Supernatural Creator Eric Kripke Says Fans Would Have “Hated My Ending”

Eric Kripke insists Supernatural season 15 ending is the right one!

After 15 wonderful years, we finally know how the story of Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) comes to an end. In the series’ 327th episode —Dean Winchester finally died once and for all. Sam, too, albeit in a different circumstance.

Let’s recap the entire story. SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

When the regular vampire hunt goes awry in the final episode of the series, Dean gets stabbed on a nail. Consequently, he dies in the arms of his brother.

Sam later goes on to live a normal life with his wife and son – who he names Dean – before he passes away of natural causes in his old age.

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Sam and Dean then reunite in the new heaven, where Jack/God (Alexander Calvert) decides to make some needed adjustments: no more barricades, and you don’t have to live in memory alone. The closing scene of the show sees the brothers, happy to be together.

But what did the creator of Supernatural, Eric Kripke, think of the finale?

Supernatural season 5 finale "Swan Song" was originally planned to be the end of the series.

Supernatural season 5 finale “Swan Song” was originally planned to be the end of the series.
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Before we proceed, let’s note where Kripke’s version of the story concluded.

In my last episode, ‘Swan Song,’ I probably, in hindsight foolishly, spent maybe like 80 percent of how I wanted that show to end. I didn’t know it was going to go for 15 years. I probably wouldn’t have done that again had I had another chance but I thought maybe there was another year or two!

Outside of a few little scenes and a few more moments, that was the meat of where I thought this show should end, which is Sam versus Dean and then ultimately good versus evil but brotherhood wins and sacrifices are made.

However, the show lasted much longer than two or three more years as he anticipated, so Kripke says:

From that point forward, it’s inevitable that over many years, the show is going to spend every idea I had in terms of where it could go or end. By the time they reach this ending, it’s not like I had some preconceived notion of how it should end. I was completely open-minded to what the gang was cooking up.

So, what did he personally feel about the final pitch?

I had a long talk with Jensen [Ackles] about it and I had a long talk with [co-showrunners] Andrew [Dabb] and Bob [Singer] about it and I think it’s the best possible ending for the show.

It was interesting, they pitched it to me and I went off to think about it for a couple days, and admittedly, me being me, I spent some time thinking, ‘Okay, is there any other ending I would pitch back that I think is better?’ And I spent a couple days trying to chase down a couple avenues and couldn’t come up with anything better.

So I went back and I was like, ‘Guys I think it’s the right one.’ There’s some substance to it but there’s something emotional, I think there’s a positive energy around it.

There’s just one scene he hadn’t completed that he would have done for the end of the series. However, he says he isn’t gonna give it away just yet, but might do so sometime in the future.

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Having said this, Kripke wants the fans to know his ending was so much darker than the end we got. So, anybody who’s like ‘Kripke should have ended it,’ he insists they would have hated his ending because it would have been a “horror movie” with a “horror movie ending.”

Kripke adds he can promise his fans they’re better off with the conclusion we actually got rather than his version of the season 15 finale.

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