November 24, 2015

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Monday’s episode of Castle. Read at your own risk.]

Christmas came a little early for Castle fans Monday.

On the ABC drama’s midseason finale, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) finally talked out all the issues surrounding their recent separation. On the heels of a little anniversary hookup that was interrupted by a text from Vikram (Sunkrish Bala), Castle enlisted Hayley (Toks Olagundoye) to hack Beckett’s phone to make sure she wasn’t in some sort of trouble.

But then Castle got much more than he bargained for. He eventually figured out that the separation began right after Bracken and Allison Hyde were murdered and that Beckett must be helping Vikram investigate those deaths. When Castle asked Hayley to hack Vikram’s operation, Beckett ordered Vikram to stop Castle from getting in, even if it meant destroying Castle’s entire computer system. Realizing that Beckett would stop at almost nothing to keep Castle at a certain distance, he finally confronted his wife about her lies.

Beckett explained everything, including that she pushed Castle away because of her fear that if LokSat knew she was investigating the murders, he would kill Beckett and all of those she loved. But Castle insists that Beckett should have just trusted him with the truth from the get-go. “The fact that you even think that breaks my heart,” Castle says. “You want to know what hurts the most? You could have come to me with everything, broken us up just like you did, only it would have been a cover and together, in secret, we could have taken this guy down. Only, that thought never even occurred to you because, deep down inside, you like being broken and you need this obsession. No matter what I do, I can’t change that. Only you can, Kate.”

After Kate gets another clue — Caleb Brown (guest star Kristoffer Polaha), the public defender in the fun, if otherwise meaningless drug murder on a cruise ship case of the week, is actually a former corporate lawyer with ties to LokSat and Kate’s best lead in finding her nemesis’ true identity — Beckett heads over to Castle’s place to make amends. “You were right,” she says. “Our breakup could have been a cover so that we could bring down LokSat together. I’m here now. So, let’s do it.”

But Castle isn’t so easily swayed. “[You thought I] would just take you back, in spite of what you put me through?” he asks. “You hurt me, Kate, and what’s worse, you lost faith in me.” But once Beckett pleads that she now truly understands how much she needs Castle and begs him to “don’t make me do this without you,” Castle obliges, and the couple sneaks off to the bedroom for their second round of “naked time” in as many episodes.

So, are Castle and Beckett officially back together? What’s the next step in the LokSat investigation when the show returns in the new year? chatted with executive producers Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter about all that and more. Plus: Do they think the separation story was successful?

So, based on that ending, are Beckett and Castle officially reconciled?
Alexi Hawley: Yeah. What we’re setting up for when we return is the idea that they’re fighting in public, they’re broken up in public, but in private, they’re canoodling and they’re secretly together. That allows us to have a lot of fun when we come back with that public-versus-private relationship. We get to have them fighting in front of the boys, but now the audience is in on it in a way that’s a lot of fun.
Terence Paul Winter: And we get to find some territory that we’ve never been able to do on this show. In the first episode back, the audience will get a taste of what it will be like in this new dynamic that we’re promising at the end of this episode.

Will Vikram still be in Beckett’s ear warning against the danger she’s putting Castle in, or is she pretty much committed to this decision?
Hawley: She’s committed to the decision. What Castle brings up to her in that interrogation room scene is a painful moment of self-realization for Beckett. [Castle says] that because of what happened with her mom, because of her obsession-based personality, part of her that likes being broken and likes to be the martyr a little bit. And once she realizes that he’s actually right and sees her in a way that she can’t even see herself, it allows her to make her peace with that and move on. That’s what the end of the episode is about: her going, “You were right. We could have done it this way. Let’s do it this way.” That’s a really good moment for the two of them and I think that makes their relationship grow.

How much will she actually tell him about what she’s up to? Will she enlist Castle’s help in the LokSat investigation?
Winter: She’s going to be open and honest with him — that was the declaration at the end of the episode. But moving forward, she knows that the investigation of LokSat is still incredibly dangerous. So, they are going to make the decision that Castle is not going to be involved in it. They’re going to keep the fact that they’re back together a secret, and she’s going to move forward with it to protect Castle. Will it continue to be that for the rest of the season? Probably not. We’re going to keep twisting that dynamic as we move on in the new year.
Hawley: She’s keeping in the loop as much as she can. There’s nothing actionable for him to be doing when we come back, and that’s the state of the investigation. When there’s something that Castle can do, I think she’ll absolutely put him in the game. That’s our operating premise going into the middle third of the season.

