Just in the “Nick” of time! Grimm star David Giuntoli gets his first shot at directing during the NBC series’ sixth and final season with an episode (airing January 20) that finds his detective character, Nick Burkhardt, sniffing a magic potion that morphs him into a clone of his boss—the evil Capt. Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz). Then the two Seans duke it out in a killer fight.
“Everybody was nervous about me directing because I’m a goofball on the set and don’t have a long attention span,” admits Giuntoli. “But I was ready. I did a ton of homework. I didn’t want to let anybody down.” And he didn’t. “It was the best time I’ve ever had professionally—without doubt and without exception,” says Giuntoli. “If you had put me in an MRI machine, you would have seen my entire brain light up!”
On the final day of shooting the cast and crew threw him a party. “They bought me a cake and said really sweet things and the camera crew gave me a clapper board with my name on it,” says Giuntoli. “And then Russell Hornsby [Hank] started singing ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ and everyone joined in. I’m, like, ‘What year is this? Who sings that anymore?’ It was hilarious, and really, really emotional. I had to sneak off to Bitsie’s trailer for a few minutes because I didn’t want anyone seeing me get misty-eyed.”
Grimm, Season premiere, Friday, Jan. 6, 8/7c, NBC
The final season will begin on Friday, Jan. 6, at 8/7c.
In April, NBC shaved Grimm‘s 22-episode order to 13, which was the first signal that the drama might not be back for a seventh season. In July, members of the show’s cast told TVLine that they were unsure about whether or not the drama would be back — just like they had been many times in the past.
“We’ve been talking about that for three years,” Silas Weir Mitchell said. “Like, is this the end? We don’t know.” His on-screen wife Bree Turner added, “We’ve just always been very present and very appreciative and it’s just been a super fun ride.”
And because of that, David Giuntoli said, “It’s a gratitude season, not a funeral season.”