Nov. 2: Preempted
Nov. 9, “Cool Boys”: With Beckett away at a work function, Castle gets swept up in a caper involving Detective Slaughter (returning guest star Adam Baldwin) – some bro time that affords Rick a chance to vent about his muddled marriage. “What we tried to do was have a bit of the ‘guy’ conversation about what’s happening, but put that perspective on its head,” says co-showrunner Alexi Hawley. And partly due to gruff Slaughter’s unexpected insights, “It ends up being a positive conversation.”
Nov. 16, “The Last Seduction”:All My Children alum Lindsay Price andRescue Me‘s Andrea Roth are on hand for a “very fun episode” centered on Rick and Kate’s first wedding anniversary, says co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter. “But how do you celebrate when you’re having this weird ‘time out’? Well, they find a way.” Also: Ryan and Espo attend therapy!
Nov. 23, “Mr. & Mrs. Castle”: The fall finale, per its title, is a nod toBrangelina’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith — namely, “the fun of the conflict in that relationship in the movie,” says Hawley. On what note will it leave fans heading into a three-month hiatus? “We’re not leaving you with a cliffhanger,” says Hawley, “but the promise of what it will be like when we come back.”
Archive for: Castle: Spoilers
Childhood demons are chasing Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). While she can certainly run, the newly appointed captain can’t hide from her past in Castle’s season-eight opener, “XY.”
Good changes are underway at the start of Monday’s hour. Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett are celebrating her big promotion and Castle is pleasantly surprised to find Alexis (Molly Quinn) has not only remodeled his P.I. office, but also successfully taken on some cases of her own. However, things quickly turn dark when Beckett goes missing.
Castle, Esposito (Jon Huertas), Ryan (Seamus Dever) and the team quickly notice Beckett’s absence. Their search leads them straight to security specialist Hayley Shipman (Toks Olagundoye), who luckily turns out to be more friend than foe. Hayley’s out-of-the-box way of thinking comes in handy as she joins the search for Beckett. Surprisingly, all leads point to incarcerated former Sen. William Bracken (Jack Coleman), aka the man who had Beckett’s mother killed.
Castle pays Bracken a jailhouse visit, during which Bracken tells Castle regardless of where his wife is, she is never going to be happy just being Mrs. Castle. Even though Beckett seems as if she’s got it all together, it would be impossible to push away her 16-year obsession with putting Bracken away for his crime.
Surveillance footage reveals Beckett and a low-level analyst for the Attorney General’s office named Vikram Singh (Sunkrish Bala) stealing insulin from an ambulance. It turns out that Beckett was in on the whole shebang. Why would Beckett be keeping her friends and family in the dark? What is she hiding? As it turns out, Beckett is being chased by two teams of highly dangerous people, one of which captures and tortures Castle. Beckett makes a brief appearance, going full superwoman to save her husband, but offers no explanation as to what’s happening before fleeing the scene.
At the episode’s end, the remaining team at large is closing in on Beckett, leaving so many questions unanswered. What’s to come in part two of the season-eight premiere and is it the season of Beckett? The Hollywood Reporter got some answers about what’s in store from showrunners Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley.
Last season dealt with Castle and his demons. This season opens up with Beckett confronting hers. Is this season going to be more Beckett-centered or was that just a one-episode thing?
Hawley: Ultimately this season will be balanced. The one thing that stood out to us when we started was this idea that you have this character whose mother was murdered when she was 19 — who spent 16 years of her life hunting that killer and then ultimately put him behind bars. Can you turn that kind of obsession off? After Bracken was arrested in season six, Beckett went off to become just a happily married cop who works hard and all that kind of stuff, but we didn’t really believe that that had been turned off. That door had just been forced closed and so we blow that door open in the beginning of this season. She’s got to come face-to-face with the idea that this is behind her, but it’s not. It’s part of her personality. Castle also has to come face-to- face with who his wife is and there’s a little bit of a search for identity.
At the end of the first part of the premiere, things aren’t looking good for Beckett. What can you say about how the second part is going to unfold?
Hawley: The way we broke down these two stories was dictated by Stana doing a movie and we didn’t have access to her at the beginning of the first episode. We came up with this idea of a little bit of a he said/she said. The first episode sets the story in motion where Beckett is a little bit of a ghost and you don’t know exactly what’s going on. We keep unraveling things. There are surprises. Then the second episode will actually go back and tell you the story from her point of view.
