Showrunners Discuss Break-Up Arc, A Caskett Baby & More

Castle Rick Kate Reunion

Castle Bosses Weigh In on Break-Up Arc, 'Broken' Beckett, the Latest Baby Talk and 'Delightful' Antics Ahead

This Monday on the fall finale of ABC’s Castle, Rick enlisted Hayley to investigate the cryptic text that Kate had received, and what he came to discover was that his wife was still very deeply involved in the Bracken/LokSat mystery.
That set the stage for a pair of difficult conversations — first, Rick chastising happily “broken” Kate for boxing him out, and then later, when Kate sought to make things right but was met by (some) resistance from the husband she pushed away.
In the end, Rick and Kate agreed to keep their public “break-up” intact, while privately reconciling. Here, Castle co-showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter open up about the past six episodes, the one thing that might have changed, Season 8’s numbers and more.
TVLINE | A couple months ago you ripped off the Band-Aid, you’ve now put it back on. And you took some knocks along the way. Was it all worth it?
ALEXI HAWLEY | I think so. We’ve enjoyed the storytelling. We feel like we’ve given ourselves some challenges, and it’s allowed us to do some fun stuff and also to challenge our characters and our actors to go to some emotional and unexpected places.
TERENCE PAUL WINTER | We went down some roads that we were unable to go down if we didn’t make the choices that we made. It’s funny that you ask that question, because Alexi and I were just talking about this the other day — we’re really happy with how the first third of the season has gone. And we’re excited about what the next third’s going to be, and also how we’re going to take it to the end of the season.
TVLINE | In retrospect, would you have done anything with this storyline differently?
HAWLEY | I don’t know…. No, I don’t think so…. I feel like ultimately…
TVLINE | I was thinking that if you had even one extra act in the fall finale, would you have left Rick angry for a bit longer?
HAWLEY | Yeah, we probably would have. It was very important that he had a moment when she comes to him in the loft where he didn’t just say yes, because she did hurt him — even though I know the audience, when he says, “It’s not that easy,” might throw stuff at the television, because it looks like we might not put them together….
TVLINE | No, but I was glad he said that.
HAWLEY | Because she did hurt him, even though she was doing it with the best of intentions. Yes, if we had more time, we might have let [Rick’s hurt] last a little longer. But the 42 minutes of network television being what it is….
WINTER | The reality is that we put Beckett in a situation where there was no easy right answer. And that’s life. Just like when we came up with this season, we didn’t want it to be simple, we didn’t want it to be easy. We wanted to challenge our characters and our staff with the storytelling.
HAWLEY | It was also very important for us to address some of Beckett’s emotional issues. When Castle tells her, “You like being broken” — which is why it never occurred to her to get him involved in the conspiracy, so to speak — we thought that was really valuable to her character and to their relationship. Because at the end of the day, he’s calling her on her s–t in a way that we don’t get to do that much.
WINTER | And there will be vice versa as we move on through the season. Because the reality is that the show is a romantic comedy at its core, but Castle and Beckett over the past eight seasons have gone through some pretty difficult things — serial killers, threats against the city, their lives — and that’s got to take a toll. That’s something we want to explore.
Castle Rick Kate ReuniteTVLINE | Now that they are in this “break-up” together, for how much longer will they be “apart”?
HAWLEY | What we love is that now that we’re twisting it so that they’re in it together but the public face of them is separate, that allows the audience to be in on the joke with them — in the sense that they can “fight” in public, but the audience knows that it’s just an act. It is pretty delightful, having seen several of the episodes coming up.
WINTER | In fact, in the first episode back [airing Feb. 1], which is called “Tone Deaf”“Tone Death,” there are a couple of great sequences that we have never been able to on the show, because Castle and Beckett are hiding the fact that they’re together again.
HAWLEY | It gives us the energy of fighting in public and doing that other thing in private.
TVLINE | At least one of my readers called out what they saw as “conception” imagery during last week’s love scene. Is a baby anywhere in your game plan at this time?
WINTER | No, there are no plans for a baby.
HAWLEY | This was a question that came up at the beginning of the season, and for us, at least right now, we don’t know how the show would work like that. I understand that other shows have done that, but for us, because Beckett is so “boots on the ground,” kicking ass and taking names, it’s hard to imagine what a pregnant Beckett solving cases looks like.
WINTER | And we have to ask ourselves: How is it helpful to our storytelling going forward if and when she gets pregnant? It’s not off the table, but there’s nothing planned for anytime soon.
TVLINE | I wanted to talk about ratings. When Season 8 premiered, the show admittedly returned down versus last year. But even since then, it’s been hovering at or around lows. Are you feeling under the gun to win back some disenfranchised viewers and nudge the numbers back up?
HAWLEY | Here’s the thing: We returned at a number that we have basically done every episode since. And once you factor in the DVR numbers, we’re doing around 9 to ten million viewers a week, which is a really healthy number these days for network television.
TVLINE | But that number a year ago was 13 million.
HAWLEY | I know we used to be 13 [million], I understand that. Even Quantico, which is a hit for ABC, is doing seven to eight million a week [with DVR playback]. Obviously the 18-to-49 demo number is not as strong as we’d like it to be, but all we can do is try to tell really good stories and hope that people want to watch them.


