It’s been 14 years since Dean first showed up at Sam’s college asking for his help on Supernatural. (Dad was on a hunting trip and hadn’t been home in a few days.) Since then the brothers have defeated countless monsters, but in the show’s season 14 finale, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) came up against the most powerful villain yet: God himself. Now the question is, what does the end of the world look like?
Below, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far about the series’ final episodes.
When and where
The final season premieres Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on the CW, and will contain 20 episodes.
In the director’s chair
Ackles, who hasn’t directed an episode since season 11’s “The Bad Seed,” will helm his final episode of the series in season 15. Although it is the first season 15 episode being filmed, it will air as the season’s fourth episode.
Additionally, co-showrunner Andrew Dabb revealed in the San Diego Comic-Con press room that Matt Cohen, best known for playing a young John Winchester on the show, is set to direct a final-season episode. Richard Speight Jr. will also return to direct.
It’s safe to say Jack’s (Alexander Calvert) story isn’t done, seeing as how he ended season 14 by waking up in the Empty, but in addition to Jack, there are a number of other faces fans can expect to see back. At Comic-Con, Dabb revealed that anyone who’d previously been condemned to Hell could return, including the Winchesters’ long-lost half-brother, Adam. According to Dabb, Jake Abel will reprise his role, which could mean that Adam will finally escape the cage where he’s seemingly been since the season 5 finale.
Additionally, episode 2 photos revealed that Kevin Tran and Ketch will both be back.
Although not everyone is leaving hell behind. “There’s specific characters that we’ve dealt with in the past that will reprise their role,” Ackles told EW, adding, “That doesn’t necessarily mean that everybody’s walking out though. Even though the doors are unlocked and people are walking out of hell, not everybody is quite as eager to jump ship. That begs a question of ‘why’ and it begs a question of ‘when will they?’”
Welcome to the end
In the season 14 finale, the Winchesters realized that Chuck (Rob Benedict) might not be on their side after all. And when Sam decided to shoot Chuck, he told the brothers, “Story’s over. Welcome to the end.” In that moment, the world went black, all the monsters Sam and Dean had killed came back, and zombies rose from their graves.
“God was not kidding when he said it was the end of this story,” Dabb said in a season 14 featurette. “And by the end of this story, it means the end of the world.” With that in mind, it will come as no surprise that the life-and-death stakes of the show are going to change in the final season. During the 2019 Television Critics Association press tour, Dabb said, “We’re looking at this as a true ending. People can’t keep coming back over and over again.” Once again, Dabb said Sam and Dean will face life-and-death, but, as he put it, “This time it’s for real.”
Heading into season 15, not only will the brothers be dealing with the end of the world, but they’ll also be grappling with the very idea of free will: If Chuck has been pulling the strings all this time, which of their decisions were influenced by him and which did they make on their own? “It really opens up the theme of free will,” executive producer Robert Berens said during the show’s final Comic-Con panel. “The way that this news lands on both Sam and Dean, we’ll see them respond very differently at different points to this news. [It] puts everything they’ve done into doubt.”
There’s also the question of Chuck’s intentions in all of this. As Padalecki told EW, “We’re also struggling with: Is Chuck evil, or is he just trying to objectively write a story that’s exciting which controls our lives?”
As for Castiel, he’ll start the season dealing with the Jack of it all. “Cas is not coping well with Jack’s death because he feels responsible,” Collins told EW. “He made a promise that he was going to protect Jack and now, not only did Jack sort of turn toward the dark side, but he also died and it feels like a huge failure for him.”
And sadly for Cas, he’s going through all of this without one of his best friends because Dean still isn’t ready to forgive him for Jack killing Mary. Speaking to the tension between the two characters, Ackles told EW, “It begins to fester a little bit and it certainly drives a big wedge between the two characters in the beginning of the season. Whether that can be patched up and remedied, I don’t know, I haven’t seen much that suggests it would, so I think they’re going to have to be dealing with some tension there for a while.”