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?


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (628 Votes)

I found out the time.Ance the episode shows I guess we all migrate to Valkyrie


what time does the episode start over in Yankee land? I need to know so i can watch after on the internet! Captain Cook you are a lucky man!


Tonya B- Congrats!


Nottrtampis. No argument from me regarding the British climate. Luckily for my wife and I, we are currently in South West France, where the temperature is 30C!! I too, have a feeling that I will be underwhelmed with the premiere, I hope not, but I fear so. This time tomorrow I will know, after downloading it from iTunes.


you would have been a regular character earlier if you kept your head!


Captain Cook it is your climate that is the problem. however in OZ we will get it only next Sunday! I predict i will write I am disappointed but the lovely Lady will love it!


Diana R. Castle has traditionally been shown in the UK on Alibi TV, the UK home of US Crime Drama. It has always shown the seasons premiere in the last week of March, some six months after airing in the USA, that's why we Brits have to download it off iTunes. I have no idea why Alibi do this.

Tonya b

One last comment to finish things up for me. There is one quote made by Beckett to Officer Hastings that sums up all of the problems that have surrounded her up to now. If she would have followed her own advice all along, she and Castle would have been happy together long ago. Here is what she said: "Don't be so driven by the past that you throw away the future." All I can say to this is "AMEN."

Tonya b

I AM OFFICIALLY A 'REGULAR CHARACTER'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonya b

Okay, this comment will put me at 500, so let's see if I become 'regular.' Maybe that's my problem? I haven't been 'regular' all this time? It is true that I have been 'recurring' instead, ie continuing with my recurring dislike of the final 3 arc. Well, here's to hoping that regularity will cure all that ails me as far as Castle is concerned. By the way, I have been working on a Castle fanfic. I am still in the beginning few scenes and it is already 12 pages long!! It may end up being a whole novel at this rate. I will let everyone know if I ever finish it.

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