The final episode of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier balances action-packed content, character development, and emotional moments.
Today is the last episode of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier! Six weeks have gone by so fast but it’s been an incredible ride!
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
The True Captain America
Episode 5 ended with Sam opening the box from Wakanda containing his new suit, leaving us one week to wait for the reveal. They handle the reveal beautifully in the finale, it was worth the wait! First, we see him from afar in the sky then we see the shield destroying a window at the GRC’s headquarters and finally we see him entering the room in all his glory! The design is a wonderful tribute to the comics. It has the colors of Captain America while also keeping the wings from Falcon. I love it! This also marks the return of – Red Wing! Sam’s little wing sidekick.
He gets some badass action scenes. Just at the beginning, the fight against Batroc at the beginning is truly impressive! Even the flight scenes are beautifully made, the VFX look just as good as the movie!
And Sam’s biggest fight isn’t to defeat Batroc and the Flag Smashers. It’s to confront the GRC and convince them to make the right decision, which is not to move the refugees. Karli’s actions were wrong but her intentions were good. Sam picks up on the fight after her death but he does it right, he uses his words. The whole scene when he confronts them in front of everyone is so powerful.
“Everytime I pick this thing up I know there are millions out there that are gonna hate me for it. Even now, here, I hear it, the stares, the judgement. And there’s nothing I can do to change their minds. Yet, I’m still here. No super serum. No blonde hair, blue eyes. The only power I have is that I believe we can do better.” – Captain America
This series has done an incredible job at tackling real-world issues. It’s the power of the MCU through these stories, they inspire us to do better and reflect on our own world. Sam truly embodies what Captain America is all about. He is the one who is always going to try to find a peaceful solution and will use violence only if he doesn’t have any other choice. He also inspires people. I honestly couldn’t see someone better than Sam to replace Steve Rogers as Captain America.
The US Agent
This finale brings us a new Captain America with Sam Wilson and opens up doors for the future of the MCU but it also prepares other storylines. One of the storylines concerns John Walker. He returns mad as ever ready to kill the Flag Smashers in this episode. However, in his madness he finds a new beginning. When, he sees the truck loaded with hostages ready to fall, he finally makes the right decision and saves them rather than fighting Karli.
Later he also makes another good decision when he and Bucky arrest the Flag Smashers instead of killing them. It’s a nice redemption for a character that I hated so much throughout this series. Once again, Wyatt Russell has delivered a good performance!
The conclusion of his arc leads him right into the arms of Valentina who offers him the role of the US Agent. The suit is reminiscent of his look in the comics. Valentina is definitely building a team and it’s going to be an intriguing storyline whenever she shows up again with the US Agent. I’m looking forward to it!
The Power Broker
Since episode 3, we learned about a person named the Power Broker but we didn’t know who it was. This episode finally reveals it – it’s Sharon Carter. I think it’s an interesting choice and a development for the character that totally makes sense. After Captain America Civil War, she was left as a fugitive so she had start a new life. She saw the Avengers being pardoned and yet she had to remain in hiding. It’s not normal so it’s understandable she chose a life that was entirely different.
I like that we discover this new side of the character, a darker, ruthless side. She ends up killing both Batroc and Karli so she can keep her identity secret.
The mid-credit scene adds another exciting layer to the character as Sharon gets pardoned by the US while also getting back her old job back. The scene ends as she calls an unknown person asking them to get ready as she will now have access to military secrets and the whole package. It’s another storyline I’m really looking forward to see unfold in future projects! I could see her appearing in Armor Wars next, it could make sense.
Righting The Wrongs
The finale is synonymous with new beginnings. It’s a new beginning for Sam, for Walker, for Sharon but also for Bucky. He listens to the advice Sam gave him in episode 5. At the end of the episode, we see Bucky telling Yori the truth that he killed his son when he was the Winter Soldier. It allows him to help his final victim and turn the page on his old life. He can be someone new and be the teammate of the new Captain America.
Sam also rights the wrongs of his country by allowing the world to know who Isaiah is. Isaiah finally has his place at the Captain America museum, his story is no longer erased. And seeing his reaction to this is one of the most emotional moments of the series. I had tears of joy! It’s such an empowering and important scene.
One World, One People
Although, this episode opens up new storylines for future MCU projects, it also concludes storylines started in this series. The Super Soldiers and the Flag Smashers are finally coming to an end.
Karli’s actions in the end have become reckless, she is ready to kill more people to get what she wants even though it’s wrong. She has this anger towards the GRC and the only way she knows how to handle it, is through violence. But at the same time, you also understand why she does what she does. There’s a lot of humanity in her character. The problem is that she makes the wrong decisions. It’s what get her killed. Her death is a really sad scene. But it’s also a powerful moment because it’s what motivates Sam to make his speech and convince the GRC not to deport the refugees.
The other Super Soldiers meet a dire ending as Zemo orchestrates their deaths while being at the Raft. He gets to finish what he started. So if it’s the last time we see Zemo, I think it is a good ending for him.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier has been an amazing ride tackling real-world issues in the most empowering ways. The final episode balances action-packed content, character development and emotional moments. We finally have a new Captain America and it’s as good as it gets! It’s a brilliant finale! Now we can look forward to see what happens next for Captain America And The Winter Soldier!
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