I’ve had my suspicions about Ryan ever since he mentioned taking an interest in Nick’s cases, but I wasn’t expecting this.
"The Hour of Death" once again played with Grimm’s always-present theme of not judging a book by its cover, bringing about some very interesting developments along the way.
Development 1: Working up the Wesen Food Chain
Grimm has made it clear that being a real Grimm is something you’re born into. One of the reasons this struggle between Grimm and Wesen works is because Grimm and Wesen are steadfast in their ideologies: Grimm are always up to the task of dispatching with Wesen, and Wesen, as a society, are always passing down tales of the evil Grimm – as we saw in Monroe’s fairy tale book.
For Ryan to come along and deeply hate Wesen, and by extension himself, is a theme we aren’t really privy to in this world. Ryan holds the belief that all Wesen need to be killed, and, according to Monroe, it is a belief that died amongst the Grimm generations ago.
So, what’s most interesting about all of this is Ryan essentially learned what it took to become a Grimm and slowly built himself up into becoming one. While we’ve all speculated about the abilities of a Grimm the only one we know of for sure is a Grimm can see a Wesen’s true form. Which brings me to the question of: Are Grimm descendants of Wesen? In fact, we can probably lump Grimms right in with the rest of the Wesen world, so can it be that far of a stretch to speculate that Grimms are Wesen?
Going one step further, Wesen can see other Wesen, and it’s not hard to see how Ryan suddenly found himself in this situation.
Development 2: The Triangle No One Wants
I like Renard. I like Juliette. That doesn’t mean I like them together. I’m sure if I researched long enough I could find this exact storyline on a soap: woman falls into coma, man drinks love potion and kisses her awake, woman and man are drawn together.
While I trust the story Grimm wants to tell…that doesn’t mean I’m so keen on some of the paths they take to get there. I understand that Juliette needs to be involved in the show in a more endearing way compared to the beginning of last season, and I like that Juliette is the person that has the potential to bring Renard crumbling down. But the quicker this awkwardness is over the better.
Development 3: Life at Home Isn’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be
This development fits in nicely with the previous one: Nick and Juliette are beginning to pull apart. Nick is sick of the couch, and Juliette is probably sick of having no real memories of Nick. All of that frustration is quickly leading to them trading glances and baited breath towards one another, and with Juliette quickly drifting towards Renard, Nick’s life at home is quickly proving Aunt Marie true.
If Nick begins losing everything he cares about will he begin to take his role as a Grimm as seriously as Ryan did? Using the understanding that being a Grimm has taken away those he loves the most: his parents, his family, his girlfriend; could Nick be heading towards a period of detachment and distrust?