A potential season 9 for Castle has just hit a major roadblock. Reports are that Stana Katic aka Kate Beckett is quitting the series and moving on. She has decided to part ways with the 8-season long TV show just ahead of a potential season 9. Tamala Jones is expected to join her and exit the show.
Talking about Stana Katic and almost confirming the news, ABC in a statement said, “Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past 8 years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship. Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.”
So what does this mean for the future of the series. After all, it was not really among the 15 shows ABC renewed recently, bu the ABC network was still looking at a potential shorter season 9 with around 13 episodes.
While ABC takes a call on the future of Castle, we’ll have to do with the past videos as fans of the show.
Stana Katic has been playing Detective Kate Beckett for 8 seasons, and in fact she claims that she was not even approached by ABC to renew the contract. Her exact words, “Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.”
But Katic’s exit syncs with what former ABC head Paul Lee informed the reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, He mentioned that he was hopeful for the future seasons of Castle, with or without its leading characters.
With this air of uncertainty around the future of Castle, executive producers Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter say they have shot a final scene that can act as an easy and fair closure for the series. Winter and Hawley in an interview with Entertainment Weekly said, “If we hear that we’re not coming back, we have shot something that we can put at the end of the episode as a way to put a button on everything. Obviously that would be a bad thing because it would mean no more. We did it in order to try to protect the fans, because you can’t end the series on a cliffhanger. The hope is that it never sees the light of day.”
Let’s conclude the piece with Castle creator Andrew W. Marlowe’s Monday tweet – “Heartbroken. There are no words. #nmc” So what is ‘nmc’ – we sure hope it’s not No more Castle.