Castle creator talks to GMMR about "In the Belly of the Beast"

CASTLE Post-Mortem: Andrew Marlowe on the ‘In the Belly of the Beast’ Returns and Its Fallout

March 4, 2014 by    
[This post contains spoilers for the CASTLE episode "In the Belly of the Beast." If you have yet to watch the hour, please go do that before you read this story.]
CASTLE fans had not one, but two blasts from the past in tonight’s brand new episode, as Beckett’s undercover assignment brought her face-to-face with Vulcan Simmons (a man she first came in contact with during a season 3 episode that dealt with Johanna Beckett’s murder), and, ultimately, led Beckett to realize that Vulcan was just a frontman for Bracken.
But given those familiar faces (especially Jack Coleman’s Bracken, who has made multiple appearances on the show), the writers worked with ABC to keep the surprise intact.
“We felt there was enough to promo in the episode without having to play those cards,” CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe explained. “And we liked the unexpected nature of it — and the surprise nature of it — for the fans. The fans will see their names in the credits and there’s no way to control that, but we didn’t want to play the result of the episode, we wanted to play the character [journey]. So we did our best to not have to play that card, and we thought there was enough in the setup and what was going on with [Beckett] to keep the audience engaged and hopefully get them to show up…I think it’s a great ride not knowing what’s coming next, and that’s a lot of fun.”
As for what’s next, Marlowe was coy about whether Beckett’s physical — and emotional — torture will have lasting impact.
“The answer to that is a little more complicated than just ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” Marlowe explained. “This story and what’s gone on is something we plan to revisit before the end of the season.”
But in what shape that story takes — and if Coleman might have a bigger presence the next go-round — that’s something Marlowe prefers to keep quiet for now.
“I’d rather keep that card close to my vest in how this is going to play out,” Marlowe acknowledged. “But what we have in mind will hopefully be interesting and surprising for the audience.”
Something Marlowe had no issues talking about? How incredible his cast and crew was in working to craft the episode.
“I think Stana [Katic (Beckett)] did a remarkable job,” he gushed. “It’s an incredible journey for an actor to take, to be able to play all of those colors with continuity and credibility all the way through, in what amounts to 42 minutes of storytelling. Which is very limited storytelling for the scope and scale of the episode. So kudos to her for really bringing her A-game.”
“And [director] Rob Bowman did a remarkable job giving it that feature film quality and atmosphere,” he continued. “I’m really proud of the whole team.”
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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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