7 'Grimm' Spoilers From Executive Producers and Star David Giuntoli: 'Nobody Is What They Appear to Be'
David Giuntoli as Nick in "Grimm"
A Grimm's work is never done.
"The process of becoming a Grimm is much like the process of grief. You deny it. Then you bargain and then you own and accept it. Season 3 is acceptance," titular role holder David Giuntoli explained during a press screening and Q&A celebrating the NBC series' return last week in Los Angeles. "What I think is cool is that for the first couple of seasons we were reading from the book of fairy tales, and now we are adding our own. So much is new to him the further he goes down the Grimm hole. By the way, Google that phrase."
Executive producer Jim Kouf, who joined the star and fellow EP David Greenwalt for the grilling in the network's conference room, added that Season 3 is also about "changing relationships" and "bigger worldwide problems and how they're going to affect everybody."
Greenwalt contributed a few more vague concepts when asked about the overall third-year arc. "New life. Revelations. Nobody is what they appear to be. And there really are alligators in the sewer. We have a seven-year plan, a nine-year plan, and a 10-year plan, and we know a lot of big stuff is going to happen in year five."
Kouf disclosed their planning strategy a little further: "We know very general things, but [with] the specifics we really try to let characters tell their stories. We don't push too far ahead. If you create ideas that are 13, 15, 17 episodes ahead, you may find that your characters don't wind up there."
Luckily for the spoiler hungry, the trio eventually got a tad more specific on seven subjects:
1. Gray Matters
In last week's premiere, it became obvious that getting a double dose of Baron Samedi's zombie venom had a profound effect on Grimm Nick Burkhardt (Giuntoli), and in this week's episode the changes keep coming.
"I go ashen from time to time," Giuntoli said of the deathlike state he periodically slips into this season. Kouf added that he goes gray "when he becomes emotionally involved," like when he learns the fate of someone involved in his undead bar brawl.
Greenwalt said, "It's not going to become torment of the week, but it's just deepening the character every year. He has a bigger set of baggage to carry with him." But not all change is bad, as Kouf hinted that his Scooby senses may have gotten amplified. "He becomes more formidable." Greenwalt then chimed in, "He can stay underwater longer, which will be coming up in an episode very soon."
Watch a sneak peek of Zombie Nick:
2. Royal Rumble