The cast of Supernatural, the popular fantasy drama series created by Eric Kripke, recently reunited in support of the ongoing strikes by SAG-AFTRA and WGA. While some members of the ensemble, including Misha Collins, Shoshannah Stern, Richard Speight Jr., and Jim Beaver, joined the picket line, main stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki were not present. However, Padalecki showed his support on Instagram. The reunion was mostly Winchester-absent, as Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played the father of the Winchester brothers, also couldn't attend. Other cast members, such as Felicia Day, Chad Lindberg, Rob Benedict, and Lauren Tom, shared their experiences of the reunion on social media.
The cast and supporters came together to show solidarity and call for fairer wages, better working conditions, and residuals. Supernatural, which premiered in 2005, had a loyal fanbase and ran for 15 seasons before concluding in 2020. However, its spin-off, The Winchesters, was canceled after just one season in 2023. Despite its success, the show had some changes from its original plans, including the car, which was initially supposed to be a Mustang, and the original title, "Unnatural."
Season 5 was also intended to be the series finale, but the show continued for another ten seasons. As the strikes continue, the Supernatural reunion serves as a reminder of the issues faced by actors and writers in the entertainment industry. Kripke himself highlighted disparities in residuals between streaming platforms like Netflix and syndication on networks like TNT. The Supernatural cast's reunion demonstrates their commitment to fighting for their rights and fair treatment in the industry, even after the show's conclusion.