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September 18, 2014

Driving: Another Four Things You Need To Know About The Episode

castle_premiereAnd here we go again. Season 7. Who would have thought we would get this far, right?

It is no secret to anyone that I wasn’t happy about the final scene of the season 6 finale back in May. I just simply could not understand why they would ruin the protagonists’ wedding after promoting the event all season long. After a stunning conclusion to the Johanna Beckett saga, it just felt like a cheap ending to a not so great season.

I didn’t understand it then and… well… I still don’t understand it now.

Now, before you throw any rocks, let me just clear something up. I understand why the accident happened. Sort of. The sole intention – or so it appears – was to set up a whole new mythology for the show with one huge mystery looming over us. If you think about it, it makes sense, now that the Johanna Beckett mystery has been resolved. So I can say this much, out with the Kate Beckett mythology and in with a Castle flavored one. Finally, after six seasons, the show will have a brand new story arc with a mystery featuring our favorite writer.

As usual, you guys know I can’t exactly discuss any key points of the episode. And you know what, the less spoilers you know about the premiere, the better. I didn’t know anything going in and it made for a much better experience. That said, I know you all are dying to hear anything about the new season, so here are four things I can mention:


1. You will be confused (or surprised) for most of the episode.

Seriously, I spent half the episode thinking “what the hell is going on”. Now calm down; that is not necessarily a bad thing, but some answers would have been nice. In a way, I kind of felt like I was watching the first season of LOST, when you watched an episode and you had no idea what was happening, you know? There were just a whole lot of questions and pretty much zero answers. Let’s just hope we get those as the season goes on.


2. You do not mess with Kate Beckett. 

From the start, we already know that Castle is not in the car, so the entire episode focuses on the fact that he is missing and Kate is relentless. She does not give up. Not even when everything points to a not so favorable scenario, she still holds on to that tiny thread of hope that the evidence is wrong and everything is going to be okay. There is one scene – you have probably seen it already in the sneak peek released earlier this week – that she literally tackles this suspect and the guys have to drag her off of him by force.


3. New mythology, new mystery.

Get ready for a whole new mystery this season. We have had six full seasons dealing with the Johanna Beckett murder arc and, now that this particular one is done and Senator Bracken is behind bars, they are going to focus on a whole new mythology surrounding Castle and just what the hell happened after his car went up in flames. That said, the premiere raises a ton of questions and you don’t get a lot of answers, so don’t get your hopes up for any resolution on this.


4. Castle is missing for a lot longer than I thought he would be.

And that’s all I can say about that.


I wish I could say more, but everything else is related to something we can’t talk about yet. I can’t wait for you all to see it too, so maybe then you can shed some light in what just happened in this episode. I have to say, though, they managed to grab my attention.

Consider me intrigued, TPTB.


Driven: A Q&A About The Screener

CASTLE left fans in quite the position when the sixth season concluded — instead of Beckett and Castle getting their happily ever after, Castle’s car was run off the road, and he was presumed dead. (Though, the show is called CASTLE. So while he may be MIA, odds of him actually being dead were slim.)

And with the premiere less than two weeks away, ABC made “Driven” available to press. Unsurprisingly, when I asked for your questions, you guys came out in droves. Unfortunately, a lot of what you wanted to know was on the list of things I can’t talk about (or things I don’t think it’s right to flat-out spoil), so I can’t answer as many questions as you might like. But hopefully you’ll get some fun teases out of this…

Do we get to see Rick at some point in the premiere? -via Twitter

Nathan Fillion is in the premiere.

When is the time jump? And what state of mind/psych is Castle when they found him? – @BecklebeeCastle
via Twitter

The time jump is about the midway mark. As for whether they find Castle in the premiere, I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait until it airs to find that out.

Is this one of those eps which you can’t properly judge because its the start of a mythology and we are supposed to be left hanging? – Rida via e-mail

I do feel this way to an extent. As new showrunner David Amann teased, episode 2 will hold some answers about what happened to Castle, so I’m really curious to see how the two episodes play out as an arc.

Any clues to the new mythology. It seems AWM and DA said only a little is given in first two eps – @elmerspears via Twitter

It’s true, so far, we’re barely scratching the surface. At this point, all I can really say is this guy may prove to be very useful in the future.

