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TV Fanatic Talks With Jeff Davis About Derek

Jim Halterman spoke with Jeff Davis about the Season 3 Summer finale and what we can look forward to when the Season returns in January. This is what Jeff had to say about Derek.

TVF: Tell me if I’m wrong but Derek had to actually learn from Scott since Scott as the true Alpha didn’t kill.

JD: Exactly. Somebody said to me once a long time ago about how as you grow you should always be learning and how sometimes someone far younger than you can teach you more than somebody older and I think that’s what Scott does. He teaches Derek compassion again.

Source: TV Fanatic

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Tyler Chats With The Backlot About Teen Wolf Summer Finale

The Backlot has a great interview with Tyler and Jeff Davis about the Season 3 Summer finale. 

TheBacklot: Derek’s always been kind of a lone wolf, so to speak, but this season he had his sister, Peter and also Scott and the gang. How do you think that has changed him?

Tyler Hoechlin: I think going back all the way to season one when he really was kind of a lone wolf he was so focused on his one goal, which was revenge and now I think it has kind of turned to where he’s looking at different goals now. I think he wants to be the lone wolf. I think he works well that way but I am not sure that is exactly what he wants, but [in] season 3, I feel like it had kind of taken a toll on him. He felt a lot of pressure, just having that many people around him and kind of counting on him.

TBL:I loved the final Jennifer vs Deucalion with Scott and Derek by their sides. Even how Deucalion said, ‘it’s like brother against brother.’

Jeff Davis:  It’s funny because Gideon loved that line. ‘How very American’ and he did it perfectly. It’s always fun to see enemies and certain people become allies out of necessity because of the danger in the moment and I think that adds to the drama.

TBL: Do you think the relationship with Jennifer kind of threw Derek off his game a little bit, whereas maybe he was making choices that he normally wouldn’t?

TH: Yeah. I think at any time you have something like that, I mean it could be a great thing where things go well, and when they don’t, you kind of look back and realize it was a bit of a distraction. So, I guess he was blinded by it. I don’t know if he would have picked up on it had he not been with her, but I definitely think that, you know, those feelings, you know, love is blind, and that can happen to you.

TBL: Scott and Derek’s journey has been just as important as any others. Since Derek leaves at the end, does that signify that Scott is going to be on his own? No longer leaning on Derek?

JD: He certainly is going to be alone for a little bit and he needs to be a leader of his own pack. Derek, in his own way, has ended a chapter here. For me, the theme of Derek for this season was the idea that his power is truly to endure. You can throw anything at him – and that’s why we put the flashbacks in – you can throw anything at Derek and he will survive. He endures. He always endures and I think he really becomes a hero in this last episode.

And when he says, No, he won’t kill Deucalion it seems like such a good moment for the character. He’s a predator but he doesn’t have to be a killer. His mother’s words, which he repeated to Scott, actually, in the first season. It feels like we’re ending a chapter of his story as well and he now has the capacity to put aside his moral ambiguity and become a true hero in a way. Where Scott had to learn how to become a true Alpha, Derek had to learn and become a true hero.

TBL: With the Jennifer/Kali backstory, I couldn’t help but think that maybe they were lovers in the past.

JD: That was written into it. We wanted to keep it a little bit ambiguous and allow some things. I don’t like answering all the questions and I like keeping some ambiguity to it. I loved the Breaking Bad story when we thought Gus’s business partner was his lover and I like the fact that they didn’t confirm it for us. It’s interesting to play with those things. Jennifer is certainly deeply in love with Derek but she could just as easily have been in love with Kali, as well.

TBL: Was there ever any talk about killing off the parents or did you always know that our group would save them?

JD: We never talked about killing them. I love those guys but Melissa Ponzio (Scott’s mother) was certain that she was going to die, which shocked me, actually. The original plan was to have Deucalion die and, actually, to have the twins die but we started liking the twins so much that we were trying to figure out if they could come back. Some of these decisions, to be honest, are made for pure business reasons. Sometimes you kill people off because you know you’re never going to get them back. Sometimes we can be certain that they’ll come back for maybe an episode.

TBL: We see them holding hands together at the end but are Ethan and Danny going to be together for awhile?

JD: We have some very interesting stuff [in 3B]. Their relationship definitely evolves and you begin to see some dramatic conflict grow out of it, yes. I would not give up on that. I’m very happy with that scene in the motel [in episode 306] and the way it came out. I thought they had real chemistry, a spark. That last moment [in the finale] when they’re holding hands in the hallway…which is a scene I directed. Sometimes on the shoots we have to split up second unit work and that was one of the scenes it was nice to direct in the finale. I remember panning from Lydia and Aiden to Ethan and Danny and I was selling it as completely normal for the world.

