I hated that this wasn’t in the episode. This scene would have made Kate’s approach to the job and not telling Castle and all of that make so much more sense.
You know, looking back and comparing season 6 to season 5, it’s obvious that in season 5 Kate was insecure about her relationship with Castle. I mean,I knew it, since she voiced it to him once or twice, worrying that the fact that they worked together or that they were from different worlds would affect their relationship. But it wasn’t until I saw season 6 and how carefree and relaxed Kate is in her relationship then that I realized how much she wasn’t in season 5.
In season 5 you can tell that they’re finding their way in the relationship and Kate especially, I think, is still constantly worried that they won’t last or that Castle might not be interested in a lasting relationship. And is therefore afraid to get too comfortable in the relationship.
It’s funny because while this is the one relationship where she’s in it with both feet and arms and everything, I think she’s bracing for the impact of a break up in case Castle possibly has one foot out the door. Which is kind of confirmed when her mind immediately goes to a break up when Castle’s trying to propose and she’s not even surprised that he’d want to break up with her.
The writers and actors did try to convey that, but comparing their relationship in season 5 to season 6, all of it really dawns on you (or at least me).
But this scene really does drive all that home before season 6. It kind of connects the dots between all those earlier moments where Kate questions their relationship and doesn’t trust it or how much Castle loves who she is enough to be completely honest with him nor does she give him the chance to be completely honest with her about what she really wants to know not willing to ask the questions, too afraid of the answers she might get.
Yeah I mean, I know she wasn’t anywhere near as secure in her relationship with Castle in season 5 compared to season 6, but I think this was a scene they really needed to have in because even though she was still somewhat insecure, after Significant Others, where she questioned their relationship, there was no more questioning. We saw two people growing closer together, taking steps to build a more solid relationship to the point where the couple of episodes before Squab, it honestly seemed like they were totally secure in their relationship. I didn’t have a problem with the storyline in the last couple of episodes, what I had a problem with is that they was really no build up to this almost overwhelming insecurity Kate feels and then once I saw this scene, I was like, why didn’t they put this in. Because it explains why Kate explored the job, and why she didn’t tell Castle because we see right here in this scene, we see Castle describe their relationship almost as fun. Not that he feels like they are just having fun, it’s so much more serious for him but he’s afriad to admit anything deeper so he brushes it off but by him brushing it off, it’s making Kate more insecure. I just felt like this was an important scene to have in the episode and didn’t like that they cut it out
I have to say I agree that this scene should have been on the actual show. But at the same time I disagree that Beckett’s insecurities not coming up much after Significant Others meaning that they were resolved. That last scene in Significant Others, Kate’s face, all of it said that it wasn’t over. Just because Kate’s insecurities were put on the back-burner didn’t mean they were suddenly gone. Nothing had been resolved.
Every time Beckett had brought up her insecurities, which before SO she did quite a lot, Castle placated her with some nonsensical version of “We’ll figure it out as we go along”, which, that’s usually how relationships work when you’re just starting out. But that did nothing to ease Beckett’s fears long-term. They were all still there but she was kind of crossing her fingers that it would all turn out okay. And that’s not really what she should have done.
And that’s why TSATQ isn’t OOC when you think about it. Why some guy looking at her relationship and pointing out what he thought was wrong with it affected her so much. Because he essentially voiced what she had been thinking for a while but was too afraid to voice herself. And if some guy was able to see all that than that must mean that it wasn’t just her. It validated her fears and brought them to the surface. Everything that had already been there right beneath it in the early episodes.
And there’s also Target and Hunt where I think the fact that Castle went off on his own without even contacting her to tell her what he was doing again brought up worries about their relationship. None of it was ever addressed but you can tell that she gets increasingly angry throughout the episode to the point that she starts spinning out of control. And I refuse to believe it’s just because she’s worried for Castle’s safety.
Now that I think about it, wasn’t there a moment in 5x11 where Espo is outraged because Kevin never told him about his 7-year undercover assignment and Kate argues that Jenny didn’t even know. And then Espo says “She’s just the wife.” and Kate replies with something along the lines of “Which is why there is no mrs. Esposito.” indicating that Kate believes that when big things happen, the wife is supposed to know, telling me she would expect that from her own relationship.
