Rumors have run rampant that Fillion and Katic feuded for years behind the scenes, but you’d never be able to tell it by watching the two on screen. In a new clip from the Castle series finale, Fillion and Katic act out a scene over the phone in which they’re forced to say goodbye to each other, each knowing the other is in grave danger. The actors deliver heartfelt sentiments, despite the fact that there’s a huge possibility they hate each other’s guts in real life.
“Babe, I gotta go,” says Katic’s Beckett.
“Will you stay at the precinct?” asks Fillion’s Castle.
“I promise, I’ll stay here… I love you,” Beckett says, full of emotion.
“I love you, too,” answers Castle.
Of course, the words hang heavier with fans who already know there’s a good chance that Beckett will die in the finale episode, considering Katic was written off the show before ABC announced the series’ cancellation — and Castle producer Alexi Hawley fueled the flames of speculation that Beckett will face an untimely death during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“There is death in every episode of Castle,” Hawley said when asked if Beckett would die, though he declined to elaborate as to whose death it would be. “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.”
ABC just announced Castle‘s cancellation last week after a huge amount of backlash from fans that resulted from Katic being let go from the show. The gossip mill reported that her firing came down from execs because of a long-standing beef between Fillion and Katic, and it was reported that Katic was often in tears on set because Fillion was so awful to her.
The Castle series finale airs tonight at 10/9c on ABC.