Wow. Just... wow.
They gather around below - along with Courtney Morrison, Jim Garner, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando - to gush over their favorite scenes, debate the most powerful moments and decide where they'd like to see Castle and Beckett go next.
What was your favorite scene?
Courtney: It’s the obvious choice, but the only choice. Beckett and Castle finally hooked up! It was hot, intense, and everything I had been waiting for. Plus, how amazing did Beckett look all soaked from the rain!
Jim: There were so many good scenes. But I have to go with Kate kissing Rick and her confession that he was all she could think of when she was about to die. Apparently all she needed was a near death experience without Castle around to make things click.
Chandel: The last four or five minutes were definitely my favorite part of the episode. I loved seeing Alexis' Valedictorian speech, especially transposed with the images of Rick listening and Kate resigning and at the swing set before finally coming to see Rick. I think that was a really beautiful way to end the season.
CastleTV: Castle telling Beckett she needed to stop pursuing the case, telling her again that he loved her and unable to contain his emotions. Stana was amazing in that scene but Nathan owned it!
Christine: The whole montage from Alexis graduation on was just incredible but there was something about Kate saying "I'm so sorry, Castle. I'm so sorry," that pushed it to the front of the list for me. Add the incredibly hot kissing and it takes the top spot.
In this intense episode, what did you think was the most powerful scene?
Courtney: Castle breaking the news to Beckett about how she needs to stay out of the case and her response that she can take care of herself. They both portrayed so much emotion and they both killed it. Excellent job, Fillion and Katic.
Jim: Castle's coming clean to Beckett and him begging her to drop the case. He and Ryan seemed to be the only ones who really understood the stakes.
Chandel: I think Kate calling Rick's name when she was hanging on for dear life, only to find that Ryan was the one there to save her. I think it's very telling about how much Kate needs Rick to be there and I think that was her moment of discovery.
CastleTV: The most powerful, that's so hard, there are several. Beckett hanging from the rooftop believing that Castle was there to save her. Castle walking away for real. "The kiss" too but I think I have to settle on my favorite scene mentioned above. Such raw emotion from Castle, that was one powerful scene.
Christine: "Four years just waiting for you to open your eyes and see that I'm right here." That was Castle finally putting his heart on the line and yeah, Nathan Fillion definitely owned that scene. It was the scene I've waited for all season, even more so than the kiss.
Did Ryan do the right thing and where will this leave he and Esposito?
Courtney: I think so. He wasn’t out to get Javi and Kate. He wanted to be there for them. He wanted to protect them and get them the backup they needed. It was from a friendly place, even if it did get them put on leave. Javi is pissed now because he is out of work, but he will realize Ryan was just doing what he thought was right for the situation and that he was trying to have their backs. The bromance will be worked out and Espo will be back at work in no time.
Jim: Absolutely. Espo will forgive him, he is mad right now but knows it was hard for Ryan to go to Gates, but it WAS the right thing
Chandel: I think Ryan did the right thing. If he hadn't told Gates, Beckett would be dead, plain and simple. I think once Esposito gets a moment to realize this, they will begin to be able to reconcile and his initial anger at the perceived betrayal will subside.
CastleTV: You know, the right thing is often the hardest thing to do and I think that's exactly what we saw in that scene. We all know that if it wasn't for Ryan taking the hard road and doing what he knew would seem like betrayal to his closest friends, those who he would never hesitate trust his own life with... right now we would all be mourning a very squished Beckett. It may be a hard road back for our favorite bromance but I think given time Esposito will come to accept that the motivation behind Ryan's actions were right.
Christine: As CastleTV mentioned, many times doing the right thing is hard and frequently doesn't win you friends. Javi obviously would have walked through Hell for Kate but Ryan went through his own personal Hell for them both. I don't think the road back will be quick but they'll get there.
Were you satisfied with the ending?
Courtney: Absolutely! We got the much anticipated hook up, a face for Mr. Smith, a new villain to track, and an emotional personal cliffhanger with Javi and Kate being put on leave/quitting. The perfect set up for a finale. I can’t wait to find out when the two will get back to the precinct, if Caskett are an official couple, and what Cole Maddox plans to do to Beckett.
Jim: First time in months I was actually happy with how Kate and Rick ended (sorry I just can't call them Caskett). If you had told me last year that they would follow up on their feelings till this season finale, I would have laughed. Yet here we are.
Chandel: I was shocked at the ending and loved it at the same time. I definitely think that Castle and Beckett needed this moment, it's been a long time coming.
CastleTV: I think the worry about Beckett's life being on the line once again with the "big bad" out to get her for real this time is exactly where we were at the end of last season... oh... wait... did you mean the "almost the ending" part? At heart I am most definitely a shipper but only when it works, and it does. Enough said!
Christine: Very satisfied. Like Jim, I can't believe they made us wait for the finale to get to all of the good stuff but it was fantastic. Now with Caskett (I love the term Caskett!) as a couple, Kate having resigned, Javi and Kevin on the outs, and Kate unknowingly still being hunted, I can't wait for season five to begin.
Where do you want the Fall premiere to pick up?
Courtney: With Kate and Rick still in bed! I want to see the aftermath to the choice to finally hook up. Will these two become a couple? Hopefully but I definitely want to see the awkwardness that will come right after. Also, we need to get Beckett and Espo back to the precinct trying to get their jobs back. And, possibly a super fun and typical Castle case to keep things light.
Jim: With Rick and Kate attending Gates retirement and a new Captain asking her, to come back. While Gates softened over the season, she still just doesn't click for me. I miss Montgomery even more now.
Chandel: Definitely the morning after. The fans deserve to see the immediate aftermath.
CastleTV: With Beckett leading Castle off to the bedroom. We saw just enough to know that that's what was happening but it would be nice to know that there's no doubt. What I don't want is to suddenly skip the first three months of their relationship but Andrew Marlowe has proven himself enough by now to know that we know that's not going to happen.
Christine: I'd love to see it pick up EXACTLY where it left off. If we can't have that then I want to see them waking up together. Oh, and I want to see Rick's reaction when he hears that Kate resigned. September can't possibly get her fast enough!