ABC’s ‘Castle’ season 8, episode 21 video: Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, and an unusual body

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As we start to get closer to the finale of “Castle” in just over a week, every sneak peek in one way or another feels like a “last” something. The one below for Monday night’s “Hell to Pay” could be the last in the familiar morgue with both Castle and Beckett, and it also could be the last sneak peek to feature Lanie. Tamala Jones’ exit at the end of the season hasn’t gotten the same press as Stana Katic’s, but it is important in its own right.

In the sneak peek below, Lanie stops by to pass along some information to Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic’s characters as they look at a rather unusual dead body, one covered in the sort of markings and stitches that you would expect to see in a Dan Brown ritual. It’s clear that whatever happened to this person had some religious undertones … or at least this is what the killer wants people to believe.

At one point during this episode, Castle will fairly stuck on the idea that the Antichrist may have been behind the killing, and knowing him, he’ll probably take some rather unusual steps in order to prove some legitimacy to his claims. We’re not exactly sure that he will be able to pull that off, bey hey, credit to him for trying, right?

One way or another, the end of this episode could help to set up the finale, otherwise known (sadly) as the last time we’ll see Katic on the show. There’s still no definitive word about if the show is returning, but we expect an announcement early next week.

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