‘Supernatural’ would just not have been the same after all of these years without Sam and Dean’s “Baby,” the 1967 Chevrolet Impala they drive around in while tracking down their prey, which has managed to stay intact through decades (and generations) of Winchester hunting. And with the 15th and final season of the long-running CW series set to premiere this October, fans are hungry for details about the origins of the series, and any nostalgic memories the showrunners and creators might have about the characters and their famous ride. Hence why, during a recent REDDIT AMA to promote his new series on Amazon, ‘The Boys,’ show creator Eric Kripke was asked about a standout memory to share from ‘Supernatural,’ and he replied with a “factoid” from the pilot episode about the famous 1967 Chevy Impala.
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“In the pilot, we explored adding James Bond style switches to the Impala dash — to release oil, or salt. We might have even shot it. But then we realized that was stupid.”
Can you imagine “Baby” having built-in holy oil or salt dispensers? Who would have built that? Would there be some kind of Hunter version of James Bond’s “Q” who made crazy gadgets for John Winchester and his sons to help in their fight against evil? The whole thing would have really taken away from the darker and grittier tone of the series, and I am very happy that Kripke and company made the decision to leave the Impala as is.
Now though, with the end upon us, I wonder if “Baby” will be among those to survive to the end or if she will be a casualty of the final season, a sign that the series is ending and things will never go back to the way they were for Sam and Dean. I suppose we will find out when the final season premieres in October.
Until then, feel free to share your own theories on the fate of “Baby” and the Winchesters in the comments below!