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After watching Hunt, the second part of an amazing 2 part episode finished I was actually giddy with the revelation of who Castles father was and just how much of a badass he was. As I sat here though I started to think of something, is Senator Bracken truly a threat anymore?
Let me explain. In the past the threat from Bracken was always one of power and fear, he was untouchable and had the resources and money to make sure his problems disappeared. He could hire teams of assassins to do his bidding and killing has always been the simplest answer for him to solve his problems.
But Bracken is human and he does have fears, the top one being knowledge. People who know his secrets are his biggest fear, his weakness. Even though Kate knows Bracken's biggest secret she can’t do anything about it because she doesn’t have enough proof and evidence and as such she is forced to bargain for her life until she can put Bracken away.
Eventually though, Bracken's fears will get the better of him and he will try and find a way out of this and take out Kate and Castle to protect his secrets. The tides are changing now, with Castles father in the picture. Who truly has the power now?
Castle's father is a spy and a damned good one and has shown he truly loves and cares about his family and will do whatever it takes to protect them. Bracken doesn’t know this he doesn’t know he is no longer the man with all the resources and power, Castles father is.
If Castle really needs help his father could find a way he could get the information Castle and Beckett need to take down Bracken, or he may even take Bracken out himself to protect his son if it came to that.
In saying all this though I don’t think the show would take this route directly they would want Castle and Kate to do this themselves with maybe some nudging in the right direction from Castles dad or possibly someone else who wants to settle scores with Bracken, as we have seen Kate isn’t Bracken's only enemy.
There is a but though. In the previous episode Target we got to see something that was truly awesome and what I like to call “Dark Castle”. We got to see just what Castle is willing to do when he tortured one of the men involved with his daughters kidnapping. He will do anything to protect the people he loves.
I wrote a previous article “Why Kate Beckett could die” which pointed out the reasons why I believe there is a chance Kate could die. After seeing "Dark Castle" I now know that Castle would do whatever was necessary to protect Kate if another attempt at her life was made and that he would more than likely find a way to contact his father knowing he would need his help in stopping Bracken anyway possible even if it came down to Castle or his father having to put a bullet in Bracken to stop him.
What I am saying with this article is that there are so many ways this show could end, but the chances of peace for Castle and Beckett have gotten much higher now with Castles father acting as a sort of guardian angel to his son. When the time comes I really do think Castles father will be involved in some way to help Castle and Kate survive Bracken. If though for some reason one of them does not survive a conflict with Bracken then we will either get to see Dark Castle return and kill Bracken or Castles father kill Bracken. Either way this will never end well for Bracken.
I truly hope for peace for Castle and Kate though it would be a much happier and deserving ending.