The end of Castle arrived a bit sooner than expected when ABC canceled the long-running series on Thursday. The show ran for eight seasons and the cast, led by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, have showed their appreciation in messages thanking and saying goodbye to fans on Twitter.
Katic, who plays Detective Kate Beckett, already thanked fans last month when ABC announced that she and co-star Tamala Jones would not return for a ninth season due to budgetary reasons, according to Deadline. The rest of the cast had signed contracts for one more — likely shortened — season.
See how the cast said its final goodbyes to fans and watch the Castle series finale on Monday, May 16 at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Nathan Fillion Asked Fans to ‘Notice How Unlike Castle’ He Is
Fillion was ready to stay with Castle for one more year had ABC picked it up for a ninth season, signing a contract extension a week before the show was canceled. The day ABC announced the show’s cancellation, he paid tribute to everyone involved with the show and made a joke about his now open schedule.
The 45-year-old actor then made a strange request to fans on Twitter, asking them to notice how “fresh and versatile” he is as an actor. It’s not clear if he was referencing something specific.
Fillion found his greatest success playing mystery writer Richard Castle for eight seasons on Castle, the longest-running role of his career. Before the show premiered in 2009, he was best known for playing the space cowboy, Captain Malcolm Reynolds, on Joss Whedon’s short-lived series, Firefly and its follow-up movie, Serenity. The show found a massive cult following after its cancellation and Fillion regularly visits comic conventions meeting with members of its devout fan base.
Katic Put Pen to Paper to Write a Personal Note to Fans
Katic has said goodbye to Castle and its fans twice over the last few weeks. The first time came after ABC’s announcement that she would not be back for a ninth season, due to budgetary reasons. The 38-year-old actress thanked fans for their support and released this statement to Deadline.
Rather then 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.
Following the show’s official cancellation, Katic wrote a personal note to Castle‘s fans, cast and crew. She posted a photo of the letter to her Twitter signing off, “Love, S.”
Jon Huertas Thanked Fans for Giving Him His ‘Own Personal Unicorn’
Most TV shows don’t experience the type of run Castle enjoyed for eight seasons on ABC and Jon Huertas, who played Detective Javier Esposito, described the show’s success to his “own personal unicorn” in a tweet to fans. He also thanked his fellow cast members and how lucky they were to find the “right chemistry” to create a “wonderful” series.
Molly C. Quinn Thanks ABC for Giving a ‘Carrot Top Kid’ Her Start
Molly C. Quinn, who played Nathan Fillion’s TV daughter, Alexis, started on the show at age 14. Castle was more than a third of her life and the now 22-year-old actress is thankful to ABC, who gave her an “amazing start” to her career.
During her time on the show, Quinn also lent her voice to the Nickelodeon animated series Winx Club and its various installments as the character, Bloom. She landed a role in the 2013 movie, We’re the Millers, as well.
Susan Sullivan Feels Privileged to Be a Part of ‘Castle’ Family
Susan Sullivan has already started work on her next project, a stage production of Steel Magnolias, in New York, but she took time out to pay tribute to her Castle family and the fans on Twitter. Sullivan played Martha Rogers, mother to Richard Castle, throughout the series’ run.
The veteran actress also showed her support for co-star Katic following the news that she wouldn’t be back for season nine. Sullivan looked forward to seeing what she did next.
Seamus Dever and Tamala Jones Keep it Simple
Seamus Dever wrote no caption in his photo paying tribute to the entire Castle cast and crew that he had shared his life with over the last eight years. He posted a picture of everyone gathered at the end of season seven to his Instagram shortly after ABC announced the show’s cancellation.
Jones showed her appreciation a few weeks ago when the news came down that her and Katic would not return for a ninth season. She posted a photo of her smiling with the hashtag #Gratitude. In the weeks to follow, she has retweeted a number of fans praising her performance and their love for her character on Castle.