CASTLE Season 6 Finale Post-Mortem: Andrew Marlowe on the ‘For Better or Worse’ Fallout

May 13, 2014 by  

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[Warning: This post contains massive, massive spoilers for the CASTLE season 6 finale, “For Better or Worse.” Please do not read this interview until you’ve watched the episode.]

CASTLE spent much of this season plotting Castle and Beckett’s perfect wedding, but the finale threw problem after problem at them: they found out Beckett was accidentally married to an ex-boyfriend (who then tried to blackmail her, and got kidnapped); the wedding venue burned down; Beckett’s dress was destroyed; and then once the duo rejiggered their wedding plans, Castle’s car was seemingly forced off the road, and when Beckett was called to the scene, she saw her fiance’s car in flames.

Yeah, it’s going to be a pretty long summer.

To get a little more insight into what went down (including Beckett’s surprise husband, and the decision to have C/B not tie the knot this year), I spoke with CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe about the finale and what’s to come…

Let’s start off with one of the biggest questions I think fans will be asking this summer: who the heck was driving that car, and what can you say about them at this point?
Andrew Marlowe: Our stunt coordinator! Oh, no, that’s not what you’re asking. [Laughs]

Oh, you’re funny! But no, that’s not what I’m asking.
AM: We’re hoping with what we’re doing now, we’re opening up some very interesting storytelling for the beginning of next season. And that’s all going to be wound up in how we’re coming back next year. So we’re really excited to get into it.

Can you say whether the person who was driving the car is a character (or related to a character) the fans are already familiar with?
AM: I think the fans are absolutely right to wonder that. They’re absolutely right to wonder if the specter of 3XK is out there, if it’s Bracken, or if it’s some new element. It’s what we want them thinking. And when we come back, we’ll get into that full force. We think we have something really fresh and interesting to play with that’s going to lead to some very good storytelling throughout the fall.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know I was certainly thinking of 3XK when I watched that final scene.
AM: Well, anyone who watches the show knows who all of our standing bad guys are. So we know it’s going to be on the audiences’ minds. And, by the way, it’s very much going to be on the characters’ minds when we come back in. I think it’s only fair to ask those questions. But of course, I’m not going to answer them.

A quick clarification question, though: is there a body in the car? Or is Beckett just seeing the flames and, understandably, assuming the worst?
AM: [Joking] I couldn’t tell, because there were too many flames.

I wasn’t sure if some poor innocent person had to die in order for this ruse to play out and delay them, or if when the flames get put out, they’ll realize the car is empty…
AM: [Laughs] Stay tuned.

Will there be a time jump when next season starts up, or are you looking to play out the impact of that final scene?
AM: I think it’s only fair for the characters and the audience to play out the impact of that. I think it would be unfair to ellipse over something that is such a big moment. And to answer all the questions you’re talking about, and sort of wrestle with them, I think we have to start immediately right where we left off.

So, looking to the episode itself, at what point in crafting the season (or series) did you know that Beckett was actually married?
AM: We started playing with the idea a third of the way to halfway through the season. A lot of it had to do with resolving some aspects of Beckett, so when Beckett and Castle move on, there can be a little more parity. So with “Veritas,” we very much felt like we needed to close off Beckett’s mother’s murder arc in order to free her up in order to move forward.

But she also always occupied the moral high ground with Castle and his previous relationships. And this is a way to humanize her a little bit. To take her down a peg in a way that’s very endearing to Castle. [He’s thinking,] “Okay, I’m not the only screw-up.” And of course, since she was young when she did it, and she didn’t really know what she was doing and it was all a lark, it’s something that can be easily forgiven. But it does serve as a complication, certainly to the two of them, as they’re trying to get married.

And it’s a little bit of — I believe it was Janeane Garofalo who had this experience where she discovered [20] years later that she had gotten married in Vegas, and she was with her boyfriend at the time, and it was just a little bit of a lark, and there was no paperwork, and she thought it was all, ha ha ha, church of Elvis stuff, and then she finds out, “Oh my gosh, I’ve been married for all of these years.”

At what point did you know that Castle and Beckett wouldn’t be getting married this year?
AM: In my mind, relatively early on. Because there’s a little bit more storytelling we want to go through before we go there.

Since so much of this season did deal with the wedding planning, are you planning on putting as much focus on the plans for the next wedding attempt, or will it be handled differently this time around?
AM: [Joking] I think that we don’t know Castle’s alive…

Assuming he lives.
AM: Certainly when we leave the season, we have two characters who have advertised themselves as very much being in love, and very much being ready for that. And whatever this experience is — which the audience doesn’t know — it’s something they’re going to have to work through.

