|Season 7, Episode 1|
|Air date||September 29, 2014|
|Written by||David Amann|
|Directed by||Rob Bowman|
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 picks 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.
- Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle
- Stana Katic as Det. Kate Beckett
- Jon Huertas as Det. Javier Esposito
- Seamus Dever as Det. Kevin Ryan
- Tamala Jones as Dr. Lanie Parish
- Penny Johnson Jerald as Captain Victoria Gates
- Molly C. Quinn as Alexis Castle
- Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers
- Matt Letscher as Henry Jenkins
- Maya Stojan as Tory Ellis
- Jon Lindstrom as Agent Connors
- Ryan Sands as Sgt. Taggert
- Don Stark as Vincent “The Scar” Cardano
- Rose Abdoo as Dr. Cynthia Swann
- Ben Parrillo as Coast Guard Lt. Mundy
- Rob Yang as Dr. McLean
- Jaime Alvarez as Cal Harper
- J. Teddy Garces as Firefighter
- Josh Latzer as Gary Duffin
- Ken Meseroll as Man
- Christopher Michael as Officer Simms
- - No Music (as known of yet) - -
- This is the second time Castle has been in the hospital as a patient. The first was in season 6 episode Dreamworld.
- This is the third episode since the series premiere on television that does not feature a murder. The first was Little Girl Lost and the second was the last episode For Better or Worse
- This episode features references of many characters that have appeared over the series. Such as William Bracken, Jerry Tyson, Jackson Hunt, Mickey Barbozza, and this marks the return of Vincent “The Scar” Cardano. Also, numerous references had been made from Hunt, Murder, He Wrote, Probable Cause, Veritas, and For Better or Worse.
- Although there are suspects to Castle's kidnapping, Bracken's serving time in prison, and there's a possibility Tyson's behind this.
- Esposito said that Castle's dad Hunt might be involved. Though, ironically, it's neither known if Castle nor Beckett told him or Ryan about him.