Castle Review: Will She Marry Him?

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After what felt like the longest hiatus in history, Castle Season 6 kicked off with “"Valkyrie," an intense episode that didn't waste any time in producing the answer fans have been waiting an entire summer for.

Let's dig right in, shall we?

Castle Premiere Photo

Castle Season 5, of course, concluded with Kate having the opportunity to head to D.C. for a dream job, while Castle placed his heart directly on his sleeve and proposed on that romantic swing set. So... what happened?

Following some hilarious back-and-forth about whether or not Castle is somehow breaking up with her, Beckett said YES! In case you are still processing it: Richard Castle and Kate Beckett are engaged! He put a rock on it! For real! Okay, back to the episode...

After six weeks of not seeing each other, Beckett is relocated to D.C. and Castle is returning from a book tour, popping in to surprise his gorgeous fiancée. Of course, he's unable to keep his head out of her case and, after getting her in trouble and getting abducted by a criminal, he returns home.

But little did Castle know he was coming home with a toxin that killed the man Beckett and company were on the hunt for. That's always awkward. Awkward and quite dangerous, that is.

In true Castle fashion, the twists and turns left us with a big “To Be Continued," as Castle supposedly has less than a day to live. What will happen to our favorite detective? We know he can't die. But will he get sick? Will this cause a problem for him and Beckett?

Sound off the comments with your theories and consider the following Castle Season 6 premiere notes:

  • Great to see the boys back in action! You have to love scenes with Ryan, Espo, and Castle.
  • How about Alexis’ boyfriend? This isn’t going to work out too well for dear old Dad.
  • First episode in and already no Lanie? Not cool.
  • Looks like Kate is doing just as well at her new job. But something has to happen. We want her back in NYC ASAP.
  • Who likes Lisa Edelstein as Beckett’s new partner? If you ask me, I prefer Ryan and Espo, and most importantly, Castle, any day.

What predictions do you have for the season? Will Kate return to New York? Will she and Castle really get married? Will they break up because of the distance?

Hit up the comments section and let us know what you thought of “Valkyrie.” Was it what you expected for the first episode or was it a bit of a letdown?


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (438 Votes)

I hate to say it but I actually enjoyed part of the Evil episode. I now believe Kate led the Evil one on. I hate Watershed because it has so many holes in it. That is why I say it is the worst EVER Castle episode. I am waiting Castle to become Castle again. As I said previously I found Beckett without Castle quite boring whereas I do not find Castle without Beckett boring! Wow two grumpy old men are disagreeing.


castlefan. Don't worry. Watershed will never take the place of TSATQ as the worst episode. However, Watershed leads the pack for the episode with the most misleading dialogue and the most conversation scenes where the discussion could have at least three different meanings. It was frustrating to watch because I could not really translate the subtext to the point where the storyline made any sense in order to get to the ending.


Castlefan very well put forth,and frankly i would be willing to watch a ep just on ryan and his wife(it would never happen,of course) just to get a break after 4 consecutive shows dating back to last season all revolving around kate and her so called fears and her career,i can't stomach any more of it,its very redundant!I would look forward to some of the eps. you mentioned,time for a break from kate.


CONT perceptions to a degree. I do agree that recently they have made Rick into a supporting character but no matter how much a lot of us don't like it, these recent episodes are Kate driven. I note that there is to be a father-daughter episode and that must be Rick's. There is to be one where he is to be the negotiator involving a fan of his as an author, again I would assume it will be Rick-centric. Everyone here knows that I am not a Marlowe apologist and that I have been strongly opposed to the final arc of S5, this job arc and Beckett's unapologetic behavior. But I am not yet willing to say that the show has become the Beckett show. Let's wait until this 6 episode arc passes (where she is center stage) and then see what happens.


I understand everyone saying that the show has become top heavy in Beckett's direction. I am not sure that was accurate for the first 4 1/2 years of the show. Sure there have been Kate-centric periods but there have also been Rick-centric ones ( Target/Hunt comes to mind). I think the problem again comes down to the last 3 episodes of S5 ( and nottrampis I respectfully disagree-TSTQ will always be the worst episode of the series to me and if there is ever one that I feel is worse in the future it will be the end for me) and this beginning job arc (and we have only seen one episode). The final 3 and what the writers are doing now to try to get themselves out of the corner they painted themselves into are certainly Beckett driven. I think the feelings of the fans about this arc have colored CONT


Look some of us here are not purposely trying to nit pick every perceived negative action by kate or get our stop watches out so that both K&R get the exact amount of face time,in saying that the show is getting very top heavy for what ever reason towards kate,there are many of us that actually would like since were dealing with careers see some substance related not just to kate but rick-the book related high society partys were always fun and would take the edge off what we have been viewing lately;is not a wealthy,smart,generous,best selling national writer worth more than a few seconds on a hour long show that intent on going headlong into careers??


also I have found NO couple i know of who believes that a relationship could continue with so much angst!


to be quite honest I found Beckett boring without Castle. Castle the series needs Castle the man! i have written extensively on the holes in the final arc. Watershed has now overtaken the evil episode as the worst episode of the series. There are more holes in it than in a piece of swiss cheese. On the episode a brother of a mate of mine who works in intelligence said gates is incompetent, and the interview was an idiot taking to a bimbo. He said her suspension would have to be explained if she was to work on national security matters. She would not be able explain in and so wouldn't get the job.Actually he said she would never have got an interview. Beckett has only homicide experience. They ( whoever they are)would be looking for detectives who have experience across a lot more areas than homicide.

Tonya b

UKNO1SF, I realize that we cannot influence or change the direction that Marlowe has taken the show thus far in season 6, since they have already filmed the first 8 or so episodes. That was not my point. But a massive loss of viewership for the parts of the show that fans hated would certainly make him pay closer attention to fan outrage in the future. It may also make him rethink the direction of the show in the future. Rather than always choosing angst when he needs excitement for the show, he might try to find a more creative direction that is less upsetting to fans.

Tonya b

I find myself asking what it would take for people to finally get mad at Beckett's bad behavior. If she would have taken Vaughn to bed, would her die hard fans come up with some excuse to justify it? How about if she accepted the DC job before Castle even found out about the interview? Would taking the secret that far have been too much for the die hard fans to accept? At this rate, the show could become 100% about Beckett and Castle's only role would be to show up at her apartment some evenings, when she has finished a job, so that he could perform his manly services to satisfy her. There would be no need to tell anything more of his story.

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Castle Season 6 Episode 1 Quotes

Oh my god! Oh my god! You're proposing!


Kate, I'm not proposing to you so you'll keep your job or because I'm afraid I'm going to lose you. I'm proposing because I can't imagine my life without you.