Just after the execs announced Stana Katic’s exit, “Castle” season 9 is now officially cancelled. The sad news was confirmed just before the finale episode of season 8 airs tonight.

According to “Castle” season 9 cancelled updates, after several speculations about the show’s impending end, producers have finally decided to cut the show after eight strong seasons.  Prior to their announcement, it has been said that “ABC Studios had spent the previous week or so locking down Nathan Fillion, Seamus Dever and other cast members for a possible Season 9,” TV Line reported.

Reports also noted that producers of the well-liked series prepared two different endings to season 8 to prepare for the worst. Fans will just have to wait and see what kinds of ending the show will have as the series’ farewell episodes airs on ABC.

There have been talks that Katic’s character, Kate Beckett, will die in the supposed season 8 finale as she and Rick pursue the worst villain they have ever encountered on the show, LokSat.  Given that “Castle” season 9 has been cancelled, it could be highly likely that fans will get a more redeeming end with a very much alive Beckett in the end, Celeb Dirty Laundry hinted.

Katic took to Twitter her heartfelt gratitude for fans of the show. “Your devotion to this show has carried us for these unforgettable eight seasons,” wrote Katic, who would not have been part of any Season 9. “I will always be grateful.”

Co-star Jon Huertas, who plays Esposito, also took the time to address fans and thank them for sticking with the show for eight good runs.

“It was a good run but Castle is done,” Huertas said. “I’ve processed the end of living an eight-year dream — now I must thank those who have made that dream possible. You! The Castle fans. My fellow cast mates, the amazing Seamus Dever, Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Tamala Jones, Molly Quinn, Susan Sullivan. As well as the talented Toks Olagundoye, Penny Johnson Jerald, Sunkrish Bala, Arye Gross.”

“Hollywood’s not an easy town,” he added. “As a cast and crew, we were all very lucky to have the right chemistry, love and support to create a wonderful show that had success in a landscape of network TV where long runs are like unicorns. So thank you to the fans for giving me my own personal unicorn!”

Watch the “Castle” season 8 via livestream here.