Castle: So THAT Happened

Castle S04E23: "Always"

I think deep down, in our hearts of hearts, we all knew exactly what was going to happen in last night's Castle finale. It didn't matter if you'd been reading the plot synopses and watching the preview videos or not. Anyone watching this season with even a half-hearted regularity knew what was coming. Dogs who happened to be in the room while you watched with a half-hearted regularity knew what was coming. The exact circumstances might have been obfuscated, but in the end things seemingly could go no other way. This was the moment when Castle and Beckett were going to finally make good on four years of flirtation, frustration, awkward glances, and near-constant dilly-dallying over the question of "will they feel the same?" And to the writers' credit, they handled it just about as well as could possibly have been expected, given the outsized expectations of the show's core audience and the story corner they'd more or less written themselves into over the last couple of seasons.

That said, I don't think there was any truly great way to handle this stuff, when you factor in that the writers still have to address that terrible, yet omnipresent conspiracy thing. After all, Castle and Beckett's feelings for one another are so intertwined with the big honking conspiracy that not-so-secretly drives Beckett's will to continue living that it's nearly impossible to separate the two elements from one another. No matter how much Castle and Beckett have seemed like they might be able to step away from the looming specter of the malevolent forces that seem oddly obsessed with making sure that one very specific NYPD cop either dies or stops bugging them, that was probably never going to happen. This is a storyline that's going to keep going in random spurts until this show eventually goes off the air.

In that regard, maybe I almost do prefer how this season has kind of limped along, more or less pretending that the whole conspiracy thing kinda sorta didn't exist, mostly due to Castle's deal with The Smoking Man—er, I mean, Shadowy Parking Garage Guy—to keep Beckett safe, provided she doesn't get a wild hair up her ass to start investigating again. All of this seemed like it could only be building to the finale, wherein that wild hair would, in fact, go up Beckett's ass, based on some random case that just so happened to be connected to the all-encompassing conspiracy. And it did.

Before we got to that case, however, we were treated to one of those delightful Big Episode tropes that I maybe find a tad hokey, but that others often seem to find effective: the cold open on a climactic moment, followed by 45 minutes of "how we got to this spot." That cold open showed us something admittedly quite shocking: Kate Beckett, dangling from a rooftop by her fingertips, calling out for Castle's help. Oh no, she's slipping! Will she survive? Aaaaaaand EPISODE.

Kate's unlikely dangling act came by way of the murder of a reformed thief, whose execution-style killing came in a random back alleyway in the "bad part of town." As it turns out, the reformed thief perhaps wasn't so reformed. Initially his record looked clean--military service, discharged with honors, a loving wife who defends his honor vigorously against Beckett's accusations that he might have fallen back into old habits, etc.--but perhaps unsurprisingly, he didn't just turn out to be an innocent victim. For a minute his previous association with a Latin gang looked like it might have been his downfall, but when DNA failed to link the suspected gang member to the crime, it sent the investigation spiraling in a dark and clandestine direction. You see, the DNA not only wasn't that of the gang's leader, but was that of the man who shot Beckett.

So why did the man who shot Beckett kill this former burglar out of the blue? Because the former burglar was working for the big honking conspirators. He'd been hired as a one-off (times are tough, you know) to break into the home of the now-deceased Captain Montgomery, the man who had effectively sacrificed himself in order to keep Beckett alive. The burglar was looking through Montgomery's files looking for...something. Whatever that something was, it got him killed, and it probably had some tie to Beckett's shooting.

This is where the episode maybe started to lose me a bit. Realizing that it's conspiracy investigatin' time again, Beckett rallies her troops together under the explicit order not to tell anyone else what's going on. The team's going renegade on this one, though Detective Ryan has serious misgivings about keeping information from Captain Gates, misgivings that Detective Esposito essentially brushes off with a stern look and a weirdly intense delivery of the word "bro."

