“Kate Beckett is going to be dead by the end of the night and there is nothing you can do it about,” begins the promo for Stana Katic’s final episode on ABC’s Castle. Interestingly it is labeled season finale. A final decision on a ninth season renewal was expected last Friday, but was pushed and no official word yet on whether this will be the season or series ender.

Katic’s exit, along with fellow cast member Tamala Jones, was part of a major shakeup on the series. Star Nathan Fillion had earlier closed a deal for Season 9. Signs had been pointing to a renewal, possibly for a shortened, 13-episode ninth season at a reduced license fee. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, check out the video clip above.