Credit: Jordin Althaus and Vivian Zink/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Captain Gates in Season 4, Episode 4: “Kick the Ballistics”

We’re a few episodes into Castle Season 3, and that means we’ve had a little bit of time to get to know the latest addition, Captain Victoria “Iron” Gates.

While we can’t deny she can be a super you-know-what, sometimes we find ourselves almost, well, liking her. As anybody knows, starting a new job is rough — especially when the team has been working together for years and is about as close-knit as it gets.

But honestly, we feel like there’s something Castle writers aren’t giving us. Who is Captain Victoria Gates, like as a person?

Penny Johnson Jerald, who plays the Captain, revealed in interviews that Mrs. Gates is indeed a married woman with a family. We also know she came from Internal Affairs. But other than that, we’re clueless. And curious!

Did something happen to Victoria “Iron” Gates to give her such an icy edge? Does she have some tragic event buried in her past that’s turned her into the serious, no-crap-taking bossylady she is today? Heck, maybe she’s somehow linked to Johanna Beckett’s murder! In this precinct, anything goes.

What do you think, Castle fans? Do you want to know more about Captain Victoria Gates? Would giving the captain a little back story make her more likable? Or would you rather she remain a character “in the shadows”?


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