Castle has his own misgivings, but they're more directly tied to Shadowy Parking Garage Guy's apocalyptic warnings regarding Beckett's safety. He calls up just long enough to remind Castle of what we already know, which sends him into a tizzy of trying to downplay every piece of evidence they get and not-so-subtly trying to nudge Beckett off the case altogether. When that doesn't work, he goes for the more direct approach.

Admittedly, I was dreading this scene. I've said before that I am not a huge fan of when Castle goes all Serious Business on the audience. I like this show in its breezier times, when Castle and Beckett are allowed to just banter back and forth with one another while the other detectives show up just long enough to say fun things and also explain evidence and then murder is solved and everybody's happy hooray. I knew that this episode wasn't going to be that, so I'd girded myself for hyperserious facial expressions and potentially dubious expressions of feelings for the next hour or so.

Color me pleasantly surprised that the scene actually managed to deliver some emotional heft without sucking the life out of the show. Castle's teary-eyed confession to Beckett that he'd been trying to protect her by hiding his interactions with Shadowy Parking Garage Guy and deliberately trying to throw her off the case landed with accurate impact, and Beckett's hurt, flustered reaction was arguably some of the best performing Stana Katic has done all season. Her anger felt genuine, and almost justified, in a way. Nothing about Castle's explanation sounded anything but condescending, even if his heart was in the right place. Likewise, when Nathan Fillion uttered the words, "I'm done..." I believed him. Earlier in the season when the two stopped being friends for a while, the whole thing felt more petulant and pointless. This split actually felt painful. Again, painful isn't necessarily what I'm looking for when I watch Castle, but in service of what the writers were trying to do here, it worked.

Of course, that split wasn't to be long-lived. After tracking down her would-be assassin via video footage and some investigative trickery, Beckett and Esposito ran off to nail the guy, while Ryan threw up his arms and, again, reminded them that they were totally breaking the rules. His warnings of following procedure would prove to be prophetic, as Beckett and Esposito ultimately found the assassin to be a bit much to handle. After deftly killing a hotel manager and knocking Esposito down for the count, him and Beckett had what might just have been the most one-sided fight on a rooftop I've ever seen. Beckett, tough as she is, wasn't a match for this extremely trained-up killer. He tosses her over the side of the building and leaves her to think about her fate. And yet, all she can think about is Castle.

But Castle isn't there. He's off at Alexis's graduation. In the outer fringes of the episode, Castle's been pep-talking his daughter about her Valedictorian speech, trying to help her find her voice and say what's truly in her heart. And while he's watching her deliver that grand speech, Beckett's being rescued by Ryan and SWAT cops, who only arrived after Ryan told Captain Gates what was really going on. Given our previous history with Gates, her scorched earth response to being lied to wasn't unexpected. She suspends Esposito and Beckett, though Beckett takes this opportunity to quit the force (!!!) and walk around in the pouring rain to sit on a park swing and stare longingly at the empty park swing next to her, as if to say, "Oh, how will I ever fill this park swing-sized hole in my heart?"

This, of course, brings us to the show's coup de grace, the moment every person who watches this show specifically for the will they/won't they romantic implications has been waiting for. And again, to the writers and actors' credit, they do a solid job of dragging it out just that extra inch to screw with the audience a bit. Beckett's here in Castle's apartment, soaking wet and pretty much throwing herself at him, and yet Castle isn't just jumping on this. He's still hurt, he doesn't know why she's changed her mind, he's resisting her kisses! I could practically hear people screaming "KISS! KIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSS!" at their televisions. And then they do. And then they keep doing it. And...well, you can guess from here.

This leaves the show in a more interesting position than I'd expected going into the episode. I generally loathe it when shows shake up the formula just for the sake of shaking up the formula, but the idea of Castle and a now non-cop Beckett now having to sort out the direction their lives will take after having just powered through four years of aching tension in a single night of torrential sexual congress is actually intriguing to me. I have no idea if this exile will last only as far as next season's opener, or if we'll suddenly discover that they've opened the Castle & Beckett Detective Agency and never plan to go back to the way things were. Whatever ends up being the case, I'm looking forward to finding out next fall. Mission accomplished, I guess?

