That women could be vulnerable and warriors as the same time, that family don’t end with blood. It gave me people to relate with, and a balm for my insecurities. Briana taught me that it is not the shape of your body that determines your beauty. Jared taught me that it was okay to not be okay sometimes, and that the answer was to always keep fighting as Jensen showed me what is was to be a good friend and what true friendship was. Matt Cohen helped me to accept myself and see the beauty in each. Rob and Louden Swain gave me strength for each day to come, they taught me that everything is possible and life is worth living for.  So from a fan to all the cast and crew of Supernatural, to Eric Kripke: Thank You for all the life tips that will follow me until the very end.

Katharina

My whole life I’ve always been pretty lonely. I was always the freak fangirl that obsessed over irrelevant things and took a lot of stuff too seriously. And I always believed them so I was embarrassed to show my love and support for the music/TV shows I loved. But then I started watching Supernatural and I found this whole online community that felt the same way I do about this show and suddenly I wasn’t embarrassed anymore. I didn’t care if people thought I was weird for loving a tv show more than people. I embraced my weirdness somehow became proud of being different than most. I can count myself lucky that I’m such a passionate person and Supernatural has helped me to accept that. It has also brought me some of my best friends, online and offline. Friends that will stay for life because when you’ve went through the same shit together, that friendship stays.
I was in a bit of a dark place when I started watching the show but Supernatural was always a constant in my life, even before I started watching which might sound weird but Supernatural was “the show that never ends” and I somehow believed in that. It has been with me when I graduated high school, when I started college and it has made life worth living again. I believe that the show has a big impact in why I’m still here today and I can’t be anymore grateful.
There’s a whole lot more that I want to say but I guess I’ll conclude with thank you. Thank you Supernatural for making me less lonely. Thank you for making life worth living again. Thank you for bringing such wonderful people in my life. Thank you to Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins and everyone else that has worked on this show, cast and crew, that has helped bring the show alive. Just…thank you.

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Gisa

Supernatural means….joy, passion, diversity, inclusion, compassion, adventure, family,  charity and nothing but love! It gave me never-imagined experiences and the most amazing 4 sisters I never knew I needed and can’t fathom my life without now. Supernatural made me a better person, a better friend, a better wife and all that will NEVER end

Anne-Marie

First and foremost – the creation of lasting friendships and a new found-family. I have friends across the world thanks to the little show that could. I’ve met up with several of them at conventions, and outside of the con circuit too. They’ve supported me through the deaths of my father and two best friends. I’ve been able to support them through their own trials and misfortunes, and helped celebrate their successes too. They are an awesome, diverse bunch who I’d never have met without SPN, and I love them all.

Watching the show and falling in love with Dean first, then Sam, reignited my creativity. I started writing drabbles, then longer stories. On the back of that, I wrote a non SPN novel-length fiction and started a sequel. I thought about getting published, and still might do it – you never know. I joined creative communities and challenges. I learned digital art and started trying traditional art after years neglecting that side of my personality.

Both of these are significant, life-changing impacts and have made me very happy. I am now pursuing an artistic career path I’d never have dared to try without these wonderful friends and the encouragement of a wider fandom community who probably don’t even realize how important and influential their comments on my stories and my art have been.

Cori

I came late into watching Supernatural, thank goodness for Netflix! I liked them because they were funny, then in 2016 I got diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and a rare autoimmune disease causing a neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome, and I struggled with everything that it meant to have such diseases and how it changed my life. I saw the #AKF campaign and read how Jared went through his struggles and how everyone supported him and I fell even more in love with the show.. I thank Jared, Misha and Jensen for helping me through my anxiety and my flare ups.

