Unfortunate news hit yesterday that ABC Castle’s co-star Stana Katic, who plays Detective Kate Beckett, will not be returning to the show for season 9.
Deadline says that for budgetary reasons, neither Katic nor fellow original cast member Tamala Jones, who plays medical examiner Lanie Parish, will be renewing their contracts for the next season of the show.
It is said that season 9 may be shortened to a 13-episode run, and that Nathan Fillion, who plays the title role of Richard Castle, is the only actor that has been confirmed to be coming back next season so far.
Upon hearing this news, I was shocked. What’s Castle without Beckett? The show is centered around the relationship of the two lead characters, both in their marriage and in their collaboration in murder investigations. It began to seem like something was changing in the middle of season 8, as storylines involved either Castle or Beckett and usually not both of them, and as Hayley Shipton, played by Toks Olagundoye, took on a more prominent role in the series.
With certain TV series, it feels as though they’ve ended too abruptly, as was the case with Flight of the Conchords, which aired on HBO for only two seasons. As much as this leaves viewers wanting more, it seems like a better alternative than going on for too long and losing steam. That being said, I think Castle should end gracefully and finish out the series with both their main stars intact, making the last storyline involve both halves of the pair affectionately referred to as “Caskett.” Otherwise, the show appears to be in danger of fizzling out.
What do you think of Castle moving forward without Beckett? Is it even worth making a 9th season? Become part of the conversation and leave your comment below!
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