Castle Season 7 Scoop: ‘Really Fun’ Alternate Reality Episode

TVLine has learned exclusively that on the heels of a drama-filled opening salvo of Season 7 episodes, ABC’s Castle will lighten things up with an “alternate reality” escapade that poses the provocative question: What if Rick and Kate had never met?

The specifics of what tees up this season’s reality-twisting sixth episode are under wraps, but series regular Jon Huertas, who plays Detective Javier Esposito, says it his favorite installment of the upcoming run.

Seeing as the season opens with the mystery of Rick’s “death” and what really happened to him, uncorking a new piece of mythology along the way, “The first couple [episodes] can’t bring too much comedy,” Huertas tells TVLine. “But this ‘alternate universe’ is classic Castle, where you mix a great procedural crime with comedy.”

Huertas says the hour will imagine “a completely different world” where all of the major characters exist, but in rejiggered ways. “It was a lot of fun, getting into that script and seeing how we might all be a bit different,” he shares. “It’s a really fun episode, and people are really going to enjoy it. It’s one of those episodes where you have to laugh.”

Alternate reality episodes of course are nothing new to TV — ABC’s Grey’s Anatomyitself has employed the narrative device twice, The Big Bang Theory last winter contemplated Sheldon’s non-existence and, going back further, Friends, Buffy andFelicity are among the many that have staged “What If” episodes. And then you have one of my favorites, Star Trek‘s “Mirror, Mirror.” (“In every revolution, there is one man with a vision!”) Still, I would posit that “alt reality” outings are never notentertaining, and sometimes even illuminating.

What are your predictions for Castle‘s own “alt reality” hour? What if Kate Beckett had never turned to mystery novelist Richard Castle to help solve a string of murders that aped his novels?

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Castle 7×01 “Driven” Press Release & Episode Stills

“Driven” – In the Season 6 finale, as Richard Castle drove to his much-anticipated nuptials, an ominous black SUV bore down on him. Meanwhile, after waiting in vain for Castle to arrive at the wedding, Beckett was called to an accident scene to find Castle’s car in a ravine, engulfed in flames. Who or what caused the car crash? Is there any way Castle could have survived? The episode will pick-up at the scene of that accident, right where the finale left off, in a premiere that promises to put Beckett through the toughest case of her career. Season 7 of “Castle” begins on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.


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Stana Attends LA Opera Opening Night

Stana attended the LA Opera 2014-2015 season opening night performance of La Traviata at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last night!


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Castle First Look: Season 7 Poster Tells a Story of a Bride… and Gloom

The bride wore… a look of concern, in TVLine’s exclusive first look at the key art for Season 7 of Castle.

When the ABC swerves left off in May, bride Kate Beckett’s walk down the aisle was detoured by an urgent phone call, alerting her to the fact that husband-to-be Rick Castle’s car had been found on a roadside, engulfed in flames. Season 6 closed with Kate racing to the scene, in her wedding dress, to witness firsthand the wreck.

Season 7 (premiering Monday, Sept. 29 at 10/9c) picks up immediately thereafter, with Kate making at least one key discovery about the “deadly” crash.

Check out the Season 7 poster, then share your latest theories on what exactly happened to Rick.

Castle Season 7 Rick Car Crash

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Unless you’ve been vacationing under a rock, you know this much about the season-ending inferno which a distraught Kate laid witness to: Rick was not in the car. As the how/why/who of that misdirect/Rick’s vanishing is explored over the first run of episodes, showrunner David Amann says the shocking truth will not tear “Caskett” apart but “make them stronger.” It also will crack open a brand-new, overdue chapter in our title character’s backstory. “We’ve been conscious for a while of wanting to dig a little more deeply into Castle, but we also felt like there was the mythology of Beckett['s mother's murder] to resolve,” Amann explains. “Now that it has been, we have some ‘real estate’ in which we can explore Castle without it being in competition with things going on in Beckett’s backstory.”

BONUS SPOILER | Series creator Andrew W. Marlowe notes that although Senator Bracken is now paying the piper for his role in Johanna Beckett’s aforementioned offing, “We still have two [pieces of mythology] very much in play” – 3XK and/or his disciples, and spy daddy Jackson Hunt.

RETURN DATE | Monday, Sept. 29 at 10/9c (ABC)

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Gallery Update: HQ Photoshoots

I’ve replaced some of Stana’s older photoshoots with HQ versions, and added a whole new set from 2008. You can find them at the links below!


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Castle Season 6 DVD Bonus Features

Thanks to CastleInsanity!! Don’t forget to buy the DVD on September 16th. You can order it on Amazon.

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Jon, Stana & Seamus “KISS MY ALS”

Stana, Jon & Seamus did their own version of the ice bucket challenge for ALS. Watch the video below, then consider heading over to the ALS website to donate!


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Stana’s Photoshoot for Good Housekeeping

I’ve added Stana’s photoshoot from Good Housekeeping magazine to the gallery. They’re not HQ, but at least they don’t have the text on them! Check them out below.


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