Richard Castle Dead / Dies in ABC Show? Nope, He’s Alive as Nathan Fillion Confirmed for Season 7

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 29, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Fans wondered after the Castle season 6 finale whether Richard Castle had died, but it seems that Nathan Fillion’s character is still alive.

Castle was set to get married but got into a severe accident, with Kate getting a phone call and rushing to see the sight of Rick’s car engulfed in flames.

Series creator Andrew W. Marlowe confirmed to TVLine that they wouldn’t “Doctor Who” Castle.

“Yeah, Nathan is signed on for Season 7,” he said.

“We know that we owe them [the fans] a wedding that accurately reflects who Castle and Beckett are, yes,” he added.

Asked about the “bleak image” that was Castle’s burning car, and the hope for his survival, Marlowe told TV: “I think we know what the title of the show is.”

He also said that there’s a happy ending in store for Castle and Beckett. 



“That’s what I believe. They’ve had a great deal of happiness over the last several seasons, and I think that there is more to come. Will there be challenges? Yeah, all relationships are challenged, and we’re hoping to break some new ground when we come back next season, but we’re very excited about it,” Marlowe said.

“We know that there’s a cost to ending a season this way. We know that people are looking for that [wedding] moment, and that’s a moment that we’re going to get to. But there’s still some storytelling that we have to get through before we get there.”

The official Facebook page for the show further teased Castle’s vanishing after the crash, posting a newspaper article that said “investigators say they are making every effort to find Mr. Castle, but at this hour there are far more questions than there are answers.”

Check out the description for season 7, episode 1 below.

“In the Season 6 finale, as Richard Castle drove to his much-anticipated nuptials, an ominous black SUV bore down on him. Meanwhile, after waiting in vain for Castle to arrive at the wedding, Beckett was called to an accident scene to find Castle’s car in a ravine, engulfed in flames. Who or what caused the car crash? Is there any way Castle could have survived? The episode will pick-up at the scene of that accident, right where the finale left off, in a premiere that promises to put Beckett through the toughest case of her career.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.