Post Mortems

Grimm Finale: Behind-the-Scenes Scoop on Those Two Surprise Returns

Warning: This post will spoil Grimm‘s series finale if you haven’t watched it yet.

When Grimm co-creator James Kouf thinks about his supernatural drama’s finale, “One of the things I’m proudest of, at the end, is that it’s one man and three women taking on the evil,” he tells TVLine.

That man is series protagonist Nick Burkhardt, which is kind of a no-brainer. But here’s the cool part: Those women are Nick’s deceased mother, Kelly (played by Limitless‘ Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), and aunt, Marie (Scandal‘s Kate Burton), both of whom appear in a surprise cameo during the episode. Let’s bask in the glory of this image for a moment, shall we?

Grimm Finale Kelly Burkhardt Aunt Marie Return


Mastrantonio’s last episode was Season 3’s “The Law of Sacrifice,” when she drove baby Diana away to be raised by the resistance, but Kelly’s final Grimm appearance happened at the end of Season 4, when Nick opened a box sent by the royals and found his dead mom’s head inside. Meanwhile, Aunt Marie died in the series’ second episode, not long after revealing Nick’s Grimm destiny to him.

“We did know that it would be wonderful if the two of them would come back,” series co-creator David Greenwalt says. “We called them individually and explained what we knew of the story at that time… they both fell in love with the idea.”

Grimm shoots in Portland, Ore., and both Burton and Mastrantonio are based on the East Coast, so “we would have them for only two days no more,” he adds. “Then there’s this huge snowstorm in Portland like they’ve not seen in decades.” Thanks to the travel havoc wreaked by the blizzard, “We had them for one day.”

So the production quickly shifted to make sure that Burton and Mastrantonio’s time was used effectively. “We knew ultimately, with all of this going on, with all of the people that’ll help you in life, nothing mattered more than family,” Kouf says. “That was such an emotional core that was important for the whole show.”

Greenwalt speaks as though he still can’t quite believe that everything fell in line, snow and all. “In one day, we shot the scene where they come back out of the netherworld and talk to him, we shot their part of the giant fight, and we shot the goodbye,” he says. “It was a challenge, but they bring so much to the table.”

Were you surprised to see The Woman in Black and Aunt Marie back in PDX? Hit the comments and let us know!

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  1. TvPeong says:

    It was great to have them back. Bravo!

  2. DLSquared says:

    It absolutely ROCKED to have them back. I was hoping for Nick’s Mom but never imagined Aunt Marie too. Then to have them FIGHT together…. POWERFUL and simply MADE the episode and MADE the ending. We were shorted of both of these fabulos actresses and to have them play such a critical role in the finale and make it a PHYSICAL part for both of them showed respect. Just MADE the episode is all I can say. Still stoked!

  3. GraceM says:

    I’m glad the finale turned out okay. Too bad they couldn’t have brought back Bud though.

  4. Mary Jo says:

    I loved seeing them again. It made the ending complete. I still cried when everyone was killed.
    And cried when we found out they were still ALIVE! Great show – sorry it is ending

  5. Jen says:

    I was so happy to see them back and play the part they did. It really was an amazing finale. So sad to see Grimm go though. I enjoyed the show so much.

  6. Carol says:

    Having them back was great. This was my favorite show but it had an awesome finale. I was so afraid it would be a blah but a nice surprise to bring back characters that were so important to Nick.

    • Lisa G says:

      Spinoff! Baby grownup Kelly and his big sister Diana fighting Vessen together wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world right? I’m still trying to process my show going away ( I watched it from the first episode ever) but I’m still holding on to hope that it won’t die forever. Thank you for your beautiful gift to me.

  7. Jason says:

    It’s also cool because this is actually the first time they shared a scene together on the show.

  8. Tyler Kaihara says:

    What a poor excuse for a finale. Watched from day one and this episode killed my memories of this show. It was like a knock off of the last two Harry Potter movies and the amount of cheesey clichés gave me rectal cancer.

  9. texmike says:

    I loved it. I think they came up with a great ending. It left me wanting to see new episodes of the “twenty years later” crew.

  10. Lisa G says:

    Spinoff! Baby grownup Kelly and his big sister Diana fighting Vessen together wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world right? I’m still trying to process my show going away ( I watched it from the first episode ever) but I’m still holding on to hope that it won’t die forever. Thank you for your beautiful gift to me.

  11. Maryann says:

    I loved it, and I would be very excited to see a spinoff starring Kelly and Diana. The casting for those two was perfect!

