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Not Trampis: You are going to love the "NoCaskett" season this fall.
The new show runners continue to put out spoilers about the Beckett promotion to Captain as well as information on the new characters added to the cast for the season, but they are skipping the bad news. They are careful to give out the good news, but omit any comments about the future of Caskett. Most fans watching this season want to see a home life after waiting all this time for them to get married. Some viewers can appreciate a professional split, but not a split in their personal lives over some kind of safety concern for Castle himself. There is always hope that Caskett will return to its earlier dimensions, but unfortunately the ‘Break Up For Your Own Good’ trope (Bracken related) is coming in the early season. Let us hope it doesn’t last too long. I expected that TPWinter would come up with something much better for the season rather than a 'Love Conquers All' scenario forthcoming in the two-part premiere just to shake things up as he suggested in earlier interviews. It seems that the show runners are determined to keep Caskett apart as much as possible. "Now,it's about exploring the next evolution of it. How do we deepen that love story? What challenges can we put their way that can put their romance at a much higher, different place?" Even Marlowe wouldn’t do something that deliberate to alienate the audience. He would just lie to fans about the direction because he knew fans would stop watching. As far as Castle working separately as a PI again, that same arc provided some of the lowest season 7 ratings in both the demo and in viewers.

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Castle Photo Gallery: Who Will Have His Back?

The 7x13 sneak peek showing Castle working on his own and making mistakes will do little to help ratings. Castle has the forensic skills for sure to investigate fraud, divorce or murder, but he has never shown any self-defense skills needed to keep him safe if he happens to get involved with actual criminals. Regardless, Castle jumping over iron fences or the writers dressing him up in action hero attire, he still continues to be written out of character. The longer the PI arc continues, the less credible the story line. It appears that the PI premise is being used up to this point to fill episodes in order to avoid writing Caskett as a romantic couple as well the show runner wanting to focus just on Castle as a character to the extent that Marlowe has been keeping them apart on screen as much as possible. During the winter hiatus and while the PI arc has been running, I took the time to catch up with the new CBS show ‘Madame Secretary’. If Castle viewers want to watch how a normal married couple in love interacts on screen, I suggest they give the new show a look. Aside from the obvious political drama, the show is about a married couple dealing with family and career issues while the wife serves as the lead diplomat for the US government. I mention the show here because the married couple interaction between them in comparison with Caskett is stark and it defines how much lacking the Castle and Beckett interaction as a couple in love persists since the engagement and then the wedding. The lack of serious times between Castle and Beckett has gone on for so long that it has become a glaring issue even mentioned now by the TV reviewers and critics. On ‘Madame Secretary’, the husband (Henry) is a professor and religious author and the wife (Elizabeth) is a former CIA analyst. While working my way through the episodes, the interaction I observed between them as a married couple compared to what has been rationed out on Castle is amazing. Every episode has at least one bedroom scene which includes honest and realistic discussions over family and career issues and not just subtext filled with comedic sexual innuendo. Whenever they greet each another in a scene outside of the bedroom (kitchen, dining room, work place, park, etc.), they share a kiss. The male lead does not have any body image issues (he goes shirtless, bare shoulders or v-neck shirt in bed, no clothing layers or wearing shoes as well). I hope that the 7×13 episode written by TPWinter will be the end of the PI arc before the ratings drop further. Also, I hope that the 3XK story line is ended as well during the upcoming 2 – part episodes else Jerry Tyson risks becoming the ‘Bones’ super serial killer Pelant.

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Castle Round Table: Competition & Chemistry

The writers never seem to worry about common sense. How did the mob know that the cop was the murderer? I don't recall Castle telling them. I wonder if Castle was banished from the precinct, not so much for hanging out with the mob, but because he was getting too close to uncovering further corruption in the department. Someone higher-up in the department may have criminal ties that Castle might reveal. In fact, someone higher up may have ordered the hit instead of the mob. Hence, my feeling that the writers might use Castle getting the politically connected suspect freed over the pet allergy as a possible twist which will allow him back at the precinct in a short period. That could be the reason the writers chose not to have anybody from the squad fight his banishment from the beginning.

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