Grimm: Prepare for Season 2 with Our Season 1 Refresher

Grimm, NBC’s fairy-tale cop drama, returns for its second season on Monday. But with a rapidly evolving mythology and a growing roster of monsters, there’s a lot to remember—so we’ve broken down the most important elements of Season 1 to better prepare you for the season premiere. So get your Grimm faces on and get ready for:

The Grimm Season 1 Recap!

After his Aunt Marie was attacked, Portland detective Nick Burkhardt learned he was a Grimm, a guardian charged with protecting humanity from fairy-tale creatures that live hidden amongst us. As Marie was dying, Nick became able to see the creatures, called Wesen. Marie left him a trailer full of monster-fighting gear—including a mysterious key with a map etched onto it and tomes full of Grimm knowledge dating back to the original Grimm brothers. Nick found a friend and sort-of partner in a reformed Wesen named Monroe, who helped him adjust to his new status as a Grimm.

We learned that Nick’s boss, Portland Police Captain Renard, was actually a power-player in the Wesen world. Behind the plot to kill Aunt Marie, Renard set the Wesen witch Adalind on Hank, Nick’s detective partner, in order to blackmail Nick into giving up the Grimm Key.

Nick also had to contend with the Reapers, a Wesen organization dedicated to killing all Grimms, and the three Coins of Zakynthos—magical objects that inspired megalomaniac behavior in humans and Wesen alike. Successful in hiding the Coins, Nick discovered that the car accident that killed his parents many years before was no accident—and is somehow related to the Coins.

Warned by the Mellifer (bee-people Wesen) that something bad was coming, Nick struggled to free Hank from a love spell cast on him by Adalind and agonized over whether to tell his girlfriend, Juliette, about his Grimm calling. Nick gained another ally in Wesen apothecary owner Rosalee but then got pulled into Wesen politics as a hit man for the Verrat, the European Wesen law enforcement, and murdered his way through Portland in pursuit of the leader of European Wesen revolutionaries (who happened to be Rosalee’s ex-boyfriend). Representatives of the European Royal Wesen families also rolled in and told Renard to "get rid of the Grimm" meaning Nick. Renard replied by shooting those representatives in the head (Woolsey, I’ll always mourn you!).

Juliette turned down Nick’s marriage proposal and Nick, Rosalee, and Monroe freed Nick's cop-partner Hank from Adalind's spell by taking away her powers, a.k.a. they got Adalind to ingest Grimm blood by kissing Nick in the middle of a fight. Adalind used the last of her magic to cook up something nasty for Juliette, and Nick told Juliette about his double life. Juliette told Nick to get professional help and then Adalind’s curse kicked in and she fell into a coma.

In the Season 1 finale, Nick literally ran into Wesen assassin Akira Kimura while Kimura was trashing his house looking for the Coins. Just when it looked like Nick was going to get his ass handed to him, a mysterious Woman In Black showed up and kicked Kimura’s butt.

The season concluded with the reveal that the Woman In Black was Nick’s mother—yes, the mother Nick thought was dead—and the two have a whole mess o' catching up to do.

Phew, did you catch all that?

So, Who’s Who and Why Do We Care?

Allow me to provide a quick character index:

NICK: Both cop and Grimm, Nick’s our protagonist as well as our eyes and ears into the world. We love that Nick is uneasy with being the Wesen bogeyman and wants to be cop first, Grimm second—but between the Wesen, Verrat, Reapers, and Royals, patrolling Portland has gotten a lot trickier.

HANK: Nick’s cop partner. He the comedic relief, and we care because Hank’s going speedily, shotgun-clutchingingly bonkers after seeing a Wesen transform (human brains don’t really handle the concept of Wesen very well).

CAPTAIN RENARD: Nick and Hank’s boss. Renard is trying to simultaneously steal the Grimm Key, keep Nick in the dark about his true loyalties, and keep the Verrat/Reapers/Royals out of Portland.

MONROE: A reformed Blutbad (think "Big Bad Wolf"), Monroe keeps his Wesen aggression in check by channeling it into pilates, clock-making, and a vegetarian diet. Monroe is Nick’s guide to the Wesen world and has a huge crush on Rosalee (so far unrequited). Monroe is also your favorite Grimm character—don’t deny it, you know it’s true.

