Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Penny Johnson Jerald

After weeks of speculation, the Castle team has finally picked a new captain!

TV Guide is reporting that the lucky lady is Penny Johnson Jerald, who has previously appeared on 24 (ex-Mrs. Palmer’s back!) and The Larry Sanders Show.

She’ll try to fill the shoes left after Montgomery’s shocking and tragic death in the Season 3 finale — where Monty gave his own life to protect Beckett from a sleazy hit man. Our eyes get teary just thinking about it.

The new captain of the 12th Precinct is named Victoria Gates and she’s described as a career-minded cop who spent much of her early career in Internal Affairs. It looks like she’ll initially be more interested in garnering attention from her superiors instead of police work.

Yet, she’ll be known as “Iron Gates” because she’s going to be pretty tough on Castle and Beckett. Castle creator Andrew Marlowe told TV Guide, “Everybody's getting along really well in the precinct, and we think there can be a little more conflict.”

Or Castle and Beckett could fall in love already. Just a thought.

He continued, “We think it's interesting to grow Beckett and Castle by having somebody who ... may not look as favorably on the Castle-Beckett relationship.”

You mean there’s someone out there who doesn’t think our golden crime-fighting duo is meant to be? Gasp!

Castle returns on Monday, September 19 at 9 p.m. ET. Will you tune in to watch the new captain at work?

Source: TV Guide