This isn’t a recap, since there was no new episode last Friday, but guess who got to speak with David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, two of the Executive Producers of Grimm Thursday? And guess who got to pick some juicy spoilery goodness from their brains. If you guessed me, you are correct! And I’ve got just the prize: I’m going to share all the deets with you guys!
So, let’s just say that it was a very informative call. A lot of good info was given up. Nothing too spoilery, but the tunnel, you guys. There’s a light at the end of it. Oh, god, there’s just so much, I don’t even know where to begin.
- First of all, did you guys know there are 22 episodes this season? I didn’t. That is EXCELLENT news. They’re actually shooting episode 16 right now. There’s no news yet on a second season, but you better believe they have the mythology all lined up in case there is one! According to these guys, this show has a “deep mythology,” and it’s coming up. We’re actually going to get a big dose of it before the season is through.
- And you know how I’m always complaining about how there’s not enough Nick backstory, and how Eddie is kind of a bigger character than Nick is? Well, we’re going to see another side to Nick. Being a cop, he’s definitely going to approach being a Grimm a lot differently than his lot has in the past. And we will get to see that this season! We’re also going to see more of Aunt Marie’s backstory, along with more Grimm and creature mythology. They’re planning on delving further into it as the season progresses. As they explained, they’re developing Grimm “one inch at a time,” because it is a lot, and they didn’t want to hit people with it all at once at the beginning. Which is understandable, but makes me impatient. They have a “Bible of overarching mythology,” and we’re going to get to see a LOT more of it, especially in the second half of the season. I don’t know about you guys, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD YES.
- As for Eddie being a big character? Well that’s always been the idea, Greenwalt and Kouf say. He may be a creature, but G&K say that he’s a lot more human than a lot of the human characters are. That’s why he seems to resonate with so many people. And Silas Weir Mitchell gets it. He gets exactly what they’re going for with that character, and the EPs say he’s nailing it. Pssh, like we thought otherwise.
- In fact, they always knew that Eddie was going to be a regular character from the get go, but the chemistry between Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli (Nick) was a pleasant surprise. I think it might have come as a bit of a surprise to us viewers, too, but they need to keep doing whatever their doing. Lucky for us, the EPs say we’re going to get to see Eddie coming to Nick for help soon. Long live the Neddie bromance!
- Let’s see, what else did I learn? Oh, so you know how Nick and Juliette aren’t actually engaged yet? Greenwalt and Kouf say to “stay tuned.” Oooooohhhhh.
- And remember that giant bitch of a Blutbad Angelina that we met in the episode with the pigs (“The Three Bad Wolves”) who used to date Eddie? Apparently there’s a reason she went off into the night. That reason? They didn’t kill her. NOOOOOOO WHY GOD WHY?! Ugh. I couldn’t stand her then. I don’t know how I’m going to cope when she comes back.
- Maybe they’ll offset it with some actual story revolving around Renard and the Hexenbiest. In my recap last week I (empty) threatened the writers that I would be very, very upset if they didn’t talk about him soon, and Greenwalt and Kouf say that I’m going to get my wish. This season, at some point. I swear to god, if I have to wait until episode 22, though.
- I suppose what will tide me over until then is – get this – we’re going to get a “dirty dozen” episode where we get to see some of the creatures again! You know me; I asked specifically about Roddy. While they couldn’t guarantee that we’d see him again (*tears*), they did assure me that this episode would be soon, but didn’t give specifics on which characters would make another appearance. Maybe this is where Angelina shows up. I hope not. I’m still holding out hope for Holly the wild child Blutbad (“Let Down Your Hair”), though.
That’s most of the spoilery stuff they were willing to give up, but two more things.
- The German. Lord, y’all know how much fun I like to poke at their, at times, wildly inappropriate use of the German language, but guess what. They make up all of these names. Obvs, they are real words; I’ve shown you that. But they try not to use literal translations of the creature name (Ziegevolk = goat people, popular goat), but try more for translations of personality traits (Mauzhertz/Mausherz = mouse heart, meek). I thought that was kind of cool. At least they know they’re not supplementing any German courses.
- Also, and I know this might make some of y’all squee a little harder than others… So you know how these guys used to write for Buffy and Angel and thus worked closely with Joss Whedon? Well when questioned about the prospect of Whedon coming to direct an episode of Grimm, they said, “That son-of-a-bitch, he has to come direct an episode!” WHAT. I KNOW.
So judging by that statement and all the other goodies they gave up, it looks like we’re in store for a helluva rest of the season. What do you guys think? What are you looking forward to? Got any ideas/theories for any of the cliffhangers we got going now? Are you looking forward to the prospect of that Whedon-directed episode? Leave me some comments and we’ll chat about our hopes and dreams.