I’ve always said, we’re telling a long-arcing love story. And a lot of the clues to it is really the speech in this that Castle gives about fairy tales. And what you have to overcome to have the great love story. And that’s who these characters are: because their love story is so epic, there are going to be these moments they have to get through.

And, by the way…they’re going to get married at some point relatively soon, and we’re going to have to deal with storytelling after that. There’s still going to be interesting challenges and bumps in the road, etc., etc.

Was it important to have that final phone call between Castle and Beckett be sweet, loving and supportive before all this went down versus there being tension and Beckett being left thinking something else might have gone down?
AM: Yeah, I think it was absolutely essential to have that phone call: everybody’s cards are on the table, and everybody knows how they feel about each other.

So at least relationship-wise, whenever he returns, they will be solid?
AM: Well, look, that depends on what the experience is. And to talk too much about that is giving too much away. These are two characters who are always trying to be together.

When Castle and Beckett made their attempt to get married, a lot of things were changed up from their original plan: a new wedding dress, a new venue. What, if any, of these new, unplanned elements are you intending to incorporate whenever Castle and Beckett do get married?
AM: I think those are character questions we’re not ready to answer, because I think that’s going to be driven by when it actually happens, and what’s going on.

How will everything that went down impact how Castle does his job with Beckett and the NYPD next season?
AM: I think a lot of the answer to that question is wrapped up in elements of mythology that we’re hoping to open up as we come into the new season. So I think I can’t really comment too much further on that without [revealing] our hand.

As you’re looking to open up new mythology strands next year, are you looking at this as arcing the final story for CASTLE, whether it’s a one, two, three, etc. year-long plan? Or are you more playing it as it comes since television is so unpredictable?
AM: I feel like we have a whole bunch of storytelling in front of us with these two. And we’ll see if the fans continue to be supportive, and if the actors are game, I think there are a number of strands I’m looking forward to exploring. But at any point, if it looks like we’re going to wrap up, I have a pretty good idea of where we’re going to go.

On a lighter note, there was a cute Lanie and Esposito moment when they were waiting for the wedding. Are you intending to play with them and that relationship a little bit more next season?
AM: That’s one I’ll have to say, we’ll see, in terms of some of the other storytelling elements that we’re playing with, and what the balance is — finding the right balance between all the characters.

Before I let you go, is there anything you want to tell the fans who now have a very long summer ahead of them as they wait to see how Castle, and Castle/Beckett will make it out of this OK?
AM: I’m sorry you have to wait so long, but we think, and we hope, the storytelling we’re opening up is going to be worth it and a lot of fun!

So, what did you think of the CASTLE season finale?

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51 Responses to “CASTLE Season 6 Finale Post-Mortem: Andrew Marlowe on the ‘For Better or Worse’ Fallout”

  1. Charley on May 13th, 2014 2:06 am

    It sounds like this season was pretty out there just from reading this interview. Like REALLY out there.

  2. CharacterDriven on May 13th, 2014 4:09 am

    Is it fall yet? (meep!)

  3. wdv on May 13th, 2014 4:18 am

    So could the interviewer also have asked thig guy how we need to believe that in 15 years it was never discoverd that Beckett was married before.

  4. Libby on May 13th, 2014 6:01 am

    Not very original. Saw this on BONES when Angela discovered she was married.

  5. Cat on May 13th, 2014 6:43 am

    Not interested in the least in a season 7. This show is ruined and over.

  6. Barb on May 13th, 2014 7:21 am

    I absolutely hated the way they handled the finale. Not only does it let down the fans, but it’s a copycat of the Bones storyline when Angela finds out she’s already married. What I want to know is, who played Tildy, she’s so familiar but I can’t place her.

  7. Phyllis Nethken on May 13th, 2014 8:03 am

    I hated the finale for season 6. Mr. Marlowe and his gang misled the fans throughout this season and gave us just enough crumbs to keep us tuning in every Monday. Castle has a great cast headed up by Nathan and Stana but the creators, writers and producers, etc. need to reevaluate what they think is funny and get back to their creative ways that took us through season 4 and into some of the episodes for seasons 5 and 6. Wise up powers that be!!!

  8. Yas on May 13th, 2014 8:37 am

    @Barb : She used to play Tony’s girlfriend on NCIS if that’s where you’ve seen her.