Teen Wolf returns with the second half of Season 3 in January on MTV.

Source: The Backlot

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EW talks with Jeff Davis

Entertainment Weekly gives us more scoop on Season 3b from Jeff Davis. 

On Derek’s departure:
JEFF DAVIS: “He’s gone for a specific reason and he’s gone to a specific place. The reasons why come out in the first three episodes [of the second half of the season]. It’s a fun story. So he’s got some secrets that he needs to deal with and some questions as well. Derek’s story…I like to talk about Derek’s arc in 3A as one of endurance. Derek is the kind of guy who can endure. He will always endure. He can take any kind of pain punishment and torture and survive. And that’s kind of his biggest superpower. And now that he has, has he learned how to become a hero. I’ve said before, Scott needs to learn how to become a true Alpha and Derek has to learn how to become a true hero.”

On the Peter Hale twist
“It’s funny because whenever we start a season we always seem to know what the final scene is going to be. From all three seasons, I knew what the last scene was going to be for a long time. In fact, the last scene of the first season was suppose to be Derek opening his teeth wide to give Jackson a bite, but we liked Allison and Scott sitting up on the roof so much that we put that as the last scene instead. But in the script it was different. And we knew this particular scene was coming for a long time because we always saw Peter as the kind of Iago to Derek’s Othello. He’s kind of a master manipulator and very Machiavellian. He wants to reclaim the throne. He wants to get his power back. He wants his dignity and his pride back. So we’re going to see how he works his mind games in the next half of season 3….I think he’s got a good plan ahead. But he’s not necessarily the big bad in the [second half] of the season. He’s someone who’s always there to take advantage of the situation. So he’s definitely an antagonist but we’re going to have some other villains next season who are quite different from villains we’ve seen before.

On Beacon Hills becoming a beacon for evil:
“We walked a little bit about the new creature and new mythology at Comic-Con — the Kitsune myth from Japanese mythology. So that’s going to become a big issue, especially revolving around a new character, Kira, played by Arden Cho. So I think there’s going to be a lot of fun stuff this season.”

On Scott becoming an Alpha: 
“I go back to movies I loved as a kid. And to me, he’s kind of like the boxer who just won the championship belt. Can he keep it? Are there other contenders our there? Does he lose the Eye of the Tiger like Rocky did at a certain point? You know, he’s going to have a crisis of confidence, and he’s also going to learn that this is a power and level of responsibility that’s not easy for a high school teenager, specifically. So he’s going to have to trust, say, the twins and allow them to help — or push them away. He’s going to have to figure out the roles of his friends and his pack — people like Isaac, Allison and Stiles and Lydia. In a way, we’ve build a pack that is both human and supernatural. So I think it’s kind of a cool story to tell, especially in high school where everyone is essentially looking for their group. An this is one that’s very all-inclusive.”

On Aiden and Lydia: 
“Aiden and Lydia are definitely going to find their relationship to be complicated as well because she understands that he was essentially one of the bad guys. And he wants to be with her and wants to be one of the good guys, and she has to learn that he needs to earn that place. Meanwhile, Lydia is becoming a hero in her own right, with the capacity to save people’s lives. All Aiden has ever done is damage. He’s death and destruction. So he’s going to have to redeem himself before he earns anything more than a physical relationship from her.”

On the first episode back — and poor Stiles
“The first episode deals with the repercussions of what they’ve done in essentially bringing power back to Beacon Hills. And they’re all dealing with it in their different ways. What you’re going to see with Stiles is that he’s having a lot of trouble sleeping. He becomes a bit of a tortured soul in the first part of [season 3B]. They’re all feeling the effects and none of them are good. It’s going to be a difficult road for some of our characters.”

On Scott’s dad sticking around: 
“His dad will definitely cause a lot of trouble. His dad is, actually, in a way, one of the biggest antagonists this season. It’s his search for the truth and his search for why there are so many murders and terrible things happening in this town. So he’s going to get in the way quite a bit.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Jeff Davis Answers Some Burning Questions About Season 3b

ETOnline posted a short interview with Jeff Davis after the stellar summer finale last night where he answered a few burning questions about what we can expect when the show returns in  January for the winter season.  Thankfully, he addressed Derek’s fate, since we were all left worrying when Derek left Beacon Hills with Cora at the end of the episode. 

