Episode Title: Watershed
Renewal Status: Renewed for season six
Pre-finale Thoughts: This has been one of the most enjoyable seasons of Castle for me. While there have been some misses, this season has also had some particularly incredible episodes. I have been really happy with that they have done with Castle and Beckett’s relationship this season (with the exception of the events in The Squab and the Quail) and I feel hopeful that I will continue to be happy with the choices made for them. I liked that both Ryan and Esposito got an episode this season that allowed us to learn a little more about their past and I like the way Gates has started to become more of a part of the team.
Finale Thoughts: I think I missed something at some point in the last five seasons. Until the last episode, I have never gotten any sort of impression that Beckett wanted more than to be a homicide detective. She’s proud of the work she does and of the answers she can give to the families who have lost a loved one. She would be amazing at this new job but I was surprised she wanted it. Like she said in this episode, that precinct is her home and her co-workers are her family.
I do think Castle was right to be upset with her. I understand why Beckett didn’t tell him and I understand those walls, but I also know that they can’t be as fortified when you are in a relationship. Castle felt hurt and I don’t blame him.
I’m glad that they finally both got a chance to think about what they wanted and where this is going. They have been dancing around each other for five years now, they’ve just moved a little closer. Beckett needed to hear what Castle had to say on the swings and he’s going to need to hear what she has to tell him next season. Stana did a fantastic job portraying the heartbreak followed by an instant hardening so she wouldn’t fall apart when Beckett thought Castle was breaking up with her. Nathan followed it up with the look on his face when he proposed. Castle is terrified and still hurt but he knows he wants Beckett in his life, even with the walls.
Hopes for Season Six: Please don’t break them up or do something to seriously damage their relationship. I am so tired of couples getting together only to have something completely derail them.
I want Beckett to stay in New York. I want her with the people who love her and I want her to be confident that she is where she is supposed to be. She knows she’s good. She just needs to know that even though she isn’t solving national cases that affect the future of the country, she is making a difference through the cases she does solve.
I also wouldn’t say no to more of Lanie. Until we get this, this will always be one of my biggest hopes because I love Lanie and Beckett’s friendship and will always want more of it.