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So, Castle season five has had it's first promo. If you are spoiler-free this would be the time to stop reading this article. Okay, are we good? Alright...Did you SEE it? The most intense 21 seconds of my life! AMAZING!
Now that I've gotten the fan-flailing out the way, I have to ask what exactly makes this promo not just hot, but informative? The hot parts are easy: Castle - no shirt, Beckett - his shirt. Fabulous looking tousled, but yet perfect, Beckett hair. Some possible bedroom flashback (I'll get back to that). There's this great little snippet of dialog where Kate, in his shirt, in his bedroom, asks if he liked it. Now, as pointed out by many on twitter, if you have to ask that question there's a problem. However, being that this is a promo, we don’t actually know the context of the question
As Castle fans we know these two have issues with direct communication. So, regardless of the question’s context, the subtext seems pretty clear. Stana conveys complete vulnerability in that moment, because what she's really asking is, "do you want to keep doing this. Are we now in a relationship?" It takes Castle a moment to comprehend. For a minute he looks at her like she's crazy, but then he very seriously and emphatically reassures her that, yes, he liked it. (whatever the “it” is.) I love Stana's shyness when she says, "I liked it too." It reminded me a bit of the ending of "Undead Again" when Castle says he’d like to be there when her wall comes down. Remember, “I’d like you to be there, too.” While this scene has a much stronger sexual vibe, the sweetness is the same.
Now, about those maybe flashback scenes, based on the white shirt that’s being unbuttoned, I would say it’s not a flashback; rather it’s near the ending of the “morning after” scene. The scenario I’m going with is: Rick wakes up, looks around for Kate, who appears wearing that white shirt. That’s what sparks the “so it wasn’t a dream.” Then there is obviously some kind of conversation about something that sparks the loaded conversation of “did you like it.” Cue the white shirt unbuttoning, which moves eventually to Beckett wearing nothing but a sexy smile as she leans in to kiss him...fade to black.
So, that's the hotness factor, and it burning hot. This could be enough for some shows, something to devote an entire episode to, but this is Castle. The events of the season 4 finale were not just about Castle & Beckett getting together. There was also the matter of the Johanna Beckett murder/ conspiracy and a certain sniper who has promised to put Beckett in the ground for good. The promo weighs in on those issues too – in 21 seconds!
To be fair, there is a season 5 promotional photo that helped inform me about what's going on in the promo. That photo has Beckett, Ryan, Esposito and Castle at Beckett's loft trying to piece together tiny bits of paper. In the shot Castle is wearing a BLACK shirt - just like in the promo. The order of events seems to be that our darling duo find a police file, but before they can really read it the file is shredded into little pieces. Perhaps it happens in that explosion? Whatever the cause, the guys and Beckett are going end up piecing that thing together enough to learn about a certain senator’s involvement in this conspiracy – which explains that shot with all senator campaign signs.
You can bet that Kate isn’t saying “they’re coming for me” in a husky, breathy voice while wielding her gun down a corridor. I am looking forward to seeing where they took that from. It could be from the morning after, but my money is on a second bedroom scene with a higher angst factor. Why? Because, that gasp of Castle suddenly waking up at the end of the promo isn’t in Castle’s loft. As my fellow spoiler detective, TinkonBrink, pointed out, those windows are in Beckett”s loft, and Rick is therefore in Beckett’s bed. Is it before the explosion, or after is unclear, but it does seem that whatever they found out from that file gave Castle a pretty scary dream.
All in all, the promo promises an amazing premiere of new beginnings: a new relationship between Castle and Beckett, and new information on the Johanna Beckett murder. Yet, it leaves fans with more unanswered questions. Is Smith dead or not? Was he the one that somehow guided them to the police file? What the heck blew up? Finally, the most important question of all is still a mystery. Did Castle make Beckett pancakes for breakfast? September 24th PLEASE hurry up and get here!