I’m suddenly convinced that piece of dialogue was foreshadowing for Castle going off on his own inTarget/ Hunt without notifying Kate. It’s been an entire season and still I discover possible foreshadowing/ parallels, etc. from season 5. This is why I love this show. It makes me think. And it never gets old.
The wife part couldn’t have been foreshadowing. The Wild Rover occured after Target and Hunt. As for Target and Hunt, I think that Kate’s increasingly different behavior was only because she was worried because she was angry that there was nothing more that she could do. I don’t think that any of that stemmed from Kate feeling like their relationship wasn’t serious enough for Castle to tell her where he was going. If anyone was going to understand why Castle did what he did, it would be Beckett because she does the exact same thing with her mother’s murder. As for Significant Others, yes I know that the issue wasn’t resolved after that episode, but her feelings of insecurity weren’t put on the back burner. In the episodes that followed we saw them getting closer, we saw Beckett giving Castle a drawer, we saw Castle opening up to Kate, telling her things about his past, about raising Alexis, about his insecurities as a writer. The issue in Significant Others was Kate worrying that she didn’t know Castle well enough and then we saw Castle opening up to Kate so we saw them getting closer and better and then all of a sudden things went bad. So there really wasn’t an indications that Kate was still insecure in her relationship because we saw those insecurities being addressed.
Ooh, right!!! That was 5x18, not 5x11. So no, it wasn’t foreshadowing. My bad. But it still tells us that confiding in at least your other half about important stuff is important to her, whether she was capable of it herself or not at that point.
And yes, Kate does keep things about her mom’s case from Castle. But this is the same Kate that doesn’t do so anymore in Veritas. The same Kate who actually calls him up to tell him what she was up to and doesn’t lie to him about where she’s been when like she would have in the past, when he asks her about someone who looks like her having been seen at the crime scene. So to me it is a trust issue or an issue with how that person will react to what you’ll tell them. I think with Castle it was the second one. And I think Kate did understand, which is why she never called him on it.
But just because you understand why someone did something it doesn’t mean you’re completely okay with it. So I do think that she wished he had confided in her, even if it was just by telling her what he was up to. Before Martha called him to ask him about it when he had already left the country. And I think that him not confiding in her did affect her. I’m not sure what was going through her mind, but with her already there insecurities, it couldn’t have been good. Because while she hadn’t always been forthcoming, he had. When it came right down to it they were partners and now more importantly a couple, and he’d always been the one to confide in her, coming to her for advice, especially when it came to Alexis. So I can’t imagine that it didn’t faze her at all.
And yes, they did grow in their relationship in following episodes. But it was more the “How deep does this relationship go?”, that was addressed rather than the “What are we doing?” and “Will it last?”, something that did come up as an insecurity of Beckett’s early on. Hell, that was the entire reason why she didn’t want to get into a relationship with Castle in the first place. Of course the reasons why she thought it might not last changed over time, but the question remained the same. She didn’t trust that they could have the happy ending. That changed in season 6 and not just because of the proposal. And I get the feeling that even with Castle’s disappearance, after everything they’ve been through the answer to that question is now still a firm “Yes.”.
I completely agree that those insecurities were there. I just think they needed to do a way better job of showing that those insecurities were there because between Significant Others and TSATQ, we didn’t see those insecurities, but we did see them getting closer, we did see actions from both that portrayed their relationship getting more serious and deeper so when TSATQ came up and the job came up it was a shock, for me and a lot of other people. I’m not saying I didn’t like the storylines, because they were good, realistic storylines. I just felt like they needed more buildup.
Then with this scene, I feel its almost vital because without it, yeah, kate had some insecurities but we had just come off an ep where Castle stood on a bomb with her, was going to die with her and now she’s essentially sneaking around his back, thinking about making a life altering decision for both of them… they NEEDED this scene because it shows why she was doing what she did, it shows that despite the bomb situation, despite the seriousness of that, Castle was still brushing her off when she asked what they were and where they were going, that he was still givi g her impression that he didn’t treat this relationship as seriously as she did even though he did and therefore she had to explore this job because it was a great opportunity and she couldn’t pass that up if all she was ever going to have with Castle was fun. You just really needed the context of this scene to make the happenings of the finale work.