From the start, ‘Castle‘ was a crowd-pleaser, a joke-laden who-dun-it with irresistible stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. USA Today’s Robert Bianco nailed it when he wrote, “None of the episodes is likely to keep you up at night puzzling out the intricacies of the mystery, but they won’t bore you or insult your intelligence. Castle exists to exploit the appeal of its stars and the amusing byplay between their characters, and it does that with admirable efficiency.” Tonight’s season two finale is superbly on target. Of course that was the point, according to the series’ executive producer, Andrew Marlowe, who answered a handful of questions about this season and looked ahead to next fall.
What were the high points of the season? One of the high points was getting a chance to work with such terrific guest actors – Alyssa Milano, Fred Willard, Tom Bergeron, Dana Delany, to name just a few. And as a fan of the mystery genre, I loved having the opportunity to hang out with James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Stephen J. Cannell when they came to do our poker games. [See them in the clip below.] We also have a tremendous cast and crew that make it a pleasure to come to work every day.
Do you have a favorite episode, line, or scene from this season? If so – what? There are things that I like about all the episodes. I really liked how our two-parter turned out. I thought “Sucker Punch”, where we learn a little more about Beckett’s Mother’s murder, was a terrific episode. One of my favorite scenes is from the two-parter, when Ryan and Esposito are questioning Beckett and Castle after it appears the two of them spent the night together. Another is the interrogation of Hans Brauer (played by Mitch Pileggi) from the season finale.
Take us inside your approach to the finale, and what you wanted to accomplish. I wanted to have a case that felt larger than life, but didn’t completely overshadow the emotional stakes of the episode. I thought, given everything these two have been through together, it was important that Beckett and Castle both recognize their feelings for one another. My hope was to end the season in a way that was emotionally satisfying, but would make our audience want to come back in the fall.
Did anything disappoint you about this season? Anything you wish you could have done, but didn’t have the time, forethought or resources? Honestly, I was very pleased with how this season turned out.
What should fans look forward to next season? And if you haven’t gotten that far yet…what would your dream season be? I think next season fans can look forward to more great cases and more Beckett and Castle fun. We’re also looking to open up and spend some more time with some of our supporting characters. For me, getting to write such great fun characters makes every season a dream season. Cheesy, but true.
Watch the season finale of ‘Castle’ tonight on ABC.