  9. Rich on May 13th, 2014 9:10 am

    This was the worst ep of the series. It was not the content itself – silly, less than creative – but the way it was promoted. The audience was set up, not by the writing but by the marketing of the ep.
    Season 7 is no longer on my watch list. I am content to have wrapped this series up with ep 22 of season 6.
    As to the ep, the only redeeming moment was the scene with Martha and KB.
    The first part was a “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” meets “Enemy of the State.”
    There also seemed to be a general malaise in the acting. The writing was too crowded with scenes that further disjointed the storyline. My perception was that MilMar had a clear picture of what they wanted for a cliffhanger then filled the time leading up to that with nonsensical and contrived scenes. Fiction is good; fantasy, not so much.

  10. Martha on May 13th, 2014 9:38 am

    Wow. You guys are harsh. It didn’t have the ending the fans wanted but it keeps the show going. If we wrapped up Bracken and the wedding, I think that would have been too much wrap up. You have to have a cliffhanger. That’s how these shows move forward. I am very pleased knowing the storyline moves on. The imagination of what could happen moves on. As ALWAYS..Kudos to Marlowe and his team.

  11. Ally on May 13th, 2014 9:48 am

    This was like the kids got hold of dad’s sport car, took it for a wild drive and crashed and burned the car! I wanted it to end. I wanted to close my eyes. Best thing for Ep 1 s7 roll back the film. Snip it where it starts to decline and spin out of control, give a decent writer the wheel and write a love story about two people getting married.

  12. Lydia on May 13th, 2014 10:24 am

    “It sounds like this season was pretty out there just from reading this interview. ”

    Not the whole season; it’s been pretty great, actually. But this ep was just stupid. I’m still in for Season 7, though. I didn’t like last year’s finale at all either, and I still don’t like it even in retrospect — I didn’t think that either Beckett’s burning desire to move on in her career or her uncertainty about the status of her relationship with Castle were set up well at all. But at least they did a good job of moving on from there.

    In this ep, I could buy that Beckett accidentally got married on a lark during her wild-child phase, EXCEPT for the fact that she’s gone through how many background checks now? Including being vetted for an extremely sensitive Federal job? And this never came up? Stupid. It’s so stupid that I’m mad they expect us to buy it. And using this plot device to knock her off of the “moral high ground” is a really weird and off-putting way to look at the whole situation, frankly. But I’m hoping they’ll recover in Season 7, just like they recovered from a bad (admittedly not this bad) S5 finale in S6.

    (Also, seriously, guys, you have GOT to quit doing plot twists that Bones already did. Especially dumb plot twists that don’t make sense in your continuity.)

  13. Ricket on May 13th, 2014 12:39 pm

    I feel cheated. I was as willing to overlook the out of nowhere husband as I was the fed job and big wedding, neither of which Kate or Rick would ever want. But the crash makes the entire season feel as if I was being played. BTW, are we supposed to believe that like Kate, her ex was a Stanford student?

  14. Raven on May 13th, 2014 2:18 pm

    Not only should we question the bogus 15 year marriage or how can we believe he was Stanford student. We should also question, her time with the FBI. I would imagine they do a thorough background check and that bit if information would have been discovered. THAT storyline was just stupid, giving the history of past episodes. The Castle writers have been brilliant up to that point. Season 7 better be off the charts or else they will lose their audience. Get to stepping, creative writers…

  15. Dusty on May 13th, 2014 6:24 pm

    Well, Marlowe while every one else is upset – I saw this one coming. Nevertheless, it would have been nice to have the wedding finally, and I heard you when you said, “Soon – for the wedding in next Season 7″, and I say thank you. Nevertheless, the conflicts and battles ahead for Beckett and Castle involve both of them, and their marriage was in my view a symbolic piece of their journey ahead, their love, the challenges, rise and falls of their world as crime fighters, lover, and friends, along with life at the 12th. I have no questions that Castle is a well developed story in Marlowe’ mind with a little help, now and then from fans; and that the TV Cinema is very capable of lasting well into a 10 and/or 12th Season. Nevertheless, there are some things that no matter where Marlowe takes Caskett. There are a great many upset Castle fans, over the wedding finale, but I am still invested in Marlowe’ ability to channel the great film influences of the 30′, 40′, and the 50′, with a little 60′, 70′ and 80′ thrown in for good measure, but the texture of the show must remain true – going forward, even for an optimist like myself.

  16. JDC on May 13th, 2014 6:45 pm

    Castle is a family affair at our house, and with all our friends, but we are all hoping that they pull it together for Season 7, if not ABC/ Disney could pull out the cancel button, despite current talks for additional seasons. The storylines have venture too much into the strange, which is not the same as witty. I love the growth in Stana’ Kate character and hope we see more of this Kate. Castle is going to have to match her in some ways – else their relationship will appear off center, even with Marlowe marrying them soon after Season 7 starts. If this is going to be a crime drama with lite moments – then it should be developed as such.

