Castle Season Finale Review: Game Changers Galore!

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OMG. They warned us that this finale would be a game changer. They said it would be so intense it would blow our minds. They were right.

Season 3 concluded with easily one of the best Castle episodes yet. So let’s waste no time and dig in to “Knockout."

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Although this series is usually known for its wild and absurd cases, it throws in some serious ones here and there. The finale was would fall into the latter category and boy did it deliver. Five minutes in and there was already a shoot-out. I had to rewind my DVR several times to take everything in and now that it’s over, I’m still in shock.

This case has been three seasons in the making. It kept popping up without any real information getting out. Tonight, that finally all changed. After more digging, Castle found an altered police file, leading him to believe a third cop was involved. In all my wildest dreams would I ever have thought that Captain Montgomery was it. Game Changer #1. 

Spoilers had clued us in that someone was going to die. I had suspicions it would be the Captain, but not because of a shoot out over him being involved in the case. Totally blew my mind. I’m going to miss Captain Montgomery. He was an excellent part of the cast.

Game Changer #2. We still don’t know who is behind the whole thing. Someone hired Lockwood to take care of these people and I cannot wait until next season to find out who it was. Beckett may be in the clear for now, but I am sure Castle will deliver an equally awesome episode to let us find out.

My heart broke a little bit watching Montgomery’s family at the funeral and having the detectives (and even Castle!!) carry in the casket. Who would have thought that Game Changer #3 was about to happen? Kate got shot! Obviously the writers won't kill off Stana Katic’s character, but I did not see that coming. Castle pulled a Vampire Diaries, having two of the main characters get shot in one episode. Well done.

Beckett getting shot led to the best exchange of the night. “I love you Kate. Kate, I love you.” I thought that us 'shippers were really only going to get to enjoy the heated argument in Beckett’s apartment, but Castle finally made his move and said the words.. even if it was as Kate was going unconscious. Game Changer #4. Hopefully when the series comes back in the fall, something will actually happen between the two. 

On a side note, Max Martini delivered another amazing performance as Hal Lockwood. The entire cast was awesome in “Knockout,” an episode I won’t soon be forgetting.

So as Season Three concludes with an epic finale, I can’t help but wonder who is the mastermind behind Lockwood’s actions and what hangs in the balance for Beckett? We have plenty of time to discuss before the fall, so let the Comments flow below. Was it as good as expected? Best finale so far? 


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omg what a show i agree with rich that the mayor maybe the one who is behind all of this and as for beckett i pray shes not dead i love this show to much to end it like this and yeah you kind of knew the chief was in on it but i didnt know why and poor castle its hard enough to say he loved her but harder to see her shot and maybe dead i just pray everything works out good and theres a seasson 4 so many of my shows are ending i hope this one stays on


I think it is the mayor, too....what a better way of keeping tabs on Kate than having Castle with her 24/7! But it should come out since Montgomery wrote it down and mailed it all to someone! Kate? Castle? I don't think they will have her be Captain, tho....someone new to stir things up. And maybe Kate will have to go into witness protection? Hmmm...the plot thickens! The show was awesome, I am glad it is on DVR, so I can watch it again!!!


I think Kate already knew it was Mongommery. But they didn't let Castle know. Maybe Captain isn't dead. They needed it to feel real so that they could lure the real mastermind out.


It was obvious that Montgomery was the one who was going to get shot and die. Remember when he told them and his wife that he promised he would "retire" next year? I didn't see it coming that he was the 3rd cop behind Beckett's mother's death though. He will be missed as a great actor who played his role perfectly. Beckett was a shocker though and thank goodness Castle finally opened his sexy mouth and told her he loved her. It didn't appear that she had a vest on but she was in such a state realizing that cops were behind her Mom's death, I'm sure her brain just wasn't working correctly. LOL Can't wait for next season. Great show, great writers and great storylines. Keep up the good work.

Rich carlton

I think the Mayor and friend of Castle may be the villain after all. Poker buddy to Montgomery and Castle. And the guy who wanted Castle tailing Beckett in the first place. Castle will get the stuff from Montgomery because the Captain knew Castle would handle it properly; perhaps even use his influence and money to nail the guy. Next season will be quite a ride.


I thought Montgomery was going to be involved in it but didnt see her getting shot coming! It was great seeing Castle tell her he loved her and the apartment scene was awesome! One of the best episodes of the season! Can't wait for next season!


Great show. Really good.


I thought I saw blood, which I think means no vest for Kate. I loved this episode, but I'm really sad about losing Capt. Montgomery. I truly didn't see that coming. I thought the fight between Ryan and Esposito was great and seemed like a genuinely honest reaction to that kind of discovery.




Great Show Loved It. Lots of surprises. Can't wait til season 4 starts.

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Castle Season 3 Episode 24 Quotes

Unless you're a lot dumber than you look, you care about her too. Don't let her throw her life away.

Mr. Beckett

I've been going to that prison for the past four months to have a staring contest with the devil, and the devil just blinked.