Castle Review: Life Changes and Sad Faces

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Castle Season 5 came to a close with “Watershed," a finale centered around opportunities and big life changes. Changes big enough to make your jaw drop. So let’s get to it...

Castle Season 5 Finale Photo

Caskett... Forever or No More? Beckett went ahead and interviewed for the amazing opportunity in DC, but felt the need to hide it from everyone. It may make sense to keep it a secret at work until you have a decision, but not from the man with whom you are in a relationship.

After Castle found out, he made an excellent point: She didn’t care enough to include him in the decision of interviewing for this job. That stings worse than anything else. But on the other hand, Beckett has to think of her career, especially when she isn't sure where her personal life is going.

Beckett nailed her interview and received a glowing recommendation from Gates. She met with her father, who asked her what she really wants and she admitted: the new job.

At the same time, Castle shared a touching scene with Mama Martha where she let her son know Beckett deserves this, but she needs to know where things are going. So what should Castle do next?

After being offered the job, Kate and Rick met on the swings, an important place in their relationship. Castle admitted that he wants more and they both deserve more. So, does that mean breakup? NOPE!! It means our very own Rick Castle down on one knee proposing marriage. I never thought I’d see the day!

Big kudos to the writers on pulling this off. Long time viewers had to know that this would come at some point... but at the swings? Seriously, how romantic. 

It didn't feel forced. This next step felt extremely natural, which is something the writers have been able to pull off all season. 

So, now what? We didn’t get to see an answer from Beckett and we know she wants the job. There’s no way she can leave NYC... it’s just not practical for the show. But will she stick around and end up resenting Castle? Looks like we have to wait until next season to find out. One thing is for sure, I’m definitely on team Mr. & Mrs. Caskett.

Side Notes. 

  • Gotta love the close friendship between Espo and Beckett. He’s always had her back and he was able to recognize something is up. How will he take it if Beckett decides to leave?
  • Alexis is heading to Costa Rica for six weeks for a school trip. I’m pretty sure everyone can relate to Castle not wanting to have his daughter out of the country again. Paris anyone?
  • Girl time!! Lanie and Beckett finally had some necessary BFF time. Can we make a deal that this happens more next season?
  • Daddy to be!! Ryan dropped the bomb on his best bud that him and the Mrs. are finally expecting a baby. Anyone else agree that Ryan will be one amazing father?

So, what did you think? Did the finale live up to the expectations of the season or did it fall flat? The hour was pretty slow until those last few minutes, right? Will Beckett go to DC or stay in NYC? Will she accept Castle’s proposal? So many questions and no answers for a few months! 

Hit up the comments and sound off on the hour. Did you love it or no? Will you be able to wait till September to find out Kate’s answer?


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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (628 Votes)

Your right on ukno1stanafan and vice,if there is one common denominator through the shows history is that kate is never and i mean never portrayed as being stupid,marlowe will never allow for it.Even this job fiasco kate is careful crafted as one who has fears yet to be resolved,or has fears even thou rick is totally committed to her.Actually her growth at her job is directly related to those around her,yet as we all know the story line is all about her,this smart,handsome,rich,well known father just keeps upsetting her apple cart-she could advance in her career faster if he would just stop with his stupid theories and restraints he puts on their relationship.


ukno. You might be right. I am probably giving Marlowe too much credit to do the right thing as it approximates what happens in real life.


Sorry guys, if we think that AWM is going to give us continuity, we are living in a dream world. Beckett will take the job in DC, and Castle will not be a consideration. As I have said before, the show needs to be renamed, Beckett and Hooch!!


nottrampis. In the end, it is hard to believe that AWM would let Kate return to NYPD and be portrayed as stupid for taking the job. We must be missing something. She can't return under any kind of 'what if' scenario because that would ruin the engagement story and leave ongoing doubts about her relationship with Castle. Viewers would grow tired of watching that kind of angst for another season. There must be some kind of moral dilemma uncovered while working with McCord. Beckett needs to return to NYC with the understanding that Castle brings balance in her life in order for the relationship to go forward and at least make some kind sense out of the whole job scenario. IMO


We are all agreeing. Beware I have invited people over here on my tumblr blog site. some people must read it as I have had an astonishing number of people reading my latest article on questions and advice for Marlowe! And I am now upping my number to 2783!


castlefan. Agree. The two-part premiere is exactly as you suggest. It is needed to distract from the high volume of dissent over the job scenario. If viewers think they will no longer be working together, audience viewership will drop quickly. That kind of perception is hard to change once it sets in for a long running show like Castle especially with all the new head-to-head competition the show will face in new season. The Castle proposal got little coverage in TV guide previews rather the job issue was in the forefront of many media comments.


You know people watching a show we have all loved for the better part of 5 years and anticipating the beginning of a new season shouldn't be as hard as it is. I'm tired.


make that episode 1


Tonya: I agree that is what I think Marlowe's intent is with the beginning of the season. I said that a couple of pages ago. Throw out lots of action and romance and hope the anger will be forgotten. I also think that the two-parter at the beginning of the season is a safety valve. It is designed IMO to give people an incentive to watch the second episode if they are not enamored by DC in the first one. I have noticed on other boards, even show friendly ones, even today with all the sneaks, spoilers and interviews new pockets of dissent arising. I wonder how the non-posting fans feel about the show about now. Time will tell. I would assume there are some nervous people who draw their paychecks from the show about now.

Tonya b

I have to keep blabbing here just a little while more. I am only a few comments away from 500, and then I will become a Regular Character!!! Yay!!!

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