In TFATWS Ep 5, Sam and Bucky confront Walker after he publicly executed a Flag Smasher. When Walker refuses to give up the shield, a bloody fight ensues, with Sam forcibly taking the shield and heading back to the GRC camp with Bucky. The GRC takes jurisdiction over the manhunt of Karli Morgenthau and her followers, leaving Sam out of the loop. Sam leaves his broken wings with Torres and heads to Baltimore, while Bucky hunts down Zemo. Meanwhile, John Walker is stripped of his titles, including Captain America, and discharged from the military immediately. He is approached by an enigmatic woman named Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, who clearly wants to recruit Walker for something nefarious. Sam talks with Isaiah Bradley and gains a clearer understanding of his story and legacy.

Bucky and Zemo both choose not to kill each other, and Bucky hands Zemo over to Ayo and the Wakandan Dora Milaje. Sam returns home to Louisiana, where he and Sarah finally create a workable plan to save their family business. Bucky joins them to help and brings Sam a long-awaited peace offering. While fixing the boat and training with the shield, Sam and Bucky work through their issues and finally bond as buddies. But Karli is busy planning an attack on the GRC, with the help of Batroc, who is working for the shadowy Sharon Carter. As Karli’s plot commences, Sam appears to be ready to take on the mantle of Captain America, no matter how the U.S. government feels about it. 

Isaiah Bradley in TFATWS Ep 5

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier continues Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Disney+ series stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian, Wyatt Russell, Emily Van Camp, Daniel Bruhl, Adepero Oduye, Erin Kellyman, Florence Kasumba, and Amy Aquino.

Check out our blog post, The Great White Gripe, for more on Marvel’s activist history and race relations on TFATWS.

To start our TFATWS series from the beginning, check out Episode 1.

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References in our episode:

For more details on The Raft of Medusa, check out this video:

Here’s the trailer for Red Tails:

If you haven’t seen Kong: Skull Island, get on that:

Gary was very protective of the Leviathan:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus had S.H.I.E.L.D. connections long ago:

Jason Momoa dropped the ball:

Hate John Walker, not Wyatt Russell:

Our mandatory Se7en reference:

If you’re not watching Amber Ruffin already, check her out:

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