Winter: We fill in those blanks. All those questions are still outstanding in the first one. Castle and Alexis are perplexed about what is really going on with Beckett. All those things will be answered. By the end of the second episode we will launch into where we are going for the rest of the season.
Hawley: Then starting in episode three we start telling the stand-alone stories. We start having some fun cases.
Winter: Then later in the first half of the season we touch upon those questions that were launched in the first episode. We will be going back and re-interrupting and they will help us spin out the storytelling throughout the season.
What can you say about what’s going to be happening with Espo and Ryan this season?
Winter: They’re going through a bit of growing pains because Capt. Gates has been promoted and now Beckett has been promoted to captain. So the question they are asking themselves when we begin the season like you saw in the first episode is: “When is it going to be our turn?” What we do for the first six or seven episodes is we go on this journey with a lot of ups and downs of them trying to figure out how do they advance in the NYPD. That raises some fun tension between them. There are some complications, but it’s fun.
Hawley: Those guys are great and they are so sort of one mind. So what’s a lot of fun is to throw an obstacle in their way and see what happens.
Castle airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC. What did you think of the premiere?
New showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter are rarin’ to “shake things up” as the drama enters Season 8. To that end, Beckett is now captain, a promotion that will “add some drama” to her and Castle’s marriage, though Hawley maintains, “The show has always been and will always be about their love affair.” That said, Katewill deal with a blast from the past “in a way that impacts their relationship.” Seeing Beckett rise in the ranks will light a fire under both Ryan and Esposito, putting that bromance “at odds, but in a fun way.” As for new series regular Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors), as Scotland Yard officer-turned-security specialist Hayley Shipton, “She brings a fantastic adrenaline shot to the show,” Winter raves. Adds Hawley, “She and Sunkrish Bala (recurring as tech analyst Vikram Singh) bring voices we don’t have, which is nice.”
BONUS SPOILER!: If you were hoping to see [SPOILER] resurface one day, we’ve got bad news — that character won’t ever be returning, for reasons made clear in the season opener.
RETURN DATE: Monday, Sept. 21 at 10/9c (ABC)
There’s a new boss over at the 12th Precinct: Captain Kate Beckett.
After acing her captain’s exam at the close of Castle’s seventh season, Beckett (Stana Katic) faced a tough career decision when approached to run for State Senate. But she’s definitively made up her mind when the show returns for season 8.
“What’s exciting about that dynamic is that she’s not going to be a traditional captain who is in the office,” executive producer Terence Winter tells EW. “She’s boots on the ground. She’s still Beckett. She’s going to be handling cases and she’s going to be involved in the interrogation.”
But being the new boss does have its drawbacks, especially when it comes to playing by the rules. “What’s exciting is that now she’s a supervisor, which brings a new dynamic with her, Esposito [Jon Huertas] and Ryan [Seamus Dever],” Winter continues. “There’s some fun conflict also with Castle [Nathan Fillion].”
The position will also provide the writers with a wealth of new story avenues for Beckett outside her professional life, says EP Alexi Hawley. “Since she doesn’t have to be boots on the ground in every aspect of the case, it also gives us opportunities with her to open up her character a little bit more and to take her down some other roads,” he says.
With Beckett taking on this new role, Castle will find himself working more with Hayley Shipton — whose character name has been changed from Vargas — played by new series regular Toks Olagundoye. “She’s an independent investigator who comes in,” Hawley says. “What’s great about her is Castle has been investigating cases police adjacent, so it’s always about doing things the way the police would. She doesn’t do things that way, so it’s that fun dynamic of we break in rather than getting a warrant. There’s definitely an energy about her that is a lot of fun.”
Despite the new position, Beckett’s future as a senator is not completely off the table. “There’s a pin in it,” Hawley says. “At first blush, we didn’t quite know how to tell those stories in a way that would be satisfying given the way our show works.” Adds Winter: “But there might be a future in politics for Beckett somewhere down the line.”
Castle returns Monday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
CASTLE season 8 will be making some changes to the established team dynamic.
While the season 7 finale had Beckett’s career options up in the air, new co-showrunner Alexi Hawley confirmed that Beckett will indeed be getting promoted when the ABC drama returns this fall.
