The biggest highlight of Stana Katic’s recent interview with Deadline.com (‘Castle’ Star Stana Katic On What Made Her Stay) is that her contract talks were not as dramatic as some in the Castle fandom have made them out to be.
In her first interview since signing her new deal in early May, Katic tells the website: “For me it wasn’t necessarily down to the wire,” she says. “I didn’t really start speaking about that until after we had wrapped the (7th) season. A lot of the discussions were happening while I was filming The Rendezvous, so I let my reps handle. It went rather quickly in the end.”
Furthermore, Katic says her decision was based on more than just business. The actress says it became clear once she knew where her character and the series was going creatively. After Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter were named show runners, Katic felt the pieces were falling into all the right places for her character going forward into the new season.
Detective Beckett’s alter-ego also teased the new season. Katic says the first episodes search as a “brother and sister” with each episode offering the main characters take on event that will shift the series into the new season. (The first two episodes are titled “XX” and “XY”.) In part, Katic says part of the season will delve into Castle’s disappearance and the inspiration that drove Beckett to become a police officer.
As for Castle‘s future, Katic says it’s too early to tell but says “if we can tell many stories and have a creatively fulfilling experience, we love to jump and explore a character.” Her new deal also includes a producer credit heading into the new season.
Katic has spent the hiatus working on two films: The Rendezvous and Sister Cities. The latter of which kept off the Castle set until July 27. Katic also married The show worked around her schedule is and is now prepared to ramp up production.
Castle is set to premiere Sept. 21 on ABC.
Showrunner Alexi Hawley tweeted out this picture from Katic’s first day back on the set (July 27):