The doctor is back in.
TVLine has learned exclusively that 24 alum Annie Wersching is set to reprise her Castle role, as ice queen Dr. Kelly Nieman, later this season.
“She will definitely be resurfacing,” showrunner David Amann teased as part of our Winter TV Preview Q&A.
Wersching first played the world-class plastic surgeon — who appears to have been a girlfriend and/or disciple of Castle adversary Jerry Tyson aka 3XK in the Season 6 episode “Disciple,” which featured cosmetically altered Esposito and Lanie “lookalikes.”
What can you tell us about the Castle midseason finale? — Amy
We know from the promos that Castle will have himself “a very mobster Christmas,” but there’s more to that than you’re probably thinking. Not only will Castle find himself dealing with a potential mob war, but thanks to an unexpected blood oath, Castle will soon be considered an “honorary mobster.” I wonder how Beckett will feel about that…
CASTLE is staging a mini-ONE LIFE TO LIVE reunion: a rep for CASTLE has confirmed that Kamar de los Reyes (who played Antonio on ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will guest star on an upcoming episode of the drama series. The guest spot reunites him with CASTLE star Nathan Fillion (Castle), who appeared on OLTL as Joey. (And the duo’s time on the daytime drama overlapped in the mid-90s.) De los Reyes will appear in the 12th episode of CASTLE’s current season as Manuel Villalobos, “a charismatic Latin telenovela star”…and a friend of the victim of the week. The still-untitled episode will air in early 2015.
CASTLE is only about a third of the way through its seventh season, but already the show has delivered on some big moments and reveals: Castle and Beckett got married, we learned more about Castle’s missing months (after he went MIA on his wedding day) — and that Castle was the one responsible for his memories being erased.
As the final episodes of 2014 play out, it’ll be a mix of the lighter hours (the December 1st installment, “Last Action Hero”) and tense ones (tonight’s episode, “Kill Switch”). And the final episode (“Bad Santa”) will pave the way for a bit of a shakeup in 2015.
I spoke with CASTLE showrunner David Amann about what’s in store…
What can you tease about tonight’s episode, “Kill Switch”? Is it a bottle episode?
David Amann: I wouldn’t say that. It starts out a fairly conventional episode where we’re investigating a murder, and we come upon an individual that is connected to the dead person, in a way that makes us think he may be a potential victim himself. And it’s in the course of Esposito and Ryan going to find this guy and talk to him that Esposito follows him into a subway car and this guy pulls a gun. And things escalate from there.
As Esposito is in the subway car trying to resolve the situation, our people are on the outside trying to figure out who this guy is, because he’s clearly not who they initially took him to be. There’s a lot of tension, and a lot of suspense in the episode. We think it’s going to be a lot of fun for the audience.
What kind of insight into Esposito are we getting from this hour that we might not have known if he hadn’t been placed in this situation?
DA: I think he’s a guy who’s trying to figure out where he’s going in his relationship with Lanie. I think part of what’s happening in the story is going to reflect on that.
It seems like the following episode, “Last Action Hero,” is a lighter one. How will our team react to the world of aging action stars?
DA: Episode 9, which I think is really fun episode — [there’s] an ’80s action star whom Castle was a huge fan of who winds up getting murdered. So [Castle] is thrust into this world of aging action stars who are EXPENDABLES characters who are inhabiting this world in the process of solving this mystery. And that promises to be another classic, funny, CASTLE episode.
Is Beckett brought into that world, or is she more observing Castle’s love for these action stars/movies?
DA: She is involved, but she doesn’t have as much of a stake, I would say — she’s not as connected to these people as he is. But they have a good deal of fun together as they deal with this world together.
And as we look towards the final episode of 2014, how are Castle and Beckett dealing with their first Christmas as a married couple?
DA: It doesn’t deal with it as much as the last Christmas episode we did, just because the nature of the case takes us towards the holiday, but it doesn’t land on Christmas-proper. So we’re not quite doing a Christmas celebration in this one.
But what we are doing, there are a couple of interesting aspects to it. Esposito and Lanie reach a milestone in their relationship against the backdrop of the holidays.
But, perhaps, more importantly, there will be a bit of a cliffhanger in respects to Castle in this episode, in terms of something that comes along that sort of shakes things up as we go into 2015.
What can you tease about what’s in store for 2015?
DA: Coming into the second half of the season… Castle starts pursuing work that takes him outside of the 12th precinct.
Interesting! Looking at the more overarching mythology you’ve set up with Castle’s disappearance, how long-term are you looking at playing those mysteries?
DA: We will certainly touch it before the end of the season in a relatively significant way. I’m not sure we will entirely resolve everything, but I think Castle will discover answers to questions that he has swirling around about that missing time.
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?)