“At the end of the day, she’s become the captain,” Hawley teased. “But she’s going to be a much more hands-on captain than we’ve seen. She’s still going to be involved in solving cases. What’s great is it changes her relationship with the boys…she’s their boss now. There’s some fun to be had there. We just thought it was a great way to shake things up. Going into season 8 of a show, you need to be able to do that.”
With Beckett’s promotion, she will fill the space that was once occupied by Captain Gates. And while Penny Johnson Jerald (Gates) is off the show as a series regular, Hawley and co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter indicated they’d be open to her returning for a guest spot if the timing could be worked out.
“We’re not saying never,” Hawley said. “In our universe, [Gates has] been promoted. She works at 1 Police Plaza now, she’s the deputy chief. So she has a great career. If we have the opportunity to use her in a way that’s meaningful to the story, absolutely [we’ll do it].”
“And, of course, [it’ll depend on] if Penny is available, because she’s so good,” Winter said. “[It was] a very tough decision, but ultimately one we had to make, creatively.”
The change in leadership won’t be the only thing impacting the dynamic of the 12th precinct: “There will definitely be some changes,” Hawley teased when questioned about how much viewers would see of Ryan’s personal life this season.
“Wonderful changes,” Winter added.
And though fans haven’t seen much of Ryan’s wife and child in a while, Hawley allowed “it’s possible” the change would be related to a new baby for the Ryan family.
“It’s very possible,” Winter teased.
“I think that possibility combined with Beckett moving on up it infuses [Ryan and Esposito] with ‘What are we doing with our careers?’” Hawley said. “Which I think will be fun, will add some conflict between the two of them in a great way.”
Not long into Castle‘s Season 8 premiere, viewers will learn what Kate Beckett decided about her career, having been courted to run for the New York state senate just as she passed the NYPD captain’s exam.
But if you can’t wait another seven weeks, the ABC drama’s new showrunners are here to resolve that small mystery. By sharing that — spoiler alert! — you may now address Rick’s missus as Captain Kate Beckett.
“At the end of the day, we came into this season wanting to shake things up,” new co-showrunner Alexi Hawley told TVLine at ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour party. “The show has been doing a great job with what’s its been doing, but now we’ve been given an opportunity to really sort of add some energy into it” — in part by putting Beckett (played by Stana Katic) in the captain’s office, but also by introducing both a new series regular (The Neighbors‘ Toks Olagundoye, as security specialist Hayley Vargas) and a recurring player (The Walking Dead’sSunkrish Bala, as tech analyst Vikram Singh).
Terence Paul Winter, Castle‘s other new showrunner, said that having Beckett run for office is “something we absolutely considered, and it’s not like it’s off the table.” But for the foreseeable future, it is. Because in deciding Beckett’s career path, “What we realized is that the best way to tell Castle‘s stories is to have Castle investigating twisty, fun cases. And the best way to do that is to keep Beckett in the precinct.”
That said, promoting Beckett to captain means dialing down her time spent working cases firsthand, alongside Rick on the streets of New York City. And that could threaten to “shake things up” for a couple whose bond was born of the writer/muse relationship.
“The important thing to say about [Rick and Kate] is that the show has always been and will always be about their love affair,” Hawley attests. “But we’re looking to add some drama to it, some spark to it. We’re going to have fun. It’s going to be emotional at times, it will be romantic…. It will be everything.”
Castle Season 8 premieres Monday, Sept. 21 at 10/c.
Do you have any scoop on Castle‘s 150th episode? Anything special fans can look forward to? –Sandra
That milestone arrives with this season’s second-to-last episode, which as previously reported will center on a piece of Beckett mythology. So its “special”-ness is probably dependent on what said mythology, old or brand-new, is involved.
Castle – Reckoning – Advance Preview
In the last episode, Castle left us hanging with a major cliffhanger; Beckett had been abducted by an accomplice of Jerry Tyson and Kelly Niemen. As they leave the precinct when our detectives failed to prove that Tyson is in fact Tyson and not Boudreau, our team realizes that something has happened to Beckett.
The second part of this year’s two-parter picks up minutes after the events of the previous episode. Castle, Ryan and Espo arrive where Beckett was supposed to meet Amy Barrett. They try to find out if anyone saw Beckett or what happened to her. Just then Castle notices a cryptic messages left for him by 3XK.
