This isn’t a popular opinion among Supernatural fans (and let’s not forget – I am a fan of the show), but Supernatural should end when it said it should end. Instead of giving us one final kick-ass season they’ve watered everything down, slowed the pace, and delivered sub-par episodes. What came as no surprise to me was that Eric Kripke will be “stepping down” (which is nice speak for “getting out of dodge”) as the Supernatural show runner. It’s HIS show, HIS baby, and it seems even he was ready for it to end. It would seem he wanted it to end. But money talks. (More on this tomorrow.) So, Sera Gamble steps up. And she’s great – I think she’s great. But I also think there’s something that speaks very loudly, albeit silently, about the fact that Kripke is leaving.
Kripke has long said that he envisioned Supernatural as a five-season show. But in an interview last August, he clarified that stance. “I’m looking at this season as the [last] chapter in this particular story,” he told me. “That doesn’t mean there can’t be a new story. Buffy did it. The X-Files did it. You close a chapter on a big mythology storyline and then you begin a new one.” Asked whether he would be involved in a possible sixth season, Kripke hedged, “I don’t know. I’m going to cross that bridge when I get to it.”
Yes, Buffy did it. But I don’t know anyone who thought that season 6 or season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were all that good. And while I never HATED those seasons, most people think that the show should have ended with the major dramatic finale of season 5. Looks like Supernatural is following the same course.