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CASTLE: David Amann Teases What’s to Come in 2014, and Shaking Things Up in 2015

November 24, 2014 by  


CASTLE is only about a third of the way through its seventh season, but already the show has delivered on some big moments and reveals: Castle and Beckett got married, we learned more about Castle’s missing months (after he went MIA on his wedding day) — and that Castle was the one responsible for his memories being erased.

As the final episodes of 2014 play out, it’ll be a mix of the lighter hours (the December 1st installment, “Last Action Hero”) and tense ones (tonight’s episode, “Kill Switch”). And the final episode (“Bad Santa”) will pave the way for a bit of a shakeup in 2015.

I spoke with CASTLE showrunner David Amann about what’s in store…

What can you tease about tonight’s episode, “Kill Switch”? Is it a bottle episode?
David Amann: I wouldn’t say that. It starts out a fairly conventional episode where we’re investigating a murder, and we come upon an individual that is connected to the dead person, in a way that makes us think he may be a potential victim himself. And it’s in the course of Esposito and Ryan going to find this guy and talk to him that Esposito follows him into a subway car and this guy pulls a gun. And things escalate from there.

As Esposito is in the subway car trying to resolve the situation, our people are on the outside trying to figure out who this guy is, because he’s clearly not who they initially took him to be. There’s a lot of tension, and a lot of suspense in the episode. We think it’s going to be a lot of fun for the audience.

What kind of insight into Esposito are we getting from this hour that we might not have known if he hadn’t been placed in this situation?
DA: I think he’s a guy who’s trying to figure out where he’s going in his relationship with Lanie. I think part of what’s happening in the story is going to reflect on that.

It seems like the following episode, “Last Action Hero,” is a lighter one. How will our team react to the world of aging action stars?
DA: Episode 9, which I think is really fun episode — [there’s] an ’80s action star whom Castle was a huge fan of who winds up getting murdered. So [Castle] is thrust into this world of aging action stars who are EXPENDABLES characters who are inhabiting this world in the process of solving this mystery. And that promises to be another classic, funny, CASTLE episode.

Is Beckett brought into that world, or is she more observing Castle’s love for these action stars/movies?
DA: She is involved, but she doesn’t have as much of a stake, I would say — she’s not as connected to these people as he is. But they have a good deal of fun together as they deal with this world together.

And as we look towards the final episode of 2014, how are Castle and Beckett dealing with their first Christmas as a married couple?
DA: It doesn’t deal with it as much as the last Christmas episode we did, just because the nature of the case takes us towards the holiday, but it doesn’t land on Christmas-proper. So we’re not quite doing a Christmas celebration in this one.

But what we are doing, there are a couple of interesting aspects to it. Esposito and Lanie reach a milestone in their relationship against the backdrop of the holidays.

But, perhaps, more importantly, there will be a bit of a cliffhanger in respects to Castle in this episode, in terms of something that comes along that sort of shakes things up as we go into 2015.

What can you tease about what’s in store for 2015?
DA: Coming into the second half of the season…Castle starts pursuing work that takes him outside of the 12th precinct.

Interesting! Looking at the more overarching mythology you’ve set up with Castle’s disappearance, how long-term are you looking at playing those mysteries?
DA: We will certainly touch it before the end of the season in a relatively significant way. I’m not sure we will entirely resolve everything, but I think Castle will discover answers to questions that he has swirling around about that missing time.

CASTLE airs Mondays at 10 PM on ABC.


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37 Responses to “CASTLE: David Amann Teases What’s to Come in 2014, and Shaking Things Up in 2015”

  1. Susan on November 24th, 2014 1:58 pm

    I’m not interested in Espo or Lanie so it sounds like I’ll be skipping 2 of the last 3 episodes this season. I like the idea of the aging action heroes so that has potential.

    I watch Castle for Castle and Beckett working together,bantering and teasing each other. If 2015 means Castle working outside the precinct, without Beckett, then I won’t be watching those episodes either. Perhaps its time for me to move on…

  2. Laura on November 24th, 2014 2:19 pm

    You ma’am are a negative nancy that sucks the fun out the fandom. Why be a fan of the show if you’re not going to be loyal and stick through the season? Each episode is linked to the one before it and after it and if you miss a couple because you’re too busy chucking a temper tanty you may as well not watch the show at all, continuity will go out the window for you. I am so totally sick and tired of people like you who crack the sads every time something they don’t like happens. It’s called CASTLE not Beckett or Caskett the show is from Castle’s point fo view, always has been and always will be. If you don’t know that by now there’s no hope for you. You should be appreciative of what we get each week and year, these people in front and behind the camera work so very hard to entertain us and don’t need sad sacks like you to ruin it for everyone.

  3. Rachel on November 24th, 2014 2:22 pm

    I’m not interested in following Castle outside the precinct. This season is a huge disappointment.

