“When something itches my dear sir,
The natural tendency is to scratch.”
We’re creeping up now on the halfway point for this final season of Grimm and the fallout from last season’s finale is still coming down hard and fast. Strange symbols, psychic connections to the still mysterious Stick and ghostly hauntings by a murdered man that you once called ‘friend’…it’s all building in a way that, by series resolution, seems as if it will end in a well-remembered bang.
But first, the whimper.
“The Seven-Year Itch” case this week, if the title didn’t already give part of it away, has Nick, Hank, and the Portland PD trying to track down a killer stalking the streets. Yes, it’s a Wesen killer but unlike one we’ve ever seen. This immortal “Party Animal” (at least that’s the Greek translation of the name) only pops up once every seven years or so, gorges itself before burrowing back underground with its carryout food. Yes, for all intents and purposes, it’s a cicada Wesen, which means that it’s uglier than sin. Cutting to the chase, Nick and the others discover said Wesen is actually William Stillman, one of the original founders of Portland. They confront the beast just as he’s about to carry his next victim to her dirt-filled grave, well…there’s no real way to say it except that I did not see that coming—and neither did Mr. Stillman. After the Hippo-Wesen bites his head off, it reminds us that immortal is not the same thing as invulnerable.
As mentioned, there’s more to “The Seven-Year Itch” that cicada-like Wesen. Leading off with Julieve, there’s some real supernatural-type stuff going on with her. She ended last week going savant in the tunnels and we see the end result: a multitude of those strange death symbols Diana saw on the Stick’s cloth and that the little girl continues to draw. Added to that mystery is Nick’s own nightmares about his “death” and the continual pull of the Stick. Those three—Nick, Julieve, and Diana—are being dragged together by some unseen force chilling out in the background. Something tells me that this power goes beyond Black Claw—and may even be the organization’s downfall—but also will be a major factor as the series closes in on the end.
Speaking of the end, it’s becoming clear that Renard’s fate probably won’t be the happiest of finales. Meisner’s haunting of the police captain has gotten worse and, this week, gets to the point where it appears as if he hallucinates a phone call/encounter with a strange antique dealer who attempts to rid him of the haunting. But was it truly a hallucination? The ending leaves us questioning the reality of his visions. Sure, Meisner suggests as much but then where did Renard’s two rings go? It’s a mind trip and a half, one we should get more on Renard’s fractured mind in the coming weeks.
- We’re having triplets! Or, that’s what Monrosalee is expecting. Thanks to Diana’s uncanny—and eerie—powers, we knew the couple had more than one bun in the oven. But three? As things go, finding out you’re having triplets has to be a bit of overwhelming news. This may solidify the couple heading out of the mean streets of Portland and to somewhere a bit less…bloody. Also, if a Blutbad and Fuschbau have kids, what are they going to look like? Yeah, it’s the little things that make the Grimm world such a fantastic place.
- Touching on Renard again, the fact that he lost the mayorship and his current state of mental instability is prime cause for him to watch his back with Black Claw. Add in Conrad Bonaparte’s death and it’s only a matter of time before Renard joins Nick on Black Claw’s “To-Kill” list. At least he has Diana on his side.
Grimm: “The Seven Year Itch”: