Collider spoke with ‘Teen Wolf’ Mastermind, Jeff Davis about Season Three, and there were several questions regarding Derek and Tyler.
Developed by Jeff Davis, the hit MTV drama series Teen Wolf is back for a super-sized, 24-episode third season. Season 3 finds teen werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and his friends Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), Lydia (Holland Roden) and Allison (Crystal Reed) in their junior year of high school, while having to deal with a new threat has arrived in Beacon Hills – a deadly pack of Alpha werewolves intent on bringing Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) into their fold, and who are clearly willing to stop at nothing to meet their goals.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, showrunner Jeff Davis talked about how the characters are different this season, who has grown and changed the most, the overall themes of the first half of Season 3, what made this season the right time to delve into Derek’s family history, just what Peter (Ian Bohen) is up to, developing the twin transformation, which actors like to ask the most questions about their character, the challenges of maintaining the show’s quality on their budget, thinking of the 24-episode season as two separate but interconnecting stories, and that they’re already planting seeds for a possible Season 4. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
What can you say about the overall story arc that you’re focusing on this season? Are there any specific themes that you’re exploring?
DAVIS: Well, the arc has to do with the temptation of power. This pack of Alphas have all gained their power through not so benevolent moves, and they’re gonna test a lot of people. We like to think about it in the writers’ room as a season about how you rise to power. A great quote from Winston Churchill is, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” It’s another way to say that great Stan Lee quite, which is, “With great power comes great responsibility.” The leader of the Alpha pack wants to turn Scott and Derek against each other.
You have the Scott and Stiles friendship, and then you have this trio of Derek, Isaac and Peter. How will that continue to cross paths?
DAVIS: You’ll see different team-ups happen throughout this season, which is really fun to play because you’re mixing different personalities and different conflicts also show up. You’ll see Isaac and Scott together. You’ll see Stiles and Peter, which is great. You’ll see Stiles and Derek, of course, and Derek and Scott. We always try to find those really good combinations of characters to see how the actors play off each other, in different ways.
Derek and Stiles have had some really funny, snarky moments with each other. Is that something you noticed, early on?
DAVIS: Oh, yeah! We knew about that, from the first season. We saw them together and we realized, “Wow, they’re really good together.” They’re funny. One’s the straight man and one’s the goof, and they can have this funny, abusive, hating relationship, where underneath you know that they don’t really hate each other. It’s fun to play that. There’s constant tension when they’re together.
What made this season the right season to delve into Derek’s family history?
DAVIS: I think it was partly the desire to round out his character. With someone this dark and brooding, you always ask questions. You want to know, “Why is he like this?” And the Hale family of werewolves is fascinating to me, especially the mother and the uncle, Peter. We don’t know anything about these characters. They’re just shadows in the past. So, it was nice to be able to put faces to their names.
Are there any actors in the cast who ask the most questions about their character and where their character is headed, and are there any actors in the cast who never want to know anything, at all?
DAVIS: There are some who like to be surprised. Tyler Posey doesn’t mind being surprised. Dylan [O’Brien] wants to know more, but I usually only give him hints. Crystal [Reed] loves to know more. She’s the kind of actor who likes to do her prep. But, I’m so secretive that they know I’ll only give out a few hints and pieces, here and there. Tyler Hoechlin, especially, wants to know everything. He would like to know what happens in Season 6, and I don’t even know what happens in Season 4.
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