Fall TV Preview

Exclusive First Look: Castle's Season 5 Key Art Plays With Handcuffs

The official key art aka poster for Castle Season 5 features two conventionally attractive people, yes, but is there more to it than that? Lucky for you, TVLine has secured an exclusive first peek at the pretty.

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For one, there’s the visual callback to one of Season 4′s buzziest outings, “Cuffed,” given the special hardware Rick and Kate are sporting in the poster.

But there are also two embedded spoilers, one who has seen the premiere could argue. The first comes from the tagline. The second has to do with the aforementioned manacles. Because of the events of the May finale, are Castle and Beckett’s “hands tied” figuratively, seeing as the NYPD probably frowns on such fraternization? Or do they again find themselves bound at the wrist, literally, in the Sept. 24 season opener?

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How do you rate Castle‘s Season 5 poster? Does it set the right mood?

Comments (194)

  • Castle… Love the show! Can’t wait for the season to start. They look great and make an awesome couple!
    by Bev.

    Comment by Bev. – September 5, 2012 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love it, and the picture looks great, PhotoShopping or not.

    Comment by Judy – September 5, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Terrible photoshop job. Clearly these are two old, separate photos they unsuccessfully tried to splice together. Fire the art director.

    Comment by Lori – September 5, 2012 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG…Alec Baldwin…never! I like the Jason Bateman reference…that was a little far fetched, but Alec Baldwin never looked this good! (No offence intended Alec)

    Comment by Leona Palski – September 5, 2012 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not sure why anyone would have a problem with this poster!!! It made me smile like a crazed fangirl!!!! Yes it’s photoshopped, they are actors and they work in Hollywood. Call it an occupational hazzard!! Get over it and those of you who can’t leave them alone they make a great show and have a wonderful chemistry!! POINT BLANK!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

    Comment by Lauren – September 5, 2012 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVE this show!!! I do want them to get together, but everyone knows that once they do the show is over, & NOOOO I don’t want it to end!!! In the books they make it last because it’s not too serious of a relationship. (on Castle’s part…yes, but not Becket.)

    Comment by Beth – September 5, 2012 09:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the concept and it does the set the mood, but I wish they could look more natural than perfect dolls :).. can’t wait!!

    Comment by Tzy – September 5, 2012 11:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Rachael – September 6, 2012 12:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i like last season poster. but this season not bad i guess.
    but, however the poster is, still can’t wait for the premiere

    Comment by putri – September 6, 2012 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • beautiful woman and handsome man….perfect!

    Comment by yo en – September 6, 2012 02:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Y’all quit worrying about how the picture might be photoshopped! If you’re a fan, the only thing that matters, really, is the handcuffs!

    Comment by Gloria – September 6, 2012 03:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • oh look it’s the Firefly guy and Becket

    Comment by mwa@ha.com – September 6, 2012 03:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i love d poster

    Comment by Michael – September 6, 2012 04:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • C&B are naturally beautiful/hansome so I don’t understand how ABC approved this poster when C&B look nothing as they are. The photo (it really doesn’t look like a photo!) is so worked on (photoshop, airbrush) that it’s lost all of the magic of the characters. Beckett’s arm don’t even look like hers… they look strange… Castle looks nothing like himself. I wish they would had photographed them as themselves in a natural pose. An poor Beckett, she can barely keep her eyes open with all the eyelashed they’ve pasted on her. Come on ABC (or is it CBS… I forget), you have two outstanding actors, that are gorgeous… make the most of them. I wish they reconsider doing this poster again.

    Comment by maria infante – September 6, 2012 05:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did anyone else notice that Beckett is wearing her father’s watch? Nice detail!

    Comment by spamantha78 – September 6, 2012 05:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i love you so much for posting this!

    Comment by ajie – September 6, 2012 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay!!!! Totally loving it. And the photoshop-ness doesn’t really bother me, because ALL of the Castle posters are similarly photoshopped. Look at the one for Season 3, for example. I don’t think it’s meant to reflect anything about the actors; it’s just a visual/artistic choice that sets the tone for the poster. It’s fine.

    Comment by Lauren – September 6, 2012 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • his face looks like made of plastic…too bad, cause he looks soooo gorgeous without photoshop. But I like the picture anyway :)

    Comment by Stella-Aurelia – September 6, 2012 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • lovely and awesome poster.. love 2 see thm both 2gether .. <3 <3 <3

    Comment by Namita Singh – September 6, 2012 09:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i hate the poster!
    It’s awfully photoshopped, Beckett would never go for the deeply tanned, rich playboy i see in this picture.
    i hate becketts eyes too. They look really strange, she should have been looking at the camera but ‘snuggling’ into his neck more.
    I like the tagline, but that’s it.

    Comment by alison – September 6, 2012 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SHe is very hot .. gooooooooo return C&C

    Comment by Nabil HD – September 6, 2012 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by olivia – September 6, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great picture. Horrible Photoshop job. Someone serioiusly messed up trying to get the deadline. Still, I can’t wait for the season premier!

    Comment by Mouse – September 6, 2012 03:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • they look like wax figures

    Comment by Lauren – September 6, 2012 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this shot!!! Finally I hope(fingers crossed)

    Comment by Music Diva – September 7, 2012 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • …who ARE these amateurs that do photoshopping in Hollywood these days?!?

    It’s getting quite ridiculous – people are being made to look like a cross between a plastic figururine and an alien, and this poster is a good example.

    Can’t believe that people are actually are getting paid to do work as bad as this…

    Comment by Ole Mo – September 7, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you are so right .I wondered what was wrong with the poster that I dint like it much.I mean the mood and all was right there :P

      Comment by muniba – September 8, 2012 08:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cuff him to me any day!

    Comment by Chcher – September 7, 2012 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by muniba – September 8, 2012 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Like the poster and love the show. Looking forward to the new season.

    Comment by Debbie Johnson – September 11, 2012 12:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This looks photo shopped. Look at his left ear – it’s cut off.

    Comment by Randy Dobson – September 12, 2012 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Forget Alec Baldwin – Castle is much better looking than him! It’s just GREAT! Makes the suspense even more intriguing…it’s luring while being cute and sexy and sophisticated.

    Comment by Sally – September 18, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now that they both are together, the story might be more like revolving around Beckett’s mother’s case than concentrating more on their romance.. What do you guys think. huh?

    Comment by Angel Laila – September 19, 2012 06:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Castle looks fake here, and I still hate Beckett’s hair like that. The dark short look is sexier and more… “cop-like”.

    Comment by Dave – October 17, 2012 08:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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