As a huge fan of anything and everything to do with Halloween, I couldn't be happier to hear news of what Grimm has in store for us during the holiday this year. Former Weeds star Kate del Castillo is heading over to the hit NBC series to play a role in the Halloween episode, called "La Llorona," which is said to be based on one of my favorite legends.
According to The Hollywood Reporter
, Castillo, probably best known for playing Esteban's adviser on the fifth season of Showtime's Weeds
, is set play Valentina Marquez. The character is described as "a mysterious detective from Albuquerque who comes to Portland to help Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) capture a serial child abductor." She has apparently spent five years tracking the suspect and identifying patterns in the other abductions.
I've had a bit of a history with the story of La Llorona (which means "weeping woman"), starting with when Supernatural took a stab at the story in their pilot episode. According to the La Llorona legend, a woman named Maria drowned her own children to be with the man she loved. When he rejected her anyway, she committed suicide but was stopped at the gates of heaven when she could not give the whereabouts of her children. Poor Maria was then forced to wander forever looking for her children, as she won't be permitted into heaven until she has found them.
Some parts of the legend say that La Llorona kidnaps wayward children, which is where I'm assuming Grimm's Halloween episode will take the story. In addition to hearing and seeing the version portrayed in Supernatural's first season, I've also experienced it for myself. Okay well, sort of. I go to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights event every year and last year they introduced a La Llorona maze, which came after they tried it as a theme for one of their "scare zones" the year before that. So I've walked past screaming women crying out for their children in the night and let me tell you folks, it's a pretty creepy feeling.
With the legend, plus the show's already innate creepiness factor, AND the holiday itself, my money's on this year's Grimm Halloween episode being extra scary. What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to seeing Grimm's unique take on the La Llorona legend?
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