    I think we all know that the car – SUV is either Bracken or it is tied to 3XK. If it is 3XK then Castle is going to have to man up more than he has, and still display, the crazy imaginative dream like theories, and yet become more lethal, as Beckett becomes more centered with her real self. If Marlowe misses these opportunities in the development and creative stages at this point of working on next season, it will be over and we will all be sad. He needs a criminal/relational psychologist to help support his insights of these characters at this point [he would not be the first creator, to use a person such as this as part of the technical team – advisor], and I know one who will help for “free” – and they are a very, very big fan of the show.

  17. Victoria on May 13th, 2014 7:11 pm

    This fan is disappointed and upset. Really, this past season 6 was great. Castle and Beckett solving crimes, bringing down Bracken and bringing closure to Kate’s mother’s murder and grower closer together, accepting each other. I love this show because of the “crimes” and the chemistry between Castle and Beckett – the best of any characters on any show, in my opinion. I am not looking forward to fall – you blew it, Andrew, this was the Wedding to be. Kate looked beautiful, everything was perfect. Why not give the fans and Castle and Beckett a wedding we were looking forward to all season. I thought this episode was boring – and kind of stupid – not original at all. Married too soon? Every hear about Nick and Nora Charles, McMillan and Wife, the Avengers – all married couples and crime fighters!! Boo Hiss script writer!

  18. pat on May 13th, 2014 7:26 pm

    @Barb she was also in Bones episode the Critic in the Cabernet which I love.

    I had zero problem with the ending but the way they portrayed Beckett was ridiculous not only with the character but specially with her whole trajectory along the the show.
    I didn’ t understand why they have to and I quote
    “to take her down a peg in a way that’s very endearing to Castle”.
    Just a plot awfully written.

  19. Mitzi on May 13th, 2014 8:47 pm

    I’m really upset! That was the worst ending ever! EVERYONE has been looking forward to this wedding for a very long time and to have it taken away like that! Not too sure I can forgive this one, regardless of any stupid reason. We saw Kate change plenty and become more worthy of Castle’s love and it was time! I loved this season with Castle and Becket focusing mostly on the cases with some sweet chemistry between them thrown in occasionally. As someone else mentioned, McMillan & Wife, Heart 2 Heart featured great married teams!
    Anyway, I feel like this ‘Castle Fan’ got kicked in the gut and I really don’t think I can forgive this one.

  20. Lydia on May 13th, 2014 9:07 pm

    @Victoria: Emma Peel and John Steed weren’t married, they just seemed like it. :)

  21. Missy Dalton on May 13th, 2014 9:22 pm

    Loved loved loved the finale. Come on ppl, we are castle fandoms, stanatics, caskett always. Stay strong. Have faith that is the only way we keep the show going. ABC will just let it go & there is still soooo much left for them to do. Hang on to your wedding invitation, I have a feeling you’ll still need it. I know I am.

  22. Nusca on May 14th, 2014 3:29 am

    @missy dalton you’re right, there’s so much hate, just c’mon give them a chance. This show is strong because of the fans! I’ ll sit here and wait till september…

  23. Blacky on May 14th, 2014 5:07 am

    Wow!!! People are harsh here why so much hate?? It’s a drama series not a reality tv show, if we cut of the drama might as well cut off the show!!! Oh and by the way the storytelling is really well done I think you guys are confusing YOUR EMOTION (you are upset and ya didn’t get want ya want) and poor scripting!!!

    Here want I tought of this season finally hope I could bring you to understant a bit more :

    For starter Castle is a drama series but more to it it’s a mindfuck of misslead and unfortunate event. Starting to that point no one ask us to believe that Rogean O’Leary was a Stanford student!!! Kate said : ”I met him during my first year at Stanford”. For all we know she could had been reffering to the time not the place she was in school pre-law that doesn’t mean she never went drinking in bars and party with missfit! More to it he said so himself in the episode: How do you go from picking the lock of the PEARL JAM TOUR BUS to steel Eddie Vedder jeans jacket to being a COP! She (kate) said so herself she was wild before her mom died. Also who said that the FBI didn’t know about the husband?? Maybe they knew and just assume they where separate cuz ya know you can be separated but not divorce so yet again it is possible!!

