In an interview at Comic Con, Supernatural producers Ben Edlund and Sera Gamble talk about how they deal with audience opinions and reactions, and whether they have and endgame in mind for the series.
On whether the producers go online and read what the fans have to say, Edlund admits that:
It’s hard not to read it. You’re in a dialog. It’s an amazing thing that the internet gives you this chance of seeing what people think… so we definitely take it in. [But] like any dialog, we’re in that conversation. It gives us an indication of what viewer expectation is and that helps us play tension against viewer expectation. We want to scare people and surprise them and make them worried, so it tells us where the zeitgeist is moving so we can do a counter-move or move along with it.
One thing that’s surprised Edlund though has been the lack of negative response to the show’s approach to religion:
I actually was very surprised by how little special interest we get. I mean, we have done some fairly subversive things with the Judeo-Christian tenets. But no one cares!
Showrunner Sera Gamble also talks about how the show will end, and whether they know how the show will end:
[Series creator Eric Kripke] and I have talked about how to end the series. He stepped into my office and talked about that during Season 1 or Season 2. Some of what we talked about ended up in the end of Season 5, and the characters have gone on from that, so we have some new ideas now.
It’s good to know that they have a new plan, now the show didn’t end in season 5. You can read the full interview here at Zap2It.