ROSALEE: A Fuchsbau (Wesen fox-person), she helps Monroe and Nick when they’re in need of a magical remedy. We love her sassiness and the confident way she took over her brother’s apothecary after his murder, though some clues left behind suggest he was into heavier stuff than just the odd bit of black-market drug-dealing.

JULIETTE: Nick’s girlfriend. Their relationship is petering out as a result of Nick’s double-life. She is now under Adalind’s spell, which so far has put her in a coma and given her crazy black demon eyes.

ADALIND: A Hexenbiest (Wesen witch-creature). Adalind was working for and sleeping with Captain Renard. At the end of Season 1, Adalind was powerless and rejected by Renard—who was also involved with Adalind’s mother—and she used the last of her potions to place Juliette under a mysterious spell in the season finale.

SERGEANT WU: A Portland police officer who does Hank and Nick’s grunt work and spent a good portion of Season 1 eating office supplies due to a Hexenbiest curse.

REAPERS: A group of Wesen dedicated to the eradication of Grimms. They're bad dudes who fight with scythes and at one point roughed up Monroe, who is your favorite character (don’t deny it).

THE VERRAT: An organization of European Wesen comprised of the Seven Royal families who work as law enforcers, brutally cutting down Wesen who defy them. The Verrat pose a real threat to everyone in Portland.

THE SEVEN ROYAL FAMILIES: Wesen rulers who reign over the European Wesen. It is implied that Captain Renard is a part of one of the seven families. They are also a threat to everyone in Portland.

GRIMMS: Grimms are a family line of humans who can see the true form of Wesen, usually when a Wesen is experiencing strong emotions. They hunt down the “bad” Wesen who attack humans, but—as we learned in Season 1—Grimms have also traditionally sided with the Seven Royal Families, oppressing those who stand in their way.

Lingering Questions to (Hopefully) Be Answered in Season 2:

– Where has Mama Nick been all this time, and if she was alive why did she make Aunt Marie raise Nick?

– Is Mama Nick a Grimm?

– Is Papa Nick also alive?

– Is Hank going to completely break down? Or will he pull it together and realize there’s more to Nick than meets the eye?

– What does the spell Adalind cast on Juliette do, exactly?

– For the love of god, what is Captain Renard? Is he a Wesen? A human? What is his official role in the Royal Families?

– What does the Grimm Key open, and where does the map on it lead?

– Will we see more of Kimura’s Dragon’s Tongue organization?

– Will Rosalee and Monroe get together?

– Will Adalind reappear in Season 2?

Still need help? Check out this seven-minute recap video:

Okay, I think that's finally it. What are you most looking forward to in Season 2?

Grimm returns Monday, August 13 at 10pm on NBC.

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i really wonder who captain renard is and whats goin on with juliet and adalin!
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Actually, I'd consider Wu the comic relief and Hank the semi-serious sidekick. And, hmm, Wu was only eating things for episodes 15 (only the last minute or so), 16, and 17. Two and 1/10th episodes out of 22 doesn't seem to be a "good portion."
Great recap. I want to know what kind of creature that priest that works for Renard turned into...not showing that made it scarier.

My guess is Mama Nick was out fighting things. Or maybe undercover in some way. Either way couldn't raise Nick. Or maybe being a Grimm is a warrior society and the best warriors raise the children. And Nick's aunt was better than the mother and therefore raised Nick. Who knows. I actually love that they didn't answer this among other things in the season. The season did good things and bad throughout. But not resolving everything was good.

2. My guess is yup. She was all Kung Fu fighting and parkouring at her age, so my guess is she is kind of a badass.

3. Possibly, or he is dead and his mother tried to track down the killers and left Nick with the Aunt. Or he is alive and is coming back in the Season 2 Finale. That could be cool if each sesaon finale reveals a little more about Nick.

4. A good question. Hank has been kind of thick headed. But he might. Or he could get pissed at Nick for hiding things and side with Reynard.

