The Winchester brothers are giving up the ghost(s). Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce the end of one of the longest-running shows on TV.
In an emotional video, the actors confirmed that the next season will be the CW series' last. "We just told the crew that though we’re very, very excited about moving into our fifteenth season, it will be our last," said Ackles. "We love you guys and this family is not going anywhere even though the show will come to an end," added Collins.
Hey #SPNFamily here’s a little message from @JensenAckles @mishacollins and me. I’m so grateful for the family that’s been built because of the show. Excuse me while i go cry. pic.twitter.com/QDXDsAyIfK
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) March 22, 2019
"Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We'd like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send off they deserve," executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb said in a statement.
The news comes on the heels of the CW announcing that Arrow will end after a 10-episode run next season. These surprising announcements mark a major sea change for the network, with Jane the Virgin, iZombie and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend also ending this season.
Supernatural was the last remaining holdover from the now-defunct WB network. Its final season will consist of 20 episodes.
Fans and critics were quick to react to the news on Twitter:
#SPNFamily all amazing things must come 2 an end. ICYMI here's a msg @jarpad @JensenAckles & @mishacollins just posted. But we still have the rest of Season 14 & all of Season 15 2 go so lots of #Supernatural goodness still ahead! Huge thx 2 all the fans 4 thr incredible support! https://t.co/PDsT3N6WdL
— Holly Ollis (@Hollidayo) March 22, 2019
Sad about #Supernatural ending, but glad it's getting a final season to end the story in a amazing way. Disappointed to miss their last #SDCC appearance!!! May have to find a way to make it to SD! #SPNFamily
— Carla Day (@CarlaDay) March 22, 2019
Wow. I never thought Supernatural would end. I may have stopped watching in season 12, but it gave me many years of great memories and some wonderful friends.
— Caitliñ Kelly (@purplehrdwonder) March 22, 2019
I’m aware this isn’t about me and that the boys deserve to have time with their families but it still feels like someone has ripped my heart from my chest and is performing acupuncture on while using it as a punching bag #Supernatural
— Caitlin | (@ced1694) March 22, 2019
All respect and love to the entire team of #Supernatural. Bowing out when you're on top hurts, but it's the most respectful thing to do for a story that means so much to so many. While we'll miss the past, we have faith in the sweetness of the future. #bigwheelskeeponturning
— supernaturalfleet (@suprnaturlfleet) March 22, 2019
I take ONE day off and they announce Supernatural is ending. pic.twitter.com/o2M7qPAFcF
— Kaitlin Thomas (@thekaitling) March 22, 2019
Man. This is truly the end of an era. These three introduced the concept of fandoms being able to keep shows alive, fandom families, and have done more charity work than almost any other celebs out there. There've always used #Supernatural as a force for good. #SPNFamily <3 https://t.co/ufHN0iLbte
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) March 22, 2019
I honestly thought I would die and Supernatural would still be on the air
— meaning machine (@EricThurm) March 22, 2019
— Samantha Highfill (@samhighfill) March 22, 2019
In the moment when all of the #SPNFamiIy is really sad about the news I want you to remember words that Jensen ones said "#Supernatural will never end, the show might. But what it is build. THIS WOULD NEVER END"
— superNATurALIA | spn spoilers (@supernaturalia_) March 22, 2019
#Supernatural was one of the first TV shows I ever truly loved. It’s been appointment viewing since I was 13. I can’t imagine what it’s gonna feel like not having Sam and Dean Winchester on my TV every week. I’ll miss them and am grateful for everything the show has given me. pic.twitter.com/KQJ9WKQTG0
— Chris King (@ckinger13) March 22, 2019
— Philiana Ng (@insidethetube) March 22, 2019
15 years is an incredible run for any show but what the #SPNFamily has done through charity work, conventions & community is the most fitting legacy that the Winchesters could leave. Supernatural has saved lives & forged unbreakable bonds. If that isn't saving the world, what is? https://t.co/t1kwbB73si
— Laura Prudom (@LauInLA) March 22, 2019
Fifteen seasons is a lot right now. Live-action primetime scripted, only SVU, NCIS and Grey's have more seasons (20, 16, & 15, respectively). Criminal Minds is tied with SPN right now at 14.
— Noel Kirkpatrick (@noelrk) March 22, 2019