This should be obvious, but if you don’t want to know anything about the Castle season five finale, don’t read this. It’s a SPOILER, and I’m going to talk about what it may mean. Yes, it will be pure speculation – but it will be based on the evidence….
The Castle season five finale is titled “Watershed.” Since my twitter timeline has been going nuts, I thought it deserved a moment of thought.
First, a basic definition from the American Heritage Dictionary:
1. A ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems. Also called water parting.
2. The region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.
3. A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point: “a watershed in modern American history, a time that … forever changed American social attitudes” (Robert Reinhold).
A more specific explanation comes from the Environmental Protection Agency:
A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. John Wesley Powell, scientist geographer, put it best when he said that a watershed is:
“that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community.”
After reading these meaning, I find that the title of “Watershed” is nearly as hopeful as last year’s finale title of “Always.”
Yes, a watershed moment is a division, a turning point. It’s where the runoff of various rivers and streams ultimately end up. In my review of the most recent Castle episode (You can read that here if you’d like: http://wp.me/pCS51-4ZS) I commented on how Andrew Marlowe seems to want the audience to be clear on the fact that Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) are a solid couple and that the issues between them have been sufficiently dealt with – especially by Beckett. If there is a watershed, it’s that Castle and Beckett are on the same page, heading towards the same thing. “Simple logic” would say that the next step would be to move into a more permanent arrangement, like moving in together, or getting engaged.
Such a decision isn’t always an easy one to make, culturally it’s said to be harder for men than women to decide to make a relationship ‘officially’ more permanent. It is a major change, a pivotal moment in any relationship. In other words, it’s not a choice made without some kind of emotional angst.
Furthermore, the idea that this “Watershed” indicates a breakup just doesn’t make sense. In part because a watershed isn’t sudden. For Castle and Beckett to break up would be an abrupt change of course. It would be the equivalent of a river suddenly moving backwards. No, the course of Castle and Beckett’s relationship is clearly one of being together.
However, we all know that there has to be some kind of angst involved in this, some kind of major change. That change isn’t going to be the direction of the object in motion – Castle and Beckett’s relationship. It has to be something that this forward motion changes, something it leaves behind. I would say that the thing that’s set to change is Castle and Beckett’s partnership at the precinct. It has been the steady factor throughout their relationship’s development, but now, in order for them to move on in their personal connection, the working connection may have to be severed. It’s a choice they are going to have to make. It’s a painful choice. It a change that would affect everything. Add in all the speculation about what Captain Gates (Penny Johnson Gerald) does or does not know about the couple, the issue is one that’s been a ticking time bomb all season.
The theme of having to choose the relationship or the precinct also would fit perfectly in the Marlowe way of mirroring. After all, last season it was Beckett who walked away from the 12th precinct to be with Castle. This season will be Castle giving up the precinct to be with Beckett…. At least that’s the way I see it. So, Castle fans, keep the faith!
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