Motherhood, mayhem and a zombie-fied Nick (David Giuntoli) are just a few of the things that “Grimm” fans have to look forward to when Season 3 premieres Friday, Oct. 25 at 9/8c on NBC.
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But before we get ahead of ourselves, Season 3 picks up just minutes after where the Season 2 finale ended with Nick in the clutches of Baron Samedi (Reg E. Cathey) and Captain Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) brother Eric (James Frain), who plan to fly him to Europe for their nefarious purposes. Of course, a Grimm given zombie juice just may have a different reaction than regular humans!
While Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), Rosalee (Bree Turner), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and the Captain try to rescue Nick, Adalind (Claire Coffee) is in Europe facing her most gruesome task yet in her effort to regain her Hexenbiest abilities with the help of the mysterious Stefania (Shohreh Aghdashloo).
Sounds like there are a lot of good “Grimm” stories coming our way. But first, xfinityTV spoke to the producers and cast of the NBC series to get the answers to some burning questions for the premiere of the third season.
What can you tell us about Nick as a zombie?
David Giuntoli: His Grimm powers can be used for evil. I am not much in the first episode. They are all looking for me, but I do eventually wake up. I can’t say where — what country or anything like that — but I start wreaking absolute havoc wherever I land.
Russell Hornsby: Wherever Nick goes, I will be there. That is my man. I’ve got to go help him out and bring him back so we can deal with the issues at hand in Portland.
Bitsie Tulloch: In the first two episodes, obviously, he is a zombie and it’s pretty frightening, but, I think, you’re going to see a really different side of Juliette this season because she’s very capable. And as much as she’s constantly taken aback, this is the first time she’s really been able to be a tough cookie. She’s always been that way, but she couldn’t be that way when Nick was hiding stuff from her. She didn’t have the opportunity to be strong because she didn’t know what was going on, and then, in Season 2 she was poisoned, in a coma and had amnesia for most of the time. There are certain things that are going to be really scary for her, but I think it’s definitely been fun for me to be able to show her true colors now that she actually knows what’s going on.
Sasha Roiz: We are definitely all hands on deck. That is the objective to the beginning of the season: Save the Grimm. First off, we’ve got to get Nick back. After that, I have to deal with my brother and members of the royal family. You have a snippet of it, but it is a very, very large family with arms and branches that I am going to have to deal with.
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Now that Juliette knows that Nick is a Grimm, will their relationship move forward?
David Giuntoli: Nick and Juliette are looking to be back together this season but I am sure that the producers are going to throw a major problem in there. Nick and Juliette need some major alone time together where we just lock eyes, hang out, order food and watch Lifetime.
Still, Nick is protective of her, especially because he knows all the bad things that happen around him. But, at this point — as compared to when she was in the dark and terrible things were happening to her — I think it is better the way it is. He wants to ease her into it, but now, all his people are there for him.
Bitsie Tulloch: It’s really a testament to their love that no matter what they’ve been through, they always find their way back to each other, and so, she’s very pissed. She’s angry. She’s scared she’s going to lose him again, because he’s in a severe amount of peril right now. I think that she’s going to do everything in her power to make sure that they get him back. Hopefully, safely before it’s not too late.
Will there be any residual effects from Nick as a zombie?
Executive producer David Greenwalt: One of the arcs of the season will be: I have done a really terrible thing, how do I go on with my life?
Juliette doesn’t want to give up her man now that she has him back, but does she think long-term, because if she goes ahead and marries him and they have kids, this would be her kids’ life, too, because they would also be Grimms?
Bitsie Tulloch: To be honest with you, Juliette does not yet know that there’s a genetic connection, so that wouldn’t be a concern yet. As far as anybody getting married, it’s going to be Monroe and Rosalee. I think Nick and I really just need to have some normalcy in our life and get back to having a normal relationship. I think their main focus, honestly, is figuring out how to navigate this together now that Juliette knows.
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Is there any residual awkwardness between Juliette and Renard now that the spell between them has been broken?
Bitsie Tulloch: For now, I mean I think it’s a touch awkward. This is a question that pops up again: Are we going to see Juliette and Renard together again? And, I just say never say never. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s really about Nick and Juliette figuring this out together, strengthening their relationship now that she knows this information, and going forward together as opposed to on diverging paths.
Sasha Roiz: I hope for the most part we are okay. This being “Grimm,” everything has residual effects that carry on and linger, but, I think, for the most part, it is done.
What will it be like for Hank when he runs into Adalind?
Russell Hornsby: It sort of gives you the willies. It makes his hair standup, but, I think, I will be okay.
How will Captain Renard deal with Adelind’s baby news?
Sasha Roiz: It will be like a Maury Povich episode. We will figure out whose baby it is. I think it is going to be a very powerful negotiation tool and I think a lot of people are after it. It could shift the power.
Executive producer Jim Kouf: There are all sorts of possibilities with that pregnancy. There could be some terrible consequences and some good stuff.
Now that Hank has his cast off, is he back in action?
Russell Hornsby: I have to go to physical therapy. There is talk about me potentially having a thing with my physical therapist. This is “Grimm,” so it has to be Grimm love, so there is a twist to it. My problem becomes everybody else’s problem.
“Grimm” premieres Season 3 on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9/8c on NBC.