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Grimm Season 3 Finale Preview: “Blond Ambition” [VIDEO and PHOTOS + Claire Coffee and Sasha Roiz INTERVIEW] 

Photo Credit: Scott Green/NBC
Photo Credit: Scott Green/NBC

Warning: Major spoilers ahead

We’re so excited to see where things go tonight that we’re just gonna get right to it. We’ve got some theories about how tonight’s finale will set up season 4 (and beyond). Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts once you’ve seen the episode.

“Blond Ambition” synopsis:

It’s Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) big day and their joy will only be matched by unexpected heartache for those around them. Nick (David Giuntoli) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) make a startling realization that could shake their relationship to its core. Meanwhile, Adalind (Claire Coffee) proceeds with a delicately laid plan that leads to a catastrophic event that will alter the course of Nick’s journey.

The season 3 finale of Grimm airs tonight 9/8c on NBC.

TV Goodness participated in a press call with series stars Claire Coffee and Sasha Roiz. They discussed what makes Grimm so compelling, Adalind and Renard’s dynamic and what to expect in the finale.

Why do you think Grimm is so popular?

Sasha Roiz: “I hope because to some extent the characters are intriguing and relatable. I give the writers a lot of credit, I think they come up with some incredibly compelling storylines.”

Claire Coffee : “There’s a lot of action each episode  – and the ticking clock of the episode itself and the monster of the week and figuring out the case of the week – but at the same time you have this royal storyline that’s serialized and you follow that through the season. So I think all those cliffhangers that keep people coming back.”

Your characters keep screwing each other over. Can they forgive each other again?

Claire: “Yes, they really do have a sickeningly codependent relationship. I don’t know that there’s ever really forgiveness or ultimate trust, but it does seem like the playing field is a little bit leveled with what they’ve done to each other.”

Sasha: “Yes, she certainly has a way with Renard. I think there’s always a possibility of them finding their way back to each other to some extent. There’s always going to be that bond between them because of that baby.”

Claire: “They’re doing it for the child, trying to stay together for the child.”

Claire, your character has gone through an incredible range of emotions this season. How has that been to play?

Claire: “I was telling Jim [Kouf] and David [Greenwalt] just how grateful- it’s kind of like going back to theater school. It’s like just a massive exercise in exploring the range of human emotions. I think over those three episodes I got to play every single one of them. I just consider myself lucky and hope that I didn’t drop the ball.”

What’s easier to play?

Claire: I don’t know that any one is easier or harder. I mean I think that anything that requires a lot of emotion – be it rage or pain – is exhausting after a while. It’s just taking a lot out of you. It was definitely an exhausting two weeks.”

What was your favorite part about working together and creating this odd but exciting chemistry between you?

Claire: “I don’t think we set out to create odd and exciting chemistry. That’s a fabulous result, and a fabulously unexpected result. We do have a lot of fun working together and Sasha’s such a generous actor to work with. I’m not saying that just because he’s on the other end of the line. We’ll meet up before and kind of suss out what the situation is because we do find ourselves in some outlandishly emotional places. But when he is without clothing, that was a pretty fun day on set.”

Sasha: “That was pretty funny.”

Claire: “Yes I would say, more funny than fun or both of us because we’re both wearing various weird flesh colored underthings. It’s good that we are such good friends.”

Sasha: “Not the most flattering outfits.”

Claire: “Yes, it’s about the least flattering. If they could show behind the scenes, I would say that it’s the most unflattering that we’ve looked. But they the movie magic makes it look so good.”

Sasha: “It’s funny how the sexiest scenes, behind the scenes are the least sexy things you’ve ever witnessed. Yes, Claire and I have a lovely friendship on set and I love working with her. I think she’s done a tremendous job this season. Like you mentioned earlier, her character arc has been enormous and she’s really stepped up. So it’s been fun to watch. And their relationship is just so absolutely crazy that it’s really fun to always be challenged with that. Because just when you think it can’t get any crazier, they manage to write something new. So it always remains a little challenging every single time we face off.”

Without giving too much away, what’s Adalind’s plan in the finale and what is Renard going to do about it?

