It looks like things could get pretty hairy for Sergeant Drew Wu in the final season of Grimm.
Our favorite sardonic sergeant has for most of the series remained, as star Reggie Lee often describes, an “every man.” One of the series only remaining ‘regular’ humans, Wu has served as a grounding character in this world of dark fantasy. But in a city of monsters and magic, nothing is ever really safe. As we saw during season five, that included the fate of Wu’s humanity.
Season three saw the sergeant come face to face with the world of Wesen, but in one of the series’ biggest twists, last spring he unexpectedly joined their ranks. After being scratched by a lycanthrope, Wu began having odd dreams and at one point, even morphed to and from some pre-human creature. Wu’s affliction isn’t like the other Butblads of the series, however. In the universe of Grimm, lycanthropes suffer from a virus that puts them in a weird inbetween world of Wesen and human. It’s unlike anything anyone has ever seen before, raising the dramatic stakes for Wu and the rest of the Portland crew.
Season six will undoubtedly explore how Sgt. Wu grapples with his developing condition, but what else can fans of the NBC show expect? ScreenSpy sat down with Grimm star Reggie Lee at this year’s DragonCon for an exclusive look at what’s to come for the Portland police officer, and what he’ll miss most about working on the hit show.
ScreenSpy: So we found out something really big last season.
Reggie Lee: What?
ScreenSpy: A character that we thought wasn’t going to be a creature became a creature! How far ahead did you actually know that that was going to happen?
Reggie Lee: Well we knew that I got scratched, right? Beyond that, these guys write pretty organically. So they’re like ‘Hmm… a scratch. What is that going to do?’ The next time he gets anything going on is the next full moon which takes a month, so obviously they had me go through all these dreams and whatnot, things that I was seeing in my bathroom. I knew maybe two episodes ahead and that’s because they don’t write very far ahead.
ScreenSpy: Did you think that this might happen to you? You had been a human for so long.
Reggie Lee: I never thought in my wildest dreams — well, first of all, the finding out stuff. They didn’t really plan on doing that until season five and it happened at the end of season three. That was a huge fan reaction that was like ‘Okay, let’s move forward.’ And then this whole thing… never! I mean, Hank and I were always the ones that were like ‘Hey, yo, we’re like the real people.’ And you know, I’ve always felt kind of like the every man of the show. Like that person that relates to how you would truly react when you see a monster. And then to be this… The great thing about it is I got to truly imagine outside the box. Not that I wasn’t already imagining outside the box by going ‘Oh, there are creatures all around me.’ But just to ask how do I deal with this in my head psychologically. And then the whole thing with finding out I was like ‘Oh s***! Are they going to kill me?’ You know, because everyone thinks the darkest thing first. Am I going to go to the dark side, am I going to be on the good side?
ScreenSpy: It’s your turn. It’s like the thing that The Walking Dead does where it makes you extremely important right before it kills you.
Reggie Lee: I’m not sure I’d ever want to be on Walking Dead. It’s one of those things where you understand that you could be killed at any moment.
ScreenSpy: I don’t think you’re going to get killed. Or are you going to be killed? You guys do have a shortened season…
Reggie Lee: Well we are already on season six so who knows? Who knows what happens now.
ScreenSpy: You can’t make it this long and die.
Reggie Lee: It’s so funny. You know, with the whole diversity issue at the beginning it was like ‘Don’t kill the Asian or the black guy.’ Don’t do that. But you know, it’s interesting. With this all coming up now, we’ve had this conversation going from the first season. Both Russell and I, we always talk about the whole minority issue. To specifically have the really great storyline that I’ve had, I give them full credit. It’s been a blast. But finding out about the turn, I was kind of fearful of that whole thing. I kept going, ‘He’s been a cop his whole life and that’s kind of in his blood and that’s what he’s going to do good.’ But as you saw, Juliette did this whole turn and she went to the dark side.
ScreenSpy: She did come around though. And no death.
Reggie Lee: They have been known to keep the family together, so we’ll see.
The full interview first appeared at ScreenSpy on September 6, 2016.