‘Castle’ Fall Finale Recap and Post-Mortem: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Castle’
“Castle” Season 8 Episode 8 “Mr. And Mrs. Castle” aired last Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. In the fall finale, things finally move forward in the LokSat investigation after a murder victim with ties to the LokSat case was found, and new players were uncovered. Meanwhile, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) finally realized what Captain Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) was doing, and the two made a game-changing decision. Also, showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter came out of the woodwork to explain the reasoning behind the Castles break up and more. Read on to learn more about the fall finale, and to learn the reasoning behind the first half of the season.
As promised by the showrunner, the fall finale, “Mr. And Mrs. Castle” ended with a definite shift in the current situation of everyone’s favorite married couple.
The case of the week featured a murdered cruise ship dancer named Laura Madden. She also had a small bag of uncut heroin in her mouth, and who used to work for an environmental nonprofit group.
Captain Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) ended up on the cruise ship, with Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). They had followed her there, and the two ended up working together after the ship started to move. They then only had one hour to retrace Laura’s footsteps and figure out why and where she was killed.
The two then ended up working together, with Castle working Laura’s dancer friends, and with Castle talking to a trio of old ladies who lived on the ship.
Together they discovered that one of the ship’s crew, Acosta, had been smuggling drugs, according to Vikram, via the cruise’s garbage deliveries. It led him looking into the garbage company that the cruise line used. Thanks to this, they realized that Laura had been trying to expose the cruise line for illegal trash dumping.
Meanwhile, much to Beckett’s disappointment, they weren’t able to get anything out of Acosta thanks to his public defender, Caleb Brown (Kristoffer Polaha).
While Detective Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Detective Javier “Javi” Esposito (Jon Huertas) looked into who Acosta’s partner, Hayley Shipton (Toks Olagundoye), upon Castle’s urging, began to hack Vikram Singh’s (Sunkrish Bala) system. It was after they discovered that Vikram had sent the mysterious to Beckett during their anniversary celebration.
The two then hacked each other, which led up to Vikram completely destroying Castle’s system.
Castle then confronted Beckett and left after Esposito informed Beckett that they had located Acosta’s partner, whom they ended up shooting dead, much to her chagrin.
Vikram and Beckett also confronted one of the drivers who worked for the garbage company that the cruise line used and got him to tell them the address of where the heroin was being kept, and got him to agree to call them if he got called again to do another pickup. Unfortunately, the warehouse had been emptied.
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However, not everything was a loss as Vikram had discovered that the man whom the warehouse belonged to was none other than Caleb Brown, who had quit corporate law all of a sudden several years back to become a public defender, which gave him access to dealers and a truckload of patsies. Beckett then cautioned that they tread lightly, as Caleb could lead them to LokSat.
Later that night, Beckett returned to the loft and told Castle that he had been right- that she should have thought of having them break up in public, but work together to take LokSat down in secret.
The two then reconciled with each other and agreed to do just that.
Finally, after half a season, Beckett and Castle are finally back together, which makes the audience and fans wonder why new showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter allowed this story arc to go on even though they knew that this is where it was going to end up
Thankfully, TV Line had an enlightening conversation with them recently had hopefully sheds light on why they chose to tell the Castles story this way, at least for the first half of the eighth season.
The pair, in the interview, said that they wouldn’t have told this part of the story any other as they wanted to be able to challenge not only the actors but the characters they were portraying. They wanted to address several key issues with regards to Beckett- the fact that she is “broken up” as Castle pointed out in the fall finale, and which was why she never thought of teaming up with him from the very beginning.
They also wanted Castle to be able to point it out to her and to call it out for what it really is.
However, the showrunners did state that they would have wanted to spend a little more time with Castle being mad at Beckett before he ultimately took her back in, but they weren’t able to as they didn’t have enough time to squeeze that into the episode.
They did tease, though, that there will be a fresh new dynamic moving forward, as the couple will be seen publicly fighting while working together in private in order to bring LokSat down.
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