5. My guess is one of two things. Both could be great if they do them right. My favorite A. is that it somehow turns her into a Wesson, She becomes evil and a major enemy of Nick, whom he can't kill because he still loves her (despite her shutting him down on the proposal) B. It put her to sleep ala Sleeping Beauty or Snow White and whomever kisses her awake she becomes completely in love with no mater what. And then Reynard wakes her up and uses her to get Nick to do what he wants. I think either of these will be great for the plot.

6. My guess is he might be a Human. But he could be some type of evolved Wesen. Either way he is towards the top of the food chain and needs Nick. Either for his Grimm powers or the key to whatever the Key goes to in order to be a supreme ruler of some sort. Like he envisioned when he had control over the three coins.

7. Some sort of power. The original copy of the Grimm Fair Tales. Who knows. It really could be anything at this point. Which is good.

8. I think so. The mythology is rife with things to explore. I want to know when the Dragon girl comes back. Because she was fun.

9. i think so. It was interesting at the end of the season and they work well together.

10. As so as she gets done being an Assistant District Attorney in LA. But she is a decent character that they could throw in at any given point to screw with Nick.

This really was a surprise show for me. I thought it was going to be stupid and often times it was. But it grew on me and was one of those shows they I ended up needing to watch. And hey did their season finale right. They answered some questions. They left a lot to be answered in this season. It was kind of perfect almost as good as Person of Interest.
Time for Grimm already? Wow, the break was fast, and the show's return is welcome. Eager to see what happens next.

I just would like to add a couple questions to the final one:

- Will Monroe stop being awesome? No!

- Will Adalind stop being hot? NO!!!

- Will the writing improve? Well, let's think positive, folks...
My bet is Renard is human. During the episode where Nick had to hunt and protect the leader of the resistance movement he said that the Grimms worked for the Royal Familes. Of course that itself brings up numerous questions.
Where has Mama Nick been all this time, and if she was alive why did she make Aunt Marie raise Nick?

Probably to protect him. If she was being hunted then he would have been as well. It could also turn out that he might have a twin brother that the mother raised, based upon the Grimm's story The Twin Brothers. Although in that story the brothers were raised together by their father. But it does explain where the Dragon Tongue organization gets their name from.

Is Mama Nick a Grimm?


Is Papa Nick also alive?

I doubt it, otherwise there wouldn't have been a need to turn Nick over to the aunt.

Is Hank going to completely break down? Or will he pull it together and realize there's more to Nick than meets the eye?

Depends upon what the writers want. I suspect he will spend the next season secretly investigating Nick.

What does the spell Adalind cast on Juliette do, exactly?

Turned her into a Wesen. I believe the ending of the season finale showed or at least suggested that. Although exactly which type is unclear.

For the love of god, what is Captain Renard? Is he a Wesen? A human? What is his official role in the Royal Families?

He's likely a member of one of the Royal Families. He could also be related to another fictional character from Grimm, like the Marshall in the Twin Brothers. That story does have a lot of parallels with this show like the connection with the animals.

What does the Grimm Key open, and where does the map on it lead?

Blackbeard's Castle. Actually there's no way to know yet, but it would be interesting.

Will we see more of Kimura's Dragon's Tongue organization?


Will Rosalee and Monroe get together?

I suspect we'll see more of a realtionship between them, but don't forget they're different species.

Will Adalind reappear in Season 2?

I don't know. Was her contract renewed?

I am really looking forward to the second season and hope it answers the questions asked but also has some great character stories. I can't wait!
I'm hoping that Juliette will get a more prominent role in the future. It's a shame to see Bitsie Tulloch's acting talent go to waste with her only appearing two minutes per episode standing in the kitchen or something similar. Personally I would like her to accept Nick being a Grimm and help him with his Grimm missions.
I'm hoping the scratch she got from Adalind's cat and the moment of her eyes going black means good things ahead for Juliette!
Unlikely... She's most likely going to forget about Nick's confession does to memory loss, and go back to housewife, which sucks.
It seems like the producers are really, really hush hush about Juliette's storyline though compared to everyone else.
Finding out the truth about Captain Renard!!!!
Cool, that video was great. Can't wait to find out about Nick's mama!

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