by T. Mack
ABC broke the hearts of millions of Castle fans last month by announcing that Stana Katic would not return if the show received a 9th season. We now know that the show has been officially cancelled and will not return at all (due at least in part to the overwhelming fan request to end the series rather than have it continue without Stana). It is sad to say goodbye to the show. But I was definitely among the fans rooting for a dignified end to the series this season. I am incredibly relieved that we won’t have to witness the disaster of Castle without his Beckett, because without Beckett, there is no Castle.
Even if things had turned out different, Katic’s reign as New York City Detective-turned-Captain Kate Beckett would have been over this month. In honor of the adoration and admiration we fans have for both Captain Beckett and the actress who spent nearly a decade portraying her, here are ten reasons we love them both.
1. KATE IS SUPER SMART
Kate Beckett has uncanny instincts for putting clues together, solving crimes, and catching bad guys. Her success record has yet to be beat and her reputation is known not only in New York City, but nation-wide.
2. STANA TOTALLY HAS BRAINS, TOO
Stana Katic, the actress who brought Kate Beckett to life beginning in 2005, actually speaks 6 different languages fluently: English, Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Italian, and French! Also, she can “babble” in Greek.
3. KATE IS AN AVID READER
Kate Beckett’s book collection is so extensive that she has a personalized stamp which marks titles “from the library of Katherine Beckett.” She happens to especially enjoy mystery fiction and was a fan of Richard Castle’s books long before they ever came into each others lives.
4. STANA LOVES TO READ AS WELL
It is well-known that Stana is a voracious reader. It is one of the things she has in common with her most famous character.
5. KATE IS A COMPLETE BADASS
Kate is accomplished in hand-to-hand combat as well as marksmanship with sidearms.
6. STANA TOTALLY HOLDS HER OWN
Stana has a particular interest in archery and has studied Isshinryu Karate in Chicago. She also trained in knifing techniques and Certified Navy Seal skills for her role as a Russian assassin in the 2008 film, Stiletto.
7. KATE HANDLES HER BUSINESS
Kate Beckett solves murder cases and catches bad guys. It’s what she does and she does it well. So well, in fact, that she was recruited by the United States Attorney General’s office and later went on to become Captain of the NYPD’s 12th Precinct.
8. STANA RUNS HER BUSINESSES
Stana has her own production company, Sine Timore. The name means “No Fear” in Latin. Also, she founded the non-profit Alternative Travel Project in 2010, which encourages travelers in Los Angeles, California to find alternative forms of transportation. The project is an initiative to decrease the amount of cars that cause crippling pollution by driving L.A.’s streets daily.
9. KATE HAS HIDDEN TALENTS
Kate has many talents, including some that only Castle was able to learn about following their eventual coming together. However, she is also a motorcycle enthusiast, one heck of a poker player, and can pass for Russian-born among actual Russians.
10. STANA’S TALENTS ARE EXTENSIVE
Stana has trained in belly dancing at the Canadian Royal Dance Academy. And she has acquired an extensive knowledge of Shakespeare’s works from attending the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. On top of that, she writes music and can sing. She is a mezzo-alto.
11. BONUS: KATE AND STANA ARE BOTH TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL (OBVIOUSLY)
Clearly, these ladies are knockout gorgeous. However, that’s not what makes either of them awesome. Instead, it is their accomplishments and talent that make them stand out. That’s why this item is at the bottom of the list as an extra add-on point. Clearly, it makes sense to mention it. But it’s not the most important thing. The way Stana looks is not what has made millions of us love both her and her character, Kate Beckett. Her looks are just the pretty icing on the delicious cake that is Stana Katic. The part we really love is all the other stuff.
Goodbye, Kate Beckett. We love you. We’ll miss you. You will live on in our hearts and memories (as well as our DVD and digital video collections). ALWAYS.
As for you, Stana… We hope to see you again on our movie and television screens very, very soon.
Will you miss Kate Beckett? What did you love about her? Where are you hoping to see Stana next… in movies or on another television show? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.