    But here is the twist in my mind Rogean played her solid seriously we don’t know anything about that guy plus the fact that we learn he knew and pretend she was in a comma for 15 years!!! That is suspect because by some great miracle that hold up in the wedding plot bring her to Rogean, who was in trouble with the biggest Mobster who by the way was in the blacklist of the FBI for the last 10 years and nobody knew where he was. Think for a second that is to far fetched to be a coinscidence especially with the ending car crashed of Castle!!!! Are we overlooking the obvious don’t you guys remember who Castle’s Dad is????

    Finally for those of you who are truly CASTLEATIC out there remember since day one in this show nothing happen for no reason or coincindence in the long run an episode that we judge poorly always ended up being the first puzzle of a far more larger picture! Andrew as proving in the past the fact that in each episode they were breadcrumps of things to come in the future!!! Maybe today it does’nt make sense but let see what happen in season 7 before judging who knows I might be right or hell I might be completly wrong but I shure know something : I WILL NEVER BE DISEAPOINTED !!! Upset at time i’m shure i’m but that is emotional not rational !!!!

    Peace Out!!

  24. CarlaUK on May 14th, 2014 7:48 am

    I had great issues with the ‘already married’ situation myself, not only from the ‘Bones’ comparison but more about how it was never discovered when she first became a cop or later in the FBI job. Background checks and all that. It didn’t make sense.

    However I understand that Marlowe is looking for a little more parity in the characters and I can go with that but felt that he maybe could have done this in a different way.

    However I will not be giving up on the show. There are always highs and lows in these long running procedural shows. Being from the UK, the only other US shows I follow are Bones and The Good Wife and they too have had their ups and downs but I have stuck with them and still manage to overcome the many rants and disappointments I have had with them over the years.

    On a final note, I am so very much relieved that a couple could not marry in the same bizarre circumstances here in the UK as they can in the US

  25. Chrissi on May 14th, 2014 7:58 am

    I was willing to buy all the “Kate is married since 15 years and even the FBI didn’t notice” nonsense and all the other “distractions” if it would finally leed to the wedding. I could have lived with it, if they would’ve cut right before the wedding with Rick waiting for Kate at the altar and Kate meeting her dad for walking her down the aisle and start season 7 with the actual wedding (If they were soooo afraid the people won’t tune in otherwise. Everyone tuned in after they finally got together at the end of season 4.). Or show the wedding and let Castle be kidnapped/have an accident after the party. BUT that ending was overplayed and a slap in the face of the fans. The moment of the wedding is now ruined. My fear is, they will get some short inbetween wedding now. Of course I will tune in this September, MilMar must have the chance to redeem themselves, and if they do, I’ll be the first who will admit, that their plot was better – but somehow I doubt it! After the Washington arc, which was FORTUNATELY quickly put to an end, this is the 2nd time I was disappointed by MilMar, but this time it was much worse!

  26. Dave on May 14th, 2014 10:36 am

    Frankly, it’s beginning to look like you’re all getting a bit full of yourselves. Bigger picture, greater story, blah … blah … blah. And to resort to one of the worst cliches in television for the cliffhanger – are you all so insecure about your ability to draw an audience in the fall that you must do this? It cheapens the whole experience. The thing is, you have an opportunity to make something work that has ruined many a series in the past – the main characters actually having a working relationship and maintaining viewer interest in the show. It can be done and has been done in the past – but it is all too rare. Take “Heart to Heart” for example. But dragging out the wedding, and other silly cliches undermines our confidence that you can pull it off. Even in the interview, Marlowe, you make a feeble attempt to bury the seed of doubt regarding Castle’s future even further. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Here’s a bulletin for you – we don’t watch Castle to learn whether they live week-to-week, but rather to see how their relationship works together (and sometimes not together) to solve the crime of the week. They are who we’d like to think we are for an hour each week. When your resort to this cheap gimmickry, it’s like seeing the ventriloquist’s lips move or the cards up the magician’s sleeve – the illusion is shattered and our reason for continuing is left in doubt. I give your “cliffhanger” a 1/2 out of 5 stars. Boooooooo.

  27. Laura on May 14th, 2014 2:02 pm

    Marlowe really screwed the pooch on this one and I think he knows it which is why his answers have been so defensive and disrespectful to the fans.

    We began the season with Beckett as a Federal Agent for the US attorney General’s office. For a job like that they don’t just do a background check, they scrub it, climbing up your ass and the ass of everyone you know. This ‘first husband’ would have been discovered. It would have been discovered in the background check done when she was hired by the NYPD. With each piece of criminal history added for comic effect the situation just became more ludicrous. Beckett is a LEO meaning she has had Federal background checks! I expect her to have had background checks just like I expect her to have gone through firearms training and certification! It’s an integral part of her JOB!