Does the conflict between Alexis and Kate get resolved or ignored? – Sarah via e-mail

I got a lot, lot, lot of questions about tension between Beckett and Alexis, and I’m a bit surprised because it’s not really an issue? There is a nanosecond where Alexis questions something Beckett says, but it’s almost instantaneously better. The focus for Castle’s family (and that includes Beckett) is just trying to figure out where he could be/what happened to him.

And because I know that’s not a whole lot, a couple of my own teases:

  • Lanie may be used to working on dead people, but she gets to work a different skill set in this episode.
  • Beckett’s grief and frustration over Castle being MIA get taken out on a suspect. And it’s kind of awesome. (Well, not for the suspect.)
  • Ryan and Esposito have very different opinions about what happened to Castle, and what Castle’s own responsibility in the matter might be.
  • The photos that have been released are all from before the opening credits roll.
  • Don Stark (AKA, THAT 70’S SHOW’s Bob Pinciotti) guest stars as an associate of Castle’s who may be tied to the attempted destruction of a key piece of evidence. Jon Lindstrom guest stars as Agent Connors, who is Beckett’s FBI liaison for Castle’s case. But, as you might expect, they don’t always see eye-to-eye.
  • Beckett, being smart, goes through a list of a familiar names/faces who would have motivation to hurt her or Castle. And her list does include a couple of the names that were brought up immediately post-finale.
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Driven: 7 Things To Know

When we last checked in on almost-weds Rick Castle and Kate Beckett, things had taken a turn for the worse.

On his way to the wedding of our dreams, Castle’s car was cruelly driven off the road where Kate discovered it moments later, engulfed in flames.

Is Rick dead? What about the wedding? And what’s all this about the show taking a new direction this season?

Having reviewed the premiere episode, courtesy of our friends at ABC, we can finally dish on some of those questions. Here, in no particular order are 5 things to know about Castle’sseason seven premiere episode “Driven.”

What Happens Next?

We’ve been specifically asked by ABC not to reveal what happened to Castle but trust us, you won’t want to be spoiled on that front. Beckett’s search for her husband to be forms the backbone of this mile a minute episode and sets up some really juicy plot lines for the rest of the season. What we can tell you is that she almost goes up in flames too while attempting to drag Rick from that burning wreckage. That wedding dress won’t be walking down any aisles any time soon. Also, Castle will be missing for two months before real answers are revealed.


Double Whammy

And if the thought of Castle’s mangled body in twisted burning metal hasn’t sufficiently freaked you all out, you’ll be treated to a double whammy of horrible car death terror before the opening credits roll. Well done Castle!


Friends and Family

Although Kate is driven (geddit?) to find Castle at any cost, Agent Connors of the FBI reluctantly suggests that friends or even family may be behind Rick’s kidnap plot. Although Kate is reluctant to believe or accept this possibility, what she uncovers will shake her to the core. And speaking of cores, our delicate Caskett core was kicked about and trampled on quite a bit this episode. Prepare to be confused, angry and demanding of answers, dammit!


A Difference of Opinion

The search for Rick not only rattles Kate, but Ryan and Esposito too. Our favorite cop buddies fall out during their two month investigation when they are challenged to accept a hard truth about Rick.


Outside the Bounds of the Law

Expect to see Kate leaning on a witness (read breaking some fingers) to get at the answers she desperately craves. Ouch!


Where’s Rick?

We’re not saying, but you will be all at sea over his sudden return.


Unlimited Resources

It looks like Rick’s disappearance was by the hand of a new villain with “unlimited resources” … and quite an imagination!



Driven: 12 Teasers About The Season Premiere

ABC’s Castle won’t unveil its Season 7 premiere until Monday, Sept. 29, but TVLine just caught an early showing of the much-anticipated hour.

To help tide the rest of you over (and more importantly, add fuel to all those theory-building fires), I jotted down a few non-spoilery thoughts about the intense, even twistier-than-expected episode, which was penned by new showrunner David Amann. Take a look:

* The cold open, which picks up immediately where the finale left off, is gorgeously directed by Rob Bowman, as Kate processes the ghastly scene before her, fights tooth and nail to get a closer look and, at first, can only believe the very worst.

