Castle Finale First Look: Rick. Kate. The Swings.

Castle‘s Rick and Kate will revisit The Swings in the ABC drama’s Season 5 finale — but is the time for “playing around” over?

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The swings, of course, were last seen in the Season 4 finale, when Kate decided it was time to be with Rick. And per ABC’s synopsis for “Watershed,” airing May 13, an interview with a high-profile law enforcement agency forces Beckett to reconsider what she wants out of her job — and out of her relationship with Castle.

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“It’s only human to ask those questions at this point,” series boss Andrew W. Marlowe explained as part of TVLine’s in-depth finale preview. “I don’t think it signals that there’s anything ‘wrong’ with the Castle/Beckett relationship, but I do think that she wonders what comes next — and as we get towards the end of the season, Castle himself is going to wonder what comes next. As a guy, he is somebody who doesn’t rush into commitment if things are working well the way they are.”

Elsewhere in the episode, the body of a young woman is found inside the water tank of a flop house — but one of many strange things about her death. “We have a great case,” says Marlowe, “but it kind of takes a back seat to wrestling with the bigger life issues that [Rick and Kate] are in the midst of.”

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80 Comments
  1. WayneInNYC says:

    “Castle Creator Teases ‘Emotional Cliffhanger’ Finale That Sets Up a ‘Complicated’ Season 6″

    – Should we take this as confirmation that there WILL be a Season 6?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Not if you read the actual article, where he acknowledges it has not been renewed yet.

      • badpenny says:

        You get more information then the rest of us but I didn’t take his statement in the interview as being a confirmation of anything. Producers know if they’re getting renewed generally long before it’s ever announced and they can confirm it on twitter or in an interview.

        • Sometimes, yeah says:

          Sometimes you have producers do that. But in general, particularly with ABC playing it so closely to the vest these days (for whatever reason), that would likely be a no-no.

    • Season 6 is a given. I don’t see any reason as to why they would cancel the show at its prime.

    • caribbeanfan says:

      I take season 6 as a given, the alphabets sold season 5 and 6 (in 2012) to Abili in the UK. Cannot sell what you do not have, Also, ABC usually waits the latest in all the networks to let fans know about the renewal or cancellation of their shows.
      Few shows on ABC have a higher total viewership than Castle.

  2. numbers says:

    you know they are sitting facing each other. Easy to share a kiss. :)

  3. Jake says:

    Castle and Beckett are totally breaking up. Which is good because it might bring back the spark they lost with these two this season.

    • Kate says:

      If they break up, it won’t be for long. The show rests on the idea that Beckett and Castle are partners, if they break up obviously Castle would stop working with her. They could sustain this for a few episodes max. I disagree about the lack of spark- IMO this has been the best season yet- but regardless, there’s no turning back on the Castle/Beckett relationship. It’s not like they could break up and revert back to what they were before they got together.

      • Rene says:

        I hardly write remarks, however i did some searching and wound up here [PHOTOS] Castle Season 5 Finale – Rick, Kate Return to the Swings. And I actually do have 2 questions for you if you don’t mind. Could it be just me or does it look as if like a few of these responses look like left by brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are writing at other social sites, I would like to follow everything new you have to post. Would you make a list of all of your communal sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    • DL says:

      I don’t think there’s a lack of spark between them. I think there’s a lack of spark in the writing. They’ve been given minimal opportunity to share deep, intimate relationship moments onscreen, leaving most of their development as a couple to happen in the viewer’s imagination. Where have all the tender moments gone?
      I definitely do not want them to break up; what I want is for their relationship to be more emotionally rewarding for us, the audience. It isn’t right to have four seasons of will-they-won’t-they only to then have the writers not bother showing us the payoff. It’s like they said, “well, everyone KNOWS they’re together now, so why waste precious screen time showing it?”
      That’s how it’s felt like to me, at least.

      • Shaun says:

        that type of stuff happens alot on shows where the characters have to work alot and hide their relationship.CSI suffered badly.

