'Grimm' Season 2 finale: 'Goodnight, Sweet Grimm' sends a major character to his coffin
"Grimm" has ended its second season with quite the cliffhanger in its finale, "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm": Nick (David Giuntoli) is captured by Eric Renard (James Frain) and Baron Samedi and is beginning his transformation into one of the Cracher-Mortel's zombie creatures, and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) are left surrounded by enemies with escape looking less and less likely. But "Grimm" wouldn't be doing its job if it didn't leave us wanting more, and now we know a lot of big storylines that are set up for the series' return in the fall on Fridays at 9 p.m.
At least Juliette and Nick finally completely reunite in the Season 2 finale. After a season of being apart, Juliette is taking to having her memories return and learning about the Wesen world surprisingly well. She has Nick over for dinner where they make up in more ways than one, and then she expresses her desire to be a part of his fight against the Wesen. That means that she also gets drawn into Eric and Baron Samedi's creation of a zombie army.
Though Eric and Baron Samedi seemingly are working alone, Eric reaches out to his bastard brother Sean (Sasha Roiz) to try to get him to join with them. The Captain tells Nick about some of Eric's activities, but it's unclear if the promise of returning to the royal family will be enough to sway him to Eric's side. Eric makes it clear that he knows a lot about Nick and the key.
Nick spends much of the episode trying to figure out what is behind the zombie creatures attacking Portland. He follows a trail of clues that leads him closer to Baron Samedi, but admits that he feels like he's walking into a trap. He and Hank manage to capture one of the zombies and bring it to Rosalee and Monroe, who discover a cure for the four-step zombie 502313transformation. Unfortunately the antidote can only be administered when the person who has been turned by the Cracher-Mortel is in its violent fourth phase.
Meanwhile in Austria, Frau Pech makes her move on Adalind (Claire Coffee) and uses a doppelganger potion to switch their bodies. Unfortunately for her, Adalind and Stefania were playing her, and she walked right into their trap. Stefania kills Frauch Pech-disguised-as-Adalind and works uses her still-beating heart to return Adalind's powers to her. It will be interesting to see where the pregnant Adalind's storyline takes her now that her Hexenbiest powers have been restored.
When Nick finally determines where the zombies are being held, he enlists Monroe and Rosalee's help administer the antidote to the innocent people affected. Juliette insists on joining them as well, showing how much she's changed since learning about the Wesen -- and proving that Nick likely should have told her about his secret life seasons ago. Before they leave, Nick has Rosalee hide the key, which later proves to be the right move.
The foursome arrives at the shipyard and it becomes clear quickly that they did indeed walk into a trap. Baron Samedi sets crates of zombies upon them, and the enemies attack faster than Rosalee can dole out the antidote. Nick draws off the zombie horde so Monroe, Rosalee and Juliette can escape, but they end up being trapped in their car surrounded by zombies while they wait for Nick to join them.
Elsewhere, Nick finds himself fighting Baron Samedi. That battle also ends up being a trap, as Nick ends up having the Cracher-Mortel spit his goo on him and start the zombie transformation process on Nick. Surprise! Nick's death is actually the one that's been teased for the past few weeks. Our last shot of "Grimm's" hero is of him lying seemingly dead in a coffin while Eric arrives to say that he, Nick and Baron Samedi have a "long flight" ahead of them. It seems as though Eric plans on taking Nick to Europe, though it's unclear to what end. Again, at least Nick left the key behind, but maybe Eric wants something else from the Grimm too. "Goodnight, sweet Grimm, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest," Eric says in the final line of the episode.
Assumedly Rosalee, Monroe and Juliette will find a way to rescue Nick in Season 3, but it's an interesting choice to leave this story arc so incomplete in Season 2. This clearly isn't the last we've seen of Baron Samedi or the zombies, and it will be intriguing to see how Adalind potentially plays in to Nick's zombification if he does end up being taken to Europe.