When Beckett made that declaration, Castle looked on the fence about whether or not he could accept that. Was it ever a possibility that he might have been too hurt to just let her back in?
Hawley: It was very important to us that he didn’t just roll over. Even with the best intentions, she did really hurt him and put him through a bad period in his life, and it was important to us that he make her very aware of that. The interrogation room scene was a very tough scene — he was tough on her — and when she said, “Let’s do it,” at the end, we didn’t want him to just say, “Yes.” But at the end of the day, if we had him say no to her and push her away, there would be people with pitchforks outside our office. [Laughs]
Winter: Also, the reality is he spent the past seven episodes trying to win her back. So, he had to wrestle with the reality of why she pushed him away, and… she did it because she loves him. Of course he’s upset, of course he’s questioning what’s going on, but at the end of the day, when he thinks about it, he realizes this is the woman I was made for.
Hawley: That’s why those moments with Lucy, played by Aubrey Plaza, are really important to set up his decision. He’s basically standing up for his wife before Beckett even shows up. So he’s already thinking about can he forgive her? The reality is, he knows Beckett and he knows here wasn’t malice. Even if there was some dysfunction emotionally, there wasn’t malice.

But will Castle be looking to see if Beckett falls back into those patterns? How long will his patience last?
Winter: They’ve had challenges with secrets and lies in the past, both of them. But this one was about life or death. The end result for Beckett is that she realizes that no matter what the situation is, she can confide and trust in Castle, regardless of if she’s trying to protect him. Moving forward, we’re not planning on repeating ourselves.
Hawley: This was a painful journey to go through, and it needs to have meant something. Beckett really did come face-to-face with a part of herself that she wasn’t really aware of, and I think for it to have value and meaning, she has to change. We’re not going to go back to the “she’s lying to him” well, and that’s important.

If they’re still pretending to be separate publicly, how will you involve Castle in the police work? More of what we’ve seen thus far this season?
Winter: One of the delights of the second third of the season is finding new and different and interesting ways to get Castle and Beckett working together. Even with this whole ruse that they’re separated, they try to stay away from each other but for whatever reason, they keep on being forced to work together.
Hawley: We like playing with that idea, and they’re definitely going to be solving cases together. The challenge is how we make that happen, hopefully in a fun way.

Kristoffer Polaha’s character is now Beckett’s best lead to LokSat. When will see him again?
Winter: The character is coming back pretty soon. Not in the first episode back, but soon after we’re going to see more of that character. He comes back in a very surprising way because, again, Beckett and Vikram have to attack LokSat and Caleb Brown very carefully. When does return, we get a twist on who Caleb Brown is. It’ll be a little surprising to Beckett and hopefully it will be surprising to our viewers as well, and it will set things up for where we’re going in the back half of the season.

The separation story obviously upset a lot of fans. Now that they’re basically back together, do you think the audience will accept that and come back next year?
Winter: I hope so. We love our fans, and we love how spirited and opinionated they are and how much they care about Caskett. We care about Caskett too, and that’s why, when we designed this first third of the season, we knew what the beginning, middle and end was going to be. Obviously, it was tough for some of our friends out there, and they let it be known that they weren’t so happy, but at the end of the day, personally, we were very happy with it.
Hawley: Obviously the Twitter feed is a mix, but there have been a lot of the voices as well that are very energized by this season and feel there have been some really great episodes. They were having a lot of fun despite the relationship stuff and they appreciate the relationship troubles that our couple was having.

So, overall, you think it was worth it for the end result?
Winter: I definitely think it’s worth it. If weren’t able to make these bold choices we made in Episode 2, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to explore where these characters have gone.
Hawley: “The Last Seduction” was their anniversary, and that became a really powerful episode. If it was just the first anniversary and they were happy and healthy, of course it would have been cute, but it wouldn’t have had as much emotional weight. So, it does feel worth it to us.

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November 24, 2015

The following contains spoilers from Castle‘s Season 8 fall finale, which aired on Monday night.

This Monday on the fall finale of ABC’s Castle, Rick enlisted Hayley to investigate the cryptic text that Kate had received, and what he came to discover was that his wife was still very deeply involved in the Bracken/LokSat mystery.

That set the stage for a pair of difficult conversations — first, Rick chastising happily “broken” Kate for boxing him out, and then later, when Kate sought to make things right but was met by (some) resistance from the husband she pushed away.

In the end, Rick and Kate agreed to keep their public “break-up” intact, while privately reconciling. Here, Castle co-showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter open up about the past six episodes, the one thing that might have changed, Season 8’s numbers and more.

TVLINE | A couple months ago you ripped off the Band-Aid, you’ve now put it back on. And you took some knocks along the way. Was it all worth it?
ALEXI HAWLEY | I think so. We’ve enjoyed the storytelling. We feel like we’ve given ourselves some challenges, and it’s allowed us to do some fun stuff and also to challenge our characters and our actors to go to some emotional and unexpected places.
TERENCE PAUL WINTER | We went down some roads that we were unable to go down if we didn’t make the choices that we made. It’s funny that you ask that question, because Alexi and I were just talking about this the other day — we’re really happy with how the first third of the season has gone. And we’re excited about what the next third’s going to be, and also how we’re going to take it to the end of the season.

