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Castle: Swan Song

When the lead guitarist of a rock band is murdered, the documentary crew that were following the band turn their cameras on Castle, Beckett and the team as they try to solve the case. The result is a documentary style episode of "Castle," which offers us a unique glimpse at our characters as they navigate a world that goes far beyond the rock & roll stage.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x7
Production Number: 504
Airdate: Monday November 12th, 2012

Director: David Barrett
Writer: Rob Hanning

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Feb 17, 2013
UK (alibi) May 01, 2013
IE (RTÉ ONE) Jun 12, 2013

  • Currently 7.8/10
7.8/10 (16 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Andrew J. West
As Keith Blue
C. Thomas Howell
As John Campbell
Daniel Roebuck
As Joe Silva
Nick Thurston
As Buck Cooper
Chris Coy
As Zeke
Amir Talai
As Sam Spear
Kristen Miller
As Caroline

Co-Guest Stars
Max Arciniega
As Billy Bash
Brian Maillard
As Joel Mitas
Sarah Scott
As Butterfly
Hunter Jackson
As James Swan
Lydia Hull
As Front Desk Clerk
Brian Kong
As Uniform Officer
Main Cast
Nathan Fillion
As Richard Castle
Stana Katic
As Detective Kate Beckett
Jon Huertas
As Detective Javier Esposito
Seamus Dever
As Detective Kevin Ryan
Tamala Jones
As Dr. Lanie Parish
Penny Johnson Jerald
As Captain Victoria Gates


The episode begins with the band Holy Shemp excited about the reviews they got on their last night’s performance. Their lead guitarist James isn’t around and so the singer, Keith, goes to get him from his van, assuming that he is still sleeping. He also takes a camera crew inside for funs sake. But fun filled smile turns into a terrified cry for help when he sees James lying dead on the floor. Ryan and Kate arrive and Kate wants Ryan to lose the cameras. They are not press, but a crew which is shooting a documentary movie of the band. Hank Rogers, one of the roadies, informs Ryan of the same. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerArmyan Bernstein  |  David Amann  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  Rob Bowman  |  Laurie Zaks
Co-Executive ProducerRob Hanning  |  David Grae
Supervising ProducerChristine Roum
ProducerElizabeth Beall  |  Marc A. Kahn  |  Terence Paul Winter
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorMarta Evry
MusicRobert Duncan (2)
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
ThemeRobert Duncan (2)
Warning: Castle season 5 episode 7 guide may contain spoilers
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