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Castle Season 5: 11 Reader Questions Answered!

Castle Season 5 is still two months away, and it was only this past week that production started on the premiere. Nonetheless, when TVLine visited the popular ABC procedural’s Hollywood soundstage on Wednesday, there was a criminally good amount of intel to be secured, as I spoke to series creator Andrew Marlowe and cast members Stana Katic, Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever.

To kick off our multi-part in-depth look at the new season — which among other things will reveal the aftermath (afterglow?) of the Castle/Beckett coupling, deal with a rather acrimonious break-up and perhaps afford closure on Johanna Beckett’s murder — here are quick answers to some reader questions submitted to our @TVLineNews feed. (Again, there will be much more to come — including but by no means limited to Katic’s allusion to “really wonderful lovemaking” — as Castle‘s Sept. 24 opener draws closer.)

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Q | Will we have a time-jump?
Not really, no. “We’re picking up the morning after” Rick and Kate finally fell into each other’s arms (and his bed), says Marlowe, “and we get to see what that looks like. We see how they both reacted to her coming over and the decisions that she’s made and the situation that they now find themselves in. But as with any great moment you have in a relationship, it can’t last, because real life intrudes.”

Q | What kind of fallout can we expect from Beckett’s resignation?
“The thing about [Captain] Gates and the relationship with Kate,” says Katic, “is that you’ve got two strong women who in a great way really know each other.” As such, the intense emotions that led to Kate’s parting of ways may be tempered by cooler heads. “Gates is very aware of the fact that [Beckett] is a very powerful member of her police force and a valuable person to have on her team,” says Katic. And what’s in it for Kate? “There’s value in working for justice for others until you can fully enact justice for your own,” the actress teases, alluding to Beckett’s new slow-and-steady-wins-the-race mentality about cracking her mom’s murder. “She’s kind of like a cobra lying in wait, and when the moment is right to strike, she will.”

Q | When will Kate be back at the precinct?
It sounds as if Beckett will have her badge back sooner rather than later. “In the first episode she’s not [back on the force],” says Marlowe. “But… there’s not a show if she’s not investigating.”

Q | I’ve heard lots of rumors about Castle and Beckett, but I want to hear about my fave duo, Ryan and Esposito! What’s in store?
For one, a whole lotta bromantic tension that “definitely doesn’t get resolved in this first episode,” says Huertas. “Esposito is a pretty loyal guy, and he and Beckett are like brother and sister, so for Ryan to kind of go behind our backs and show a disloyalty to our team … undermines a trust. It’s going to be quite hard to get back in Esposito’s graces.” Standing up for his own character, Dever says, “The end justifies the means, and Beckett is alive because Ryan told Gates that we were still investigating Beckett’s mother’s murder, and we were able to save her off the ledge.” But with each fella holding his ground, “There’s mending that needs to happen,” Dever says, “and we’re unsure when it’s going to happen or if it’s going to happen.”

Q | Will we see more of Jim Beckett this season?
That is certainly Katic’s hope, to have Scott Paulin (JAG) back as her TV dad, who last surfaced in Season 4′s opener. After all, she offers, “What is better than the comedy between the new boyfriend and the father?” Or taking it a juicy step further, Marlowe proposes a “‘meet the parents’ episode where Jim Beckett and Martha and Castle and Beckett are all together at dinner. What does that look like?”

Q | Will we find out more about Castle’s father this season?
Yes — though Marlowe says there is still “a lot of talking” going on about exactly what that story will involve. As he notes, “It really is delicate territory and we know we have one shot to do it right… We have some ideas, but we have to see how they develop out, and that’s going to take us another month or so.”

Q | Can you tell us more about Jack Coleman’s character on Castle? Will he be in multiple episodes?
Yes, the Heroes alum will appear in multiple episodes as, we originally reported, “a well-liked U.S. senator who finds himself in conflict with Beckett.” Asked to elaborate during my set visit, Marlowe hesitated, only adding: “I can say that Jack Coleman plays somebody who has some knowledge about what may have gone on back in the day with Montgomery, and may have some information as to what actually went on with Kate’s mother’s murder.”

Q | Are any two-parters planned?
Though Castle has a tradition of sorts for uncorking a wowza two-parter every spring, usually fronted by a “name” guest star, Marlowe is iffy on a fourth trip to that well. For one, he says, “Unless a comet’s going to hit the Earth and Castle and Beckett are going to develop super-powers, I’m not sure how you get bigger” than the previous three arcs. So if anything, any next two-parter would be quieter, more personal. “If we do something this year, it’s because we’ve had a really smart, clever idea that we think can really bring something significant to the audience in a new and interesting way.”

Q | Will Maddox (played by Tahmoh Penikett) return, or does he take a well-deserved dirt nap?
The Dragon’s sniper henchman who has vowed to put Beckett “in the ground” will resurface in the first episode, says Marlowe.

Q | When do we get to see Beckett’s bedroom?
You will finally lay eyes on the heretofore-unseen boudoir no later than the season premiere. (And no, her bed is not round. “What is this, Scarface?” Katic quips.)

Q | Will we ever find out if Beckett really does have a tattoo?
Whether viewers are ever made privy to the teased piece if ink remains to be seen, but Marlowe says this much: “I think it’s safe to say that Rick has seen Kate’s tattoo.”

Comments (136)

  • why do we have to wait so long I can’t wait any longer.Castle rocks never take it off or let Kate or castle leave!!!!!!!

