It was an action-packed season finale of Walker, but the first half of the episode wasn’t entirely shocking.
After the realization that Stan was a bad man who was responsible for killing Emily (or, at the very least, his shady actions contributed to her death), the focus was all about proving that for which there was no evidence.
Well, that’s what Stan thought at least. He thought that it would be his word against Cordell’s. And since Cordell was an angry man that was still grieving the loss of his wife and obsessed with finding her killer, he assumed there wouldn’t be any way that karma would ever catch up with him.
In some moments, I thought that Stan might actually be telling the truth about not being involved in her death despite his dealings with the Northside Nation, however, when he sneakily reported that he was taken hostage, it was obvious he had something to hide. Also, it was very clear he was in way over his head since Cordell saw the murdered journalist who was onto something!
Stan essentially put out of a hit on himself by reporting the hostage situation as the goons rolled up to take him out, He knew too much, and, as Walker put it, he became expendable.
Stan definitely didn’t play his cards right.
There were two things Stan severely underestimated — the fact that there was no evidence and Cordell’s reaction.
Auggie stumbled upon the evidence — poker chips belonging to his mother — at exactly the right time.
This was the proof that allowed everyone in the family to immediately believe Cordell rather than question his sanity.
Cordell has also turned over a new leaf. He’s replaced his anger with accountability, and so despite wanting to put a bullet in Stan, he chose the right path and made him tell Emily’s family the truth about what happened that night before turning him in for his due process.
The old Cordell would’ve acted irrationally, but the new and improved Cordell wanted to be there for his family during these trying times; He wanted closure more than anything.
And since Captain James and Micki have had a front seat to Walker’s behavioral changes, they were also more inclined to believe that he was telling the truth about Stan.
I loved that Walker had the support of his loved ones in this. Usuaully, they’re trying to stop him from acting on emotions, but this time, they believed his emotions and validated them.
Micki and Trey went above and beyond to make sure Carlos Mendoza was safe enough to testify, and Captain James told everyone to back down so that Cordell had enough time to complete his plan.
I personally didn’t care if Stan lived or died, but I truly enjoyed watching him face the music by coming face-to-face with the family who was hurt most by his corruption.
The Walker’s have been gravely abused by those they’ve trusted before, but that was nothing compared to the abuse of trust by a man they allowed into their home and to sit at their dinner table was the man that put the bullet in their mother, wife, daughter-in-law, and sister-in-law.
It took incredible restraint not to punch Stan when he confessed to shooting Emily instead of rendering aid.
It was also frustrating to watch because Stan could’ve easily taken down Cali and rescued Emily. He always had the means to fix his messes, but instead, he dug himself a bigger hole.
Emily wasn’t just in the wrong place at the wrong time, she was killed by someone she loved.
It was fitting to wrap up the mystery of her death in the finale… and what a mystery it was, down to the very last moment.
The fact that Stan was shot while being transported for lockup wasn’t even that surprising as he knew too much and had to be taken care of.
At least, that’s what we thought
In an unexpected twist, James informed Micki that Walker was actually the hitman’s target and he was spared thanks to his bulletproof vest.
At this point, there’s a lot of possibilities as to who might have it out for Walker or who might be behind this new crime syndicate.
I always thought that Trevor’s storyline ended a bit too abruptly, and since he was inside the house, it would make sense that he’d be behind the A-inspired lair that was watching the Walker family at any given moment.
Is it not enough that we have Keegan Allen on the show? Now we have to go full Pretty Little Liars?
My other guess was that Bret, Liam’s former fiance, was behind the hood. After all, he has access to the Walker family, and he was all too eager to get back into Liam’s life.
Maybe he’s gotten in with the wrong crowd?
It would be quite a shame though since I think they make a cute couple and found myself rooting for them to get back together.
With Stan down for the count in critical condition (he deserves it!), Liam is now taking over the DA position, and hopefully, that means less corruption all around.
The small town could use an honest man in office!
