I was sure at the end of the last episode that Hank and Wu would not stay dead. When, at the beginning of this episode, the stick didn’t work to revive them, that just meant that the reset would come later. By the time Renard got offed, I was calling shenanigans because the manipulation had gone too far. After all, we were just told that “this can’t be happening.” Just because I get the joke, doesn’t make it funny.
And that’s pretty much what this whole episode is, just a series of misdirection, scenes of Nick howling at the death of yet another friend and a checklist of the stuff that the Scoobies have to do each episode. We have an “emote-off” pitting Monroe, Rosalee and Eve against each other, badass Trubel with her machetes, searching books, making potions, Eve/Juliette making goo-goo eyes at Nick, and no one ever asking Diana a direct question even though, by now, everyone know that she’s dialed into everything that’s going on.
I’m not hating on the episode. I loved it in the same way I have always loved Grimm, i.e., in spite of, and maybe because of its flaws. What saved “The End” for me was the immensely ridiculous battle of the Granny Grimms. What made me love it was the hug fest after the reset, and epilogue of Young Grimmsters Kelly and Diana calling Team Grimm assemble to catch up with the triplets.
I wish this episode wasn’t so manipulative. I wish that Juliette stayed dead. I wish that there were some substance to the character of the Big Bad. I’m sorry to see Grimm go.
But I am glad that Bud is OK.