'Grimm' Preview: Music, Rats and a Look Behind-the-Scenes for This Thursday's Episode
'Grimm' Preview: Music, Rats and a Look Behind-the-Scenes for This Thursday's Episode
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Grimm is pulling double-duty this week, airing new episodes on both Thursday (at 10pm) and Friday (at 9pm) nights! That's a lot of fairy-tale horror to process, so it might be a good idea to check out this preview of Thursday's episode, "Danse Macabre." With photos, interviews and secrets directly from the Grimm set, you will definitely be ready to face anything the show has to offer.

WARNING: While this article will not in any way give away the story of Thursday's episode of Grimm, there will be a few spoilers. If such things scare you like rats scare Russell Hornsby, you probably shouldn't read this.

Behind-the-Scenes at Grimm
BuddyTV had a chance to visit the set of Grimm earlier this fall, during the filming of Thursday night's episode, "Danse Macabre." Several scenes were being shot -- both on location and on the show's sets -- giving us an excellent behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of Grimm.

The Music School

A lot of the action in the "Danse Macabre" episode of Grimm takes place at a music school. The "school" was, in actuality, a retirement home in the middle of a beautiful Portland residential neighborhood. As soon as the cameras stopped rolling, senior citizens wandered across the facility's green lawns and lounged on the many benches (Note: If you watch our interview with Silas Weir Mitchell, you can see just how many residents were in the area.).

The crime scene of the week was filmed entirely in the retirement home's parking lot, and production used about one-quarter of the building's outdoor space. Having seen some footage of these scenes, it's very impressive how much they did in such a small area.

Click here for video clips of "Danse Macabre."

"Killer" Rats
The rats that you will see in "Danse Macabre" were real. Real, scurrying, non-compliant rats.

When we arrived at the set, the rat wranglers were working very hard to get the rats into the murder victim's car. And then they had to get the rats out again.

Rats are not good actors, so this hardly went smoothly.

On the other hand, no rats managed to escape the holding area. That would have been really bad.

On the Set
As you might imagine, most of the indoor sets of Grimm are built semi-permanently and used repeatedly by the show. A warehouse in an industrial section of Portland serves as the base for Grimm and hosts the interiors of Nick and Juliette's house, the Grimm trailer and Monroe's house as well as other necessary locations.

Grimm Photos
While on the set, we took a tour of Eddie Monroe's house. The bludbad's home was ready for the episode, even to the point of having an appropriate piece of music -- "Danse Macabre" -- waiting for Monroe's cello.

Direct from the Cast of Grimm
Who better to talk about what's coming in "Danse Macabre" than the cast of Grimm itself?

When BuddyTV visited the show's set, we had the chance to speak to most of the Grimm cast. In addition to learning a whole lot about their individual character and about the Grimm world, they also spilled a few secrets about the "Danse Macabre" episode itself.

Click on each name below to watch and read our interviews with the Grimm cast:

Grimm's first episode of the week, "Danse Macabre" airs on Thursday, December 8 at 10pm, while the second episode, "The Three Bad Wolves," airs in Grimm's normal timeslot on Friday, December 9 at 9pm.

(Images courtesy of NBC)