And so NBC's Grimm returns from its mid season winter break, and the aptly titled Eve of Destruction did not disappoint, introducing what might be the darkest storyline we've seen in the series so far.
Of course it would be though, given that this episode saw the proper reintroduction of Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch) to the Grimm roster. We first discovered that Nick Burkhardt's (David Giuntoli) tragic love had returned for (supposedly) beyond the grave in the mid season finale. Sporting a pretty neat silvery wig Juliette stepped back into the show, but no longer the mild mannered veterinarian we knew before.
Nope, now she's Eve.
Taken by Special Agent Katrina Chavez (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and Hadrian's Wall after her supposed death, Juliette's been turned into a killing machine in leather in the fight against Black Claw.
As it turns out the darts that Juliette was shot with were in fact just tranquilizers (damn Nick, be more perceptive in future) and the mysterious group took her and turned her into a powerful weapon, as Bitsie Tulloch explains in a recent EW interview:
"Hadrian’s Wall started putting two-and-two together that Juliette was an incredibly powerful Hexenbiest but didn’t know how to rein it in and control it. So they almost have broken her into submission — into becoming a weapon for Hadrian’s Wall."
Damn Hadrian's Wall, that's cold.
There's still a lot to be uncovered about Eve and her specific relationship to the group, but Tulloch does comment that they have "broken her into submission", leaving her a more serious, cold hearted shell of her former self.
Because being Eve is all about being in control, says Tulloch. She's working with Hadrian's Wall not out of loyalty or anything of the like but because of everything that happened when she first become a Hexenbiest.
After Juliette spiralled "out of control" as she struggled to come to terms with her Wesen-y change, Eve bases her continued existence upon being both physically and mentally in control of her powers, and her emotions.
This control allows her to centre herself, becoming not only incredibly powerful but also more disciplined and less likely to "regress into evil Juliette tendencies." Working with Hadrian's Wall is, for Eve, her way of "finding a reason to live".
That reason, Tulloch explains, is "to work with Hadrian’s Wall, and to help suppress the Black Claw wesen uprising." Because whilst she remembers her life as Juliette she's aware that this is not something she can return to without losing control; too much has passed between not only her and Nick but also Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee), not to mention the newborn Kelly Schade-Burkhardt.
Just no-one tell her about that Nick and Adalind kiss, we have a feeling her control might not stretch that far...