Castle Cliff Notes: Mr. & Mrs. Castle

Last episode before the winter hiatus and it was definitely an interesting one!  Our Caskett ship ended up on a real ship investigating a murder involving a cruise entertainer. We got to see a little more flirting and fun this week but then found out that the original case tied into Beckett’s personal investigation of Loksat.  This definitely led to drama and there was no shortage of action but we did get more Caskett and the hope for brighter Caskett days ahead!  So sit back, relax, and enjoy our cruise through this week’s top moments!   
3. Castle’s Titanic Adventure
Beckett finds herself aboard the RMS Bently, after finding out the victim was a performer on the cruise liner. Beckett takes a call from Vikram who reveals that the heroin from the victim matches Vulcan’s drug line.  Beckett says they have to be careful to not blow their cover and Vikram says “good thing Castle’s nowhere near this one.”  Beckett agrees “yea” and immediately we hear “AHOY! I’m king of the world!” as Castle does his best Jack from Titanic impersonation.  Beckett lowers her phone saying “this can’t be happening.” Beckett asks how he got on board and Castle says they always talked about buying a boat.  Beckett says “maybe for our second anniversary” and Castle expresses than he doesn’t think anything will compare to the first.  I loved, loved, loved Castle’s “I’m the king of the world!” line because this is exactly what me (and so many others) do when you find yourself on the front of a boat.  Also, Castle’s timing is always so perfect.  Vikram is all thank god Castle isn’t here and then bam!  AHOY!  I love this lighthearted moment and I reallllllllly loved Caskett’s discussion about a second anniversary.  Maybe there is hope?!? 
2.  Blown Cover
After Castle is aware of Beckett’s secret investigation and Beckett knows Castle tried to hack into their system they talk privately in the precinct.  Castle tells Beckett that he saw her text from Vikram and thought she was in trouble but instead finds out she was lying to him.  Beckett tries to explain that she was trying to protect him because Loksat thinks his cover op worked and he will kill her if he finds out what she is doing. In response to why Beckett pushed him away, Castle says “That fact that you even think that breaks my heart. I’d walk into a tornado for you Kate.”  Beckett counters saying “and I would die if I lost you.”  Castle questions “you want to know what hurts the most? You could have come to me with everything; broken us up just like you did only it would have been a cover and together, in secret, we could have taken this guy down.  Only that thought never even occurred to you because deep down inside you like being broken and you need this obsession. And no matter what I do I can’t change that. Only you can Kate.”  Beckett tries to continue their discussion after being interrupted by Espo but Castle walks away saying “I was just leaving.”  For those who don’t know I actually love angst scenes (as long as I get a happy ending) and this was perfect!  Beckett needed to be called out for her actions and I think Castle did it in a way where he was able to present an alternative to Beckett instead of just scolding her.  I love the passion they have for each other and know that they have each other’s best interests in mind but I definitely side with Castle here.  Beckett and Castle together make a much better team and would definitely be more effective in taking down Loksat. Yes, Castle’s remark about Beckett liking to be broken was harsh but not entirely incorrect.  She does need that deep obsession (such as her mother’s case) and whether she is aware of it or not, her happiness suffers because of it.  Great acting by both Nathan and Stana to make this dramatic scene the perfect prelude to the Caskett reconciliation.    
1. I Need You
After their precinct discussion, Castle answers the door at this loft revealing Beckett who walks in saying “you were right. Everything that you said, you were absolutely right.”  Castle asks for clarification and Beckett says that she agrees that they could have faked their breakup together to fool Loksat.   Castle says he wishes she would have come to him and Beckett says “well I’m here now. So let’s do it.”  Castle is hesitant though and Beckett starts to say “I thought that you...” with Castle finishing by saying “would just take you back?”   Beckett explains that she hates that she hurt him and that’s not what her intentions were by keeping him out of loop.  Castle says “you did hurt me Kate and what’s worse you lost faith in me.”  Beckett replies “I need you Rick. I didn’t realize even how much I needed you until this happened. Please just don’t make me do this without you.”  Castle agrees and they share a sweet kiss before Castle says “you do realize I’m going to have to punish you a little first.”  Beckett questions “naked punishing?” and Castle concurs “very naked punishing.”  YAY! Caskett appears to finally be on the same page and willing to work together to help bring down Loksat!  I was happy to see Beckett admit she went about things the wrong way and actually be willing to accept help “which she should have done all along). Also you could tell things were serious with Caskett using exclusively first names!  Also, the nice kiss and reference to naked punishment easily jumped this moment to the top.  I was desperate for Caskett love! Ok?!?!  So overall, I loved that CAskett is officially back together romantically and as partners working together and I loved that Kate expressed how much she needs Castle.  Sweet moment before a mini hiatus!   

