It wasn't all that long ago that Supernatural lost its cushy Thursday night spot after The CW's hit series The Vampire Diaries and was relegated to the Friday night death slot for what it appeared might be the final season for the demon-hunting Winchester brothers. As it turns out, Fridays have worked out just fine for Sam and Dean.
"We're looking pretty good. We're bullish enough on it that we cliffhang the finale," creator and executive producer Eric Kripke told eonline.com.
"I feel an obligation to answer a fair amount of questions, but also to cliffhang some stuff for next season," added executive producer Sera Gamble. "We have some stuff cliffhanging at the end of season six, so hopefully, knock on wood, we have a season seven."
In fact, Supernatural has been doing so well in the ratings on Friday that it's pulling in more than 2 million regular viewers and getting a 1.0 rating for adults 18-49. But even better, the show captured the number one spot for adults 18-34 in its timeslot during its last original outing on March 4. At this point, the series is trailing only Diaries and Smallville (which is in its final season) for top ratings on The CW, which proves the executive producers have every right to be optimistic.
In the episodes leading up to that cliffhanger, we can expect Sam and Dean to continue their efforts to stop the Mother of All, and we'll learn more about the war in heaven, as well as the mystery involving Purgatory. Sam and Dean will also find themselves in "a world where the Titanic never sank," and they'll be thrust back "to the Wild West to find Samuel Colt," said Gamble.
As for the big finale, Kripke wrote the episode, and he said that viewers are going to want to "stay tuned for the final minute." According to the Supernatural master, he thinks fans will be shocked by what he tries to get away with when it comes to the cliffhanger.
One thing you can expect in the finale involves the return of Sam's memories for the time his soul spent in hell, said Kripke.
According to actor Jared Padalecki (aka Sam), who appeared at PaleyFest's salute to Supernatural, the wall Death put into place to keep his character from remembering hell will come tumbling down.
"We're saving the best for last — and the scariest for last. It does come down, and as Death warned, it's a catastrophe," Padalecki told EW. "Sam has to battle something he's never battled before, which is himself."
Supernatural returns with new episodes on Friday, April 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Here's a preview what we have to look forward to:
Will you be watching?