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'Grimm's' Silas Weir Mitchell talks Monroe's fate and Hexenbiestiality

NBC Grimm‘s winter premiere had fans hurling obscenities at their TV’s as they sat and watched helplessly while the Wesenrein kicked around fan favorite character Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell). Bloodied and forced to face the tribunal, Monroe is dangerously close to finding himself executed for his “impurities.”

We got the chance to chat with Mitchell about Monroe’s fate, the mindset of the Wesenrein psychos, and whether or not Monroe and Rosalee will ever go on a honeymoon.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: Last Friday’s episode was one of our favorite episodes yet. It was painful to watch Monroe, a character so warm and lovable, get knocked around, but we love the dark place the show went to.

SILAS WEIR MITCHELL: You have to do that. Look, we know it’s a supernatural, mythical show, but we try to make it as real and human as possible in order to counterbalance the monster stuff.

After seeing what the Wesenrein did to Terry, we can’t help but worry that they’ll do the same to Monroe. Is there really a point to the tribunal (the trial)? Is there anything Monroe could say to keep them from killing him?

No, but it’s one of those things where people who are murderous and deluded and racist, and people who thrive on hate, such as we see in the world today, need something on which to hang their despicable actions. People choose religion a lot of the times as a sort of justification for committing acts of murder. In the case of the show, I think it’s one of those types of situations where the perpetrators of heinous actions need some type of veil of justification, and the tribunal is that. It is the thinnest of reasons why you might actually do something to a person. “We’re not just gonna impale him—we’re gonna do it the proper way. We’re going to go through channels before we murder this person.”

Grimm can be a somewhat fun, lighthearted show, what with goblins being sedated by fruitcake and all, but we feel like with Rosalee and Monroe’s relationship, the show touches on something much more serious. Do you think their relationship is purposely meant to reflect struggles that couples in real life may face due to adversity?

Absolutely. I think one of the things we talked about, especially early on in the show—the idea behind what happens in the show and one of the foundational elements—is that this is the world we live in. That’s why I kind of don’t like to use the word supernatural, because really it’s not. Nick’s powers are supernatural, but the fact of the matter is, monsters are real. That’s the idea. And it’s not two different worlds we live in; there’s not one superhero like Superman or Batman who have these powers—it’s a guy dealing with real criminals who happen to be visible to him in their true nature.

When you get to Monroe and Rosalee, I would say absolutely that relationship is founded on real stuff and what real people go through. Because the show is meant to be about real life, and there just happens to be a reason for what happens in the world that we normal people don’t know about. It’s just that Nick does know about it. The forces that make empires rise and fall aren’t the forces you think they are. So, in a roundabout way, I do think that the Monroe-Rosalee interspecies thing and their struggles with [Monroe’s] parents is totally meant to be real. That’s absolutely what it’s about. It’s just that on Grimm you see it through a different lens.

The portrayal of those real-life struggles is what makes the show so relatable for fans. What about Monroe’s character in particular do you think resonates with the viewers so much?

I think in a lot of ways, Monroe is like an audience surrogate. Even though [Monroe’s] a wesen and not a “normie” like Hank, I feel like the humanity of Monroe is what’s interesting about him. Although he’s descendant of Blutbad, I feel like a lot of reactions to the world around [Monroe] are the reactions that normal people in the world would have. Even though [Monroe] is wesen, when Nick comes into his world, he’s not dealing with any of this type of stuff that [Nick’s] dealing with. I think there’s meant to be, in the writing, a relatability. I really think there’s a humanity and a truthfulness to Monroe’s experience that people in the audience, if they were in [Monroe’s] shoes, they would have similar responses to this madness. Every show has a character through which the audience looks, and in a lot of cases, it’s not the hero. It’s not Ulysses, it’s a character who’s watching Ulysses. I think Monroe is that for this show. And I think it’s intentional that we have someone who can help bridge the gap from the spectator into the [Grimm] world, because it’s a pretty nutty world.

This is a terrifying thought, but let’s pretend Monroe doesn’t make it out of this situation alive. What effect would that have on Rosalee?

I think Rosalee would just be completely devastated. She would. With what she’s been through in her life. I think it would be bad. I like to think that if Monroe doesn’t make it, then Rosalee is going to go on a bender for the ages and she might not pull out. She’s just gonna spiral.

Do you think Monroe and Rosalee will ever go on their honeymoon?

That’s a good question. They’re going to get as much as they can out of that one. They’re going to milk that one and then maybe it’ll pay off … we’ll see what happens.

Major things are going on right now with the Scooby gang. Wu knows the truth, Monroe’s life is in danger, and Juliette’s a Hexenbiest. Any spoilers you can give us about the second half of season 4?

I would say there will be a lot of “Hexenbiestiality.” And the Captain is a Zauberbiest, so it gets very tangled. More tangled than it’s ever been, particularly in relationship to the Captain. He starts to play a major role. The Hexenbiest thing starts to take center stage for a while.

Grimm airs Fridays at 9/8C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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