THR spoke to David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf about the surprising death in the season finale, what it means for Nick and the future of the show. Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Take a sneak peek at THR article. (Beware for Spoilers from season finale. Do not read if you have not watched the season finale episode 4×22 “Cry Havoc”)
So… let’s get right to it: Is Juliette really dead?
David Greenwalt: That’s a great question. Now, I think that’s a question that will be–
Jim Kouf: Hell yeah! We can only afford so many people in the fifth year.
Well, David’s reputation back with Angel and Buffy… it was not a problem killing off series regulars often.
Kouf: David’s been known to do it.
You kind of waited a long time. So if Juliette’s really gone, this is the first real big death in Grimm.
Greenwalt: It is a big twist, that’s for sure.
Can you talk about the decision to kill her off and how far back was this conceived?
Greenwalt: As she, you know, turned into a Hexenbiest and went kind of wild and then started enjoying her powers and then felt so betrayed by Nick having Adalind’s baby even though it wasn’t Nick’s fault… it was just the natural way she grew and developed in the course of the season and it seemed like that was something inevitable that had to happen.
How did that conversation go with Bitsie Tulloch?
Greenwalt: Fine. You know, I don’t think that’s as important as being true to the story. But she’s terrific and it’s all good.
She was quoted as saying the finale would change the show’s course and I was wondering if you wanted to talk a little about what that change of course might be and if you agree with that.
Greenwalt: I totally agree that it’s going to change the show’s course. I think it’s going to be even darker still in a way. You know, it’s not going to be the same Grimm.