Supernatural boss Andrew Dabb reveals the original plan for the show’s finale before the coronavirus pandemic, which included cameos galore as well as Kansas.
Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb disclosed the original ending of the show that was planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The end that viewers actually witnessed last year reunited the Winchester brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) in heaven on a familiar bridge that we first saw in the series premiere back in 2005.
The final episode in the CW drama, titled Carry On explored the last chapter in the life of monster-hunting siblings when they slaughtered a gang of vampires. However, Dean was fatally wounded in the scuffle and took his final breath after bidding farewell to Sam, who was left distraught.
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Dean witnessed the new heaven that Jack reconstructed and rode off in the Impala. Sam, meanwhile, lives his full life on earth till old age, going on to marry and become a father to a son, who he names Dean.
Following his death by natural causes, Sam and Dean were later reunited in heaven. However, as Dabb clarified at the time, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a few things to be adjusted in the finale so that it could be shot while abiding by social distancing protocols.
Now, we know exactly what was originally going to happen, and we’re a bit sad that it didn’t materialize.
In a new picture book by Supernatural production artist Jerry Wanek honoring the 15 seasons of the long-running CW drama, Dabb touches on one of the final sets – the inside of Harvelle’s – that they didn’t end up featuring.
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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’.
So, the set was designed by the team, but as Dabb continued,
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.
The Supernatural boss further added,
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 it… even though it never really existed. I miss what it could have been.
Well, we’re just sad now. Damn you, COVID-19!