Airdate: Monday, Dec. 8 (ABC, 10/9c)
Why You Need to Watch: Against the backdrop of Christmas, Esposito and Lanie reach a defining moment in their relationship, while an episode-ending twist promises to “change the shape of the show” for at least a short while, Stana Katic tells TVLine. (And no, the actress says, it does not involve an EPT kit.)
What can you tell me about Castle’s midseason finale? Will it deal with Castle’s disappearance at all? — Caleb
Executive producer David Amann suggests that the writers won’t be picking up that mystery again until probably February, during this season’s big two-parter episode. But the midseason finale should pack plenty of punch. Because it serves as this season’s Christmas episode, it has a bit of a lighter touch…right up until the end. “We’re looking at a bit of a game-changer for Castle at the end of the episode,” Amann teases, although he promises that Castle and Beckett aren’t getting a quickie divorce. “The events of the episode will cause a shift…in Castle’s life in a fairly significant way.” Bah humbug! (Also, guesses?)
CASTLE’s Castle and Beckett got married in an adorably perfect/fitting ceremony in the latest episode of the series, and naturally, next up is a honeymoon. Unfortunately for the duo, it’s not their real honeymoon — they go undercover at a dude ranch to try and solve a case.
And while going undercover might sound like they’re going all out with fake names/personas, etc., CASTLE showrunner David Amann noted that the circumstances of the case will allow the two to keep things a little bit more simple than a traditional undercover assignment.
“Because they’re in a different part of the country, they’re not necessarily known in the same way,” he pointed out. “So [while going undercover] they use their actual names. But they’re not representing their true purpose for being there, which is to try and solve a murder, where the body ultimately ends up in New York, but it’s traced back to this dude ranch in the west.”
But just because the duo is trying to solve the crime, that doesn’t mean they don’t find a few ways to enjoy their new surroundings.
“Let’s put it this way: I think — partially because they have to — they embrace the culture of the dude ranch,” Amann teased. “Which includes dressing up in period clothes, and carrying on with the period [tasks] of the day. So there’s a lot of fun to be had in this episode, as they’re enjoying a bit of time away from the precinct, but at the same time, solving a case.”
Got any Castle scoop beyond the honeymoon? — Terry
Look for a bit of a pre-Thanksgiving jolt on the Nov. 24 episode when a routine murder investigation turns into a potentially deadly encounter for Esposito. “Esposito and Ryan are in pursuit of a guy who we think is potentially a second victim,” executive producer David Amann says. “Esposito follows him into a subway, and the guy sees that he’s a cop, pulls a gun and holds the car hostage. Our people on the outside are trying to figure out: ‘Who is this guy, really, because he clearly isn’t who we thought he was.'” The good news: The brush with death will mean some movement on the Lanie-Esposito front. “It does make him reflect on his relationship with Lanie, and consider its importance in his life,” Amann teases.
InspiredByStana: Will Jerry Tyson be making a comeback this season on #Castle?
Sure sounds like it! According to executive producer David Amann, “We plan to revisit the 3XK storyline in a significant way. We’re working on that episode right now.”
AlwaysCastle47: When will the “missing 2 months” storyline come back up on #Castle?
It’s definitely not gone for good! According to Amann, “This is a mystery that’s very personal to Castle and he will definitely delve back into it.”
Warning! Contains spoilers!
When all was said and done, Richard Castle and Katherine Beckett (played by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic) said “I do” without anything remotely resembling ado, returning to the Hamptons — with a streamlined wedding party in tow — to exchange meaningful, individualized vows.
Sure, before we got to the rings and “perfect” first dance, there was the matter of an unconscious Rick navigating an “alternate” reality in which he and Kate had never met (and where Martha was a theater doyenne about to revive Mame), forcing him to earn anew the trust of those at the 12th — baby daddy (?) Esposito and sad singleton Ryan included! — and eventually find his way “home.” But hey, every wedding day has some drama.
To mark the momentous occasion, TVLine sat down with Stana Katic for an in-depth survey of the marrieds’ bumpy road to the altar and the big day itself, and much more; Part 1 of that Q&A follows.
TVLINE | What were your initial thoughts when you discovered that Kate and Rick’s original wedding day would literally driven off the road by a big twist?
It was a surprise. I just kind of thought, “Oh my gosh, where are they going to go after this?” I didn’t know how they were going to pick up the next season. But I’ve worked with [these writers and producers] for long enough, I’m kind of glad that they’re willing to risk a bit, you know?
