Fans of ABC’s investigative series Castle have been biting their collective nails since the cliffhanger conclusion to Season 3. The wait is almost over, and to stir the crowd ABC has released a synopsis for the Season 4 premiere episode, “Rise.”

For those of you who missed last season’s conclusion, Detective Beckett was shot while giving a funeral speech for the late Captain Montgomery. Naturally Richard Castle picks this moment to own up to his true feelings – cut to black. Fans have been left hanging on the proverbial cliff, waiting to see if Beckett survives (no really, some of them are wondering) and what this means for the ever-so-slowly-evolving relationship.

One thing’s for sure: the Castle NYPD precinct needs a new leader. They’ve found one in Captain Victoria Gates, played by Penny Johnson Jerald. She’s a veteran of 24 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (where she played Captain Kasidy Yates), though her most recent steady role was an arc on ABC’s October Road. Captain “Iron” Gates immediately takes issue with Castle’s presence and his relationship with Beckett… whatever it is.

For his part, Castle is plagued by guilt over Beckett’s shooting, even though it looks like she’ll be back on her feet before too long. The first order of business for Castle, Esposito and Ryan is to track down the elusive shooter and bring him to justice.

Here’s ABC’s official synopsis:

In a riveting opening that picks up just moments after last season’s climactic finale, Detective Beckett (Stana Katic) fights for her life as Castle (Nathan Fillion), plagued by guilt over his role in the events, struggles to uncover who’s behind her brutal shooting. Meanwhile, back at the precinct, Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (John Huertas) have to adjust, as Victoria “Iron” Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald, “24”) becomes the precinct’s new uncompromising Captain.

The network has also released a few stills from the episode and one very special cast photo. Check out Nathan Fillion embracing his inner Bogart below:


And last but not least, the short, tense teaser that ABC’s been playing ahead of the premiere:

We know a little bit about a few upcoming episodes: namely that there will be special Christmas and Halloween episodes, with the latter featuring a Ghostbusters shout-out. There’s also daddy drama and at least one wedding (but probably not the one you’re waiting for). You can read the spoilers here.

Castle returns to ABC on Monday, September 19th at 10PM.

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Source: SpoilerTV