After almost fifteen years fighting vampires, demons, Gods, Angels, and teaming up with Scooby-Doo, the Winchester Brothers will ride off into the sunset after the next season of Supernatural. For a world surrounding all things spooky, you'd think that Supernatural was a prime target for multiple spin-offs, or at the very least, one. Well, it wasn't for the lack of trying with The CW developing two offshoots of Supernatural that never blossomed into a series.
Now that the end is in sight for those Wayward Sons, fans are wondering if a spin-off could be on the cards. Speaking at the TCA summer press tour, CW President Mark Pedowitz seemed less than optimistic of any show in the Supernatural universe without the two lead characters.
“I’ve been involved in two spinoffs that did not connect. We’ve had no further discussions whatsoever in terms of a Supernatural spinoff. I tend to believe that, at this point, the show’s essence is Jared and Jensen.”
Both the previous attempts at a spin-off were seeded as 'back-door pilots' in separate seasons of Supernatural. Bloodlines introduced us to the hunters and monsters of Chicago; it was serviceable but (in my opinion) wasn't strong enough to take to series. However, the second try was Wayward Sisters which had Sherif Jody Mills taking a central role. The backdoor pilot (season 13 episode 10) was fantastic, and the possibilities appeared endless. Well, The CW didn't agree and for reasons that still remain unclear, they opted not to move forward with Wayward Sisters.
Speaking about the decision tho conclude the series, Pedowitz added;
“We all came to understand that the guys wanted to go out still relevant and they wanted to go be with their families and see what else was out there in the world. You know what, as we always said, when they’re ready to stop, we’ll stop. These shows go out the way that they’re supposed to go. But if you can convince them to come back, I’m open."
On that note, both Ackles & Padalecki spoke optimistically that fans would get to see more of the Supernatural universe in the future.
“It’s a long journey that I don’t think is ever going to be over. I think we’re just going to go away for a while. For how long, I don’t know.
I’m not ready to close doors or burn bridges — that would be foolish. Is something in the works? No. Am I open to having a conversation in the future? Why not?” Jensen Ackles
“I hesitate to maybe accept the idea that spinoffs didn’t work. They were great, I’m proud to have been parts of those episodes. They didn’t fit, I suppose. I do hope we see more of the Supernatural universe.” Jared Padalecki:
Supernatural's final season arrives on The CW this Fall.