TVLINE | As someone whose character’s backstory has been so well serviced over the years — and as a viewer of the show – were you interested to see Rick thrown into his own big juicy mystery?
Well, I think that’s the theme of this season — the show is focusing on Richard Castle. And I think the specific focus of this season is what happened to him during those two months, but also what happened to him that inspired him to become the novelist that he is. I think they wanted to re-mythologize the story, and each of the characters deserves it — especially [Rick] because for so long he just seemed like the “Nothing is ever wrong or bad” guy. It’s nice because it’ll give that character and Nathan an opportunity to add some layers to it. I’m looking forward to seeing what they end up doing with it. It’ll be fun.
TVLINE | Well in those first couple episodes of the season, as precious few details about Rick’s vanishing trickled out, some felt that Beckett was perhaps just this side of being too skeptical, too suspicious of Rick. You know, “How could anybody believe that he was complicit in such a thing?” How do you rationalize her point of view?
Yeah…. I think what we did was we had to justify how all of the evidence is pointing towards him choosing not to make it to that wedding day, and she’s the character who has been taught by Captain Montgomery back in the day to follow the evidence – yet in spite of that, she has chosen to believe in him. But that’s a choice. The evidence doesn’t point to it yet, and finally it did in one of the later episodes — when the [self-made] video comes up and she sees that he actually didn’t want to go down that road and wanted to be there for her.
In the beginning of the season, I think what we tried to do was we tried to pattern out where the character was at because we were following her looking for him, and the first thing is that there’s a fear that he’s hurt, there’s a fear that he needs her help, there’s — God forbid — the worst fear, that he’s not alive. And as she discovers that he’s still alive, that he wasn’t hurt any longer, they found him, the fear becomes that he chose not to be there at the wedding. And he’s a guy who’s had a history of, you know, a number of different relationships, and I think in order to be true to the character you have to wonder if that was the case. But the difference is that this is a mature relationship, they’ve gone through so much, and in spite of the evidence she chose to believe him.
TVLINE | So, with all of that said…. The alternate reality episode was so much fun, and oftentimes extremely clever. Was it fun for you guys to shoot?
Yeah, it was. It was neat to kind of explore what the characters would mean to each other if Castle and Beckett never met. Even what the precinct would have been like. You know, all of the detail that we were trying to go after didn’t quite make it to the screen, but that’s OK. You only have so much time to show what we did.
TVLINE | Is there one example you could give?
Just the nuances that the characters were creating. Like, Jon [Huertas] and Seamus [Dever] did a really phenomenal job of developing the relationship with my character and between [Esposito and Ryan]. There were some moments that they had that were spectacular that I loved watching and being a part of and playing opposite of. So, there were no big scenes or anything that got dropped, just those truly wonderful little moments that we didn’t get to sit in for a little bit, because [an episode] is 42 minutes in the end.
TVLINE | Did you feel any Season 1 “déjà vu” in the scenes where Beckett doesn’t really know this Richard Castle guy?
A little bit. The difference is that she is in authority in this [reality]. There’s kind of a callback to a lot of the Season 1 stuff, but it’s also different because she owns the title of captain. It was funny too, because some of my camera guys said, “Who do you like playing better, real Beckett or Alternate Universe Beckett?” And I thought, “Oh wow, you guys actually see the difference, cool.” It was interesting to see what their perspective on it was and what they liked about Alternate Universe Beckett.
TVLINE | I have to say, we got more wedding than I thought we would. I assumed there’d be an efficient little musical montage at the end – “ring on finger, ring on finger, unheard vows, kiss annnnd fade out.”
Right. No, I didn’t know where they were going to place it but I definitely expected to see the characters exchange vows. Definitely. They had to. I mean, it would have been a big letdown [to skip]. And I think it was romantically written, and sweet the things they said to one another.
TVLINE | When all was said and done, was bridal outfit No. 3 the winner?
Yeah. We thought she would come in with something simpler, and something that she possibly could have pulled out of her closet, which is just some pants and a top that she pulled together quickly or maybe shopped for in half an hour, you know? We did go through some dresses, but we didn’t think that Beckett would want to risk it again, you know, by jinxing it with another dress. It seems like as soon as she has a dress, the wedding falls apart!
“From the moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me
to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow’s adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle, and I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strentgh of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner, in crime and in life, always.”
