In its fifteen seasons and 327 episodes, Supernatural became a massive hit. But did you know that the show almost took a different turn? When it originally premiered on the WB (which later became the CW) in September 2005, Supernatural followed the monster-hunting adventures of the Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean. Throughout the series, the brothers encountered various supernatural entities, including angels, demons, and vampires, in their mission to protect the world.
One character who quickly gained popularity was Crowley, portrayed by actor Mark A. Sheppard. Crowley was initially introduced as a villain in
In the season 12 finale, referred to as "D-Day," Crowley sacrificed himself to seal Lucifer in Hell. Desperate to stop Lucifer and with no other options, Sam and Dean agreed to accept Crowley's help. When their plan to kill Lucifer failed, Crowley selflessly drove an Angel Blade into his own stomach, sacrificing his life to save the brothers.
Many viewers wondered why Crowley's actor, Mark A. Sheppard, left the show. Sheppard revealed that the decision was made by the writers and producers to take the story in a different direction that didn't include Crowley. He also expressed his disappointment with how his character's arc played out, believing that the writers ran out of ideas and made Crowley go from being the smartest character to the dumbest in just two seasons.
Since his departure from Supernatural, Sheppard has continued to have a successful career. He starred in DC's Doom Patrol as the chaos magician Willoughby Kipling and made appearances in other popular shows like MacGyver and CW's Walker: Independence. Though Sheppard's time as Crowley may have ended, there's no doubt that his talent and skill will lead him to even greater success in the future.