Throughout the second half of season 5, our heroes have spent most of their time on our usual cases of the week, leaving the Black Claw plotline on the sidelines. But now, with the season ending in just a few short weeks, plot threads are finally starting to come together.
Let’s break down the major events of the “Taming of the Wu”:
Wu finally learns what is happening to him.
The episode opens in the hospital with Wu, who seems to be recovering well from last week’s near-death experience with a Barbatus Ossifrage. Nick and Hank visit him to see how he’s doing.
Once Nick and Hank leave the hospital, an unknown man stops outside of Wu’s room and calls someone on the phone, telling them that Wu is in the hospital. Now, why is someone stalking Wu?
Later that night, while a nurse is checking up on Wu, he morphs (I am not referring to it as a woge since he is technically not Wesen) in front of her, and, like most people, she freaks out and runs out of the room to tell the doctors what she has seen. By the time the nurse returns to Wu’s room with doctors, though, he is back to normal (and doesn’t have any recollection of what happened).
The next day, Wu is discharged from the hospital, and Nick and Hank take him back to his apartment. He tells Nick and Hank that he has been having strange dreams and dreaming of red meat, and Nick tells him to visit Rosalee if he feels as if he needs anything.
Don’t you hate when you’re trying to make a sandwich and watch your boss’ political ad and you wolf out?
Well, this happens to Wu as he’s trying to open a jar of mustard. He breaks the jar, cuts his hand, and goes to the sink to wash the cut, but his arm wolfs out. Once his arm returns to normal, though, his cut has started to heal. And, to make matters worse, he notices that an old pickup truck has been sitting outside his apartment building all day long.
Wu calls Rosalee and tells her that he’s going to come to the spice shop. Before he does that, though, he coyly investigates who’s inside the pickup truck. The man following him is Theo Delano, who has been arrested Wu three times.
Theo follows Wu to an alley, where Wu confronts him. Theo woges into a Skalengeck, and then the two fight. But since we are following Wu’s perspective, we don’t see the fight.
After Nick and Hank are called in to see Theo’s dead body, they visit Wu, who is unconscious–and covered in blood–on his bed. Though he does not remember what happened, he realizes that he killed Theo.
Trubel find Theo in the Black Claw database, so none of our heroes are too concerned that Wu killed a member of Black Claw.
Worried for Wu, Nick and Hank take him to the spice shop. Rosalee gives revocare tenebris to Wu, which is a potion that forces Wu into a deep sleep and forces him to remember the deepest, darkest memories in his mind. And, because it’s convenient for the plot, revocare tenebris induces sleep-talking. Wu recalls the fight with Theo and confirms that he killed him. He also morphs in his sleep, which is recorded by Monroe.
Our heroes confirm what we all know-that Wu is a lycanthrope, contracting the virus from the scratch he’s had for several episodes now. Rosalee says that Wu’s morph is an emotional response that forces him into a survival mode. While they have no cure for it, he must find a way to stay calm and avoid stress.
Wu is okay with this, just as long as he isn’t crazy.
Diana has powers beyond what anyone can fully comprehend.
Early in the episode, Meisner returns. He trespasses into a home, searching in the dark. He finds two dead bodies and walks through a child’s room.
While in the child’s room, he discovers the Black Claw symbol marked on a wall.
He starts to fight a Hundjager that is ultimately killed by Trubel (welcome back, Trubel!) This home was the safe house where Diana was kept.
When Diana sees her mother, she does not want her to leave. But Renard is giving Adalind the choice on whether to stay with them (and effectively join Black Claw). Diana begs her mother to stay with them, but Adalind can’t give an answer to Diana immediately. In the only way a young witch can throw a temper tantrum, she expresses her power to her parents. And the only way Adalind can get her to calm down is to tell her that she needs more time to make a decision.
Diana, however, has powers that can’t be matched. Several times throughout the episode, she reaches out to Adalind telepathically, asking her where she is. And with each connection, Adalind feels worse and worse about being away from her daughter.
Diana can even mimic voices. She calls her mother in the voice of Renard, urging Adalind to make a decision.
At one point, Eve even hears Diana reaching out to Adalind. She thinks this is because Adalind turned into Juliette, who also turned into Adalind. Because of this, the two women are connected. And it certainly helps with HW’s investigation of Black Claw and Diana.
Eve warns Nick not to trust Adalind. Both Nick and Eve are determined to keep Kelly safe.
New character alert: meet Conrad Bonaparte.
Conrad Bonaparte is most likely a leader of Black Claw. We see him in three key scenes during the episode.
We first meet him when he meets Renard. Bonaparte claims that Adalind should join Black Claw, and Nick should, too, because they think they are the ones doing good for Portland.
We see Bonaparte again when he meets Adalind at her office and tells her that she has to make a decision on whether to join Black Claw by the end of the day. So much pressure is placed on Adalind throughout the episode.
Bonaparte shows up on screen a third time with Zuri. Remember Zuri, Hank’s Wesen physical therapist? Remember how we speculated whether she was with Black Claw? Well, it seems like she is conspiring against Hank for whatever reason. Come on, Zuri. Hank is a great guy–he doesn’t deserve this.
Adalind makes hard choices.
This entire season has offered a chance for redemption for Adalind Schade. And, mostly, she has done an excellent job of redeeming herself…except for the poor communication that she has had with Nick.
She finally reveals to him that she has her powers back, though she doesn’t tell him–she summons her phone to her. Nick, unsurprised, tells her that he will not hurt her. His reasoning is mostly for his son: he lost his mother twice, and he never wants Kelly to face that.
She does not tell him, however, about meeting Renard and Diana. If she confided in Nick about this, though, I’m sure he would find a way to help her make a choice about what to do.
Instead, though, Adalind wrestles with the dilemma on her own. She does not want Kelly to be separated from Nick, but she also wants Diana back. So she takes Kelly with her, leaving Nick on his own.
She leaves this note behind:
How sorry is she, though? If she really loved Nick, would she have told him about meeting up with Renard and Diana? Or is the situation
With the power of magic, most of the words disappear from the letter, leaving this behind:
Is Adalind doing the right thing? I don’t know myself. What’s your take on it, Grimmsters?