How do you sum up two hours of intense Grimm action? Death, destruction, a couple of arrests, and some plot twists. Technically, we saw two different episodes, so I’ll break both of them down individually.
Part I: “Set Up”
“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”
We pick back up at Hadrian’s Wall headquarters with a furious Nick who wants nothing more than to ruin Renard. The HW crew explains that controlling Portland is just the beginning for Black Claw–their plan is to move up in all forms of government. The team adds Conrad Bonaparte to the top of their Black Claw hierarchy, as he’s the one controlling the Portland movement.
The conversation is stopped, though, when Hank gets a call about two dead bodies in his own home.
The show cuts to Monroe and Rosalee, who are cooped up at home because two Black Claw members are staked outside of their home. What’s most important from this scene is Monroe’s impulsive instincts to take out the Black Claw members himself and Rosalee’s sudden ill health.
Meanwhile, behind closed doors, Renard and Adalind don’t hide their dislike for each other so that even Diana picks up on it. Adalind rejects all of Renard’s advances–she has truly made a great transformation this season.
Throughout most of the finale, Diana is a creepy child. She has two Tim Burton-esque dolls that she uses as a sort of voodoo power to control her parents’ actions. She forces them to kiss, but Adalind realizes that Diana is controlling her and Renard (who is more willing to accept this than Adalind).
Later on, Adalind tells Diana that she cannot force two people together, especially not mommy and daddy. Diana also voices her dislike of Rachel (who she ends up killing later. Someone please tell this child that murder is not ok).
The first set up of the finale involves Hank. The dead men in his house are the two Black Claw members that Nick killed. Two detectives from the Portland North precinct claim that they had a witness to the crime, so they arrest Hank to take him in for questioning.
Nick and Wu know that something is wrong here, though, so they start and investigation and learn that Hank’s neighbor was forced by Black Claw to be a witness to Hank’s crime. But Hank isn’t listed in the North Precinct’s records. The detectives who took Hank are actually members of Black Claw (no surprises there), so they kidnap him and take him to a house and not the precinct.
Bonaparte and Adalind have a great scene together, mainly because Adalind throws a couple of zingers at him. Despite leaving Nick and taking Kelly with her, she has been amazing this season. Bonaparte threatens Adalind by woging into a full Zauerbiest, which is equally as creepy as a Hexenbiest.
He turns her into stone to show her the kind of power he possesses. He places a ring on her finger–an engagement ring intended to be from Renard–that he warns she can never take off if she wants to keep her children safe.
Back at Portland PD, Nick and Wu make a plan to try to get information out of Tony Talomoti, since he was involved in framing Hank. They know that they’ll never get information out of him by speaking to him alone, so they bring in Monroe and Rosalee to talk to him. Nick and Wu break all ethical codes by allowing Monroe to “speak” to Tony himself. Monroe beats the address where hank is being kept out of Tony (521 Skyline Drive–and it’s episode 5×21).
Nick and Renard share a tender moment in the precinct. Portland PD officers congratulate Renard on his election victory. Renard catches Nick’s glance, and the two stare longingly into each other’s eyes. You can see just how proud Nick is that his police captain will become the mayor of Portland.
The episode cuts back to 521 Skyline Drive, where Hank is being snarky with the detectives who kidnapped him. Oh, Hank, you are so underappreciated.
Our heroes and HW head out to rescue Hank, which they successfully do. But they soon learn that Black Claw traced Zuri’s whereabouts to HW headquarters, so Hank’s set up was just a diversion for another set up to infiltrate HW.
Black Claw storms in on HW, destroying every thing and every person in sight. Even our poor dear Meisner, who has worked tirelessly to learn about Black Claw, study their members, and keep Portland safe with an underground militia, falls victim to Conrad Bonaparte. Renard watches his former friend suffer and fires the shot that kills him.
Was it out of spite or mercy? We may never know. But Renard is starting to learn at this point that he is no more than a pawn in Bonaparte’s game of power.
Our heroes return to HW headquarters to find everything trashed and Meisner dead. It’s unfortunate that our heroes didn’t have the magical healing stick. If anything, though, Meisner’s death has given everyone a reason to fight.
At the end of the episode, an even more furious Nick acts impulsively in the middle of the day at the precinct. He storms into Renard’s office, tells him about Meisner’s death, and assaults him. Renard woges and an all-out brawl ensues, which ends with Renard shoving Nick through a window.
The episode ends with Nick being arrested. Wow, Nick, good one, there.
Stay tuned for another blog post about part II of the season finale. Double the episodes means double the writing!