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'Castle' finale snatches a conclusion from the jaws of a cliffhanger

'Castle' finale snatches a conclusion from the jaws of a cliffhanger

Endings are tricky and perhaps particularly tricky in television. The inertia and the momentum of a series that every week has increased its mass, sometimes over the course of years, make it difficult to steer.

We're told that TV is novelistic now, but TV is a less manageable form than the novel, messy and collaborative, episodic and inconclusive, with a life of its own, a life that somehow can resist or rebuke the interference of the people who make it. There are so many threads to tie up, so many layers to focus on, that summing up is hard to do.

Once the fate of NYPD Capt. Kate Beckett was put in play with the news a month ago that Stana Katic,...

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