Rene

I want to say thank you to some of the actors that have left such a positive impact on my life. Thank you Kim Rhodes, Ruth Connell, Rachel Miner, Samantha Smith, and Briana Buckmaster for showing me how to accept and love myself, and for being bad-ass female role models. Thank you Richard Speight, Jr. for showing me how to smile and laugh even on my darkest days, and for inspiring me to pursue my passion as a director and screenwriter. Thank you Rob Benedict for inspiring me to start learning guitar, and being a kick-ass lead vocalist for Louden Swain. Thank you Jared Padalecki for being so open about mental health, and showing everyone that just because you have mental health problems doesn’t mean that you’re beyond saving or broken. Thank you Misha Collins for redefining what it means to give back to your community, you’re an angel in real life and you’ve helped so many people. Thank you Jensen Ackles for your amazing charity work and for being such a positive presence for the fandom and crew. I could go on forever, so I want to end this by saying one last thank you to the Supernatural family for being some of the most accepting and amazing people I have ever met in my life.

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Stephanie

Endings are hard, but sometimes beginnings are also not easy. So many years ago a trailer for a little show was telecasted on a small TV channel. Very short, in dark colors and with light music. But these two guys, Jensen and Jared, got me in these few seconds. I watched the trailer, I watched it a few times more. And I was there when on screen something unique, epic, and magical really began: “Lawrence, Kansas. 22 years ago.” Thank you Supernatural. Thank you fandom. Thank you guys.

Michelle

I’m a very recent convert to the show. It was only last October that a friend dragged me to the Vancouver SPN convention.  I knew very little about the show at the time. Up to that point, my life experience had taught me over and over and over again that everyone (family, friends, coworkers, complete strangers, EVERYONE) will screw you over at the first available opportunity, for their own benefit, and occasionally just for fun. In a nutshell, I trust no one. But the convention started to change that. Never in my life had I dreamt that so many genuinely good people existed, let alone that they all came together to celebrate a TV show. I’d say the fans restored my faith in humanity, but that wouldn’t be accurate; they gave me the gift of knowing that there are genuinely good people in the world. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Lauren

It’s hard to know where to start, telling what Supernatural means to me. I’m not generally a TV watcher, and had no idea it even existed, initially. Someone gave me the first season, and I was hooked on the show. Because I’m a nerd, I research the things I love. Supernatural was no different. I loved the show, so I started looking up information about it. First, I looked up the relationship between the two stars. From there, I found out about the charities they supported. Then, finally I found the conventions, and the SPN family. It pulled me in, heart and soul.

For me, Supernatural is something that gave me renewed hope for the world. It reminded me that there is good out there, and that every individual can make a difference. It has been a light in the darkness for me, and a place where I belong, always. The idea that all that might go away is crushing. My most fervent hope is that we continue the family, that we keep making the world a kinder, better place.

I found this online somewhere, and to me, it’s the perfect metaphor for what the guys have done for us. “Don’t write your name on sand, waves may wash it away Don’t write your name in the sky, the wind could blow it away. Write your name on the hearts of the people you touch, that’s where it will stay.” They wrote their names on our hearts.

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Amee

Supernatural came into my life when I needed it most. I’ve found this to be a common occurrence with many fans I’ve spoken to. I was numb with grief at the time and SPN allowed me to unlock those repressed emotions & begin to heal. I feel in love with the dynamics of the Winchesters and their rag tag family. Their trials and tribulations were easily translated into issues going on in my personal life.

The greatest gift SPN gave me was my life. The show, the cast and the #SPNFamily kept me fighting when I thought I had no energy to carry on, when the doctors couldn’t find the cause of my illness, when they argued amongst themselves while I slowly starved. Sam and Dean reminded me that if life knocks you down nine times, you get up 10. Through the love, support & encouragement from these virtual strangers I call friends, I survived that ordeal and others.

There aren’t words to adequately express my gratitude for Supernatural, the artistry of the crew and all the cast members. To Misha Collins for teaching me to embrace my eccentricities. To Jensen Ackles for being such an admirable, talented and generous man. To Jared Padalecki for your honesty, your empathy, your bravery and for #AKF. You are all loved and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Thank you for giving us every moment of blood, sweat, tears, laughter & love.

Maddie

I started watching Supernatural back in 2016, I was in the middle of (what I didn’t realize at the time) really bad depression due to my physical health. Graduating from High School was the last thing on my mind because all I wanted was to feel better.

