It is interesting that part of the fandom is so coded or shaped by the usual standards of television-relationships that can’t be steady or happy, that fall into the usual pattern of break-up-and-get-back-together that they want that imposed on Caskett for no other reason bar the fact they don’t know how to process a relationship that progresses as per normal.
Personally, it is refreshing to see a show and a writing team tackle a relatively angst-free relationship and its development without covering the hoary old boring ground every other show covers. Perhaps the elements of the fandom who want to see that cliche traversed could get their fix from those shows?
For me, having your main couple break-up after getting together, then teasing the ship anyway is a primary indicator of poor writing and an inability to forge tension or capture audience attention without resorting to the lowest common denominator. Alongside continually teasing ships without bringing them together, it is a huge reason I quit watching shows. ‘Chuck’ with its ludicrous amnesia arc at the end was a prime example of the showrunners burning their fans. Similarly, I quit watching ‘Rookie Blue’ when it became apparent that they wouldn’t keep Sam/Andy together (and the rest of the characters went to shit). I’m not even going to touch upon Shonda Rhimes’s shows.
It is no surprise to me that ‘Castle’ has built an audience year upon year (relative to changing viewing habits) because it steers away from the writing norms adopted by other shows, and offers an alternative to the usual soapy shenanigans taking place elsewhere. If it went down that well-trodden route instead, I would bet a large chunk of that audience may well disappear, with the show following them off the screen.
So well said. Nothing to add.