It's hard to imagine life without Sam and Dean Winchester but eventually fans will have to face the inevitable end of Supernatural. While nothing is set in stone, lead stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki already have an idea of how long they should stick around.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ackles and Padalecki admit that they are focusing on the next big milestone -- hitting 300 episodes.
"In a marathon, I keep my sights on that next mile, wherever that might be," Ackles said. "And 300's a good number to work for."
To date, Supernatural has aired 241 episodes. In order to hit episode 300, the series would have to reach season 14, which would consist of 13 episodes. And that's something Ackles and executive producer Bob Singer have already discussed as an option.
"We talked about wanting to be able to know when our end was, and if it was to be, let's say, 300 episodes, we could tell a 13-episode story," Singer revealed. "I think it would be bad for this show to just ride off in the sunset without a finale. I think we've earned that. I don't know what that finale is, but we'd certainly like to do one."
Though Ackles and Padalecki are aiming for 300, they also don't want to make assumptions. "If we don't make it to 300, I think Ackles and I will both be truly bummed," Padalecki said. "When we get to 300, I think Ackles and I will think it might be time to say bye. There's a chance that changes, but we certainly do not take it for granted that we're going to make it to 300."
CW president Mark Pedowitz previously revealed that as long as Padalecki and Ackles are happy and the ratings are relatively stable, Supernatural has a long life ahead. And considering how loyal the show's fans are and how resilient the show is even after changes in creative teams and time slots, Supernatural's chances of continuing beyond the upcoming 12th season seem promising at this point. It's also a good thing Ackles and Padalecki still have plenty of love for their characters.
"I feel I've learned a lot from my friend Sam. I've learned a lot from my friend Dean. I want to tell that story as well as possible as long as possible, but I don't want it to get too long in the tooth," Padalecki said.
"I feel like if I ever show up to set and I feel like I don't care, or if I feel like he doesn't care, then that's the canary leaving the mine. To this day, I have not really ever sensed that from myself or him ... They're paying us to bring that little bit of magic to what they wrote, and I still feel that magic today. The day that I don't feel that magic will be a very sad day, and I hope that day never comes. I'd like to get to 300 before that day comes," Ackles added.
As for who gets Baby when that fateful day comes, there's no doubt that the Impala will go home with Ackles.
"He gets Baby," Padalecki said of Ackles. "I get Baby Two."
"No, you'll get Three," Ackled made a correction. "Two is stunt. It's beat to s---."
Supernatural season 12 premieres October 13 at 9pm on The CW.
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