      • Sam says:

        I feel we got plenty of moments in season 5

        • Shawn says:

          I sometimes feel like i’m watching a different show. We got plenty of payoff and tender moments. What are some people hoping for? A porn scene? HaHa!

          I love them before they were a couple and even more as a couple. We get more than a lot of shows get with Caskett moments and they cant always talk about their feelings and show love scenes. You DO have to use your imagination sometimes.

          This fandom makes me laugh with the not enough Caskett and lack of passion and dark kisses. Hell you see them most of the episode and you know they’re kissing even in the dark and who expects deep throat kissing each and every time they kiss. HaHa! When they kissed in front of Martha and Alexis some fans wanted passion. With his mom and daughter RIGHT there?

          I think some fans are expecting fan fic and it’s just not going to work that way. There’s a case to solve ontop of the other characters to develop and in 42 to 44 minutes the Caskett moments will be spread out over a season.

          We have gotten so much and it’s still not enough for some. They want the farm in every episode, but Marlowe takes his time and I apprexiate that. Booth and Brennan had sex off screen, a pregnancy, and a mortgage in less than 6 episodes and a 7 month time jump after the pregnancy and we missed A LOT of their firsts. I am grateful to see the baby steps in Caskett’s relationship and their first.

          Imagining their sex life off screen on a procedural is common sense, imo. We’ll see it once or twice a season for some shows… we have gotten bedroom scenes a lot this season. Oh. Nevermind.

          Simply put. Caskett rock! Writers are doing a great job and leave room for improvment, which is probably why this show keeps getting better.

          S3 is still my fav season, but if I am still watching episodes multiple times after they air in S5 and yearning for more the writers are doing something right. HaHa!

          • Guadalupe says:

            I agree with you, Shawn. I think that the people that make negatives comments about Castle is because their favorites shows are not doing that good, so they say that out of jealousy.

    • Sam says:

      No way, if anything engagement

    • Sam says:

      Or moving in together

    • Sam says:

      And what spark was lost its as strong as ever

  4. Andrea says:

    The swings have always been a place that brings about positive conversations or positive changes for them. While I’m nervous about the finale, Marlowe knows what he is doing, so I’m hoping for the best. It’s a finale though, so some sort of cliffhanger has to occur!

    • castle changed his whole persona for the love of beckett,having been where he is at ; the writers have to realize they have a gold mine with him.if anything I feel that they need to make it where he carries a weapon,afterall look at the line of fire he’s already been in.

  5. Skip says:

    I’m not a big “shipper” – in general I am more interested in the overall story, especially in police procedurals. That being said, I hate the “on again, off again” game so many of these shows play – Bones and Castle in particular. So having finally made these 2 a couple after all of this time, if they break them up at the end of the season, I am done. I just don’t want to have to endure the whole “will they, won’t they” drama again.

    • Chester says:

      Agreed. Find drama in the relationship or in the crimes. The on again / off again story lines are for unimaginative writers.

    • Liza says:

      ITA, I HATE the ‘on again, off again’ thing so much and I truly hope Castle doesn’t go down that road. (But I’m slightly confused why you’ve listed Bones and Castle as one of the shows that play these ‘games’, neither of them have ever broken up their couples once they got together, lol)

      • Liza says:

        (And by couples I mean the main ones- BB and CB- ofcourse)

      • badpenny says:

        But both shows spent years doing the “will they be a couple/won’t they be a couple” routine, and I think that’s what he’s talking about. We don’t need season 7 to be about what seasons 1-4 were about.

        • Skip says:

          Exactly – both shows kept showing one of the characters wanting a relationship, but not the other; then when the second character was ready for a relationship, the first was no longer interested; rinse and repeat, ad nauseum. Having finally resolved those issues, I see no need to go back to that. If you want relationship drama, there is plenty to be had just in the process of learning to be a part of a committed couple.

