I'm still reeling from Castle Season 6 Episode 23 - but I'll start writing anyway. It's hard to know where to begin, so I suppose the beginning will do...
With three days left until the wedding, the loft was a flutter of activity and it was fun to watch as Alexis, Martha and Castle bonded over venue preparations and tux fittings.
The honeymoon on a private island in the Maldives sounded divine and it was wonderful to hear Kate open up to the boys that she was nervous about reciting her vows in front of almost 300 guests.
As her pseudo-brothers, they did their best to offer their own special brand of comfort.
Ryan: Just imagine your wedding guests are murder suspects.
Esposito: In their underwear.
Even Gates was thrilled they were finally tying the knot…and that's when things began to go wrong.
First, a record of Beckett's marriage would have come up when she applied for both her NYPD and Federal positions. I know that the NYPD interviews an applicant's closest family members, so to think that Beckett could go 15 years without knowing she was legally married was simply silly.
And on some level, I hate that they tarnished Kate being a "one and done" kind of girl for a lame joke.
Still, I was willing to put that aside and enjoy the light heartedness as it played out. Some of it was fun, some of it was confusing and other parts were heart wrenchingly disappointing.
Kit Kat Kate (the coma wife) was priceless and I expected there to be even more teasing from Castle about that.
I understand that Kate was desperate to get those papers signed, but what happened to badass Detective Beckett? Why wasn't she shoving her badge in Rogan's face and ordering him to sign those papers if he didn't want more trouble than he could handle?
Beckett deals with murderers on a daily basis yet she let Rogan O'Leary bully her into committing a crime that could have cost her her career.
Yeah, that bothered me.
Also, couldn't they have used real dollar bills in the stripper's top? The ones they used looked so glaringly fake that it was distracting.
On the upside, Beckett's leather jacket was gorgeous and Martha pointing out that all the ridiculous obstacles were the perfect opportunity to move the entire wedding to the Hamptons had me clapping with glee. Thank goodness. I've been hoping for that since Caskett got engaged.
The only thing that could upstage the change of venue was the destruction of the dress. Ding, dong, the dress is dead and I couldn't be happier.
Kate's meltdown was completely believable. What bride wouldn't be in tears after having her wedding day turned into such a disaster - but leave it to Rick to talk her down and keep her focused in this Castle quote…
What's a great love story without obstacles to overcome? Every fairy tale has them.Castle
Theirs is a great love story but that's about when I looked at the time and realized there was only about 10 minutes left in the episode. Admittedly, if they had tried to cram a Caskett wedding into the last few minutes, I would have been incredibly disappointed. After six seasons, fans deserve better.
So as Kate wore her mother's dress and Martha gave her those gorgeous earrings and thanked her for making her son so happy, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop.
And drop it did.
When I had my interview with Seamus Dever several weeks ago, he said that fans would be "challenged" by the finale. Now I know what he meant because as much as I would have hated a quickie wedding, I certainly wasn't happy with this ending. There's been so much angst in the Caskett universe, I was ready to watch them say their vows surrounded by family and friends as the sun set in the Hamptons.
But that was not to be. Since the show is named Castle and it has been renewed for season 7, I will assume that Rick Castle is still very much alive.
So was it Bracken getting revenge? 3XK come back to ruin their happiness or something else altogether? Honestly, at this moment I can't say that I care. I just hate that we have to go through the summer with the picture of Kate wearing that horrified expression tattooed on our brains.
That said, I am a Castle fan and in the immortal words of Richard Castle…
You can't give up. That's the deal. We want the happy ending, we can't give up.Castle
So I won't give up. I will believe that our happy ending will come. It's just going to take a little longer than I'd hoped.
So what do you think TV Fanatics, who has grabbed Richard Castle?
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.