Nov
9
2014

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. “

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Nov
7
2014

One of the biggest CASTLE episodes of the series is airing on Monday, November 10th, and while one aspect of the hour has been widely reported, the fact that viewers will meet alternate universe versions of the characters we know and love has been a bit swept under the rug.

“It’s kind of become known as ‘the wedding episode,’ but in fact, there’s a really delightful story and series of events that precede that outcome,” CASTLE showrunner David Amann teased. “Essentially, what happens is Castle is investigating a case with Beckett, and through a mysterious and, ultimately, sort of an up for debate means — in terms of the audience’s takeaway of what really happened — he finds himself in an alternate reality where he has never met Beckett, and everyone around him is quite different, including his own family. So he’s thrust in the position where he’s trying to figure out a way to get back to his real world. And he realizes that solving the case he was solving in his original world, by solving that case in [the alternate reality], he stands a chance of returning to his original world.”

Unfortunately, since the team Castle generally works with doesn’t know who the heck he is, things will be a bit complicated…and the new version of Beckett that Castle finds might throw him for a bit of a loop.

“The one we’re most focused on [in terms of changes in this other universe] is Beckett,” Amann said. “I think that, without giving away too much, if one thinks about the influence Castle has had in her life in terms of the way she has become more open, in the way she has resolved some of her personal demons, none of that has necessarily happened in this world. The version of Beckett that he is faced with is a little bit harder, a little bit frostier, a little bit, perhaps, more damaged than the Beckett he knows.”

“I would also say that Esposito and Ryan are also different, because…the version of Castle that we know is not the same version they’ve been exposed to,” he added. “And in the case of the 12th Precinct, they’ve never met the guy. So there’s a different dynamic that now exists among these characters. And, also, Martha and Alexis are different because of the choices that alternate universe Castle has made in this particular world are different. So the fallout to them has also had an [impact]. So everyone we encounter is not quite who they are [in our world]. So [Castle]‘s trying to finagle his way back into the 12th Precinct. We think it’s really a delightful episode…I really believe that episode delivers on all fronts — both on the story it tells in the alternate universe, and delivering, I think, a really satisfying, emotional, and lovely moment at the end.”

Ah, yes, the end. After Castle and Beckett’s original wedding plans imploded at the end of last season, the two will, officially, tie the knot in “The Time of Our Lives.”

“I think the wedding, at the end of the day, is a ceremony,” Amann pointed out. “But what really matters is what happens in that ceremony. We had given the audience at the end of last season many of the trappings of a wedding: the guests, and everybody showing up, and that sort of thing. And so we wanted to offer them something different this time, and also deliver a really, I think, beautiful moment where these two characters profess their love for each other and exchange vows. And that is not something the audience has seen yet, and that is something I think they’ll enjoy very much.”

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Nov
7
2014

Latest Scoop From TVLine

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Do you have any more tidbits from your interview with Castle showrunner David Amann? –Mandy
Well of course I had to ask if there were any “badass Beckett” moments to watch for, seeing as they’ve been in short supply this season, and he did not disappoint. “There is a badass Beckett moment of sorts – I mean, I would consider it a badass Beckett moment — at the end of Episode 7, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West,’” he shared. “Keep your eyes out for that.” BONUS SCOOP: This just in… Episode 12 will make like Jane the Virgin and revolve around the cast of the telenovela Santos Desperaodos, begging the question: Has Kamar de los Reyes already guest-starred?

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Nov
7
2014

Latest Scoop From EW

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Are we done with the Bracken storyline on Castle? — John
If I had to guess, I’d say not so much. Showrunner David Amann says that although most of the storytelling surrounding Beckett’s mom is done, there is a “Bracken-related storyline that presents later in the season.” “We like Bracken as a character,” he says. “We think he’s an interesting person to access and there may be a reason moving forward to go back to him again.” Now the question is: Does it have to do with Castle’s disappearance?

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Nov
5
2014

Latest Scoop From TVLine

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Question: Do you have some scoop about Castle‘s mid-season two-parter? —Fred
Ausiello: Showrunner David Amann confirms that Castle will resume its springtime two-parter tradition, somewhere around Episodes 14/15. Perhaps to dig deep into the mystery of Rick’s vanishing? “We think that it will deal with that in some way,” Amann allows, “but it won’t be exclusively about that.”

Question: Do you have any scoop on Castle‘s Christmas episode? —Heather
Ausiello: It airs Monday, Dec. 8, it’s titled “Bad Santa,” and it will include the culmination of “some evolution in the Lanie and Esposito relationship,” says Amann. (And yes, the EP is aware that Rick still owes Kate a gift from Christmas 2012, but he is mum on whether it’s coming.)

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Nov
4
2014

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What can you tell me about the Castle wedding? I can’t wait! — Jenna
Owing to the complex story that precedes the nuptials — Castle experiences an alternate reality in which he’s never met Beckett — the ceremony itself had to be scaled back considerably. “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,” executive producer David Amann tells us. However, don’t think that Castle’s rush to the altar will scare Beckett — or make the moment any less magical. “[Beckett] doesn’t necessarily know quite what has driven him to this point, but she’s emotionally right there with him,” Amann says. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful moment, and we hope the fans share that view.”

