Grimm Season Three Premiere Preview: “The Ungrateful Dead” [PHOTOS and Bitsie Tulloch Interview]
I’m not going to lie. Grimm‘s season three premiere is one of the episodes I’ve been anticipating the most this fall. It’s Zombie Nick, y’all. Thanks to The Walking Dead, zombies are all the rage and I’m excited to see how Nick’s undead life will unfold and I’m looking forward to seeing how Juliette, Monroe and Rosalee are going to get out of that tight spot they found themselves in at the end of the season two finale. Speaking of Juliette, she’s now up to speed on all things grimm and Nick. And just like when Hank was clued in, I’m super happy she knows and now she can be part of the Scooby gang.
Synopsis for “The Ungrateful Dead”:Â Â NICKâ€™S DESTINY IS UNCERTAIN AS ZOMBIES CONTINUE TO OVERRUN PORTLAND â€“ SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO, REG E. CATHEY AND JAMES FRAIN GUEST STAR — A panicked Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and Rosalee (Bree Turner) enlist Hankâ€™s (Russell Hornsby) help in fending off a zombie hoard while trying to figure out what happened to Nick (David Giuntoli). Knowing the truth, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) takes measures to help rescue Nick from the clutches of his brother, Eric (guest star James Frain). Elsewhere, along with the help of the mysterious Stefania (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo), Adalind (Claire Coffee) finds herself facing her most gruesome task yet in her effort to regain her Hexenbiest abilities. Reggie Lee also stars.
TV Goodness recently took part in a press call that featured Bitsie Tulloch [Juliette]. Our impression? If it’s at all possible, she made us even more excited for this upcoming season:
On season three
BITSIE TULLOCH: If youâ€™re going from season to season, one thing is that Iâ€™ve noticed Â and I really do believe this, season two was better than season one, and I think season three — Iâ€™ve finished up to episodes nine now — itâ€™s better than season two.
On episodes one and two
BITSIE:Â They really feel like movies…the first time Iâ€™ve seen an episode of Grimm feel like a one-hour film. And there was a lot of action — I was doing a lot of stunts which I had a blast with. You know, at one point, Bree [Turner] and Silas [Weir Mitchell] and I were basically dangling from the top of a container yard that was like 50 feet high.
On what Juliette’s thinking when it comes to Nick
BITSIE:Â Thereâ€™s this zombie invasion. But sheâ€™s kind of thinking, I will be damned if Iâ€™m going to lose him now. I just got him back and weâ€™ve both been…I think itâ€™s really a testament and I always have to give credit to the show runners again. They didnâ€™t want this relationship to be like a lot of TV relationships.Â They established early on that weâ€™ve been living together for years; weâ€™ve been through a lot together and thereâ€™s a lot of love there. And I think that itâ€™s really a testament to that love that no matter what theyâ€™ve been through, they always find their way back to each other and so, sheâ€™s very pissed. Sheâ€™s angry. Sheâ€™s scared sheâ€™s going to lose him again, because heâ€™s in a severe amount of peril right now, in the first three episodes coming back in particular. And I think that, sheâ€™s going to do everything in her power to make sure that they get him back. Hopefully, safely, before itâ€™s not too late.
On what she’s excited about this season
BITSIE:Â Iâ€™m getting to shoot more with everybody else because Juliette is now part of the Scooby squad and thatâ€™s been really fun for me. I think that in the past, you know, last season in particular, having amnesia and season one basically, the main thing was Nick having to hide it [being a grimm] from me. Dave [Giuntoli]Â and I have just been having so much fun shooting together this season. Because it changes everything for us. The fact that I get to be involved, and I get to help him solve storylines. But even just the fact that we can talk about this stuff has changed everything for us, and itâ€™s been really great.Â The fans are going to love it. Itâ€™s so good. Everybody — we just had a screening of it with the cast and crew on Sunday — I mean everybody was like, it had their minds blown. Itâ€™s really, really good. Iâ€™m so excited for Friday.
On season three Juliette
BITSIE:Â I think you guys are going to see a really different side of Juliette this season because sheâ€™s very capable.Â Â This is the first time sheâ€™s really been able to be a tough cookie, and sheâ€™s always been that way, but she couldnâ€™t be that way when Nick was hiding stuff from her because she didnâ€™t know. She just didnâ€™t know. She didnâ€™t have the opportunity to be strong because she didnâ€™t know what was going on and then in season two she was poisoned, in a coma and had amnesia for most of the time.
On some of the skills Juliette will bring to the table
BITSIE:Â Youâ€™re going to see her veterinarian background. The fact that she went to medical school. So she knows about chemistry and she knows about science and, you know, sheâ€™s a doctor. And that has come up in episodes that Iâ€™ve shot so far…sheâ€™s kind of a bad ass and thereâ€™s a scene in the next episode Iâ€™m shooting — in (episode) ten — itâ€™s a really fun episode and sheâ€™s just kind of coming into her own. Thereâ€™s something sheâ€™s been — its empowering for her.Â Finally knowing; itâ€™s exciting for her. Itâ€™s a little scary for her but she doesnâ€™t know it, but for the most part, it feels a little bit sometimes like sheâ€™s playing in this detective story and she thinks itâ€™s really fun and, but itâ€™s really, itâ€™s mainly empowering now that she knows and now that [Nick’s] not hiding anything from her anymore. Sheâ€™s able to try to use her own intellect to try to contribute and to help figure stuff out.Â And sheâ€™s putting two and two together, whereas somebody else wouldnâ€™t necessarily be able to put that together because they donâ€™t have the same science background.
The season three premiere of Grimm airs on NBC tonight at 9/8c.
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