    Even with all of that if they had kept this a lighthearted romp
    with a satisfying ending, I would have overlooked it. However, don’t insult my intelligence and then add insult to injury by not bothering to finish the story and instead just stringing it out (especially with a predictable ‘plot twist’ I’ve seen in other shows countless times, for example “The Glades”). I had been hoping against hope since last September that they would not pull this predictable ‘plot twist.’ Not sure if I even care enough to watch next season.

  28. Angela on May 14th, 2014 2:24 pm

    Complete fail! I wont be watching next season. The fact that they didn’t get married is utter garbage! I am extremely disappointed with the writers and feel bad for Nathan Fillion that he has to be in such rubbish! I hope he leaves this show soon and does something more deserving of his talents. I’m done watching Castle!!

  29. Symbol1970 on May 14th, 2014 3:53 pm

    Hey Andrew, why don’t you get Beckett pregnant soon in S7 and then go kill the baby off right after its born. That way you can create even more emotional rollcoaster for the couple.

    Getting shot, almost dieing in a freezer, almost dieing to dirty bomb, drowning, and now a death right before they get married.

    Glad you love to spread out the relationship over 6 years, now I need to find a shark and a motorcycle.

  30. Victoria on May 14th, 2014 7:57 pm

    To all of above Castle fans – I have enjoyed reading your comments so much. I have been reminding my adult self that this is just a TV show and not real. Because I have to confess I was/am so upset we (fans, Castle and Beckett) did not get OUR dream wedding that we waited all season for. I love the show. I watch reruns whenever I can. Castle is the best crime show on TV, in my opinion, because there is no gore and the cases are really believable and the chemistry between Castle and Beckett is so real. The whole cast is great. I love the Castle who has waited so long for Beckett. He acted lovesick, because he was. And Kate had to be sure she wasn’t just another one in his book. Nathan and Stana are great actors. I’ll get over this. I am an adult!!!!

  31. Moochiecat on May 14th, 2014 9:04 pm

    I went into the finale assuming there wouldn’t be an actual wedding, because that’s how Marlowe & Co, flow. Why would you just simply present a wedding when you could truly “ruffle all the feathers?” And “ruffling all the feathers,” may lead to some very fun or dramatic episodes. I’m perfectly willing to see “where the wind blows,” LOL! (Like the possibility of some “Esplanie” raising it’s head again)! It’s a fun crime procedural/love story; with excellent actors, producers, and writers. I’m fine with “going with the Marlowe Flow, LOL!

  32. Patty GooD,am on May 14th, 2014 11:37 pm

    I feel betrayed like that famous Dallas season!! I wanted to see that beautiful wedding in the Hamptons (where I thot it should have been all along!)!! After all that foolish nonsense for 50 minutes I was really hoping it would be redeemed with the wedding! If they have them getting married by a JP in a hospital room it will be even more infuriating!! Enough is enough!!

  33. Halo on May 16th, 2014 3:34 am

    I absolutely hated the episode. This storyline was so insulting to the fans, the actors and the characters alike. Everything was like a slap in the face. When the “mobster from the 70’s” filler episode was more believable and infinitely more enjoyable than the highly anticipated WEDDING episode, then guess what, “MILMAR” has a problem. I don’t understand how they could even think that we would just be okay with the wedding not happening. Not to mention the transparently obvious and degrading “previous marriage” storyline that cheapened Kate’s character and gave Castle and Beckett no time together and to be in love before the biggest day of the whole series. Sure, weddings are stressful and things go wrong, but this was so over the top and contrived and just generally DUMB that I couldn’t believe I was watching my favorite, normally smart and funny show, Castle! It SHOULD have been an episode to remember and cherish, and now we all have a bad taste in our mouths instead. Andrew Marlowe had better pull his head out and allow us all to love Castle again in the fall. And for those of you saying that true fans will always love everything that the writers put out, you can stuff it. NOBODY gets to decide who is a “true fan” and who isn’t, and everyone is entitled to their feelings and opinions. We wouldn’t complain if we didn’t care, and all the complaining really means is that we love this show and the people who make it happen, and we want it to shine. S06E23 was NOT SHINY.

  34. Jocelyn Mapili on May 16th, 2014 1:41 pm

    I stayed late to watch the most awaited finale just to be very disappointed.This episode was created and poorly written by Marlowe and company.Viewers come from different intellectual backgrounds and to be handed this subpar storyline is insulting. I think the show needs fresh writers and directors who could challenge Marlowe|s so called creativity. Nathan and Stana should demand more otherwise their talent is just wasted.

