'Castle' Season 4 finale: Castle and Beckett finally get together - Andrew Marlowe dishes on the hookup
"It's really a nicely passionate scene," Marlowe says of the moment Castle and Becket finally get together. "It's a scene of recognition on both their parts, recognizing the journey that they've been through. We end almost on that note, with a promise to the audience that let's see what happens when they wake up the next day and what this relationship looks like."
No, he won't skip over the good part of the relationship, where Castle and Beckett are learning how to function as a couple. "I think that with a relationship like this and these two characters, how hard earned the relationship is, a lot of people are going to want to see how it goes and what the two of them look like in a relationship, and we think it's going to be a lot of fun."
Although some fans might've gotten frustrated after Castle revealed his love for Beckett and they still didn't get together, Marlowe says he hopes they'll look back on the season as a whole and realize the writers were heading toward this ending the entire time.
"Yeah, it was absolutely the plan, from actually two thirds of the way through Season 3 when when we knew we were going to end it with Montgomery getting shot and killed and Beckett getting shot, and the revelation of Castle's 'I love you.' We had that long before we ended the season," he explains. "I knew that we could sustain about a season once the 'I love you' was out there, so it was always to have arrived at this place. And you know, I think the fans that have been frustrated by what we've done this year will look back at the year differently once they know that our two guys got together. Just because it was always the plan from the beginning."
But while it's great that Caskett is finally actually a thing, things didn't turn out so happily for one of "Castle's" other fan-favorite pairings. Ryan and Esposito end the year with betrayal, which Marlowe says was another outcome they've planned for a while.
"We planted the seeds but not heavily," he says. "The two of them are kind of a reflection of Castle and Beckett, having a little bit of that bicker banter back and forth. We can't work with Nathan and Stana all day every day, so it was important for us when we had scenes when they weren't in it we were still maintaining the tone and integrity of the storytelling of the show, that we still had that sort of witty rapport and banter going back and forth between them."
Ryan and Espo have always been buds, so tearing their partnership apart is a big change. "I think that we're pushing them into new territory as well, and part of my hope is that in growing the characters we can give more interest and longevity to the show. We're not going to be taking the same characters through the same journey over and over again -- we're actually going to put them into new and interesting places, and in doing that we're actually able to recommit ourselves to the fundamental values of the show, the fun of the show."
Whether you're happy with the Season 4 finale or not, be glad Marlowe didn't go with the first draft. "They break up and we end the series and I move to the south of France. Oh, that was the other version," he jokes.