Castle Season 8 finale photos: A first look at Stana Katic's farewell

Sneak Peek: Castle's Mystery Lady
Sneak Peek: Castle's Mystery Lady

It's about to get very real very quickly, folks.

ABC has released a set of photos from the Season 8 finale of Castle (airing May 16) — aka Stana Katic's final appearance as Kate Beckett.

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As previously reported, Katic, along with longtime cast member Tamala Jones (who plays Lanie), was not asked back for Season 9, in the event the procedural gets renewed. Budget tightening was claimed as the reason for the cast cuts.

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In the season/possibly series finale, which is titled "Crossfire," Rick and Kate, with their best lead in hand, are ready to take on LokSat. Alas, an unforeseen twist puts their case — and their lives — in jeopardy, as they target the elusive and well-connected drug lord.

Launch Gallery: Castle Season 8 Photos