CASTLE: Andrew Marlowe Talks About the Big Death

May 16, 2011 by  

[Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen tonight’s episode of CASTLE, please stop reading and go watch it. Trust me. You won’t want to read this post until after you’ve viewed “Knockout” because it will spoil a very important aspect of the hour.]

Are we all clear? Everyone has viewed the episode?

Okay, good.

Wow. What a CASTLE finale.

And as it’s been teased for a bit, a beloved character is no longer a part of our CASTLE world.

Poor Montgomery.

In “Knockout,” Montgomery revealed his origin story with Beckett to Castle (adorable), told Beckett she wasn’t fun before Castle came along (also weirdly adorable), and we saw him with his kids…and it was also revealed he wasn’t quite the guy we thought he was. However, he did die protecting Beckett, so he does get a few brownie points for that.

But why kill off Montgomery? For that answer, CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe has the (sad) answer.

“By mid-season we knew that the storyline we were developing would result in the death of Captain Montgomery,” he told me. “It was a very hard decision to make, because Ruben [Santiago-Hudson (Montgomery)] has been such a wonderful part of the family from the pilot. But for the show to grow and for the Beckett-Castle relationship to break new territory, we knew some things had to change.”

What do you guys think? Are you okay with CASTLE’s decision to kill off Montgomery and his involvement with Beckett’s mother’s case?

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CASTLE: Andrew Marlowe Teases the Season Finale

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26 Responses to “CASTLE: Andrew Marlowe Talks About the Big Death”

  1. ACP on May 16th, 2011 10:19 pm

    I’m not really okay with it. I’ll be honest, while their dramatic episodes are AMAZING (and done so well, to perfection), Castle is my “light, fun” show. And losing the Montgomery element kills me.

    I’d like to hear what Mr. Marlowe has to say about the OTHER death (or “death”) but I’m sure that would spoil the cliffhanger ;)

  2. rock on May 16th, 2011 10:21 pm

    EPIC! How will they top this season?! That’s the challenge!

  3. E on May 16th, 2011 10:28 pm

    Loved the finale. Everyone was great in it. Sorry to see the Captain go because he was so good to Kate. Now we know why.

  4. Sandi on May 16th, 2011 10:47 pm

    No! No! No! I am not okay with it. Here’s what I think…In order to catch the real person behind Beckett’s mothers death they had to set up this elaborate scheme including Captain Montgomery’s death to smoke him (the killer) out. Okay, that is wishful thinking. But we still don’t know who really killed her mom, or who is trying to kill her. Ah well, dear Captain Montgomery will be missed, or will he? hmmmm

  5. Karine on May 16th, 2011 10:51 pm

    Maybe with Montgomery gone, Beckett could take his place as captain? Such a hard episode to watch but glad Montgomery turned out to be good. Castle telling Becket he loved her=epic and are they gonna talk about it?

    Best scene however was the Beckett/Castle speech in Beckett’s apartment :)
    Thank u Mr. Marlowe and until next season

  6. Rhonda on May 16th, 2011 11:00 pm

    I thought the season finale was superb! However, I don’t like losing the main characters. Who will replace the Captain?!!! PLEASE tell me Kate is not dead?!!!

  7. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect on May 16th, 2011 11:39 pm

    Loved the episode, but hated the ending. I don’t mind losing the captain, although that’s (obviously) sad. But shooting your main character in the last seconds of the season finale? That just seems cheap. (I wanted to say “a cheap shot,” but I really don’t intend to be punny here.) We know she’s not dead, but still – a lousy note to end on, if you ask me.

    (However, the rest of the episode? Awesome. Yes, it was heavy for my favorite fun show, but they played it SO well.)

  8. Jennifer on May 17th, 2011 12:14 am

    Yeah, I’m OK with it. I can see an opportunity for Beckett to be promoted. Or for a new guy to come in and wreak more havoc with the 12th precinct.

    Can I just say though that the scene where Castle is carrying a sobbing Beckett out of the hanger was absolutely GUT WRENCHING. I actually cried I was so moved. Amazing. By the end of the show, my heart was racing a mile a minute.

    Really well done.

