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I caught up with Supernatural shooting in Burnaby & North Vancouver on the final 2 days of the series.
On day 1, I caught up to them in Deer Lake Park in Burnaby. They were filming at a creepy looking house at the far end of the park. Unfortunately, there was quite literally nothing to see at that location, as it was all inside the house, except for 1 exterior shoot at the end of the night with no cast.
Early in the day, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles were at the set, but they did not have a long day. I showed up at around 11 AM, and they seemingly were already done at that time (I just didnt know it yet).
The one thing I did see, a lot of on the day was, the car more known to the fandom as Baby. The 67 Impala (well, actually 2 of them) were at the set throughout the day. Unfortunately, I did not see it in action. When I showed up I found 1 out, just parked in public, so all could see it. At the time, I didnt know yet that this was not the hero car (the term used to describe the main one that is used for driving scenes with the actors), but one of the secondary ones they have in stock.
In the beginning it was out there, without any plates on it. Several passer bys and crew stopped to take shots of it, and with it. A bit later, I saw the actual hero car drive in, with plates on. I naively got hopeful that things were going to get going soon, unaware they had already happened. They parked that car off to the side where it wasnt as publicly viewable as the other one. Shortly after that, they took the plates off the hero car.
After lunch, the plates were then on the secondary car. I then realized, it was there for no other reason than for crew to come by and get shots of it and with it. I went back to the car a bit later when I noticed the plates were on, and took a few more photos. It had the license plate on the back, and I noticed something on there I dont think I ever noticed on any of its plates before. The yellow tag in the bottom right corner of it says it expires January 2021, but, just above that, it also says "S15 SPN 327" which of course means Season 15, and Supernatural episode 327, which will of course be the final episode count total of the show.
There was also a City Of Akron, Ohio Police car there. So it seems the series finale spends some time in OH. Lastly, there was a tonne of Canada Geese there (aka - Cobra Chickens), and at one point they were actually cutting off my path to move towards the car... although I had already been over there twice. But clearly, SPN had hired the Goose Army there to protect it.
In a weird twist, because of the Coronavirus, for the first & only time ever, I saw a sign at their location with an actual Supernatural logo on it. It was to tell the crew about COVID-19 restrictions.
This was the end of the last set I would really visit. I didnt know it yet. As I had info on where they were going to be the next day.
On the very final day of shooting for the series, the cast & crew were up in North Vancouver, BC.
When I was given the location, I was told it was impossible. But, I hear that so often, I just ignore it because the stark reality is, 19 out of 20 times, its a lie. So, I went up there thinking I would make something out of the effort.
As it turned out, this was the 1 out 20 times. They were so far up in the wild, that even after I got to the furthest point I was able to get, at their first circus base camp for crew. I still was so far away I couldnt even see a sign of where the set COULD be even with my zoom on my camera maximized. Not that it mattered in the end anyways, as by the time I got to that spot, I was getting there in time to find out they wrapped about 20 minutes earlier.
It was a 45-50 minute walk each way, only to get there and find out that they had wrapped. So yeah, my final Supernatural set ever was technically the day before, even though I made it to part of the Supernatural set on the final day.
I didnt take a lot of photos along the way, since I just hustling along to get up there, and once I got there & found out I missed it, too mentally beat from missing it all to even take any last shots of a crew park or anything. I did take 1 of as it turned out, the last film sign I would see on the trail up there for about 4KM. Ahhh, to be that naive & hopeful still. On the way up, I saw a little handmade sign just leaning against a post outside the last main parking lot before you get to where they were. Guessing some other fans tried before I did that day. It was so small, and at a bad angle I doubt any crew saw it, but thought I'd take a couple photos of it for the effort they put in. I did take 1 pic of all the crew passing by me on the verrrrry long (as you can see in the pic of the map I posted) walk back I had, which in the terribly limited lighting of a forest, wasnt great.
I put together a video (which does include some of the photos from the shoot above also in it) of the day befores observations, and me heading to the last set. Unfortunately, not really anything more to add to it. I really thought I was going to do better than I did.
So, Supernatural has wrapped. Officially. After months of having to wait to finish their last few weeks, the cast have all left, the crew are now off looking for their next jobs, and the sets in the studio have been torn down. It is over. An incredible run. The show got 15 seasons, after being near cancellation a couple times in its first couple years. It has won People's Choice Awards, and so many awards on this sites Best Of TV Awards that I couldnt even tell you how many without looking it up (78). Quite a run for a couple of brothers fighting supernatural beings.
Supernatural was the first TV show that really put me on the map with television fans. While I had followers from movies previously, it really was SPN that first gave my site recognition. Without it, who knows if/when this site would have caught on?
Supernatural starts its final run, October 8, 2020 on The CW.
I dont know how to write the finale of this blog post. So, I will let someone else do it. After all, Endings are hard. Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. Theres always gonna be holes. And since this is the ending, its all supposed to lead up to something I'm telling you, they're a raging pain in the ass.
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