News broke several weeks ago that Stana Katic, who plays Kate Beckett, one-half of the show's "Caskett" love duo, has not been invited back for a ninth season.
For the first time since 2009, actor Nathan Fillion will be without the show that turned the fan favorite actor into a TV mainstay, as ABC made a decision to cancel Castle just as Season 8 is coming to a close.
How will Castle end as the series finale airs?
If she were alive at the end of the finale, which finally gets to the bottom of LokSat - the person or thing (don't know, don't care) that has distractingly dogged this season - parting them would seem an arbitrary contrivance.
Monday has season finales for "Jane the Virgin" (9 p.m., CW) and "Bates Motel" (9 p.m., A&E) - both renewed - and the series finale for "Mike & Molly" (8:30 p.m., CBS). The news was somewhat shocking since so much effort was put into cutting the budget and signing the majority of the cast for season 9.
This news was followed by an unsettling month the word that Stana Katic - who plays NYPD Det.
Nathan Fillion went on to say that it has been an honor for him to work with all of the different men and women who have been a part of Castle. "To the whole Castle family - our incredible cast, our remarkable crew, our imaginative writers and our wonderful fans, thank you for eight fantastic years!" Whether the ABC felt those contracts were ultimately too expensive or the fan outcry tipped the scales on the studio's already-tepid feelings on renewal, Castle is closed for good. There was a serious backlash when the network opted not to bring back Katic - reportedly for budgetary reasons - whose intrepid detective Kate Beckett was the long-running partner, and ultimately wife, to the Fillion's titular investigative author.
The synopsis and the promo video of the upcoming finale was released, which gives us an idea about the seriousness of the conspiracy that the couple set out to explore.