There has been much speculation about the future of Castle recently, and more so this week after discussions at the Television Critics Association event where ABC President Paul Lee spoke positively of the show pointing out that the network hopes Castle will continue to be around for a long time, whatever happens.
While the network wants to see the show continue, and the showrunners and fans want the same, much has been made of the fact that show leads Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic only signed single year contracts last year. There is no doubt that everyone wants the pair to continue, showrunner Alexi Hawley puts it simply, “We love our cast, and we’d love everyone to come back.”
That said, because nothing is set in stone Hawley and co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter are wisely starting to think about possible options going forward. It’s not the outcome anyone would wish for and certainly nobody is expecting the departure of Fillion or Katic, they are simply thinking ahead for a worst case scenario on the slim chance there need to be some big changes in the future.
While they may have thought about options, Hawley and Winter don’t feel concerned enough to actually start planning for anything right now. “We’re not really talking about a spinoff right now.” Hawley says, “Worst case scenario sounds bad, but we want Castle to be what it is. We have an abundance of riches with our cast, our amazing ensemble. Toks Olagundoye, who we added this year, is fantastic; we feel really strongly about her. But we’re not thinking about [a spinoff] right now.”
What all this means is, Castle fans are lucky. We have had 8 seasons so far of an amazing, unique and enjoyable show. That in itself is such a rare event in television these days, and from a show that most people thought would never see a second season back when it started in March 2009. It appears that after those 8 seasons are over, Castle fans will get more! It is true that there is a small possibility that any future seasons may require radical changes to take place but nobody wants to loose either or both of the show leads. There is no executive hiding somewhere rubbing his or her hands together thinking about how they can get rid of anyone, but should that happen, next year or further down the road, Castle still has enough going for it that the network and the creative minds behind it think it still has a healthy life ahead of it.
It is important for fans to recognize that this is actually a good thing! Granted, without Fillion and/or Katic Castle would undoubtedly be a different show. The pair are unbelievably talented and we’ve grown to love their characters as though they were a part of our real lives. It would be different, nobody would argue that, but that does not mean it can not still be a fantastic and entertaining show.
Castle has never been a show with only two characters. Many of us fell in love with the show from day one because of the ensemble cast, and over the years, that cast has changed here and there but the level of talent they all bring and the entertainment value their characters present are enough that Castle can go on to continued success long into the future and that’s the bottom line. Would a new version of Castle without Castle and/or Beckett suit everyone? Perhaps not, but I’m certain millions would still find it something to enjoy.
Cast member Seamus Dever falls back to one of fans’ favorite episode quotes when he says, “I’m with Castle until the wheels fall off,” and you know what? I’ll be right there with him!
Interview source: TVInsider