* All told, the first seven minutes(leading up to the first commercial break) are quite frenetic. Real edge-of-your-seat, no-coming-up-for-air stuff.

* Bracken, 3XK and a third blast from the past all get name-checked as Kate takes stock of her and Rick’s assorted enemies.

* Rick is first seen about one-third of the way into the episode — and in a most unexpected context.

* Someone at one point is made to wonder about the missing groom, “Maybe there’s a secret side to the man nobody knows?”

* Someone at one point is made to wonder if Rick perhaps had last-minute “misgivings” about marrying Kate.

* Among the guest stars, Jon Lindstrom (General Hospital) plays an FBI agent who makes Kate at least consider a harsh reality, while Matt Letscher (Scandal) plays someone with information that throws the investigation into a peculiar new direction. (And before everyone asks, yes, Tory is in the episode.)

* Make no mistake, the best-selling novelist’s vanishing does make headlines. Lots of ‘em.

* As first reported by TVLine, there is a decent-sized time jump about midway through the premiere.

* Dueling theories about what transpired (and who may have had a hand in it) will put Esposito and Ryan at odds.

* Whomever is behind this mystery is deduced to have “unlimited resources” at his or her disposal.

* There’s a long-lost Derrick Storm novel…?


Driven: 10 Things You Need To Know (Spoilers)

10 Things To Know About Castle Season Seven Premiere “Driven”

  1. Kate Beckett can both have total faith and loose it in Richard Castle at the same time.
  2. Kate Beckett trades her mother’s old murder board for a missing person board.
  3. Sometimes the evidence can be too overwhelming to deny
  4. That feeling of family Kate Beckett had with Martha and Alexis at the end of season six becomes strained in the season seven premiere – there is unconditional love and then there is a feeling of abandonment
  5. Javier Esposito’s looking at the dark side of things, and continued Castle bashing, is getting old.
  6. Two months is a long time
  7. The first 30 minutes of the season seven premiere is kind of tedious and you want to speed it up
  8. Kate Beckett still has her apartment
  9. Lanie Parish can get evidence from a live body just like a dead one
  10. Sometimes you just can’t pick up where you left off.

Extra Credit: Who wanted to see a scruffy Castle?

"I did loose hope. But I would get it back. Developed rituals in order to hang onto it." - Kate Beckett


September 16, 2014

Driven: Sneak Peek 2

An Interview With Raging Heat Author Richard Castle

castle(This interview was conducted last spring before Castle went missing)
RAGING HEAT, the latest Nikki Heat novel from Kingswell is on sale Sept 16th. You can follow him on Twitter @WriteRCastle. And tune in on ABC Sept 29th to find out the latest!

Erica Ruth Neubauer: How much do you think the Nikki Heat series is like your real-life relationship with Detective Beckett?

Richard Castle: I like to think I draw from the best parts of our adventures to give my readers an unforgettable experience with every novel. A ruggedly handsome writer following a smart, sexy Detective… you can’t get more real-life than that!

ERN: Does it change how you feel about your character Derrick Storm now knowing that your real-life father is actually a spy?

RC: Wait. How do you know my father is a spy? Who are you working for?

ERN: How do you find time to write while you are working cases with Detective Beckett?

RC: It turns out there’s a lot of paperwork when you’re a cop. While Beckett stays late writing up her case reports, I go home and write my novels. I think my job’s more fun because I get to make stuff up, and I get paid more. A lot more.

ERN: How do you deal with being in danger when you are the only one not carrying a gun?

RC: As an unarmed writer, I employ the power of my imagination to help calm my nerves. I have these little games I play. Sometimes I pretend that I’m the lead character in a TV show, and can never get hurt too badly. Honestly, the people I work with are very good at their jobs, and they have guns, so I always feel well protected.

Castle_EricaERN: Do you think being married will change your working relationship with Detective Beckett? Will you keep working cases with her?

RC: I hope our working relationship doesn’t change. Although I do think that once we’re married, Beckett will be legally required to put up with me. We fell in love over murder, so each case we work feels like an anniversary of sorts.

ERN: Who usually wins your poker games when you play with your mystery writer friends?

