Hi! Any scoop about Castle? — Fred
We’re finally going to learn more about Castle’s missing time — and it appears to be way more important than even I could’ve guessed. “This year, we really do want to get into what happened when he was gone in a way that hopefully ties a lot of the threads of mysteries of seven seasons together in an unexpected and exciting way,” says EP Alexi Hawley.
The Castle family will be growing this fall.
New executive producers and co-showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter tell TVGuide.com that a new bundle of joy will cause some headaches at the 12th Precinct, particularly for Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas). “We have some exciting news for the Ryan family: They’re expecting another kid,” Winter says. “Ultimately, that’s going to make Ryan even more paranoid and more excited about trying to make more money. When he sees Beckett rising up in the ranks, the boys realize it’s time for them to start looking at their futures, which is going to create some tension and conflict between them.”
It remains to be seen if Ryan’s new offspring will deter Hawley and Winter from having Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) pursue parenthood this season. Whatever they decide on that front, the producers want to make one thing clear: Castle’s new partner Hayley (Toks Olagundoye) is not a threat to Castleand Beckett’s marriage. “That was never our intention,” Hawley says of introducing the new character. “It’s not going to happen.”
In fact, whatever challenges the couple may face this season, the producers are keen on furthering the core duo’s relationship. “It’s always been about the Castle-Beckett love story. That’s steeped in the DNA of the show, and that’s what it will always be,” Winter says. “Now, it’s about exploring the next evolution of it. How do we deepen that love story? What challenges can we put their way that can put their romance at a much higher, different place?”
Castle returns Monday, Sept. 21 at 10/9c on ABC.
Question: Anything new about Castle? —Rachael
Ausiello: As part of the Season 8 plan to present twentysomething Alexis as “a young woman as opposed to a child,” Rick’s daughter will find an influential new mentor, in Scotland Yard alum-turned-security specialist Hayley Shipton (played by new series regular Toks Olagundoye). “Hayley is going to help Alexis find herself,” says co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter, who sees the two sharing “a different kind of energy” than when Alexis interned for M.E. Lanie. “What we’ve shot with [Alexis and Hayley] together is magic, it really is.”
Get ready to meet the new investigator in Castle’s life!
Neighbors alum Toks Olagundoye makes her debut as free-spirited and quick-witted independent investigator Hayley Shipton in the Castle season premiere — and EW has the exclusive first look.
“[Toks] plays a really dynamic, fun character,” executive producer Alexi Hawley tells EW. “It’s a voice that the show doesn’t have. What’s great about her is Castle [Nathan Fillion] has been investigating cases police-adjacent, so it’s always about doing things the way police would. She doesn’t do things that way, so that fun dynamic of, ‘No, we break in rather than get a warrant,’ is kind of fun.”
Even though she doesn’t follow the rules, Hayley’s not quite the same renegade as Detective Ethan Slaughter (Adam Baldwin) — who will be returning this season. “She’s a little easier than Adam Baldwin [was] on him, but there’s definitely an energy about her which is a lot of fun,” Hawley says.
Though Castle will be working with Hayley more now that Beckett (Stana Katic) has become the new captain, the newbie serves another purpose in season 8. “We like the idea of her as a mentor to Alexis [Molly Quinn] in a way that Beckett has been, but because she’s also Castle’s wife, ultimately Hayley can play a little bit more of an older sister,” Hawley says. “This season is really about growing Molly up. She’s been playing the child for seven seasons and now she’s 21 years old. She’s a grown up. This year, she’s going to be more sophisticated. That relationship with her father will change because she’s not a little girl anymore.”
Castle returns Monday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Any scoop for Martha on Castle? –Barry
Co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter told me that although Martha has moved out of the loft and has a newly thriving career when Season 8 opens, “She’s very much a part of Castle’s life. Don’t think that just because she now has her own place and is doing well on Broadway that we’re not going to see her sharing her wisdom with her favorite and only son.”
Please, please say that Castle‘s Dad will be back sometime during the new season!? –BG
Would you settle for “He is mentioned in the premiere”…?
Question: Is there going to be a time jump when Castle returns? If so, how long? —Gabi
Ausiello: “Only a few months” will have passed since the events of the Season 7 finale, co-showrunner Alexi Hawley says. But oh, how much has changed! (And that’s not even to mention the new little one Ryan and Jenny have on the way.)
Warning: The following post contains spoilers!
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.
Question: Any further word on Castle‘s Season 8 premiere? —Ben
Ausiello: I can confirm that it will be a two-parter, the first of which will be titled “XY” and penned by co-showrunners Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley.
Is it too early for Castle scoop? — Heather
A wee bit, though new co-showrunner Alexi Hawley promises we’re in for a change in the new season. “We just want to get in there and try to tell some really dynamic stories,” he says. “Going into season 8, it feels like it’s time to shake things up a little bit.”