Random Thoughts:

Molly Quinn and Susan Sullivan have had some true highlight episodes this season, but this wasn't one of them. Alexis's speech toward the end was a nice piece of writing, but her tensions throughout the episode were pretty much just there to make Castle think about the whole Beckett thing. Sullivan was barely there at all. As side characters on this show go, I'd much rather see more of them, though I'm guessing that next season, Alexis's role will be scaled back a bit, due to the whole college thing.

– I'd probably find Beckett's tendency to blame the victim way more offensive if she weren't so often right. Still, the tactlessness she displayed when handling the murder victim's wife—long before she knew that he was actually up to no good, mind you—was super uncomfortable to watch.

– As much as I've disliked Captain Gates as a character (through no fault of Penny Johnson Jerald), she could not have been a more perfect representation of every angry police captain ever when asking for Beckett and Esposito's badges and guns. I maintain that every cop show, movie, musical, or whatever else needs to have at least one "Your badge and your gun!" scene to succeed. Despite the supposed heaviness of the situation, I did let out a bit of a gleeful cackle when Jerald delivered that line.

– Ryan's frustrated girly toss of some random object on his desk might be my favorite Ryan reaction to anything ever. He's such a sensitive boy, it's almost cute to watch him get all worked up. I know that's not the point, but I don't care.

– Sad and serious Nathan Fillion is my least favorite Nathan Fillion. But again, he and Stana Katic really punched through the material here and made these scenes work. Given that I was never super invested in their relationship beyond their workplace camaraderie, I have no idea how this sudden humping of each other will affect their chemistry next season, but I at least have a bit more hope than I did going into the finale.

– On the negative side, that last stinger scene, in which Super Assassin Man tracked down Shadowy Parking Garage Guy and threatened him, while saying something to the effect of, "...and then we'll deal with Detective Beckett, once and for all," was the most cartoonishly insidious-sounding thing ever said by a non-cartoon. Have I mentioned how much I hate this giant conspiracy thing?

– The true impact of the finale's events are sure to be most thoroughly felt among those who've dedicated their lives to writing Castle fan-fiction. I feel like the impact of Castle and Beckett fan-fic has been lessened greatly, now that they truly are a couple. However, the sudden tension between their supporting players is sure to give Esposito/Ryan slash-fiction writers all sorts of new directions to explore.


What did you think of the episode? Were you happy to see Castle and Beckett finally get together?


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My mouth is full of testimonies, my husband left the home for two years to south Africa for a tourist, where he meant this prostitute and he was bewitch by the girl my husband refuse to come back home again, i cry day and night looking for who to help me, i read a news paper about a powerful spell caster called Dr Malawi racum and i contacted the spell caster to help me get my lover back to me and he ask me not to worry about it that the gods we fight for me.. he told me by mid-night when all the spirit is at rest he will cast a spell to reunite my lover back to me. and he did in less than 3 days my husband came back to me and started crying that i should for forgive him, i,m so happy for what this spell caster did for me and my husband...SPELLOFLOVETEMPLE@GMAIL.COM
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How could anyone have to think twice before kissing a soaking wet Beckett that turns up on your doorstep?
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There have been tantalizing glimpses of Castle's mysterious father mentioned from time to time in some of the previous seasons, and especially in Episode 15 & 16 of Season 4 where it was revealed by Castle's old flame who turned out to be a traitor (or a double agent) that he could be in the CIA, and that how he got access to CIA was not because of his 'charms'. I wish Season 5 would deal more with that story. There's a potentially good and exciting story here, I think.
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I've never been able to understand this whole "Moonlighting Curse" thing. A curse predisposes that good, creative writing is unable to carry on a story about a changing relationship once that relationship has reached a new dynamic. Simply because writers of previous series were unable to handle the situation, doesn't mean all writers can't. "Moonlighting" itself was such a dysfunctional series that I found it hard to believe that it lasted as long as it did. Basically it was a rip-off of Remington Steele and, I think, filled a need when that excellent series went off the air. "Moonlighting" constantly had writing and production problems that caused delays in airing episodes that had nothing to do with the lead characters. In addition, David Addison and Maddie Hayes were drawn as abrasive and self-centered characters to, I believe, match the personalities of the actors playing the parts. Neither Bruce Willis nor Cybill Shephard were known as easy to get along with. Finally, the consummation scene was played out more as a battle than as a tender, loving, expression of their feelings for each other, which turned a lot of viewers off.