RC: Who wins and loses isn’t nearly as interesting as which one of us tells the best story during the game.

ERN: What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you or to you?

RC: I had a fan hold me hostage once. She’d been accused of murder and wanted me to prove her innocence. Which I did.

And the craziest thing a fan ever did for me? This one fan let me follow her around while she investigated New York’s strangest homicides. She’s still letting me, and I love her for it.

What If...? An Alternate Reality Episode Is Coming

TVLine has learned exclusively that on the heels of a drama-filled opening salvo of Season 7 episodes, ABC’s Castle will lighten things up with an “alternate reality” escapade that poses the provocative questionWhat if Rick and Kate had never met?

The specifics of what tees up this season’s reality-twisting sixth episode are under wraps, but series regular Jon Huertas, who plays Detective Javier Esposito, says it his favorite installment of the upcoming run.

Seeing as the season opens with the mystery of Rick’s “death” and what really happened to him, uncorking a new piece of mythology along the way, “The first couple [episodes] can’t bring too much comedy,” Huertas tells TVLine. “But this ‘alternate universe’ is classic Castle, where you mix a great procedural crime with comedy.”

Huertas says the hour will imagine “a completely different world” where all of the major characters exist, but in rejiggered ways. “It was a lot of fun, getting into that script and seeing how we might all be a bit different,” he shares. “It’s a really fun episode, and people are really going to enjoy it. It’s one of those episodes where you have to laugh.”

Alternate reality episodes of course are nothing new to TV — ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy itself has employed the narrative device twice, The Big Bang Theory last winter contemplated Sheldon’s non-existence and, going back further, FriendsBuffy and Felicity are among the many that have staged “What If” episodes. And then you have one of my favorites, Star Trek‘s “Mirror, Mirror.” (“In every revolution, there is one man with a vision!”) Still, I would posit that “alt reality” outings are never not entertaining, and sometimes even illuminating.

What are your predictions for Castle‘s own “alt reality” hour? What if Kate Beckett had never turned to mystery novelist Richard Castle to help solve a string of murders that aped his novels?

Source: TVLine

September 15, 2014

Driven: Sneak Peek 1

Driven: Promotional Pictures

Castle Scoops: Season Premiere & Episode 7

Have any scoop on what will be happening with Ryan and Esposito in the beginning of Castle Season 7? –Dani
Well, if you want to talk about the verybeginning, know that RySpo arrive at the car crash scene just moments after as Beckett, and thus are still wearing their finest. “We’re not about to let her go by herself,” says Jon Huertas, ” so there we are, in our tuxes — like a Latino James Bond with his Caucasian James Bond sidekick.” And it just may take double the 007s to temper their explosive colleague. “It’s hard to control a person when they’re going through that sort of emotive state, so we let Beckett have her time,” says Huertas. “First and foremost, though, you want to make sure Castle either isor is not in the car — and we find out pretty quickly, as you can tell in the promo.”

You would make my week if you gave us some good Castle scoop! Pretty please with a Badass Beckett on top? –Ginger
Episode 7 will apparently saddle up Kate, Rick et al for a trip to the wild, wild west – or at least a modern-day dude ranch facsimile thereof. Thus, guest casting is underway for a sheriff and his wife, a rugged ranch hand, a “muscular, sexy gay cowboy” and other rootin’-tootin’ folk.


Driven: Press Release

Driven" - In the Season 6 finale, as Richard Castle drove to his much-anticipated nuptials, an ominous black SUV bore down on him. Meanwhile, after waiting in vain for Castle to arrive at the wedding, Beckett was called to an accident scene to find Castle's car in a ravine, engulfed in flames. Who or what caused the car crash? Is there any way Castle could have survived? The episode will pick-up at the scene of that accident, right where the finale left off, in a premiere that promises to put Beckett through the toughest case of her career. Season 7 of "Castle" begins on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.

"Castle" stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers. 

Guest Cast: Maya Stojan as Tory Ellis, Ryan Sands as Sgt. Taggert, Jon Lindstrom as Agent Connors, Don Stark as Vincent "The Scar" Cardano, Matt Letscher as Henry Jenkins.

"Driven" was written by David Amann and directed by Rob Bowman.

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