          • badpenny says:

            All you need to do is watch the season finale of Bones to see that in action tonight. :)

  6. Astrid says:

    I say bring it on!

  7. meh says:

    Interesting to see that Jim Beckett features in this episode, will he be getting a visit from Castle, or comforting Kate…

  8. CaptinTightPantslivesforever says:

    Did anyone else notice they are facing different directions in this photo, like their lives are going in different directions??? I’m I reading too much into this?

    • caribbeanfan says:

      Yes the are facing different directions – in Season 4×1 they were facing the same direction – however, in both situations Kate is watching Castle and he is watching straight ahead.

  9. Carla Stokes says:

    I just knew the swings would come in to play again. I always thought that if ever Castle proposed’ it would be at those swings . They have such significance for them. Looking forward to the finale

  10. Chester says:

    Has anyone else noticed that Kate is looking more and more like a Barbie Doll? Or that she has gone from unconventional beauty to a very conventional one.

    • badpenny says:

      I don’t think most people consider Barbie to be conventional beauty. As they get older some actresses use longer hair to give the illusion of still being youthful. Plus it helps hide wrinkles they don’t always get covered with make-up. Not to say that Stana isn’t beautiful, but just that even in the show they state her as being younger then she really is.

      • ad3160 says:

        Good grief! She is 35! She’s not an “older” actress at all.

        • badpenny says:

          35 is not young in this industry for women, and it’s a well-known fact that longer hair gives a more youthful appearance in hollywood. I’m not saying she’s old. Just that it benefits her to appear younger.

    • Dannielle says:

      Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this article i thought i could also create comment due to this sensible post.

  11. april-ann says:

    I think there’s been plenty of “sparks”. I love that their relationship has been handled with class, but IMO there’s been no lack of sparks. There’s been romance, there’s been playfulness, there’s been fun, and I have found it to be very sexy. Rick and Kate are not 22 and this is not Melrose Place. No one complained when we didn’t see Matlock and his girlfriend rolling around in the sheets.

  12. K says:

    Lol some of you people are naive. The questions Rick and Kate are going to face are NORMAL. Kate is in her 30s who probably wants to move into ricks loft, get engaged, marriage and have kids. Kate wants the whole package. Rick has been divorced twice and has a kid. Would Rick want to get married and have kids with Kate? Something positive can only come from Rick and Kate being on the swings.

    • Karen says:

      exactly these isses are normal and marlowe is try to tell a very realistic storyline sadly some people just dont get it

    • april-ann says:

      Totally agree. Every woman has the right to ask “where is this going” after dating for a certain period of time. Any woman with a head on her shoulders would pose that question because she has her own future to consider, especially if she’s approaching mid-30’s. Not that there is any set timeline but she has the right to know. There comes a point where it’s time to sh*t or get off the pot. If a guy like Castle doesn’t feel like answering that valid relationship question, then he will have to risk losing her.

      • Sam Jones says:

        I agree 100% that every woman has this right to ask the question where are we going. I just hope that Castle has the brains to listen to the question and answers appropriately! If he received a scare in “The Squab” that Kate may not always be there, let’s hope that he shows that same type of protectiveness he showed in “Still” and lets Kate know that he is ready to spend forever with her. If he was willing to get blown up with her, what’s the big deal. If he is not willing to follow her to Timbucktu because she wants to chage her job, then he is nuts!

      • CastleFan says:

        It seems to me that Castle chased Beckett for four years until she finally was able to accept that she had feelings for him and was able to act on her feelings. Now that they’ve been dating for one season, she wants to know “where are we going?” I think Castle has put up with a lot and she just needs to let things happen naturally in their time and not try to rush it or him. They are too invested in each other to leave each other.

    • Fran says:

      I don’t think naive is not the right word to use. I have been a BIG fan of the way their relationship has been handled this year. I love that it’s based in reality. So many shows have such unrealistic romantic relationships that it’s been refreshing to see a real couple. My only problem is the WAY the uncertainty was shown. It was just way too exaggerated and it really did feel out of character for both Kate and Rick. The problems are all valid ones, I just think it could have been done in a better way. That being said, I’m looking forward to where this is all going.