With Walker finally getting closure when it came to Emily, I expected some progression on the Cordell and Geri relationship front. I respect that the show didn’t go there just yet as Cordell needs time to heal, and the best way to do that is by being there for his kids, but the romantic in me really wanted a fairytale moment here.
Micki found herself at a crossroads between her personal and professional life.
It only makes sense as the series was painting an image of a woman who was considering starting a family.
We know that Micki is a career woman, and she’s made great strides in becoming the first Latina ranger, so giving that up doesn’t come easily to her. She’s still starting out and has so much potential, especially now that James has offered her an undercover gig to investigate the Del Rio syndicate and find out who may have been targeting Cordell.
Unfortunately, that means that she has to put her plans to have a family with Trey on hold.
Will this break them? Trey seems so supportive that I would hope he’d encourage her to embrace this opportunity.
Micki might also learn from Walker’s mistakes as she has a partner who quite literally put his career before his family multiple times and regretted it in the long run.
There’s no right or wrong answer here, but Micki does have to follow her gut in the same way Cordell has always followed his.
It’s a situation that’s all too common for ambitious and working women in society, so I’m glad a series is tackling it in a relational and honest way.
However, the decision is next season’s problem. For now, the mom brunch was exactly what she needed at the moment. Micki has come such a long way from the series premiere, and I know she’ll make the right decision. She always does.
It was a well-executed season finale that wrapped up one very personal mystery that gave us a glimpse into the very core of Cordell Walker’s being. And in those final moments, the seeds of curiosity were placed that will bring us into next season!
And if the Walker family didn’t endure enough emotional trauma, Bonham decided to tell the kids about his cancer.
They just can’t catch a break!
I started out rather iffy on the reboot, but as the series progressed, I found a spot for myself amidst Walker’s family.
As Geri put it — this family is hard to walk away from.
What did you think of the finale? What are your thoughts on the season?
Let us know in the comments below!
Walker Review – Two Points for Honesty (2×08)
It was a bit touch and go for the Captain on Walker Season 2 Episode 8.
And while all signs pointed to Serano/his men being responsible for the hit on Trey and the bullets that injured Larry, it turned out not to be connected at all.
Admittedly, it’s an interesting choice to segue away from the Serano case to introduce another shooter with the motive.
I guess that’s par for the course when you’re in law enforcement and make enemies left and right, but for storytelling purposes, it simply made things more confusing.
The shooter ended up being a man named Cole who was arrested by Larry before he even rose up the ranks to Captain. He was recently released from prison and wanted revenge.
And though there was a hospital crawling with Texas Rangers, he somehow found his way into Larry’s room to confront him — with a gun.
Thankfully, by that time, Liam already figured it out and Walker was right there to interfere.
While the Captain wanted to mitigate the situation since understood Cole’s anger and felt it was warranted, I don’t really know why he thought there would ever be another outcome.
When they saw a man standing at the Captain’s hospital bed with a gun, it was deemed an immediate risk that needed to be terminated.
Cole couldn’t have waltzed into the room thinking there would be a different outcome either.
The Captain admitted that he was in power so that he could change how things are run, which I admire, but I don’t think he realizes just how risky the situation actually was.
This is a man who engaged in a full-on shootout with him. He was following him, tailing his every move, and he was upset to find out Larry survived.
Larry might want to see the best in people, but sometimes, that’s simply not possible.
And though he felt personally responsible for the path Cole took, it was beyond his control.
Moving forward, the Captain and Walker will work together to reform the Rangers, and that might not be such a bad idea.
It’s been one thing after the other for these guys — they need to catch a break.
Especially Walker. I’m not surprised that he doesn’t want to endure the pressure of being the guy who makes all the tough calls.
He’s better at being the one that answers the calls. His dynamic with Larry is too special, so it would be a shame to mess that up, particularly with Micki gone.
But now that the Cap wants to share his governing responsibilities, it opens up a sport for a new Mick. Perhaps Jack? The cop who responded to the call and rushed Trey and Cap over to the hospital.
