There are a lot of goodbyes this Comic-Con, and while Arrow took the stage yesterday, today the cast and crew of Supernatural took the stage one last time.
Series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Alexander Calvert and executive producers Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Brad Buckner, and Robert Berens were all on hand to recall the years and tease the final season.
With a series that has been on the air as long as Supernatural, you get a lot of memories.
The sizzle reel to that effect clocks in at over ten minutes.
Seeing all 14 years flash before their eyes, guests got to enjoy Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Bad Moon Rising” as well as Kansas’ iconic “Carry on Wayward Son”.
As the longest-running sci-fi/genre show in the history of television, even saying goodbye gives them a lot to celebrate.
Richard Speight Jr. and Rob Benedict, who grew to fame in part thanks to their roles on the series moderated. Their first question went right to the heart of the matter: "Where are your heads at?"
With tissues at the ready, Padalecki said, “That’s so mean to start with us — I’m trying not to cry."
"It really is hard to express the takeaway from the experience. Fourteen years and change is a long time," said Ackles, adding "This guy was just in his early 20s... you were just born.".
"We hooked it up in Vancouver thinking that we'd put our lives on hold for maybe a season or maybe two. And then we would come back and press play and life would go on. It never got unpaused and I'm very thankful that it didn't.
It's been quite a ride and it's hard to express what we're going to take from that," he continued. "Life-long friends, experiences of a lifetime. It's hard to put into words."
"For me, Sam Winchester will never go away," Padalecki said.
"Looking back, I'm really proud of the work this team has done for so long. You see the 42 minutes that we release to the masses, but to get to those 42 minutes is really intense work. That's just the filming of it... There's a lot that goes in to give you guys the best thing we can make," Ackles said.
"I'm really proud of that product. After this long on a show and still truly love what we do and hang my hat on at the end of the day, that's the legacy that I'm proud of -- knowing that we put it in the effort. I'm happy that you guys can be appreciative of that."
After the tumultuous and game-changing events of Supernatural Season 14, the Winchesters will find themselves questioning God's motives when the series returns. Their beliefs about God have changed.
Ross-Lemming said, “It’s the last year to take chances we haven't done before," and that the final story “has many tentacles, and you’ll see them played out throughout the season.”
"It's really exciting and scary. The things we have in mind, I guess about 30 percent of people will be really happy," Dabb added, half-jokingly. "If you thought Game of Thrones was angry..."
Before the end of the panel, a replica of the iconic Impala was given away, and then the tissues were needed.
Ackles told the crowd, "We love you guys very much. Thank you," and Padalecki added, "I'm the luckiest guy on the planet."
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