There's still a while to go until Season 5 of Grimm premieres, the first episode due to air October 30th on NBC. But it's not all bad, cause it's promo trailer time!
In case you've forgotten the events of the Season 4 finale (or are hunting for spoilers) we were left with Adalind pregnant by Nick, Kelly Burkhardt (Nick's mother) killed and beheaded by the Verrat (unfortunate) and a hexenbiest turned-Juliette shot dead by Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) following her part in Kelly's death.
The trailer recaps perhaps the most important part, the death of the love of Nick's life and the effect that's going to have on the show from here-on out.
Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) was turned into a hexenbiest by the same ritual that stripped Nick's powers in Season 3. Her path for vengeance against Adalind (Claire Coffee) for causing this and for becoming pregnant by Nick ultimately ended in the deaths of both her and Kelly (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio).
There's been a ton of speculation that she'd be making a return in Season 5, fuelled in no small part by Bitsie Tulloch's comments on Twitter that she'd like to come back to the show. Some fans suggested that only Juliette's hexenbiest side was killed and that she'd return to being human, but that all seems a little too cheery now doesn't it?
Regardless of fan opinion, Grimm showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf confirmed that Juliette is in fact dead, and the promo trailer certainly supports that. Commenting on whether or not Tulloch would ever return to the show, they said:
Kouf: "It's a good question. The answer is ... possibly not. I think it keeps everyone on edge. You don't know what's going to happen."
Greenwalt: "Anything could happen. It seems like a few shows, episode whatever, they get married or they finally get together. We decided to go a different way."
Whilst it seems like they're hesitant to confirm one way or another if she'll return (keeping plot points by in cause they run out of ideas maybe?) it looks that, at least for now, she is well and truly gone.
I think everyone was a bit shocked by Juliette's death, after everything her and Nick went through to keep them together - the attacks, kidnappings, the memory loss, Juliette getting turned into a hexenbiest - I think most viewers hoped that all the struggles they went through would pay off, even if only because the loss of Juliette would devastate Nick (David Giuntoli). And now here we are, and he's lost not only her, but his mother too. Which sets the tone of the Season 5 and leads us to...
A Darker Dynamic
"I totally agree that [Juliette's death is] going to change the show's course. I think it's going to be even darker still in a way. You know, it's not going to be the same Grimm. It's not the same dynamic anymore." - Greenwalt
Whilst the show has usually involved the human Nick struggling with his Grimm side it looks like the tables may turn here, as the trailer tells us that Nick is indeed going down a darker path than we've seen before. As a result he ends up suspended from work by Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) and alienating his best friends Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) when they try to help him.
He's going to be on the warpath for sure, shaking up the dynamic of the show - which may be a good thing, keeping it from getting too stale as Season 4 did at times. But there's one more important thing which will likely shake everything up in Season 5.
Adalind and Nick's Baby
A massive plot point that was missing from the promo trailer was Adalind and the baby. This'll be the second "special" child that Adalind has born, the first of royal blood - Diana - and the second a half-Grimm, an as yet unnamed male child.
One of the major reveals of Season 4 was that Adalind had become pregnant with Nick's child following their encounter in Season 3 whilst she was disguised as Juliette. This was unexpected for both parties, so I guess that teaches us that when you're a hexenbiest sleeping with a Grimm in the guise of his girlfriend in order to complete a ritual to strip him of his powers, you really should use contraception.
Fans have always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Adalind. She's a manipulative, scheming, murderous demon but there's something about her that makes us root for her, even if just a little.
Now her daughter Diana (Sloane McGinnis) is with Martin Meisner (Damien Puckler) of the Resistance, Adalind has to focus on delivering and keeping her second child safe, fathered by a man who she's tried to kill several times (and vice-versa). A man who likely now blames her for the death of his girlfriend and mother. Not the best dynamic to bring a child into.