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'Castle' scoop: Castle and Beckett will share a [spoiler] in an upcoming episode!

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A new challenge will unleash new emotions between Castle and Beckett in the second half of ABC’s faultlessly fun crime drama, but it’s probably less romantic than you might think it is. (Or is it?)

While chatting about what Castle fans can expect from the next batch of new episodes, executive producer Andrew Marlowe said the show’s reality TV-themed episode, which will feature a guest spot from White Collar and One Tree Hill alum Hilarie Burton, will find the partners in a situation they’ve never experienced before: sharing custody of a four-legged friend. “There’s some fun to be had with the Castle-Beckett relationship [because] our victim is a celebrity dog-show host and famous dog trainer. And in the aftermath of his death, his beloved golden retriever is left family-less. So Castle and Beckett get to enjoy sharing custody of the dog and I think it brings out stuff in their relationship that’s a lot of fun,” Marlowe said.

The swoon-power of attractive men interacting with adorable dogs can not be understated, and Beckett will be no exception, says Marlowe, especially since Castle’s conduct will reveal a lot about the type of man he is — and the kind family man he could be. “Don’t you think a lot of women do that? Don’t you think Kate would be paying attention? I would think so,” he hinted.

But before that episode, airing later this month, Marlowe dished on tonight’s episode, which will center around the wedding of Seamus Dever’s character, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Jenny (played by real-life wife Juliana). “It’s a fun episode because we get to check in on where all the relationships are,” said Marlowe. “It helps that we get to see these relationships through the lens of our victim. He’s a lothario, a womanizer. And so his relationship – going out and picking up woman – is subject for conversation. Also, along the way, we learn a secret about Jenny that threatens to derail the wedding.”

So is heartbreak in store for Ryan? You’ll have to watch tonight to find out for sure, but in the meantime, Marlowe offers a bit of assurance. “I think we keep it relatively poppy and enjoyable, and we do have some really fun moments between Castle and Beckett in it.”

Castle airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET


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