  4. Rachel on November 24th, 2014 2:25 pm

    Laura, the show is called Castle, but it’s never been about Castle, it’s about Beckett from Castle’s point of view and about Castle and Beckett working together. If you don’t know that by now, after six seasons and a half, there’s no hope for you either.

  5. maria on November 24th, 2014 2:29 pm

    I am with Susan I am not a great fan of espo and lanie, so I hope they do not screw the show with this part, I love when castle and Kate go with eachildren other and finish each other sentences, I hope that this does not mean that they are going to separate, please pleeeeeeeease don’t screw y he show …….m

  6. F on November 24th, 2014 2:35 pm

    sorry, but I am also not interested in watching Esplaine – it’s not happening and writers should stop trying making it happen… as well as Castle out of the 12th. Episodes tend to suck when Caskett is separated – and that seems to be happening more and more lately. really boring.

  7. Marianne on November 24th, 2014 2:39 pm

    I understand that the title of the show is Castle and that the past few years have been about Beckett’s mom’s murder and a lot of storyline was spent on that, but in doing so your viewers have fallen in love with Castle AND Beckett. If it weren’t for Castle Kate wouldn’t have solved her mother’s murder! I don’t understand what this “new mythology” is trying to do in season 7, but all I think it is doing is driving away the audience. A lot of the viewers watch for the relationship between Castle and Beckett and if you are going to take that element out of the show, you are going to lose viewers. Heck, from interviews I read that Stana has done, you might even drive her away! There is no Castle without Beckett and there is no Beckett without Castle. I have been a fan since day 1 and so far this season I am just plain confused as to where this is all headed. I would hate to see it end because there really is no direction. Stana and Nathan’s chemistry is the best on any TV series and I would hate to see that ruined!

  8. Olive on November 24th, 2014 2:51 pm

    Marianne, from interviews I read that Stana has done, she doesn’t have much to do this season. It doesn’t look good.

  9. Denise on November 24th, 2014 3:46 pm

    Really not feeling hardly any of these upcoming episodes – especially 2015 eps if Castle and Beckett aren’t working together. Maybe it IS time for Castle to be put out out to pasture if the writers have to find ways to keep Castle and Beckett a apart for most of an episode – because Castle and Beckett working together is what the show is about. For a show I have loved so much I have really grown to dislike it and all these antics.

  10. Susan on November 24th, 2014 3:59 pm

    Laura, I was not throwing a temper tantrum, though if that is how you choose to see it, then that is your choice. After tonight I will have skipped 4 episodes this season and thus far I have not had an issue with continuity.

    I feel strongly that fans should express their views, good or bad, otherwise how do TPTB know when we are unhappy (or happy of course). I believe it was referred to as sinning by silence in 47 seconds.

    I watch Castle to see Castle and Beckett flirt, banter and solve cases together because when they get it right nothing else compares.

  11. Andrea on November 24th, 2014 4:04 pm

    Not sure why the show is forcing esplanie on is now. That ship has sailed a while back and they are nowhere interesting to develop. And while I always welcome a little Rick, bit if it means less Beckett for the upcoming episodes, I’m really not interested at all. No, the previous seasons are not all about Beckett. If you’re really arguing with that reason then you should go back and rewatch previous seasons. It doesn’t help that with everything they’ve done to rework Rick’s backstory is ludicrous. The show has lost touch with what made it a must-show in the past. This saddens me.

  12. Teresita Geraldizo on November 24th, 2014 4:31 pm

    It seems to me that the many different opinions being expressed by the CASTLE
    fans regarding the future episodes of S7/ S8??? varies greatly and quite divisive
    As well…… and therefore, does not bode well for the show looking forward……
    And there are other main issues such Ratings; Contracts; Good Writers and so
    Many disappointed fans leaving and moving on…..I’m beginning to feel that as
    Much as I love the Show and will always be a fan—like everything else, Ihave to
    Accept the inevitable when THE END comes in the not too distant future….
    All’s well that Ends well indeed!!! Thank YOU to ALL that is CASTLE!
    ……Wait STANA, I’m right behind you.

  13. annieC on November 24th, 2014 4:42 pm

    I wish the writers would go back and watch season 5. To me, that was the height of the show because they didn’t do a lot of theme episodes but focused on interesting cases to solve each week with a healthy dose of Caskett and the team thrown in. It seems that tptb are running scared after 6×23 and think that they have to do something “big” to draw viewers in when all viewers want is to see the good storytelling that got us all hooked in the first place.

  14. Angela (@iCraveiLove) on November 24th, 2014 5:10 pm

    Yes, Caskett is at the center of the show, but I don’t think it works without the supporting cast. I imagine it’s kind of hurtful to them when they hear people refuse to watch an entire episode because they get extra airtime ONCE or TWICE a season.

