May 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

The Grimm season finale slayed the competition in ratings on Friday night with a finale that contained reveals (Nick told Juliette the truth) and twists (Nick’s mom’s alive!).

What you may not know? How long some of those big moments have been sitting in the brains of executive producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt. In a chat with EW earlier today, the two chatted about the finale’s twists and turns and tease a little bit about what’s to come. (Don’t worry about spoilers, though. As you’ll read, the pair almost make a sport of teasing!)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about the decision to reveal Nick’s (David Giuntoli) mom at the end of the season.

JIM KOUF: We kind of had that idea from the very beginning.

DAVID GREENWALT: From the very beginning, Jim and I had the idea that one of the parents would be alive, and we thought it would be more interesting for the mom to be alive. So we kind of had that in our pocket pretty much the whole time, knowing that at some crucial point she might appear in his life.

Her appearance also raises the question, which some fans have asked, of Nick’s Grimm-ness. If she’s alive, then why did he become a Grimm after his aunt died? Is that something we’ll address next season?

Greenwalt: Could be. You’ll get more.

Jumping to Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). Tell me about leaving her off where we did, with the cat-scratch and now weird black eyes.

Greenwalt: I think we were thinking of that for quite a while, too.

Kouf: There were a few things that David and I knew we wanted to do from the get-go if we got 22 episodes.

Greenwalt: Doing that to Juliette was definitely one of them. And we thought it’d be fun to have more than one — if I can use the expression — cliffhangery beats in the final episode. We thought it’d be fun to have Nick getting all kinds of pressure from all different directions.

I also loved how you did a give-and-take with Juliette. While we did have a cliffhanger, we also had the satisfaction of knowing she’s now in on Nick’s secret.

Greenwalt: We just knew that at some point Nick had to come clean with her because it was putting too much pressure on the relationship. It’s almost like when one is having an affair — certainly nobody in this room — it makes the other person crazy. It makes them feel like there is this lie is going on in the relationship and she’s been feeling something all along. Also, her life was at stake. If Adalind (Claire Coffee) had something to do with it, God knows what it could be. So he felt really strongly that the only way to get her to a doctor was to tell her the truth, and then of course she thinks he’s crazy.

He definitely had no choice, but what about with Hank (Russell Hornsby), who is a little traumatized. Might he be put in a situation where he has to relieve him by telling him the truth?

Kouf: Poor Hank.

Greenwalt: Poor Hank is suffering.

Kouf: What’s going to happen to him?

You tell me about Hank in the second season.

Kouf: You’ll see him take a big, important journey.

Greenwalt: And it’s going to get worst before it gets better.

NEXT: Answers coming about Capt. Renard?

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