I like to think that Castle hearkens more back to the themes of Dashiell Hammett and Richard and Frances Lockeridge, only with genders reversed. Hammett, no slouch of a writer, created Nick and Nora Charles, a crime-solving man-and-wife who, as the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection tells us, "happily loved each other". The relationship, including the banter, wisecracks and innuendoes are very reminiscent of the dialogues in Castle episodes. The Lockeridges wrote the "Mr and Mrs. North" series of detective stories and, again, featured a loving, married couple who solve crimes and who have a healthy, loving relationship.

Even today, Chuck demonstrated that the two lead characters can change their dynamic over the life of a television series. Chuck and Sarah consumated their love for each other about two-thirds the way through the third season. None of the episodes afterward and through the entirety of the fourth season suffered. They simply developed new ideas and conflicts for the couple in the framework of the show's concept.

All this is a long-winded way of saying that I think the show will not necessarily suffer because Beckett and Castle have finally gotten together. She will go back to being a NYPD detective, I assume, and he will continue to shadow her and help solve the crimes. Conflicts will arise because even regular police officers are not allowed to work with their intimate partners, so their relationship will have to stay a secret from most people. Castle will continue to come up with wild theories that sometimes cause Beckett to eye-roll but she will do it with a little more indulgence and, of course, they will catch the bad guys. I trust Andrew Marlowe and his writing staff to be good enough writers that they can continue to give us stories that will entertain us. They just need to resolve the whole Beckett's mother's murder thing really quick.

And yes, I think Alex Navarro always has a rather snide tone to his reviews of Castle, but then, no one ever believed critics ever really had their fingers on pulse of the public.
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"Oh, how will I ever fill this park swing-sized hole in my heart?" That was too funny.



I'm glad that Castle made Beckett sweat a little in the final scene. I think she deserved it
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"Her anger felt genuine, and almost justified, in a way. Nothing about Castle's explanation sounded anything but condescending, even if his heart was in the right place." I cannot disagree more.. there was nothing justfied in that anger, and her "I am so good" manners and self-rightous words/actions make me feel nausated.. I had other times that I wanted to slap Beckett a couple of times, but this time for the first time I wanted things to end right there.. she does not deserve Castle.. not one bit.. how mean, how disrespectful, how ungrateful and self absorbed was those words and how great and realistic was Castle's mimics gestures as well as lines.. and I am so very happy that her ass was beaten the hell out, and she somehow realised that her ego was way too big and she is neither that good nor that strong.. "I can deal", "bring them on", "if they want war".. bla bla bla.. how rude and selfish one must be to not to realise that almost everytime she won that war, it was because castle was there.. beckett needed things to be shoved off to her face and it felt very good.. and that esposite.. well served.. ryan was right all from the beginning..
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"Familiarity Breeds Contempt"



