Monday is the CastleÂ Season 8 winter finale! Â After last week’s episode, I’m sure fans are really curious about what Castle 8×08 is going to bring! Â “The Last Seduction” had Captain Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) take a “time out” from Beckett’s self-imposed separation to celebrate their anniversary. Â That was great, but soon after the sexy times, she had to leave because of a text Â from her secret partner Vikram Singh (Sunkrish Bala). Â Castle knows about the text, but not who it’s from or what it means. Â (If you want more specifics about last week, check out theÂ Castle 8×07 review.)
That’s all we know when CastleÂ Season 8 Episode 8, titled “Mr. & Mrs. Castle” opens…and that’s mostly all I can tell you because, yes, I’ve seen the winter finale. Â There are a few tidbits I can share about that, but let’s start with the basics. Â What is this episode supposed to be about? Â Here’s the official ABC synopsis:
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a cruise ship entertainer, only to find themselves trapped at sea with the killer.
Talk about short and sweet! Â That doesn’t tell you much!
Preview Spoiler #1
It’s about the ship, but it’s not all about the ship.
Now, do I mean the cruise ship, the relationship, or both….?
This first sneak peek gives us a little more information:
Obviously, Beckett did not invite Castle along to investigate with her. Â Those love sparks are definitely flying between them, but it’s not like things have gone back to normal. Â The issues that came up for both of them last week are very much in play.
Here’s another clue: the only people from this year’s regular cast who don’t have at least two scenes are M.E. Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones) and Castle’s daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn).
Let’s take a look at the second sneak peek:
The need to have at least one scene a season where is Castle surrounded by scantily clad women (women other than Beckett). It’s a thing that’s gone on since at least Season 2. Â Remember this from, “Deep in Death”?
That was perfect for who Rick Castle was in Season 2. Â Since then, these kind of scenes have been hit or miss. Â The one in last season’s winter finale was a total miss. Â This one is a definite improvement. Â As we saw, it’s still on the burlesque side of things, but it’s a classic kind of comedy sketch setup that showcases Fillion’s physical comedy strengths without making him seem like the playboy from his younger years – or a guy that’s easily distracted by half-naked women.
Preview Spoiler # 2
This episode is Fifty Shades of GrayÂ
Note it’s “Gray” – not “Grey.” Â (Although…nevermind.) Â If you’re reading this spoiler article, chances are you’re wondering whether or not you should tune into the CastleÂ Season 8 winter finale. Â Here’s why I think if you’ve been on the fence all season you should see it.
- Last week was an improvement. Â At timesÂ “The Last Seduction” had a definite retroÂ Castle vibe to it that was enjoyable. Â There were problems, but at least it was going in the right direction. Â There are several retro Castle things happening in this episode as well…. Â For instance, it has a solid mix of comedy, drama, and Caskett.
- This is a make it or break it episode. Â The new head writers Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul WinterÂ have said there was a point to what they were doing – even though it seemed to make no sense – and that fans would appreciate it afterwards. Â Viewing CastleÂ Season 8 Episode 8 that will let you decide if they were right or not. Â As I hinted at, there’s a lot of gray areas in “Mr. & Mrs. Castle.” Â How much gray is okay? It’s going to be different for everyone. Â However, you can’t decide if everything that’s happened has been worth it if you don’t watch.
Preview Spoiler #3
Beckett meets the new Golden Girls
All I’ll say is this: get ready for some fun stuff there! Â Also, speaking of golden girls, Castle’s mother, Martha Rogers (Susan Sullivan) is marvelous throughout, and so are her clothes! Â Castle costume designer LukeÂ Reichle,Â aka Red Carpet Luke,Â really went all out!
That’s really all I can tell you aboutÂ the Castle Season 8 winter finale. Â The review for it will be up here on TVOvermind by Monday 10 p.m. PST. Â I look forward to reading what your thoughts are on “Mr. and Mrs. Castle,” so do check in for the review. Â Then in the comments you can let me know your take on the episode!
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