"Grimm" Has More Fairy Tales to Tell With Midseason Return

The fan favorite series' romantic rivalries heat up.

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    David Giuntoli (l.) and russell Hornsby in "Grimm"

    Happily ever after? Not a likely scenario any time soon for the characters on “Grimm,” but the fantasy/procedural hybrid’s rabid legion of devoted fans will certainly be thrilled as the show returns after a lengthy hiatus.

    Addressing the jaw-dropping moment of the fall finale – in which Nick (David Giuntoli) finally discovers the manipulated romance brewing between the treacherous Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) and memory-addled Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) – is where the season resumes. “This had to come to a head,” says executive producer David Greenwalt. “We didn't want to just play it out forever between the two of them, because it is Nick’s girl that Renard is messing around with – albeit under a spell.”

    The actors playing out the love triangle are thrilled to see it heat up. “I was very excited to finally have a confrontation,” says Roiz. “We waited a season and a half to see what will transpire when he finally discovers, and it's going to be a powder keg.” “It comes to blows,” adds Giuntoli, “and he has a bit of a height advantage on me, but I had a rage advantage on him.”

    Tulloch suggests she’ll also be getting physical –in a different way – with one of her suitors. “In addition to the kerfuffle between these handsome men,” she says, “there was also a bedroom scene that was so intense that it required a stunt coordinator and hours of rehearsal, which is really, really fun and crazy.”

    Now that Claire Coffee has been upgraded to series regular as lawyer/recovering Hexenbiest Adalind Schade, the actress promises that her hard-edged character will continue to have a bad attitude in her quest for vengeance, “bitchier beyond my wildest dreams, in fact,” she adds with a laugh. “I've been doing a lot of reading and research about psychopaths, because she's fueled mostly by ambition: you get one thing, you want the next thing. She doesn't have a lot of friends, and so far I don't think she's focused on that. She's more focused on this supreme amount of power that she has in her mind.”

    And then there’s the not-so-monstrous Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and his back-on-track romance with just returned Rosalee (Bree Turner). “I feel like I'm having more fun than a guy should have,” says Mitchell of his passion for the series. “I love the stories that the writers are writing. I love the themes. I think they're really pertinent and they're handled in a very delightful way. There's dark, there's light, there's a gallows humor thanks to these guys, and we're dealing with crime and real stuff – there's nothing I don't like about this situation.”

    "Grimm" airs Friday evenings at 9 p.m. ET on NBC