It's true in real life, and it was well displayed/acted in the show. That's the point.
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Nope. I know, inevitable. They wrote themselves into that corner. The show should end here. After the disgusting sludge that other network has made of Bones once they consummated, the thought of Castle and Beckett going that route is, well, nothing less than nauseating. But I'll watch. Because I loved Firefly. And it's all I've got left. Oh, and the one thing I did like (other than the very well played fiasco - the acting and the development of chemistry between the two was the best corned beef hash I can imagine), was that at least now I can watch X-Files again. Fun having the Smoking Man and Noel Rohr back, eh?
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I LOVE IT. AND I WAIT FOR THE NEW SEASON.
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one of the most uncomfortable TV kisses ever. both actors seemed so not into it as if they knew the show had just 'jumped the shark.'
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It wasn't too bad. That being said, when David and Mattie got together at the end of "Moonlighting," that was the end of that series.
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See my comments about "David and Mattie" above.
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i hated the ending. I don't like happy endings then they switch to an open ended we will kill kate beckett. they just made the same formula last season but they didn't shot her...
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Finally something happened between castle and beckett. In fact all the characters are in a different position right now and the new season (yeah!) will bring something new to the show!
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"...Detective Esposito essentially brushes off with a stern look and a weirdly intense delivery of the word "bro." " THANK YOU. esposito is such a bad actor!! he has no believability whatsoever in his line delivery. sometimes it really gets on my nerves. he seems like such a tool too. sry, but argh he gets in the way of my enjoyment of the show sometimes.



i do agree about the conspiracy getting a bit too big. i actually liked the show much better when it was just an unsolved murder investigation that drove beckett. i hate how they always have to solve those types of things in tv shows. same goes for castle's dad. some things in life (and it should be this way in tv shows as well) should remain a mystery.



i'm definitely really excited about beckett and castle finally being together!
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It's Helo from Battlestar! I'm not sure how I feel about him being a big jerk face. I love him!
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All I can say is finally, I'm so happy they kissed, just had to happen!!!
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I guess I liked the episode. I've never really had a problem with the big conspiracy side of the show regarding Beck's mama, but the one negative aspect that it usually provides is overly-dramatic acting. I don't consider this to be the same as overacting (although that was evident too) as overly-dramatic acting, to me, has a lot to do with the writing. There were one too many too-serious-to-feel-real lines of dialogue or scenes overall in this episode for me to really like it a lot, but it was still pretty fun to watch.



I'm in that minority of Castle fans that don't really care either way whether Castle and Beckett get together, so the final scene with them getting hot and heavy wasn't very significant to me.
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NO ! I love all the story lines but think the whole thing will change if they get romantic.

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this Beckett`s mother conspiracy just reminded me of Red John from the Mentalist... they blew up that plot so much it doesn`t even feel real anymore, unless RJ has some kind of superpowers. Soon i`ll have a hard time believing that he can be just a mortal human being. anyway i just hope the end result won`t be underwhelming for both shows... (that aside, love this episode :D)
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Finally they kiss and whatever.... But this crazy idea kinda popped into my head...What if...Castle had fallen asleep while watching tv and he dreamed the whole thing?

Just a thought!
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Gah, loved this episode. Generally I con't stand too much of the over emotional stuff, and generally watch this for the banter and characters in general, but I have to say the emotional stuff was handled really well. And that's all I have to say about that.



Except regarding the Beckett's mum's case...It has dragged on for too long. I can see why, as it has become so part of the show that if they stopped it people could see the show as ended, but I struggle to remember the early parts of the case, and that makes me think I'm forgetting something whenever the case is brought up... I just hope they get somewhere with it and just finish it off.
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Regarding the apparent end of what all that built-up sexual tension added to the show, I can't help but think of how well a near-identical situation was handled in Chuck.
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interesting thought. my two favorite shows-castle and chuck :) though i gotta say i think the relationship between chuck and sarah was handled better, well at least in season 2. i mean i love castle and beckett, but the relationship between chuck and sarah was much more balanced.
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Love this Show! Liked the Episode.

HATE HATE HATE the conspiracy thing!!!!!!



Pleas kill it before the show ends!
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Firstly, that was a very well balanced and accurate review. Bravo! Personally I quite like the conspiracy story ark as the procedural stuff gets a bit bland.

Secondly, AT LAST! I know a lot of people didn't want them to get together but it had to happen. I'm curious how the show will go on from here though....

Thirdly, when is Castle releasing his next book?? I enjoy all the banter about Nikki Heat. Sort it out, writers.
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what i understood from this episode was that the killer was searching for someone in Mongomery's papers and that person was Smith, the guy who was blackmailing the "evil dudes". So someone already grew tired of these last lose ends and hired the killer to take care of it. This means Kate was about to become history from the moment this episode started and snooping around didn't change much except got her in bed with Castle :D
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Most importantly, i really liked this episode and thought it was well played. I am now really anxios to see season 5.

