Motherly intuition has Kate turning before Lily has ever finished asking for her, those wide hazel eyes searching across the group of campaign aides and volunteers that had spent months working themselves to the bone because they believed in her and her message.
At nine years old, her eldest child is as precocious as her father and as spirited as her mother, but being faced with a roomful of strangers has Lily clutching at the doorframe until her tiny fingers are white at the edges, anxiety painting itself onto her small face.
“Have you seen my mo–” she gathers up enough courage to ask one of the interns that rushes by, the last word dying on her lips when the college student doesn’t even glance her way, but Kate’s already extracted herself from her campaign manager and her personal assistant, crossing the room in quick steps to reach her daughter.
“Lily-bear, are you looking for me?” she asked, her heart beating wild in her chest at the look of happiness and relief on her child’s face when she appears and kneels down to her level.
“Daddy said to tell you congratulations,” Lily said immediately, small arms wrapping around Kate’s neck and squeezing with all of her might.
“Your daddy is counting his chickens before they hatch,” Kate said with a laugh, skimming her fingers down the long line of hair that her daughter had insisted on growing out for the past year, the first time in her life that she hadn’t demanded that they cut it all of when it reached below her shoulders. “I haven’t won yet, Lils.”
And that was true, the results were official yet, Manhattan’s returns hadn’t even reached the halfway mark but she was doing well. So well that her manager had started focusing exclusively on perfecting her victory speech.
“You will,” her daughter chirps, bouncing slightly on her heels with one of those mischevious grins that has her looking remarkably like her father. “But I have to show you something. It’s a surprise.”
“A surprise? Well, how could I pass that up?” Kate said, tapping the end of Lily’s nose until the girl laughs, tugging on her hand with an insistence that is more than enough incentive for Kate to rise to her feet and allow herself to be led across the hotel suite to the double doors of the master bedroom.
The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You’re the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life..
“ We’re moving on. But just because we’re leaving, and that hurts, there are some people who are so much a part of us they’ll be with us no matter what. They are our solid ground. Our north star. And the small clear voices in our hearts that will be with us. Always. “
I hear the decision for Katic not to return was made by ABC and ABC Studios. Both Fillion and Katic last spring inked one-year contracts, which are up at the end of the current eighth season. While the studio started making overtures to Fillion for a new deal months ago and has been in on- and off- talks with him since the beginning of the year, I hear Katic was never approached to re-up her contract and was not offered an opportunity to continue on the show. Instead, I hear she, as well as Jones, were informed late last week that for budgetary reasons, they won’t be asked to come back for Season 9.
Katic would not comment on the circumstances surrounding her exit. When asked about the departure, she told Deadline, “Rather than distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.”
Since Castle has not been renewed, ABC would not comment on any plans for the length of the potential Season 9 but confirmed to Deadline that Katic and Jones won’t be part of it.
“Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past 8 years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship,” ABC said in a statement to Deadline. “Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.“
“I got the word that I booked Beckett on May 4, 2008. That was the beginning of what ended up being a life-changing experience. I am so fortunate to have played this character & to work with everyone involved in this project. My colleagues & this character enriched my life.” - Stana Katic
We’re moving on. But, just because we’re leaving, and it hurts, there are some people who are so much a part of us, they’ll be with us no matter what. They are our solid ground, our North Star, and the small clear voices in our hearts that will be with us, always.