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Nathan Fillion (born 27 March 1971) is a Canadian actor best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity.
He has acted in traditionally distributed films like Slither and Trucker, Internet-distributed films like Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, television soap operas and sitcoms, and theater, and voice acted in the video games Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach.
When you end a season on a cliffhanger as big as Castle’s car accident at the end of season six, it’s difficult to start the next season with a large time jump. And thankfully, Castle will pick up right where it left off, with Beckett, still in her wedding dress, realizing that Castle is no longer in the burning car. That being said, the episode, like most Castle episodes, won’t play in real time all the way through.
With the episode focusing on Beckett’s hunt to find Castle, there will be a minor time jump within the episode. EW spoke with executive producer David Amann about what to expect from Monday’s premiere and season seven as a whole.
Expect a lot of Beckett in the premiere. We know that Beckett will be looking for Castle, and according to Amann, fans shouldn’t expect to see Castle’s perspective in the first episode. “The story of what happens to Castle coming off of the season finale is told from the point of view of Beckett and the folks that are trying to figure out what happened to him,” Amann said. “So I think that’s going to be the emphasis coming into the first episode.”
The mystery of Castle’s whereabouts is only the beginning. When asked about lingering effects of the car crash and Castle’s disappearance, Amann promised that “there’s going to be some resolution to where we left off with the cliffhanger.” And for Castle and Beckett, it’s positive resolution. “I think that they have a strong relationship and that relationship will grow and endure despite the set backs of the season finale,” Amann said.
However, this is only the beginning. “As far as scars on Castle, I think it’s really more a matter of whatever’s gone on with Castle is going to be resolved but there are going to be some unanswered questions and some deeper mysteries that we’re going to be exploring a little bit later in the season, so I think that we expect that Castle will emerge from these first couple of episodes with a sense that there is a deeper mystery that has not entirely been solved about what happened to Castle.”
Season 7 is about what makes Castle, well, Castle. For months, fans have been asking, “Why did Castle have to get in an accident? Why?!” But according to Amann, this accident will be the perfect opportunity to finally explore more of Castle’s history. “The show has benefited tremendously from the Beckett mythology that we’ve had. That was really started in the very beginning of the show and was kind of closed out at the end of last season, and we’ve always felt like there are aspects of Castle’s character and back story to plum that we haven’t taken advantage of, partly because we don’t want to have two back stories or two mythologies competing with each other at the same time,” Amann said. “So now that Beckett’s mythology that she has with respect to her mother’s murder is more or less resolved, we thought it was a great opportunity to dig a little deeper into Castle and to show a few more facets of his character, and yes get to a little bit more of a sense of why he is the way he is.”
For example, Amann would love to explore the question of, “Why is he obsessed with murder? What makes this his vocation? What is it about him that he finds this so absorbing and fascinating that it’s become his life work?”
Don’t expect Castle’s back story to darken the overall feel of the show. “The balance for us has always been the mythologies are periodic episodes. We visit them when there’s something to visit, and the show generally lives in a lighter more buoyant place and the mythology sometimes goes down darker territory,” Amann said. “We’re not in any way thinking we’re going to change that balance or change the tone of the show. I wouldn’t want you to walk away with the impression that we’re now plunging into the depths of Castle’s tortured history and that’s what the show’s going to become, because it’s not that at all. But we do see opportunities to explore him in a way that we haven’t before, and I think the audience is going to be really interested to see where that goes.”
Amann also stressed that the same idea applies to the format of the show. “The basic premise of the show, episode-to-episode, is to have fun Castle-Beckett episodes and do our occasional thriller episode along with this other mythology that will pop up from time to time as it has in previous seasons with Beckett.”
Expect Alexis’ reaction to cause tension. Castle and Beckett aren’t the only ones affected by the accident. Amann said Alexis will have a “very particular reaction to what Castle’s been through.”
“It’s going to change her relationship with Castle a bit,” he said. “There’s going to be a little bit of a struggle [between Alexis and Beckett] as a consequence of that, but it’s more about a reaction to the upset of what happened at the end of last season and less about Beckett.”
And let’s not forget Amann’s tease that a wedding could be coming this season.
It has come to my attention that his video CONTAINS SPOILERS. Please turn away and don’t watch if you want to stay spoiler free.
He’s got the scoop. He’s actor Nathan Fillion. He is Castle of ABC’s Castle. From the Hollywood set of the show, Nathan gives WGNO News with a Twist features reporter Wild Bill Wood the scoop on the season premiere of his prime-time TV hit.
Question: Castle will enter its seventh season Monday night, but what are the chances this could be the final season for the ABC drama? Nathan Fillion’s contract expires at the end of this season and seven seasons marks the end for many series. Andrew Marlowehas stated the story doesn’t need to end once the two main characters get married (whenever that happens this season), but I’m not sure Castle can pull off a Bonesscenario. — Emily
Matt Roush: I don’t see why Castle couldn’t continue the way Bones has, with its central couple happily married (though not without the usual complications), but I can’t see Castle continuing without Castle — so if Nathan Fillion doesn’t renew his contract (although I expect he will, after the usual back and forth), that would be it, and I hope that decision would get made early enough for everyone to plan a grand finale for such a long-running crowd-pleaser. In our Returning Favorites issue, Fillion takes a “We’ll see” stance regarding his undecided future. Read into that what you will. (I read it as, “Make it worth my while and I’ll be back.”)
