Supernatural has proved time and time again that there's not really anything that the show can't do. Whether it's Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) becoming the subjects of a book series (and later, high school musical) or an angel sending them to an alternate universe where everybody thinks that they're actors named Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Supernatural seems willing to do just about anything. Possibly the wildest episode of the entire series is slated to air later this month as a crossover between Supernatural and Scooby-Doo that will see the Winchesters and Castiel animated and thrown into a mystery with Scooby and Co. Supernatural creator and former showrunner Eric Kripke has weighed in on the animated crossover, saying this:
I haven't seen the live-action bookends yet, but I did get slipped all the animated stuff, which I have seen... and it's amazing! It's so awesome! As a kid who grew up on Scooby-Doo, it's one of the moments in my career where I'm, like, genuinely starstruck. I cannot believe the show I created is crossing over with something as iconic as Scooby-Doo. I've been around a while now, but this one really blew me away. This was truly amazing.
Eric Kripke left Supernatural as showrunner following the end of the fifth season, but he clearly still has connections to the Supernatural team that he got to see the animated portions of the Scooby-Doo crossover episode -- fittingly titled "ScoobyNatural" -- before it hits the airwaves. His comments to TVLine prove that he's on board with the direction his successors at Supernatural have explored in the years since he left, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise. A man who created a show like Supernatural (and has gone on to create a time-travel series like Timeless) is bound to have a grand scope of imagination, and what could be more imaginative for Supernatural than an episode that literally animates its three main characters and teams them up with the sleuths of Scooby-Doo?
"ScoobyNatural" will have live-action portions to explain how the Winchesters and Castiel end up sucked into and pushed out of the animated reality, but the animated portions should look straight out of a Scooby-Doo cartoon. That said, fans don't have to worry that Supernatural won't feel like Supernatural. Eric Kripke went on to explain what viewers can expect from the "ScoobyNatural" adventure:
I can promise you this: It's the most violent of any Scooby-Doo episode you've ever seen. There's real and legitimate violence in it. So there are these moments where the worlds collide that skew more towards Supernatural, that are quite subversive and pretty irreverent.
Something tells me that there will be a lot more death, blood, and on-screen corpses in "ScoobyNatural" than ever appeared on Scooby-Doo. The animation may look like Scooby-Doo, but the story will evidently be pure Supernatural. If the episode works as well as Eric Kripke suggests, "ScoobyNatural" could go down as one of the most fun and unforgettable installments of the series to date, and that's saying something for a series heading toward the conclusion of its thirteenth season. For a look at what to expect when Supernatural goes Scooby-Doo, take a look at the trailer!
Tune in to The CW on Thursday, March 29 at 8 p.m. ET to catch the "ScoobyNatural" episode of Supernatural. For more viewing and/or streaming options, be sure to swing by our midseason TV premiere guide, our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule, and our 2018 Amazon Prime rundown. If you need to know what shows have already scored renewals, our rundown of TV renewals and cancellations can help you out.