Castle First Look: Rick Meets His Father!

Castle‘s titular writer/amateur detective will finally meet his dad (played by James Brolin) in the Feb. 25 episode (ABC, 10/9c), and judging by the guns and black masks in the following photos, we think it’s safe to say the father-son moment does not unfold as Rick probably imagined it would.

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The family reunion comes in the second half of Castle‘s annual sweeps two-parter, in which Rick and Kate investigate a murder that exposes a plot to kidnap a wealthy Middle Eastern businessman’s daughter. Could the mysterious Papa Castle be connected to the case?

Check out the gallery below, and then hit the comments with your thoughts.



Comments (36)

  • I have always secretly hoped that it would be Rick’s dad who eventually takes-out the Senator to save Castle or Beckett from doing something that would ruin both of their lives.

    Comment by taliesin – February 5, 2013 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, it certainly looks like he knows his way around a sniper rifle, so I wouldn’t count it out! ;)

      Comment by DL – February 5, 2013 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think the last episode shows us that Senator Bracken might not even be solely responsible for Johanna’s death. There are more powerful forces murdering people above him even. He was part of it, but he may not be the top of the food chain either.

      Comment by lv2bnsb (@DanielleMonroy) – February 5, 2013 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yeah ive always felt he wasnt the top, felt a little too soon for the reveal of the man at the top

        Comment by Alan – February 5, 2013 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • In my opinion we’re 5 seasons into the storyline. It’s time to get closure and move on to the next thing. Let Beckett have her sense of peace. All we need to do is read the news to see there’s plenty of other monsters to give them multi-season story arcs for the future.

        Comment by taliesin – February 5, 2013 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • you remember twin peaks? how they revealed the answer to their central mystery and then were cancelled within the season because no one wanted to watch anymore. well i can imagine something similar happening if the truth is revealed before the last episode here.
          without the case there will be nothing to drive the show forward and without that it will list aimlessly from one case of the week to the next and will just get boring.

          Comment by Alan – February 5, 2013 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Beckett’s mom is not the central storyline of Castle. It was a motivation for 1 character to choose a profession. Castle is a procedural. Any psycho could have shot Beckett at the end of season 3 and it would still have been interesting to see how it played out in season 4. Intensity doesn’t need to be focused on Kate’s mom and her killer. It’s a story that has dragged on too long; and Twin Peaks died in its 2nd season, not 5th.

            Comment by taliesin – February 5, 2013 02:49 PM PDT  
          • what is featured in the opening and closing episodes of each season? the mother case, only the central storyline of a show is used in the opening and closing episodes of a season

            Comment by Alan – February 5, 2013 02:54 PM PDT  
    • Interesting!

      Comment by Mari – February 5, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seems like maybe his dad comes in and saves the day.

    Comment by Andrea – February 5, 2013 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not a fan of this casting, because I haven’t liked James Brolin since Marcus Welby days. But that’s just me.

    Comment by Tico – February 5, 2013 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh, that jacket makes Rick look so fat and boxy.

    Comment by Jane – February 5, 2013 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is that Christopher Heyerdahl (Sanctuary) in the background of picture one????

    Comment by BC40ish – February 5, 2013 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! It totally looks like him!!!!!! LOVE CHRIS!!! :D

      Comment by Foghorn – February 5, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh. I got so excited when I thought this said Castiel Meets His Father. I was gonna say, finaaaaaaallly. Nevermind.

    Comment by S – February 5, 2013 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • oh snap Papa Castle looks to be a total badass. Can not wait to see this unfold.

    Comment by James – February 5, 2013 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate that Rick’s dad is potentially tied to the espiognage world. Ugh. Why go on this route? Because nothing beats papa Castle being a spy or working for the gov. Just like in Frozen Heat. sounds so cliche.

    Comment by Audrey – February 5, 2013 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, we’ve know Papa Castle was in the CIA for some time now so it seems a little late to be upset about it. :)

      Comment by taliesin – February 5, 2013 12:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I was about to say the same thing.

        Comment by Kvivik – February 5, 2013 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yeah because there are no other cliches on the show. its really the only good way to believably introduce the character from where i stand

      Comment by Alan – February 5, 2013 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think its possible he and/or his agency are tied to the murder of Beckett’s mother

    Comment by intelliwoman – February 5, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • nathan fillion’s facial expressions make anything worthwhile, i love that guy

    Comment by Alan – February 5, 2013 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looks like it takes place in France (judging by the license plate)

    Comment by balbutor – February 5, 2013 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wait. James Brolin is also playing Jeff Winger’s dad in Community so does this mean Castle is Winger’s brother? lol

    Comment by Karen – February 5, 2013 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brolin’s carrying heat!? I gots to see this.

    Comment by JT – February 5, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well this feeds my excitement. Nicely done. :)

    Comment by Steph – February 5, 2013 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is that the Swede from Hell on Wheels in pic 1?

    Comment by Shaun – February 5, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great series of pics! This is going to be such fun!! I can’t wait! Absolutely a “don’t miss” ep! Have I made my (exclamation)point?!

    Comment by Joyce Lang (@JoyceLang1) – February 5, 2013 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • French license plate?

    Comment by Cosmin C. (@Kozmyn) – February 5, 2013 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Love. Laugh. Always. and commented:
    This is eerily familiar — Frozen Heat anyone?

    Comment by Kelsey Tape – February 6, 2013 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You need to think about it in order. Last February Castle learned that his father was in the CIA (Pandora/Linchpin). He then writes Frozen Heat, which comes out in September. It’s sort of a fiction based on Castle’s experience.

      Comment by taliesin – February 6, 2013 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Exactly! But it also foreshadows a lot of the events that have happened on the show. I’m excited to see how it plays out. The writers never fail to deliver great episodes!

        Comment by Kelsey Tape – February 6, 2013 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’ll have to do a book report. I have never been able to get thru the “Heat” novels. Kindled every single one of them, still on my Kindle, unread.

      Comment by a – February 6, 2013 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, whatever. Sounds like the usual sweeps nonsense. I have to say this show has really lost its creative edge.

    Comment by Tom – February 6, 2013 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • how could it have lost its creative edge if it is doing its “usual sweeps nonsense”? a statement like that makes it seem like its business as usual

      Comment by Alan – February 6, 2013 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a newbie, I’m getting caught up on TNT reruns. Great show last eve. Alexis was a cute little girl and has developed into a beautiful young woman. Hope they keep this show going for a long time.

    Comment by Dory – February 19, 2013 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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