  12. Sandy Moschetti Young says:

    OMG, the ending blew me see Nick’s Mom and Aunt Marie, Trouble and Nick fighting together. All I can say is WOW. And everyone is alive. I am going to miss this show so much. And how about Kelly and Diana and the triplets, maybe we will get lucky and have a spin off..

  13. Melissa says:

    I was really hoping for a Sweet Dreams snippet in the final episode!

  14. R Mills says:

    Not a big TV person. I got caught up in this series, which I & my wife watched together from the beginning, becuz I’ve read Grimm’s Fairy Tales [own the book] & the way the storyline interspersed with the book & the creative aspect of writing a Series interested me & kept me a viewer to the end.
    The finale had a few OVER DRAMATIC moments [hey. It’s TV what’d I expect?] but the dimensions theme was consistent throughout & therefore a plausible outcome.
    I’ll probably watch it again when it comes out on DVD to get the full run thru uninterrupted.
    So. Thumbs up…

    • Marie A says:

      I actually bought Grimm’s Fairy Tales from Barnes and Noble after watching a few episodes. I never realized just how dark those stories are until reading a few.

  15. Micki Steele says:

    The finale was brillant!!! Bringing the Grimm family together-WOW! This will be one of my favorites forever. I already miss my show but I am grateful it ended in such a positive way. Seeing Kelly & Diana working together was awesome . . .so Nick raises his son in the tradition!

  16. Claudia Page says:

    Why are you taking Grimm of so soon my family was just beginning to like it

  17. Claudia Page says:

    I want to see Nick’s children fight I just have to vision it in my mind

  18. tom neves says:

    Very disappointing ending. The writing was very contrived. I was waiting for Renard and Adalind to die. The time vortex was taken out of a Star Trek episode. It reminded me of another good show with a bad ending, How I met your Mother. I can tell the writers just wanted to write Something then move on! Thumbs down!!

  19. Friday Night Gorls says:

    Wow, what an explosive storyline. Loved it. My 4 friends & I are soooo sad Grimm has ended.
    Friday night won’t be the same. Please bring it back with all the characters. Very emotional as they were like family. Why didn’t Bud make an appearance. Thanks for a GREAT run. Good luck to all. Your NJ FANS

  20. Tammy B says:

    I am SO SO SAD to see Grimm end!!! I wish you all would reconsider and continue the show!!! “The End” was SUPER AWESOME though!!! Especially bringing back Nick’s mom and aunt Marie!!! I literally cried through most if it with everyone getting killed and then coming back and with the added fact that…this was it!!! There won’t be another one next Friday or the Friday after or next season!!! My Fridays will be SO LOST now!!! PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!! I miss all the cast already!!!!

  21. Tammy B says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show and ALL the cast!!! I can’t express how much I will miss this show!! My Fridays will be lonely without Grimm!!! I would patiently wait for Fridays…not to go party but to watch Grimm!! I know that maybe the cast is bored with the show but your fans aren’t, just so you know!! I love you all!!!

  22. Cristina Nery says:

    The whole family watched d finale. We loved it. It will be missed

  23. Marie A says:

    I was very happy to see Kelly back even if it was the last episode. I had always hoped that she was really alive and that a substitute look alike had really been the one to get the ax. I was extra happy to see Aunt Marie too. I loved the part where Kelly told Nick to take good care of her grandson and btw she liked his name. I also like where it ended up that Trubel is his third cousin on his mother’s side. I always thought there was some type of connection.

  24. Marie A says:

    It was much better to have an actual ending than to have had a season not knowing if it was going to be renewed or just given the ax. There are not too many shows I really like anymore as far as a series but I loved Grimm and will mess the heck out of it. I got my daughter and granddaughter hooked on it too. I hope to see all these actors in the near future. I know the character of Nick has a new show but since the characters of Rosalie and Monroe are planning to stay in the Portland area, I would love to see them maybe on some episodes of The Librarians since it is filmed in Portland.

  25. Belinda says:

    Outstanding! Please don’t let this show.
    My husband and I LOOK so forward to seeing this every Friday.

  26. PamB says:

    Thanks for the Years! There will be a huge hole on my Friday night television.

  27. Catherine says:

    Yes very surprise…But that explains what they meant about the blood.

  28. Augustus Williamson says:

    Grimm best show on TV. Please bring it back. No replacement please. Without Grimm Friday night would be a bore.

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