Castle Season 6 Preview: What Should Kate Say?

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We love our favorite TV characters. They're beautiful and charming. They have brilliant careers. They even manage to live in spacious lofts in New York City on a cop's salary. But sometimes even the smartest characters lose their ability to string together intelligent thought when it comes to love.

Here at TV Fanatic, when we see our favorite couples headed for disaster, we feel it's our duty to step in and help. We've already done our best with Olivia Pope of Scandal, Tony DiNozzo of NCIS, Dr. Temperance Brennan of Bones and Emma Swan of Once Upon a Time.

Now it's time for us to write a better ending over at Castle.

Is Castle Scared?

Rick Castle and Kate Beckett have had amazing chemistry from the moment they met but they seemed determined to stand in their own way.

In the beginning, Kate thought Castle was an arrogant jackass who just wanted to get in her pants…and we can't say she was wrong. But Rick Castle quickly became enamored by the smart, driven, beautiful woman who made him strive to be a better man.

Fast forward four seasons and these two finally took the plunge to become the Caskett couple we love. You'd think it would be clear sailing from here on out. Ha!

Although progress was made, Castle and Beckett's insecurities and inability to talk about their feelings remained the cause of as much trouble as ever.

After four years of pursing Kate Beckett, Richard Castle is terrified. Deep down the charming, confident, best selling author is scared to death that if he pushes too far, the woman he loves will run.

In return, Kate has always been afraid that the famous writer would eventually get bored and move on. Unfortunately, Castle's fear of asking for more has left Beckett believing he's not interested in building a future with her.

The common denominator here is fear…and for two people who have quite an impressive vocabulary, their inability to articulate their fears has lead to nothing but heartbreak.

Which leaves us at "Watershed," the Castle season 5 finale.

Yes, Kate screwed up big. Interviewing for another job, in another city, without discussing it with her lover was wrong and her fears have become a self fulfilling prophecy.

When Kate finally got what she'd always wanted, a stable, loving relationship with Rick Castle, she'd convinced herself she was going to lose it all. That he'd get tired of the dance and walk away.  So, consciously or not, she decided to protect herself. Because if she left him first for a job that would fill every minute of her life, then maybe she could survive the loss.

When Castle realized that Kate wasn't sure of what he wanted, he decided to make it clear. He got down on one knee and proposed.

What sounds like the perfect, romantic ending was really anything but. With both characters so dreading a possible break up, the proposal came across as sad and serious instead of the romantic and joyful moment fans had always hoped to see.

Should Kate say yes…or no? Honestly, the answer isn't as important as everything else that needs to be said.

Castle and Beckett have made subtext an art form but eventually you have to say the words, admit to fear, and make yourself vulnerable…because that's the only way these two can truly move forward and become the couple we know they're destined to be.

We at TV Fanatic prescribe some honest, uninterrupted sharing for our favorite dynamic duo. Then perhaps Castle and Beckett can get back to the romantic fun and flirty banter we so love.

Your turn, Castle Fanatics. How should Kate Beckett answer Castle's proposal?

NOTE: Don't forget to check out our Castle Season 5 Report Card.

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


Many of us are so very disappointed in the ending for the season and wonder how long you feel you can milk this wedding thing. all of us want to see this come about and feel that this could potentially end a lot of us from continuing with what was our favorite show on tv


Grey. So true about the constant interruptions. Not realistic any longer after all this time. Also, good point about being in the room with writers. However, how about being in the room with Marlowe after he sees the 6x1 premiere episode ratings and the audience viewer numbers drop 50% from last season? That would be great payback for the last 3 episodes. I am sure the show creator never expected all of the Kate bashing. As others have noted here, I would not put any credibility in any SK interviews any longer. Just a lot of double talk. IMHO


I would like to see season 6 open with the Two in the Hampton's, PHONES TURNED OFF, discussing everything. That would be a more realistic situation. If they are truly serious about marrying then they need to air all their fears and concerns. I think they both deserve to know what each is thinking so these concerns can be addressed. I also would like to see then leave the Hampton's engaged. I think she sat down on that swing with the intension of telling Castle that she was taking the job in DC. So this is also an issue that will have to be discussed. I don't think a split show, DC-NY, will work because it leaves Castle out of the crime solving business. He can't follow Beckett and he would not be allowed to work in NY. So in DC He is just a writer waiting for Beckett to come home.


Reading the comments of Lesley is like reading my complaints before I can write them. I have also noted the 'moderation' factor if you don't toe the "official" line that all is great and Beckett is a nun and is without sin. Their are boards where Beckett is not deified and you can say what needs to be said about the last three episodes.


I think each of the episodes were great in their own right, it is only the timing of them that leaves me shaking my head together with a look of puzzlement on my face. I sincerely hope we do get explanations early in season 6.


Yeah, I just had my comment held for moderation as well. I guess they are unhappy with any negative things mentioned about those last 3 ep's. But if this 1 goes thru the answer has to be no cuz it won't make any sense after all Beckett said & did in those last 3. Hoping writing staff has a secret story line that explains her actions after the kind & nice things she had said just prior to them & then all of a sudden deciding a job was worth more than Castle.


A lot of good posts about the swing set scene, but I wonder when did Castle get the ring? They just had the fight at the apartment. Next, Castle and Martha are talking about the fight. I think he had the ring for awhile. Recall from 5x14 Valentine episode, where Castle promises to get Kate another gift to replace earrings. Beckett wore a gold bracelet afterwards in some following episodes, but it was never mentioned in the show script. I think Castle bought the ring at the same time. I also think that Kate turned down the job before she got to swings. In 6x1,I think these events will be explained in a voice over segment similar to what was done in 5x16 “Hunt� where Castle’s father explains the escape plans after the fact.


CathyM, it's my problem for the last week too. I try anything but somehow my posts don't show. I'm sure this will though, since i have done no thinking writing this.


What's up with "moderation"? I'm new to this site and I have no clue what that means or who decides. Any answers?


Oh- so much to say- so little time to say it in. Bottom line- I thought the above was a great, clear synopsis of S5, and interestingly enough, I agree with almost all the comments here. At the end of the day- you can't have a relationship in subtext. Talk, talk, talk and while you're doing that talk honestly and openly!!!! Anyone interested in more thoughts as mrrz says, you can find them on Life Changes and Sad Faces link above.

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