CASTLE Season Finale: Now We Know How BONES Fans Feel!

How did BONES fans put up with five seasons of will-they-or-won’t-they?!

That’s the question we find ourselves asking after last night’s CASTLE season finale that culminated in a serious (albeit not-expected) detour on the road to Beckett and Castle’s happily-ever-after in the form of Castle’s ex-wife. An ex-wife who, as luck would have it, will be spending the summer “editing” Castle’s book in the Hamptons leaving poor Beckett back in New York too pick up the pieces of her shattered romantic life having just broken up with Detective Tom Demming upon finally realizing what everybody around her has known for two seasons now: Castle is the man for her. Yes, only on TV does it take a single girl two years to catch onto the awesomeness that is Nathan Fillion… but we digress.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we’ve watched enough TV to realize that this is how the game is played. The classic “will-they-or-won’t-they” is one of television’s go-to TV tropes for a reason: It keeps fans coming back. Unfortunately, it also brings with it the nasty side affect of angering loyal viewers like ourselves who may in fact not enjoy the feeling of being jerked around by writers — who more than likely at the behest of nervous network executives — believe that the the main couple getting together is akin to signing your show’s death warrant (Or, as it’s commonly referred to in the biz as the MOONLIGHTING curse)

A belief which incidentally we couldn’t disagree with more. After-all, if PARENTHOOD (aka. our favorite new show of 2010) has taught us anything, it’s that two characters in a genuine loving relationship does by no means signal the death of drama. Rather, if handled correctly, it’s usually the start of it! (See another Jason Katims run show, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS)

Of course, this being CASTLE’s second season (which really for all intents and purposes should count as a season and a half courtesy of an abbreviated first season) we’re going to cut CASTLE creator Andrew Marlow and Co. a little bit of slack. But not without first putting them on notice that we best not be having this same conversation come next May. We’re just sayin’

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  • I thought the swerve worked, and it sets up an interesting plotline for season 3. I just hope Marlowe and his team have learned from Chuck and Bones that you can't pull this kind of stuff for too long before fans turn on you. I'm predicting Castle and Beckett will be together in some capacity during S3.

  • joshemerson

    I don't watch Bones or Castle, but I can imagine how incredibly annoying that would be. Well, all you have to do is look back at Ross and Rachel on Friends. It's hard to believe that show went 7 years before getting them back together in the end.

    I love when a show isn't afraid to go there and put the “will they or won't they” couple together. Jim and Pam on The Office are probably the biggest example, and there's Cougar Town with Jules and Grayson together before the first season is even over.

  • I can kind of see why they did not put Castle & Beckett together yet as the show has only really had a season & half but…… I just hope that they do not do a Bones or JAG and instead do let Castle & Beckett get together so roll on season 3.

  • NAB!l

    look at it this way , the romantic aspect of 'bones' or 'castle' is a major story arc and when the shows main couple finally get together it carry a major story change
    some time when that happen things get either awkward or the viewers get bored
    it's like LOST's mysteries , its the thing what keeps the viewers coming back and the writers try to stitch it as much as they can

    I don't like it because it get's annoying after a while but i certainly understand why they do it

    sorry about the grammar and the typos

  • Chelsea

    It's way too soon to put Castle and Beckett together, however much they may spark. I'm glad the show swerved the way it did and I thought it made sense and was played well. I'm just as happy with the two of them as partners and friends though as I would be with them as a couple so I'm far from a 'shipper here but I enjoyed the finale and look forward to season three!

  • shara says

    I was frustrated, it definitely seemed like the time for something to happen between them. But I also thought it worked from a character-perspective, which I often don't see in a lot of will-they-won't-they storylines. I mean, she flat-out told him that she was “together” with Demming, and he obviously was crushed and seeking a rebound, when he told Alexis that he had asked “somebody” and he “thinks she will come around and say yes” I knew it wasn't Beckett he was talking about. But for her to lose both Demming and Castle in quick succession like that was pretty rough.

    I have a feeling that summer with the ex is going to be a nightmare for Castle, after the first few days they will fight constantly and he will be so excited to come back and work with Beckett, but she will be crushed and distant and it will all be back to square one, with him having to re-convince her that he is stable and reliable and not just some rich cad who always has women waiting in the wings, or whatever. I'm really looking forward to next season, this is one of my favorite shows.

  • I don't watch Castle much. I've seen a handful of episodes. I'm a Bones fan. A Bones fan who is with enough pent-up fangirl energy to power a small midwestern town (lol… Bones joke). But in all seriousness… Yeah, it sucks. But at the same time, the dance is so worth watching.

  • anon

    It's really hard to take anything you say seriously when you say something like “for all intensive purposes”. Next thing you'll be telling me is that it's a doggy dog world!

  • I love both shows and I'm very sad about the fact that there's full 4 months between a finale and a premiere. For Castle and Beckett I think is too soon, but I also would like very much to see them together. There's no harm, 'cause I think they'll solve the situation right on the beginning of the next season, with a great outcome for the Castle/Beckett shippers.

    About Bones, well… I'm very very very mad. Not sad, MAD, capital M, capital A, capital D. Not even a kiss? Come on, people? You writers left us hanging without even a “guy hug”? It's frustrating.

  • Kate

    As a pretty die-hard Bones fan myself, is it bad to say that I saw it coming? It's a formula I'm well familiar with. They almost get together, then someone does something stupid, then they get frustrated, then something else brings them JUST close enough together to revive the chemistry. And from there just rinse and repeat.

    … Doesn't take the sting out of it, though. D:

  • Shrikha7

    well,obviously.Castle is a Bones copy.and a bad one.they could sue.