The world of Portland, Oregon isn’t just filled with hipsters and homemade granola, at least not as far as the NBC show “Grimm” is concerned. It’s full of people who are hiding a supernatural side, one that’s more aligned with the often gruesome fairy tale world of the Brothers Grimm than the city of food trucks and ironic t-shirts.
Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) has found out he has the ability to see people for the ghastly souls they are, and he’s spent the season trying to harness this ability to solve murder cases. The show has become a moderate success for NBC on Friday nights, and it got an early second-season pickup; it’s scheduled to restart again after the Olympics are over.
Before the May 19th finale, we asked showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf to answer some questions about the finale and the season that’s about to wrap up. They seemed pretty excited about the fairy tale they’re using for the finale, and the implications it has in the life of Det. Burkhardt.
Take us inside your approach to the finale, and what you wanted to accomplish.
We wanted to save a really famous fairy tale for the finale and this one has been in our minds since the beginning. Working with this tale allowed us to play with several of the unanswered questions pertaining to both the mythology and personal life of Nick Burkhardt. It was time for Nick's life to take a significant turn and we couldn't be more excited about what's to come.
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Did anything disappoint you about this season? Anything you wish you could have done, but didn't have the time, forethought or resources?
The beauty of our show is having a world that allows for infinite potential. That being said, we definitely would have liked to expand on several of the things introduced throughout season one. The key, for instance, that Aunt Marie (Kate Burton) left Nick was a big one we would have liked to have fleshed out a bit more. We would also like to see some of the nefarious creature characters come back into Nick’s life, but hopefully there’s plenty of time for that.
What should fans look forward to next season? And if you haven't gotten that far yet … what would your dream season be?
Virtually every non-Wesen relationship Nick has is about to drastically change and we’re going to have a lot of fun with the supporting cast. Get ready to learn more about the Captain and the unique position he is in, Hank and his inner demons, not to mention the new direction of Nick and Juliette’s (Bitsie Tulloch) relationship.
What were the high points of the season?
Watching Nick come to terms with his inner Grimm, watching him grow, struggle, and learn with what he truly is has been a wild ride. The coins, the creatures, the trailer, Adalind Shade (Claire Coffee), he’s been through a lot. As far as we’re concerned, there hasn’t really been a down moment for our favorite criminal profiler.
Do you have a favorite episode, line, or scene from this season? If so - what?
Again, picking a favorite episode is like picking a favorite child, no can do, but in retrospect, the most fun we have had has been incorporating historical events into the Grimm mythology. And, in that respect, there was no episode like "Three Coins in a Fuchsbau," I mean nothing can really compare to Hitler morphing out into a Blutbad.
Another thing we have really enjoyed constructing is the rivalry between Nick and the dangerously beautiful (ex)Hexenbiest Adalind Shade. In "Love Sick" she really crosses the line and Nick is forced to take some serious action. Just before their faceoff in the woods, Nick says something we have been waiting for all season: "Adalind. I think it's time we settle our differences, violently."
“Grimm” airs Fridays at 9/8c on NBC.