Alex, I'm wondering, as much as you dislike Castle why not ask for another assignment? I will say I chucked, when toward the end of your rambling you said....and now for the negative. It was all negative. I keep wondering if you have ask Stana Katic for a date and got turned down flat. Or did she just snub you on the red carpet. Either way you really have a thing for an actress who has received so many positive review for her body of work. Or is it just strong women that threaten you?
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The writers from Bones could learn a few things from this finale....This is how you you get a couple together....
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I don't see any difference. Brennan got all emotional and lost and ended up in Booth's bed. Beckett got all emotional and lost and ended up in Castle's bed. No diff. Likely the same fate. If I hear Katic is pregnant I'm quitting. I'm not watching Castle turn into Mr. Mom like Bones did.
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So that went as well as could be expected. Considering how the show was set up this season, they delivered for the fans and the inevitable wasn't as hokey as it could've been. There was sincere emotion when the fateful words were uttered, pulled off mostly by Nathan Fillion... however, I hope that it isn't shortlived and they take a leaf from the Office or Bones' book for pairing our fav couples. In the real world, when people know they love each other what do they do? Get married, have babies, and do not breakup cuz they have a weird murder case this week that makes them question the love of their life.

Oh well, it doesn't matter if they do stoop to some emotional breakup stuff, I'm gonna call it, the show's best days are behind it. When you pair off a couple central to the show's draw, sorry, it's all downhill from here. Most shows' best stuff is the first 3 seasons anyway since the writers are working harder to keep the audience. Not that I am not happy with the episode, it was satisfying and I will tune in for next season's opener... but after the first few eps of the new couple making googly eyes, and finding out what the new set up for the show will be, it's gonna be a slow fade.
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I really liked the fact that Beckett kept going after the conspiracy instead of listening to Castle and then completely and utterly failed! She got her ass beat, thrown off a building, saved by Gates, got Javier suspended, messed with his relationship to Ryan and got nothing to show for it! And then all she cares about is Castle. I really love her character and I think nothing short of that would have convinced me that this is a changed woman, that she'd moved past her obsession.



But at the same time, while she's walked away, she's already kicked the hornet's nest. They're coming for her and I imagine it's bound to affect their newfound dynamic. I really can't wait to see what they come up with next season!!
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Well, that gives me a little hope. I think that's why Alexis will be away at school. Mom will probably be less in the picture and the show could take on some of the suspense that it lacked before. But that makes it a different show now. It's less a pulpy novel about a successful pulp writer and more of a thriller. I like that. I like action. Suits me fine, but will the primary Castle fan-base feel the same way? Sorry to be such a wet washcloth, but I'm very demanding of my favorite shows, and sometimes they actually deliver. Next season could be more my kinda stuff. So, sincerely, thanks for giving me a little better feeling about this finale. Sorry, I'm still emotionally reeling from losing The Finder and losing faith in Bones. I'll take a few extra diazapam and see if it helps. [Dang! I really am sorry to sound like such a troll - just for the record I loved Castle, adored Bones, lived for Finder, and do still believe Bones will deliver, as will Castle....ok, I'll shut up now!]
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While I usually like an overarching thread in shows, I'm getting pretty bored with the on-going conspiracy. I started finding it ridiculous when Montgomery was involved. While I don't mind Beckett's back story of having a murdered mother and that's what inspired her to become a cop (I loved her story in season 1 that she wears her dad's watch to remind herself of the life that was saved and her mom's wedding ring to remember the life that was lost). But, it's long since gotten angsty to the point that this is Beckett's only defining trait--just angst. It's getting old



