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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Tonya B. Whoa. You really missed the point. Kate gets shot during a training exercise. It is not with real bullets. It demonstrates to her that she might be in over her head taking the job. The car crash happens as part of Castle interfering with the case as promo #4 suggests and he gets caught up with the bad guys.


Unfortunately she changes her mind when Marlowe changes his. I don't that is why we have so many arguments

Tonya b

I did reread the Watershed analyses on WOTCW and I was particularly interested in what she says here: "There are those who say: BUT she could go, and come back. Ah, but aside from the fact that we’d be hitting the note of the Always/After the Storm resignation all over again, if that happens, it’s not a watershed moment. A watershed moment isn’t just a choice. It’s a rare, life defining moment of decision that alters the path of your life forever. It’s irrevocable. You don’t come to that moment, choose your path and take it back. Words are chosen by writers for a reason. When Andrew Marlowe says this is a watershed moment, he means it. No take backs." Sooooo, since Kate goes to DC, she hasn't had her Watershed moment, right? Is AM taking it back? What does it all mean now?


The Lovely Lady has all of her Watershed analysis on her blog now. I think there are 5 to read. I do recommend reading them.


Our roy montgomery, i said something similar a while ago. It should have happened after Still!

Tonya b

Any guesses on viewership numbers Monday, especially given the fact that Castle will be up against two pilot premiers with Hostages on CBS and The Blacklist on NBC? Those both look like great shows. Considering that Marlowe and ABC probably alienated any possible new viewers at the end of season 5 with that heinous final arc, I think that Castle has a really tough road ahead. Unless things go really really well this season, season 7 is pretty unlikely.

Tonya b

Vince, so you think Kate gets shot and Castle gets in a car crash racing to get to the hospital? So the cliffhanger is both of them on the verge of death? Glad I won't be watching it.


Vince: I agree with every single word you just said. Excellent.


nottrampis. Not sure I agree about the engagement. Kate is just a slow learner. She has to experience something herself before she trusts others. She hung from rooftop near death before realizing she wanted Castle. Her fed job training will be tough. I bet she is the one mentioned in the teasers who gets shot during training exercises. I suspect the 6x1 cliffhanger car crash involves Castle. That event will get her close to watershed moment. Kate’s work with McCord will show her that Castle provides balance in her life. She will realize that McCord is now what Kate was before she met Castle. Otherwise, the whole DC job scenario happens for no reason except to keep them together. IMO.


Continuing my last post, maybe what I said are wild ramblings of this old fool. I loved the show since the beginning and don't love it now. I haven't watch one episode all summer because I don't like my former favorite character, Kate. I do agree with Tonya that there are bloggers, posters and others who are oh so quick to jump to her defense. Not I. I will watch the show Monday. I hope it can win me back. But I have quit other shows after watching every episode for years and quit them cold turkey. I really hope this doesn't happen here.

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