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Castle fans, we just want to apologize in advance. We’re already emotional heading into Monday night’s finale of the long-running TV series, and we just know that it’s going to get much, much worse.

That’s because — as fans everywhere already know — Monday night marks the last episode starring Castle lead (and fellow Canadian) Stana Katic. After eight long seasons, the show has decided that should it go on for a ninth year (at time of press ABC had still not officially renewed the show although it’s expected to soon), it would do so without Katic’s Beckett character and her onscreen best friend Lanie, as played by Tamala Jones. It’s all thanks to a financial decision that people are still wrapping their heads around.

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Obviously, this is upsetting news, given that we’ve been through so much with Beckett these last eight years. From all of the cases to the high-stakes kidnappings to the wedding that almost was and the one that eventually happened and then that dumb, dumb breakup… Oh, and did we mention ALL THE COFFEES?

Well now that we’ve had a chance to brace ourselves, Monday night is here, and if #Caskett fans know anything, it’s that this is not going to go down without some serious tears.

In the promo for “Crossfire,” the entire thing opens with the line, “Kate Beckett is going to be dead by the end of the night and there is nothing you can do about it.”

Um, thanks for that — as if we needed to get any more meta about Katic’s departure.

“Everything ends in tragedy,” it goes on. “Even an epic love story like yours.”

We can’t even deal. Would the show really kill off Beckett after all these years? Well, maybe… yes. But we really hope that isn’t the case. And we know we aren’t alone.

 

Magical years indeed. It’s hard to believe that it’s all coming to an end… let’s just hope for the sake of all our emotions that it’s not as tragic as we’re being led to believe.

 

Castle airs Monday at 10 p.m. on CTV.