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)

ukno: You expressed it very well. Those last 3 episodes just were not a show I had any desire to watch. No magic. In fact, to me the evil episode practically destroyed all the magic built up over all the previous other episodes. I'm sure that was not the intent of the writers and I'm sure others didn't feel that way but I did. I need it to be fixed and not ignored or I may be gone.


Sadly, S6 it is not broadcast in the UK until next March!! My only option is to download it on Itunes next Tuesday. I will not purchase a Season pass until I see what happens with Kate. I have been trying to find a word that described what was missing in the last 3 ep for me, it is MAGIC. The show had it for me with the odd exception, up until the evil episode. I am hoping with all the criticism that arc generated, Marlowe will refind his mojo and bring the magic back!! He needs to, IMO.


Here is the great country of OZ we won't get it until next sunday so i am watching it off the internet!


Here in Canada, the S6 premiere is on Sunday, on a Canadian TV station, and Mondays on ABC as usual. Talk to you on Monday!

Tonya b

Hmm, appears I am being mostly ignored here now. I'll be off then. Hope you all enjoy the premier. I'll look for comments around here somewhere to see if everyone thinks it is good or not. Not for me though.


Dianne R here here, They have been going for a year yet we sat little romance.


Vince, i agree, S6 should be the season of discussing all the issues that haven't been out in the open.
I'd also like to see some more romance and passion between Kate and Rick.


castlefan. Thanks for the comment. I hope you are right about less angst in Season6. I sure hope they have a substantive discussion at the swings before the time jump. Maybe she asks how long Castle had that ring. She needs to know how long he has been thinking about marriage. There was far too much avoidance by Kate in Season5 asking the right questions of Castle. For example, she needs to find out the real reasons behind his two divorces. Season6 better be the season of talking. Marlowe has said that wrong assumptions between the two of them will be cleared up. Viewers are tired of waiting for the open communication.


Cont’d I want the NYPD Detective from the past to return, as you said yesterday. Saying that viewers don’t visualize many things that could have happened off screen or scene (?) doesn’t make any sense. How many things we have not seen are we supposed to assume happened? Or have I misinterpreted what they said?


Vince, Yes, you probably read NF’s comments about the serious nature of his proposal, that were made after the season finale. So why do you want to see a more serious Castle in S6? Is it because he’s been portrayed as foolish once to often? I want to see him get some respect, from Marlowe and Kate.
I haven’t read much from the lady on WOTCW, but I’ve heard or read before about her bias toward Kate. But many viewers are also Kate apologists. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the Kate we once knew. Cont’d

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