Ackles said at The CW’s TCA summer press tour that he doesn’t see himself ever setting the role of Dean Winchesters down forever.
“It’s a long journey that I don’t think is ever going to be over,” Ackles said of the show, which will conclude its fifteen-season run in the spring. “I think we’re just going to go away for a while. For how long, I don’t know.”
He later clarified, “I’m not ever ready to close doors or burn bridges. I think that’s foolish. Am I saying there’s something in the works? No. Am I open to having a conversation in the future? What’s the harm in that?”
There have been few shows that have eclipsed Supernatural in length and both Jensen and series co-star Jared Padalecki admitted they wanted to go out on their own terms and wrap the show up as well they could.
“This was a community decision. The network and the studio did not say, ‘hey, guys, get out of here, you’re done,'” Padelecki told the audience at a convention earlier this year.”
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” Ackles added. “It was months and months, if not years, of discussion between he and I, between the rest of the cast, between the crew, between our writers, between our producers, between the studio, between the network. Nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out. I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong. It just seemed like the writing was kind of on the wall as to when that was happening. Everybody kind of felt that it was coming soon, and so it was just taking that leap of faith of going like, ‘Well guys, let’s get out the paint and paint that finish line because what we’ve accomplished is unlike any other.'”
When asked about future Supernatural spin-offs, CW president Mark Pedowitz said, “I’ve been involved in two spin-offs that did not connect. We have had no further discussions with [Supernatural EP] Bobby Singer. We have had no further discussions whatsoever in terms of Supernatural spin-offs. I tend to believe, at this point, [that] the show’s essence and blood is Jared and Jensen.”
The long-running show has always been a consistent ratings performer, and The CW has always said that the show would keep going as long as the cast and show-runners had good stories and passion for it. Its final season kicks off on October 10th.
Check out more photo of the Supernatural cast from The CW’s Summer 2019 TCA Party in the gallery below.