As the shot rang out, Det. Kate Beckett went done, and Castle whispered those three words we’ve been waiting to hear all season. “Kate, I love you. I love you, Kate.”
Never has one show evoked so many raw and genuine emotions as did the season finale of ABC’s Castle.
“Knockout” dealt with the case of Johanna Beckett, who was murdered by a hitman because of a legal case she was working on. (SPOILER ALERT) The season finale left us on edge when it was revealed that Capt. Montgomery was involved with two other NYPD cops who were killed trying to expose the truth.
Where to begin.
After Andrew Marlowe, the creator of Castle, let it slip that a cast member would die in the season finale, I knew that it had to be Capt. Montgomery. Why? I guess you could say I had a gut feeling, especially after the announcement on last week’s “Pretty Dead” episode that he was retiring from the force. Why else would that be written into the show? It had to serve a bigger purpose, and my theories were confirmed.
But the way he went down was completely unexpected. We were led to believe that Capt. Montgomery brought Kate to the helicopter hanger so the hitman could kill her. But he used her as bait. Enter Castle, who carried a kicking and screaming Det. Beckett from the scene (We’ll get back to this performance in a minute). The Capt. went down protecting her, which made the final scene even more intense. Just when you thought that the Captain had made the “ultimate betrayal,” to quote the promo, towards Det. Beckett, you realize that the ultimate betrayal was towards the hitman, Hal Lockwood, and the person he was working for.
As for Stana Katic‘s performance as Det. Beckett. Oh my gosh. Where do I even begin?
Strong. Emotional. Raw. Katic’s performance took the viewers on an emotional rollercoaster. In this episode, we saw Beckett a truly strong female character, possibly one of the best female characters ever written and performed to date. But my words can’t even capture the essence of this performance (Much like Castle couldn’t articulate his feelings in that intense scene between him and his mother). You just need to see her performance for yourself. Amazing.
When Det. Beckett was shot, which was a shot heard throughout my house, and I’m sure many other households for that matter. My dad and I, both who were watching the episode on different TVs screamed out as she fell to the ground. Totally and completely blindsided by this.
This episode was a great end to an unforgettable season. It contained continuity from past episodes, which some critiques have complained about. Now that third season is complete, let’s look at it in its entirety, and not on an episode-by-episode basis, even though that’s kind of what I did here. The difference here being that it was the finale to the season, and the other episodes are strategic moves leading up to this point.
But like I said before, never has a show captured me like this one has. It’s witty, charming, raw, full of emotion and speaks a lot of truth to relationships.
So where do we go from here?
This is going to be one long summer void of new Castle episodes, but I guess I’ll re-watch the season on my DVR (Thank god). Of course Beckett cannot die. From what I’ve read everyone seems to be focusing on this aspect, but you wouldn’t have a show if she did. Who would Castle follow around? Not to mention the loss of sexual tension and witty banter between Beckett and Castle.
But rather where does the relationship between Castle and Beckett go, and how does her identity evolve after the revelations of the season finale? Even more importantly, what does this betrayal mean for our friends at the Twelfth Precinct?
So for now, I leave you with a quote from Det. Beckett, as we all sit in a cloudy haze of shock:
If you’re lucky, you find someone willing to stand with you.
But if you’re like me, then this isn’t enough, and you’re grasping for anything Castle related. Head over to TV Guide to check out the interview with Andrew Marlowe about how we move forward in season four.
September cannot come soon enough.