Thursday, March 30, 2023

Why ‘Supernatural’ Will Be the Show We Miss the Most When It Ends

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In last week’s episode of Supernatural, “The Memory Remains“, the final scene of the episode shows Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) in the Men of Letters bunker. They have a conversation where they talk about how they’re going to be remembered, if they’re going to be remembered. The two talk about how “the people they saved” would be their legacy and how they’ll remember them and that it’s fine if they eventually fade away, because “they left the world better than how they found it.” Dean then takes out his pocket knife, and carves the letters “DW” into the table, while Sam carves “SW”.

This part of the episode got us thinking that we’re just really going to miss Supernatural when it ends. While I know it was the characters reflecting on their lives and how they’ll be remembered, it’s almost echoed in how the show will be remembered.

Supernatural is a show that’s been on for twelve seasons (already planned for thirteen) and one that’s been ingrained into everyone’s lives. People have grown up watching this show. People have had families and introduced their children to this show. It’s something that, looking back, has been a major part of many people’s lives.

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Supernatural started out with two brothers – Sam and Dean – and has grown into a phenomenon. What started as a small show with two actors from previous WB shows – Gilmore Girls and Smallville – soon turned into a staple for The CW. The show began winning awards at the Constellation Awards, Leo Awards, SFX Awards, TV Guide Awards and has gone on to win eight People’s Choice Awards.

We’ll miss seeing Sam and Dean on screen every week, fighting demons, ghosts, or many of the various things they have fought over the past few years. We’ll miss the fun episodes, where we see the Jensen and Jared show their comedic timing and we’ll miss the episodes that Jared and Jensen show how much as actors they’ve grown.

We’ll miss Misha Collins as Castiel, whom we’ve loved ever since he set foot onto the screen. We’ll miss Mark Sheppard as Crowley, who is the character we all love to hate.

We’ll miss seeing the incredible talents of actors such as Kim Rhodes, Ruth Connell, Samantha Smith (whom at the time of writing this have not had their characters die yet). We’ll miss getting introduced to some strong and wonderful characters, as well as finding out the about actors behind them. (We also love the characters who have previously been on the show, but they have been gone for a while.)

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We’ll miss the iconic Baby, who is a character loved so much that there was an episode dedicated to it.

The crew has also been so interactive with the fans and the show. We love seeing all the behind-the-scenes bits and the unseen-but-not-unnoticed hard work they put in every single day.

It’s a show where many different people can bond over the characters, the actors, the episodes and much more. It means much more to everyone than just a television show – it’s a family. While there may be disagreements within that family, the majority support each other in ways that are only unique to that fandom.
People come together from all over the world to see the actors at Supernatural conventions, which draws thousands of people each year to interact with the actors and make friends from all of those who enjoy the same show.

It’s going to be a weird day when Supernatural is no longer making new episodes. It’s going to be weird seeing another show in their time slot, and no new stories for these characters.

There’s no doubt that this show will be remembered. It’s one that has touched many people’s lives. As Sam and Dean talk about “the people they saved” you can’t help but think of the actors’ various Charity campaigns – from Always Keep Fighting, You Are Not Alone and SPN Family Love to Rock God, Wayward Daughters and Random Acts. This show and these actors have saved many lives and they have without a doubt, made the world better than how they found it.

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  1. Honestly, when this show does leave the air, there’s going to be a big hole right through a part of my heart. This cast, these characters, and this story, have altered the way I live my life.

  2. God, yes. I don’t want to think about it.

    “We’ll miss Misha Collins as Castiel, whom we’ve loved ever since he set foot onto the screen.”

    And this gave me all the feels. <3

  3. The only character I won’t miss is Castiel, he’s been irrelevant and worse, boring, since season 7. Actually it’s not just him, the whole angel arc has nearly ruined what made SPN great in the first place. Everybody I know fast-forward through Cas/angel scenes.

    Agree on everything else in the article.

  4. I can’t imagine this show ending. If that ever happens I’m going to be very sad. I plan on watching Sam and Dean fight evil as old men getting around in walkers.

  5. I will miss this show with every gram of my being. It provides me with a sustenance that no other show can provide (past and present). It will truly be a very sad time. But we can’t be selfish because those, that have made this show precious, need some time off and a break from the physical/mental challenges. J2 deserve to see their young families grow up. I give a lot of credit to their wives as well who have been so supportive. They are a unique brand of celebrities who have taken the fandom under their wings and welcomed us like family. I wish them all good things and commend them for the legacy they have left behind.

  6. I love the show. I’ve watched it since the beginning. I don’t understand why Sam and Dean don’t make more money. I think they are better than Friends or Sienfield or even The big Bang Theory which is only a half hour show. Didn’t all those people get a million an episode? Sam and Dean have to shoot 7 or 8 shows to make that. Highly unfair.

  7. No doubt Supernatural, Sam and Dean will leave the world a better place than how they found it. It will be a very sad day indeed.

  8. I’m going to miss Sam and Dean for sure, especially Sam since I felt like I watch him grow up. Crowley was a great addition and the best snark lines. Rowena really grew on me and I miss her this season. Cas? Eh not so much, he was like an appendix – unnecessary.

  9. I started in late, very late like the end of season 11. So, I’ve been making up for it by slowly binge-watching on Netflix from Season One. I am mid-way through Season 11 and I am now obsessed!

  10. This article is written beautifully but I cried halfway thru it. I swear, I may stop watching TV for a while when it is done. My heart will be broken and I will definitely mourn. I don’t want to stop seeing tweets, instagram posts and FB posts from Jensen, Jared, Misha and their families and other cast members. This “family” will endure I sincerely hope. I love my SPN Family and Supernatural…always.

  11. Proud that SPN is currently the longest running genre series. Who would have thought that? Jared and Jensen did great work carrying the show through constant showrunner changes, revolving door of writers, and retconning. Through it all, the show remain true to the core of Sam and Dean. And of course the car.

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