Midway through Season 6 of ABC’s Monday night hit Castle, fans have plenty of ongoing mysteries to keep their minds racing. Is the 3XK killer really back to torment Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic)? What’s the deal with Rick Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) shifty papa Jackson Hunt (James Brolin)? And when might wedding bells ring for our favorite writer/cop duo?

Whatever’s in store, Katic says she trusts the show’s writers to take its cast and legion of devoted fans somewhere great — though the actress admits that, like many viewers, she was sad that Beckett’s time in Washington, D.C., wrapped up almost before it began at the start of the season.

“I was surprised by how quickly it finished,” Katic says. “I thought it was an exciting opportunity to make the show a little bit more international, because I loved seeing the boys doing the precinct stuff and I loved seeing the characters figure out things that were a little more global together. But in the end, you just have to trust in the people that are steering the ship.”

Asked about the show’s near-miraculous ability in today’s television landscape to keep its core cast and crew, Katic says having that shared history of storytelling allows the actors to deepen what’s on the page, and also lets Castle and Beckett’s family and coworkers take center stage.

“I love when they get a showcase story, because I feel that in deepening the world in which Castle and Beckett live by understanding the people that they love and showcasing those characters, we are creating a more three dimensional story,” she explains. “Those characters deserve it and the actors who play them are beyond capable. The background should be as deep and as complicated as the foreground.”

Katic says she’s also delighted to welcome Brolin back into the Castle fold, as Beckett finally gets a feel for what her fiancé’s CIA operative dad is all about. “This is the first time I’ve had the chance to work with him — I didn’t the last time he was on the show — and he’s phenomenal,” Katic says. “He’s a wonderful actor and a wonderful addition for the mythology of the Castle world.”

A world that she’s thrilled to see constantly expand into new personal and professional territory for everyone involved.

“Being in an interrogation room day in and day out is a part of the job,” Katic muses, “but the one that is the most tasty is creating character and adding nuance and working with wonderful actors and directors.”

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