How many years of your life are you going to sacrifice for someone else’s future?
— Watershed Review: The Magic of Marlowe [x]
That’s the critical line and question for Beckett. She became a cop to help the families of murder victims not have to live with the pain of not knowing why their loved ones died. This new job would mean dealing with corporate cover-ups, terrorist plots, and more, with her potentially being able to save thousands of lives, at the expense of her own. She did that when she became a cop, and if not for Castle she’d still be in that mode. As she walks through the precinct, her home, she makes up her mind to not take the job and risk things with Castle. It’s why she can smile at the guys when she says she has something to tell them, but she has to tell someone else first. If you have any doubts about that, just look at how relaxed and smiling she is when she sees him. This is not a woman walking to go break someone’s heart.
Castle might have ended the fifth season with our favorite couple in rocky waters, but the most surprising thing about this season might just have been how smooth the sailing has been for Castle and Beckett. In season five, Castle pulled the most shocking move a show built on a central will-they-won’t-they couple can: it put the main duo in a healthy, happy relationship.
And guess what? The show didn’t immediately implode! In fact, after four years of push and pull and a full season of Castle pining, putting the two crime solvers together opened up a vast amount of new narrative ground to explore.
The conventional wisdom, built on the back of the poor, maligned Bruce Willis dramedy Moonlighting, is that when you resolve the sexual tension the audience has no more reason to watch.
“What if the dance is all we have?” Beckett wondered about her relationship with Castle in the season finale. From a meta perspective, the show had already answered that question after a season proving that putting the two main characters together didn’t change the magic alchemy of the show’s foundation.— How ‘Castle’ is Showing Happy TV Couples Aren’t Boring (x)