Castle will return to ABC on February 1, but the series is surrounded by buzz at this time. Both the ABC powers that be and the men in charge of the current season of the series are wondering what will happen next on the series. Will a ninth season happen?
TV Series Finale reported yesterday that Paul Lee, ABC President, is willing to spin-off Castle if the stars of the series, Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, left the series.
According to Deadline, Alexi Hawley spoke about the future of the series at a TCA’s party on Saturday night. He said:
“This season was a little bit of a transition, getting Castle into the PI office and setting that world up for him to give him that drive. We wanted to wrap up a lot of the threads of different conspiracies, Beckett’s mother’s murder, Castle’s missing time. We wanted by the end of Season 8 to have gotten through all those — hopefully in a compelling and satisfying way — so Season 9 can be more about the case of the week, going back to the fun of solving the case of the week and not have the luggage of past conspiracies.”
Hawley would like the series to continue with the same cast, but he made it clear that the writers need to know what the future of the series so that they can plan the final episodes of this season, Episodes 21 and 22.
“Last year (creator) Andrew Marlowe wrote the finale not knowing if they would come back, and this year we knew we could possibly do the same thing — have a nice conclusion and still set up something we can launch into if there is a season 9. I think going out with a cliffhanger of sorts always helps you when you come back.”
In addition to the planning for season nine, Hawley revealed that all the currently open storylines on the series right now will be closed out by the end of this season eight. That would allow season nine to go back to the “case of the week” format.
Are you a fan of Castle? Is time for the series to end, or do you want to see more? Tell us what you think.