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Walker Season Finale Review – Emily’s Killer is Revealed (1×18)

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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?

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Walker — “Drive” — Image Number: WLK118a_0535r — Pictured (L-R): Alexander Landi as Bret, Keegan Allen as Liam Walker, Mitch Pileggi as Bonham Walker and Molly Hagan as Abeline Walker — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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! 

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Walker Season Finale Recap – It’s a Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding (318)

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Walker Season 3 Finale Recap Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding

A plethora of storylines were explored throughout Walker Season 3, but one thing remains evident—Cordell has a lot of skeletons in his closet. And they’re all going to keep bubbling up to the surface. 

The latest one seems to be a serial killer by the name of Jackal. The resurfaced case shook everyone to the core, including Captain James who was said to have been “obsessed” and “consumed” by it to the point that it ruined his relationship with Kelly. 

And none of that bodes well for him considering he just re-married Kelly in a romantic ceremony. The duo found love together once again, so this really isn’t the time to be opening past scars. 

However, there’s no way they won’t be taking this case and trying their hand at finding out Jackal’s identity for the second time around. 

But that wasn’t the only shocking moment that put a damper on what would have been a very celebratory evening. Stella and Sadie came back to the apartment to find an intruder rummaging through their things. One thing led to another and Stella accidentally shot him with his gun. Instead of calling the cops, or her dad, who is a ranger, Stella sought out help from Liam. But when he entered the apartment, the intruder’s body was nowhere to be found. 

The good thing is that they took off the man’s mask before doing anything else and identified him as a guy from the party named Witt. It’s unclear what he may have been looking for, but it was definitely not something promising. It also makes me wonder if these bad people are just going to keep showing up because Sadie owes them money or something. She is her father’s daughter after all. 

Aside from those two darker moments, the Walker finale was filled with love, light, and second chances. James and Kelly were obviously leading the pack there, but the romantic atmosphere gave Cordell a little nudge to rekindle the spark with Geri. And honestly, I hope this one sticks. If they keep breaking up and getting back together any more, the whole relationship will lose its magic. 

Walker Season 3 Finale Recap Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding

Walker — “It’s a Nice Day for a Ranger Wedding” — Image Number: WLK318a_0415r — Pictured (L-R): Joshua Brockington as DJ James, Coby Bell as Captain Larry James, Kearran Giovanni as Kelly James and Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Bonham and Abby, who is like everyone’s surrogate mom on this show, jetted off for their honeymoon in Tuscany, and if there’s anyone who deserves it, it’s them. 

Meanwhile, Trey wrestled with his feelings for Cassie, which are becoming more intense and getting harder to ignore. And the truth is, I don’t blame him. Cassie is awesome—and she’s a confident and self-assured go-getter. 

She seems to be oblivious to the sparks flying between her and Trey, but her mind is seemingly elsewhere as she’s seriously considering a position with the FBI. They offered her a spot on a summer task force, but Cassie seems to be interested in something more long-term and permanent. 

I was fully expecting Trey to tell Cassie how he feel, convincing her to stick around for the summer, but he’s also not the time to jeopardize someone’s great chances; he acknowledges that this would be big for her career. 

That being said, I do feel like he needs to let Cassie know exactly where his heart is at. She deserves to know. 

Walker was fielding a lot—from his romantic feelings to a resurfaced case to both of his children making decisions about their future. Stella came to the decision that she would be enrolling in college, which made Cordell super proud, while Augie told his father he wants to enlist in the military. The latter wasn’t so well received. It’s almost as if Cordell is getting a taste of his own medicine—this is exactly what he did to his parents. 

Though, I can’t argue with his reasoning that it’s just a smidge too early to start training. When he finishes high school, he’ll be able to apply without parental consent. Until then, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying summer and finding yourself. Those luxuries are sadly not afforded to adults. 

What did you think of the season finale? Are you excited about the storyline shaping up for season 4? Did you enjoy seeing Calian from Walker Independence as David Luna, a detective from Walker’s past? With the spinoff series officially canceled at The CW, they have a promising cast to include in their sister show. 

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Walker Midseason Finale Review – False Flag Part 2 (315)

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Walker aired a midseason finale that wrapped up the mystery of Grey Flag once and for all—and I can’t say it was all that surprising. 

When Clay Cooper came into the picture a few episodes ago, setting his sights on Kevin Golden and informing Cordell Walker that he had to handle the situation, it was clear that the two of them were somehow related. 

