Grimm is primed and ready to break our hearts, and we’re not at all prepared. NBC will bid farewell to the little-show-that-could in barely two weeks, pitting Nick’s (David Giuntoli) Scooby gang against a world-ending force by the name of Zerstorer. As the apocalypse looms and our intrepid wesen/human alliance circles the wagons around the most vulnerable, “The End” might eschew the series finale penchant for a happy ending.
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“Everything tragic that can happen will happen. The episode is bold and extremely emotional,” executive producer David Greenwalt told TV Insider as Giuntoli reminisced how the final script brought the entire cast to tears.
So what does that mean, exactly? In our opinion, it means Grimm will hit hard, but not so hard that a glimmer of hope won’t blossom by episode’s end. Let’s break it down.
Yes, we said it. The dreaded D-word. We even pluralized it, but, hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Grimm hasn’t shied away from putting their characters six feet under in the past (even if one of them was resurrected with a shiny new wig), which means everything from deadly target practice to beheadings is fair game. And it’s open season on everyone. Well, almost everyone. Nick, the ringleader and driving force of the series, will undoubtedly exist inside a protective bubble. After all, he’s the one who is always left standing to bear the emotional brunt of any trauma. We’ll slide Adalind (Claire Coffee) and the inseparable Monrosalee inside that shield as well, simply because one is a parent of two (and good God, Grimm writers, just let Nick have one successful relationship for once in his life) and the other is expecting.
Renard (Sasha Roiz), on the other hand, could easily take the fall. From villain to ally to villain once more, the police captain has found a permanent home in fans’ hearts despite his nefarious ways. His redemption arc could place him in the line of fire, particularly if he makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect his daughter. Diana (Hannah R. Loyd) is a forced to be reckoned with on her own, but any sensible father would do anything in their power to keep their baby girl from becoming some sort of supernatural child-bride.
Next up is Eve/Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch.) There’s only so many times a person can pull a Lazarus before their luck runs out (or viewers start to complain of lazy writing.) Eve recently admitted that Juliette will never resurface, and she’s just fine with that. Tulloch’s character is stronger than ever, and there’s little doubt in our minds that the Grimm‘s scribes will lean into that newfound power as Portland faces its greatest threat to date. Also, the woman seems to have a death wish. Jumping through unknown portals without backup? Eve’s practically asking to get the ax.
Meanwhile, if Grimm takes the hatchet to Rosalee (Bree Turner) or her unborn children, I will woge out. This isn’t This Is Us, for Pete’s sake. We won’t stand for anything less than a fairytale ending for Grimm‘s brain trust.
On the Upside…
Remember, “tragedy” is just one component of “The End.” “Emotional” is another, which means the series’ send-off could just as easily leave us in tears as the Scooby gang (safely) goes their separate ways.
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Perhaps Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee will choose to seek out greener pastures. Perhaps Nick will let go of his family’s legacy. Perhaps Hank (Russell Hornsby) or Wu (Reggie Lee) will leave the force. Even if someone survives to see their happy ending, it might not be quite the future fans predicted.
For now, all we can say is, farewell, Grimm. Please don’t break our hearts too much.
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