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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.

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@Lesley
Nobody know it's just something that happen when ever a drama like a cop show hook up their main star

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Lesley I totally agree with what you posted. I posted something akin to that on another site. What were the writers thinking? I have watched and re-watched those episodes to see if I was missing something important. No. The story line and the well developed characters we know and love all went sideways! What now?

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I’m a huge Castle addict and enjoy every episode until the last 3. It took 81 episodes for Castle & Beckett to eventually get it together, season 5 has been absolutely great leading up to the finest episode of all, I refer of course to ‘STILL’. In my humble opinion this should have been the season finale, I didn’t realize that when Kate stated "I think we’re just getting started� that things would go downhill very soon after, WHY?

Phxcowbot

Mr and Mrs Caskett - assassins for hire

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Oh and another reason for her to say "no" or "not now" are the last 3 out of the blue relationship drama episodes. I can't find a reason for implementing those episodes if the writers were trying to marry them in season 6 premier. 3 episodes of signs that make us think she's rethinking their relationship is too much to be resolved in one proposal. In my opinion it would be a cheap drama if it's the plan. Insecurity about her relationship builds up for 3 episodes and then suddenly she changes her mind? She goes for a job interview knowing "why she is there". Episode 9 of first season: Sorenson leaves Beckett to go to Boston for a better job and she ends the relationship. She knows the meaning of that job.

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And lastly my 2 cents about their relationship. Castle is not the only one taking the relationship for granted. From the start of the show, Castle is following her like a puppy and she's used to it. When she was about to die in the last episode of season 4, she calls for him. Because she's used to the idea that he's "always" there for her. His absence is what reminds her what he means for her. This had happened in previous seasons too. Beckett is self-centered and Castle is a boy afraid of being alone. One is taker one is giver. Season 6 will be good in this sense. They will have to find balance to make it work. I don't expect Castle to be the active one in season 6, show seems to be centered on Beckett.

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a new job/state as her father told her. Also, one shouldn't dismiss that her archenemy (Bracken) hasn't been mentioned at all in the late episodes of the season. This is unexpected for a show. So, her return to NY later or her acceptance to the job in DC may well have something to do with the senator. This is what i hope. It would make the season finale a better one :) An advance in the plot both story-wise and relationship-wise. I'm as sure as one can be that story will eventually go on in NY. There are a few reasons:
-Writers have invested in supporting characters (Espo and Ryan) a lot in season 5.
-This is a murder based show which takes place in NY. A few federal cases were done to give a flavor to the show. The show is about murder.
-Moving all Castle, Espo and Ryan to DC is ridiculous.
-No one would watch the show about Beckett solving federal cases, it would be boring as hell. Beckett is the drama and Castle is the fun side of this show.

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None of the comments i wrote yesterday show up here, thanks to moderation. So i'm gonna try again. This is a comment i had written in another site. I think it's better to copy it here rather than rephrasing.
So, i think Beckett will say "no, i'm not ready" and will go to DC. All i saw about Beckett in 5 seasons indicate that she will try DC (in 4th season finale she went to catch the assassin despite the fact that Castle begged her not to, she had to have a near death experience to realize what she really wanted). She also stated to his father that the job in DC is what she wants and if she chooses to stay, she will "resent Castle or worse". Their relationship can't manage that kind of burden. But the fact that her desire for a bigger career opportunity hasn't been mentioned anywhere before tells me that she will realize what's important later as she did in season 4 finale. It may well be her fear of commitment (or her lack of trust to Castle because of his past) that's pushing her to a new job/state as her father told her.

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Dolphini Agree. After I first watched the final episode, I thought she would say ‘Yes’. However, as some others have commented here, how can that even happen now and still have the relationship be credible given what the writers did to the series in the last three episodes. The creator is really taking a risk with the audience viewer numbers with all these mental games against the established storyline. If she says ‘No’, the Season6 goes sideways for sure. IMO. For me, the only way out is for Kate to respond with something like “Castle, BEFORE I say Yes we must do this……�

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Christine, you are sooooo right. These two still need to be thrown into a room and the door locked till they talk things out. Geez, they could both use a smack on the head. You sure hit the nail on the head with this column.

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