  35. CautionH on May 17th, 2014 9:05 am

    I think that Halo hit it spot on. In addition to being insulting to fans, the Rogan character was highly offensive to me. Is it really funny and charming for a man to lie to, steal from , cheat on and con women? Nothing Marlowe said in his post show interview made any sense to me. Since when is it “less than human” for a woman to never have been married and divorced before that he wants to make Beckett “more human”? Is there a problem with that so he wants to take her down a peg? Does he have a problem with women? I’ve been trying to understand how a 19 yr old freshman at Stanford could possibly think out of everything to do in the world that getting married would be a joke, especially one with Beckett’s strong views and conviction on marriage, it just doesn’t make any sense to me. Wouldn’t that be like kryptonite for a young lady in that position? Castle was not only one of my favorite shows it was my favorite show, EVER, until that disgusting excuse for the S6 finale. I literally felt quite upset to my stomach after watching it. And Marlowe is so arrogant after insulting and offending with that slop he has the audacity to ask us to come back for Season 7. In the past 6 yrs there was never a time I did not look forward to September and couldn’t wait for a new season of Castle. After this I don’t know if I care enough to come back because no matter what he does from here on out, for me the damage has been done, everything that I admired and liked about Beckett (and it took me a while to understand her character) has been destroyed and short of completely redoing the S6 finale I don’t know how he can redeem himself, at least for me. After asking us to believe for 6 yrs that Beckett was an NYPD detective and was employed in the federal task force working for the AG, and that she was extremely smart and extraordinary, we are now expected to believe that not only did the NYPD and the AG’s office not do a complete background check and picked up the fact that she is “still” married to a criminal with a police record but also that said stupid, idiotic deadbeat actually was aware that the marriage was valid and legal while the “wicked smart” Beckett did not. The interviewer as well IMO could have asked more direct questions to highlight some of the main fans’ complaints.

  36. Gray Eagle on May 18th, 2014 1:17 am

    The leading writer died several years ago, and the lost was palatable; however, the remaining writers plodded along, turning out acceptable to excellent scripts.

    On this last installment, I believe the producer and the writers both lost their way. Yes, each series has ended with a cliff-hanger, but they were to whet the appetite for the coming season. IMO, this time, they failed miserably. Did another script writer die or resign, or did thje producer wake up with a hangover?

    Just a thought.

  37. Go Reds Go on May 19th, 2014 12:51 pm

    I don’t believe a word that comes out of this guy’s mouth. (That is, when he even bothers to answer a question directly.) He has lost all of my trust and as much as I love the cast of this show, I think I’m gonna find something different to do with my time next fall.

  38. Go Reds Go on May 19th, 2014 12:52 pm

    By the way…Barb…the answer to your question: That is Scottie Thompson. She played Jeanne Benoit, Tony’s girlfriend and LaGrenouille’s daughter, in NCIS season 4.

  39. Kaliel on May 19th, 2014 4:28 pm

    I thought the season Finale was flat out mean! All that build up and then to pull that on their LOYAL fans!! Bad writers and bad show runners. They better hope this didn’t piss off so many people that they don’t come back and their numbers drop!!

  40. Teresita Geraldizo on May 19th, 2014 6:43 pm

    Here’s my take on this S6Final Episode for whatever it’s worth ….To have the
    Wedding or not should not stop me from watching more CASTLE. I love the SHOW–
    And I’m glad looking forward for SEASON 7 come September . IT,s an EPIC Love
    Story alright, but not my story, it’s someone’ else writing indeed ….And as the
    Writer goes, so are the plots, Twists, Turns, cliffhangers etc.etc.etc. I may make
    A comment or suggestion but I will not tell them what to do otherwise. Love the
    CAST as well which I’ll never find in any other TV show—-And so I’m staying with
    CASTLE till the END………

  41. KHilty on May 20th, 2014 9:42 am

    I probably would have been okay without the wedding, except Marlowe says there is going to be one. He tries to paint this picture of a Fairy Tale so we are to believe 1 the FBI missed a key point in a back ground check or 2 the NYPD missed its back ground check 3 Beckett needs to be taken down a peg on the moral high ground 4 Beckett now commits B&E for all to see and this is an idea to build into a Fairy Tale. I had high hopes for this series to continue for a long time I think He just signed the spiral out of control coming to an end in a year or two of the series. But I hope they can rebound but it doesn’t look promising

  42. Dee on May 21st, 2014 10:14 am

    I think it gave all of us Castle fans to think about. It could be any one of the bad guys from the past or it could be the big guy they turned over to the motorcycle gang. There are a number of possibilities and although I was looking forward to their I do ‘s I’m still in this for as long as the story last I’m not ready for,it to be over.

