Castle cans Captain Victoria Gates

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Actress Penny Johnson Jerald has confirmed via Twitter that she will not be returning to Castle when it returns for its eighth season this autumn.

Portraying Captain Victoria Gates, the news was confirmed by the actress in a message that gives the impression that the decision was certainly not a mutual one. Johnson joined the series in 2011, replacing the then Captain Roy Montgomery following his death on the show. Since then Victoria Gates has gone from a foe for Rick Castle to a friend, so it will come as somewhat of a shock to fans that she has been let go.

The move might not be so surprising when taking into account that Castle has new co-showrunners taking the reigns; Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley, so this could be just a creative choice.

*Spoiler warning* There is also the fact that in the final episode of season seven we discover that Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) has aced her captain exams, so could potentially be taking charge of the 12th precinct.

Castle returns this autumn to ABC. We wish Penny Johnson Jerald all the best and look forward to seeing her in future roles.

Source: Twitter

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