The recent “To Protect and Serve” episode of “Grimm” was not only about Hank’s past and the possibility of putting an innocent man on death row. The eleventh episode in the second season of the supernatural series featured a Wesen that has a long history in the folk lore of the Algonquin people. The Wendigo has also appeared in popular works of fiction by authors like Algernon Blackwood and Stephen King. The cannibalistic creature has been featured on previous television series like “The X-Files,” “Charmed” and “Supernatural.”
The “Grimm” episode in which this creepy monster appeared opened with the following lines,
The beast was simply the
Call of the Wild personified…
which some natures hear
to their own destruction.
The long history of the Wendigo in native Algonquin culture as an evil spirit that could possess a human or a monster that humans could turn into featured prominently in the story of a man sitting on death row waiting to be executed. He was convicted of murder, although he insisted he was acting in self-defense. The arresting officer was Hank, who now that he knows what Nick can see as a Grimm, has doubts about the man’s guilt. The story revolves around finding evidence to clear Craig Ferren, the man about to be executed.
According to legend and the diary in Aunt Marie’s trailer, those that engaged in eating humans would turn into this terrifying creature with breath that smells like burnt flesh. Other attributes of this creature that appeared in “Pet Semetary” by Stephen King are needle-like teeth like fangs; great spiritual power; short, snow-white fur; an emaciated look; nails like long, curved claws; deep-set eyes; high-pitched voices and lips dripping with blood.
Although these creatures originally lived in caves, in modern times they favor homes with basements or large crawl spaces beneath the house. Their practice of storing the remains of their victims in these areas are what led Nick and Hank to discover evidence beneath the home of John Kreski. Kreski’s and his brother are the monsters Craig Ferren was defending himself against.
On the last episode of “Grimm” to air in 2012, Nick deals with a Wesen he is quite familiar with. Claire Coffee returns to Portland as the former Hexenbiest Adalind Schade. Nick will also be dealing with the information that Juliette has feelings for another man in the “Season of the Hexenbiest” episode.
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