The two-hour finale extravaganza begins with the power still out in New York, but for all of the 'terror' Carrion was supposed to bring about, it seems like the only terrible thing about this blackout is the inability of any of our favorite New Yorkers to reach each other by phone. Can you say plot device? At least nine months from now we can expect a bunch of Carrion babies. The blackout doesn't even last long, but the effects on cellular networks proves residual, leading to many missed connections throughout the episode. Amid this backdrop, there's a lot of double-crossing and questioned motives, starting with Victoria and Jack. Having gained Jack's trust (I've yet to understand how/why), Victoria relays Jack's plan to destroy the gubernatorial campaign to Conrad. She's also deduced that Jack and Ashley are in cahoots. With this information, Conrad sets a plan in motion to get rid of Jack for good while keeping the two unaware of what's in store.
Seeking some guidance, Ems goes in search of Takeda, only to find that he's been murdered. Just as Emanda's about to go off on a quest for the killer, Aiden comes clean about being responsible, which sets Ems off. She's ready to ditch him entirely, but Aiden reveals that Takeda's fiancé was on Flight 197 and they had been pawns in Takeda's own revenge plot. Emanda doesn't want to believe this, but Aiden's able to provide some pretty solid evidence, including photographs of the fiancé. Aiden's learned that sometimes (read: always) Ems just needs some time to gain some perspective, so he gives her a key to a villa he hopes they might share one day, and removes himself from the picture.
While waiting out the blackout and passing miserable hours together, Declan realizes that Regina is obsessed or in love with Charlotte. When he calls her out on it, she plants the money they withdrew for Charlotte's bail on him and runs off to tell Charlie that Dec attacked her and took the cash. The story doesn't really ring true to Charlotte, but she's just silly enough to keep Declan at a distance while she mulls the possibility of it being true. This goes on just long enough for Dec to end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Conrad's plan for Jack involved detonating a bomb at Grayson Global during his last press conference leading up to the election so that he could be a first responder on the scene. Let me say that again. Conrad enacted a false flag attack to boost his poll numbers. And I'm just going to come out and say this: It was especially hard to watch the bombing right now, especially with how well done the scenes of the aftermath were. The attack was supposed to only take the life of Jack because Conrad had warned Daniel to send all staff home for the day, but in a weird twist of fate, Declan ended up being the only one at Grayson Global at the time of the blast. Charlotte had told him she was with Daniel when she was really with Regina, which sent Declan to the office in hopes of patching up their misunderstanding. He survives the blast... but then dies in surgery. It happens so unexpectedly and without mercy that even for a character as greasy and usually irrelevant as Declan, it's a gut punch. The universe is just dead-set on taking away everything Jack has.
Completely devastated and seeing red, Jack is out for Conrad's blood. And it would probably be a great service to the world if Jack could kill the man now because it turns out Conrad has been a part of the Initiative since David Clarke's framing. All of their terror is about profits —something Conrad has a fondness for. Now everything seems to be falling into place for Conrad. He wins the election outright, Aiden gets arrested in connection with the bombing and Conrad's going to be a grandfather. Also, the paper trail for the Initiative ends up getting pinned to Nolan. Before Padma's death, the Initiative recorded a video of her implicating Nolan as the mastermind of the organization. He gets detained by the FBI. Meanwhile, Daniel has a confrontation with Aiden that may have ended in the murder of our tedious Brit heart -- not throb — let's go with heart murmur. So Conrad has vanquished all his foes, or so he thinks.
Jack shows up at Conrad's acceptance speech after the election with the intention of assassinating the governor-elect. Emanda manages to intercept him just as he's about to the pull the trigger. He's pretty much running on autopilot at this point, so the only thing Ems can do to get his attention is come clean. She tells him the truth. She is Amanda Clarke. Shit just got honest.
Buckle in, guys. It's going to be a long one. New York City remains shrouded in its blackout from Carrion. We observe the silence and darkness through multiple pans across the city that fade cut into each other. Emanda voice-over: "Darkness scares us. We yearn for the comfort of light as it provides shape and form, allowing us to recognize... to define what's before us. But what is it we're afraid of, really? Not the darkness itself, but the truth we know hides within." Still at Nolcorp, Ems, Nolan and Aiden look down on the city from the skyscraper's windows with police sirens going off in the distance. Nolan explains that it's not just a power blackout. Carrion wiped out all automated systems, including internet and cellular networks. The only idea Aiden can come up with is radio, but Nolan doesn't happen to have a survival kit around anywhere because his apocalypse plan started with and ended with "Call Emily."
Almost as quickly as Nolan has succumbed to fatalism, he has an epiphany. NolSat, which I assume is Nolan's own personal satellite (of course he has one), is solar powered. He can establish a connection if he can just find a laptop somewhere around the office. Nolan goes off to look for one while Ems wonders aloud what the Initiative could be up to. They're up to being assholes, Ems. We're all missing Game of Thrones!
We tilt down from outside the windows of Nolcrop to an overhead shot of the street below, where people are scrambling in the darkness with flashlights in a panic. Daniel leads Charlotte out of the building where they were having dinner and out into the madness of the streets. Everything looks like the stereotypical apocalypse. Traffic is backed up. People are running around like they don't just have to go find ice and a cooler to store all their fridge items for the night. Dan figures they should walk to Conrad's campaign headquarters because traffic is going to be ridiculous anyway. That doesn't sound good to Charlotte at all, but that's what the apocalypse is, Charlie -- 15 blocks in heels. She begs Daniel not to tell mom and dad about her being pregnant, but he just laughs off the idea. Why would he want to be a part of that conversation? That's just as well for Charlotte because she isn't even sure what she's going to do about the baby. This stops Daniel in his tracks. He intensely imparts some older brother wisdom. "Listen to me. You're going to tell Declan and you're going to figure it out together." Way to not pontificate, brah.