Jared Padalecki’s Emotional Farewell to “Walker” and The CW

Today we're diving into the emotional adiós of Jared Padalecki to the iconic show “Walker” and his fuerte words about The CW's recent cambios. Let's get ready to explore what's behind the scenes, the corazón, and the pasión of this talented actor.

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Jared Padalecki, known for his roles on “Gilmore Girls” and “,” has been the rostro of The CW for decades. He kicked off his career as Dean Forester, Rory Gilmore's first love, and then took on the legendary role of Sam Winchester, one half of the dynamic duo that battled supernatural forces for 15 seasons.

In 2021, Jared returned to The CW as the and executive producer of “Walker,” a modern twist on the '90s classic starring Chuck Norris. But as all good things must come to an end, “Walker” was recently canceled, leaving Jared to bid a heartfelt farewell to a network that has been his home for so long.

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Odette Annable as Geri Broussard, Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker. Courtesy of Rebecca Brenneman/The CW

The Final Farewell

The series finale of “Walker” was a rollercoaster of . Cordell Walker, Jared's character, wrapped up a complex storyline by solving a cold case, apprehending a criminal duo, and deciding to take a break from his Ranger duties to focus on his familia. This final showed Cordell stepping back to mend his relationships with his children, Stella and August, and his girlfriend, Geri.

In an interview with Variety, Jared opened up about his mixed feelings regarding the show's cancellation. He shared insights into his character's journey and how it paralleled his own life. For Jared, Cordell's struggles with work-life balance and the desire to be a better father were deeply personal that he resonated with.

Behind the Scenes Drama

Jared didn't hold back when discussing the reasons behind “Walker's” cancellation. He pointed out the network's shift towards cheaper, quick-fix content, something he feels dilutes the essence of . “They're going in a different direction with The CW. I mean, they have an hour of ‘Trivial Pursuit' and an hour of ‘Scrabble' coming up. I don't know why you wouldn't just download the app or grab a board game and play with your friends,” Jared candidly expressed. He emphasized that The CW he knew and loved, under the of Mark Pedowitz, is no longer the same.

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Keegan Allen as Liam Walker, Violet Brinson as Stella Walker. Courtesy of Rebecca Brenneman/The CW

Cordell's Journey: A Reflection of Jared's Life

Throughout “Walker,” Cordell's internal battles mirrored Jared's own experiences. From dealing with the pressures of his career to realizing the importance of family, Jared poured his heart into the role. He explained how Cordell's realization that “the world goes on without you” was a powerful moment of clarity, both for the character and himself.

Jared also touched on the mortality theme that loomed over Cordell as a widowed single parent. He wanted his children to understand the importance of making decisions based on what's right for them, not just what others expect.

What's Next for Jared?

With “Walker” now behind him, Jared is taking time to reflect on his next steps. He's not rushing into another acting role but instead focusing on producing and developing projects with his esposa, Genevieve. Jared is also excited about the possibility of reuniting with Eric Kripke for the final season of “The Boys,” a show he admires for its humor and excitement.

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Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker, Molly Hagan as Abeline Walker. Courtesy of Rebecca Brenneman/The CW

A Glimpse into the Future

Jared has starred in over 450 episodes of primetime network TV, and he's learned some valuable lessons along the way. He's realized the importance of enjoying the journey rather than constantly striving for the next thing. With three young children at home, Jared is now focusing on spending quality time with his familia and cherishing the that truly matter.

As Jared Padalecki steps away from “Walker” and reflects on his incredible career, we can only anticipate the exciting new projects he'll bring to life. Until then, amigos, let's celebrate the journey of a talented actor who has touched our hearts and inspired us with his dedication and passion. ¡Salud, Jared! We can't wait to see what's next for you.

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