Another day, another rumor about what we can expect to see in the next episode of Grimm Season 5. And as the 100th episode approaches so do whispers of the reappearance of Nick Burkhart (David Giuntoli)'s lost love Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch) persist.
This has been a popular theory ever since the hexenbiest-turned love of Nick's life was shot dead via crossbow thanks to Nick's Grimm protégé Theresa "Trubel" Rubel (Jacqueline Toboni) during the emotional Season 4 finale.
It was a rough season, leaving us with the ex-hexenbiest Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee) pregnant with Nick Burkhart's baby. Nick's mother Kelly Burkhardt (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) killed and beheaded by the Verrat, and the hexenbiest-turned love of Nick's life Juliette Silverton shot dead. A bad season to be a Grimm girl.
So it's no surprise that these rumors keep cropping up, and they've returned in force recently as actress Bitsie Tulloch was photographed celebrating filming the 100th episode with the current cast and crew (which is set to air March 2016).
But there's no real basis to these rumors, I mean it wouldn't be totally shocking for Tulloch to be invited back into the fold to celebrate the 100th episode even if she wasn't appearing in Season 5 of Grimm, but she has been - in the form of flashbacks anyway.
But I get the trend to want to buy into these rumors. Juliette's death was unexpected and shocking, we all wanted to believe that Nick and the gang would find a way to free her from the hexenbiest curse laid upon her by Adalind. Juliette was always the innocent, and seeing her character corrupted then killed was a bit of a shock to many fans.
Personally I thought Season 4's beisty-Juliette was great, it was nice to see her character being afforded a bit of backbone and the Adalind vs Juliette showdown was pretty interesting to watch unfold. Less cat fight, more biests ripping each other to shreds.
Regardless of whether or not you actually liked Juliette as the damsel-in-distress / main character's girlfriend stereotype you have to admit that she's had a pretty poor run of it. Most of that was Adalind's fault though, something that the show tends to forget as it portrays her in a more sympathetic light these days (not that I'm complaining too much about that - Adalind's awesome).
Juliette spent so long not doing very much that it was great to see her actually stand up and take control, even if it was in a very detrimental and somewhat sociopathic way. Of course we can't forgive her for trying to force Nick to kill Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), nor for her part in Kelly Burkhardt's death, but her motivations do become understandable when you throw the hexenbiest into the mix.
The problem is that there's no coming back from this abrupt character change. Add to that the slightly nonsensical way these episodes were stitched together and the only way to resolve the situation is by having her written off, and so she was during the intense Season 4 finale. And it was her death that set off the events of Season 5 in the first place, as co-creator David Greenwalt pointed out:
"[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."
Juliette Isn't Coming Back
Anyway, despite rumor and Bitsie Tulloch's admissions on Twitter that she'd like to return to the show, co-creators Greenwalt and James Kouf have repeatedly confirmed that the love of Nick's life is truly dead and gone.
Kouf: "Juliette’s dead."
Greenwalt: "She’s gone."
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. Sorry guys.