Castle boss Alexi Hawley is planning to wrap up the series at the end of Season 8 while also planning for Season 9 amid uncertainty about the show’s future, as Deadline reports:
The show is currently shooting Episode 15, the script for Episode 16 is being finalized, and the writers are breaking Episode 17. “We’re definitely getting to a point where we need to figure out what Episodes 21 and 22 are, which is why we are having these discussions now,” Hawley said.
Still, Hawley and Winter will not leave fans hanging. “Everything that has been set up will come to a conclusion this season,” Winter said. That includes the Lock Set mystery.
While they have their hands full with Season 8, Hawley and Winter have an idea where they want to go in Season 9, which is return to the show’s roots after a serialized eighth season.
“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,” Hawley said. “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.”
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of Castle Season 9…