So what did you think Castle fandom?  Happy with Caskett’s reconciliation or were you hoping for more? Join the discussion in the comments section below, tweet me @DenialLove or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct
Xo Always ~DenialLove

“Even on the worst days there’s a possibility for joy.”

Tone Dead: Promo

Mr & Mrs Castle: Sneak Peek #2

Mr. & Mrs. Castle: 24 Episode Teases

For the first time Twelfth Precinct had access to a Castle screener, so for the first time we are able to tease you about next Monday's episode Mr. & Mrs. Castle, written by Christine Roum, and directed by Jeff Bleckner.

We don't want to give away too much about the fall finale of Castle, but we are able to give you a few interesting tidbits. in random order. Ready? Here we go:

  1. - At one point Vikram is threatened being shot
  2. - You guys won't be too happy with Vikram, but he has his reasons why he is acting like he is
  3. - Martha gives more unsolicited advice: "If you can't tell your mother what you're doing, you should not be doing it."
  4. - Perlmutter is back. And he kinda looks like a hipster according to Espo
  5. - The main case of the episode is related to LockSat in some way or another
  6. - The episode is about half "normal" case, half Locksat
  7. - Discussing of reenacting a certain Titanic scene is afoot
  8. - Beckett is getting punished for something she did
  9. - A hacking skill war will be going on between Hayley and Vikram
  10. - Castle's hacking skills seem to be restricted to blink-y boxes
  11. - Ryan and Espo's bromance is back after last weeks struggles
  12. - We think this episode will be received well by many fans (but we might be wrong)
  13. - Lucy is back! She (voice by Aubrey Plaza) tells Castle he doesn't make any sense
  14. - Castle doesn't have the condition of professional dancers
  15. - The last 10 - 15 minutes of the episode are quite intense
  16. - Trash will be important this episode
  17. - Working on your core gets a new meaning
  18. - Beckett is working at a stip club now
  19. - One of the guest stars will likely return in the winter, when Castle will continue
  20. - Kate hopes her marriages isn't nuked
  21. - Castle & Beckett get stuck on a cruise ship
  22. - Why do suspects always run?
  23. - We are impressed by the victims lack of gaging reflexes
  24. - After lasts weeks text, Castle asks Hayley to help him to figure out what's going on
If you have any questions about the episode that you want to have an answer for, tweet them to @TwelfthPrecinct (We can't give away too much, but we will see what we can do for you)

