Closing the Book on Castle

Castle came to an abrupt close last week.  News broke a few weeks ago that our very own Captain Beckett, Stana Katic, would not be returning if there was a 9th season, and shortly after we learned that ABC decided not to proceed with only the Nathan Fillion half of the “Caskett” pair to return for subsequent seasons.

If you are reading this and you are a fellow fan, I hope we can reminisce together.  If you are reading this and you haven’t seen Castle before, I hope that you are interested enough to check it out.  Do yourself a favor and start here.  I don’t think you’ll regret it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the series since I first heard the news, and there are so many good memories from this show.  I can’t really remember exactly what I was doing when I saw my first ad for Castle.  I hadn’t seen anything about it before, and I didn’t know anyone who was personally watching it, but as an aspiring writer I was immediately intrigued.  I tracked down the first episode and was immediately hooked.  Fillion and Katic had electric chemistry, the supporting cast was phenomenal, the writing was superb, and the brilliant concept was executed wonderfully.

Something about it connected with me in a way that truly felt like it was my show.  That I was sharing in something truly special.  This was particularly the case when I introduced my then girlfriend (and now wife) to the show.  I had collected a few of the early seasons at this point, and I still didn’t know anyone else watching the show.  I thought she would enjoy it, so I convinced her to give it a shot.  As you might have guessed, she fell in love with the show too, and we quickly watched through all of the released episodes.  Joining in with Castle and Beckett’s adventures was something we began looking forward to on a weekly basis. Sharing this story with her is not something I will soon forget.

I feel like the show continued to get better over those first few seasons before really hitting its stride.  I don’t know that I have seen a TV show where the characters grow as much and as believably as we saw during Castle’s run.  With Castle, we saw him transform from millionaire playboy who’s only true affections seemed to be saved for his mother and daughter (outside of his love for himself of course), into a caring husband and friend who routinely put his life on the line for the sake of others.  With Beckett, we saw someone who was strong but almost completely closed off after the death of her mother.  She grew to allow her walls to come down and let those she cared about truly into her life. And that is just between the stars of the show.  We also saw stellar character arcs for Ryan, Esposito, and Captain Montgomery just to name a few.

And there were plenty of well-written and mysterious villains for our heroes to take on.  Tracking down Beckett’s mother’s killer, trying to take down the seemingly untouchable Senator Bracken and LOCKSAT, and attempting to match wits with the chilling 3XK were some of the most memorable. Not to mention Castle’s frequently outlandish theories on who the culprits of various crimes could be.

I’m truly saddened that there are so many of these character arcs or villains we won’t see any more of.  This is a big reason why it was a few days before we brought ourselves to watch the end. I thought the finale was pretty good.  It showcased many of the things that made the show fantastic: the great love story, the many amazing and well-written characters, a mysterious murder with twists and turns.  But it did feel a little rushed.  Unfortunately, we probably won’t be able to learn what happened with Castle’s other missing time or see a final rematch with 3XK.

What we did get though was a happy ending, so I’ll settle for that for now.

But perhaps I can put on my “Writer” bulletproof vest for a moment and dare to imagine.  We live in a world with an entertainment landscape that features online streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu.  Perhaps executives there might also see the merits of this incredible show and pick it up, or possibly even execs from one of the other powerhouse TV networks.  Unlikely, maybe, but some of the best of Castle’s theories were as well.

Even if we don’t get more Castle, it has been an amazing journey.  Thank you to all of the show runners, writers, cast, and all the other crew that brought this story to life.  It was one heck of a ride.  I laughed, I cheered, I cried (it may or may not have been more like wept with the finality of the series finale).  So again, thank you.

Always.