    Comment by Angela – July 31, 2012 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wanna see beckett’s tattoo! Lol

    Comment by gabe – July 31, 2012 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t think there can be anyone more excited them I am about the start of Season 5 of Castle; however, why is the fall season starting so late? It not like the junk that ABC put on as fill in, people are actually watching, it! This show has nothing but great possiblilties, but was only given 20 episodes this season – Marlowe may have wanted it that way, just curios. What’s with having to see actors in shows “get busy” I personally think that there is something to be said for the imagination and for “class” and good taste. Why does everything have to go just short of porn. I like the testfulness of the Castle episodes.

    Castle Fan~

    Comment by rosedustyhoney – August 2, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Someone said it always starts the last Monday of September, but last year it premiered on the 19th so I don’t get it :/ But I’m thinking it has to do with DWTS premiere date – the ratings will be stronger with it as a lead in. As for the 20 episode order, that’s always the case, although I think it’s been 21 previously?? Not positive. ABC has the option to order more. Season two they ordered an additional 3, mid-way through season 3 they did the same (both at 24 eps), and last season they ordered two. I was disappointed it wasn’t a 24 episode season, but the ratings are still great so I’m sure we’ll still get more than 20 this season, don’t worry :D

      Comment by Klover – August 2, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree completely. That’s one of the reason’s I like this show too, it’s witty, classy and fun. No porn please.

      Comment by Castle fan – August 26, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It would be SO AWESOME if they had an Ep with the Castle family + Kate holidaying in Rick’s house in the Hamptons!!!

    Sunsets and music and candle-lit dinners and jet-skiing and picnics- oooooooooh!

    Also, WHEN will they deal with The Johanna Beckett SCHOLARSHIP (gotta have a Banquet/Fundraising dinner sometime, right?!

    Matt Webb Mitovich, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this interview!

    Comment by Shriya – August 3, 2012 02:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It would be SO AWESOME if they had an Ep with the Castle family + Kate holidaying in Rick’s house in the Hamptons!!!

    Sunsets and music and candle-lit dinners and jet-skiing and picnics- oooooooooh!

    Also, WHEN will they deal with The Johanna Beckett SCHOLARSHIP (gotta have a Banquet/Fundraising dinner sometime, right?!

    Comment by Shriya – August 3, 2012 02:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t we see Kate’s bedroom in the episode where she has to find a dress for an event?

    Comment by Lauren – August 4, 2012 09:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Remember her apartment exploded in season 2.. we haven’t seen her bedroom in her ‘new’ apt. And of course all we can imagine is we’ll get to see it during a hot scene between her and Castle… after all Castle’s loft is more crowded than her house. ;-)

      Comment by Melissa – August 4, 2012 09:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • AAAAHHHHH!! I love it so much i will actually wait so i can enjoy every minute of it….. Thank you ABC Thank you AM! Thank youTVLIVE!!! You guys are Awesome!!!! I am a Castle fan! Hard out!

    Comment by Zdenka – August 6, 2012 12:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Haha, they finally fall into each others arms (and his bed) haha it made by day :)

    Comment by Lea – August 10, 2012 04:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why oh why does you so-called British Cheif Inspector speak with a terrible fake Australian accent and claim to have gone to Eton”!!! Utter rubbish – you yanks have no idea.

    Comment by Wilhemina Bothwell – August 20, 2012 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can not stand more amazing to see the castle 5 this season is going to be very good but what I have is anxious to know what will happen with the friendship of Ryan and Esposito areglen hope that all that ryan just said the captain what he was doing beckett to save his friends and them angry aww = (and the Pope of castle hope we see more of that and as reacionara castle to learn more about his dad =)

    Comment by CastleWSDC12 – August 26, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I consider, that you commit an error. Let’s disucss.

    Comment by Win8 icon creator for Metro – September 24, 2012 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does anyone know the watch brand/model Beckett is wearing on last night’s episode (10/15/12) ??… I love it!

    Comment by K Mann – October 16, 2012 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Her father’s watch she wears is intended to be an Omega Speedmaster.

      Comment by KDub – October 16, 2012 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bonjour à vous ! Etes vous passé par une agence de référencement pour le référencement web ?

    Comment by agence communication – December 1, 2012 04:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All i know is I love it. As I get more familiar with the players I will probably have some observations.Right now I’M HAPPY!

    Comment by Dory – March 13, 2013 12:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • March 18 ep Just great. Don’t know what she does with ice but the look on Castles face was priceless. Will continue with reruns. THX TNT. Keep them coming!

    Comment by Dory – March 19, 2013 06:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • April 1st ep. Fantastic.

    Comment by Dory – April 1, 2013 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This newbie finally caught up. I just love it. I have seen reruns twice and havn’t missed a network show. I think its the best show on tv bar none. Still like Glades and Jim & Callie.

    Comment by Dory – May 11, 2013 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tomorrow 7/4. Have tried to catch up on TNT reruns. Have a couple of questions. (Maybe a savvy fan can answer) In which season did the Ellie Monroe character appear and did they ever follow up with the movie. Castle seemed totally smitten with her. He even forgave her “using him”.. I love Castle. But he’s got the hottest pants ever. He even beats out Jim on the Glades.

    Comment by Dory – July 3, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • will kate beckett get pregnant in season 6

    Comment by comment by breyana – April 7, 2014 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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