Something big is about to go down on Castle, this much is now certain.
In a new interview with our sister site Deadline, Stana Katic reveals that an “event” takes place early this fall that will catapult Season 8 “into a higher velocity” and “is part of what will set everything up for the next 20 episodes.”
The inciting incident in question takes place within the first two episodes — installments that Katic dubs “brother and sister” — and, yep, it involves Rick and Kate.
“Part of the exciting thing about this season is the way [new showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter] have envisioned the cosmic version of why [Rick and Kate] have come together,” she elaborates. “It delves into the mythology of Rick’s disappearance and memory loss as well as into what inspired Beckett to become a cop in the first place.”
Katic’s comments come two weeks after co-star Nathan Fillion hinted to TVLine that change is coming to the ABC procedural. “In order for a show to continue and to move forward, things have to change,” he told TVLine at Comic-Con. “And things have changed, every year, for these two.”
Katic, meanwhile, also tells Deadline that her 11th hour decision to renew her Castle contract last May resulted, in part, from a feeling that Beckett “would be safe in the next chapter of Castle” under Hawley and Winter. “I felt confident that they knew the story, the character — Terence has been on the show since Day 1, and some of the most interesting episodes for my character were penned by Alexi. And while they are eager to shake things up and aim at telling challenging stories, they would also protect the integrity of the character.”
Castle Season 8 bows Monday, Sept. 21 at 10/9c.