Something also tells me she might be a permanent fixture on the show, and Trey’s new squeeze.
Once again, the series left the best for last during a blunt conversation between Liam and Stan.
Stan gave Liam very clear instructions on where to find incriminating information about the Davidson family pertaining to the barn fire.
Since he represented the family following the fire, he knows all the secrets.
And, he’s willing to share because, at this point, he has nothing to lose.
I’m intrigued to learn more because the mystery of the Davidson’s and the fire has been looming all season long.
Did they purposefully set the fire to gain land? To murder Marv? In an attempt to kill Mawlin?
It also seems like the promo is teasing that Gale’s husband is in cahoots with Serano. Hopefully, this unearths that he was the one that was spying on them using the cameras.
I need Liam to finally feel redeemed for always thinking the worst of that family.
It’s going to be unfortunate for the friendship between the Walker kids and the Davidson boy, however.
It’s never fair when children pay the price for their parents mistakes, but in this case, it seems unavoidable.
There were some sweet moments throughout the episode, including Larry patching things up with his ex wife, Kelly, Bonham giving Trey a key to the barn, Walker’s emotional pep talk from Geri, and Stella and Auggie being a support system for DJ.
Walker wins when it comes to those relatable family moments, but the overall storyline just feels like a jumbled mess with no sense of direction half the time.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments now.
Walker Review – [SPOILER] Gets Shot (2×07)
Why does Walker always wait till the very last minute to bring in the action?
Much of Walker Season 2 Episode 7 felt like a wash as everyone just spent time talking about their feelings.
It’s fine sometimes, but this was overkill to the point that I found myself tuning out.
The moments that connect back to Emily Walker fall flat because she’s not a main character. We know she means a great deal to Cordi and the Walker kids, but it’s hard to feel the nostalgia or sentiment when we don’t have any memories with her.
The rest of the hour was mostly spent on Serano’s lawyers, Liam getting way too drunk, Stella questioning her future, and Trey moving on from Micki.
Trey isn’t the only one hurt by Micki’s decision — the viewers are feeling the fallout of Lindsey Morgan’s exit just as much.
I’ve enjoyed the series, even with its flaws, for two full seasons, but it felt empty without Micki.
Was she the glue holding the show together?
After her departure, the whole situation with Serano seems overly confusing. I’ll admit, I don’t even know what they want anymore.
All I know is that Liam called in a false police report on the Davidsons, which made things pretty difficult for Cordi’s case.
Serano’s lawyers wanted a statement from Liam, but when he chose not to participate, they seemed all too thrilled.
That’s when he, in his intoxicated state, realized that they were going to use Cordell’s misconduct against him to throw the case away, so he decided that it was wise to show up at the headquarters drunk.
It led to a really strange and awkward exchange with Serano’s lawyers, and eventually, a tender moment between brothers.
Cordell and Liam fight, but they always have each other’s back, and that’s the sweetest part.
Liam admitted that he’s been feeling pretty lost and embarrassed by his actions, so hopefully, this is his wake-up call to get back on track. If he does, he could even get back together with Brett, who also came to support him through this trying time.
Stella struggled with making a decision about her future, though, eventually, she landed on possibly going to college in Maine. Considering all that she’s been through this semester alone, maybe it’s not such a bad idea for her to get out of town.
The series keeps stressing the relationship between Abeline and Colton’s late grandfather. There’s definitely a connection to the barn there, I just don’t know what it is. Were they having an affair the night of the fire?
Is that why Auggie found a lantern in the barn with his family’s brand?
And for the most shocking moment — Serano’s men tried to take out Trey and got the Cap instead.
Based on where the Cap was shot, I think he’ll be just fine. It’ll be a long road to recovery, but he’s not going to die.
However, it definitely underscores just how dangerous Serano is.
I’m just glad they didn’t get Trey. Could you imagine literally getting shot while you’re trying to mend a broken heart?