  13. Karen says:

    for me a cskett break up defeats the premise of the show the idea is castle working alongside beckett at the 12 take away that what have u got no showand no i was nt saying that as a caskett shipeer but a viewer who watches everything and besides stana said they would be closer by seasons end so i say regardless what goin to happen bring it on Oh and papabeckett cant wait to see what roole he plays

  14. Marcus says:

    notice the role reversal, in RISE it was Kate going to the swings and Castle following. Now it appears vice versa. And in ALWAYS, Kate went to the swings to make a major decision, now Castle’s doing that. I don’t think a break-up is coming, as that would just negate all the character/relationship growth from this season, making it a waste of time, and would frankly, be terrible storytelling for such a talented writer as Andrew Marlowe. I’m thinking forward momentum, but seeing as he wants to give us a cliffhanger, maybe it’ll be something where one asks the other an important life altering question and then the screen goes black and we have to wait until the next season for the answer to that question.

  15. Jonathan Carpenter says:

    I think the emotional issues are brought up because Kate is pregnant and while she knows Castle is a good father; given his history with his wives she is not sure about where they are going.

    • Maria says:

      Ugh, please no. Then they’re just together because they “have to be”. If they’re going to be together, please let it be because they WANT to be. Not because they’re having an unplanned kid together.

  16. Sam says:

    Engagement or moving in is my guess.

  17. James says:

    first I’m sorry but people need to relax about this whole issue of Caskett breaking up. i think a lot if it comes from Aus’s blind Item if their wasn’t the threat of it i’m not sure people would be freaking out as much. out of any show creator today i personally believe Marlowe is the best at satisfying his fans, he really understands the core viewership of his show and rarely steers it wrong. he knows what he is doing. have there been a lack of Caskett moments this season? yes but it comes from design more than poor writing. he was very clear all season long that the two while together now still don’t really know what they want out of the other. both are with out a doubt emotionally stunted, especially in Beckett’s case, this whole thing with wondering where they are is a reaction to be caught off guard by how seriously she feels for Castle, I highly doubt she’s told to many guys she’s loves them before, Castle is the one for her and it scares the hell out of her. it’s not about breaking up its about coming to terms and discussing what they want from each other.
    If they take a Break then so be it it doesn’t mean they’re done with each other, it means they need time to think things through, i agree i can’t stand on again off again, it has been done to death, but I have a hard time believing Marlowe will take it in that direction. I strongly encourage people to just watch and see where it goes (read: Keep the Faith) my worry is that some of the viewership will be turned off by the low key kind of finale and not watch, and the morons at ABC will take that as a sign and cancel the show, for those who say the ratings have dipped a lot I’m not sure where you’re getting the info but from what i have read the season average isn’t that far off from season 3 or 4 its down a very little bit in viewers and around the same in demo as season 4. Bring on the Finale, and Bring on Season 6.

  18. Maria says:

    In the season 4 premiere, they sat on those swings and worked out a few of their differences, but as they sat, they were facing in the same direction as each other. This episode, they are facing in opposite directions. Symbolic, maybe?

    • Mary says:

      Or you could say they are facing each other in the eye, so none has the chance to avoid the hard questions and deflect:)

  19. Barb says:

    Really don’t know what’s going to happen but it may be another separation. There’s the job offer in next week’s episode so maybe she decides to do the training at Quantico and then when she returns that’s when they’ll finally talk about where they are going which is about time. If you go back to season 4 Castle basically brought up how they kissed the first time and didn’t bring it up again and so forth. Meredith put a bug in Beckett’s ear but what does she do but keep her concerns to herself rather than having an open conversation with Castle about what really caused his first marriage to dissolve – her infidelity (and possibly wanting a career more than being a wife and mother?).

