Once the dust settled (has the dust settled?) on the two-part Castle premiere’s emotional bombshell, some may have come up for air to wonder: How can Toks Olagundoye be a series regular, if Hayley has left NYC for Chicago?
Similarly, how will recurring player Sunkrish Bala stay in the mix, as AG analyst Vikram?
“Hayley disappears for a couple of episodes, and then comes back in Episode 5,” co-showrunner Alexi Hawley tells TVLine. “Partly that was because now that we have this new dynamic, we thought we needed to focus on Castle and Beckett, and give Hayley a bit of a breather.”
And when the disgraced Scotland Yard officer does resurface, it won’t be to again ally with Rick. “When she comes back, she’s actually working with Beckett,” Hawley shares. “She’s sort of like a force of nature who comes in and bounces off of our characters with an interesting point of view,” as she did throughout the two-part opener.
As for Vikram: “Ultimately he is tied to Beckett’s obsession, her search [for Bracken’s partner aka LOCKSAT],” Hawley notes, and to keep him within arm’s reach, “We bring him into the precinct [this Monday] to work as a sort of digital investigator for them. He’s working at the 12th, but he’s mainly there to help Beckett go down her road.”
Are you curious to see Hayley next team with Beckett? And what does Vikram’s new gig mean for Tory??