Before we dive into all of the episode details, can we talk about this stellar season? It was the best yet, which is pretty impressive for a show in their fifth season. “The Beginning of the End” was honestly one of the best season finales of any show I’ve ever seen, and definitely the best episode of Grimm to date. What made it so wonderful? It was truly the culmination of everything — the fight scenes, the pace, the plot, the emotion and heart, the unpredictability, the suspense, the writing and the acting. Okay, I’ll stop gushing now.
The episode kicked off with Hank getting a call saying police have been dispatched to his home. When he and Nick arrive there, someone has put the two Black Claw members that Nick killed in the last episode in Hank’s house to frame him. There are two other cops on the scene from the North Portland precinct. They arrest Hank, saying that a neighbor positively identified him running from the house after hearing gunshots.
It’s obvious that this is Black Claw’s doing. We know they are trying to get to all of the members of Nick’s group. Hank isn’t the only one who Black Claw has been keeping an eye on. A truck has been sitting outside of Monroe and Rosalee’s house for hours on end, and Monroe decides to confront them. An angry Rosalee (who hasn’t been feeling so hot by the way) catches their license plate number, which Hadrian’s Wall confirms is Black Claw’s. Hadrian’s Wall also confirms Black Claw’s obsession with Nick and the gang by finding a ton of pictures of them on Tony’s laptop. If they didn’t believe it before, they should all understand how much danger they are in now.
Their first priority is freeing Hank for the crime he didn’t commit, but there’s a problem — when Nick arrives at the North precinct, he realizes that it’s all a setup. The cops there start woging and taunting him and it becomes clear that they are all Black Claw members. Knowing he can’t fight them off, Nick leaves and comes up with a plan to find where they took Hank.
While Nick and the team do some recon, the two cops who arrested Hank have him at a house out in the country. He’s tied up and they keep saying that they are waiting for Conrad to arrive. Unluckily for them, Nick uses Monroe to beat the crap out of Tony (who’s still sitting in jail) to get the address where Hank is being held.
When Nick, Trubel, and Eve arrive at the house, it takes them about 10 seconds to kill the Black Claw cops and free Hank. They immediately know something isn’t right. If Conrad were truly coming to the house, there wouldn’t have been merely two guards there. No, it was all a trap to lure them away from the Hadrian’s Wall headquarters… and they realize it too late.
Like Conrad alluded to in the previous episode, they were tracking Zuri to figure out where the Hadrian’s Wall bunker was located. When Eve calls over to Meisner, Hadrian’s Wall has already been attacked, and everyone else has been killed. All of a sudden, Renard walks into the bunker, which Meisner tells Eve before hanging up with her. Things turn from bad to worse when Conrad walks in and uses his Zauberbiest superpowers to strangle the life from Meisner. Renard keeps telling Conrad to stop (nice to know he still has a dose of humanity left in him), but when he doesn’t, Renard shoots Meisner out of mercy. When Eve, Trubel, Hank, and Nick arrive, they suspect that it was Renard responsible for killing Meisner. In a roundabout way, it was. That alone is enough to send Nick over the edge.
At the police station, Nick attacks Renard in his office, resulting in a pretty badass fight scene and ends with Nick being thrown through a window. Nick is an excellent fighter, but a half-Zauberbiest defending his life is going to be hard to take down. Renard orders Nick to be arrested and put in a cell, making him a sitting duck for Conrad… who Renard happily makes sure is aware of the opportunity to abduct Nick. Is it just me, or is Renard really starting to become an unredeemable character?
NEXT: Diana proves how dangerous she can be
While all of this hoopla is going on, Adalind is still stuck trying to protect the lives of her children and do the right thing. She’s been threatened by Conrad to do a better job at pretending to love Renard. He even uses his pure Zauberbiest powers to turn her to stone and put a wedding ring on her finger, proclaiming that if she takes it off, her children will pay the price. This guy has got to go.
Diana is continuing to be incredibly creepy. She has dolls that represent Adalind and Renard, and she makes them kiss, prompting them to kiss in real life. This is seven levels of weird that I’m not even going to get into. Adalind gently tries to explain to her that she can’t force people together, but I’m guessing it went in one ear and out the other.
Those on Diana’s bad side don’t fare so well in this episode. She’s well aware of Rachel’s feelings for her father, so she takes it upon herself to magically strangle Rachel in her home with her own bed sheets. That’s pretty dark for a child, and it also goes to show that Diana doesn’t even have to be in a five-mile radius of someone to kill them. I guess that ties up the Rachel and Renard story line. Renard barely even seems bothered by her murder, which just reminds me that these people are all way too comfortable with death.
Trubel shows up at Monroe and Rosalee’s house right before she’s about to tell him that she’s pregnant. Knowing that Nick has been taken into custody and that Black Claw is closing in, it’s imperative that they hide all of the valuable books and weapons in the Spice Shop. If they fell into the wrong hands (especially the grimm book), it could be disastrous. Eve takes care of the two Black Claw members outside of Monroe and Rosalee’s house by making them explode inside of their truck. I know that some people aren’t fans of Eve’s character, but you can’t deny that she killed it in this episode, both literally and figuratively.
