FIVE 4 FRIDAY: RANKING THE SEASON FINALE’S

Now that we reached the point where every episode has aired, it’s time to rank the best to worst the episodes that closed out each year. This is how I see it, your list may vary and if it does, I’d love you to share with SmallScreenSmackdown!

IMDB RANKING:

FOR BETTER OR WORSE7.8
WATERSHED8.3
A DEATH IN THE FAMILY8.3
A DEADLY GAME8.6
HOLLANDER’S WOODS8.7
KNOCKOUT9.3
ALWAYS9.4

SERIOUSLY?:

CROSSFIRE

With their best lead in hand, Castle and Beckett are ready to take on LokSat. But an unforeseen twist puts their case – and their lives – in jeopardy.

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NOT IN THE RUNNING:

FOR BETTER OR WORSE

Castle and Beckett’s long-awaited wedding is almost here, but when a shocking surprise threatens to ruin the big day, they are sent on a wild mission filled with masked men, angry bikers and a charming ne’er-do-well from Beckett’s past 

REALLY CLOSE:

HOLLANDER’S WOODS

A death in the woods draws Castle back to a terrifying and defining event in his childhood. Investigation leads to obsession, as he attempts to unearth answers that have eluded him for decades, all while Beckett faces a crossroads of her own.

NUMBER 5:

WATERSHED

In the season finale, an interview with a high-profile federal law enforcement agency forces Beckett to reconsider what she wants out of her job and out of her relationship with Castle. Meanwhile, the body of a young woman is found floating inside the water tank of a skid row flop house, but as the team investigate, they discover that her final resting place is just one of many strange things about her death.

NUMBER 4:

A DEADLY GAME

The death of a man who was involved in a simulated spy game leads Castle and Beckett to wonder where exactly the game ends and reality begins. Against this backdrop, Castle and Beckett struggle inwardly with their feelings for one another, even though Beckett is officially dating Demming and Castle is severely behind in his writing for the second Nikki Heat book. After receiving advice from family and friends, both come to separate decisions that could make or break their relationship in the future.

NUMBER 3:

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

The gruesome murder of a plastic surgeon sends Castle and Beckett into a confusing world of cosmetic surgery, unstable patients, and the witness protection program. But when Castle discovers additional information about Beckett’s past, it could end up fracturing the partnership.

NUMBER 2:

ALWAYS

When the murder of an Army veteran puts Beckett on the trail of the man who shot her, Castle must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to keep her safe. As secrets are revealed and feelings are put on the table, the lives of the detectives at the 12th Precinct may never be the same.

NUMBER 1:

KNOCKOUT


Beckett’s investigation into her mother’s death is reactivated when Hal Lockwood – a professional hit man with knowledge of Beckett’s mother’s murder – stages a spectacular escape during a court hearing. As police launch a manhunt for Lockwood, Castle and the team uncovers evidence of a deeper conspiracy involving a mysterious figure with law enforcement connections who is linked to both Lockwood’s escape and the killing of Johanna Beckett. The search for Lockwood and the quest to identify his co-conspirator leads to a shocking and deadly conclusion.

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