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Castle Round Table: "Undead Again"

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Can Castle and Beckett battle a zombie horde and their feelings for one another? 

Our Round Table team of Courtney Morrison, Chandel Charles, Jim Garner and Christine Orlando discuss the existence of the supernatural and whether our dynamic duo is ready to move forward in this Q&A discussion.

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What was your favorite "Undead Again" scene?
Courtney: There were a few! I loved Castle's reaction to the zombie scene and him dressed as one to beat Alexis in laser tag.

Chandel: The scene in the beginning with Rick and Alexis. You could tell she was struggling with what she wanted to do in terms of picking a college to go to. You know as a dad that Castle wanted to help her do what was best, but they really are each others best friend in a lot of ways. That scene definitely reinforced that aspect of their relationship, and you could tell it was going to be hard for Alexis and Castle to give that up to changes and growing up.

Jim: I always enjoy Castle and Alexis when they have heart-to-hearts. Most likely it's from having recently lost my mother (who raised me). Regardless of why, I got a warm feeling inside when Alexis decided to go to Columbia because she couldn't move that far from home. Rick was right: things change. I'm glad she will be closer to home and be able to visit more often!

Christine: The scene where Kate admits that she's in therapy and that the wall is coming down and she wants Rick with her when it does. I still can't wipe the giddy smile from my face.

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What supernatural being would you choose to be?
Courtney: Wonder Woman, no question.

Chandel: I have no idea. I don't think I'd like to be any supernatural being. I'm okay with being human.

Jim: I've always said vampire (and not the sparkling kind). Having read Interview with a Vampire years before Anne Rice continued the series, I've always had a soft spot for the daylight-challenged.

Christine: Look out, Jim. I've always loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kick ass fighting skills, a pointy stick and the Scooby team backing me up and I'm taking you on!

Do you think there's the possibility that zombies or other supernatural beings exist?
Courtney: Absolutely! You can't love comics and shows like Castle without thinking about the possibility!

Chandel: If they're religious supernatural beings, yes, I do think that are some unexplained phenomena out there. As far as zombies and vampires, that's a hard sell.

Jim: There are so many cultures who have stories about zombies and other supernatural creatures that sound the same, yet these cultures never mingled. So these stories had to start from something. As Douglas Fargo said on Eureka: "Mythical just means not discovered yet."

Christine: In reality I'm more of a Beckett, forever the skeptic. I believe that there's usually a reasonable explanation for the unexplained. That said, there's still a small part of me that wants to believe that anything is possible.

Do you think Castle really could have walked away after this case?
Courtney: Nah. Maybe for a few days but he would be back. He loves the "job" almost as much as Kate.

Chandel: I think in a moment of anger it was his full intent to do so; but we all know that Castle's heart is in this for the long haul even if his brain tries to tell him otherwise time and again. I also think he might have sensed some of the implications of leaving wouldn't mean just leaving Beckett, but also Ryan and Esposito as well.

Jim: I think he needed to tell himself that so that he could forgive Kate. He was punishing her and didn't even know it. When we are hurt that deep we either lash out to punish or move away to prevent being hurt again. He tried one and it didn't work, so he was planning for the other when she offered a glimpse of hope.

Christine: Castle's history is that when he gets hurt, he takes his ball and goes home but I have to believe that his feelings for Kate and his love for his work at the 12th would eventually bring him back. I think it would hurt too much to stay away for long.

What did you think of next week's promo for the season finale?
Courtney: Three Words. I CAN'T WAIT. It will bring back some of the stuff from the earlier season, plus it looks like some hot Caskett scenes.

Chandel: That's probably one of the most epic trailers they've ever released. You can know for sure that things are going to get addressed, and that's enough for me right now. It will definitely be a hard wait!

Jim: Meh, I've been disappointed too many times by the previews showing Rick and Kate doing something out of context... I am looking forward to see how the season ends!

Christine: Other than that promo I've decided to go spoiler, sneak peek and preview free - but I've watched that promo about 10 times. How many more hours until Monday?

