Stana Katic was left 'confused' and 'hurt' following a controversial exit from Castle.
It's been four years since ABC ungraciously fired Stana Katic from Castle (only to flip weeks later to cancel the show altogether) and the star behind Kate Beckett seems to have made peace with an unpleasant incident.
In an interview with Australian Daily Telegraph (through the Daily Mail), Katic acknowledged the whole journey had left her "confused" and "hurt," but added, "Time has passed" and she's grateful she had been part of the journey and that she had influenced several people along the way.
Katic continued, "People loved [Kate and Nathan Fillion’s Rick as a] couple and loved the story we told, loved all of those characters.”
While no one linked to ABC or Castle ever clarified the reasoning behind the abrupt end to the series, rumors at the time of the 2016 incident indicated it was a cost-cutting step ahead of the final ill-fated ninth season.
In a 2018 interview with EW.com, the Absentia star admitted, “I’m actually still not clear on the thought process behind the way that it went down,” prior to adding, “It hurt and it was a harsh ending.”
Meanwhile, Katic was quick to note, “I met so many beautiful people [on the show], and we collaborated on something really unique. It would be a disservice to those people, to the work that we did together, and to my work, which I feel contributed, in part, to the success of the show, to be anything but grateful.”
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As for the series finale, Castle bid farewell for good on May 16, 2016, leaving the Caskett love story untouched.
Although it looked pretty likely Beckett (Stana Katic) was going to face a bleak end, the former detective-turned-captain came out unscathed — and this is presumably because Castle was canceled.
Despite the growing possibility of cancellation, the executive producers Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter saw two separate outcomes. One was expected to end on a cliffhanger if the long-running procedural drama landed a ninth season.
EW heard a report if the series had been revived, the season would have ended with the shooting, leaving the future of both Castle and Beckett in the wind.
The other ending, however, was targeted at providing closure to the fans with a scenario the showrunners wished would never be released.
The scene, it turned out, displayed Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett seven years in the future, already happily married along with three children, as seen at the conclusion of the final season.
The first alternative, one would presume, would have forced Beckett to encounter a bleak fate; Katic and co-star Tamala Jones were expected to quit the show if they were to be extended for season 9.
The idea, however, did not sit right with the viewers, who unexpectedly asked for the cancelation of the series to hold the Caskett love story alive.
It's not normal to witness the fans genuinely wanting their show to be over. As expected, Castle was eventually given the ax in the following weeks.