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Nov
4
2014

Save the date — Monday, Nov. 10. That’s when ABC’s Castle is truly heading for a wedding, after Kate and Rick’s original nuptials got derailed by the groom’s mysterious vanishing. That said, the crimesolvers’ trip to the altar won’t be without one final detour, as Rick finds himself in a reality where he and Kate never met!

TVLine invited showrunner David Amann to preview this latest pre-wedding twist, tease their ersatz honeymoon and also field burning questions that still surround Rick’s disappearing act and accompanying memory loss.

TVLINE | At the time you decided to derail the season-ending wedding, did you know when it would actually take place?
We knew that it was going to happen within the first half-dozen episodes. We didn’t know exactly which one, but we knew it would happen relatively soon.

TVLINE | So you never bandied about the idea, “Let’s make them wait for the Season 7 finale”?
No, we felt like that would be a little punitive to our audience. This is something they and we, quite frankly, wanted for the show, so we didn’t want to delay it too much longer.

TVLINE | Was the trick then finding a unique way to frame it within an episode?
That’s exactly right. We had toyed with versions of an alternate reality kind of story, and this one we felt was a really good vehicle to give Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) perspective on his life had he not met Beckett (Stana Katic). It serves as a way of driving them towards closure in their relationship.

TVLINE | So in this “reality,” the past six or so years have passed, just without him in their lives?
Exactly. So he’s never written Nikki Heat, because he never met [Kate]. And she has no idea who he is. Also, the people around him — Martha, Alexis — are different as well, in different kinds of ways, in direction reaction to the path that his life has taken. So there’s a lot of fun to be had in the episode. Nathan, I think, is brilliant at playing the “fish out of water” situation, which he does a lot of in this episode. It’s a delightful show.

TVLINE | And are our fiends at the 12th different, as well?
The differences are a bit more subtle, but yes, they’re definitely different. Clearly [Ryan and Esposito] don’t know Castle from Adam in this story, so they both view him with varying degrees of suspicion.

TVLINE | One concern I heard viewers had as the Season 6 finale played out was that if there had been a wedding, it would have only been, like, 45 seconds tacked onto the end of the episode. I imagine they have that same concern with “Time of Our Lives.” Will the wedding element total more than 45 seconds?
I don’t know what the length of the actual wedding is, but I will say that having seen it, it is a really beautiful moment for the two characters, and for the series itself. I think it’s going to meet — or hopefully exceed — the expectations of the folks watching the show.

TVLINE | Because you covered a lot of the elements already last season — the preparation, assorted dresses, shopping for a venue. Now it’s just about actually exchanging vows.
Yes.

TVLINE | Was it always your plan to have some sort of a honeymoon venue factor into the subsequent episode (airing Nov. 17)?
It was something that kind of came out naturally, because they’re investigating a case that is goes back to this dude ranch. They were going to have to go undercover, in this case under the pretense that they are newlyweds, even though they are newlyweds. But they’re not there to go on their honeymoon, they’re there to solve a murder. But that doesn’t mean that some fun can’t be had along the way.

TVLINE | Will they have squeezed in an actual honeymoon between Episodes 6 and 7?
They will not have had one; that’s an issue that we’ll be addressing at the top of Episode 7.

TVLINE | Did I hear or read that there are Firefly nods to be found in the Old West episode?
I think it is possible…..

TVLINE | The mystery of Castle’s vanishing/memory loss: Will that be revisited at all by midseason?
We’ll probably brush up against it in at least one episode that follows [Episode 10], and then well revisit around the [Episode] 14/15 area.

TVLINE | Which I felt would always be the plan. That’s how the Johanna Beckett mythology was parsed out, and the Jackson Hunt episodes. You’d hit it, let it fall by the way side for a stretch, then have it pop up again. I saw some people expecting it to be solved in the first two episodes and I’m like, “Not gonna happen.”
No, Beckett’s mother’s murder persisted over basically five seasons — six, really — until it was resolved. We’re certainly not anticipating that here, but it will lie fallow until such time that it kind of asserts itself within the series, and then Castle has to deal with it again. It’s the kind of thing that, like the mythology of Beckett’s mother’s murder, will come and go. The shadow of her mother’s death didn’t hang over Beckett every episode, just the ones where we dealt with it directly. This will be the same way. It’s been put back in the box, but the box will open up again, and Castle will have to figure out what his next move is.

TVLINE | There was a pre-season interview where Nathan at least suggested it wouldn’t be as dark as the Johanna Beckett mystery.
I think that’s probably true, yeah.

TVLINE | Was the “Hollander’s Woods” thing a clue to what Rick blocked out, or was that just some sort of “passcode” that Not Henry Jenkins was using?
That was just about being able to prove in that moment that Castle had said something to him, that there was a confidence shared between them. That particular biographical detail about Castle was proof of that.

TVLINE | So the larger mystery is not about something he witnessed in the woods as a kid.
No, not at all.