Mr & Mrs Castle" Sneak Peek #1

Mr. & Mrs. Castle: Promotional Pictures

Castle Cliff Notes: The Last Seduction

Happy 1st anniversary Caskett and happy Castle Monday to the fandom!  It’s been a long, interesting, and emotionally charged season so far (don’t believe me?  Check out social media) but I feel like this week we started to get back to the Castle we all fell in love with.  Sure, it wasn’t perfect but we finally got some Caskett happiness! Also, with a little bromance mixed in I found myself enjoying Castle a lot more this week than previous episodes. Oh, and there was a case too involving wealthy husbands/wives, a pick up artist and a divorce lawyer! And Castle was Espo and Ryan's "buffer" for therapy!  Most importantly though… Caskett!  (I was just a little excited)  So let’s get rolling with this week’s Caskett-y cliff notes!   
3. Bromance
As much as I would have loved to make this countdown all Casketty, I couldn’t deny the bromance one spot! After a particularly tension filled episode for Espo and Ryan, Ryan ended up taking a bullet for Espo and saving his ass (which he had previously shot in case you somehow forgot that from last episode and all of Espo’s ranting).  They describe the event to Beckett and joke with each other like old times.  Beckett says she has to get going but checks one more time to see if they really want her to file their new partner requests.  Both Espo and Ryan agree they want to stay together.  They exchange mutual “if that’s cool with you” and Espo laughs saying “Bro you took a bullet for me.  You’ve got a wife, a pregnant wife at home you’ve got a little girl that depends on you yet you still...”  Espo hugs Ryan, and Ryan asks if he wants to come over and watch some UFC and eat tofu Jenny made.  Espo says “I like the sound of that… the UFC part.”  So I heavily debated between this moment and the opening therapist scene but I guess I was in a sappy mood because these two got me with their bro hug.  I couldn’t stand these two arguing because I love their partnership so much so I was really happy to see this resolved in one episode and not strung out.  Also, Espo realizing what Ryan put on the line for him was a sweet moment and I think sometimes as a viewer I forget about Ryan’s family and what his character has a stake when he’s in the field.  I was already having my own pity party over the Caskett “time out” and I definitely didn’t need to add the bromance to the list so happy to see these two back as partners who can cover each other’s asses in the field.    


2.  Time Outs
Castle, being Castle, has to go slightly over the top surprising Beckett for their anniversary.  He rigs confetti cannons, a banner, and a balloon in her office all set to go off with the push of a button.  The surprise doesn’t go exactly as planned, but the balloon does rise up with an invitation for Beckett to join Castle for an anniversary dinner.  Beckett, who can seem to stop smiling initially, tells Castle the gesture is sweet but she isn’t sure if it’s a good idea.  Castle explains they he knows they are on a “time out” but when it comes to their anniversary “I just can’t bear the thought of spending it without you.”  Beckett says the she is worried that it would be unfair “because no matter how great dinner would be I would still need out time out.”  Castle explains he isn’t trying to end the timeout and Beckett justifies it by calling it a “time out from our time out.”  I love Castle’s surprises for Beckett and I think his plan backfiring and only the balloon working actually worked in his favor.  Beckett couldn’t wipe the grin off her face and there was no way she was going to say no to Castle’s offer.  Also, I love how these two always find a way to break their own rules and barriers and agree to take a “time out from the time out” to give into what they really want to do. This may be one instance where a time out is actually a good thing! So happy to see a little Caskett magic back and it’s too bad they didn’t get to actually enjoy the dinner but I enjoyed the results… ;-)

At the end of the episode, Beckett shows up at Castle’s loft with takeout to make up for their missed anniversary dinner.   As soon as she gets in the door Castle’s lip are on hers bringing back major “Always” feels.  Beckett enjoys the kiss at first but then pulls away questioning what the kiss means.  Castle confirms from their earlier discussion that “it’s just a time out from the time out” which seems to convince Beckett so Castle replies “so… time in?”  They continue to kiss which leads them to the bedroom for a Caskett sex scene.  Castle claims “that was even better than I remember” which I’m sure had the fandom going “FINALLY!”  Beckett changes the discussion and says  “Rick. When you were in that divorce lawyers office I was watching.  I know you were just playing a role but when she asked you if there was any hope for us and you didn’t say anything..”  She trails off, not sure what to think and Castle immediately puts her mind at ease saying “Kate. I have never given up hope. Not since the day we met and that will never change until you tell me it should.”  Kate smiles and says “don’t change. Ever.”  They continue holding their hands and share a sweet kiss.  Unfortunately, like most Caskett moments, this one came to an end as Beckett had to get back to work.  For obvious reasons this moment was a clear #1.  The beginning of this season was a long and difficult wait for Castle fans but we finally got some Caskett action!  I liked the throwback feels to “Always” with the style of the kiss and it was nice to still see the spark between these two.  One of the things I found the sweetest was the way the scene was shot where you saw their entwined hands with their wedding bands on signaling to me that they are going to continue to work this out. Sure the moment had to end like always but at this point I probably would have freaked out over a 1 second kiss because I was dying for some Caskett interaction.  Overall, I’m glad to see remnants of the old Caskett back and hope this is a sign of continued positivity in the show and the fandom.

YAY!  We finally got some Caskett joy back in our lives and hopefully this is a turning point for more!  Did you enjoy the Caskett anniversary and think maybe this season is starting to turn for the better? Join the discussion in the comments section below, tweet me @DenialLove or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct
Xo Always ~DenialLove

“Even on the worst days there’s a possibility for joy.”

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Mr. & Mrs. Castle: Promo

The Last Seduction: Sneak Peek