Another round of good news, bad news today. I’ll start with the good: We’ll be enjoying another year with our boys; the show has been renewed for a sixth season! But unfortunately there’s a caveat: Eric Kripke, creator and benevolent ruler, is stepping down as show runner (along with his co-runner Robert Singer).
What will this mean for the show? For starters, it means the wonderful executive producer and writer Sera Gamble will be taking over as show runner. Plus, insiders insist Kripke and Singer will remain hands-on executive producers:
“Eric and Bob will be working very closely with Sera,” says the source. “They are not abandoning the show.”
But what about the original and oft-discussed five-year plan for the show? That still remains in place, with a whole new round of stories to be told next year after the Apocalypse is wrapped up this season. Here’s what Kripke had to say:
“I’m looking at this season as the [last] chapter in this particular story…That doesn’t mean there can’t be a new story. Buffy did it. The X-Files did it. You close a chapter on a big mythology storyline and then you begin a new one.”
Robert Singer echoed that sentiment:
"Year six won't have the scope that this season has had. It's tough to top the Apocalypse."
So what can we expect in Season 6? Less overarching mythology, more of Sam and Dean’s relationship, according to new show runner Gamble:
"You just turn left and go a whole other direction. The show has never really been about God and the angels and demons, it's a show about Sam and Dean…There has always been a deep well to jump into in the boys' relationship...We have the opportunity to go back from the epic to a more intimate story."
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the back-to-basics approach, with more stand-alone episodes and less mythology? Are you worried about how Kripke’s departure will affect the show? And what does this new direction mean for characters like Castiel, who might not have a place in an Apocalypse-free universe? Be sure to tell your thoughts in the comments below.