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Grimm’s David Giuntoli Talks Horned Santas, Grimm’s New Big Bad & More

By on December 10, 2013
David Giuntoli. Photo by NBC – © 2013 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

David Giuntoli. Photo by NBC – © 2013 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

“Who knew Santa had horns?” laughs David Giuntoli when summarizing Grimm’s upcoming holiday special “12 Days of Krampus.”

NBC is squeezing in a double dose of the dark fantasy drama this week before the show heads into a brief hiatus.

Giuntoli hopped on the phone with ScreenSpy and assembled press this week to tease what’s ahead, both this week and over the season to come.

“The thing that throws a curve ball into whatever the audience is expecting is good for the show,” reflects the Grimm star on the show’s direction. “As the show grows, so does the character of Nick. We are taking other myths and folklore and stories that have been told and putting the little Grimm spin behind them now. The creatures get more difficult and more difficult to deal with. Our show’s much like Mario Brothers. Every level, they just get stronger, and stronger, and stronger, so obviously in Season 3 I’m dealing with some over-the-top, resilient ruthless Wesen.”

Friday’s “12 Days of Krampus” sees Nick coming face to face with a European fairytale concerning a bad Santa who not only punishes, but then eats, naughty children. When Portland’s juvenile delinquents start to go missing in the run up to the Christmas season, Nick finds himself struggling to learn more about an ancient and mostly disregarded story used to scare Wesen children that might just be true.

“Krampus is pretty wild,” laughs Giuntoli. “That guy! When I walked onto set and I saw the actor …  First of all, we hired a gigantic guy to play this character. And then when I saw him as Santa with these horns, I actually had like a visceral reaction to him. I was kind of frightened in a way. It was a disturbing thing! We ruin Christmas for everybody and it’s gory and it’s wonderful.”

Derek Mears as Krampus -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Derek Mears as Krampus — (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

But Wesen of the week aren’t the only creatures Nick will find himself facing over the course of the season ahead. With the Royals storyline set to heat up this week (and continuing into January), the battle for power has just begun. We’re curious to know if the season ahead will see one Big Bad emerging to eclipse the others.

“The writers have done a very good job of this – what I like to call the slow reveal,” says Giuntoli. “Coming towards the end of the mid-season,  we still have probably two or three contenders for the villain. We have kind of a new character that emerges who is one of the greater villains that we’re going to have on the show.”

Giuntoli is of course referring to Alexis Denisof’s ruthless Prince Viktor, who will put in an appearance (and scare Claire Coffee’s Adalind like we’ve never seen her scared before) this Friday. “[Viktor] wants to get me and access to me. And, he comes very close very soon!”

“But,” notes Giuntoli. “I still place the Captain [Sasha Roiz] as a possible villain, and I’d definitely rank Adalind as a villain.”

Giuntoli also touched on the notion of trouble in paradise between Nick and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) over Monroe’s continued involvement and the subsequent dangers of being a Grimm’s go-to-Blutbad. Is Nick about to lose his wingman?

“You’ll see some wavering, I’ll say that,” admits Giuntoli. “I don’t want to say I lose him all together. But things are starting to get questioned, you know? Is Nick using Monroe? I just shot an episode where that’s like the central theme, and there’s a big falling out between Monroe and I. And it’s great because am I using Monroe? And in the episode that’s what I ask. I’m sitting with Juliet. I’m like, “I don’t know. He’s right. I think he’s right.” You know?, So I think it’s kind of cool that this stuff’s coming to the surface in Season 3.”

Catch Grimm’s double feature “Cold Blooded” (Nick discovers a new weapon. David Giuntoli tells us it’s his new favourite), Friday Dec. 13 at 9 pm ET, followed by “12 Days of Krampus” (“We just ruin it. We just ruin Christmas for everybody!”) at 10 pm ET.

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