Last April, the writing was on the wall. NBC cut Grimm’s future episode order from 22 to 13. I should have known what was coming, but my intense love for the show and its characters wouldn’t let me believe it. By Aug. 29, there was no escaping the truth. The network officially announced Grimm was entering its sixth and final season. Sadly, it was time to say goodbye to Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and the wonderful world of Wesen.
Grimm premiered Oct. 28, 2011, the same week as ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Both shows adapted fairy tales, while adding a modern twist to their origins. It was easy for people, even members of the press, to confuse the two. But after seeing the pilots, it was clear. Grimm was a supernatural drama that was heavy on horror. The tone was very different. It featured fantastical creatures, but was set in a real location (Portland, Oregon) as opposed to a fictional town (Storybrooke).
After Episode 1, I was hooked. Grimm became my weekly escape. I couldn’t wait until Friday to disconnect and submerge myself in its lore. The first season did a wonderful job of laying a foundation that believably allowed the characters and mythology to coexist. As time progressed, they expanded from the Brothers Grimm source material to tales from other cultures. The writers created a massive universe that could rival TV's best.
Grimm went from featuring monsters of the week to battling one evil organization after the other. With each season, the stakes got higher. You could clearly see the influence of executive producer David Greenwalt at play; he previously wrote for Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it shows. Following the Season 5 finale, it felt like Grimm had reached the pinnacle in its fight of good vs. evil. But I believed they could still do more. Perhaps they could switch things up with a soft reboot? In my mind, Grimm had the potential to be the next Supernatural. That show has survived a network change, losing its creator, and more schedule shuffling than I can count. Yet it’s still thriving as it enters its 12th season.
I’m aware that the rating scales for The CW and NBC are very different. Grimm’s Season 5 finale barely brought in 4 million viewers. At its peak, the show averaged nearly 8 million. Over the past few seasons, the audience has dwindled. A lot has happened in three years. Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) got married, and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) “died” but was reborn as a Hexenbiest. Perhaps the biggest and most surprising twist was having mortal enemies Nick and Adalind (Claire Coffee) become parents. Whether you like it or not, Grimm loves to keep us on our toes.
As we roll through the month of October, I can’t help but be reminded of Grimm’s short future. Its season premiere was pushed to Jan. 6, which means, for the first time in a long time, it won’t be a part of my Halloween experience. Its absence is hard to ignore. If there’s one show that’s made for the holiday it’s Grimm.
I’m going to miss Nick and Monroe’s friendship, Sgt. Wu’s (Reggie Lee) humor, Hank’s (Russell Hornsby) voice of reason, and most importantly, the Wesen. The talent that goes into creating each distinct creature is unmatched. I appreciate every fang and claw that came across my screen. I’ll truly savor the final 13 episodes of the series. Hopefully, each hour builds towards a conclusion the cast, crew, and fans love and deserve.
R.I.P. Grimm. Thanks for the memories!
What will you miss most about Grimm?