TVLINE | Lastly, is there a reason why Rick had to be grabbed in the Hamptons, on his wedding day? Even one of the cops, I think, brought this up — why not just grab him in the city?
There is a reason, yes, and it has to do with the timing of what was going on. We’ll probably explore that a bit more fully when we get back into that storytelling later in the season.

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Nov
3
2014

07×07 Scoop From TVLine

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Are the first photos from Castle‘s trip to the “Old West” all kinds of fun? Of corset they are.

In the ABC series’ Terence Winter-penned, Nov. 17 episode — the first one following the you-know-what — when Castle and Beckett learn that a murder victim may have been poisoned at an Old West-style resort, they visit the “town” to uncover the truth, dressing the part every step of the way.

“They have to go undercover, in this case under the pretense that they are newlyweds — even though they are newlyweds,” showrunner David Amann tells TVLine. “They’re not there to go on their honeymoon; they’re there to solve a murder,” he adds. “But that doesn’t mean some fun can’t be had along the way.”

And as we all know, fun can involve ropes, and kissing.

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Nov
3
2014

Nov
3
2014

Last fans heard of Castle’s disappearance, Castle was being warned that he might not want the truth. And according to showrunner David Amann, the truth isn’t going to reveal itself anytime soon considering that Castle’s disappearance won’t be revisited in the next four episodes. However, Amann did promise that we’ll come into contact with it again in the near future. And when we do, fans don’t need to be worried about the truth messing with Castle and Beckett’s relationship.

“We don’t regard what happened to Castle as some kind of time bomb that’s going to go off and mess up their relationship or fundamentally change who he is as a character,” Amann said. “It’s just an aspect of mystery that he is irresistably going to be drawn back to at some future point this season.”

But until then, we got Amann to give us a rundown of what fans can expect from the show for the rest of 2014.

Episode 6: “The Time of Our Lives
As fans saw in the promo for the forthcoming episode, Castle finds himself in an alternate world where he and Beckett have never met. From that description, it might sound like bad news for Castle and Beckett when in fact, it’s just the opposite. “Terri Miller kind of crafted a really great little episode that allowed us to go to a different world and have there be a reason for it, which is basically to spur Castle to advance his relationship with Beckett,” Amann said. And yes, he does promise that there will be a real-life wedding. “We feel already at the end of season six, there was the promise of a wedding that was undone by Castle’s disappearance and we did not want to do that again.” More importantly, Amann described the ceremony as “incredibly romantic.”

Episode 7: Once Upon A Time In The West”
Written by Terence Winter, who also wrote “Blue Butterfly,” in which Castle was a film noir P.I., this episode has a Western theme. Posing as newlyweds, Castle and Beckett go undercover at an Old West resort in order to solve a murder. That being said, Amann promised “a lot of Western fun,” including stagecoaches and the like. Generally, he said, “It’s an incredibly fun and charming episode and I think a good follow-up to episode six in that regard.”

Episode 8: “Kill Switch”
From themed episodes to thrilling ones, this hour will find Esposito on a subway train with a gunman. “Esposito and Ryan are looking for a guy who’s connected to a case that they’re investigating. They think he’s either a potential victim of a killer or somebody who might be a person of interest—they don’t regard him as a suspect,” Amann said. “Esposito follows him into a subway car and tries to talk to him, and this guy has an entirely different agenda and sees Esposito, sees the badge, and pulls a gun and it turns into a hostage situation on the subway where Esposito is trying to negotiate this guy down and resolve the situation and take care of the other people that are in the car.

“Meanwhile, our folks on the outside are trying to understand who this guy is because clearly he’s not who we thought he was initially and what are his motives and what’s it going to take to resolve the situation. So it’s a bit more of a thriller kind of episode. We like to throw those in from time to time. We feel like the show benefits from mixing up tones and it’s been able to sustain those kinds of episodes in the past and so it felt like a fun, suspenseful hour.”

However, fans shouldn’t worry too much about their beloved Esposito. “I think that he’s a very resourceful guy and I think that he will figure out a way to resolve the situation hopefully without any harm coming to anybody,” Amann said, adding, “Hopefully.”

Episode 9: “Last Action Hero”
Getting back to the lighter side of the show, Amann described episode nine as “the death of an Expendable. It’s the death of an aging action star.” And because Castle loves aging action stars, “it happens to also be a guy who’s a childhood hero of Castle’s, so he’s very invested in the case,” Amann said. “He was part of a movie that was being made that’s sort of an Expendables-type movie so we go to the set and we meet all these other guys who are these broken down old action heroes. So there’s a lot of fun to be had in the episode. We think that’s also going to be really delightful.”

Episode 10: “Bad Santa”
And finally, we’re back to the Castle mystery with this year’s Christmas episode. “We may have a bit of a game-changer in terms of what’s happening with Castle, so we’ll be doing, unlike past seasons, we’ll be doing a little bit of a cliffhanger coming off that episode as we come back in January,” Amann said. “So there’ll be something that happens toward the end of that episode that’s going to change the outlook as we come into the new year for Castle and Beckett.” But don’t panic—it’s not going to affect their relationship. “They’re not getting a divorce,” Amann promised.

Castle returns next Monday, Nov. 10, at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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