Grimm creators on the final season: “We had a good run”

Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt hint at how the series will end where it began

“We wrapped up the series in a meaningful way that pays homage to the beginning.”

That’s the message SciFiNow gets from Jim Kouf, co-creator and executive producer of Grimm, when we chat to him and fellow showrunner, David Greenwalt, about the supernatural show’s sixth and final season. If you’re a fan, these should be reassuring words. After being cancelled last August, Grimm will bow out with only a half-season order. Nonetheless, the end won’t leave viewers hanging, Greenwalt assures us.

“The 13 episodes of this final season bring us to 123 episodes. That’s a pretty good run nowadays or in any day and all the questions are answered and fully explained and we do go full circle. You’ll see some things from the very pilot of the series.”

That’s about as much as Kouf and Greenwalt are willing to say about how Grimm will end. They are more forthcoming, however, on where the last season begins and what we can expect to see before the show finishes in the spring. “We pick up right where we left off last year from frame one so there are a lot of issues to deal with,” Kouf reveals. “At the end we realized it takes us three episodes to settle all those scores.”

“There’s a lot of Nick versus Renard stuff in the early episodes,” adds Greenwalt. “It really comes to a kind of violent head and a psychological climax of how they’re going to deal with each other. That’s very big in the early episodes. Then we get into some pretty classic Grimm episodes. We’ve got a monster with three eyes from a Spanish mythic fairytale. It’s got three eyes and three arms and did some dastardly things but also has a really good reason to do them. It kind of poses the question of if you could have smothered Hitler in the pram, would you?”

It won’t be all monsters and moral dilemmas in Season 6, though. Other highlights will include a Shakespearean A Midsummer Night’s Dream story that Kouf describes as “almost a farce.” There is also an episode that benefits aesthetically from some atypical weather they experienced in Portland, Oregon, where the show is filmed.

“This particularly year we’ve had snow a couple of times,” says Greenwalt. “There is a scene where they’re in kind of a Stonehenge place out in the woods and it started snowing like crazy. It looks beautiful and almost heaven-sent in the show.”

Kouf and Greenwalt agree that being able to take “gut-wrenching stories full of terror and fear” and lighten them with humour has been among the most satisfying aspects of their six seasons overseeing Grimm. “Each week was its own little movie and also we let the characters change, grow and develop,” says Kouf. Accordingly, leaving behind the cast and crew has been an emotional experience for them. Even so, cancellation was not a bitter pill for the showrunners to swallow because they feel that Season 6 has allowed them to say goodbye to Grimm with a sense of closure.

“The fact that we got this concept going and we were able to actually explore all these psychological motivations dealing with history, mythology and fairy tales and dealing with religion and belief and all those things that you can’t do on a regular show, and just have it come full circle, which you’ll see in the end of the season, I think that’s the most satisfying thing,” says Greenwalt “Somehow we just kind of pulled it off for a whole 123 episodes with an arc that makes sense.”

Grimm’s final season is currently airing on Tuesdays at 9pm on W.