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How excited are you, TV Fanatics, for the Castle season finale?

 

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Favorite scene? When Castle told Beckett that “when life-altering experiences occur, people remember.� Kate finally got a clue. But the "The killer's a zombie!" moment...might be the best quote of the season!
Supernatural being I’d be? Hercules (or, maybe his father?)
Could Castle really walk away? Hell no! Who was he trying to kid?
Do zombies or other supernatural beings exist? Definitely not zombies.
Next week's season finale teaser? Best. Promo. Ever.

Joyeful

1. The killer's a zombie!! *high-five!* THAT was my favourite scene - I love fun Castle :-) 2. I'm kinda with Chandel - I like being human. Especially because Batman is my fave superhero and he's human. 3. Yes to "supernatural" - I believe in angels and demons. Undead - not so much. 4. I think he could have. I think what kept him is realizing that he might have been wrong about Beckett's motivations and that they have a chance. 5. I'm looking forward to the season finale, but I'm guarded. I'm glad Rick is finally open about being in love with her, but the previews have messed around before.

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Notice Castle said "We're cops" when they came into Charlie's apartment? If we get a 5th season, he'd better go for a badge. Even if it's honorary... he's gotta do the footwork to get full respect. It's clear he's not just in it for Kate anymore, and he's not just in it for the stories. He's got that rush of rescuing people, and it's not gonna go away.

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The promo is awesome....but is it misleading? The best scene was Castle high fiving the walk through character (woman in a green sweater we only see from the back). I think it was right after "The killer is a zombie' line.

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I can't believe that no one yet has mentioned the comment Castle made about vampires versus zombies, and who would want to be one. Fillion played Caleb, one of the most competent vampires of all on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in Season 7. Caleb is the one who put out Xander's eye! Every time I watch this Castle episode (online) I crack up over that. If they don't resolve some of these issues in the season finale, they will lower this show to the level of Bones, which jumped a school of sharks (in my opinion). It is time.

Jimg

Chandel, I never put Buffy in the "supernatural being" category... or wonder woman for that matter, but I'm pretty geeky as pointed out today I know the names of at least 3 different Spider-mans on sight.

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-So many good scenes but I've watched the scene where Kate tells Rick she's in therapy about 10 times. -Going with vampires...even the sparkly kind. -I'd like to believe that anything is possible, I just hope I don't run into most of them. -Castle's tried to leave before but he's always come back. -Yes she's scared but she's finally ready and it's about freaking time. -I'm scanning the web for anything Castle. Is it Monday yet?

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I'm addicted to the promo for goodness sake! I can't imagine what I'll be like after I see the actual show.

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This was a fun episode. Martha & Alexis were good. I like Alexis & I'm glad they are keeping her close for next year. Martha generally has good advice for her son. I liked the look on Castle's face when Ryan mentioned that it was nice to have Caskett "hitting it off again." It's like he was realizing for the first time that his issues with Beckett were affecting the others, too. Or that the others had noticed that things weren't right between Beckett & Castle. I have seen next week's promo at least three times. Can. Not. Wait!! Maybe, as Jim suggested, things are being taken out of context, but if that's the case, you can count me in with the shippers who are falling for it. I already can't wait for next season!

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Rudely cut off! "...Sending her to Stanford would have been perfect." Regarding Beckett and Castle, there's not much to say. On one hand, Beckett has acknowledged her feelings to Castle for the first time. Oh-so-obliquely, of course. On the other, it's yet another case of Beckett only being serious when Castle threatens to leave. Is Beckett genuinely crazy for him? Or does she love him as a friend, and is willing to go through the motions of a relationship only to avoid losing him? At this point, the show really can't not put Castle and Beckett together. But the "dance", as Marlowe calls it, has created a history that the writers will have to address. Of course, there's also that Big Secret that Castle's been keeping. Maybe they'll deal with it in the finale. Here's hoping for a light, fun, "Thin Man" season 5. Or, if the show is cancelled (unlikely, but still possible), here's hoping for a finale that can wrap things up nicely for the series.

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