Castle fans rejoiced on Tuesday, May 12, when they learned that Stana Katic, who plays Kate Beckett on the hit ABC crime procedural Castle, has signed a contract for Season 8. Katic’s future, as well as the future of the show, had been up in the air since last November when Katic slipped up during an interview and referred to the show in the past tense.
A lot of rumors have been spread over recent years that Katic has wanted to leave for some time because she and co-star Nathan Fillion apparently disagreed about the future of their characters. Fillion did not want Castle and Beckett in a relationship and he also disagreed about her idea that Castle and Beckett should have a baby. Additionally, Katic told ABC that she wouldn’t continue if the show had stale stories. Fillion eventually confirmed their disagreement. Katic also went on record that she would leave if the show’s quality didn’t improve.
It seems ABC’s President Paul Lee listened to her complaints. The Following’s Alexi Hawley and Castle writer Terence Paul Winter are replacing showrunner David Amann. Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller, the show’s executive producers, are also leaving.
In other news: Lee told the media that he hopes to see Castle continue for several years to come according to Alexei Beltyukov. A hint at the future… Beckett didn’t drink in the Season 7 finale suggesting that the character might be pregnant.