Don’t forget to check your guesses at our Castle Season 3 finale recap.
Okay, so “The Dead Pool” was really this season’s episode 21, but we’re having another version right here today. The Season 3 finale of ABC’s Castle airs tonight—we’ll also be posting a recap and reaction later—however, as you may know, the network’s already leaked that a character who’s been on the show from the beginning will die.
At TVSquad, voting’s favoring NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, as the dead man walking. Partly because he’s been murmuring about retiring from the force, and there’s nothing writers enjoy like splattering blood on a farewell banner or showing the shattered crystal of a retirement watch. “Damn and double damn! He almost made it out of the job!”
Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle and Stana Katic as Detective Kate Beckett have to be safe, I think, because. . .well, duh. However, I don’t rule out short comas, bleeding head wounds, or other things worth brooding about at hospital bedsides. Perhaps one will require the arm-sling or single-crutch of sympathy, but that’s the worst I can imagine.
If they dare kill off
Dr. Alexx Woods Medical Examiner Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones), I’m gonna suspect there’s a cross-network serial killer targeting cute, black, female, doctors of the dead, and request that the Criminal Minds’ BAU get on profiling that fiend!
I don’t assume Detectives Kevin Ryan and Javier Esposito (Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas, respectively) are necessarily safe, though seeing either one gacked would make me incredibly sad, since they’ve got such a nice Mutt and Jeff comedic vibe going now.
As for terminating Castle’s daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) or mother Martha (Susan Sullivan)? I can’t take that option seriously, nor can I believe Richard Castle bounces back into ebullient joie de vivre after that.
One of the reasons, I think, we can tolerate the ongoing story of Beckett’s mother’s murder is because it’s distant enough in time, not that it doesn’t sober the mood when it’s the focus. It’s given opportunities, too, for Castle and Beckett to get closer, but a killshot through the heart of the current family, whether the one in Castle’s swanky apartment or the NYPD squadroom, can’t be about intimacy or closure. A horror like that can only be about watching the characters struggle under terrible, immediate grief. If there is a change to come in the dynamic between Beckett and Castle, I’m not sure that her trying to stop him from drinking himself to death or his helping to hunt her when she becomes a pitiless death-machine is precisely the direction of evolution I’d hoped.
So if someone has to expire tonight, I guess I’d rather it be Captain Montgomery. But just as a change of pace, I’d rather have him die unexpectedly, but quietly, in his office chair after a delicious, large sandwich. (While I’m wishing, I hope his wife has an enormous, supportive family, an active social network, and several years of niggling precognitions that resign her to his fate more easily.)
Besides, a micro-managing, mean-minded, Beckett and/or Castle-hating new boss could add tons of new tension at the station, and how can that be anything but enjoyable?