TVLine can now reveal another intriguing piece of the puzzle that is Castle‘s Season 8 premiere.
As previously reported, the ABC procedural will return Sept. 21 with a two-parter, the first installment of which is titled “XY.” The double-episode salvo will introduce two new characters: Scotland Yard officer turned security specialist Hayley Vargas (to be played by new series regular/Neighbors alum Toks Olagundoye) and tech analyst Vikram Singh (recurring player Sunkrish Bala).
What’s more, Ann Cusack (Private Practice) will guest-star in Part 2 of the premiere as Rita, a member of a top-secret organization who drops into Beckett’s life with a unique set of skills… and an unexpected connection to Castle.
Now you can add to the mix the return of the forever-nefarious William Bracken, to again played by Jack Coleman. The disgraced senator, who pulled many puppet strings in orchestrating Johanna Beckett’s years-ago murder, will “be back in a surprising way,” new co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter tells TVLine.
Interestingly, with Castle back Sept. 21 and NBC’s Heroes Reborn launching Sept. 24, Coleman fans are poised to get a double helping of the actor, who last played Bracken in Season 6’s penultimate episode, “Veritas,” when the ambitious politician saw his White House bid handcuffed by, well, handcuffs.
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