SUPERNATURAL: The Original Ending Would've Featured Some Major Cameos & An Epic Kansas Performance

SUPERNATURAL: The Original Ending Would've Featured Some Major Cameos & An Epic Kansas Performance SUPERNATURAL: The Original Ending Would've Featured Some Major Cameos & An Epic Kansas Performance

We all know the long-awaited series finale of Supernatural was significantly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, for the first time ever, we have details on what was originally supposed to happen.

By RohanPatel - Mar 11, 2021 04:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Supernatural

A few months have passed since Supernatural closed out its historic fifteen-season run with an emotional series finale that saw Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) end their hunt following the elder Winchester's tragic demise. The back-half of the hour then served as an epilogue of sorts for the show as Dean moved on to Jack's (Alexander Calvert) new-and-improved Heaven while Sam lived out a full, joyful, life on Earth with his family, handing off the Winchester legacy to his son, before he also passed on, at an advanced age, and reunited with his brother in the afterlife to live happily ever after. 

It was a touching end to their rollercoaster of a journey and considering everything it took to get to that last scene, especially with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic interrupting production on the final few episodes and significantly altering their original plans for the finale, it was even more impressive that the creative team was actually able to get us to an emotionally satisfying conclusion. 

However, it is fair to wonder what that original finale may have looked like and thanks to Supernatural 15 Seasons: The Crew Member's Souvenir, a new book from production designer, co-producer, and director Jerry Wanek, we have some insight into what they originally envisioned for the final hour before the pandemic threw a major monkey wrench in their plans. 

In the book, co-showrunner Andrew Dabb details one of the most perfect final sets they constructed that, due to COVID, unfortunately, didn't make it into the last episode. He writes, 

"Dean was always going to end up in Heaven, and we were always going to see Sam's life in fast-forward, but those final moments were supposed to take place somewhere else.

When Bob Singer and I sat down to talk about season 15, and our inevitable end, we came up with something that felt like a fitting version of Sam and Dean's Heaven: all the people the boys had met along the way (or, at least, those we could convince to fly to Vancouver) crowded into a re-built Roadhouse, as the band Kansas played our (official unofficial) theme song: 'Carry on Wayward Son.'

...and when we opened back up in August, getting that many people in an enclosed space, much less traveling some of our favorites from LA and making them quarantine two weeks for what would be a half day's work, just wasn't realistic. Even Kansas, always game, didn't feel like they could make that trip, which we completely understood.

And so that Supernatural ending … ended. I love what we have now, Dean in the car on the open road, but I have to admit that I sometimes think about our original idea — all of Sam and Dean's family and friends, and one of the greatest rock bands ever on a masterpiece of a set, and I miss is … even though it never really existed.

I miss what it could have been."

While we did get to see Jim Beaver reprise his role as Bobby Singer for one last time, there's no telling who else we may have seen, especially since it sounds like they were planning on going extremely big with it. Fans would have certainly loved to have seen Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith again and, of course, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Ruth Connell, and Kim Rhodes would've been more than welcome as well along with countless others. 

Luckily, this is Supernatural and even if the story is over for now, there's always a chance it'll be back before we know it. Hell, it's not like it would be the first time Sam and Dean have returned from the dead.

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MrCamw1 - 3/11/2021, 4:18 PM
I'm still on season 6.
connorblaze - 3/12/2021, 12:01 AM
@MrCamw1 - for the love of god man, stop at the end of 7. 6 and 7 aren’t great but they’re okay. 8-15 are god awful.
Ha1frican - 3/11/2021, 4:19 PM
Unlike many I enjoyed the ending. Aside from the hilariously bad old man Sam makeup I enjoyed it enough relative to the last bunch of seasons which I feel really dipped in quality. If im being honest the show wasnt the same after Season 5 but I caught up during the pandemic and still had fun with it
Ha1frican - 3/11/2021, 5:10 PM
@Feralwookiee - We live in a society....
Feralwookiee - 3/11/2021, 5:13 PM
@Ha1frican - Lol
All politicians are clowns, so why not?
Reeds2Much - 3/11/2021, 4:29 PM
When Bob Singer and I sat down to talk about season 15, and our inevitable end

Wow their conversation took a dark turn fast.
johndawg - 3/11/2021, 4:32 PM
WruceBayne - 3/11/2021, 5:03 PM
@johndawg - especially since it was only supposed to go 6 seasons.
globaltravels - 3/11/2021, 11:13 PM
@WruceBayne - 5 seasons
inkniron - 3/11/2021, 4:38 PM
I loved the finale for what it was but it could have been really cool to have it play out like this.

