Grimm is wrapping production on its final season. David Giuntoli spoke with The GATE about the show’s final season, Nick’s last stand, the magical stick and Nick’s addiction, the series finales, and his directorial debut on Grimm. Source: The GATE
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Last time we chatted, you wanted Grimm’s final season to focus on the core characters. How happy are you with the way the writers have attacked these final 13 episodes?
David Giuntoli: It’s exactly what I hoped for. I had no specific plot point desires really. I wanted it to be big and I wanted it to be final. That has certainly been achieved. It really is the core characters, including Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) a little bit. It’s far less Wesen-of-the-week, although we’ll see a little bit of that in the middle of the season. Then, towards the end of the season, it’s the one through eight on the call sheet.
What kind of closure were you hoping for Nick?
Giuntoli: Things are clearly not going well for Nick. One of the arcs of the series would be… in episode one, he finds out he’s a Grimm. He’s this confused, in denial, little cop-boy detective, with a boy-detective haircut. He may as well have been a Hardy Boy.
He had been warned by his mother and his aunt–all of these Grimms that became before him – saying, “You must leave Juliette now. You cannot be with your son. These relationships you keep around you are in peril from your Grimm destiny. You can’t have both.” His aunt lived in a trailer, going from state to state, fighting Wesen and having no relationships at all. And she was killed. My mother was beheaded, for God’s sake. Here I have kept my Scooby Gang of friends and they are always in harm’s way. I feel the closer I am to somebody, the more their life is completely derailed. That continues to happen this season. I think Nick’s closure and arc is going to be his full acceptance of his responsibility and what that means for the rest of his life. He has to say goodbye to a lot of stuff.
So far, Nick and Renard have done plenty of posturing and moving people around like chess pieces. They haven’t directly confronted each other. In what ways do things escalate this week?
Giuntoli: This week’s episode, which I directed, has one of the greatest fights we’ll ever see in Grimm, both in it’s creativity and where it takes place and who is fighting in it. We haven’t seen anything like this before on Grimm. It was a pain in my ass to direct, but I did it, with the help of everyone. It was very difficult to achieve and you’ll see why.