Long story short I remember thinking to myself, I know Matt Cohen is going to be on this show, I may not like it but I can’t just watch his episode, I wouldn’t know what’s going on, so I’m just going to give it a shot. So I started the pilot and I made it all the way through… mostly.

I needed to stop half way through (It was too scary!) I ended up having to rewatch it the next day and from then on I was hooked. I’ve proven a lot to myself over the last couple years with the help of Supernatural, I wanted to go to a convention more than anything so that gave me the motivation I needed to finally do it, so in 2018 I got a job and I just started saving, and saving and saving.

The Nashville convention is something I will never forget and I’m so thankful for that and because of SPN I’ve gotten to meet so many amazing people and I’ve got a second family who has helped me realize (along with Jared and the AKF campaign) that it’s okay to take care of myself and that I don’t have to feel guilty for it. It’s not easy to hear that something that you care about so much is ending but then I look back and remind myself how blessed I am to have seen it come this far.

Thank you… Jensen for making me laugh and appreciate good ole’ rock and roll. Misha for reminding me that no matter what anyone says, it’s okay to be myself. Jared for teaching me that I can keep fighting, even though it might be really hard sometimes.

Thank you, to everyone who has made their mark on the little show that could.

Adriane

Supernatural….what a ride this has been. I have done things I never in a million years thought I would do. I have met some of the most amazing, talented, charitable, funny, caring people on this planet. I have laughed with you and cried with you. I am mourning this loss as if I am mourning my family, because that is what this is. A family. But I was thinking tonight that I am so blessed to have a million things to be thankful for because of this show, and only one thing to be sad for. I say that’s a damn good payoff. I am absolutely devastated and I know I will be for a while. But that will eventually fade away and what will be left is all of you the SPN family, the boys, the memories of our time together, and the proof that together we changed the world. That is my light at the end of this tunnel.

Anna

I started watching Supernatural very recently, only a month back. I’ve never had a show grip me as much as this one did. I didn’t only fall in love with the storyline and the characters, the monsters and Baby. I fell in love with the family. The actors, the crew, directors and fans. I never knew something like this was possible for a TV show, and although I’m sad I didn’t get to give it a go earlier, I’ll be forever grateful to the person that introduced me. I wish I could get to meet everyone in person, but sadly living so far away makes it hard. I only wish they’ll keep coming together once in a while, so that we can keep the family going. Thank you Supernatural, for making me believe in myself, expand my horizons and open my heart.

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Arlene

I have always loved Supernatural.  I followed it wherever and whenever they moved it. My family started watching it with me, my brother my grandkids and my sister all watch with me now. I lost my brother recently but I always remember the good times we had watching together. It truly feels like I’m losing a part of my family but very grateful for the journey we all went on together. I will always be thankful to cast crew, Writers for sharing their lives and love of SPN with us every week.

Ange

I was gifted Supernatural at the lowest point in my life. My mom died in September and despite being told to take as much time as I needed, I was fired from my job at the end of the year. I fell. Far. Instead of looking for work I watched TV. A lot of TV. I watched a CW show on Netflix and it started recommending all the CW shows, finally reaching Supernatural. Never heard of it and never heard of the actors. 11 Seasons. No way. Too long. But what else do I have to do with my time?

I was hooked. First I was hooked on the cute guys. (I had to keep reminding myself that it was 12 years later and they probably didn’t look like that any more.) Then I was hooked on the heart. The family. The angst. I dipped my toe into my first fandom at the age of 52. I got on twitter “just to look.” I started making friends. They helped start to pull me up. We pulled each other up. We’ve helped save each other physically and emotionally. I went to a con even though I can’t afford it. (I owe my friend an apology for teasing her about going to fan conventions with a bunch of weirdo geeks dressing up in costume.)

I’m sad. I hope the friendships continue after the end of the show that brought us together. I’m skeptical but hopeful. Thank you to Eric, Jensen, Jared, Misha and every guest star, camera operator, PA, and everyone else who had a hand in bringing Supernatural to life.

Melanie

Supernatural was like my happy place when I was watching the show I would forget about what I deal with on a day to day basis. Supernatural really helped me through so it means a lot to me and I am very sad that it’s ending next season.

 

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