It's been exactly two weeks since Castle fans received the jarring news that the show's star, Stana Katic, would not return for Season 9 as Captain Kate Beckett, and now evidence is emerging that her big exit will come in the form the character's death.
According to ABC, Castle and Beckett will take on a criminal called LokSat in the finale when an "unforeseen twist puts their case — and their lives — in jeopardy." Since we already know the finale is Katic's last episode, it's not a huge leap to assume that Beckett is the one in danger and meets an untimely death — and Castle executive producer Alexi Hawley is doing little to deny the theory.
"There is death in every episode of Castle," Hawley said to Entertainment Weekly recently, though he wouldn't elaborate as to whose death it would be — or if it would be a main character. "We don’t want to get into that too much. There’s definitely danger."
"Their lives are in jeopardy pretty much from [the] jump," Hawley added. "What we wanted to do was keep pulling the rug out from under them. Things get dangerous very fast. Ultimately, it’s a back-and-forth between being the hunted and being the hunters all the way through the finale."
Being that Katic's departure from the show was extremely abrupt, there doesn't seem to be any interesting avenues for a graceful Beckett exit — barring a transfer to another precinct, a divorce from Castle or a random unexplained kidnapping — and it's looking an awful lot like she might be dead meat.
But as Katic fans struggle to come to terms with losing Beckett, they also now have another huge blow to absorb: There's a very real chance that Beckett won't be the only death in the finale. As of now, there's a very real possibility that she show itself will die, too.
Castle has yet to be renewed for Season 9, and Hawley revealed production has already taken preemptive measures in case the show is canceled.
"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," Hawley said to EW. "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."
Castle airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.
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