Castle 7×18 ‘At Close Range’: Ryan time should be all the time

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I know when you first look at Kevin Ryan you don’t think he could smash the hell out of a mirror, or pull a gun on his brother-in-law, but you’d be surprised.

Yeah, there was that whole Irish gang episode that was super intense and really cool because I never knew how good of an actor Seamus Dever was until that episode, but he’s just so sweet! He wears sweater vests! C’mon now!

I love that though. I love that they just pull out these super intense episodes for Ryan because even if you might think they would be a stretch for his character, they’re really not.

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Ryan might be adorable as he takes some weird security jobs to pay for his baby’s future, or when he became Mini Castle, spewing conspiracy theories when Castle was a P.I., but Ryan is very serious about one thing: his job to protect.

Ryan is basically a German Shepard: extremely sweet and caring until you threaten their loved ones, then they will literally rip you a new one.

The intensity was written so perfectly for Ryan’s character too. While Castle and Beckett are known to be an itty bit dramatic (especially Castle) when a case becomes personal, it was played kind of understated for Ryan. Like a person who respects the rules of his job, Ryan didn’t go off the wall, and even when he pulled the gun on the first suspect, and his brother-in-law, he was doing it as little more than a threat.

He might have been ramped up and rage filled because of the death of someone he was supposed to protect, but unless the person he took in was breaking the law by resisting him, I doubt he would have shot them, at least not fatally.

Speaking of fatal shooting: what a twist!

Again, this show sidelined me, and I so thought they were going to pull the tired trope that the wife did it out of jealously. I was angry for like an entire minute, but I love when this show throws a curve ball, and that was one hell of a curve ball.

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Honestly, I felt kind of bad for this killer too. Not as much as last week, but I would have been a little pissed too if I was going to lose my job after working with someone on their career from the beginning, and then they decided to drop me. Not pissed enough to actually kill someone, and set up a fall guy, mind you, but that lady did prove herself to be pretty proficient. If only she used her powers for good.

Like Beckett! Look at her going to be captain! I love Gates, but Captain Beckett has a nice ring to it, and it would interesting to not only see who would be added on to the team when she does get it (because you all know she’s definitely going to get it) and how she’s going to cope with the new responsibilities. It also doesn’t look like captains go out in the field much or at all, so I wonder how she’ll deal with that.

All in all, this was a wonderful episode, and I loved the ending where we see that the whole Ryan family is filled with a bunch of flippin sweethearts.

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli

is your average everyday horror writer and TV watcher, who finds herself connecting on a deep level with mythical monsters, and serial killers. She lives in a fantasy world that Joss Whedon created where she goes through a minimum of four character arcs per season, and Spike and Leo Fitz fight for her hand in marriage. When not glued to her TV or laptop, she talks to her cats about life, and writes characters that (she hopes) are crazier than herself. Check out her writing blog in the hopes that she’ll post more than once a week.

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