With the Castle Season 4 finale, “Always,” airing Monday, May 7, Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with showrunner Andrew Marlowe to get the inside scoop on the episode — and what exactly goes down between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic).
In Andrew’s words, “Just stick with it till the end to see where the characters end up.”
In bed, perhaps?
Wetpaint Entertainment: So we can expect a big Castle/Beckett episode?
Andrew Marlowe: Yes. Castle and Beckett have been talking around a lot of stuff for a long time and they’re each been keeping significant secrets from each other and it’s not just how they feel but Castle having made this deal for Beckett’s life with a mysterious character and Beckett knowing that he said, “I love you,” but not knowing that he knows — in the finale all that gets put on the table and they’re forced to confront it in an open and honest way. And I think the fans have really been craving for the two of these people to have that dialogue, have them confront it directly, and this is the moment where we allow them to. And then of course, it’s colored by the fact that each one has kind of betrayed the other and they have to deal with those issues as well.
Let’s talk about the mystery. So we’re going back to Beckett’s mother’s murder. Will we get closure?
Yes and also to her shooting. You won’t get closure. But here’s the thing. Up until now, every time we’ve taken a step into this territory it seems to have gotten more complicated. But what we’re not doing now is complicating it. What we’re doing now is giving us momentum to closure. But this last episode, it’s not so much about that. It’s about it being a catalyst in the Castle/Beckett relationship and what it does to these two guys.
When it comes to the development of these two characters, were you always building towards this episode or did it just happen to feel right at this point?
This season has actually been a trajectory that we had clarity on about two-thirds of the way through last season, when we decided to end last season the way we did, with the death of Montgomery and Castle saying, “I love you” to Beckett. I think we talked about how it was always my intent to deal with the situation from Beckett’s point and not have her really not remember, and not do a TV fake-out. Once we knew that we were laying those cards out on the table I knew that I was going to land here at the end of this season and we knew what moment we were working for, to get to at the end of the season.
I take it, it won’t be as simple as an embrace and the sun setting on them. What should we expect when these people profess feelings for each other?
Well, again, expressing their feelings is also talking about how each has betrayed the other, and I think what you should expect is something a little emotionally messy. Something a little difficult and challenging for both characters, where the conversation doesn’t necessarily go the way each of them expects or each of them wants.
Should fans panic?
No! I don’t think there’s ever any point in panicking over an open and honest relationship, or open and honest conversation in a relationship. And just stick with it till the end to see where the characters end up.
There’s another relationship at odds apparently. Ryan [Seamus Dever] and Esposito [Jon Huertas] are going through something?
Yeah, the decisions that the characters have to make, based upon the case, do put Ryan and Esposito at odds and really challenges their relationship in a way that we haven’t seen.
Is that something that will carry over into Season 5?
You know… watch the show and find out.
You also set up a lot of nuggets this season, like Castle’s father potentially being a CIA agent. Is that something we’ll revisit in the finale?
Not in the finale, but it’s something we’re going to be looking at next year.
And then Alexis [Molly Quinn] getting into Columbia. Is that something we have time to explore in the finale or is that for Season 5?
Actually what we have time to explore in the finale are Alexis’s feelings about graduating and moving on in life and leaving stuff behind. That’s a big issue for her. She is the valedictorian and she’s struggling to write her speech and trying to figure out how she feels. She’s somebody who always does a lot of homework for anything and she’s comparing her speech to Steve Jobs’s address at Stanford. She’s like, “I’m 18 years old — what the hell do I have to say?” So she’s going through a little mini-crisis in the finale as well. It comes together in a really beautiful way towards the end of the show. It’s really something for fans to look forward to, especially fans of Alexis and the Castle/Alexis relationship.
Can you tease the big emotional cliffhanger?
When we get to the end of the episode we have to deal with the culmination of all the cards that we’ve put on the table, all the secrets coming out, and in this episode we don’t fully resolve the case issues and those end up hanging over our heads when we get to the end. And, I think, in a really interesting and compelling way given the choices that all the characters have made throughout the piece.
On a very detailed note, is Beckett sitting in the same swing set that Castle and Beckett sit on in the Season 4 premiere.
Very observant. Was that in the promo? For our loyal fans that’s a symbolic callback and in terms of the way we handle it, that’s something for them to pay attention to in the episode.