Andrew Marlowe Previews 'Always'

Here are some highlights from The Huffington Post's interview with Andrew Marlowe. For and EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK, here's the full article.
It feels like at the end of every season, Castle and Beckett go their separate ways for the summer. While I know most fans want them to be romantically together, I think a lot of people would just be happy knowing that they're not taking a break from working together. Will those people at least be satisfied with this finale's outcome?
I don't want to answer that question before the finale -- I want people to watch it to see what we do. But I will say this: I will recognize and acknowledge that if I were a fan of the show, and for some reason, it was, "Hey, we're not going to be together -- we've broken up as a partnership" and all that sort of stuff that we've done in the previous few seasons ... I would acknowledge that, if I were a fan, I'd be a little bit angry. So I'll give you that.
"Castle" fans are very vocal, and it's obvious that you all listen. Have you had any big course-corrections, this season or any other, based on how fans were reacting to certain stories?
Actually, not much -- there is a little bit of tempering that we do, but we're actually ending this season exactly where I expected to end it a year and a half ago. When we talked about how we were going to end Season 3, this was pretty much how I expected to end Season 4. There are some course-corrections along the way, like, "OK, given where the characters are, if we do this with that character, I think the fans would see it as a huge betrayal." For instance, in "The Limey" -- let's say the last scene had been Beckett and the British cop going to bed together. That would've been too much of a violation, given where Castle and Beckett are. Perfectly understandable, in terms of human nature -- she's mad at him, now she's going to go out and get some revenge sex -- but I think given where the characters were and what they were dealing with, that would be something that a certain segment of our audience would consider unforgivable. So maybe Beckett went out, had a cup of coffee and poured her heart out to the guy, or maybe she went out and got laid -- I'll leave that to the fans' imaginations.
But I think we've been very true to our characters. There were points in the season where our fans have been frustrated, but they were supposed to be frustrated. That frustration is actually an expression of rooting for an outcome; it's an expression of investment in the show. If you give everybody what they want all the time, it's not really what they want -- what they want is the journey. What they want is the ride. When it's the right time to get these guys together and they do get together, there's plenty of storytelling on the other side. We will be able to continue to see that relationship grow and be challenged, just like with any other relationship or any other great love story.
I think this has been a very strong season, but I know there's been some backlash, especially with these last few episodes, about having Castle and Beckett be so at odds.
Thank you for that, and yes -- we realize that it's been a little more angsty than other seasons ... We've traded some charm for some angst with the secrets and them not being able to reveal stuff, but we're hoping to get to a place where we can reintroduce some of the charm.
Having Alexis at the precinct was a really fun way to get her out of the house. We now know that she's chosen Columbia over Stanford -- was it hard to balance the fact that we love her because she's so strong-willed, but we also want her to stay close to dad?
Knowing what I know and where I want to take the character, no, I don't think so. I understand the challenge that we are going to face next season -- she is not going to have as much legitimate reason to just be around in the loft, so when Castle goes home, what is he going home to? Are we restructuring it so there are more Martha scenes? Or are we bringing Alexis in for Spring Break or for six months working in the ME's office? Or -- and this is me being coy -- in keeping her local, will she be coming home to do her laundry? Either way, once you have a kid going to college, there's a natural separation.
We understand here that we have a challenge in our storytelling to incorporate her in a way that is organic. We think that she's a really great, really strong character, but we don't want people to think we're relying on convenience. I can tell you that if you're smart and strong-willed, even if you go to a college locally, you're not necessarily going to want to live with your dad. You're going to want to hang out with your friends and expand your life experiences.
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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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