With fans growling for answers to Season 3 finale cliffhangers, producers of NBC’s “Grimm” didn’t let much slip about the future of everyone’s favorite Portland PD gang during their San Diego Comic-Con panel.
But they did reveal one detail: we haven’t seen the last of Capt. Sean Renard.
"I think we're going to try to find some sort of interesting way to bring him back to life," said Renard actor Sasha Roiz Saturday, dressed appropriately enough in "resurrection white," as moderator Mary McNamara pointed out.
Roiz joined fellow cast members and the show’s executive producers to discuss what led them to this point – and how they will move forward.
The Comic-Con event opened with an exclusive clip from the Wesen wedding of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee Calvert (Bree Turner), with friends creating a playful “home video” to wish the happy(ish) couple well.
There we find Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) drunk and mournful about not being married, Nick (David Giuntoli) reflecting on that time he saw Monroe emerge from the shower au naturel, a diabolical Adalind (Claire Coffee) contemplating stealing the couple's first-born child, a thoroughly perplexed Hank (Russell Hornsby), Sgt. Drew Wu (Reggie Lee) bitterly munching on donuts without a wedding invite and a shirt-ripping moment of rage from Renard.
After the light-hearted clip, executive producers David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf and Norberto "Bert" Barba fielded questions about where they want to take the show in Season 4.
The answer: not even they know.
"We keep writing ourselves into corners and then we have to figure out how to get out of them," said Kouf.
This year, those corners were plentiful as Adalind lost her child, a fellow Grimm named Trubel came into Portland and Nick lost his powers.
Giuntoli confessed he hopes his character's Wesen-spotting powers are returned so he does not have to rely on Trubel to be his "seeing-eye Grimm." Still, the producers promised we will definitely be getting into more Trubel.
As for Adalind's plot, "there will be some baby seen, that's for sure," teased Greewalt.
But it remains to be seen if Juliette can forgive Nick for his unintentional affair with Adalind, though Tulloch joked that it would be hard to say no to his pretty face.
Starting with the first episode of the new season, show runners will continue to add to the list of some 80 Wesen creatures introduced thus far (for those having a hard time keeping track, there's an entire wiki devoted to the creepy crawlers of "Grimm").
"We're gonna see some great new ones next season," said Greenwalt, "and particularly coming in the first couple of episodes: a character who steals your identity but in a very disgusting way."
And as the season develops, we'll get some insight on those mysterious keys.
"We have another key this year, and year 5 for sure, and we will answer what those damn set of keys mean and what they lead to," said Greenwalt.
The panel also revealed some fun facts about the show's development:
- Juliette's character was initially written as a baker, not a veterinarian. "I was just imagining these scenes," said Tulloch. "I got a trainer that summer. For like two months, I was in such great shape, and I thought I was gonna throw muffins and sauce at everyone and be like this really bad ass baker." However, the writers quickly ran out of ideas for a baker plot, so they made her into a veterinarian, whose skills fit better with the "Scooby squad" -- Tulloch's term for the group.
- Mitchell never expected his character Monroe to have a love interest. "There was talk of like, 'Hey, we're going to find you a love interest,'" said Mitchell. "And I don't know how many of you know what my resume looked like before this show, but love interest was not a phrase that was often bandied about in reference to things I was doing." He was thrilled to find out his better half would be played by Turner. But while things came together fairly simply for Monroe and Rosalee, Mitchell predicted things will not be as easy for the two next season.
- If you become perplexed about how to pronounced the difficult, German-based names of the Wesen, the cast is right there with you. They all agreed it usually comes down to "how would Silas say it?"
- The character of Drew Wu was not originally written into the show. Lee came before the producers to audition for a separate role, and they liked his acting and comedic timing so well they wrote a character for him.
To get the answers to many questions left unanswered and teased by the Comic-Con panel, Season 4 of "Grimm" premieres October 24 on NBC.