    I’ll never understand how people can discount an entire episode or season based on one interview question, promo, or promo photo. These things are meant to get us riled up or be misleading and it’s obviously working. If you watch it or start watching and decide you’re not interested, fine. But give it a chance. I have some episodes I like less than others but I find something I like in each one.

    If you prefer to see Castle and Beckett in one room by themselves bantering and making out for 45 minutes, may I suggest switching to soap operas?

    Btw, I see “Castle outside the 12th” as him doing some investigating or getting into shenanigans that Beckett & team need to bail him out of–not separating them permanently. Geez.

  15. Jess on November 24th, 2014 5:27 pm

    I have loved the show since day one. Never knew who Nathan or Stana was before seeing the first episode. I agree the season is disjointed and unfortunately that somehow the writers are trying to make Nathan the focus too much. Instead of the classic cases – mix of fun and serious – built across a long and planned out mythology around Beckett, there is a haphazard story around Castle and an infusion of slap sticky sitcom type episodes with Nathan in forefront. The show is beckett and castle solving cases and finding each other and growing together and that’s being lost and hence losing viewers. None of Nathan’s other shows lasted a season but castle is into it’s seventh because of stana, good writing and their chemistry… Stick with that and we could have season 8-10…. Keep on this path and 7 maybe unlucky number…

  16. Teri on November 24th, 2014 5:55 pm

    The supporting actors deserve an occasional time to shine. The whole cast is a unit and they play very well together when one of their members is in peril. I love these episodes and people have to get over the Caskett prime time. Nathan and Stana need time to breath as their work load is incredibly high. Jon, Seamus, Susan, Molly, and Tamala are vital to every aspect of the show called Castle. Give the episode a chance before you decide you will not like it. That is only being fair to the cast and writers.

  17. Danielle on November 24th, 2014 8:38 pm

    Wow. These responses are why I stopped visiting the fan forums! Why so much negativity? If you don’t like the show anymore move on, but the cast and crew work really hard, so is it necessary to blast the season and the show in public? In case you didn’t realize it, the actors and crew actually do get hurt feelings from this kind of ranting. If you want your perfect Castle episode fantasy write it: it’s called fanfiction. I like the variety, and so far this season in my favorite!

  18. Kyle on November 25th, 2014 10:46 am

    This season is the worst season of Castle. I think the series should end this season.
    not feeling this new mythology, and Where the heck is Beckett this season?
    In prior seasons we had episodes focused on Beckett just as we had episodes focused on Castle too , but what they are doing now is just plain wrong.

  19. preciousmary27 on November 25th, 2014 4:26 pm

    all I can say is that the show can go on for as long if abc and the actors and actress reach an agreement. writers been great writing this story of castle and beckett and now that they are married, we can watch the 2 solve crimes together, everyone is here to watch the caskett chemistry that’s why we tune in from the beginning. espo, lanie, and Ryan are great actors and a big part of the show too. as long as the writers are writing great script we all be supporting the show. So ABC do not cancel this show. renew their contracts they much deserves lt.

  20. janet on November 29th, 2014 4:26 am

    it makes me laugh when I read so called fans saying I wont watch castle anymore if this or that happens’ and we all know they will watch no matter what,this season so far has been one of the best and seems its only getting better with every episode;yes its a good idea to throw espo and lani together keeps things going,by the way angela your comment spot on.

  21. janet on November 29th, 2014 4:28 am

    Laura loved your comment.

  22. Buddy on November 30th, 2014 8:10 am

    The absence of any information on Beckett is threatening. It appears that they may write the character out of the series. Beckett is the perfect ying to the yang of Castle and I, for one, would be unable to tolerate Castle’s inane activities without an equal amount of Beckett to keep the show grounded. As foretold it may be that Castle may start writing serious literature and Beckett may become a senator (on the national security committee perhaps) but I do not see much opportunity for good story lines here. I get 100 or more channels and I am sure that I will be able to find something more interesting than Castle alone.

  23. MKS on November 30th, 2014 4:23 pm

    To Laura

    Since when can fans not have an opinion on the show that isn’t “positive Polly 100% of the time.” I’m so tired of fans coming onto boards calling other fans “negative” simply because they state an opinion that isn’t positive. Seriously?

    If more fans “spoke out” on the how dumbed-down the writing has become, the show isn’t hovering with the leads ready to bail on the show.

    I think we have a right to express our opinion, just as you have a right to say whatever it is you want.

  24. MKS on November 30th, 2014 4:25 pm

    BTW: What if the actors jump ship because they don’t think the show is worth it more than? I’m pretty sure a lot of you positive Polly’s out there will start preaching about how silly the show got and how the stories are to blame.

    I’ve seen it happen time and time again with other shows.