And while Mark Sheppard is always a welcome addition, I really don't see a place for Crowley in that ending much less heaven.
SonOfAGif - 3/11/2021, 5:11 PM
Jensen Ackles for Johnny Blaze.
Kadara - 3/11/2021, 5:14 PM
It's on Netflix Canada, I'm going to watch ... eventually..after all my anime stuff lol
Feralwookiee - 3/11/2021, 5:15 PM
OT: When she's not making candles that smell like her vagina, and forgetting Sebastian Stan, GP now says she's open to playing Pepper Potts again.
Thanson - 3/11/2021, 5:29 PM
I must admit that my friends and I all hated the ending. They deserved better after 15 years. Honestly, the next to last episode was really good and easily could have served as the series ending. Actually, I argue that it should have been the finale based on the complete insignificant conflict that started off the finale. I did, howevr, appreciate the deep dive in bringing back a familiar face in Jenny from way back in season one.

It probably would have been best to wait and do the ending you wanted but I still don't agree with a completely random accident during the fight taking out Dean after everything he had been through. Honestly, if he died stopping Chuck or saving someone he loved like Sam it might have been a little easier to accept. I always figured Dean would die in the end but he deserved to go out a hero. And don't even get me started on the horrible makeup and wig for "Old Man Sam".
inkniron - 3/11/2021, 6:27 PM
@Thanson - The thing is though, he dies so many times but always had Cas, et al, to bring him back. Without that backup, he was bound to get got eventually. It felt really fitting to me.
Twenty23Three - 3/11/2021, 10:19 PM
They where never going to keep everyone happy after such a long run but, that was just a poor way to end it. So their game plan was just for Dean to die a mostly pointless death when he would finally have a chance at living his own life without control, that’s a bummer.
Then again the end of season 5 was a perfect series finale and nothing much after it was any good, so I’ll just turn the show I’m off then just before Sam is shown from now on
connorblaze - 3/12/2021, 12:15 AM
@Twenty23Three - I really loved Dean’s death. We’ve seen him live an ordinary life plenty of times (with Lisa, etc), we’ve seen him die a heroic or tragic death a million times. We’ve seen him fight against death a million times. We never saw him accept an ordinary death, going out on a regular hunt the way he would have wanted, and finally having peace. The luck just ran out on a hunt, it was perfect. That character suffered more than any other I can think of, and he had lost everyone except Sam. Living out an ordinary life again would have been lonely and sad. It was time, he got the peace and rest he deserved.
connorblaze - 3/12/2021, 12:17 AM
@Twenty23Three - do you really think a big heroic moment dying as he tackled God with a god-killing grenade would have better? It’s exactly what we expected, and had seen an awful lot, and wouldnt have been nearly so sad as dying like a regular man.
Twenty23Three - 3/12/2021, 1:54 AM
@connorblaze - I’d rather it had ended after the won, they defeat God or whatever, and they just get into the impala and drive off, finally free. You don’t need to know what the rest of their lives are like, it’s not relevant.
lawndart - 3/11/2021, 10:35 PM
I have never watched any series during its popularity but for some reason (likely spending years overseas) I catch it years later as a rerun, which is what I am doing now with Supernatural. I’m about 6 episodes into season 1 with my son. Lots more to go
globaltravels - 3/11/2021, 11:14 PM
Ah man that would’ve been an insane ending
RitoRevolto - 3/11/2021, 11:40 PM
It really should've just ended after season 5. A lot of those newer seasons were not good.
Mugens - 3/12/2021, 3:30 AM
A lot of people are saying that the show should have ended after season 5. Yes that was a damn good series end but let's be honest, although no subsequent season matched the initial 5, there was a helluva lot of good episodes that followed that I would have hated to miss. "The French Mistake" is an easy one and too often mentioned, but what about episodes such as "Baby"? It doesn't really get better than that. So I'm happy with all the seasons we actually got.

As for the ending, if it wasn't for COVID-19 I believe the finale would have made everyone happy, especially the original concept they had planned out but circumstances dictated otherwise and we got what we got. Agree that Dean should have gone out a bit better. I mean the guy survived a whole year in purgatory fighting Leviathans, but gets taken out with rebar? And the less said about Sam's old man make-up the better, but overall a great deal more good than bad. I'll take the totality of this series over the many more that are considered superior and popular ones any day.
Hulkh8liars - 3/12/2021, 4:13 AM
They should have stopped before episode one of season one. I tried this show 3 different times and it was just too bad to finish an episode.
MisterRiviera - 3/12/2021, 8:35 AM
People really not to stop coming to these articles and crying about shows you don't watch or think are bad. I've watched all 15 seasons since it came out and i enjoyed every second of it. People saying it should have ended after season 5 don't know what they are talking about. The show brought a new interesting storyline each season after the first 5 seasons. Every time they build upon the mythologie of this world they created in a good way.

And even after season 5 the show kept delivering really great episodes such as ''The French Mistake'' or that crossover with Scooby Doo. I honestly can't see Supernatural without these episodes being a part of it. So I'm glad Jensen and Jared dedicated 15 years of their life to bring us Sam and Dean.
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