While the eighth season of ABC’s long-running drama Castle winds down, co-showrunners Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley are prepared to tackle whatever the future may hold for the beloved series.
With ABC yet to renew Castle for a ninth season, Winter and Hawley have written an alternate version of the season finale that would end the series as a whole in the event the show is cancelled. While Winter recently told TVLine that he’s hopeful ABC will green light a ninth season, Hawley confirms that the production staff has indeed planned for the worst case scenario.
“We have crafted a final scene that would exist only if we weren’t coming back,” Hawley told TVLine. “One that we don’t really want to get into…”
Added Winter, “Because our hope is that it never airs.”
Even if the fan favorite series returns to ABC for another season, there’s no guarantee that it would be the same Castle viewers have enjoyed over the past seven years. With stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic at the end of their one-year contract extensions, Hawley admits there’s a chance that the series could be renewed but return in a different form.
“Obviously our hope is that we come back ‘all hands on deck’ for season 9, but everybody needs to make deals,” Hawley continued. “There’s stuff up in the air, so we are trying to leave it in a very dynamic way which leaves open the possibility that maybe the show won’t come back in the same form next season — although, again, we really hope that it does.”
Castle’s eighth season finale will air Monday, May 16th at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.