My initial gut instinct was that Clay was Kevin’s father, but it turns out, they were brothers, and Kevin’s motive, which was unclear for much of the season—as was his vendetta against Cordell and his reason for killing off every member of his former unit—was that the foursome abandoned Cooper during battle. 

Color him surprised when Clay walked into that airport hangar very much alive. Unfortunately, by that point, the damage had been done and Kevin was too far gone in his revenge scheme for anyone to actually reason with him. 

Quite frankly, Kevin’s motivation watered down what was a pretty incredible twist that revealed him as the mastermind behind Grey Flag. Though, to be honest, I don’t even know if he was because his brief squabble with the billionaire Danny Dawson, who he then killed, revealed that Kevin was just a political figure “they” recruited—the “they” remaining rather ominous. However, Danny never condoned the kidnapping and torture of Cordell and his brother, so that was solely Kevin’s rogue mission. 

Either way, Kevin was the person that had a beef with Cordell, and he went above and beyond to infiltrate Walker’s life by schmoozing his family and even getting close to Cassie by pursuing her romantically. 

No one saw Kevin coming (I guess maybe Cassie did, in a way), which is kind of concerning since they are all rangers. He played the part well, and before Cordell knew it, he was being framed for a bombing that took out six of his fellow rangers and Julia, the reporter he’d been spending quite a lot of time with, in addition to putting the mayor in the ICU. 

After the explosion, Cordell made a run for it, which made him look guilty. At first, I didn’t really understand why the FBI thought that Cordell was Kevin’s accomplice, but eventually, his decision to run made sense—Kevin planted a ton of evidence against Cordell, which is what Julia was trying to tell him right before the explosion. If someone like Julia, who knew Cordell and trusted him, could be swayed by the information Kevin was feeding her, the FBI would eat it right up. And they did. Graves set her sights on Walker almost immediately, scoffing at Captain James’ suggestions that his ranger and former partner was set up. 

Thankfully, Walker had a few people in his corner, including James, Trey, and Cassie, who tracked Cordell down and stayed in constant communication with him while he kept a low profile. 

The truth is that Cordell knows exactly how these things work, and he wouldn’t have been able to prove his innocence if he got caught. By that point, Kevin might’ve been in the wind. 

His priority was getting to Geri’s and asking her to inform his family that he was alive. It was truly nice to see Geri again, and a brilliant way to bring her back into the fold. If there’s anyone who is going to risk it all for Cordell, it’s her. And she did by not only harboring a fugitive but making a call and passing along a message to Stella, which was understood and received by Cordell’s father. 

Who knew that the team-up we needed in the finale was Bonham and Cordell? That man knows his way around a gun, and he was a damn good lookout for his son! 

Geri did the right thing by calling Cordell’s father because he was spewing nonsense by suggesting that maybe his disappearance would be the best for the family. He’s put them through a lot, that’s true, but their biggest concern is his safety, and not having him around brings them more stress than anything else.

Walker — “False Flag (Part Two)” — Image Number: WLK315fg_0013r — Pictured: Jake Abel as Kevin Golden — Photo: The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It’s also the reason for this mess in the first place because Cooper thought he was doing his family a favor while his brother felt hurt and abandoned. Admittedly, the Clay/Kevin relationship wasn’t really explored, so their conversation fell a bit flat as we couldn’t fully understand the extent of Kevin’s pain when he mentioned being left alone with his father. I assume it means that they weren’t on good terms, but it wasn’t very clear or well executed. 

Regardless, Kevin shot his brother, while Cordell chased Kevin on a motorcycle while trying to stop his plane from taking off. It was the kind of action sequence that fans of Walker find thrilling. The cherry on top of it all was Cassie, who was arguably hurt the most by Kevin’s betrayal, taking the shots that ended his life while protecting Cordell in the process. She. Did. That. 

Cordell’s name was cleared in the end, with Graves and James promising a full apology from the rangers—as they should. Seriously, jumping to conclusions about a decorated ranger was just messy and rash decision-making. 

We’ll have to wait until new episodes return on April 27 to find out how Cordell is coping, how his family reacted to his return, and what will happen between him and Geri upon her return. 

The scene between Cassie and Trey may have been the most heartbreaking if I’m being frank. I didn’t realize how much I was rooting for them until Cassie blamed Trey for making her question her instincts. And while I get where she’s coming from since both Trey and Cordell insisted that she give things with Kevin a go, the truth is that she can’t blame everyone for the choices she made. And the reason she is blaming Trey is that she’s denying her feelings for him. That’s the real reason why it hurts the most. 

