Castle 7×23 ‘Hollander’s Woods’: Finally! A nice finale!

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Remember when I was so upset at the beginning of the season? Yeah, it was because of the finale last year that didn’t let our favorite crime fighting couple get married, but decided to go full soap opera on us instead. While all of the drama and thrills were still intact for this one, it had to be one of the nicest endings this show ever had. And that is thanks to it not being an awful cliffhanger.

It went by so quickly though. I think I’m just used to two hour finales, so it kind of knocks me for a loop when the finale zooms right on past me, but at least the episode was solid enough to make up for how quick it was over.

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If you know me, you know that I love a good origin story, but I never really thought about how Castle became Castle. At least I didn’t picture a masked murderer threatening him when he was eleven. I kind of just thought he always had a wicked imagination, but it’s pretty cool to finally see where that all comes from.

I love when Castle episodes remind me of mystery novels, and this one definitely had an eerie almost Agatha Christie, Robert Bloch feel to it. It didn’t help that the whole middle half was basically torn from Psycho including the mummy in the swivel chair, and the mentally disturbed son who was (obviously) not the killer.

I really, really loved the twist in this one too. And it wasn’t just because a CSI veteran was the murderer which made it sort of ironic, but I loved the whole thought of the psychiatrist almost pulling off the perfect crime. Hell, if it wasn’t for Castle meeting the murderer all those years ago and remembering what he sounded like, they would have convicted the completely wrong man, and Dr. Holtzman would have just gone on to kill more people that no one would notice were missing. If that one moment didn’t define Castle’s life and career he would have gotten away with murder for a very long time. Oh, and when Beckett handed Castle the gun from under the barn door, I screamed by how awesome it was, and that he shot the hell out of Hodges.

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It seems like we have quite the setup for next season too. That performance/audition scene with Beckett almost made me scream I was so mad. Thankfully it turned out much better than expected, and now Kate has a few decisions to make. But if the time traveler was right, she’s totally going to be a senator and rock the hell out of it.

It also seems like they’re setting up a new character arc for Alexis too, and after the whole airplane episode, I really won’t be surprised if she gets into the same field as her step-mom. For some reason I keep picturing her as one of those people who diffuse hostage situations, and I think that would totally suit her. Or she could be an awesome detective too.

I do wonder what Castle is going to do next as well. This show is basically built upon the foundation of murder mysteries, so I wonder if Kate gives it up what is this delightful show about murder and crime fighting going to be without the murder and crime fighting? Political thrillers are fun and everything, but I don’t even think it could match serial killers like 3XK and even the one we got to see tonight.

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Like I’ve said before, this show shines when it is both funny and filled with mysteries and weird cases, and I am willing to follow Caskett to the end of the earth, but without the dark comedy and almost whimsy they give to crime scenes, I just don’t know how it could be pulled off.

All in all, I’m just glad I’m not ticked off about how everything was handled last night. It was a sweet, funny, creepy and great episode that leaves a lot of paths open for season 8, and I cannot wait to see where it’ll go.

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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