Eight years ago, I was as crazy about this show as I still am. Castle was not just another cop show. I loved Castle’s outlandish theories and his happy-go-lucky attitude, the perfect antithesis to Beckett’s take-no-nonsense one. The entire cast was dynamic. Kate, Ryan, Espo, Martha, and Alexis had their moments too. But the highlight of every episode, for me, was Castle’s various antics. I also tried to guess the real murderer before Beckett and Castle did! I loved the show so much that I could watch it over, and over again and not get tired of it. I have binge-watched this show more times than I can remember: especially the first three seasons. I loved the opening credits of Seasons 2 and 3:
“ There are two kinds of people who sit around all day thinking about killing people… psychopaths and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better. Who am I? I’m Rick Castle. Castle. Castle. I really am ruggedly handsome, aren’t I? Every writer needs inspiration, and I found mine.”
and of course, the “Do the Castle” theme song. A lot has happened over the course of eight long seasons. The wait after every season finale was torture. I have literally counted down days to the next season, especially during the long wait after seasons 3, 5 and 6! I could watch all the re-runs and still not get tired of it. I was sad over Captain Montgomery’s death, hated Captain “Iron” Gates initially, (spoiler alert: if you haven’t watched season 8!) but I was disappointed when her character was written out. During the first few seasons, I have wondered when and if at all, Castle and Beckett would end up together, and when they did, I thought that maybe, it was a good thing that it happened after season 5. Seasons 6 and 7 aren’t exactly my favourite, but I loved the Season 7 finale! It was so good that even if ABC hadn’t renewed Castle for an eight season, I would have been okay with it… I think! There are so many moments from each season, that I would love to mention. But since I’ll probably need an individual post for every season, I’m not going there. I have a friend who’s equally crazy about this show. During the past few months, we often wondered if we’d ever give up on the show. There was a time when we both agreed that loyalty was the one reason why we never missed a single episode. But things started looking good, ever since the midseason premiere. And we decided that we would enjoy Castle while it lasts.
The finale is yet to air. The anticipation is sky-high. I wonder how they’ll wrap up the show. After hearing about Stana Katic’s exit, and before ABC announced the cancellation, I had mixed reactions to the season/series finale. Then there’s the talk about an alternate ending, which the writers’ themselves hope will never air. ” Budgetary cuts? “, I thought. You just can’t write off one of the main characters and blame it on budgetary cuts! For years, I have imagined that I would be inconsolable if Castle were to be cancelled. But in the face of Static’s departure being confirmed, cancellation seems to be the lesser of two evils. I’m pretty sure most Castle fans, like me, won’t be extremely heartbroken over the cancellation. Many of them (myself included) were, in fact rooting for the show being cancelled after news about Katic’s departure broke. So in a way, the news of the show being cancelled comes as a relief. I would have held it against ABC for sure, had they ever gone ahead with Season 9 without Beckett and Lanie. Castle is done. It’s better to end the series on a high note, rather than mess up the story. (read: Season 9 probably would have meant replacing Beckett with Hayley. I don’t think it can get worse than that. Thank God for the cancellation!)
Castle is one of my all-time favourites. I don’t care about the falling ratings or what the critics and Castle antagonists have to say. I love this show. This is a show that I’ve followed and watched devoutly ever since its inception. That’s exactly 172 episodes and no, I’ve never missed a single episode all through these eight years. This show has gifted me with lots of memories that will stay with me, long after the series finale has aired. Granted, there was a time, season 6 and parts of season 7 in particular, when I continued to watch, out of sheer loyalty. But season 8 has lived up to my expectations, and then some. I loved the last few episodes. I hope the finale doesn’t let me down. Despite the “Everything ends in tragedy – even an epic love story like yours.” quote from the promo, I
believe fervently hope that the finale will bring closure. Fingers crossed for a finale that doesn’t leave us heartbroken.
But come what may, one thing is for certain. Castle may have been cancelled. But I will always love this show. Always.
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