  9. Eli on May 17th, 2011 12:27 am

    I am STILL trying to wrap my head around it! I am not okay with the cap being killed, but I see how it is necessary :'(
    Season 4 will be a heck of a ride!

  10. Britainy on May 17th, 2011 1:07 am

    So how’s this: since Andrew Marlowe said ‘the island is going to be moving’ – how about Beckett has actually gotten shot, but they will play it up like she’s actually dead when in reality she’s not… now she’ll be able to hunt down the man behind all of this. I’m guessing Montgomery sent the files to Castle. My friend thinks that maybe the whole ending scene was a ruse set up by the boys & Beckett (minus Castle)… that has some ring to it as well.

    All I know is these next 4 months are not going to be fun.

    And… now I’m going to have to go back & watch seasons 1, 2, & 3 in a new light knowing what we know now. Unless they just figured out they were going to do this to Montgomery this season. In that case… I’ll be even more confuzzled. :-)

  11. Ali on May 17th, 2011 1:08 am

    Wow, what a ride! I’ve enjoyed this season. Loved that they spoke about kissing and cuddling. Loved the I love you, loved Castle’s chat with Mom. Can’t wait to watch it again. Hoping (hahaha) that at least Becket isn’t dead : )

  12. Glenda on May 17th, 2011 1:32 am

    I had thought at first that maybe they were staging Montgomery’s death to smoke the killers out, why wasn’t he wearing a vest? Then I thought they would stage his death and hide him for awhile, I do wish that was the way it would go.

    And seeing Kate get shot, hopefully she just passed out and isn’t dead and why the heck wasn’t SHE wearing a vest? Surely she knew those jerks were still out there looking for her.

    I hope they both come back. Or his twin brother or cousin or something!!

  13. Weezie78 on May 17th, 2011 3:17 am

    I’m so over CASTLE!!! I can’t believe they killed off the captain. His character was always the grounding force in that sometimes out of control ensemble. That was so not necessary. I’m also fed up with the long, drawn out “relationship” between Castle and Beckett. Enough all ready!!! The final scene when Beckett gets shot was NOT original. Really? That was the best you could do???!!! Who has any doubt that she will be back next season. For the record, that whole “who killed Beckett’s mother” story line has gotten old. What are you people thinking??? Fans eventually get tired of being manipulated into following a show. You gotta know when to stop teasing your fans!

  14. finbarmccool on May 17th, 2011 9:20 am

    the lost of Montgomery was a sad blow, but it is also an example of what elevates Castle above the typical TV fare – great storytelling and great characters!

  15. Magy on May 17th, 2011 12:34 pm

    best. finale. ever.

    i love castle so much. i have no words. and beckett? the amount of empathy i have for her character knows no bounds. i was crying for her this whole episode. i love the mileage they’ve gotten out of her backstory. these dramatic episodes (sucker punch, knockdown, knockout) are some of the best of the series in my opinion. killing montgomery was sad, but i think the fallout from that (and beckett getting shot, of course) will be interesting.

    Weezie78: it is called a drama for a reason. there’s no manipulation going on here. it’s called conflict and resolution. it’s what keeps a show like this going. if you’re looking for manipulation, head on over to Bones land. THAT is true manipulation of the worst kind. Castle is just good, old-fashioned drama! love it.

  16. Linda Rowe on May 17th, 2011 2:02 pm

    I was thinking that the story lines were beginning to be alittle uniteresting however, I’m still a loyal fan! Love the show. Having said that, these past few weeks the story lines have been great! Didn’t want Capt Montgomery to go. Hoping that it was all either fake or a dream or something and that when next season starts, Beckett will be fine and that Montgomery will actually have been faking it all in a setup to get the bad guy. I love EVERY character in this series.

  17. ann on May 17th, 2011 5:55 pm

    Beckett is not dead, just made to look like she has been killed so she can track down the killer..Wish they had let Castle know..This is going to be a long..long..summer..
    Can hardly wait until Sept…..

  18. K Wright on May 17th, 2011 5:56 pm

    I didn’t like it! I was so excited to see it, but was disappointed. There was way to much violence, they killed like 7 people off. I hated that they killed the Capt, I liked him and then Beckett being shot, oh brother!!! I don’t want to have to wait until the fall to see what happens. I like the last comment, yes have it be a bad dream, or not dead and have Montgomery come back.

