Credit: Vivian Zink/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Esposito, Castle, and Lanie at the Crime Scene in Castle Season 4 Finale, "Always"

Much to Castle fans chagrin, long gone are the days of Esposito and Lanie’s mid-morning cuddle sessions and workday flirtations. Like all good things, Esplanie’s budding romance — which took off in Season 3 and culminated in Season 4 — came and went all too quickly.

While we could be all sad and sour over the demise of their union, as far as we’re concerned the love between the sassy med examiner and her hunky man friend (and, y’know, co-worker) never truly died.

Call us crazy, but even after their tumultuous breakup we saw a few heated exchanges between the former lovebirds that totes proved the ex-flames are still carrying torches for one another. Like, remember when Lil’ old Javi got all revved up when he found out Lanie was touting a “plus one” to Ryan and Jenny’s wedding? Um, so obvious!

And it’s not just the characters themselves who convinced us the adorable twosome are far from over. Castle star Tamala Jones even exclusively told Wetpaint Entertainment in April she believed we’d see Esposito and Lanie together again — Janet Jackson style — although it would take something “spectacular” to get them there. (She also thought it’d happen before the end of Season 4, but we all know Castle execs aren’t exactly in a hurry to push characters together!)

One thing’s for sure: Esposito and Lanie still have feelings for each other (even if they’re too prideful to admit it.) But will they act on their undying love in Season 5, or are Esplanie fans fated for a lifetime of wondering “will-they-or-won’t-they” get back together?

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