Castle season 8 spoilers: Rick and Kate split will result in more 'sparks' between the couple

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Fans were left heartbroken when the relationship between Kate (Stana Katic) and Rick (Nathan Fillion) was paused in the episode premiere. Showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter already clarified that they are not going to get a divorce and that this challenge is to make them “ultimately stronger as a couple once they get through it” while at the same time “adding drama, comedy, and a lot of different layers which, as we go forward, we use to breathe some new life and energy into the show,” they explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Star Nathan Fillion said that the showrunners want to return to a time when fans were still rooting for the couple, reports Design & Trend, and added that “People had a desire, a wont, for them to fight for something. I think the showrunners did a really good job.” As Hawley and Winter do not consider Castle a drama series, they continuously try to infuse some laughs on the show. “It’s never been much of a drama; it’s far more a comedy with dramatic and heartfelt moments. And they wanted to bring it back to a time when it was funny, when it was great, when it was the light-hearted show that everybody fell in love with,” they said according to the report.

In episode 4 entitled “What Lies Beneath,” Rick discovers the death of his favorite author and decides to take the investigation into his hands. As he and Kate delve deeper, they uncover secrets. The couple will not be reuniting yet, but they will have situations that have “electricity to them,” said Hawley, according to International Business Times AU. Winter added that the couple will be theorizing together, saying: “The sparks between them are electric if not more than ever, and that’s one of the main reasons why we made this bold choice.”

The season finale will air on November 23 and fans can expect more drama.