In the time before physical distancing, the stars of Supernatural got cozy for an Entertainment Weekly cover shoot. Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), and Misha Collins (Castiel) grace the cover of the newest issue of the magazine to say goodbye to the fan-favorite WB-turned-CW series. Supernatural has aired for 15 seasons. It’s hard to use the word “celebrate” when I talk about the show’s legacy because I don’t want it to end. But all good things, etc. And hey, we get a super precious photo shoot out of it.

The dramatic show doesn’t often give this crew the opportunity to smile like this.

With its salt and burn-, wild creature-filled legacy, Supernatural is the longest-running genre TV show ever. The Winchesters have been through it again and again; the “it” changes by season, but their big bad is almost always out to ruin the world. Throughout the constant struggles, near deaths, and resurrections, Supernatural has retained its heart and its focus on the importance of family. That extends behind the scenes, too.

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke told EW he sat down with Ackles and Padalecki early on to emphasize the importance of the Winchesters. Kripke told them, “The show is about your two characters, and with that comes this responsibility.” The actors carried that in front of and behind the camera, with Ackles expressing that they wanted to have fun with the crew and to develop a mutual appreciation.

Now, let’s look at some adorable images from the photo shoot by Peggy Sirota.

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Filming of Supernatural‘s final season is currently on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s okay. We’ll be there until the end. So will the Winchesters.

Read the cover story over at Entertainment Weekly.

Featured Image: The CW

Amy Ratcliffe is the Managing Editor for Nerdist and the author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy. Follow her on  Twitter and Instagram.