  25. MKS on November 30th, 2014 4:28 pm

    To Teri:

    The supportive characters deserve a chance to shine if they were worth carrying about to begin with. I was watching “Chicago PD” last night and I realized how well-developed the characters are becoming and it’s only in it’s second season!

    Turning attention to the secondary characters for one episode doesn’t help the show, at all.

  26. T on December 1st, 2014 1:43 pm

    I like all of the cast of Castle and enjoy seeing all of the characters working together. Unfortunately though, this season continues the series decline that I have felt since mid season 5. Those episodes that I enjoy the most have captured the spark of the past but that has become the exception rather than the rule. The end of season 6 was awful and this Castle disappearance mystery is a nonstarter for me. My interest has never been only about Castle and Beckett but the show has never been as good with only Castle or Beckett. It is them together and their team that made the show enjoyable for me. If this changes much more then so will the channel on my tv.

  27. Sarah on December 1st, 2014 3:37 pm

    The show is not what it used to be and not in a good way. The writing has gone downhill, looks like they are making things up as they go without really knowing where they’re headed. It really pisses me off because we’ve seen that they can give us great storylines when they focus on what most people want to see, which is Castle and Beckett working together, growing together. Whenever I watch an episode where the focus is not on them, I get bored really fast because they are the heart of the show. Their chemistry is what made the show last this long and even that has been lacking lately, not because of the actors, but because of the writing and the increasing need to keep them apart since last season. This season has been the worst when it comes to keeping them away from each other. When that happens, the show is severly lacking and that’s why people are tuning out. Episodes focusing on the supporting cast wouldn’t be a problem if the characters had been developed from the beginning of the show but that never happened so they can’t expect us to suddenly be head over heels about an episode focusing on Espo, for example. Last week’s episode was one of the worst that has ever been done on the show. Even the actors at the precinct looked like they were doing a table read on camera, that’s how bad it was.

    This interview really makes me wonder why they are doing the exact opposite of what fans want to watch. Instead of promoting Castle and Beckett going through stuff together, we get the showrunner trying to sell us a “great” new love story in the form of Esplainie, who I really don’t give a damn about because it’s a been there, done that atory and it wasn’t good. And on top of that they’re basically telling us that the newlyweds are gonna be seperated with Castle out of the precinct. Are they purposely trying to kill the show or are they just that oblivious to the complaints they’ve been getting for quite some time now?!

    I really don’t want to give up on the show, but they are making it really hard for me to enjoy it and come back every week without dreading what I’m about to watch. I keep hoping that things can’t get any worse and that they’re gonna see the light but I don’t think that’s ever gonna to happen. Sucks to watch a show that used to be so good going down the drain like that. If things don’t change, I’m gonna have to walk away for good.

  28. FDH on December 9th, 2014 1:23 am

    I’m right with everyone who’s missing something. To me it feels like the show needs to find itself again; I think the production staff has to treat it almost like a new show – they solved Beckett’s mother’s murder, they had Castle and Beckett get married, so that’s two major factors out of the way and they need to build a new show based on those new facts. They need to settle into their new skin.
    I hope they can because Castle and Beckett are the “Disney fairy tale” relationship for me and watching them makes me dreamy. (I could probably watch a show based on their personal relationship and not get bored…) I’m also kind of hoping that we get to see a Castle baby and I’d also like the mystery of Castle’s disappearance resolved.

    That said, the way they handled that wasn’t the best way. I felt there was a huge scene missing in which Beckett chewed Castle out that he went to Montreal alone the second time around but in which she also reminded him that she understands the need to want to forgot (she spent an entire season knowing that he loved her and not being able to deal with that)

    I think in order to resolve the Castle mystery, they need at least another season. It seems to big a thing to squeeze into what is left of season 7 – especially since they finish filming before they know if the show gets renewed. That said, I don’t think this is a show that can go on if either Katic or Fillion don’t renew their contracts. They are, as people have pointed out, at the center of the show and unlike all those CSI franchises, Castle is a show that needs those characters; how could it go on without either Castle or Beckett? Not possible, in my opinion.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed they find a way to settle into their new skin and to sign the actors for at least a season 8. A season 8 is kind of all I’m asking for right now because then they could bring things to a proper conclusion. (hopefully with a baby ;-))

  29. Gray Eagle on December 15th, 2014 5:45 pm

    I’ve been a fan since day one, and watching Castle and Beckett interact has, IMO, been the glue that has held the show together.

    Unfortunately, I believe most of us can discern the change in writers. The basic thrust of what made the earlier seasons catch and hold our attention has slipped – – – badly. All we have now are the principals and supporting actors going in various directions, without a strong central idea to keep the individual episodes tied together and contributing to the overall plot (if there really is one).

    It appears as if no one is really in charge of Castle, from episode to episode, and, whoever calls the shots, should go back and seriously review the earlier seasons to see what made Castle such a winner in those days.

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