'Castle' photos: Time to meet Rick's father in 'Hunt'

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The father of a man like Richard Castle ( Nathan Fillion) has to be someone spectacular. We always knew that. But it's likely that none of us expected that father to first appear at the other end of a sniper rifle.

That is, however, where we first meet Castle's daddy, played by Emmy-winner James Brolin in the "Hunt" episode of the show.

As we saw in photos released earlier for this "Castle" episode, a case puts Castle in serious jeopardy. He's not just investigating a murder -- Rick Castle might be about to become a victim. And then... Something happens.

That something seems to be Castle's father, assuming we can trust the pictures.

After all, the man first appears with a rifle in hand.

castle-hunt-1-james-brolin-dad-abc.jpgWhatever he does with that rifle, a bad man ends up lying on the ground. Is he dead? And what's in that briefcase?

castle-hunt-2-james-brolin-nathan-fillion-abc.jpgCastle seems a little perturbed here, which makes sense when you consider the fact that his long-lost father may have just killed a man. At least he can call Beckett ( Stana Katic).

castle-hunt-3-nathan-fillion-james-brolin-abc.jpgA little bit of fatherly advice? Does Castle want this kind of advice?

castle-hunt-4-james-brolin-nathan-fillion-abc.jpgWhoever the James Brolin character is and whatever he is doing in this episode, we can at least be assured that he is one tough guy.

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The "Hunt" episode of "Castle" is the second part of a pair and airs on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10pm on ABC.

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