And Trey was only on Seran’s radar because he went to visit Micki, which is totally unfair.
As I mentioned previously, the episode was pretty dull until that final shooting, which jolted me out of the couch.
Will Cordell find a way to make this case even more personal even though he was told to stay out of it?
Will Captain Larry pull through? How are the Davidson’s connected to all of this? And will the real story about what caused the rift between their families finally come to light!
Sound off in the comments below! Are you starting to lose interest in Walker? Is it starting to lose the little bit of edge that it had?
Walker Review – Micki Says Goodbye (2×06)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Walker Season 2 Episode 6.
The series got into the festive spirit, well, for the most part. There were lights, sure, Christmas tree, yes, and even snow, but the underlying tone of the episode was far from jolly.
Let’s start with the biggest kicker — Micki has left the building.
When she turned in her badge, I’ll admit, it made me much more emotional than I thought it would.
Micki has been on quite a journey after reconnecting with her ex-fiance while undercover. Not only that, but she let him slip away, quite literally, and lost him for good.
There’s no bouncing back from that.
She thought she could get back on the horse and fix things, but too much was both said and unsaid between her and Trey.
Trey didn’t trust her, and once you lose someone’s trust, that’s all there is.
You also can’t blame Trey for questioning the relationship. Throughout much of Walker, she had trouble committing to him and she kept saying that it’s because commitment is so new to her, but now he finds out that she was one step away from tying the knot.
As much as she wanted Trey to be the right person for her, he wasn’t, and that’s not something you can just force.
Micki also lost herslef in the process.
She lost the love for her job, she lost the meaning of wanting to push forward, and she made the bold decision to walk away and find herself before it was too late.
Her actions, though heartbreaking, are commendable.
She wasn’t in the right headspace to do the job anymore; she wasn’t the Ranger she wanted to be, so she stepped away.
It’s a huge loss for both Captain James and Walker. Micki was the best partner he has — she pulled him back from the brink when he was under, and she continuously kept him in line.
They balanced each other well, so it truly is a bummer.
Hopefully, the next partner Walker has will be half as great as Micki.
And as Captain James said, the door is always open if she ever wants to return.
As much as I loved Micki, I’m hoping that Trey gets a solid relationship moving forward. That man has so much love to give, and he deserves someone worthy that can give it back.
Now, onto Walker and Liam’s adventure to Thalia, Texas to hunt down Serano’s group that robbed an evidence truck with reindeer masks.
See — festive.
Denise suggested Liam assist Walker since everyone in town know she was a DA and would never talk.
Unfortunately, Liam’s hatred towards the Davidson family got the best of him.
Admittedly, Dan Miller was acting pretty shady, so it wasn’t surprising that Liam and Walker suspected his involvement.
Even Gale seemed like she was trying to throw them off of Dan’s scent.
But Liam’s actions were uncalled for. He should’ve heeded Walker’s advice to follow the breadcrumbs rather than calling in to get around a warrant.
There was always a chance that Dan was innocent.
Liam should definitely talk to someone.
Unfortunately, his actions are only going to make the Davidson/Walker rivalry worse.
At least he was honest with Denise about what he did. I’m obviously not entirely convinced Dan is innocent either.
His hatred for the Walker’s is also unhinged. He joined Serano’s men to use surveillance to watch Walker, so I’m not putting anything past him.
Maybe Liam’s gut will be right in the end.
There’s also the whole mystery of the barn fire, which I’m hoping will be resolved when new episodes in 2022.
Sadly, this is going to hurt the kids the most as they’re all forming a pretty sweet friendship.
Elsewhere, Auggie admitted to injuring himself by breaking into the Davidson barn. Poor Walker didn’t even have the energy to think of a punishment on the spot.
Also, Buh-Humbug Bonham is my new favorite Christmas grinch. Though, in the end, he did find the holiday spirit after all when he embraced the St. Bonham spirit.
What did you think of the final Walker episode of 2021?
Let us know in the comments below!
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