TVLINE | In retrospect, would you have done anything with this storyline differently?
HAWLEY | I don’t know…. No, I don’t think so…. I feel like ultimately…

TVLINE | I was thinking that if you had even one extra act in the fall finale, would you have left Rick angry for a bit longer?
HAWLEY | Yeah, we probably would have. It was very important that he had a moment when she comes to him in the loft where he didn’t just say yes, because she did hurt him — even though I know the audience, when he says, “It’s not that easy,” might throw stuff at the television, because it looks like we might not put them together….

TVLINE | No, but I was glad he said that.
HAWLEY | Because she did hurt him, even though she was doing it with the best of intentions. Yes, if we had more time, we might have let [Rick’s hurt] last a little longer. But the 42 minutes of network television being what it is….
WINTER | The reality is that we put Beckett in a situation where there was no easy right answer. And that’s life. Just like when we came up with this season, we didn’t want it to be simple, we didn’t want it to be easy. We wanted to challenge our characters and our staff with the storytelling.
HAWLEY | It was also very important for us to address some of Beckett’s emotional issues. When Castle tells her, “You like being broken” — which is why it never occurred to her to get him involved in the conspiracy, so to speak — we thought that was really valuable to her character and to their relationship. Because at the end of the day, he’s calling her on her s–t in a way that we don’t get to do that much.
WINTER | And there will be vice versa as we move on through the season. Because the reality is that the show is a romantic comedy at its core, but Castle and Beckett over the past eight seasons have gone through some pretty difficult things — serial killers, threats against the city, their lives — and that’s got to take a toll. That’s something we want to explore.

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November 23, 2015

November 22, 2015

Does anything good happen in the Castle fall finale (airing Monday)? –Barry

Since I just got done watching it, why don’t I give you a taste of what happens and then you can decide/debate what is “good”?
1) We learn the (unconventional) location of where Vikram and Beckett will be conducting their super-secret LokSat snooping from here on.
2) The Case of the Week is handled almost exclusively by Rick and Kate, together.
3) “Lucy” makes a return!
4) Those who have rightfully complained that Rick A) hasn’t taken Kate to task enough for the abrupt “time out” and B) seems poised to forgive and forget should (should!) be somewhat pleased with some of the angry things he gets to say this Monday.
5) Will Rick’s covert investigation of Kate’s mystery text bring them back together, or blow things up in an irreversible way? Possible hint (or not): One of the marrieds at one point frets, “I just hope I didn’t nuke my marriage.”

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November 22, 2015

Many Castle fans probably cheered last week when, despite their separation, Castle and Beckett celebrated their first wedding anniversary with some time between the sheets. So, is the separation officially over? Not so fast.

Although Monday’s midseason finale (10/9c, ABC) keeps those happier vibes going — especially when Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) try to solve a murder case together while stuck on a cruise ship — when the case reveals a possible connection to the larger LokSat mystery, Beckett is again reminded why she pushed Castle away in the first place. And things only get tougher between the couple when Castle does some digging of his own and uncovers more of Beckett’s deception.

Elsewhere, the episode introduces Kristoffer Polaha’s recurring character. “He plays a public defender,” executive producer Terence Paul Winter says. “He’s a true believer in justice, which is very similar to Beckett.” However, that doesn’t mean they won’t butt heads. “By design, public defenders are often at odds with the NYPD because they represent a lot of the criminals the 12th precinct brings in,” Winter says. “That will create a bit of conflict that will carry on into future episodes we’re planning in the new year.”

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November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015

The sheets have barely cooled from her and Rick’s carefully negotiated first wedding anniversary celebration, and already Castle‘s Kate has designs on next year?

In this Monday’s fall finale, titled “Mr. & Mrs. Castle” and airing at 10/9c on ABC, Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a cruise ship entertainer, and thus are aboard the docked vessel, digging up clues, in the above sneak peek. After Rick channels his inner Jack Dawson, he and Kate wind up wondering if their second anniversary could possibly compare to their recent and torrid “time out from the time out.”

And based on a final twist in the clip above, they may have plenty of “alone” time to further that discussion!

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November 20, 2015

Hi! Any scoop about Castle? — Fred

A case that lands on Beckett and Castle’s radar in the fall finale has a connection to LOKSAT. But it’s actually the cryptic text that Beckett received from Vikram last week that puts Castle on the trail of what’s really going on, leading to a decision that could jeopardize what’s left of their marriage.

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November 17, 2015


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