Grimm raises the stakes way up leading into Season 4 finale

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And to think we thought Grimm wouldn’t make it past Season 2.

Grimm started off strong back in 2011, then suffered a bit of a lull, but soon picked up and never seems to have lost any steam as it barreled through its first four seasons.  Its Season 4 finale “Cry Havoc,” airs next Friday night on NBC, and it sure looks like the gloves are coming off and those dogs of war will be coming out to play.  With last night’s episode “Headache,” the writers for the show proved that there is plenty of great storytelling waiting for us in Season 5.  With so many good series getting cancelled and so many bad series renewed, we’re happy at least this series made the cut again.

The title quote for the finale is the Euripides line: “Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each the wounds they make.”  Grimm’s writers couldn’t have set up this last act of the season with a more aptly themed climax.Photo from the episode

If you haven’t been keeping up with the show, as with the rest of the series a quick rundown at this point will sound a bit like a horror-esque soap opera.  But it all ended tonight with a scene straight out of the Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman flick Seven.  Who’s in the box?  No spoilers here, but it should make fans of the show pretty angry.  Angry enough to support Nick the Grimm (David Giuntoli) & Co.’s efforts to obtain some well-deserved revenge, on none other than Nick’s girlfriend, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch)?  Is there any redemption possible after what she left in the box for Nick?  It wouldn’t seem so.  And we thought Nick would snap after Juliette destroyed Aunt Marie’s trailer.

We have so much to look forward to for the finale and next season.  The other Grimm, the young and impressive Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) is back, hopefully as a regular.

Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) finally has the ghost of Jack the Ripper removed from his bullet-hole filled chest, which must have been a production in-joke started to see how often they could get the actor’s shirt off in each episode.

Claire Coffee had a baby in real life which should allow her character Adalind to pursue her hunt for daughter Diana more aggressively on-screen, as well as give birth to her second new on-screen baby, the one she tricked Nick into fathering in a way only Grimm could do.

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Detective Griffin (Russell Hornsby) and Sergeant Wu (Reggie Lee), both well aware of the increase in Wesen crimes in Portland, have never been better and more integral to the storylines of late.  Especially since both have been burned by Adalind, and now must help protect her from Juliette.

If anyone could use some fresh story threads, it’s Silas Weir Mitchell’s Monroe and Bree Turner’s Rosalee, the put-upon newlyweds who could at once stand to have a break from Nick and his troubles, yet Nick couldn’t solve a case without them.

Which leaves those Royals.  Grimm’s writers have nicely cycled through every new member of the family that tries to take on Sean and Nick.  They must know fans want these villains dealt with post-haste.  This latest vile Royal, Kenneth (Nico Evers-Swindell), is no exception.

Now that Adalind has no Hexenbiest powers, how will Juliette unleash her own much overdue revenge on her?  Don’t miss the season finale Friday, May 15, 2015, at 7 p.m. Central.

C.J. Bunce

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