"Supernatural" is getting ready to enter Season 12, and The CW series showing no sign of slowing down. At 241 episodes, series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have led the show through heaven, hell and back (literally), but now they have at least an idea of when they want to put away their hunting gear for good.
"When we get to 300 [episodes], I think Ackles and I will think it might be time to say goodbye," Padalecki told Entertainment Weekly. "There's a chance that changes, but we certainly do not take it for granted that we're going to make it to 300."
Executive Producer Robert Singer (the namesake for Jim Beaver's Bobby Singer) said that he and Ackles have talked about using 300 episodes as a potential endpoint.
"We talked about wanting to be able to know when our end was, and if it was to be, let's say, 300 episodes, we could tell a 13-episode story," he said. "I think it would be bad for this show to just ride off in the sunset without a finale. I think we've earned that.
"I don't know what that finale is," Singer continued, "but we'd certainly like to have one."
Ackles and Padalecki both said that they will miss the show when it ends.
"I feel like if I ever show up to set and I feel like I don't care, or if I feel like [Padalecki] doesn't care, then that's the canary leaving the mine," Ackles said. "To this day, I have not really sensed that from myself or him... They're paying us to bring that little bit of magic to what they wrote, and I still feel that magic today. The day I don't feel that magic will be a very sad day, and I hope that day never comes. I'd like to get to 300 before that day comes."
"Supernatural" returns to The CW for Season 12 on Oct. 13.