While the show was coming to an end, Grimm’s executive producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf talked to Yahoo, analyzed the answers from 250 Grimm fans around the world to nine questions about the show, and they also answered them. In this article, the EPs look at the last four questions:
- What are the things you like best about the show?
- What story arc did you like the best?
- Who did you want Nick to end up with — Adalind or Eve/Juliette?
- Would you have liked to see more of Trubel or Meisner?
Take a sneak at the Yahoo article.
DAVID GREENWALT AND JIM KOUF ASK: What are the things you like best about the show?
ANALYZING THE ANSWERS: The answer is all the things. At least that’s what it seems like when you’re thumbing through the questionnaires and you see such a range of answers, including some very personal and powerful ones. When Jules Ian Albis, who hails from the Philippines, was diagnosed with cancer, Grimm was the only thing that made her forget that she was sick. Chiara Balestri wanted to thank the show for helping her “Monroe-esque husband” learn English.
Grimm basically had people at hello. They were hooked from the pilot by the quirky Portland setting, the reluctant hero, the calling, the mashup of cop show and paranormal fairy tales, and the mythology of grimms. “The breadth of the history, the books, the names, the spells, the storylines are all so detailed. It’s so rich it’s almost believable,” wrote Emily Loucks. “The richness of the world harkens back to the vastness of the Star Trek universe.”
People loved when it was time to hit the trailer for research. Gina R.M. Armer wishes it were still around: “Such a cool Airstream! I personally wanted to climb in there and read the books with the awesome drawings and test out the weird weapons and devices. I was really upset when Eve burned that trailer. Such betrayal.”
The show’s popularity also owes a ton to what lordofthebeasts labeled a “wide variety of colorful monsters” and the special effects used to create them. Bonnie Davidson added, “The wesen are so detailed and the woging itself is an incredible process.” And even though some were familiar bedtime stories or book characters, Lori Ratcliff appreciated “seeing old stories given a new spin.”
Last week, with other questions, we covered that people adore the mix of humor, horror, and history. We also touched on favorite characters and how, in the end, the unique characters and overall cast chemistry were the foundation for fan devotion. Everyone gave two thumbs up to strong female characters and loved that Nick’s squad widened as the seasons went on. They enjoyed the mingling of wesen and humans. “I’m really glad Hank and Wu were brought into the fold,” Amanda Terwey said. “A hero needs confidants he/she can depend on like Buffy [had with] the Scoobies.”
DAVID GREENWALT RESPONDS: The showrunners were humbled by the mad love and kind words, especially about the casting and the characters. Because who knew and when was a constant battle in the writers’ room, and there was always concern that they didn’t get it right. Greenwalt remembered: “In my opinion, we had too many characters to begin with, and they just kept adding more, because it’s hard to service that many people. We were so fortunate we got really great, talented people. Jim and I sat in a room casting all day, every day for a month. Dave Giuntoli was one of the lesser-experienced actors, but, boy, was he good. Russell Hornsby was such a good partner with him. Reggie Lee actually read for Hank, but we liked Reggie so much we made up a character for him. Bitsie [Tulloch] was so amazing we couldn’t kill her off. Sasha Roiz came in to read for a character that was originally written as elderly and African-American. We were gonna do the classic gruff captain with a heart of gold, but who in our show would turn out to have a heart of evil. He said he came to the wrong audition, but he got that part because he was so good. Claire Coffee was virtually a walk-on in the pilot, and she just grew. Bree Turner came for possibly one episode around 15, and [ended up] doing the next 108 or whatever were left.”
He was also thrilled to hear that people recognized the multitude of powerful ladies in the mix, but made sure to point out that “strong three-dimensional characters are what matter, not their gender or sexual preference, we don’t put politics before character.”