David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf explain why casualties are sometimes necessary
After meeting the business end of the Zerstörer’s staff last week, Hank and Wu appear to be permanently out of commission for the final battle in Grimm’s series finale tonight. Can Nick’s stick resurrect them, or will the body count continue to climb?
Showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf checked in with EW to preview the show’s final chapter and explain why casualties are sometimes necessary.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Fans have spent the last week mourning what went down in the final two minutes of the penultimate episode. Would you like to take this opportunity to apologize, or maybe to gloat?
DAVID GREENWALT: (Laughs.) Neither! You know, it’s the end of the series.
JIM KOUF: The Zerstörer did it, not us. It’s what happens when you take on evil.
GREENWALT: Yeah, sometimes evil triumphs; it’s very sad and unfortunate. This is the biggest evil we’ve had on the show in six years. And if you think that was tough, stay tuned.
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The mythology behind the Zerstörer and his power gets deeper and more complex each week. How did you come up with a fittingly epic big bad for this final season?
GREENWALT: The mother of invention. It had to be something pretty stunning. Every year, we’ve had a big ending to the show, and this had to be the biggest ever. It had to be a worthy opponent. It had to answer the question of the stick, which it will. And it had to test Nick way beyond his limits, as he’s never been ever tested before. So that’s sort of how it came together.
KOUF: We wanted to get into a lot of mythological explanations like we usually do.
I really appreciated the way you drew from so many different cultures and time periods.
KOUF: Oh, yeah. That’s the fun of the show.
GREENWALT: The original selling point of the show was Grimm fairy tales, and there’s 200-some fairy tales, but there’s only eight or nine that anybody actually knows or remembers — and for good reason. It allowed us the opportunity to reach into all myths and all cultures all around the world, and that was really one of the big, fun things about doing the show.
The stakes are high for Nick and his friends going into the final episode. What type of beverage do you recommend fans have available as they’re watching?
GREENWALT: A very strong one, possibly schnapps. Something that will fortify.
KOUF: Yeah, a strong German beer (laughs).
Grimm’s series finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.