  43. Linda on May 22nd, 2014 5:55 pm

    Too much crammed into the finale. Too many flaws. I don’t think even “Castle” would have been happy with this finale.

  44. jim on June 1st, 2014 11:51 am

    They had a chance to rise above the usual TV tripe – a season of two people overcoming problems and staying together, rather than giving up on each other. A happy-ending wedding would have been uniquely classy and provided viewers satisfaction Finale was inexcusably manipulative, tantamount to viewer abuse. Now it diminishes the entire season. I’d watch the show where they catch Bracken over and over, but this one ruins the whole shebang. What do you do, Marlowe, when a store deceives you, or a restaurant abuses you, or a job doesn’t give you the promised pay-off? Return to see what they’ll do to you next time? OR – NEVER GO BACK? Do the math……

  45. shirley on June 5th, 2014 4:14 am

    I have been a Castle Fan from the start.
    I had been waiting like most everyone else for that wedding.
    I watched the final and taped it like I do all of them.
    My family sat down the folloowing night to watch the tape as a family without my giving anything away.
    Needless to say after the plug that ABC gave us on six years of waiting we were all let down.
    We were deceived in a way.
    I will be watching S 7.
    I do hope we fans get a wedding.
    We do deserve that.

    Many “fans” are upset enough to say they might not be back.

    Maybe its just talk, don’t know yet.
    The producers and writer a playing with our emotions.

    I am still going to wait for that wedding.

    Thanks

    Shirley

  46. Carl W on June 9th, 2014 2:45 pm

    I posted this on facebook a few days back and it sums up what I think – It’s been a month and I’m still upset with the finale. I don’t see any way out for the show to get it back on track. They’ve now completely poisoned the wedding well and any wedding that they do eventually work up to will be a lesser, forced, and insincere mockery of what should have been. Also, consider the fact that the Hamptons location is now forever poisoned and cannot be used again. Her mother’s dress is forever poisoned and cannot be used again. The wonderful moment with Martha and her earrings is forever poisoned and cannot be used again, etc., etc., etc. The rule in storytelling of “There is no drama without conflict” holds true. But this ending brought us out of conflict and straight into the physical and psychological torture of the characters. Some wounds make you stronger by overcoming them. Others cut you too deep and leave you forever crippled. I have the feeling this one may have done the latter to the show and the story we love.

  47. Victoria on June 9th, 2014 7:39 pm

    I didn’t think I’d be commenting here again, but I had to let Carl W above know that I totally agree with him. I cannot bring myself to watch the final episode again. I remembered that in the first scene Beckett says that the only thing she is nervous about is saying her vows in front of so many people. First clue wedding wasn’t going to happen. I am having a problem accepting that Nathan and Stana would agree to such a terrible episode. Don’t the stars have some say? Did they sell out their fans too???? They can never have another wedding like the one that should be. Forget it and really, do the fans want any other kind of a wedding for these two? Didn’t they wait 5 yrs? Long enough!!!! I was so waiting for them to say their vows – together, of course, and ending with ALWAYS!!! And for someone at the reception to say that this was a match made in heaven (Beckett’s mom). OK so I’m not the writer but what a waste of a perfect wedding. Beckett arresting Bracken and ending the episode in Castle’s arms – perfect finale!!!!! Again, I say BOO HISS, Andrew!!!!!!!

  48. Fan on June 13th, 2014 7:35 pm

    I LOVE THIS EPISODE!I LOVE THIS SEASON! I LOVE THIS SHOW!
    I love the storyline and the plot twists and yall are too harsh.

  49. Scott on June 16th, 2014 5:47 pm

    No wondering He gone from Castle ABC was beyond upset with the ratings and the reviews and they said they want a Sept wedding with no problems at all

  50. Tom on June 20th, 2014 3:52 pm

    I thought the episode was garbage but I’ve thought that since S&Q in season five, there have been many garbage filled episodes.

    Evidently the recent polls, comments and the general reaction of the fans convinced ABC to act. So long Andrew, I wish I could say it was fun.

  51. Bill on August 18th, 2014 3:42 pm

    After the Season 6 Finale, I am not a fan of Mr. Marlowe. This was the most stupid episode in 6 yrs. If this continues, the show will be cancelled at mid season. It is time for a Casket wedding and all this “new mythology” is a smoke screen to cover his ass for the way Marlowe and his writing staff screwed the show’s loyal fans. I am not near as excited about Season 7 as I have been in the past years.

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