Final Supernatural Comic-Con Panel Full of Emotional Goodbyes
The road so far for the cast of Supernatural is filled with memories, high points, low points, and a lot of love between those who make the show and those who watch it. With the long-running series ready to call it quits after 15 seasons, the final Supernatural comic-con panel predictably ran heavy on the emotion. While Comic-Con is an event that crossed over into the mainstream of pop culture, Supernatural is a force unto itself. After all these years, they have a legion of dedicated fans, many who literally grew up with the series. In fact, the various members of the cast and crew are frequent guests at conventions across the country, including a series of cons dedicate just to Supernatural. Still, all that experience couldn’t prepare them for what awaited them one last time in Hall H in San Diego.
A show about viciously murdering mythical creatures and malicious monsters isn’t a place where you’d expect to find heartfelt emotion and copious “man-tears.” Yet, that’s precisely what the fans got when Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, along with a number of the shows producers took the stage. Hosted by supporting cast members and near-professional Supernatural panel moderators Rob Benedict (God) and Richard Speight, Jr. (Loki/Gabriel), this panel was less about the upcoming season and more about the sheer volume of love they all have for each other, including the fans.
A Life-Changing Experience
Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel, is not an original cast member. He signed on in season four to play an angel sent to Earth to serve as both an ally and a foil to the Winchester brothers. Since then he has become the third brother in the family and a fan-favorite character. At the panel, Collins said he found a note about his goals he wrote for himself a year before joining the cast. The note said he wanted to become a series regular on a television show as a part of a cast that would become his life-long friends. He went on to say that he found exactly that on the set of Supernatural, and he knows that his colleagues and his fans will be part of his life forever.
Ackles and Padalecki also waxed philosophical at the final Supernatural Comic-Con panel. They spoke about how fortunate they are. “My cup runneth over” with love, a glassy-eyed Padalecki said at the close of the panel. Ackles, also visibly emotional, choked up when thanking the crowd for their unwavering support over the past 15 years. Both said that their characters will live on with them forever. Padalecki referenced a quote from Sylvester Stallone about Rocky being the best imaginary friend he ever had. This is certainly not the last time these folks will gather together, but it’s the final Supernatural Comic-Con panel in advance of a new season of the show.
Final Supernatural Comic-Con Panel Light on Final Season Details
Even though Supernatural already did the Apocalypse back in season five, the return of Benedict’s character, God, suggests that this time they are going to try to do it right. Producer Robert Singer and his behind-the-scenes colleagues said that the final season of Supernatural gives them a chance to break things and not worry so much about fixing them for next season. Things will get dark and bloody, as is the norm for this show. However, the series finale will be appropriately emotional and leave fans feeling good. Well, at least “thirty percent” of it, they joked.
There were plenty of retrospectives at the final Supernatural Comic-Con panel, and one lucky fan from Oregon won an actual life-size replica of the iconic Impala from the series. Even if the final season is a total disappointment (unlikely), the accomplishment of this weird little monster show can’t be denied. Fifteen seasons is a hell of a run for any scripted series, but the legacy of Supernatural will live on long after the show is confined to reruns.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.