Castle Round Table: "Always"

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Wow. Just... wow.

Following a terrific Castle season finale, we're back with a special edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, one that includes our friends at

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.

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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!


of course beckett will go back to work and castle will be by her side (hope they give castle some kind of badge like jayne in the mentalist he deserves it)think season5 will start with them waking up maybe castle sees bruises on becketts body and asks her the whole story and goes on from there.


I considered this...(and I really hope I'm wrong...) but when Beckett goes to sit in the rain on the swingset, then the next scene she's going to his apt. could there be a possibilty, that the whole kissing scene was her imagination? ...or maybe I'm getting delusional since it's been so many years of Marlowe not letting them come shall see. Thank you Karkar for interpreting the gravestone, I wondered about that ;) I for one really hope they ARE finally together, and through the summer I will be praying that by some miracle the actors will raise their voices above the whisper they seem to resort to :( I miss alot of the dialogue!Project people! ...waiting for Sept.


I don't need the love making scene. But it would be nice to see them wake up in bed (after the last scene from this season) and the look on Martha's and Alexis' faces when Beckett walks out of the bedroom. I know they will have sly smiles and be very happy for Rick. I love this show.


Oops...forgot about the Ryan and Esposito question. Yes, Ryan did the right thing. If he hadn't of told Gates, Beckett would be dead but it's going to take Javi a while to come to terms with that.


-The kiss! After four seasons it was definitely worth the wait. A little embarrassed to admit how many times I've watched that scene. -Castle telling her "I'm right here." about broke my heart. So good! -I'll say no but only because I want to see what happens after that kiss! -It better pick up right where it left off. We've waited too long for anything less than everything.


most powerfull moment? Maybe Kate despairing in the elevator, after having looked all cool and sure of herself after resigning.


Rare. It's not going to be over like Moonlighting was. There were many reasons that show failed that simply do not apply to Castle! If the writers keep up the give and take, it will be fine. I think about the old movies with Bogart and Bacall! With that kind of banter, playing off each other, it can continue to be great!


This show has been amazing right from the beginning! It's rare for a show to come together so perfectly with the perfect actors/actresses, fantastic writing, great editing. Even the music has been perfect. Every single character is so right on; I believe everyone of them. That said, this season, there has been a synergy about the show that takes it beyond anything I have ever seen on Tv. The finale was amazing! When Rick told Kate how he felt and there were tears in his eyes, OMG! Kate's anger at what she perceived as his betrayal! They both deserve emmys! I don't much care for Gates, but she is a marvelous actress. Her face when Beckett resigned spoke volumes without her saying a word! And she was right to put them both on admin leave. She is growing on me. Ryan and Espo are also amazing. Espo's rage and Ryan's pain. Wow. And I just adore Alexas and Martha. I have to send my heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Marlowe for letting/making the characters evolve! That is so rare in tv shows and that is one of the manjy reasons this is the best show on tv IMHO!


Love all the comments, a joy to read. So many differing thoughts leading to one conclusion..........we all enjoy Castle.
Here's an idea as to how Beckett could get back to the 12th. We know Espo is on leave, but Beckett resigned. How about the Mayor plays a part, saying or threatens to close the 12th Precinct down if Beckett isn't there anymore. That would then force Gates to make a move to get Beckett back to the Precinct.
Can't wait to see the reaction on her face when she eventually finds out that Beckett and Castle are together. Gates cannot demand that the two of them cool it, because for one thing Castle is a civvy and for another, he doesn't get paid.


Whoever mention Moonlighting and thought the same thing. I love that show and I love this one too. I came in after season 2 so I need to go back and watch those. LOVED this season's finale.

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