Kate Meets Castle’s Dad
James Brolin returns as Jackson Hunt, the estranged dad of Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion), on the Jan. 13 episode of ABC’s Castle. He meets his son’s fiancée, Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), but for most of the episode, she’s unaware that the CIA operative is her future father-in-law (he keeps his identity secret to protect his undercover work). “That introduction comes later and is far more awkward,” says Fillion.
"[Beckett] has a big question about Jackson’s true motives," says Katic. "He’s not all that he seems." Blame that on Brolin, who agreed to reprise the role only if Jackson turned darker. "I wanted viewers to find out how deadly he is," Brolin says. "He gets a thrill out of terminating people who deserve it. The thrill is there, with no feeling of remorse." To make matters worse, Jackson "talks down to his son like he’s 5 years old," says Brolin, "and is very attracted to Kate. That’s the kind of a—hole he is." Hunt also comes face-to-face with Castle’s mom, Martha, for the first time since their long-ago tryst.