Jensen Ackles, Jeffry Vincent Parise, Matt Cohen, Sebastian Roche, James Patrick Stuart on Supernatural
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End of an era for sci-fi series and former Days of our Lives star.

Supernatural premiered in 2005 about two brothers following in their father’s footsteps fighting evil supernatural beings. On October 10, the series will premiere its first episode of the final season. While 15 years is nothing for a soap opera, it’s quite a feat in primetime – Supernatural is the longest-running American live-action fantasy series. As readers likely know, the series stars former Days of our Lives star Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric Brady) and has welcomed a few General Hospital alums as guest-stars over the years.

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Created by Eric Kripke (The Boys; Timeless), Supernatural originally debuted on The WB network which eventually became The CW. The series follows the Winchester brothers Dean (Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki, Gilmore Girls) as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other otherworldly beings. They have also encountered several biblical beings including Lucifer (played by, among others, Rick Springfield a.k.a. General Hospital’s Dr. Noah Drake in 2016), Michael the archangel and God, who in season 14’s season finale was so angered he resurrected many vengeful beings the Winchesters previously vanquished. Season 15 will presumably pick up with the brothers fighting off a few familiar faces.

Of how the series ends, Ackles spoke about his mixed feelings at last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con “I struggled with it for about a week or so, and then I realized I’m too invested, I’m too emotional. I’m too close to this character. To see anything with finality on it, it’s just hard to digest,” TVLine reported Ackles saying. But after some thought and discussion with others about it, Ackles came around to the idea calling it “satisfying.” For his part, Padalecki said the brothers find some “version of peace.” At least more than when the season starts.

Over the years, a few General Hospital alums have appeared on the show including Sebastian Roche (Jerry Jax) as Balthazar, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) as Dick Roman, Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos Rivera/Joe Rivera) as Asmodeus and Matt Cohen (Griffin Munro) as a young John Winchester. Port Charles’ former doctor/priest will return for the final season, but instead of being seen onscreen, Cohen will direct an episode in Supernatural’s final season. Other notable guest-stars have included Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Walking Dead; Grey’s Anatomy), Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files), Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), Sterling Brown (This is Us, Lauren Tom (Andi Mack) and many others.

Padelecki already has his post Supernatural gig lined up as he is reportedly attached to star in the reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger. No word yet on Ackles plans.

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Are you a Supernatural fan? How do you feel about the long-running series coming to an end?