Castle Cliff Notes: Hollander's Woods

This is it Castle fans!  As with every season, this one has flown by and we find ourselves at the season finale already!  We always know that the season finale is going to be intense and I really enjoyed this one.  We got to see the event that shaped young Castle’s life and watch him find justice.  Also, could Beckett run for state senator?!?! On top of that, we got a lot of great Caskett moments as well as 12th precinct togetherness. This episode has opened up so many doors for season 8 and I can’t wait to see what happens!  But first, let’s countdown the best moments of the season finale!  

5. Amazing
            You guys know I love “dad” Castle so this moment had to sneak into my top 5 this week!  Alexis enters the study and asks Castle how old he was when he knew that he wanted to be a writer.  Castle admits it was probably since he was a kid and Alexis says “I’m finishing my junior year and I have no idea what I want to do. By the time you were my age you had already published your first book and now you’re winning this amazing award because you followed your passion. How can I be amazing if I can’t find mine?”  Castle reassures her saying “Trust me. You will or it will find you. And one day you will look back and you will realize that every experience you ever had… every seeming mistake or blind alley was actually a straight line to who you were meant to be.  And whatever you become there is no question in my mind your going to be amazing.”  I love that Castle will every once and a while check in with Alexis and we get to see her handling problems that many college age kids have.  What I liked more than that though was Castle’s response.  It was perfect to ease Alexis’ nerves and he is 100% right.  Not everyone figures out their passion at the same time but we all end up with it eventually.  Also, you have to love how proud of Alexis Castle is.  Awww 
4. Swing Set Senator?
Season finale swing set scene? CHECK!  Beckett and Castle are at our favorite meeting place and Beckett is telling Castle how 1PP wants her to run for State Senator.  Castle asks her what she thinks about running and she says “I don’t know Castle I’m a cop. I’m not a politician.”  Beckett shares with Castle that she was in model UN as a kid and her mom told her that when she grew up she could be anything she wanted.  Kate says “I just wanted to be her. Just wanted to make a difference.”  Castle tells her she has but says “can you make a bigger difference?”  Beckett expresses her concern for dragging her family through scrutiny and insults of the campaign trail and Castle tells her “we’re a tough bunch” and says he knows she could do it.  He tells her he will back her no matter what she decides and the share a kiss on the swings.  I’m not going to lie, personally I have mixed feelings on the state senator storyline but I love Castle’s unwavering support of Beckett.  I think he would support her in pretty much anything without persuading her to choose one option over the other.  I’m curious to see what Beckett decides to do and where the story will take us!  As long as it’s entertaining and true to character I’m game.  No matter what she decides, let’s all take a second to rejoice over the swing kiss!

3. Becoming Who We Are Today
After killing Holtzman, Castle and Beckett are seen getting ready in the loft for Castle’s big night.  Beckett notices something is bother Castle and he tells her “I couldn’t help but wonder. If it wasn’t for him, for that day in the woods; would I even be here? Would we be here?”  Beckett reassures him saying “Babe, we’re not here because of him. We’re here because of who we are in the face of people like him. That’s why you write mysteries; that’s why I became a cop.  We’re both trying to bring justice to this world.”  I always love it when Kate is Castle’s rock and I thought she had a good view on the situation.  At first you could see how Castle thinks a serial killer shaped his future but Kate reminds him that they common drive brings them together although on different paths.  It was a sweet moment between husband and wife, and who doesn’t love a good “babe” use in a scene?!?   

2.  On The Line
Beckett gets told by Gates that she needs to go to 1PP for a performance review. She is brought in and asked what makes her think she is qualified to be captain.  She starts to answer but is interrupted and asked what makes her think she is qualified to be a NYPD detective. She is told that she repeatedly ignores the law (giving examples from the past seasons) and then the interviewer brings up her working relationship with Castle.  He even goes as far to ask how many times her personal feelings have dictated her actions.  He then tells her she is infamous for being the inspiration for Nikki Heat who “spends more time on her back than she does perusing killers.” He closes by telling her she is not qualified to be a captain or an NYPD detective and dismisses Beckett.  She doesn’t go down without a fight thought saying “You’re wrong sir.  In every case you have referenced I have not only successfully brought the killer to justice, but I did so with the utmost respect for the law and the department I represent.  And regarding my relationship with Mr. Castle; he has proven to be a brilliant partner, and he’s always had my back.  And as for his fictional representation of me, I’m proud to have been his inspiration and I’m proud to be his wife.  You ask how do I expect to lead. By continuing to fight for what’s right, not for what’s easy. My job is to protect the citizens of New York and I will do it by doing my job better than anyone else and getting results. I don’t cross the line I put myself on it. And if you have any other questions you can ask the families of the victims I have served.”  At first I was certain Beckett was going against authority here, but her speech was so powerful and brilliant.  You could sense the dedication to her job and the greater good of others.  Also her defense of Castle was spot on.  Turns out her passion and dedication was exactly what 1PP wanted too. They wanted her to defend herself because it was not an interview but an audition to find a hero that the public could get behind.  That’s right everyone, they want Beckett to run for State Senator.  Could our fortune telling friend have been right?  I’d vote Beckett for sure!

1. From Season 1 to Season 7 and beyond
            “Murder, mystery, the macabre.”  Sound familiar Castle fans?  Well it should!  This scene started off with a nod to the very first episode and led into even more greatness. Castle is accepting his award and makes it very clear that he got to this point in his life because of the people in his life.  Normally I would do a quick recap of the speech but I just couldn’t leave anything out so enjoy the speech in its entirety!   
“Mother, you will always be a star in my eyes. And Alexis you amaze me every day. You two are my red headed pillars of unconditional love. To my friends at the 12th precinct, you let me in. Especially you two… Javier, Kevin. You made me your brother in arms and I thank you for that. And Kate, 7 years ago I thought I would never write again and then you walked through the door and my whole world changed. You were right; you said I had no idea but now I do.  This is because of you, because of us, always.” 
I think Castle’s speech was absolutely perfect, especially the part about Kate.  I loved the reference back to season 1 and even though it was short speech it was emotional. You could feel the love between everyone he was thanking and their special bond.  The toast with the table at the end was also the perfect send off for season 7.  Although we don’t know what the future holds, we see a promise that the 12th family will be there for each other, always.  Not that I wanted to Castle to end, but if for some reason season 7 had been the last I wouldn’t have been upset about the final scene at all.  Absolutely beautiful.

And that’s a wrap on season 7!  What did you think?  Where would you like to see Beckett end up next?  Any concerns about involving the rest of the 12th cast with her potential jump to politics or her own precinct?  Join the discussion in the comments section below, tweet me @DenialLove or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct

I just wanted to take a quick second to thank each and every one of you for reading Castle Cliff Notes this season.  I’m by no means a professional writer or blogger but I enjoy sharing my opinions with you weekly and discussing the episodes.  You all make this fandom great and I can’t wait to share season 8 with you!  Enjoy the summer and look for hiatus activities this summer from me at the 12th precinct!

Xo Always ~DenialLove

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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


  1. I had the same top 5. The whole gang sitting together at the banquet watching Castle accept his award brought a tear to my eye. Tha callbacks from previous seasons made me appreciate just how much Castle means to me.

    1. Glad we matched! I definitely got a little teary eyed too!

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