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‘GRIMM’: BOSSES TEASE ‘BIG CONSEQUENCES’ FOR MONROE, CAPT. RENARD REVEALS
One of Grimm‘s most fascinating characters is in for some big-time trouble.
Last week, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) entered Nick’s (David Giuntoli) trailer (a.k.a. his Fortress of Solitude) for the very first time. But in doing so, he opened up a big can of Grimm worms, figuratively speaking… we think. “I think Monroe will be itching to get back in that trailer and is a little like, ‘Oh God, I’m betraying my forebearers.'” says EP David Greenwalt. Fellow EP Jim Kouf adds, “There will be some serious consequences coming up for Monroe for helping Nick.” How soon? They wouldn’t say. But I’d keep an eye on this week’s episode. (Wink, nudge.)
That aside, however, this week’s episode is one that both Greenwalt and Kouf are particularly excited about because, says Greenwalt, “I think it’s psychologically a very interesting episode and it poses the question: What’s more dangerous, a critter or man?”
Looking ahead, the pair’s friendship will be tested when they find themselves on opposite sides of a case. “[Monroe’s] whole past will be brought up,” says Greenwalt. “Those are later episodes down the block.” Also possibly down the road? A new “romantic character” in Monroe’s life and a return from his ex. (The latter, though, is still being debated.)
And because so many of you have sent in your questions on Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz), the EP duo offered up this tease: Before the end of the season (likely with a few episodes to go), we will learn more about him and “it’s not what people think…and we’ve been told a lot of what people think,” says Kouf. “He walks a fine line. He’s balancing more than anyone.
In fact, says Greenwalt, some fans might even find themselves siding with Renard once we learn the truth. “He’s not just purely nefarious at all. He has his reasons for what he’s doing.”
‘THE MENTALIST’: SIMON BAKER TEASES MORENA BACCARIN’S RETURN
The Feb. 16 episode of The Mentalist will find Patrick Jane once again coming face to face with matchmaker (and troublemaker) Morena Baccarin, who costars on Showtime’s Homeland. And when he does, Simon Baker tells me that we’ll get a chance to see an interesting, rarely-seen side of Jane. “I really like the human side of [Jane] and the human trauma and drama of it all,” he says. “We often get very frivolous and use the cheap gag/crime of the week stuff. But there’s an element to this character that’s very human. He’s also a very lonely character. We don’t really explore that very often, but it underpins him. It was interesting to bring her back because in the episode we did, there was a chemistry between the two characters. They were both deceptive characters and they enjoyed that in each other. And so to bring her back, there’s a bit more friction between the two of them that could potentially open things up for the Jane character.”
Another case we might not have seen the last of? The one from two weeks ago that saw Jane framing the grieving father of a victim. “We’re about to shoot an episode right now that plays into that episode,” says Baker. “It’s interesting because our show is a crime procedural but this year, we’ve tried to play around outside that element and have a story that [recurs] every 2 to 3 episodes but also have stand-alones as well.”
‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’: TYLER-KLAUS SHOWDOWN COMING?
Poor, Tyler. Not only is he likely losing his one-time girlfriend to the man who has made his life a living hell, but now he has to put himself through excruciating pain in order to break the sire bond? Well, ain’t all that a kick to the nuggets? Luckily, Michael Trevino told EW when we caught up with him on Wednesday that he’s holding out for some retribution for Tyler. “Those Brits need to go,” he jokes. “I would like a showdown. I know Julie would write something epic.”
And he’s hopeful he’ll get the epic scene he’s looking for. “It’s one thing for him to say, ‘Yeah, I’ve broken the sire-bond’ … It’s another thing to say, ‘I want nothing to do with Klaus anymore,” Trevino says. “I don’t think Klaus is going to like any of that, so we’ll see what happens when that confrontation happens.”
In non-Klaus-related matters, Trevino says he’s hoping to have a little more screen time with the show’s lead male duo, if for nothing else, to give Tyler his chance to shine. “Besides the showdown with Klaus, I would like to see Tyler be used in some sort of way with Stefan and Damon. Everything that they’re up to, what they’re trying to accomplish. I want something to tick where it’s like, ‘Oh, we’re going to need Tyler for that.’ I think that would be fun,” he says.