“From the moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me
more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You’re the joy in my heart, you’re the last person I want to see when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett, and the mystery of you is one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend and your partner in crime, and life, ’til death do us part — and for the time of our lives.”
Coming next week, in Part 2 of our Q&A: Stana Katic shares tales from Rick and Kate’s “Old West” honeymoon, teases the fall finale’s game-changing twist and weighs in on the hottest topic of them all.
After years of will-they-won’t-they stalling, numerous near-death experiences and one failed trip down the aisle, the detective duo at the center of ABC’s Castle is finally getting married.
“Yes, yes it is going to happen,” executive producer David Amann tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. Some fans may need that reassurance considering the Season 6 finale ended with Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) — in full bride-to-be garb — discovering that the reason her groom, mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), hadn’t made it to the wedding was that he was involved in what appeared to be a fiery car crash.
While it’s unlikely the show would ever pull such a duplicitous stunt twice, there is still some room for skepticism. After all, the bulk of Monday’s episode (10/9c, ABC) features Castle trapped in an alternate reality. But Amann promises those shenanigans will not stand in the way of an “I do.”
“This is an episode that we had talked internally about for a period of time,” Amann says. “We’ve always been looking for the right version of the story and the right reason to tell it, and we think we found it this time. Castle is experiencing a version of his life had he not met Beckett, and it’s considerably less rich. There’s a lot of fun with him trying to make sense of this world that he’s in, trying to figure out a way out of it. … But at the end of the day, there’s a realization that he really wants to move forward, and he wants to do it now.”
Although the episode doesn’t revisit specific memorable moments from the show’s past, it does mine the show’s history. For example, because Castle never met Beckett, he also never wrote the Nikki Heat book series. Thus, his career took a decidedly different turn. Similarly, Castle’s mother Martha (Susan Sullivan) and his daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) are not quite the same either.
As for what traps Castle in this alternate reality, Amann says it will be explained… sort of. “He’s investigating a case that turns out to be related to a missing object which may or may not have mysterious properties to it,” he says. “At the end of the episode, I think we’re left with a question as to whether there was something really paranormal that went on here, or whether the explanation was a little bit more grounded in reality. So, the audience can decide for themselves which one of those things is true.”
And does Castle’s sudden urge to get married after going through the experience throw Beckett off? “She doesn’t necessarily know quite what has driven him to this point, because she hasn’t experienced the story that he has,” Amann says. “But I think that she’s emotionally right there with him.”
Because the episode devotes so much time to the alternate reality, the wedding will naturally not be as much of a production as originally planned. But Amann says that doesn’t take anything away from the milestone. “We came very close to doing the other version of the big wedding… and all the hoopla that’s associated with that, and we knew that we didn’t want to do quite the same thing,” he says. “Because Castle is driven by his experience to kind of act on the idea of getting married so quickly, we knew it was going to make it a slightly different kind of ceremony. But that being said, it’s a wonderful, wonderful moment… and we hope the fans share that view.”
Yes, even those fans who shouted their anger from the rooftops after the failed wedding last season. “They will certainly be vocal, but we feel it delivers the best version of what we wanted that moment to be. There are obviously people who felt a little thwarted, and I think now that the wedding will become a reality, I think the people who felt forsaken or betrayed by the end of last season, my hope is that that earns back whatever good will we might have lost with them.”
As for the future of the series, Amann doesn’t believe that marrying his two lead characters will fundamentally change anything. “We’ve been dealing with them in a relationship now for quite a period of time,” he says. “There’ll be things that come up now that they’re married that wouldn’t have come up before that’ll be the source of conflict and fun, but a lot of it will revolve around similar storytelling that we’ve been doing since they became an official couple. It’s really about finding their points of view in the cases, what’s their point of conflict, and having opportunities for the fun, banter-y exchanges that we think are kind of the lifeblood of the show. We’ll continue finding those opportunities.”
And that includes the honeymoon, when instead of relaxing in some tropical paradise, the duo will get right back to work, investigating the death of a woman who was poisoned on a dude ranch. “In the course of Castle’s disappearance, Beckett burned off all her vacation days,” Amann explains. “There isn’t a possibility of taking a honeymoon, at least right away. So Castle sees this as a golden opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by solving a case and taking a honeymoon.
Well, that doesn’t sound like much fun. “Beckett is deeply ambivalent about this being the kind of honeymoon that they would go on, but that doesn’t prevent them from having a good time,” Amann teases. “There will be some fun and shenanigans along the way. “