What's next now that Supernatural's creator is stepping aside?

It's been a good news/bad news kind of Supernatural day. The good: Supernatural got an early season-six pickup for next season. The bad: Creator Eric Kripke is planning to step down as co-show-runner, along with his current co-show-runner, Robert Singer. While the men promise to continue to act as hands-on executive producers, Sera Gamble will move into the pivotal show-runner role, taking over day-to-day operations of the series, according to EW.com.

"Eric and Bob will be working very closely with Sera," EW quoted a source close to the show as saying. "They are not abandoning the show."

Since the series began, Kripke has been saying that he had a five-year plan for Supernatural. And since season five has spent much of its time dealing with an apocalyptic battle between angels and the devil, with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester caught in the middle, it seems like Kripke's plan was well in place. However, since the season started, Kripke's seemed to hedge his bets and had stated that he could now see the story might continue.

But with Kripke stepping down, the apocalypse ending one way or the other and Gamble taking over the show's reins, could this be the end of Supernatural as we know it? Not likely. Gamble is an executive producer and talented writer who's been with the show since season one.

The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan caught up with Gamble via email. Ryan asked Gamble if viewers might be seeing "The Apocalypse 2: The Squeakquel," and Gamble replied:

"No, you will not be getting Apocalypse, The Squeakquel in Season 6 (that's hilarious). We're climaxing that story this season. We've been working on the Season 6 storyline for quite some time, and we're very excited about it. We have lots of ideas, and are grateful for the chance to keep the show going."

"Please tell the fans that the writers say thank you! We so appreciate the support."

While it's hard to imagine what might happen AFTER the Apocalypse in a sixth season, it's likely that between Gamble, Kripke and Singer, the show will continue to be in good hands. So maybe it's just a GOOD Supernatural day, after all.

Just to make you feel all Supernaturally warm and cozy, here's a video just released by the CW with Jim Beaver (Bobby) giving a behind-the-scenes tour involving zombies, Bobby's house and appearances by Sam and Dean themselves.

Are you ready for some new blood behind the show-running of Supernatural?

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