So we're now two episodes into the latter half of Grimm Season 5, and the dark brooding fairytale has yet to disappoint viewers as the ante gets ramped all the way up the eleven with the return of Juliette... Sorry, Eve (Bitsie Tulloch).
The aptly titled 'Eve of Destruction' kicked everything off with the return proper of Tulloch as Eve, introducing what might be the most heartbreaking storyline we've seen in the series so far (all the death and destruction of Season 4 aside).
We first discovered that Nick Burkhardt's (David Giuntoli) tragic love had returned from beyond the grave (supposedly) in the mid season finale, when she stepped from out from the shadows to rescue his ass.
Sporting a pretty neat silvery wig, Juliette stepped back into the show, but no longer the mild mannered veterinarian we knew before. Nope, this is Eve.
Taken by Special Agent Katrina Chavez (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and Hadrian's Wall after her supposed death during the Grimm Season 4 finale, Juliette's been turned into a killing machine, sporting some pretty wicked leather in the fight against the Wesen uprising, Black Claw.
But as it turns out the darts that Juliette was shot with were in fact just tranquilizers (dammit Nick, be more perceptive about the alive-ness of your girlfriends in the 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 above that they have, "almost broken her into submission"; leaving her a more serious, cold hearted shell of her former self, but not without a certain bite.
We saw this bite in last week's episode — the punfully named 'A Reptile Disfunction' — as she told Nick that his Juliette was well and truly dead and showed no remorse for all the havoc she wreaked during her Hexenbiesty difficulties.
In fact, her only regret, as she tells Nick, is that he didn't get to bury Juliette.
But she doesn't regret the person that she's become, as Tulloch explains. Because being Eve is all about being in control. 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 spiraled "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 not only her powers but her emotions too. This control allows her to center herself, containing her incredible power:
Tulloch: "[Eve is] basically so powerful and she’s learned - one of the things Hadrian’s Wall taught her - how to control her powers mentally. She can almost look at someone and their head would explode. She’s incredibly powerful. But because of that, it’s that much more important for Eve to be 100 percent in control of every situation as much as she can be, so she doesn’t at any point regress into evil Juliette tendencies."
Hadrian's Wall is, for Eve, her way of "finding a reason to live"; working with the mysterious group to put down the Wesen uprising while training with them to control her powers.
Because, while she remembers her life as Juliette, she's aware that this is not something she can return to without losing control again; too much has passed between not only her and Nick but also Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee), not to mention their newborn son Kelly Schade-Burkhardt.
She doesn't have any of those pesky emotions floating around either — perhaps because of something Hadrian's Wall did to her, or just as a lingering effect of the change in personas:
Tulloch: "Juliette is effectively gone. Eve has Juliette’s DNA and flesh and blood, but there is no emotional connection to the life that Juliette led."
But while Eve does seem to have left all emotional connects to the Juliette persona behind her, it's probably better that no one tells her that Nick and Adalind kissed in the last episode; we have a feeling her control might not stretch all that far...