That wailing and gnashing of teeth you might have heard back in May? It was probably coming from a very vocal group of Castle fans who were up in arms about the ABC drama’s Season 6 finale.
After spending months teasing and promising the wedding between mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), the writers made a sharp turn in the closing moments of the finale, which ended with Beckett running from the wedding site to the scene of an accident where Castle’s Mercedes was engulfed in flames. Many fans’ anger burned just as hot, as they revolted against the cliff-hanger they believed was nothing more than a cheap stall tactic.
Executive producer David Amann is aware of the fan reaction and simply hopes that viewers will give Season 7 a shot before making up their minds. “We would all ask for their patience and indulgence for the first couple of episodes, just so they can see where we’re going,” Amann, who is taking over the daily showruner responsibilities from creator Andrew W. Marlowe tells TVGuide.com. “We’re not in any way planning to use what happened in the season finale to wedge Castle and Beckett apart. I think the audience can expect the relationship to continue to grow and for them to get closer together.”
So what exactly happened to Castle? And once that mystery is solved, will viewers finally get to see the wedding they were robbed of previously? Read on for seven teases from Season 7.
1. The transition of behind-the-scenes power won’t change the show. Although Amann is taking on more responsibility this season, that decision has nothing to do with how last season ended. Instead, Marlowe will focus more energy on developing new projects for the network. “It’s not a radical shift,” Marlowe says. “It’s really giving him more responsibility and more opportunity. We’re really excited about it, mostly because we’ve been working so well for the past several years.” Adds Amann: “Andrew’s going to continue to be very much involved. We’re not interested in changing the direction of the show. We’re going to continue to make the same show we’ve been making and just do it better.”
2. The new season is all about Castle. Even though you might expect as much given the show’s title, many could argue that Castle‘s past six seasons have focused more on exploring and unfolding Beckett’s character than they have on the titular mystery writer. That was one of the reasons for ending Season 6 on such a cliff-hanger, which the producers believe will open up new stories for their hero. “It’s something we’ve been wanting to do with his character for a while,” Amann says. “The show has dealt very nicely with the Beckett mythology dealing with her mother’s murder. When that was closed off at the end of last season, we knew there was an opportunity to create another mythology or go deeper and explore Castle’s character in a way that didn’t conflict with what was going on with Beckett. In other words, we were conscious about not wanting to have dueling mythologies on the show. ”
Adds Marlowe: “We kind of all knew who Castle was. He’s this fun guy, but we’ve been planting seeds along the way. What we want to do now is start puling back a couple layers. Why does he do what does? Why is he interested in murder? What has gone on in his past? What made him who he is? These are rich questions we haven’t really explored because we just enjoy spending time with him. Now that we’ve resolved the Beckett stuff, it’s time to turn our spotlight on him.”
3. But some of what we learn about Castle will be troubling. It doesn’t take long for Beckett, Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Ryan (Seamus Dever) to learn that Castle wasn’t actually in the car when it caught fire. But tracking him down will be no easy task — and the clues along the way will make everyone close to Castle wonder how well they really know him. Fortunately, Beckett’s doubts are only temporary. “Things that are going to come to light that are going to be unsettling for Beckett,” Amann teases. “She wrestles with it but I think ultimately she knows who he is, trusts who he is, loves who he is and that allows her to not be completely thrown by the revelations that might come out. They’re committed to each other. I don’t think what happened to Castle is going to disrupt the trajectory of that relationship, at least not in the long term.”
4. Don’t expect an immediate resolution. You may be shocked by just how long it takes Beckett & Co. to crack this case. And although the premiere episode returns the show to some sort of stasis, the real mysteries of who crashed Castle’s car and why remain unsolved until Episode 2. “After the second episode, the audience will have some but not all of the answers of what exactly is going on,” Amann says. But, of course, that won’t be end of this story. “The effects of what has happened to Castle will re-emerge and reassert themselves later in the season,” Amann says. “In the early run, he comes away with enough answers that he doesn’t have to chase down the rest of them right away. But that won’t last and he will ultimately want to get to a more complete truth.”
5. We can tell you who’s not involved. While there are plenty of fan theories surrounding past baddies 3XK and newly incarcerated Sen. Bracken being involved in Castle’s accident, those ongoing threats are not at the forefront for now. (Ditto Castle’s mysterious spy father Jackson Hunt (James Brolin)…. we think. “The mythology we’re getting into is going to go past all that into some new territory,” Amann says. “Those are all fair game, but it’s not going to be what the opening of the season is about.”