  20. JT says:

    As a fan of them being a couple I think they will break up and Kate will be the one to do it.

  21. Alan says:

    For those who were freaked out by the whole sitting opposite direction thing, you need to calm down. They are sitting in an opposite direction, but they are facing each other as well, as you can see in one of the picture Kate is looking at Castle, listening to him, I think at this stage they would drop the subtext and have a more open and honest discussion about their future.

    The swingset is actually a symbolism of great things to come in Caskett’s relationship, not anything bad and angst. I read an excellent description of the swingset by a fan on another site. She said, “Oh I forgot to mention that the swingset is a symbolism of great things to come in their relationship. It was where Castle came back to the precinct, it was where Beckett went to think after resigning her job. its where she went before coming to rick and finally making her heart happy. the swingset is a symbolism of wonderful things.” Swingset is a symbolism of moving forward, telling us a big leap is coming ,and it will push their relationship forward, bring them closer. So no need to worry about them breaking up, because they won’t.

    Right now they are at one of those critical moments of their relationship. I agree with Barb, that Beckett was blind sided by Meredith. Meredith open the paradox box , rise up Beckett’s insecurity, blaming Castle for their fail marriage. But she never told Kate anything about her infidelity, her fair share that bring down her relationship with Castle. Castle need to open up to Beckett, and Beckett need to know that Castle wants to have a family with her, and knowing the reasons behind his two fail marriages. There are lots of problems that they need to discuss, and we need to expect many emotional scenes.

    So we don’t need to worry Caskett’s future. They will come out stronger than ever, closer than ever. Besides, a new Derrick Storm book is coming in this summer, I don’t see ABC would cancel the show, or ending it in the next season. We just need to sit down, and enjoy the emotional ride in the season finale.

  22. lame says:

    You who are wondering about next season, cut it out. Castle has recorded it’s highest ratings ever, killing all competitors in its’ time slot. They are back, unless a astroid destroys Los Angeles between now and August. So just knock it off, bet the farm, done deal!

    • badpenny says:

      It doesn’t help when you go on Facebook and see the Castle post saying: “P.s. Some of you folks already saw ‘Still’… I beg you guys to watch tonight’s episode live. We need to keep the ratings up, thank you”

    • Squintern says:

      Actually Castle has NOT recorded its highest ratings ever this season. The series is down significantly from last year and it’s down about 50% (not viewers but that’s down about 2 million since the series premiered) from the third season. It’s hovering right around the abyss of cancellation. It’ll get a sixth. But that’ll be it. They’d be lucky to pull a 7th out of their collective rears.

      Going from a 2.5 to a 2.0 in two years (think about what’s happened—CASKETT) is a sign that something’s not work. The ratings are dropping. And that’s never a good sign. A good show that has the right balance of writing and cast chemistry can go on. But when shows start to push the subtext into the maintext, it’s when viewers tune out.

      And why? It’s the fact that most viewers (the ones that count) don’t care for the Caskett relationship. They don’t. Any TV show over the last 30 years that had the leads get together have suffered in the ratings the following season.

      There’s a spark missing from the relationship. They lack the fights and misunderstandings that come along with relationships. So we had “Squab” — that’s just one episode. And their problems can’t be solved in one simple conversation on a swing.

      A brief break-up is coming to sort things out.

      And there’s a lot to be read into the swing photo. They’re facing “opposite” directions. In every other scene involving the swing, they’ve been facing the same way. Rick is there–he’s thinking things through. But he also doesn’t want to do something that may push Kate into something she’s not ready for (marriage).

  23. Teri says:

    No way will Caskett break up. They are soulmates and whatever the future brings, they will ALWAYS be together.

  24. Rida says:

    Wow! Look at all the positivity on this thread. Welcome change. XD
    Caskett is so not gnna break up. Marlowe is not gng to waste five years of work by ending them. No way. Im not worried. Only nervously excited for the finale. Bring it on!

