Meeting the parents is a rite of passage for any new couple, but for Richard Castle and Kate Beckett, the stakes could not be higher. After hyping us up for four painfully long seasons, Castle creator Andrew Marlowe finally made Caskett's relationship official — and now it's time to face all that comes along with it. Like the fact that their parents may not get along too well.

What does the tension between Martha and Jim mean for Castle and Beckett? Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Marlowe for an exclusive interview about this disastrous dinner date, and the long-term consequences on our newly coupled-up crime solvers.

Read on for more info, and tune in to Castle Season 5, Episode 8: "After Hours" on Monday, Nov. 19 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Wetpaint Entertainment: What can you tease about the upcoming episodes in November sweeps?

Andrew Marlowe: We have an episode that starts off with a "Meet the Parents" dinner that doesn't go well. It causes a little bit of stress between Castle and Beckett. And as they're investigating a murder, they have to go pick up the witness to the murder, and they're bringing the witness into the 12th precinct when they suddenly get jumped. They lose their phones, their badge. Beckett doesn't have her gun, and they're on the run in a bad part of town in the middle of the night with no way to get back to the precinct, in the midst of having a little bit of a couple's spat. So it's tense and fun at the same time.

What can you say about that dinner with Jim and Martha?

Well, let's just say they don't hit it off in the way the kids had hoped they would because they're two very different people. And of course, it makes Castle and Beckett think, “Well, we're two very different people. Are we looking at our future here? If they can't get along, what does that mean about us?” It's all sorts of fun. So we explore that along the way.

But we shouldn't read into some sort of love connection between their folks?

Oh, I don't think that you should read that in right now. And also, that would be a little weird, wouldn’t it?

Are we going to see tension in Castle and Beckett's relationships beyond just the parents?

I think that in any relationship when you get together, there’s surprises. There are bumps in the road. There are times when you question decisions that you made. And I think like any authentic couple, we're going to see them do that as well.

Are you happy at this point, putting them together and finally getting to tell that story?

Yeah. For me, it was absolutely the right decision. I don't think we could have kept them apart unless we were doing something artificial that would have felt to the fans like we were faking it. I think it was time for the two characters to come together, but it's certainly not the end of their story. 

How this relationship develops, whether they last, whether they sustain, how they deal with the bumps in the road, all those things are interesting. And it's not like the two characters have fundamentally changed when you get into a relationship. He's still Castle. She's still Beckett, and they still have fundamentally different outlooks on life. Sometimes that can work in a relationship, and sometimes it can cause stress.

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