On ABC's lighthearted murder mystery series Castle, Nathan Fillion's (Firefly, Serenity) titular author and Stana Katic's Detective Beckett have been circling each other since the very first episode. Many fans are tired of the song and dance, but their patience may soon be rewarded.
Recently, Katic teased that the January 10th episode would bring the two characters "closer than they’ve ever gotten before." Considering the steamy conclusion to the second season last Spring, that doesn't leave a whole lot of room for speculation.
When Entertainment Weekly spoke to Katic before the American Music Awards last weekend, she was eager to spill some plot details - but before doing so, Katic wanted to reassure Castle fans that having the two leads in a close personal relationship wouldn't ruin the fast, chatty dynamic the show has enjoyed so far.
“They are meant to be. I think they can be a couple and still be spicy and funny. Everyone else is like, ‘Oh no we can’t do that. That will ruin it. That will kill the show.’ [A Moonlighting] curse has come up. But no way, man. Don’t believe in it at all.”
Despite Katic's protestations, it's hard to believe that a monogamous relationship between Castle and Beckett wouldn't fundamentally change the show. The banter between the talky manchild and the hard-boiled detective has helped differentiate the series from the crowded space of procedural crime shows, and a dynamic-shifting love story can spell doom for a young series. That said, the sexual tension between the two characters has gotten pretty extreme, especially after the second season's revealing finale. Fans may not care about the long-term implications if Castle and Beckett can just get a freakin' room.
Some writers and producers have been reluctant to pair off tentpole characters ever since Moonlighting in the '80s, when a steamy relationship between Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd's characters destroyed the successful show in its third season. Many have speculated that this stigma is what kept the leads on the competing Fox series Bones apart for so long.
It's not as if such a move has never worked, and the writers should be comfortable and confident enough in their characters to give it a try - assuming Stana Katic isn't just toying with us. The coming addition of Laura Prepon may play out in the arc surrounding movie versions of Castle's novels next year.
The answers to your burning questions will be revealed on Castle in January.
Castle airs Mondays @10pm on ABC