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November 05, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST

Does Castle have a plan of action? Who’s Justified‘s big bad this season? Is Supernatural getting a Psych visit? These questions and more are answered in this week’s Spoiler Room!

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When I asked for questions for my interview with Castle EP Andrew Marlowe, fans delivered once again. And among the deluge came this question from Ellie Spears: “Is there any action sequences coming up for Beckett of the caliber of the rooftop in Always? I love Beckett in action.”

It hadn’t crossed my mind that we’ve been low on the hard-core action thus far. The good news? Marlowe is as eager as we are for Action!Beckett as well. The sad? It won’t happen this fall. “The problem with episodes like that is that they cost a great deal of money, and in a challenging environment, we already have a tough time with the budget we have,” he says. “So part of what I have to do is figure out how to save money in a couple of episodes to be able to do something like that. But I, like you, love to see Beckett as the tip of the spear going after somebody.”

Challenge No. 2, he says, is making sure he has “a compelling villain” waiting in the wings who can carry such a story. Luckily, he already has that! “We’ve talked about bringing [Sen.] Bracken back this year. It’s about finding the right type of story so that it has the weight we’re looking for. But I’d love to see some of those coming up in the spring if we can.”


Justified fans, you’ve probably heard the news, but in case you haven’t: THE PREMIERE DATE HAS LANDED! But as you mark Jan. 7 on your calendars, allow me to tell you more about the season. Rather, let executive producer Graham Yost:

“The big thing would be Dewey Crowe, our beloved Dewey, who we didn’t even see last year — it’s a big season for him,” Yost says. “It’s also his family — these Crowes from Florida come up and cause a lot of problems for Raylan and Boyd.” And yes, says Yost, they are this season’s big bad. (Michael Rapaport, who is playing Daryl Crowe, Jr., Alicia Witt, and Amy Smart are among the guest cast we’ll see.)

As for Raylan, the season picks up a few months after last season’s finale — so, yes, the baby has arrived! “That has a profound effect on him,” teases Yost. “So what does he want to do going forward? And the baby is not in Kentucky. So what is he going to do? And that’s one of the big questions of the season.”

The other? Can Boyd get Ava out of the pokey! “As much as we don’t want to repeat anything done by Orange Is the New Black or…Sons, we do have a woman in prison. So we have stories about that. That’s going to be her big story this season.”


Ichabod and Abbie: To ‘ship or not to ‘ship; that is the question.

The easy answer? Do what you want, because overall, they’re friends first, according to EP/showrunner Mark Goffman. “I think it’s important that Abbie and Crane have a connection. I think it’s important that they become friends,” he says, “but at the same time, it’s a very uneasy friendship, because also dramatically, you need to realize that they come from very different worlds. They’re together through fate, and because they have an important mission that they have to go through together.”

Also, there’s that little issue of the fact that HE’S A MARRIED MAN, people. In fact, last night’s episode — where we saw the first time Ichabod met Katrina — was an important piece of understanding their connection. “That instant, immediate spark between them, that there was a connection well beyond the physical — that she really played a role in his turn, and bringing out the best in him. I think that’s important,” he says.

A few more tidbits:

+ Goffman loved Ichabod’s thoughts on plastic as much as I did, and there’s more great “Ichabod meets 2013” moments ahead. In fact, in an upcoming episode, he’s going to learn about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings.

+ John Noble’s debut last night was awesome and we haven’t seen the last of him. “He’ll be playing an arc over the rest of the season,” says Goffman. “We’ll find out his fate too. Every character in every show in this season has meaning, and the fates of the characters are highly intertwined.”

+ Tom Mison is a man of many talents, and in an upcoming episode, we get to see another: sword fighting! “We just shot a couple days ago a duel that he did. The man is a swordsman,” says Goffman. “It’s going to be really fun. That episode will air in November.”


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