Team Castle Talks of the Big Hook-Up, the Father of All Mysteries, Satiny Kisses and Secrets Spilled

ABC’s Castle on Friday night held court at PaleyFest12, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. There, lucky attendees were first treated to cast member Tamala Jones’ performance of the song she sang in the noir “Blue Butterfly” episode, followed by a screening of the next new episode, “A Dance With Death,” to air March 19.

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Teed up by series creator Andrew W. Marlowe as the “last normal episode before the stormy weather hits,” the hour revolves around the death of a TV dance competition contestant (and in doing so lets slip an interesting reveal about Lanie’s own fancy footwork). The episode also finds Beckett revealing to Castle that she didn’t always want to be a cop, and serves up fun moments involving Esposito, Ryan and… strippers?!

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In the panel discussion that followed — featuring Jones, Marlowe, series leads Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, Molly Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Seamus Dever, Jon Huertas and Penny Johnson Jerald — the hot topics kicked off with, not surprisingly, the question of whether it’s time for Rick and Kate to, you know, just do it.

Yes!” Katic immediately declared, eliciting cheers. Fillion responded by saying, “I think it’s played out very well — it’s been tastefully and artfully dealt with — but I don’t think it’s something that can be done forever. Andrew has shared his plan, and it’s deft.”

And when the time does come for the do to do the deed, Fillion is of the mind that “it should be really clumsy, with stuff getting knocked over.”

Castle’s “family” were on opposing sides of the two hooking up. “I am completely bored with this ongoing saga,” said Sullivan with a wink. “I want my boy to move along, I want a little action!” Young Quinn, however, argued in character, “The tension is nice, and they can keep it that way – out of the house!”

Sharing his own take on the inevitable, Marlowe said, “When that time comes, it opens up new opportunities in storytelling” and “that next evolution in their relationship can be just as fun.”

The other big “mystery” at hand involves the bombshell recently dropped by Jennifer Beals’ crooked CIA agent — that Rick’s father was a spy as well. The twist there, says Marlowe, is “Castle doesn’t know if he can trust what Sophia says. And, if you’re father is in the CIA, how do you find out?” That said, he promised the arc “is something we’ll be exploring forward in the series.”

Other topics covered during the Paley panel:

SERENITY NOW | Previewing his Firefly costar Adam Baldwin’s guest-starring turn as a police detective named Slaughter, Fillion said the character’s name “kind of says it all.” As Castle shadows this gruff crimesolver while Beckett is busy elsewhere, “It’s not going to be the same experience…. It’s safe to say that parts of his face will be rearranged.”

OH MY! | Reflecting on the “Cuffed” episode, Fillion revealed that he and Katic, tethered together for hours on end, were protected by rubber-lined shackles. Meanwhile, the tiger they got to work with, he said, “made my list: Heights, sharks, bears, tigers — things I don’t want to get killed by.”

KISS AND TELL | Jones spoke of kissing Fillion in the noir episode, and in the most glowing of terms. “I love kissing you, I do,” she said to scene partner Huertas. “But Nathan…. it was like satin or something. And the breath was extra-fresh!”

THIS ‘N THAT | When asked if the show will ever set an episode around the world premiere of the Nikki Heat movie, Marlowe echoed that which he told TVLine in September: “We’re talking about it, but it’s really expensive” to fake a red carpet event…. Sullivan shared that Martha is “an homage to my own mother, who passed away in December,” a woman who “was alive and significant and wanted to do things”…. Asked to share things about their character that exist only in their own minds, Katic said that as she sees it, Beckett “likes the color purple… and strawberry shakes” — to which Fillion quickly quipped, “And Ryan like Shamrock Shakes. But only one week a year!”

THE SECRETS CIRCLED | All told, Marlowe reminded that Season 4 “is a season of secrets,” including Beckett having heard Castle’s “I love you,” and Castle steering Beckett away from the incendiary case of her mother’s murder. “As we get into his last run, those secrets will start to come up, and [everyone] will have to deal with the consequences.”