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'Underground' finale brilliantly introduces a character we've all been waiting for

The last minute of Underground's finale finally introduced the world to a character we've all been waiting to meet: Harriet Tubman, ladies and gentlemen.

The famous abolitionist meets up with Rosalee to introduce her to the Underground Railroad. 

But let's back up and see how we got here. 

Rosalee and Noah are at the Hawkes' house. John arrives, announcing that now people know the Macon 7 have crossed the river. It’s a free for all and marshalls are going door to door, so the pair only have a day to make it to the next abolitionist town. They start hatching a plan — meanwhile, Kyle is still tied up in the basement.

Back at the house, Ernestine and Tom solemnly sit together, as the latter lambasts himself for killing Sam. He falls to Ernestine’s feet, desperate for forgiveness. That inspires her to reveal the truth about killing Pearly Mae. There they are, both responsible for the gruesome deaths of innocent people. Naturally, Tom starts feeling her up and tells her he wants to take her to Washington, where they can start over as a proper couple, his wife and kids be damned. 

Back at the Hawkes house, Rosalee and John are shoveling stuff outside and she brings up Sam and how she thinks he was too scared to run. So then John has to tell her the godawful truth about how Tom killed him. 

Noah comes in and starts comforting her. They start hooking up and take things into the bedroom. Later, curled up together, Rosalee admits she wishes she was back on the plantation. Noah feels bad too, but then reminds her freedom is theirs. It’s not a question of whether or not they deserve it.

Later, Jeremiah and August are at the barn. August reveals that little Ben isn’t dead yet, but will need surgery. Jeremiah says he wants to catch Rosalee alive and collect on that prize money, a renegotiation of their previous deal. August is gonna have to do it whether he wants to or not. 

Except nope, the next scene shows Jeremiah bloodied up and stumbling out of the barn, August strolling out behind him. He pulls out a gun and aims it squarely at Jeremiah's head. Bye forever, dude. 

At the local jail, Elizabeth is at the counter when all of a sudden Noah strolls up, holding a gun to her head.

It's a faux stickup, part of their plan to free the slaves and get out of town. 

Meanwhile, August shows up at John’s house, crazily enough, demanding the money Tom owed him so he can get his son emergency surgery. The scene crisscrosses between both locations, the house and the jail, where Noah shoots the man in charge and gets a key, freeing all the slaves and outfitting them with guns. Then Elizabeth and Noah split up and leave. 

Back at the house, tied up Kyle tries to get August’s attention by banging his head against a beam, which almost works until Rosalee knocks him out. August is creepily attentive, noting the house’s new floor and the draft in the living room. He then mentions Rosalee to John, and it seems like he knows John is hiding slaves. But then Elizabeth runs in, slyly mentioning the jail scene. August leaves immediately.

Noah is in the forest and sees a young runaway slave about to be shot by a white man. Because he can’t help but be a good person, he knocks the man out and tells the boy to run. He almost kills him too, but then is knocked out by a mysterious redhead.

At the house, John rushes to get Rosalee and Boo, mentioning they’ll have to leave without Noah because August knew what was up. But then guess who sneaks into the room?! August! With his gun aimed squarely at Rosalee! John quickly knocks out one of the room's banisters, causing the room to collapse on August.

Rosalee, Boo and Elizabeth escape and August goes after them, while John is left to deal with Kyle, who's really on his "Whatever, there's no way you'll kill me!!" flow. That's when John reveals they've been planting a bunch of stuff to make Kyle look like a slave stealer. And, as such, it's legal for him to kill a slave stealer. So ... he suffocates Kyle to death. RIP. Sorta.

Noah, who knew about the plan, gives the redhead Kyle's name so she'll set him free. 

August is still chasing Rosalee, Elizabeth and Boo through the woods. Rosalee hops out of the wagon, knowing he'll chase after her instead of Boo and Elizabeth. The foot chase is on. 

She turns to face him, apologizing for stabbing Ben. Of course, August doesn’t forgive her, revealing that Ben will never walk again. He then pulls out a gun, but surprise — Elizabeth shows up, gun drawn to protect Rosalee. There's a mini-skirmish and Rosalee ends up shooting him once, but doesn’t fully kill him. She wants him to slowly die “like an animal” she darkly says. Then the two walk away.

Back at the house, Tom tells Ernestine he's got everything ready for them to set off for Washington, D.C. But she’s got other plans. Another house slave pops up and ties Tom, draping a noose around his neck. 

“We both going to hell,” Ernestine says to Tom, casually sipping wine as he chokes to death. “You just a bit sooner.”

But of course, guess who isn't dead? August. 

He’s recovering at the jail with the redhead, but is locked in a cell for killing other white people. Noah is also still in jail. 

Also! CATO'S ALIVE! And he’s got money!

Rosalee is back to safety, sitting in a beautiful garden with William Still and sadly remembering everyone they’ve lost on the journey — Zeke, Pearly Mae, Henry, Moses — hoping Boo will always remember them all. This flashback is legitimately sad, particularly because of its real world resonance. She knows Noah won't give up his fight for freedom, and we cut to him as he's being put back in the slave holding cell. 

Then Rosalee reveals her intent. She's not going to live in safety forever. She's going to go back and start rescuing slaves. 

We also find out that Ernestine is in a carriage with Tom's wife. After revealing she once slept with a slave, she then reveals the intent of the trip. She's going to sell Ernestine to another plantation. But she'll keep James and raise him in the house. Literal worst case scenario. 

The episode ends with Rosalee, who's secretly traveling in the back of a wagon. When she reaches her destination, it opens and she looks up to see a black woman, masked by heavy sunlight, greeting her. The woman sticks out her hand. 

Two words have never been more thrilling. 

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