Grimm: Key Move
March 5, 2016 6:32 AM - Season 5, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Monroe and Nick follow map of the keys to the Schwarzwald Forest, while Team Grimm Portland try to locate & thwart Black Claw assassin Marwan.
posted by oh yeah! (9 comments total)
Oops, forgot the epigram:

"It is not down on any map; true places never are." - Herman Melville, Moby Dick
posted by oh yeah! at 6:39 AM on March 5, 2016

So I wonder if the red-hair campaign manager (I don't recall her name at all) is a Wesen. It's obvious she's involved in the assassination, but to what capacity? Also, I guess that last minute phone call changed the target from Renard to the candidate? Hmm...

The adventure in the Black Forest is fun! I love little character moments that Nick and Monroe get.
posted by numaner at 12:15 PM on March 7, 2016

I dunno, I think the show might have been just mis-directing us (pretty well, too), and Dixon was the target the whole time. But Red is definitely up to something. . . .

"My family's hunted here for hundreds of years!"

"Hunted what?"

"Uuuuuuuhhhhh . . . . . . lots of stuff . . . . . ."

Also Monroe's sense of appropriate conversation when tramping though the spooky woods in the middle of the night is wildly out of whack.
posted by soundguy99 at 6:52 PM on March 7, 2016

I think there was a lot of partial reveal here. I think we're supposed to assume the folks coming after them in the woods are black claw but we never have any indication of that. They may just as well be afraid of the standard grimm reputation.
posted by phearlez at 7:46 PM on March 7, 2016

I didn't think the priest & other wesen were Black Claw, I just assumed they were standard variety Grimm-fearing wesen, or possibly part of some special secret order that knows about the treasure of the 7 keys and wants to keep it hidden.

And I don't know about the campaign manager. I feel like if she were wesen, Reynard would have found out about it by now. There were so many red herrings with Dixon's assassination (the assassin-scope view focusing on Reynard to make it seem he was the target, that random bearded dude who stood near Reynard) that I'm not sure if her taking a call off-stage was a sign of her being complicit or just another distraction.

Always love the Nick & Monroe show. The driving effects were a bit "Toonces The Driving Cat", alas.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:39 PM on March 7, 2016

possibly part of some special secret order that knows about the treasure of the 7 keys and wants to keep it hidden.

I think you might be on to something, here.

I'd swear we've seen random bearded dude as part of Dixon's campaign before. And while I think you're right that Red isn't Wesen, I think she's involved somehow. (Maybe there's a sort of anti-Hadrian's Wall, a secret group of humans supporting Black Claw? Although I think we're pretty close to Maximum Secret Societies, if too many more get added it'd start to be excessively silly.)
posted by soundguy99 at 6:01 AM on March 8, 2016

I think you guys are forgetting that Marwan, the assassin, was shown a photo of Renard by his contacts before he went to the rally.
posted by numaner at 12:19 PM on March 8, 2016

That photo was one element of the misdirection I mentioned - another thing that made the viewer think Renard was the target. It remains to be seen whether Renard was the original target and either the assassin missed (not likely, IMO) or they changed it to Dixon at the last minute.

My own suspicion is that Dixon was the target all along, and the photo was to emphasize, "This is the guy you don't shoot." Mostly because my pet theory is that they (whoever "they" are) have really been grooming Renard for public office all along, and now that there'll be bunch of media bites of Renard (Dixon's most prominent supporter) looking all heroic and cradling his dying friend in his arms, they'll convince Renard to pick up the Dixon campaign. My further suspicion is that Black Claw is behind this, so Renard becoming Mayor will not be good - like, BC has some plan to make Renard openly woge at his victory speech, which of course plays into their desire to have the existence of Wesen out in the open.
posted by soundguy99 at 7:28 AM on March 11, 2016

I agree with soundguy99 - the only other theory I could think of would be if Renard himself arranged the assassination, in a return to his Machiavellian ways of S1's setting Adalind on Aunt Marie, but I think that would be a stretch.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:07 AM on March 11, 2016

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