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ABC’s hit show ‘Castle’ made waves Monday, August 27 by showcasing the very first promo with scenes from its upcoming fifth season. The scenes were accompanied by the rerun of season four episode “Headhunters” and sent Castle fans into a frenzy as they ready themselves for September 24th, when “After the Storm” premieres.
Spoiler alert for the promo and the previous seasons of ‘Castle’ ahead.
For those who don’t know, ‘Castle’ is a crime dramedy about novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) who shadows the gorgeous Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and uses her as the inspiration for his novels. At first, the two constantly butt heads as Castle is fun loving, flirtatious, and often irresponsible while Beckett takes her job very seriously.
Still, she discovered his knowledge of criminology and outside-the-box thinking made him a valuable asset to her investigations. As the seasons progressed, the ice around Beckett’s heart began to melt and they became more than just a writer and his muse. She considered him to be her partner, her confidant, and her most reliable friend.
At the end of the third season, while investigating her mother’s murder, Beckett got shot and Castle blurted out that he loved her as she lay bleeding in his arms. She passed out and was taken to a hospital. When she awoke, she told Castle she had no memory of the shooting or anything that happened afterward, but revealed to her therapist that she did hear Castle’s confession. Castle decides not to tell her again and buries his feelings so that they can remain friends and partners nonetheless.
However, this does not last because towards the end of season four, Beckett blurts out to a suspect that she remembered being shot and Castle overhears. Feeling angry and betrayed, Castle decides to start distancing himself from her to avoid getting hurt again, but then another suspect in the case of Beckett’s mother’s murder pops up and the two are thrown back together.
The pair learns that the cover up of the murder reaches higher up than they ever expected and Castle begs Beckett not to look into the case or she will be put in the cross-hairs again. Beckett refuses to back down so Castle walks out. Beckett goes after the killer but cannot beat him and almost dies. As a result, she realizes how much she needs Castle and goes to him after resigning from the force. The two consummate their relationship in the finale of the fourth season.
The promo picks up in the “morning after” with Castle and Beckett taking a moment to deal with the repercussions of sleeping together for the first time. Castle is relieved to find out that it wasn’t just a dream and both of them seem to be happy with how things are going. Still, there are more pressing matters at hand.
The killer Beckett was unable to apprehend in the season four finale is still on the loose and wants to take her out. The promo is rather short so there are only bits and pieces revealed about the larger plot in the works, but Castle fans are sure that the investigation will reach its explosive conclusion by the episode’s end.
The biggest reward of the footage is seeing Castle and Beckett together and being honest with each other. One of the largest hurdles of the show has been their unwillingness to admit that they are in love. It is a relief to see that the writers and creator Andrew W. Marlowe have no intention of cheating the fans by skipping over the “morning after” scene. For once, Castle and Beckett will have an adult conversation with each other and can move forward as a couple.
‘Castle’ returns with new episodes September 24, 2012 at 10pm EST on ABC. Don’t miss it.