Dear Castle Fandom, We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen in the finale, even in the episodes we have left. What we do know now is that we are in this and the only way we are all going to stay alive until May 12th 9|10c is to see this through. I’m sure Marlowe and Terri will do a terific job writing the season finale. They are going to look for ways to kill us all with feels and they will find them. Which will lead us to our deaths. Guys, this is our episode, the one we’ve been waiting for and I hope we can blog and fangirl together after it’s over. But if something happens and we don’t make it. I need you all to know that our friendships, our fandom is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Castle is an amazing show and I love it with all of my heart. Always
Someone whose life has been changed by a writer and his muse.
Fillion always rises to the challenge when it comes to Castle’s dramatic episodes, especially episodes dealing with the 3XK storyline. While Stana Katic got to show off her dramatic chops during episode dealing with Beckett’s mother and Senator Bracken, 3XK has always been a more Castle-centric—and, therefore, Fillion-centric—storyline. These episodes have been building since Season Three to create a layered portrait of a man carrying the weight of years of guilt and fear on his shoulders because he didn’t stop Tyson and instead has become the killer’s favorite target for psychological torment.
Fillion once again did so much with subtlety in this episode. There were no emotional breakdowns (Those seem to be coming next week, which means I will need lots of tissues for my tears.) and no melodramatics. Instead, so much of Castle’s journey in this episode was told through Fillion’s face. It began with radiant joy and adorable hope when Beckett mentioned thinking about having kids, but that changed all too soon. As the case went on and Tyson was brought back into the precinct, Fillion made me feel every bit of Castle’s need to finally have this nightmare behind him and feel some sense of absolution for being too late to stop 3XK all those years ago in that hotel room.
Rick Castle is generally a lovable character, but we’ve seen glimpses of a man who can also be terrifying when the situation calls for it. And Castle is at his scariest when he’s alone with someone he has a personal vendetta against and is acting completely calm (his solo interrogation of Tyson in this episode, his moments before getting information out of the man who played a role in Alexis’s disappearance back in Season Five, his admission to Bracken that he would have watched him die…). Kudos to Fillion for choosing subtlety and restraint instead of overacting because it makes these moments so much more compelling. When Castle finally played his hand with Tyson and with the audience, showing the pictures of Tyson’s mother and the women who looked so much like her, it felt like I needed to hold my breath because the tension in the scene was so palpable. Fillion has such a great rapport with most of his scene partners on this show, but the stuff he does with Michael Mosely as Tyson is some of his best work in any given season.
Fillion was able to give such depth to Castle’s desperation in this episode. Through his scenes with Katic, we could see that it came from a sense of horrible guilt. The weight of it sat heavily on his shoulders and in his face throughout the episode, and I can’t imagine how much more painful it will be to watch next week. If his guilt over 3XK is bad now, I’m not emotionally prepared for what he’s going to feel now that Beckett is in his clutches. His rising panic at the end of the episode was tough enough to take; next week is going to emotionally destroy me in the best possible way.