On ‘Castle’ season 9 and that (possible) alternate Stana Katic – Nathan Fillion ending

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We now know that last week’s “Castle” finale was the series finale for the show, and a much-discussed possible renewal without Stana Katic did not happen. Of course, this news does not necessarily mean that all speculation has washed away regarding what the season 9 would have been. Would Beckett have survived the events of “Crossfire”? There were many rumors that she would have been killed off, and we understand why. It’s hard to imagine the show without her, and it also makes little sense story-wise for Nathan Fillion’s character to not pursue the love of his life if he thinks that she is alive.

Well, it turns out that there may be more to the “if he thinks” theory than we first realized. Michael Ausiello of TVLine claims that there was at least one scenario in which “Crossfire” ended with Castle and everyone else thinking that Beckett had died, only for this to not be the case.

Why make this move? Well, we suppose it’s a way of the show trying to have its cake and eat it too, knowing that killing Beckett would result in fan fury but also realizing that Katic was not on the show anymore. (That was really out of the producers’ control.) We would imagine that this scenario, and this is just our own speculation, could have involved Beckett working in secret to destroy LokSat or whoever captured her off-camera, and she would either be unable to contact her friends or believed doing so would put them in danger. There are only so many explanations, and many of them have been done on TV before.

We cannot say for sure that this is definitely the alternate, unaired ending that was filmed, but it was at least on the table. We’re ultimately happy in retrospect that the show decided to conclude, even if it was painful for us to see people have to lose their jobs and move on to other problems. Hopefully, everyone will be able to do so in a fairly quick manner.

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