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I really enjoyed this episode (Tahmoh Penikett FTW!), and I agree that the Beckett/Castle scenes were done very well. The whole conspiracy plot seems like it might have gone too far, but the writers have set a precedent now, and it will be hard for them to dig their way out. A lot of procedurals have over-arching storylines throughout the whole show, and I can't help but think that sometimes it doesn't need it. You could easily wrap up this story and Castle could keep chugging along just fine.
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I happen to like a thread that comes and goes through a series. It helps to build a continuity and paint a larger picture. Series that have discreet episodes that never connect are less fulfilling and interesting. Nearly all of the most successful series have some story line(s) which resurface and help explain & define the characters. Sherlock Holmes had cocaine and Moriarty. Bones has her father (childhood). The list goes on....
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It's not DNA. but ballistics that clear the gang thug
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who the hell is this guy writing this article? seems to me you don't even watch the show at all! Go away!

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I think Castle and Beckett should start private a detective agency!

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you may yet get your wish as the show has not been renewed officially.
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Thats odd for a show such as Castle, one would think the would renew it first.
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I agree about the conspiracy. Three full seasons about one murder... I think the best scenario now is to get to the bottom of the conspiracy in the first 3 to 5 episodes, and by the end of the season to start some non-conspiracy long term plot. If not something else they can start digging into Castle's father mystery.
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I have been conflicted with the whole Castle/Beckett getting together thing. Because so many shows do it poorly and it ruins the dynamic of the relationship and thusly ruins the show. (See the current season of Bones for that, which for me has become unwatchable) But I trust the writers of Castle. Mostly because Castle is always going to be Castle, and though they both have had flirtations and trysts with others, for the past few seasons it has been mostly them two whether they realized it or not. It does disrupt the tension but I think the hilarity that Castle can bring to various situations and Beckett's steadfastness of being the adult can still work. So we shall see.



As for the episode as a whole. Aside from the campy dialogue here and there I thought it was great. They have a new bad guy. They have a how the Mr. Smith guy is going to react to the assassin because he has to have some type of contingency plan. Otherwise he is just dumb and might as well put a sign out saying "have secret papers ask me how" he could have set up a if killed mail to so and so kind of a thing. My guess would be Castle himself. Which would then share it with his new found love. And then they spend either next season which might be their last seeking out the big bad. Or spending next season dodging the Assassin and then after dispatching him they receive the packet and then the season after next will be the last. Either way I think it is on the march towards the end. I don't really see if lasting more than two more seasons.



But I am a fan of the show and look forward to next season..



Great review Alex
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the last two episodes of bones are better, from the chemistry point of view, i guess in a bit they`ll be back on track... but i also felt angry about the lack of affection between the characters right after they hooked up, i`ll never forget the two awkward kisses from the first episode of the season.
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Is it just me or am I getting a very biased (negatively biased in a bad way) vibe from this article. The show can't survive forever on the same dynamic, eventually it would get old and people will stop watching, so change is good, and this change in particular does not have to change the flow of the show too much. It will remove one nagging question that quite frankly was reaching a level of annoyance that was starting to detract from enjoying the show.

The conspiracy and hopefully the 'Castle's father is/was in the CIA' storyline are what should move things along next season. The overarching storylines have always been there and provided the long term drive for the show along with the Castle/Beckett dance. Outside those Castle is a procedural that employs humor to great effect in preventing itself from becoming a clone of every other procedural out there. Having said that I have to point out that while I love the humorous parts of the show I have no issue with the serious moments, after all the majority of the episodes revolve around murder investigations. I'm not saying they should go overboard on serious but it's good to keep things grounded.

As far as the finale is concerned I am more than happy with that we got. Beckett's resignation while not entirely surprising (blame fanfic's for the reduced impact on that one) is an interesting move and opens up options for next season. We all knew that this episode would be about the conspiracy and resolving the Caskett relationship questions, so the case we got was never going to be the focus and that's fine. It did exactly what is was meant to do - kick things off in the big storylines. The fact that the team tried to keep things from Gates was not surprising either and not just because she would have benched Beckett on the spot, but also there is the threat of them hiding evidence on Mongomery coming out and costing them all their jobs. Things have a way of coming and in the worst way and at the worst time in these kinds of situations so that was a valid fear. Granted the end result was Beckett finding herself in need of a pair of wings but I can see how Esposito was on board with the plan even if we choose to overlook the fact that he would back her up in those situations 9 times out of 10.