  25. badpenny says:

    After watching tonight’s episode last week’s makes even less sense to me. Castle was willing to stand and die with Beckett for love but she has no clue where their relationship is going.

    • Amanda says:

      Totally agree. Seems manufactured on Kate’s part to wonder where they are going. And they’ve only been dating a year or so after she spent much of the earlier season pretending he never said I love you. Now, all of a sudden, it feels like she’s doing a 180 and wondering when he’s putting a ring on her finger. He’s willing to die for you Katie – take a chill pill.

  26. lame says:

    Be prepared to lift your jaw off the floor near the end of the final episode, then wonder with everyone else WTF!

    • Sam Jones says:

      Why, what’s going to happen that we don’t know about? If there is an introduction of some elaborate “new twist”, wouldn’t that come off as contrived? Aren’t Caskett trying for honesty, adult conversation, supporting each other, ansering tough questions?

    • Mary says:

      Why are you saying that? Have you seen the finale already? (if so, care to share with us, the mortal souls)?!:)
      Anyway, I saw somewhere that PJJ twited it was epic – epic good or epic disaster, I dont´t know – and MQ twited the viewers would be like “wait…what?”, so I´m expecting anything:)

  27. Krithika says:

    I really hope Castle doesn’t go down that whole “take a break while trying out a new job” route. It’s way too clichéd and so not Castle.

  28. Carla Stokes says:

    At the end of the day we can only speculate on what’s to come. I dare say that among all the thoughts and feelings people have been writing about at least one of them will be right. Lets just wait and see.

  29. I believe they are going to break up, but just for a brief period of time. In seasons 1 thru 4, it was Beckett who took Castle for grated. Now that they have become a couple, it is Castle who is taking Beckett for granted, and she looks hurt. Beckett wants to know where the relationship is going, she has that right. Beckett should and probably will go on that job interview. And Castle needs to propose to her, quick!

    • Cindi LeGrand says:

      I think before they go any further they need to learn to trust each other how can you not tell the person you say you love about a job in another city. He just risk his life for you and you can’t share the fact you may be offered another job?. I think there’s bigger problems in the relationship I’m not sure it can survive based on such a lack of trust.

  30. Castanati says:

    The trust factor was never so much Castle, He has trusted Kate, repeatedly, and she always does something to push him away, or her latest move interviewing for a job in another state, and never sharing, or holding a conversation about the possibility. I as well as other fans, have agreed that Kate is not going to really appreciate what she has in Castle, until Marlowe. Marlowe has to be brave enough to risk something major happening to Castle. Then let Kate see up close and personal, how Castle has made her life, and her a better detective. This would be an in sighting moment for Kate, but Marlowe it has to happen, to create a better Kate, an a more cohesive bond between the characters, if they are going to be an effective crime fighting husband and wife dual – talk about drama between these two! This is great stuff to even move such strong characters into this space, but then this is what also makes great cinema, even for TV!

  31. DRH says:

    What Marlowe and Terri have created is magical, intriguing, and fun, Bravo! I Love This Show!!!!

    However, I agree that Beckett is not going to realize just how important Castle is to her, until she almost loses him to some major event, or trying to save Kate, again. She has taken Castle for granted, again, and again, and poor Castle because he loves her so much… well, he licks his wounds and says okay, Kate! As we saw in the very last minutes of the “watershed” the final episode of Season 5. Kate come with a soft smile, Castle turns ever so briefly, and then away from her so that he can get out what he wants to say. This is Castle being a grown-up guy! Yahoo! A montage of moments such as the letter on the plane on their way back from California would be meaningful, before Kate gives her answer to Castle’s marriage proposal. Nevertheless, Kate is hard headed and she is not going to get who Castle has become in her life and the important part he plays in her life and career, until a life altering moment occurs around Castle! A great backdrop would be her telling Castle things that she has never told him, like how his books, saved her after, her mother’s murder/death.

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