'Castle' Season 8 spoilers: Stana Katic's new role leads to Kate Beckett, Rick Castle's fun conflict

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Stana Katic in 'Castle' Season 8
Actress Stana Katic arrives at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California February 21, 2015. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

“Castle” Season 8 is set to usher in a new era, with Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) donning the Captain’s cap. It is now confirmed that she will be promoted to Captain, replacing Victoria Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald) as the new surpervisor at 12th precinct. And, according to the new co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter, the new boss is going to break some traditions, as she will be seen solving cases on the field and not just limit herself to the office.

The previous season finale of “Castle” saw Beckett passing her Captain’s exam as well as receiving the offer to run for New York City senate. And when Jerald took to Twitter in May to announce that she would not be returning to reprise her role as Captain Gates, it was very much expected that Katic’s character will be declining the offer to run for senate and will be stepping into the Captain's role.

Speaking about Beckett’s promotion, Winter told Entertainment Weekly (EW), “… she’s not going to be a traditional captain who is in the office. She’s boots on the ground.”

The co-showrunner, who has taken over the creative reins from David Amann, said that Katic’s character continues to be Beckett who will be seen handling cases, and “she’s going to be involved in the interrogation.” Also the promotion will help the character to take some other roads because she will not be needed on the field for every case, according to Winter.

However, with Beckett becoming the boss, it is not going be the same group equation at 12th precinct. Winter told EW that there is going to be a “new dynamic” with her, Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Ryan (Seamus Dever). Also one can expect to see some “fun conflict” between Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett.

Meanwhile, the report also indicated that there is a possibility that the new Captain may take a plunge into politics in the future. Winter said, “… there might be a future in politics for Beckett somewhere down the line.”

“Castle” Season 8 premieres on Monday, Sept. 21, on ABC in the U.S.

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