6. The show will eventually return to business as usual. Beyond Episode 2, the show will settle into some of its lighter case-of-the-week fare. One early case features a killer with inexplicable paranormal characteristics, and another will send Castle and Beckett into a second grade classroom, à laKindergarten Cop, to find a witness to a murder. This season will also explore Ryan’s status as a new father. But there is also some darkness ahead: Expect one thriller episode about a killer who communicates through social media and, later in the season, a case that puts Esposito in very close proximity to a murder suspect.
7. Will there ever be a wedding? Even though this speedbump won’t prove fatal for Castle and Beckett’s relationship, it will slow things down a bit. “I don’t think anybody could be expected to just pick up where they left off,” Amann says. “Having said that, the Beckett-Castle relationship has faced a lot of challenges, and this is one that they will overcome.” Does that mean viewers will finally get to see the couple make it down the aisle this season? “I think that it is very possible,” Amann says.
*spoilers to the Nathan’s costume – leave if you don’t want to be spoiled*
There has been a few on-set candids of Nathan filming Castle 7×07 Once Upon a Time in the West and I’ve added them to Nathan Fillion Online’s photogallery. Credits to fansworld21 for taking the photos. If anyone would like to donate photos they take on-set, I’d be more than happy to credit them back to you.
After last season’s finale shocker, the question propelling Castle‘s season seven premiere is less about whether Castle’s alive and more about his location. As fans have seen in the season’s promo, things pick up right where season six left off, with Beckett discovering Castle’s car in flames. Only her fiancé is not inside.
So while fans worry about what’s happened to Castle and Beckett works to solve the mystery, we talked with Nathan Fillion about the side of Castle he misses and whether Richard Castle will still be a wedding guy once all is said and done. Here are five teases to get you ready for the new season.
There’s no reason to worry about Castle’s emotional well-being. Despite a traumatic car accident on the way to his own wedding and what could be a kidnapping, Fillion doesn’t seem too worried about Castle’s mental state. “I think we will find that Castle is exactly where he would like to be,” Fillion said. “Castle has a particular kind of quality of life and he lives his life in a particular way. He doesn’t make the greatest decisions all the time, but he does try to live his life without regret and I don’t think that’s even a conscious decision, I think that’s just something he just kind of does. He’s just gotten away with so much for so long that he kind of lives in a wonderful, ‘Hey, life is good’ kind of mentality. I think we’re going to find him there.”
Exploring Castle’s backstory doesn’t necessarily mean things will get darker. Producers have said that the ending of last season will allow the show to look more into Castle’s backstory this year. But for Fillion, that doesn’t mean fans should expect something as dark as Beckett’s history. “The way I’ve been approaching that whole situation is Beckett is this prude of a character, she’s really hard to scratch the surface and get underneath to something deeper,” he said. “It took years and years to wear this woman down. She gets so dark and brooding and she’s often angry and just short-tempered, and Castle just wears his joy on his sleeve. He’s that kind of a man. He likes life. He loves people. So it would fit to reason that Beckett had all of this history and this crazy stuff going on that made her so tough, and here we have Castle, not so tough. He’s an okay guy.”
Yes, Castle is still a fan of weddings.As Fillion put it, Castle “wears his joy on his sleeve, and he is okay putting himself out there.” In other words, fans don’t have to worry about one accident turning him away from wanting to tie the knot with Beckett. “He’s been married twice already. It’s not like he’s gun shy. I think Castle is a man who loves life and he loves people and think that is something that will never fundamentally change about him.”
Hopefully, Castle will get back to “knowing some guys.” For Fillion, there is one side of Castle that he’d like to get back to this season. “I remember back in the day when we started Castle, he was a writer with a bunch of cops, cops who were trained to solve murders,” Fillion said. “And Castle didn’t have that kind of training, and he had to bring something to the table. And what he brought to the table was ‘I know a guy. I know this woman; she’s connected to such and such. It was when I did research for this book.’ He did all these books and all this research. He’s no dummy, and he’s made some amazing connections over the years and he would go and he would meet up with these guys and he’d have incredible things to learn from these people and they were connected and it was amazing. I would like to see more of that going on.”
Destination wedding, anyone? Fillion has mentioned before that he’d love for Castle to get married in Maui. Specifically, his dream wedding would include “an exotic location on a beach with the wind blowing where I could wear linen pants rolled up where you could see the ankles and an untucked linen shirt. Everybody’s being kind of simple and pretty. We’ll do the whole thing in one big crane shot and then everybody goes for drinks.” It sounds nice, though it’s tough to say whether anyone would want Castle to have to get on a plane for his next trip to the altar. A car accident was bad enough.
Castle returns Monday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Thanks to Stana Katic Central, I have 3 new additions of Ultra High Quality versions of a Castle/Caskett photoshoot in the past. This includes the photoshoot for EW, and 2 for TV Guide. There are 3 more days till the premiere of season 7 Castle, which is why I’ll be uploading one new photoshoot each day for the next 3 days. Enjoy!
Day 1: Studio Photoshoots > Outakes > Set 041 (x8)
Day 2: Studio Photoshoots > Outakes > Set 042 (x9)
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