** spoilers for last week's episode of Grimm **
Oh David Greenwalt and James Kouf, you sneaky showrunners.
After months and months of telling us that there was no way in hell that Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch) was coming back from the dead here you go and throw us this curveball in the form of the mysterious Eve (...also Bitsie Tulloch).
Yep, everyones favourite damsel in distress turned hexenbiest is back! Or is she? As it goes with Grimm things are never quite what they seem, as David Greenwalt explains:
Greenwalt: "[We've known we were going to bring Bitsie back for] a long time… But to keep my word, [Juliette] is dead. She’s coming back, but it’s not really Juliette anymore."
The return of Juliette has been a popular theory in the fandom ever since the hexenbiest-turned love of Nick (David Giuntoli)'s life was shot dead via crossbow thanks to Grimm protégé Theresa "Trubel" Rubel (Jacqueline Toboni) during the emotional Season 4 finale.
And then we had last week's episode, Wesen Nacht, which featured a mysterious figure swooping in to save Nick's ass from the Black Claw Wesen uprising at the conclusion of the episode. The figure stepped out of the shadows, and... "Juliette?" Nick whispers.
So yes, Tulloch is back. But she's not the Juliette we knew and had mixed feelings towards. Nope, this is Eve, a mysterious and pretty darn badass woman working with Hadrian’s Wall, Greenwalt elaborates:
"It’s this new character, Eve, who has not been brainwashed exactly, but she’s been through some incredibly tough training where they broke her down to nothing. She’s basically a super Hexenbiest weapon for Hadrian’s Wall to fight Black Claw."
So she's still a Hexenbiest, interesting. Personally I really liked Season 4's beisty-Juliette, it was great to see her character being afforded a bit of backbone for once instead of just being the damsel-in-distress / main character's girlfriend stereotype.
Poor Juliette also had a pretty bad time of it throughout the series; 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).
For too long was she relegated to a slightly whiny background character, so when she finally snapped and went homicidal it was actually kind of fun to see her standing up and taking control for once, even if it was in a somewhat sociopathic way. Granted we can't forgive her actions (we're still not over Kelly's death) but as far as character development goes this was a doozy.
The problem is that there's no real way of coming back from this abrupt character change, the only way to resolve the situation seemed to be by writing her 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."
So Grimm Season 5 continues with this darker take on Tulloch's character, bringing her back as Eve - a woman who has all of Juliette’s memories, but none of her emotions.
Greenwalt: "She’s just a completely different person who doesn’t even relate to Juliette anymore — because, to her, Juliette’s dead...
She knows who Nick is, she knows what happened, and it all gets explained, what happened the night that Trubel shot her in the chest and neck with the arrows."
This is kind of a great move, as it gives us more Tulloch being scary and badass, though it will certainly make things even more difficult for Nick as they move forward - how will Eve react to the new baby in the mix though? Time will tell.
Thankfully we're not going to have to wait too long to find out just what's going on with Eve, as we've been promised a thorough explanation from Greenwalt, including a "big scene" between her and Nick in Episode 7, aptly titled Eve of Destruction (and you can watch the promo for it below).