If there were theme tunes for specific episodes of Grimm, I'd definitely say that "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen would be appropriate.
No one was safe in Grimm Season 4 Episode 22, from the lowliest redshirt Verrat to the King himself. Even a main character in Juliette Silverton was dispatched in "Cry Havoc."
After making nice use of Portland Police resources (loved that scene with Adalind and the head!), Nick got to take his revenge on Kenneth in a brutal duel of sorts in a convenient abandoned warehouse. Kenneth managed to prove useful in death (much as Adalind's mother, actually), providing the perfect scapegoat for the Jack the Ripper murders. Handy, that.
We can also bid farewell to another head of the Verrat: Rispoli was taken out by Hank and a very hard floor. Were I a member of the Verrat, I would definitely not want to be named their leader; they seem to have a sadly short life expectancy. Of course, none of the other Hundjagers fared any better than Rispoli.
It's always fun when the entire crew gets together and goes on a mission (see Grimm Season 4 Episode 10, "Tribunal", when everyone came together to rescue Monroe from the Wesenrein).
"Cry Havoc" followed a really simple, straightforward plot. There was no case of the week this time, and almost everything that happened fed into the A-plot (otherwise known as the Save Diana plot). The only B-plot was really Renard dealing with the aftermath of Jack. The lack of distractions really worked in this episode's favor.
The story was fast-paced and adrenaline-fueled... and surprisingly took place entirely in one night! As Bud put it,
Don't you guys ever sleep?!Bud
Emotions ran high in this story, especially when it looked like Nick arrived just moments too late and the King escaped with Diana in a helicopter. Who could have predicted that one of King Freddy's pilots would be Martin Meisner? (Bet you'd forgotten about Meisner. Surprise!)
Will Meisner let Diana be a tool of the Resistance? Something makes me doubt it. He seems attached to the little angel; having delivered her with his own hands, it's almost like she's the child he never had. Family means a lot to Meisner. Remember, he got involved with the Resistance because the Royals killed his girlfriend.
Meisner is a popular character in fan circles, with many viewers hoping for the him to pair up with Adalind thanks to their chemistry from when they were on the run together last season. Meisner is certainly popular with Diana, too, it seems, as she grins cheerfully at him as he jauntily offers her this little quip after shoving King Freddy out of the helicopter:
Down with the king!Meisner
Meisner is now responsible for the deaths of two Royals. He was the one who blew up Prince Eric's car at Renard's behest, and this time he's taken out King Frederick himself. I foresee a whole lot of political upheaval for the Family in Grimm Season 5.
The Royals should probably avoid Portland in the future. There have been at least four Royals killed in connection with that city (either in it, near it, or returning from it). It's practically a deathtrap for them.
Speaking of death, let's talk about arguably the most important one in this episode: Juliette. She confronted Nick, and despite everything she'd done, he couldn't bring himself to do the deed. I don't necessarily find this a bad thing. But fortunately, Trubel was there to save him at the last moment.
Will Nick be angry with Trubel for striking the fatal blow? I imagine he'll be conflicted, certainly. Juliette was the woman he loved, he wanted to marry, and now she is dead. She was going to kill him, had already been responsible for killing his mother, but he still loved her. Maybe Nick will even hate himself if he dares to feel grateful to Trubel.
Some last thoughts before we call it a wrap for the season:
- The title of the episode comes from Act III, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the full phrase being Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war.
- This episode's body count includes King Frederick, Prince Kenneth, Rispoli, Juliette, and numerous members of the Verrat.
- According to Prince Kenneth's ID on Nick's computer, his full name was Kenneth Alun Goderich Bowes-Lyon, he was born in Luxembourg in 1979, was of German nationality, was 194 cm tall (that's around 6'4") and 91 kg (about 200 pounds).
- Won't some cops remember arresting Kenneth before he turned up dead in that abandoned warehouse?
- There were some fantastic quotes in this episode (and in the rest of this season). Be sure to pop over to the Grimm Quotes page and enjoy the moments all over again!
- Agent Chavez is sure in for a surprise when she realizes that Nick is a Grimm after all.
That's all for Grimm Season 4, folks. Happily, Grimm will return in the fall with another season of chaos and monster mayhem in Portland (and no doubt beyond) – until then, relive the fun times when you watch Grimm online right here at TV Fanatic!
Rosalee: I swear to God, if I have to cut up another body for a potion...
Monroe: ...or heal the captain one more time?
Rosalee: Let's drink to something.
Monroe: To something. [They clink their wineglasses.]