As we’ve already seen in previews of tonight’s (Nov. 21) episode of “Castle” “Kill Shot” promises to be one of the most emotional outings yet. As a sniper terrorizes New York City, Det. Beckett not only deals with the usual stress from trying to solve the case, she also struggles to hide the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder she’s experiencing after being shot by a sniper in the Season 3 finale. Although Beckett has been in plenty of high-stress situations since she was shot, this one is different because it directly addresses the shooting, Stana Katic, who plays Beckett.
For the past few weeks, I have been getting comments about how people are disappointed in the character of Beckett, how much the dynamic has changed and that they miss the flirty banter from the first two seasons. While I understand where they are coming from – but not entirely agree – I think “Kill Shot” has helped cement what the other team (the ones who are so rooting for Beckett to pull herself together, like me) has been trying to get across since season 4 started.
Last night’s episode was all about Beckett, yes, but that was also character development at its very best. Watching Beckett fall apart and then slowly put the pieces back together, to the point that she was able to admit to herself and to her therapist that she is ready to change and she doesn’t want her life to be defined by her mother’s murder anymore was a huge, gigantic step forward for her. And if you compare this Kate Beckett to the detective we met in season 1, it is nothing short of remarkable how far she has come.