The castle doors are closing for good. ABC announced on Thursday, May 12, that it has canceled crime procedural Castle after eight seasons, which comes on the heels of major turmoil for the series.
The show, which stars Nathan Fillion as novelist Richard Castle and Stana Katic as detective Kate Beckett, premiered in March 2009. News broke last month that Katic, 38, would be exiting the show at the end of season 8, and Us Weekly reported that there had been major tension between the two leads for years.
A promo for the season 8 finale, which airs on Monday, May 16, teases a possible death, with a villain saying that Castle and Beckett’s love story “ends in tragedy.”
A day after Katic’s departure was announced, Fillion tweeted, “Castle has been one of the greatest joys of my creative life, and I hope the show continues on for years to come.” The actor, 45, had recently signed a new deal to return for season 9, in case the network picked up the series.
The stars have not yet reacted on social media to the cancellation.
The full list of series from the 2014–2015 season that won’t be returning to the five major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW) is below, including CBS’ Mike & Molly and The Good Wife, Fox’s American Idol and ABC’s Nashville.
Castle‘s final episode airs on ABC Monday, May 16, at 10 p.m. ET.
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