  19. F McKeever on May 18th, 2011 12:57 am

    I kept wanting to deny that Montgomery was the 3rd cop, but since show that revealed that the cops were involved with it, I just knew. I just kept telling myself that it was just my imagination (or the way I would write it). I am very disappointed that I was right. Sometimes it just isn’t any fun at all to say, “I told you so”. I must say that I thoroughly enjoy this series, and what about the episode last week (or was it the week before), when Castle and Beckett almost took the step. I’m 62 years old, and I must say that that was the first TV program that caused a hot flash! (grin). That was one steamy scene, but TOO much like a Thomas Hardy novel. You know what I mean—If someone had only turned the corner one second earlier, etc.

  20. F McKeever on May 18th, 2011 1:01 am

    I kept wanting to deny that Montgomery was the 3rd cop, but since the episode that revealed that the cops were involved with it, I just knew. I just kept telling myself that it was just my imagination (or the way I would write it). I am very disappointed that I was right. Sometimes it just isn’t any fun at all to say, “I told you so”. I must say that I thoroughly enjoy this series, and what about the episode last week (or was it the week before?), when Castle and Beckett almost took the step? I’m 62 years old, and I must say that that was the first TV program that caused a hot flash! (grin). That was one steamy scene, but TOO much like a Thomas Hardy novel. You know what I mean—If someone had only turned the corner one second earlier, etc.

  21. ToZiKa on May 18th, 2011 8:20 am

    I thought I would be more upset about them killing a character, but I actually think it was necessary. Something had to change, something needed to make Kate see some things about life and how fast it can end and how some people aren’t what they seem to be.
    I never was a fan of Montgomery anyway, so I didn’t mind that he died. It would have been a lot worse if it had been Esposito, Ryan or Martha.

    To those who are all over the place (not just here but in general) telling everyone that they are soooo over Castle I have only one thing to say:
    if you were over Castle you wouldn’t be posting here or anywhere else online.
    See you for the season 4 premiere when you’ll be back to complaining about something else….

    I think it’s definitely among my top 5 of favorite season finales ever!
    It had action, character development, some surprises, some not so surprising revelations (who would have thought that Castle was in love with Beckett?) and it wasn’t too sad.

  22. Judy on May 20th, 2011 12:19 am

    It took me this long to say something, and so I will say it. Bring the Captain Back!! I am hoping that since he wasnt shot in the head, and killed the killer in the end, I would hope that he is not dead, but somewhere in a hospital under an assumed name for his protection.

    Kate would not make a good Captain, she can’t be effective on the street if she were captain. She is not the sit behind the desk type. That would kill her importance and make the character dull. So we know the ending of her being shot was a ruse, because Castle didn’t act as though the love of his life had just died. So we know Kate’s not dead.

    When you have a cast that has chemistry and who work well together, you don’t bring other’s in to mess it up, you add to make it better. No matter who has been brought on the show, there has not been a character that can make the case of fitting in with the cast that they already have. Not even the guy from Heroes. So don’t even think about it. Nathan Patelli is not interesting enough as an actor or or new character. It’s clear you don’t know how to keep a good thing going. Or how to make it better.

  23. Mike Anders on February 18th, 2013 6:53 pm

    When you want to up the drama, just kill off the Black character. Better yet, have him sacrifice himself for the sake of the hero. Such a cliche.

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  25. Matt on April 13th, 2014 3:41 am

    I am a year behind, watching on Netflix.
    I have an idea to bring the captain back for an episode:
    Castle needs to scare off Becket’s murderer and comes up with a wild idea:
    A fake sceance with the Captain appearing ethereal and his voice sounding strange scaring the sceance believing murderer.

  26. Matt on April 13th, 2014 4:54 am

    I am a year behind, watching on Netflix.
    I have an idea to bring the captain back for an episode:
    Castle needs to scare off Becket’s murderer and comes up with a wild idea:
    A fake sceance with the Captain appearing ethereal and his voice sounding strange scaring the sceance believing murderer..

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