'Grimm' Bosses Preview Action-Packed Season 3

Executive producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf discuss the new season.

[Warning: Some spoilers ahead.]

Grimm returns for season three with Nick (David Giuntoli) stuck in a precarious situation.

In the finale, Nick was thrown into a coffin after being struck with a toxic goo, beginning his transformation into becoming a zombie, and presumably being sent off to Europe with Capt. Renard's (Sasha Roiz) villainous brother Eric (James Frain).

"It seems like a natural outgrow at the end of the season and we wanted to put Nick through some serious changes," executive producer David Greenwalt tells The Hollywood Reporter of the Oct. 25 return. "We have repercussions that will stick with him for a while -- moral, physical and mental repercussions." 

Greenwalt, along with executive producer Jim Kouf share a few season-three teases:

  • Nick's zombie state won't be a long-term thing. "He is not a zombie for the rest of the season," Kouf reassures. But Zombie Nick is far more ruthless than what viewers have become accustomed to thus far in the series' run, with Geenwalt describing him as a "mindless, thoughtless killing machine."
  • There will be "moral" aftereffects after Nick returns to normal. "As you see in the episode after [airing Nov. 1], there is a moral issue to deal with," Kouf says, hinting that there are "physical changes" for Nick that "make him a little bigger and a little better."
  • How will this affect Nick and Juliette's (Bitsie Tulloch) relationship? "It will affect them and his friends," Greenwalt says, with Kouf adding: "Just because he's a zombie doesn't mean he can't be loved."
  • With Juliette's knowledge that Nick is a Grimm, expect more involvement from her this season. "She is going to be more involved than she was before. She is going to bring a lot to the table," Greenwalt says. In one particular episode, which centers on an exorcism, Juliette's "terrific medical knowledge really comes in handy. She'll be helping out Nick .... [though] Nick doesn't want her near all this danger."
  • Expect the pregnant Adalind (Claire Coffee) to give birth during the season. "Everybody and their mother, so to speak, wants to get their hands on this baby," Greenwalt says. "She will be having the baby sooner rather than later [and] it won't be at the end of the season." Plus, the powers that have returned "are a little different than before," Kouf says.
  • Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) will be "getting closer," Kouf says. "There are going to be forces driving them apart and hopefully they will find a way to be together," Greenwalt says, adding that there's a "70 percent" chance they'll be successful as a couple.
  • Renard will have his hands full dealing with the resistance in Europe. "There is a brand-new prince played by Alexis Denisof," Greenwalt says. "The powers in Europe are shifting. The resistance is coalescing. This new prince wants to quell all over this rebellion."
  • Once Upon a Time will be introducing Ariel shortly, but Grimm will have its own mermaid episode, with Greenwalt hinting that the mermaids are "dangerous."

Grimm premieres Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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