Finally I want to come back to my point in the first line of this comment. There is definite bias rolling off this article and I get the feeling that the writer, Alex Navaro, never got into the spirit of the show. I don't know how closely he has followed Castle over the years but the more I read, the more I got the feeling that he just skimmed every other episode. IF that is indeed the case he should not have take on the writing of this article. IF not and he is in the small part of the fanbase that actually has an issue with the Caskett pairing and/or the overarching storylines and just watch for the cases, then I have just this to say to them: you can either stick around and see what we will get in the autumn or you can go look for another show and allow the rest of us to enjoy Castle in peace. I firmly believe that the core fanbase is more than sufficient to keep the show on the air for a number of seasons to come and we can do without the unnecessary negativism.
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It's about time! Just take example from Moonlighting it ended with the stars fighting the natural course of things and it sucked in the ending. They meant for each other let it be, couple have conflicts all the time, the writers could have a field day with that dynamic!

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BeckettMomMurderCopConspiracy parts just keep getting more and more aimless and complicated. Are we really to believe that they're onto a so big that they can't trust the people around them? I feel they've ruined what started as a interesting thing with the murder of Beckett's mom, but the way they've built on it has made me want another character-related ongoing plot.



Other than that, I thought this episode was handled greatly. I've never been much into URST couples, but the way they did it in this episode was great.
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Yaaay they finally did it Great season finale the cliffhanger leaves us with so many questions. Who actually killed Kates mother? Is Castles dad in anyway part of the murder or something. Will Kate Beckett return to the 12th precinct? With Castle? Will Smith give those files?? (He probably will..) Will Ryan come to terms with Esposito because he told Gates about what they were doing? Is Caskett going to move in together, will they have babies (LOL)

I'm hoping for a great season 5 in which Castle and Beckett work even more perfect as a team with lots of fun and humor and great action scenes. But i have no doubt the creators will work out something perfect. As for Caskett finally being together.. I think they can pull it of and the show won't loose it's flow now that the main story line is sort of over.. But hey there will still be lots of stuff to discuss between them and i think they are a perfect couple.

Can't waaaaait but we have to wait soooo long now....
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Why is it that so many contemporary series begin their episodes with a fade to black "xy hours/days" earlier after a stupid and senseless thrown-in action-moment?

I'm gonna watch it anyway, writers!
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Bones seems to have handled the would they/won't they situation right. Maybe Castle can learn something from Bones for next season.

An all around enjoyable season finale of Castle, looking forward for next season.
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Are you kidding me? Bones is by far the worse example in the history of TV for a will/they won't relationship. They drug it out way to many seasons, then when it happens they did it off camera just for shock value.... TERRIBLE.
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Gotta disagree, Bones hasn't even been on as long as X-Files dragged it out.
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Sacrelige!! :) Bones dropped the ball, they took far too long and resolved the will they/won't they essentially off-screen. They may be handling the relationship that exists now well but we will have to wait a few months before we can start comparing. Oh yeah also the writers of Bones got a gigantic push from RL circumstance in order to move things along or I suspect we would have been treated to an other 2-3 season of the same old song. As it is I can barely stay interested in Bones long enough to keep track of when new episodes come out.

So, NO the writers of Castle should just stick to what they know for the time being, and only try looking at other shows for clues on how to handle the situation if things are not working.

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After riding along the Castle/Beckett angst-filled journey since its season 1, episode 1, premiere, i've got to say this brought butterflies to my stomach to actually see them TOGETHER like that!!!! I loved it. We're still going to have to wait for the actual episode where Beckett actually says 'I love you' back, but we all know it's more than implied for the past 4 seasons, hehe.



For those Castle followers since the beginning, this episode is all the more meaningful.



I can't wait to see what happens next... pending of course official show renewal! Hurry up already ABC!
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I second that!
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