The end of an era begins (again) tonight.
Supernatural is about to debut its final seven episodes, and while there are still a few weeks to to go before we reach the end, you can bet everybody's already thinking about it for a very long time.
Ahead of the season 15 premiere in 2019, E! News sat down with the stars of the long (looong)-running drama to talk about the end and how they'd like to say goodbye to their characters. Jared Padalecki explained that he has always said he felt like the brothers should die—for real—"like a Butch Cassidy and Sundance kind of thing," but that has actually changed for him over the years.
"I feel like the thrust of what I was saying, the undercurrent of what I was trying to communicate is that I want them to be at peace. Somehow, somewhere. They don't have to be dead, but I felt like for many years that they have to die to be at peace," he said. "So I'm not committing to whether they're dead or alive, but I feel like I want the brothers to be at some form of peace."
As we pointed out, if they're dead for real and at peace, that makes it harder to come back for a movie or any form of a show reunion, and it sounds like that's very likely to happen.
"I will say this. I hope that next April 2 isn't the last time I'll ever play Sam Winchester," he said, referencing what was supposed to be the original series finale date before the coronavirus pandemic shut down production.
And as Jensen Ackles pointed out, dying is often not the end on Supernatural—just ask all the bad guys who have returned from the dead to terrorize the brothers this season. He's down for a death, but he's also down for a different plan.
"If we do go out that way, great. Or maybe the guys move to Reno and become card players, and you know, the biggest struggle is juggling between three waitresses," he said.
"Art imitates life," Padalecki joked.
But really, we'd watch this spinoff.
"It's a nice retirement," Ackles said. "You're a card player, I'm a card dealer. We just take the whole casino for everything they're worth!"
The final season has been welcoming back foes from the Winchesters' past as God has ever so kindly unleashed them all from hell, as well as old friends and directors to help say goodbye to the series. As the guys told us, literally anyone could return. And they did and still might!
Hit play on both videos above to hear from the brothers themselves!
Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
A version of this article was originally published on Oct. 10, 2019.