WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Walker Episode 9, “Rule Number 17,” which aired Thursday on The CW.
As Walker hits the halfway point of its inaugural season, the series finally takes a big leap in solving its overarching, central mystery as Cordell leads his family to confront their grief together. And as reconciliations and a surprise romance blossom, the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot is ready to pick up the pieces and move on after tense confrontations, gunfights and intrigue that rocks the family to its core.
A flashback to the night of Emily Walker’s murder reveals Geri frantically trying to scrub the blood out of her clothes before meeting with Walker as he goes in to identify his wife’s corpse. As Walker tearfully looks over his wife, he vows to kill the murderer, unaware of Geri’s connection to the Northside Nation crime syndicate linked to the crime. In the present, Walker has an emotional meeting with his family to reveal that the man convicted of killing Emily is innocent and that the true culprit is still on the loose. The kids react to the news poorly as Walker and Captain Larry James set out to locate the murderer for themselves, deciding to infiltrate an underground card game hosted by the Northside Nation.
As Walker begins listening in on the Northside Nation site from a surveillance van, Walker is shocked to see one of the syndicate’s associates is Geri, who is suspected of laundering the money from their illicit activities. Rather than stay put, Walker charges in and decides to confront his old friend face-to-face. The two have an emotional conversation where Geri reveals she got in bad with the Northside Nation after she took a bad loan and convinces Walker and James to let her go in with a wire to obtain actionable evidence. Geri tries to square her debts with the syndicate, only for the mob boss Oswald to reject her offer and order her not to sell her bar to Walker. When she presses him as to why to obtain incriminating evidence, Oswald discovers the wire, prompting an armed standoff as Walker and James intervene.
Ranger reinforcements arrive and take Oswald and his associates into custody while one of the card players at the scene privately reveals to Geri that she knows the truth about what happened the night Emily was murdered. The authorities corroborate that, while guilty of other crimes, Oswald and his gang are not linked to Emily’s murder as they cart them off to the station. After reinforcements leave the scene, Walker and James are menaced by the woman that approached Geri who confesses to murdering Emily after she accidentally came across their smuggling route. When Walker attempts to cuff her, the woman nearly kills him when Geri, also still on the scene, shoots and kills her before collapsing in her friends’ arms.
Back at the Walker family ranch, Bonham and Abby observe Liam reacting to his recent breakup with Brett poorly as Micki Ramirez swings by to help provide the family security. Micki teaches Stella and August how to practice their marksmanship before August admits he hopes his father succeeds in killing his mother’s murderer. Reconciling with James over his recent behavior as he returns home, Walker is greeted by his kids as Liam confides in his mother that he plans to run for governor.
The Walker family is able to enjoy family dinner together, with Walker leading a toast to Emily’s legacy as he has another vision of his late wife. After the kids go to bed, Walker meets up with Geri back at the bar and apologizes to her for suspecting her in playing a direct role in Emily’s murder, and the two share a passionate kiss as the stoic Texas Ranger finally begins to move on with his life.
Walker stars Jared Padalecki, Lindsey Morgan, Keegan Allen, Mitch Pileggi, Molly Hagan and Coby Bell. New episodes air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.