Season 6, episode 13 The End
After last week’s Grimm, ended with with Hank and Wu’s deaths at the hands of Zorstorer, part of me wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to even watch the finale, but I always assumed that the finale would be a bloody one, so I watched with trepidation. For the first 45 minutes, the episode was even worse than I feared as it soon became clear that they were going to kill *everyone* but Nick. Thankfully, before it could sink in fully, Nick was getting sucked back into the other place and suddenly we were facing a very unexpected happy ending!
It’s amazing to think that this is the actual end, after all these years. We’ll be posting some Grimm memories in the upcoming weeks, but here are our thoughts on the finale:
Cay: I really thought that Diana would show some sort of resistance to Zorstorer! Instead, she seemed to be under some kind of spell “I feel different. I’m not scared anymore” as compared to being terrified of him coming for her.
Rueben: Given how utterly frightened Diana was when she realized that Zorstorer came through from ‘the other place,’ I didn’t expect her to act so calm, coming up from that basement. I’m sure her reaction had to do with a spell too or just the power of Zorstorer especially in the light of the prophecy. I had expected a different reaction, though, and more action from her when all those deaths took place.
Cay: Yes! She watched Zorstorer kill Renard and then Adalind and didn’t seem to show any expression. And then afterward told Nick that she and Kelly liked him. Definitely not normal, even for Diana. Kind of a waste of her powers for her to just stand placidly by, although I assume the powers that be wanted to make it all about Nick and his Grimmness
Rueben: Exactly, she had so much power that I think seeing her parents killed would have set off that power in very unexpected ways. Given how much they kept mentioning that she was more powerful than any other Grimm, then they should have given us at least a little glimpse into just what she could do.
Zorstorer’s Achilles heel
Cay: I loved the idea of the only thing that could kill Zorstorer being something that only their group had – a friendship between Wesen, Hexenbiests and Grimms. Why didn’t they use Trubel’s blood for the potion? That struck me as strange, but anyway, I was disappointed that it didn’t work as it seemed so perfect!
Rueben: This was their last hope – that powerful potion – and given how unlikely it is to have a Wesen, Hexenbiest and a Grimm all working together, giving their blood for this potion to work; it should have done more than just temporarily burn his face. In fact, the potion didn’t even really seem to do much of anything to Zorstorer than be a momentary flash bang.
Cay: Yes, how could anything that powerful and that nearly impossible to make be such a dud? Although it turns out that Monrosalee were onto something with the “strength of the blood”, but they misinterpreted it. The scene with Nick in the woods with Aunt Marie and his mother reminded me so much of the scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Harry uses the resurrection stone to bring back his parents and other loved ones to give him strength as he walks to his certain death at Voldemort’s hands. Zorstorer’s normal form isn’t that different from Voldemort, actually…
Rueben: OMG, I hadn’t even thought of that comparison scene in Harry Potter until you mentioned it. And, yes, they were going in the right direction with the “strength of the blood,” but it was just slightly different than they thought. I didn’t get it at first until Aunt Marie appeared; then it was like a light bulb over my head – it has to be the blood of all the Grimms through Trubel and Nick to make it work. If only they had figured that out before all those deaths took place.
Cay: For a while there, I really thought that they were going to kill everyone but Nick and the kids! I kept thinking “no, don’t do this to us!”.
Rueben: I was screaming and crying so much during those death scenes that I had to pause the action to compose myself enough so I could see and hear what happened next. I had expected some deaths – especially after the unexpected demise of both Wu and Hank in last week’s penultimate episode – but I was not prepared for all that death. The hardest was seeing Monroe and Rosalee taken down by that snake; I was a blubbering mess at that point.
Cay: I spent the whole episode basically leaning forward towards the TV, wringing my hands and saying “no, no!”, and then drowning my sorrows in an adult beverage.
Rueben: I don’t drink, but I can certainly understand needing one given all that death. It was just so hard to watch as each one went down!!
The time warp
Cay: I honestly never thought that they would give us a happy ending! I was 100% sure they would permanently kill off at least one person that we cared for, likely many (as in my predictions from last week). Normally I’m not a fan of the “it was just a dream” or “we went back in time” kind of endings, but for this one, I am just so relieved that I’m not going to complain (much!).
Rueben: I squealed SO loud when the words “20 years later” came up on the screen and, again, had to pause that scene to wrap my head around what was happening. It was hard enough seeing Nick and Eve show up again in Monroe and Rosalee’s house with everyone alive; but to have the time jump – I was stunned. I literally had to rewatch that final scene numerous times to believe that the show actually gave us a happy ending because I was NOT anticipating that at all. I thought for sure it was going to be a dark and unsettling ending.
Cay: As soon as I heard the voiceover, I knew it would be Kelly. Boy, that new trailer is SWEEEET!
Rueben: OMG, yes!! While the outside may not have changed much at all, they certainly had it “souped” up inside with plenty of remembrances of Nick’s time in the trailer.
Cay: I’m going to assume that the “Mom and Dad” referred to by Diana in the flash forward are Adalind and Nick
Rueben: I was under the same impression that Diana meant Adalind and Nick as “Mom and Dad” because I can’t imagine that it would be Adalind and Renard hunting Wesen. I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see anything of the triplets being born or how the family looked after all that time. I would’ve liked to see the team – not just a grown up Kelly and Diana – in the flash forward.
Cay: We totally got cheated out of seeing the little Fuchsbads (that’s what I like to call them) either as babies or adults!
Rueben: Speaking of adults, I was really impressed with the casting of relative newcomer Kevin Joy as the grown up Kelly; he really did resemble David Guintoli, making me believe that he could totally be Nick and Adalind’s son. I was also okay with Nicole Steinwedell being the grown up version of Diana, as I’m familiar with her work on the TV series The Unit [among other guest appearances in shows like The Glades, NCIS: Los Angeles and Rizzoli & Isles].
Cay: David Giuntoli (Nick) knocked it out of the park in this episode! The emotion he displayed, it felt so real!
Rueben: Couldn’t agree more!
Cay: It seemed a fitting ending, even if a bit out of character for the show (not very Grimm after all…) As a fan, I feel much better knowing that they all live on as friends. The way we got there, though, was one of the more traumatic episodes of TV that I’ve ever seen! Each death just destroyed me! I think I lost a year or more of my life during that one hour!
Rueben: I couldn’t agree more. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much during an episode as we watched each of the team go down because of Zorstorer. It just tore me apart; and I wasn’t able to literally calm down and breath until Nick was pulled through that portal again.
“You’re supposed to be on our side now?” – Trubel to Renard
“I have no regrets and I’m definitely not done.” – Eve to Nick (right before Zorstorer shows up at the Spice Shop and forced Eve to stab herself)
“He needs me!” – Diana about Zorstorer
“You’ve taken everything from me. You’re not taking my son!” – Nick to Zorstorer
“I want the people I love to live again.” – Nick to Zorstorer (maybe that’s why the portal reopened after Nick picked up the staff)
“We helped you find your strength.” – Aunt Marie to Nick
“Mom and Dad are waiting. We got Wesen to kill. The triplets are coming too.” – Grown Up Diana to Grown Up Kelly
Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful show with us for the last six years!