While Monroe and Rosalee start hiding things and Hank, Eve, and Trubel start plotting, Wu is left to keep an eye out for Nick at the police station. Several of the North precinct Black Claw members come marching into the station to take Nick away. They claim that they have some paper saying he needs to be transferred. When Wu tries to stop them, two of the men grab him while the rest take off with Nick. Wu turns into beasty-Wu and kills them with ease. I thought it was going to be more difficult for Wu to control his new beast alter-ego, but apparently that’s not a road the show wanted to travel down, because Wu returns to human form when Hank, Trubel, and Eve show up. They suspect that Nick was taken to the North precinct station.
They suspect right. A bunch of Black Claw members and Conrad have Nick tied up there. Conrad uses his mind powers to make Nick hallucinate that he’s at home with Adalind and sees Conrad taking Kelly away. This joker is way more powerful than we previously thought. When Nick comes to, Conrad continues his normal string of threats, telling Nick that if he doesn’t give him the grimm book, he’ll never see Kelly again. Frightened and distraught, it looks like Nick is actually considering that trade.
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There’s no more time for chitchat about the potential swap, though, because Wu, Hank, Trubel, and Eve swoop in to rescue him. A huge fire-fight ensues, and when Conrad attempts to escape the building, Eve follows him. Unfortunately, even though she gets some good punches in, she doesn’t realize how strong he is. He flings broken glass at her, stabbing her in the stomach and getting away. The others run to her side, but she’s bleeding heavily. They have to get to a safe place and they can’t take her to a doctor.
NEXT: Let’s get ready to rumble
Back at the Black Claw safe house, an infuriated Conrad returns and chokes Adalind out until she gives up Nick’s address. We see a little bit of compassion again from Renard when he asks Conrad to stop. I’m again amazed at Renard not manning up and stopping Conrad from hurting so many people and using the mother of his child this way.
At Nick’s house, Nick frantically rushes down to the tunnel to retrieve the miracle stick to heal Eve. When he puts it on her, it first appears like it’s healing her as it did Monroe. But then, Eve puts her hexenbiest face on and starts wailing and writhing around uncontrollably on the floor before passing out. What kind of reaction to the stick is that? Is it because she’s a hexenbiest?
There’s no time to dwell on it because right after Monroe and Rosalee show up, Diana magically appears by request of her mother to warn them that Conrad is coming. No sooner does she disappear do they see Black Claw members surrounding the building. Nick insists that they all go into the tunnels to hide. They take Eve with them, but Nick stays back to try to keep the bad guys at bay so his friends can escape. How very noble of him.
Somehow, Nick’s able to fight most of them off in yet another amazing fight scene. It looks like Nick has the upper hand, until he gets shot in the back. He falls to the ground and it appears that he’s dying… until he gets back up. I was admittedly shocked because I forgot about the miracle stick he had in his jacket pocket. Hallelujah, Nick is saved.
Down in the tunnel, Rosalee takes the opportunity to share the untimely but happy news of her pregnancy with Monroe. Rosalee was crying. Monroe was crying. I was crying. It was a beautiful and tender moment amidst all of the chaos of the episode. In another part of the tunnel, Eve and Trubel are huddled together anticipating an attack and fearing the worst for Nick. When Trubel asks Eve what she’s feeling, she replies with tears in her eyes, “I feel… a lot.” Uh oh, could the miracle stick have banished robotic, hexenbiest, assassin Eve and brought Juliette back to life? What kind of drama would that bring about in the next season? I smell a love triangle.
Meanwhile, back up in Nick’s home, Conrad and Renard appear to take down Nick. Conrad starts choking out Nick with his mind power (his favorite party trick it seems) while Renard just stands there watching. Are you ready for the twist? Little do they know, Diana has seen the marks on Adalind’s neck from Conrad strangling her. When Diana asks her mom who did that, Adalind replies that it was one of daddy’s friends, but Diana seems to know right away that it was Conrad. While Conrad is strangling Nick to death, Diana uses her creepy Renard doll to make real life Renard shove a sword through Conrad’s chest. While I predicted Diana would play a large part in the finale, I never expected she’d be the one to take Conrad out.
The episode ends with Renard and Nick just staring at each other, clearly not knowing what to think. As far as Nick knows, Renard killed Conrad to save his life. Will that redeem Renard in Nick and Co.’s eyes? Probably not, but it might save Renard’s neck for a little while. However, I’m guessing it won’t take long for Nick to figure out what Diana did. The truth always comes out in the end.
- Will Renard try to journey back from the dark side? We saw him show a little compassion in this episode when it came to Conrad hurting people. On the other hand, his alienation from the group could make him feel like Black Claw is all he has left and propel him deeper into the group. Now that Black Claw has lost its leader, there is a hole that needs to be filled.
- How does Adalind plan on reining in Diana’s powers. She killed two people in this episode without giving it a second thought, and she clearly wants her parents together. How will a relationship between Nick and Adalind work out with an emotional child who has too much power for her own good?
- What is the story behind the miracle stick? We know that it can heal and that it also comes with a warning. I look forward to finding out more on its origins next season. I’m still sticking with it either being a splinter from Jesus’ cross or Hermione’s wand.