If you aren’t caught up on the show, be warned that there will be spoilers in this post, so read on at your own risk!
If you checked out the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly–the one that has Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and the Impala on the cover–you might have seen the big news they shared about the 300th episode of the show. Namely, that they think 300 episodes, should the show make it that far, would be a great place for Supernatural to end.
Okay, I know talking about the end of Supernatural does kinda suck, but at the same time I really like that they’re looking at an end game to the show. For such a long-running show, I’m sure there is a great temptation (at least on the part of the network) to let Supernatural run its course until the viewership has utterly abandoned it. So I’m glad that Jared and Jensen, at the very least, are looking at a way to end the show well. If you’ll recall back at Denver Comic Con this year, Jeffrey Dean Morgan even mentioned in his panel how he’d love to return for the final episode of Supernatural (especially if Jensen directed). If the 200th episode is any indication, Supernatural knows how to celebrate big milestones well.
But how could they end the show on a note that fans could be okay with? After all, I’d hate to see Supernatural go out in a manner similar to How I Met Your Mother, with most of the fandom frustrated with–and straight up rejecting–the ending. Even worse, the season five finale–the original series ending that the show’s creator, Eric Kripke imagined–was kind of a solid series ending. So what could the show do to end the show well since episode 300 will take us into season 14, several season past the originally planned 5?
Leave the Boys in a Believable Situation
I’ll be honest, I’d love to see the show end with Sam as a Man of Letters (maybe, anyway, I’ve got my doubts about that whole group lately), Dean happy and with a family (I’ll just say it, I liked him with his little family with Lisa), and Castiel either safe in heaven or hanging out in the bunker with Sam and Dean. But honestly, I’m not sure if that’s the most believable choice. After all, Sam and Dean always talk about things will end bloody for them, and every attempt they’ve made at a normal life has failed. So while I DON’T want one of them to die and the other to live, it might make more sense for the show to end with both of their deaths, and with them up in heaven–then they could hopefully hang out with Cas, Charlie, Kevin, John, and (potentially) Mary there. I feel like that is the closest to a happy ending that they could get. However, one of the things I loved about the ending to season 5 was that there were so many open-ended stories. Would Sam ever reunite with Dean? Would Dean hunt again? What would Castiel do now that the apocalypse had been averted? What was the deal with Chuck disappearing after he wrote “the end”? There were so many ways for us to speculate on what came next for everyone. While an open-ended finale like that could be cool, I do wonder if, after 300 episodes, we should get some sort of finality with the boys. I’m not sure, but for as much as I want the boys to live happy, “apple pie” lives, I think I’d feel a bit cheated if the show ended with them magically finding a way to live that life. I want as happy of an ending as we can get, but I want to believe it. After all, if we’ve all put in 300 episodes, I’d hope we could find a solid place for the show to land.
Don’t Force Any Romances On Them
I’m okay with the boys having romantic relationships, but I want them to make sense. I don’t want to see them paired up with someone simply to give the finale of the show gravitas or to introduce a woman into the story to inspire the Winchesters to action or create conflict. They’ve had some really great relationships introduced on the show, with Lisa (I know a lot of the fandom hates her, but I don’t know why), Jo, Jess, Madison, and Cassie. However, most of those women ultimately died or their relationship crashed and burned. The women the Winchesters date are often times plot devices rather than actual people. So if they want to end the story with the boys in a relationship, great, but for it to be a solid ending, it needs to make sense, be a healthy relationship, and portray the boys’ partners as actual people.
Answer Some Lingering Questions Definitively
Like I said before, I’m cool with leaving some loose ends. It lets us as the audience speculate and draw our own conclusions about what really happens once the cameras stop rolling. That’s awesome, and I’m for that. But for some of those lingering, nagging questions, like what actually happened to Adam and where is John Winchester, I’d like to finally get a straight answer. I’m probably alone on this, but I’d really like to know if Meg is in purgatory or if she was “redeemed” enough to go to heaven. I’d like to think she’s in heaven, but I always liked that crazy demon. I also am pretty sure Meg would hate heaven, but that’s another issue entirely…
Give a Final Nod to the Metasodes
The fact that Supernatural can pull off having Supernatural on Supernatural in several different mediums from books to the show itself to a musical is a crazy feat. This show is incredibly self-aware, and the metasodes and meta-jokes are some of my favorite things that they do on this show. While I don’t think making the 300th a metasode like the “Fan Fiction” is the right call, I’d like to see the show give that part of the story one final send off.
Leave the Show Where it Began: Family
Family is the anchor to this show. It’s what keeps us tuning in, even when the stories get a little too crazy (like being able to incapacitate the oldest, strongest monster of all with cleaning supplies, for instance). Regardless of what happens when the Supernatural story finally ends, as long as it keeps the story rooted in the importance of family, it will do the show justice. It’s what made the end of season 5 so good. It left us with that wistfulness of Sam coming back from hell, but not wanting to take Dean away from his “normal” life, and Dean trying to make life work with Lisa and Ben because he promised Sam he’d try. The show’s “family don’t end with blood” through line is what gives it heart, and it’s what makes the show more than a campy monster hunting show. While I do hope the 300th episode gives us more straight answers on where Sam, Dean, Cas, and Crowley all end up, as long as they remember that this is a story about the family business, the ending will feel right.
What would you need to see in a final episode for it to feel “right”? What do you hope they avoid? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!