Supernatural Season 6 looked unlikely after this year. Yet Supernatural Season 6 now looks set to happen instead of last night being the Supernatural series finale. Season 5 looked very much like it would have the series finale since that was the original plan. After one spends the whole year teasing the end of the world, there’s usually no turning back. Yet fan pressure, network pressure, and second thoughts from the creators may have changed all that. So with last night not being the Supernatural series finale, Season 6 approaches with no idea on what might happen.
The CW sci-fi cult hit had a five-year plan, which was meant to culminate this year. Demon battling brothers Sam and Dean would go on their final hunt against Lucifer himself, with the fate of all humanity in the balance. Even if the brothers succeeded, there couldn’t be any bigger battle than that ahead.
Yet Supernatural Season 6 was confirmed as a reality by the CW, before last night ended Season 5. Instead of “Swan Song” being the Supernatural series finale, it just ended the season and left a share of cliffhangers. But it did appear that “Swan Song” did seem designed to be the end of it all.
With final sacrifices from Sam, big reunions and goodbyes, and a final narration that said endings are hard, it had all the earmarks of a final episode. Yet the supposed Supernatural series finale also said that ‘nothing ever really ends’ and this show won’t end yet – although it will in its current form.
Supernatural Season 6 will air without series creator Eric Kripke, who seemed more eager to let the show go than the network and the fanbase. But although last night was the Supernatural series finale under Kripke, executive producer Sera Gamble will take over next year.
For the many fans of the Winchester brothers, a Supernatural Season 6 is a dream come true. Of course, when Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally wanted to end after their Season 6, and came back instead, fans ultimately weren’t that pleased. In some cases, fanatics may need to be careful on what they wish for on television.
With the Supernatural ‘series finale’ resetting everything, Season 6 will have a brand new slate on and off screen. Since the fans wanted a new year so bad, they will have to live with the consequences if things go south. But after the apocalypse was averted, they certainly can’t have any higher stakes and threats than that.
In any case, the CW will maintain its Vampire Diaries-Supernatural pairing when both shows come back in fall 2010.
Entertainment Weekly- “Supernatural season finale recap: Nothing ever really ends…does it?”
Zap2it- “Should Supernatural have ended or do you want Season 6?”