As for Trey, I feel for him because he never meant any harm by encouraging her to let her guard down—he never could’ve anticipated this outcome. He thought he had her back, and was shocked by the development himself, though it’s a nice reminder to trust her instincts in the future. The poor guy already placed so much blame on himself, it was a bummer to see him get kicked while he was already down. Not to mention this is his first real gig with the rangers! 

Looking back on how everything transpired, it’s wild to see how the situation got away from them all so quickly—and it’s a lesson that you never really know who you’re dealing with. 

I think with time, Trey and Cassie will rebuild their friendship and trust in each other, and before you know it, they won’t be able to deny their feelings for each other much longer! 

What did you think of Walker Season 3 Episode 15? Are you happy to see the Grey Flag storyline wrap up?

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Walker Review – False Flag Part One (314)

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Walker delivered a riveting part one of its season 3 finale, setting the scene for a showdown between Cordell and Kevin.

If you remember, Kevin Golden was revealed to be the leader of Grey Flag. And no matter how many times the Rangers, the FBI, and Cordell think that they are one step ahead of the terrorist organization, they end up learning that they’ve been wrong this whole time the hard way. 

They were confident that they would be able to thwart the attack at the medal ceremony while ambushing the Grey Flag compound in the process, but things took a bit of a nasty turn. 

One thing led to another and a shootout ensued in the ground floor parking lot, forcing Barnett to give up the act and own up to being a ranger to protect Captain James. He tried to play it as best as he could, but there was no stopping these guys once they went rogue. They come from the belief that some must die for the greater good, so there’s no reasoning with them. 

Turns out, the medal ceremony was the distraction this whole time as Kevin was aware that Trey was undercover. It was a good attempt, but there’s no way in hell someone as slick as Kevin would believe that Trey would turn his back on the Rangers and his friends. 

The nexus of everything seems to be Cordell Walker. Grey Flag has made it very clear that he’s their target, as was evident when the C-4 actually exploded at the FBI safe house where Cordell met Julia. Kevin used Julia as a Trojan Horse, and while she was completely unaware of his nefarious intentions, she led Grey Flag right to it. And the C-4 was presumably planted in her vehicle, exploding just as Cordell got the call that the target was not the medal ceremony as previously intended. 

The attack took Cordell and Julia by surprise, and at this point, it’s unclear if she survived though things did not look too promising for her. Why is Cordell constantly losing love interests? It’s a huge shame because Julia was Cordell’s most trusted confidante—one who escaped this Grey Flag hell once before. 

Kevin planted some doubts in Julia’s mind about Cordell, which is essentially his goal. He’s been playing a game this whole time, schmoozing up to Cordell’s family by securing the new horse rescue donations and funding, which Julia revealed are coming from a shady government agency that makes it seem as though Cordell is working for them. Kevin framed Cordell in one fell swoop, and no one even saw it coming cause they were so focused on simply figuring out Grey Flag’s game. 

A lot is still unclear about Kevin’s motivations, however. He wants to create change by dismantling a system that he believes doesn’t work, but why is Cordell at the center of it all? Why did he go after his whole unit? 

And how is Coop involved? They are missing a key piece of information to see the full picture and make the connection. 

I’m guessing that Coop is Kevin’s father, though that still doesn’t explain his obsession with Walker. 

Hopefully, the second half of the season final will clue us in and it will all start to make sense. The weirdest thing is that if Kevin wanted Cordell dead, he had ample opportunities to make it happen. And yet, he never did, instead getting closer to Cordell’s family than ever, which is just terrifying. 

The Walker family somehow always ends up as the victim of Cordell’s job. At some point, he’s going to have to make a choice because this is no way to live. They thought they were being hospitable and making a good friend who was simply using them this whole time. 

Barnett did his best to help out the Rangers, but sometimes, even your best isn’t good enough. There was just too much working against him. 

Cassie was definitely caught off guard by the revelation that Kevin was behind Grey Flag, but she also had a gut instinct about him and knew she couldn’t trust him. Women just know when something is off. I can’t imagine the trust issues she’s going to have coming off of this. 

The good news is that she’s finally proving that she needs to follow those vibes and see them through because she’s not been wrong once… and unfortunately, that’s not something to be proud of when you always expect the worst. 

What did you think of the episode? Will Julia survive? Is Kevin in the wind? How will Cordell find his way out of this one? Will it result in a team-up with Coop for old-time’s sake? And how will Cordell move forward ensuring his family’s protected once and for all? Is Lana safe?

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