Call it a fractured fairy tale.
Thanks to a spell cast by the double-crossed and devastated baby mama Adalind, Portland's resident Wesen fighter Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) went from hero to zero in the Season 3 finale of NBC's Grimm.
And from the looks of the new season's key art, which Yahoo TV is unveiling exclusively today, losing his powers will be his crossbow to bear, at least at the beginning of year four. (His ability to rock a sexily unbuttoned henley appears unaffected, however.)
"This season is about identity and what defines a hero," executive producer Jim Kouf told Yahoo TV about the production that begins in Oregon next week with an episode entitled "Thanks for the Memories." (Our thanks to Bitsie Tulloch, who pictured the front page of the Kouf- and executive producer David Greenwalt-written opener on her Instagram, for the extra intel!)
In our postmortem interview last May on the heels of the season-ending episode, Kouf had promised fans that the action would "pick up right where we left off, because there are too many threads left untied and we dug a lot of holes for ourselves. [Nick doesn't know] if he can get his powers back. First, he has to deal with the loss, and then deal with what it means for him to know what he knows and not have powers."
Unluckily for the criminally-minded creatures, Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) had made her way to the Rose City and connected with the Scooby Gang, and through their tutelage, discovered that instead of being psychotic as she previously feared, she was gifted with the sight. But even with another Grimm around, the now-normal Nick — who has made enemies of the Royals, monsters, and generic human scum as a member of Portland's finest — is in "mortal danger," as the poster warns.
No matter how you slice it, according to Greenwalt, "A Grimm is a terrible thing to lose."
Greenwalt, while on a panel Sunday at the annual Television Critics Association summer press tour, let slip that Trubel could function as "his eyes and ears." Surely, a little more information will be disseminated at the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel on July 26. The annual nerd gathering's schedule has already dangled the carrot of an exclusive video. For 13 days, you'll just have to be content with staring into Nick's brilliant baby blues — which are, of course, now devoid of the "infinite darkness" that reflects a Wesen's true nature, according to Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell).
Season 4 of Grimm is set to premiere Oct. 24 on NBC. It will return to its regular 9 p.m. Friday timeslot.