'Castle' Recap: Heads are Gonna Roll

As the season of Castle gets closer to the end, Rick Castle gets thrown a few curveballs. Or more to the point; he gets himself thrown into a frantic gang drama, adorned with three severed heads in a duffel bag and a dead kid named Glitch. Castle is saddled with rogue cop Detective Ethan Slaughter (guest star Adam Baldwin, making a Firefly reunion with Nathan Fillion!), who in one day hands Castle a gun, gets him into a bar fight with very, very bad guys, and even ticks Castle off to the point of taking a couple punches on the chin himself.

And by the way ... Slaughter! Now, who would have thought this questionable fella would get a name like that? Slaughter is the kind of character a crime novelist like Castle dreams about; a rugged, maniacal wild card with unknown motives and a never-ending supply of one-liners. Played by guest star Adam Baldwin, this guy is here to create some drama before the season's end, maybe turn the entire police force on its head and get himself in some bad, bad trouble in the process. Watching this guy operate is exhausting, but the entertaining part is seeing Castle in a completely new role -- as a badass.



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