In an interview with Zap2It, Coleman teased what was coming in the episode and for his character.
What was it like being back on “Castle”?
Jack Coleman: It was a lot of fun. It’s always nice to be somewhere for the second time, because the first time is sort of, they don’t know you, you don’t know them. Stana and I knew each other, which was good. That was easy, and that was comfortable. But it’s a new set, there’s always a little bit awkward. And then you go back and you’re a little bit more familiar both with the show and the crew, with the other cast members, and they’re more familiar with you. It’s always a little more comfortable.
How do you see Senator Bracken?
Jack Coleman: Well, he is an evil senator. There’s no getting around that. And that’s always fun — a bad guy in a position of power, there’s not much more fun to play than that.
What happens when Bracken returns?
Jack Coleman: There’s this murder of this young girl, and it seems to lead directly to Bracken’s doorstep. So Beckett is very excited about that — it seems like the perfect opportunity to take him down once and for all.
And then it turns out to be more complicated than she thought. The ground is kind of shifting under her all the time. And then under my character as well, because you’re never quite sure who’s in control of the story here. She has to really wrestle with her sense of what she thinks she should do and what she shouldn’t. It’s a great episode for her especially, wrestling with her demons, her anger and what she thinks is the right thing to do.
Why do you think Bracken is such a bad guy?
Jack Coleman: Every bad guy has his reasons, and every bad guy has his justification. And this guy has more than most. I think it was fairly obvious in the scene that we first had, where I started talking about all the great things I’ve done for people. And I think that is how he justifies himself.
On a macro level, I think he sees himself as a pretty good guy. And then on a micro level, I think he just sees himself as a bit Machiavellian. He’s going to do what it takes to get done what I need.
What will your character be like this time?
Jack Coleman: I think you see a fairly unapologetic character, but the thing is the expectation of what has happened is sort of turned on its ear a little bit, so it’s not quite as simple. What has happened, what is going on is not as simple as it first appears. And so now you’re into very different territory. He’s unapologetic, but I think you do see some human qualities
It’s not like he’s suddenly begging for forgiveness. He’s not. He’s fairly unapologetic. But you do see, I think you do see a couple glances here and there of an actual human being.
Since the ultimate murderer of Beckett’s mother has been sought since the first season of “Castle,” did this create any challenges for you in creating the part?
Jack Coleman: The challenge of course is the mythology. There’s so much riding on who this guy is, especially for her. I have to say, the show very kindly sent me a DVD of all these edited scenes in an hour, these edited scenes that really just streamlined the whole story. Everything that I really needed to know about this.
They’re constantly trying to get from point A to point B to point C. Who did it and how it was done and under what kind of circumstances is constantly changing. There was a challenge of, for four years, this has been the big build-up — who this guy is. And we finally get to see him.
The fun part is, of course, that he justifies everything — because I’ve done great things for many people, that totally justifies the murders. Beckett’s mom is only one of many.
“Recoil” airs Monday, Feb. 4 at 10pm on ABC.