Claire: “She’s incredibly motivated to get her baby back. Her baby is- she’s got tunnel vision where that is concerned. I think she just feels a little bit aimless and lost without this child now that she’s learned how to love another human being. I don’t think she fully understands the ramifications of what she’s about to do, but she feels within her right to do it. And yes, it causes a massive rift in Nick and Juliette’s relationship and it changes them – maybe forever. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Sasha: “I think that Adalind has gone too far this time and by the end of the episode Renard sees pure rage. It could get pretty nasty between the two of them. There’s always some twists and turns along the way, but certainly you find him at his wit’s end with her.”

There have been trust issues with Renard and Nick. Do you see their relationship improving now?

Sasha: “Sure. I don’t think we’re moving in any time soon. But I sense that wouldn’t this be just the perfect time to let him down. Trusts me still. Well, I mean, you know that dynamic is always going to be a tenuous one, and I think it should be and we’ll see what happens. But I suspect that just as you feel comfortable something probably will pull the rug from under your feet, as it should in my opinion.”

Adalind does seem changed since she’s had the baby, but she’s still mercurial. Is she still driven my ambition or revenge?

Claire: “I don’t think it’s revenge. I think she really wants her baby back. Her baby gives her a place in the world really. Her relationship with Renard notwithstanding, she [doesn’t] have any allies, any friends, no job, nothing. She has-“

Sasha: “And whose fault is that Claire?”

Claire: “He does have a point there. Everyone has such good memories around here. She thinks that Viktor has her child. She’s not realizing the way that what she’s doing is going to affect everybody else. Nick, Juliette, Renard, all of that, to her the most important thing is this baby. She doesn’t know that Nick and the gang took the baby. If she knew that then revenge would come into play. I’m assuming. But at this point she needs this child.”

Why is she turning on Juliette?

Claire: “Viktor has the baby and he will give the baby back if she repays the favor to Nick for taking her powers. I can’t remember what the actual line was. She’s carrying out this spell and turning into Juliette in order to try to take Nick’s power because she thinks that’s the way to get her baby back. It’s all logical for Adalind.”

I’ve always seen Adalind as a villain, but it was heartbreaking when the baby was kidnapped. Has this been a surprising shift for you?

Claire: “Yes. The writers  did such a good job with that arc, really built it slowly enough so that the change made sense and felt organic and then to round out the season, getting her back to a little bit of her old self. I had a conversation with them when I read all these scripts to figure out [how] to play the character with parts of old Adalind and how much to incorporate with this new sense of empathy and feeling and being in love with this child. But I think they did such a great job kind of balancing all of the bits of her personality.”

What’s she going to do when she finds out Renard helped take the baby away?

Claire: “I can’t imagine.”

Sasha: “If this is what she’s up to – and she doesn’t even know that little tidbit – could you imagine what she’s capable of?”

Claire, how did Bitsie do taking on the role of Adalind in the last episode and the finale?

Claire: “I got to screen the finale and she did a fantastic job. I probably owe half of my episode fee to Bitsie for that one. She was great.”

We’ve talked about seeing Adalind as a villain, but do you see more redeeming qualities in her down the line?

Claire: “She’s a more dangerous villain, I think, because she’s operating of her own accord and she has this powerful motivation now. They say like, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ I think she knows one way of getting what she wants and that’s death and destruction via magic. So she’s using what she knows. She’s not going to be good, but I think she feels just and justified in what she’s doing and the steps she’s taking.”

Sasha, what has surprised you most about Renard this season? What aspect have you enjoyed playing the most?

Sasha: “I certainly enjoyed the baby storyline. It was definitely fun to explore a different side, a paternal side, somebody, more compassionate, concerned, and vulnerable consequently. So that was definitely a departure from how we see him in the past and it was really fun to play in those emotions and to be challenged with them.”

Can you talk about filming the final scene in the episode?

Sasha: “Renard gets shot and I think you get to see some of that. We’ll have to figure out what happens to him in Season 4.”

Is there something you’d like to see happen for your character next season?

Sasha: “Well I’d like to survive Season 4.”

Edited for space and content.


“Blond Ambition” Preview:


All photos courtesy of Scott Green/NBC.

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