In this episode, the main focus is on Castle as Beckett isn’t even seen until the second half of the episode. During this hour, you will see a very different Castle as he tries to find Beckett – a very dark side, that we rarely get to see. As Castle is sure that Boudreau is actually Tyson, he confronts him even after Gates tells him not to do so as it will weaken their case. Nathan Fillion does remarkable acting which makes this a truly outstanding episode.
Meanwhile, Beckett, who is bound by her captives, tries to free herself before it’s too late.
How does the episode conclude. Will Beckett return safe and sound? Will it bring an end to 3XK or does he manage to escape the clutches of our team again? You’ll have to find that out for yourself but I can say that the ending is very satisfying.
– A very important player in the 3XK story is seen again.
– Apart from taking revenge from Castle, 3XK and Niemen have another use of Beckett.
– Something happens during the episode which makes Castle worry about Alexis and Martha’s safety.
– Something happens between Gates and Castle which has never EVER happened before.
– Someone has to do a thousand hours of community service.
You know what I love about this car? All the trunk space.
I want you to know I admire you, I always have.
Please don’t scream, it’s tedious.
If you think I’d ever turn on him, you don’t understand me at all.
So glad you could join me.
It will all be over soon, but I have so enjoyed our time together.
Reckoning airs this Monday at 10/9c on ABC.
CASTLE: ‘Resurrection’ You Ask, I Answer
CASTLE viewers haven’t seen 3XK/Jerry Tyson since he fell to his (presumed) death in season 5, and in this Monday’s episode, “Resurrection,” Castle and Beckett are shocked when they come face-to-face with him…or at least, someone who looks just like him.
I had the chance to watch “Resurrection” a little bit early, and when I asked you guys for some questions for this YAIA, you delivered. So, I have a few answers to some of your burning questions (though as a reminder, the intention of these posts is always to tease, not completely spoil the episode)…
How much of the episode is about recalling past episodes about 3xk? – @BecklebeeCastle via Twitter
There was a surprising amount of flashbacks in the episode, but for what it’s worth, I think it really worked. The show has been playing with the 3XK mythology since season 3, and Michael Mosley hasn’t appeared since season 5…he’s done a lot to the team, and for the episode to land, it makes sense the CASTLE writers wanted to remind us of the history.
At any point during the episode is Castle’s disappearance touched upon? – @O10Courtney via Twitter
No, this episode is very much about adjusting to Jerry Tyson’s apparent reappearance and finding a way to stop him before anyone else gets hurt versus the team questioning Tyson about Castle’s still-mysterious missing months. But since CASTLE showrunner David Amann told me it would be touched on in the two-parter, I imagine it’s coming in the next episode.
Was it at all what you expected?? – @MaddyTran1 via Twitter
Yes and no. Right or wrong, I probably have a higher expectation for the 3XK episodes than most — as much as I loved Bracken and Beckett’s mother’s murder arc, these 3XK episodes have been something else. And, man, “Resurrection” delivered for me.
Mosley and Annie Wersching (Dr. Nieman) are fantastic. The great thing about how the writers have played the 3XK story is that they’ve made Castle, Beckett, Ryan, Esposito, and Lanie victims, so the entire cast has a chance to shine/play being impacted by the story, as opposed to just worrying solely about one or two people. And I loved that I thought I had one thing pegged, and then the show zagged in an entirely different direction.
Cutest moment? Most dramatic moment? @letsgoppl via Twitter
There is an absolutely adorable moment between Castle and Beckett before the death and drama starts up. It might get overshadowed by the fact that nearly everything after it is dramatic, but fans should enjoy it.
As for the drama, I honestly can’t even pick the most dramatic moment, because three or four immediately sprung to mind.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how intense is the final scene/mini cliffhanger? – @Sandraxf via Twitter
Well, they certainly want to make sure you come back…in some ways it’s a (figuratively) slow-motion intensity for the final sequence.
But for a number, probably 8/9. In many ways, it’s a more grounded cliffhanger than other ones the show has done, which makes it more unnerving.
How much angst is in this episode? We talking one glass of wine or two?? – ?@leriam10 via Twitter
It. Is. Intense. I probably can’t speak to anyone else’s need to drink, but it’s one of the most intense hours the show has done in years. There are a couple of moments that will either lead to drinking, talking to/yelling at the TV, or a whole lot of tweeting. (Or maybe some variation of the three.)
Are you looking forward to “Resurrection”?
CASTLE airs Mondays at 10 PM on ABC.