CASTLE: Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter Preview Beckett's Career Path - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

CASTLE: Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter Preview Beckett’s Career Path

August 5, 2015 by  

Credit: ABC

Credit: ABC

CASTLE season 8 will be making some changes to the established team dynamic.

While the season 7 finale had Beckett’s career options up in the air, new co-showrunner Alexi Hawley confirmed that Beckett will indeed be getting promoted when the ABC drama returns this fall.

“At the end of the day, she’s become the captain,” Hawley teased. “But she’s going to be a much more hands-on captain than we’ve seen. She’s still going to be involved in solving cases. What’s great is it changes her relationship with the boys…she’s their boss now. There’s some fun to be had there. We just thought it was a great way to shake things up. Going into season 8 of a show, you need to be able to do that.”

With Beckett’s promotion, she will fill the space that was once occupied by Captain Gates. And while Penny Johnson Jerald (Gates) is off the show as a series regular, Hawley and co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter indicated they’d be open to her returning for a guest spot if the timing could be worked out.

“We’re not saying never,” Hawley said. “In our universe, [Gates has] been promoted. She works at 1 Police Plaza now, she’s the deputy chief. So she has a great career. If we have the opportunity to use her in a way that’s meaningful to the story, absolutely [we’ll do it].”

“And, of course, [it’ll depend on] if Penny is available, because she’s so good,” Winter said. “[It was] a very tough decision, but ultimately one we had to make, creatively.”

The change in leadership won’t be the only thing impacting the dynamic of the 12th precinct: “There will definitely be some changes,” Hawley teased when questioned about how much viewers would see of Ryan’s personal life this season.

“Wonderful changes,” Winter added.

And though fans haven’t seen much of Ryan’s wife and child in a while, Hawley allowed “it’s possible” the change would be related to a new baby for the Ryan family.

“It’s very possible,” Winter teased.

“I think that possibility combined with Beckett moving on up it infuses [Ryan and Esposito] with ‘What are we doing with our careers?'” Hawley said. “Which I think will be fun, will add some conflict between the two of them in a great way.”


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7 Responses to “CASTLE: Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter Preview Beckett’s Career Path”

  1. Just one thing on August 5th, 2015 2:57 am

    Nice interview!

  2. Alana on August 5th, 2015 3:01 am

    I’m SO glad they didn’t kill Gates off!!! And I dearly hope we get a chance to see her again. She’s a great character and Kate needs a mentor.

  3. Liv Kielland on August 5th, 2015 7:06 am

    Great interview,nice with some news of what’s going to happen.Glad Capt. Gates is ok,hope she will have some guest roles.
    Will be exciteing to see how Kate will handle being a Capt.and have a hands-on in the cases. Looking very much forward till S8

  4. Susan on August 5th, 2015 8:10 am

    Beckett was always in charge of the team, so making her the captain really doesn’t do much to change that dynamic. Also, what difference does another baby for the Ryan’s make when you don’t see or hear about the one they have now.

    More is not always better. I don’t see what is wrong with a writer and his muse solving interesting, intelligent crimes together and having fun and entertaining the audience as they do it. The last two seasons had forgotten this concept so much so that returning to it would be a real treat.

  5. Teri on August 5th, 2015 9:04 am

    Love the Castle news. I am so looking forward to what Season 8 will bring with a very open mind. No negativity, just thankful that this fabulous show has more stories to tell.

  6. S.Orms on August 28th, 2015 11:47 am

    Hope the show goes beyond Season 8, but now Nathan is considering a new role in “Booster Gold” which would probably mean the end of Castle.

  7. Vaughn Staplins on August 31st, 2015 12:58 pm

    It’s always been about the Castle-Beckett love story. That’s steeped in the DNA of the show, and that’s what it will always be,” Winter says.