After 8 seasons, Castle‘s final chapter played out Monday night as the series finale wrapped up loose ends and gave the fans what they wanted, a happy ending. Was it worth it?
It’s the inevitable truth that everything must end. All good things come to a close. Sometimes the end is the actual physical end, but the moment that a special thing lost its sparkle. Castle is one of those where the sparkle started to fade, for some it went out completely, others held onto hope that it was simmering and will prevail. Did it? That’s subjective. Yes, they did get a happy ending but did it make up for the rest of this season?
I am still on the fence. This show was special. This show was created and brought hundreds of people together from all walks of life, that power in itself isn’t something that comes easily. It takes something special to get people hooked and Castle had that. That magical ingredient was Caskett. The chemistry between these characters was massive and they stole the hearts of everyone that watched.
Not only that, but this show retained their core cast until the end. Aside from a couple small changes, Nathan, Stana, Seamus, Jon, Tamala, Susan and Molly have been there from the start. To have that many people stick around for 170+ episodes is not something you see everyday. The fact that they kept this together, kept the crew that worked is extraordinary. This show was one of the greats and they didn’t go out with as big of a bang as they could have.
The finale tied up loose strings around LokSat, finally revealing who the mastermind behind this whole charade was. A case that probably didn’t need to happen at all. This is the case that left Caskett separated for a majority of the season. It opened up something that had the perfect closure and it really didn’t do anything to help the story line.
The show-runners had stated they had two endings ready if the show were to receive a cancellation. A cancellation that was most likely brought on after an uproar of fan disapproval of the dismissal of Stana Katic and Tamala Jones. The thought of this show going on without the core of it, the love story between Castle and Beckett, was preposterous. ABC saw the out pour of emotions of a fandom trying to save their show by giving it the end it deserves. The endings included a cliff hanger which judging off the finale would have been the two on the floor dying, ultimately coming through with Beckett did not survive seeing as Stana wasn’t coming back. But they had an alternate ending planned. The one we saw. The 7 year jump. Which I had joked about earlier in the day saying that I hope there’s a jump and we see babies. Interestingly enough that’s exactly what they did. A lot of fans had theories about the end that dealt with time jumps and babies and frankly, they could have done more with that.
There was potential to make that a bigger ending, one that wasn’t so rushed but for better or for worse, Caskett is alive and well and have 3 kids just like the time traveler from season 6 predicted. (That’s still the one of the creepiest things this show has done). Seeing Beckett as a mom was beautiful. Ending on Always was great. The road to get there not so much but for what it’s worth, a happy ending is exactly what they should have done.
Creator Andrew Marlowe was active on Twitter as the finale of his show played out. Was this the MilMar ending everyone had hoped for? Probably not, but both Andrew and Terri were there to show their support to the people that made this show what it was. Thanks for the memories Castle and here’s to MilMar’s book series Marlowe teased after being asked to write the fans a proper ending or continuation. I know I’ll be in line for that series.
The leaves fall, you close the book, you say goodbye. The series might be over, for some long before the series finale, but the memories will last a lifetime. Always.1 of 1