One of Supernatural’s executive producers has weighed in on why fans probably won’t see Jeffrey Dean Morgan return as John Winchester for the show’s finale.
At the annual Television Critics Association press tour this weekend, executive producer Eugenie Ross-Leming explained Morgan’s cameo last season was too perfect of a send-off.
In Supernatural’s 300th episode “Lebanon,” John Winchester was pulled out of the past and brought to Sam and Dean’s present — where his wife and their mother, Mary, was also still alive. While everyone hoped the reunion would be permanent, John ultimately had to be brought back to his time before things changed for the worse. What followed was an emotional final dinner with the family, who hadn’t all been together since Sam was a baby. As Ross-Leming said, it’s a tough act to follow.
The upcoming 15th season of Supernatural will be its last, so fans are holding out for a number of returning faces. As with John’s return, Season 14 already featured a number of cameos from fan favorites, likely designed to put a button on the characters as the show heads towards the end. Of course, there’s always the possibility of Supernatural spinoffs, which could give certain characters another chance to shine.
Returning Thursday, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW for its final season, Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert.
Hey guys! I’ve updated the gallery with stills and captures from the 300th episode of Supernatural that Jeffrey was in. I’ll be getting scans from the EW magazine issue up sometime tomorrow. Hope you enjoy the photos!
It’s finally happening … Jeffrey Dean Morgan is making his way back to Supernatural!
Thus far, not much has been shared about Supernatural’s upcoming 300th episode, which is currently in production in Vancouver, but seeing as how the show loves to go big with its milestones — “Fan Fiction,” anyone? — it shouldn’t be too shocking that it’s pulling out all the stops for the hour. But John Winchester?! That’s the return fans have waited years to see.
To be exact, fans have waited more than 11 years, seeing as how John Winchester last appeared in the season two finale, “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2,” when he escaped through the open gate to Hell and helped his boys kill Yellow Eyes. Of course, that was after John’s death, which occurred in the season two opener, “In My Time of Dying” when John sacrificed himself to save Dean. Needless to say, there’s a lot Sam and Dean probably never got to say to their dad before he died. And now, they’ll finally have the chance.
Co-showrunner Andrew Dabb said in a statement: “We’re incredibly excited to have Jeffrey back for this milestone episode, and think fans will love what we have planned for his character… and a few other surprise guest stars.”
There are no details yet on how John will return or what it could mean for his boys, but we do know that Supernatural’s 300th episode, titled “Lebanon,” will air Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
It has been years since the Supernatural family reunited with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but fans shouldn’t write the actor off from the series entirely. As it turns out, the only thing standing between Morgan and a Supernatural cameo is the right story.
Over on Twitter, the actor got fans buzzing when he teased his Supernatural interests with fans during a Q&A. After Morgan was asked if he’d consider playing John Winchester again, the actor had this to say:
As fans will know, Morgan appeared on Supernatural in its earliest days, and he hasn’t revisited the series in some time. The actor appeared in season one as John, the distant father of Sam and Dean Winchester. After going missing on a hunt, the two brothers reunited to find their old man, but the adventure pulled the pair deep into the world of hunting. Season one ended with the trio reuniting, but John sacrificed his life at the start of season two for Dean. Since then, Morgan has kept away from Supernatural, but it seems the right story may snag him back.
Of course, fans of The CW series will know John has returned to Supernatural before. In fact, season four brought the hunter back in full when Dean was thrown into the past. The lead met a young John in 1973, and the pair had a brief meeting before the Azazel killed John as a way to get to Mary Campbell.
As far as fans know, there are no plans to bring back John to Supernatural with or without Morgan. If the right story were to come along, it seems the actor would be interested in picking back up his old Colt, and Supernatural will have the perfect place to throw such a homecoming soon. The hit series will release its 300th episode this season, and fans have thrown out John as one character they’d like to see in the milestone release.