Nov 4 2012 11:00am

Castle’s Romance: Castle + Beckett + Love = Caskett

Castle Season 5Four years in the making, through tricky timing, life-or-death cases, and the steady build-up of sexual tension that could be cut with a knife, ABC's Richard Castle and Kate Beckett finally sealed their relationship on Castle last season. He's the famous writer; she's the sharp detective. Together, they have progressed from annoyance with to tolerance of each other, from bickering to a grudging respect, on to a reluctant friendship and increasingly heated flirtation, and now to lovers. Even better, instead of a plot point or instant gratification, they are all in for a real relationship.

Castle: Beckett, what do you want?

Beckett: You. I’m so sorry, Castle. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.

Castle: What happened?

Beckett: He got away, and I didn’t care. I almost died, and all I could think about was you. I just want you.

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic as Richard Castle and Kate Beckett

With Castle and Beckett, it was never a question of “Will they, or won't they?” It was just a matter of when, and their union was raw, passionate, and reverent to all their years of waiting. Coming off such a high point, it could have been easy for the show to lose its momentum or revert to tired contrivances to keep Castle and Beckett apart.

But this season has already seen a resurgence of Beckett's mother's unsolved murder case, central to the show, as well as the return of another serial killer, heightening the emotion and urgency behind these episodes. And what's really remarkable is how quickly Castle and Beckett have come to need each other in a much deeper way. They seem to be growing stronger and stronger as a unit—one week going for a romantic weekend in the Hamptons, and the next standing together when Castle is framed for murder.

Even as the evidence keeps piling up against him and then makes it appear Castle has been unfaithful to her, Beckett's belief in his innocence and fidelity never wavers. In fact, they are now reading each other's subtle hints and speaking in their own private code.

Castle and Beckett in the Castle Season 5 premiereTheir new relationship has stayed fresh by trying to keep it a secret from friends and co-workers. Innuendo has a deeper meaning now, and they get a sexual rush from breaks in their cases, adding a whole new dynamic to their crime-solving.

Castle: You are so going to owe me for this.

Beckett: Castle, I don't know if the department's gonna be able to reimburse you for all of this.

Castle: That's not the owing I mean.

Castle and Beckett still have their perfectly-timed banter, but it's made richer by the fact that they are each letting the other one in. Closed-off Kate is finally opening up her most private memories and feelings to Castle, and he can finally be serious when it comes to her and how he feels about her. He softens her, and she gives him purpose and meaning. None of what they've had together throughout the series is lost with the evolution of their romance; it's just become more rewarding to see them in this new stage.

Castle: The good news is they're completely fooled about us.

Beckett: Yeah, well, I don't understand why they even care.

Castle: Eh, why do people care about Brangelina?

Beckett: Oh, so we're Brangelina now?

Castle: No, no, no. We're Rickate. No, we're Kateic.

Beckett: Eh.

Castle: Caskett? Ooh, that's good, 'cause of the whole murder thing. Caskett.

Beckett: Mm-hmm.

After only a few weeks, it's as though Castle and Beckett have been together for years, complete with their own couple name, which is just as it should be.


Tiffany Tyer is a writer and editor who loves reading and analyzing all things romance. She also works as a vocalist, a tutor, and a non-profit ministry assistant, and she loves it that way. Her book reviews can be found at Happy Endings Reviews, a blog she co-founded.

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Lisa H
1. Lisa H
I am loving them so far. So hot the way the talk ''dirty'' in the middle of the police station and flirt with each other. I love it. Probably only a matter of time before they ruin the show with it. But in the mean time, I am really enjoying them. :-)
Lisa H
3. akajill
I am a big Castle fan, but putting that aside, I am impressed with the way they have developed the relationship between the two. I've recently been watching older episodes on TNT and I have come to realize that there's been a real slow build going on during the 4 previous years. It wasn't an instant will they or won't they, it isn't all physical attraction. When that sort of relationship is consumated on a tv show it will destroy everything. I don't think this one will. As viewers we can see how Beckett has slowly opened up and why only now she can accept the relationship. We can see how devoted Castle has been and why he waited. It seems a natural and necessary development to the storyline. It's made watching each episode this season a true pleasure.
Heather Waters
4. HeatherWaters
I'm a big fan of the cast (especially Nathan Fillion) but not of procedurals, so I've only watched Castle sporadically over the years. Now that Castle and Beckett are together, though, I actually find it way more fun and have been watching more often. Hope the writers can continue to keep the relationship so fresh and fun. As far as I'm concerned, getting them together has made the show better than ever, and how many shows can say that? Rock on, Caskett!

Also: last night's comic con-themed episode? EPIC.
Lisa H
5. SassyT
I'm so loving that Castle and Beckett are together. I had been waiting and waiting. I agree with others that usually once the couple gets together on other shows it goes down hill but on Castle they've managed to keep it interesting. I was getting a little tired of them not being together but the writers drug the "will they or won't they" out just long enough for me to work myself into a frenzy and then when I thought I couldn't stand it any longer...they gave me what I wanted. Here's hoping they keep up the good work and the good writing. I loved last weeks' comic-con themed episode as well. The fact that Beckett actually used to dress up as a sci-fi character just made it that much more fun. There's a lot to her that hasn't been revealed evidently.
Lisa H
6. Fran K
I adore Castle and can't wait for the 5th season to come on UK TV. In the meantime I'm watching the re-runs on Alibi and thoroughly enjoying them. I like the interplay between all the characters. Its nice to see the development of Ryan & Esposito as well as Castle & Beckett. The banter between Castle & the boys is brilliant, especially when it comes to things we girls just don't get. I love love love his mum, Martha. She & Alexis add a deeper dimension and spice that just enchances the show.

I agree with everyone else, don't let the writers muck this up as its a great show.
7. wsl0612
Castle is a great show, mostly due to the cast and their fantastic chemistry! I love Caskett, but I was disappointed that Lanie and Esposito didn't work out, Parito anyone?
Lisa H
8. Rose Min
They're so meant to be. All the buildup from the past 4 seasons made me hungry for more. I am so in love with them as a couple. And the mash-up name is so apropos.
Tiffany Tyer
9. TiffanyTyer
@LisaH, I also LOVE the dirty talk. I think it's taking the banter and electricity to a whole new level.

@akajill, it's cool that you've been catching up and going back to old episodes. There were definitely times in those middle seasons where I felt the writers were really forcibly and unnecessarily keeping them apart, to the point where it almost got to be too much, but they've come through it nicely, and I really like where the show is now.

@redline_, also NOT a fan of procedurals in general, so it's sort of luck in itself that I starting watching Castle from the beginning, but it doesn't feel like a sterile procedural to me. It's always had heart and personality through its leads, the fun-loving supporting characters, and the genuinely interesting cases.

@SassyT, I feel like this show has an opportunity to crack that kiss of death formula of putting the couple together and still continuing the show successfully. Castle and Beckett's relationship isn't the focus of every episode and it's remaining fairly sedately in the background, while also giving us full-blown togetherness, and I think that may lend to its success. In fact, I could use a few more kisses and innuendo even. :)
Lisa H
10. Zee Chen
I just disocvered this show and watched all 4.5 seasons in a month!
I love Beckett and Castle. They are great together.
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