The Montagues and the Capulets really didn't have it so bad — at least compared with the Blutbaden and the Fuchsbau. The season finale of NBC's Grimm (Friday, May 16, 9/8c) gathers everyone for the long-awaited wedding of Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and all should go well — that is, if the guests don't tear one another to pieces!
The bride, you see, is a foxlike creature known as a Fuchsbau, while the groom is a reformed Blutbad — aka big bad wolf — and the two Wesen species have a long-standing animosity toward each other. But there's one thing the Fuchs and the Bluts and all other Wesen despise even more, and that's a Grimm. So how the heck is Nick — the prince of Grimms, played by David Giuntoli — supposed to fulfill his duties as Monroe's best man?
"Wesen recognize Grimms by looking into their eyes, so the only way Nick can attend the ceremony is to show up in sunglasses," says Giuntoli. "Our season finale is one big Ray-Ban commercial! There's a very funny scene where Nick has to justify to the preacher why he's wearing shades." That's not Nick's only problem. There's also major trouble for him and girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), who is Rosalee's maid of honor. "Nick's life as a Grimm blows up in his face at home," Giuntoli says. "It's the worst, most awkward day possible for him and Juliette to go to a wedding together."
But Tulloch swears there's an upside. "What happens to them is shocking and crazy, something neither of them could have predicted — and neither is equipped to deal with it," she says. "You won't know if Nick and Juliette can overcome this — it's a big cliffhanger — but it's a really fun twist that the fans are going to love."
Meanwhile, the bride has her own damn headache. "Rosalee is supposed to wear her grandmother's wedding dress, but something both funny and tragic happens and the dress is ruined," says Turner, who was totally okay with that — at least according to Tulloch.
"We did an episode where Rosalee was trying on the gown and Bree just hated that thing — it was not flattering at all — but she didn't want to speak up," Tulloch says. "The production people didn't like it, either, but they thought Bree was happy with it, and Bree didn't want to say anything because she thought everybody at the show liked it. Once the truth was out, they decided to destroy the damn thing." Adds Tulloch, with a laugh: "It's just not Bree's style to complain. She's so easy-breezy. In fact, my nickname for her is Breezy. But me? I couldn't shut up. I'm like, 'Yuck! That dress is fugly! I would never wear it!' And the fan comments were hilarious. They detested it!"
The ceremony, per Wesen tradition, will take place in nature and was filmed in a country cabin an hour outside of Portland, Oregon, the show's primary locale. "This is my fifth time in my career playing a bride," notes Turner, "but usually my characters get cold feet or are jilted at the altar, so this is my first real ceremony. Our show is so full of murder and intrigue and ghastly crime, that it's hilarious to see Rosalee fretting about food and seating arrangements and how all the parents will get along. But, surprisingly, things go very smoothly and everything is perfect...until it isn't." Adalind, the witch played by Claire Coffee, sets a plan in motion that Turner says, "[will] really make the s--t hit the fan."
And what about the groom? "Monroe is dressed in his beautiful Bavarian wedding suit and is all caught up in the delirium of romance," Mitchell says. "Sure, there's a lot of stress in the room because of all the factions — the poor normies have no idea how much can go wrong — but mostly it's Nick who is freaking out. Monroe is in the flow."
Loyal Grimm watchers "really want to see this wedding happen," Giuntoli says. "Who doesn't love Monrosalee? Silas and Bree and such charming actors with these big, deep, loving puppy-dog eyes. They bring a lot of heart to our insane little police procedural."
And no one is more surprised by that than Mitchell. "When the series started, Monroe was all about keeping his nose clean — a hermitlike horologist who was happy to stay home fixing his clocks and never venturing out," Mitchell says. "Who knew he'd someday meet the love of his life? I sure didn't, and neither did the fans. But that's what makes a good story, isn't it?"