ETonline: The episode ended with Peter declaring his Alpha status. Has he been one all along?
Jeff Davis: Actually, it’s in his own mind. What he’s doing is claiming his rightful place at the throne. He’s declaring his intent to get that power back, so he’s kind of a master manipulator — the Iago to Derek’s Othello, which is how we plotted this whole season. We wanted to take Derek to a dark place, keep hammering him down, so Peter could rise up on his back and you’d see his machinations come to play. It’s fun to play that drama, and to play that Machiavellian maneuvering. Peter is mostly intent on gaining his pride and status back.

ETonline: So will Peter be the winter season’s big bad?
Davis: I wouldn’t call him the big bad, but he is certainly an antagonist.

ETonline: Jennifer implied that Peter would be going after Scott’s Alpha status. Will he?
Davis: Peter may find that Scott is a more powerful ally and needs him … or he may go after him. I like the idea that he might go after Scott. That remains to be seen.

ETonline: You also said that Lydia’s relationship with Peter will be a big part of the winter season. How so?
Davis: Oh yeah! You’re going to find out a lot of secrets about their relationship, what Peter’s bite actually meant for Lydia, and how they’re connected. There’s a lot left to explore there, but the writers were talking about where to place that story when we were breaking the summer season, which needed to focus on Derek and Scott, so we played this one to the side for a bit so we can pay more attention to it in the winter season. Right now, we’re breaking an episode that deals with their relationship head on, and I think fans are going to love it.

ETonline: Speaking of Lydia, now that we know she’s a banshee, what’s next?
Davis: You’ll see her learn how to control it, find out what it means to actually be a banshee and how the scream plays into it. It’s a little bit of X-Men/superhero stuff, but we’re going to keep it grounded within the context of our world.

ETonline: Does this also allow for you guys to have Lydia working alongside Scott, Allison and the group to solve all the upcoming mysteries?
Davis: Yeah, absolutely. And it’s going to create difficulties between Lydia and Aiden because she’s going to see herself as one of the good guys; someone who can do something good with her powers, whereas Aiden has typically been bad. She’s going to say to him, “I’m a good guy, you’re a bad guy and I don’t think I should be with you.” That’s a big conflict for her — especially once she becomes more powerful.

ETonline: What will Aiden and Ethan’s role in the winter season be now that they have no pack and no real reason to be in Beacon Hills?
Davis: They’re going to need a new pack. One of the difficulties is they don’t have a good reputation, so they are going to be in need of protection, which will lead them to seek out the help of Scott and Lydia.

ETonline: We also saw Ethan and Danny holding hands in the closing moments — what does the future hold for their relationship?
Davis: Their relationship will certainly evolve, and it starts to affect everything. I can say that it may not end happily for one of them.

ETonline: That closing shot — which paired off Lydia and Aiden and Danny and Ethan — also implied Isaac and Allison would be getting more serious next year. 
Davis: They’re going to be feeling it out for a few episodes. They won’t rush into anything; we have some funny scenes in the first few episodes … before we bring you into the dark. What I loved about this ending is that in high school, you do have different kinds of relationships. You break up, you get back together, you date other people — but the constant is your friends, and Scott will always have Stiles, so I liked that we got to have that moment in the end. Yes, Scott is single, but he’s still got his friends and the people he loves are still in his life, it’s just in a different way now.

ETonline: I can’t imagine Isaac living with Scott while dating his ex is particularly comfortable …
Davis: It’s going to be impossible, and it’s addressed right in the first episode through some funny scenes.

ETonline: At the same time, Scott will obviously be busy. Does being an Alpha change him?
Davis: Quite a bit. You’re going to see, over the first few episodes, Scott struggling with his new identity. He’s confident in his werewolf abilities, but, sort of, back to being a normal teenager in high school, which is a strange process for him. And he’ll lose his confidence — we’re working on a great character arc for him that will show all those progressions.

ETonline: Derek left town in the finale. Why?
Davis: Well, I love great entrances [and] I love people returning. But he’s actually going off on a separate mission. Derek goes to get something — something that is particularly important to his family.

ETonline: At Comic-Con you revealed the winter season will involve a kitsune — a shapeshifting trickster fox. What else can you say?
Davis: That’s going to be very, very important. Without saying too much, there are some new monsters coming into the fold of Beacon Hills and one of the big mysteries that runs throughout the winter season is their purpose for being there. We’re excited to tell this new story, and I hope the fans like it because we’re excited about it.

ETonline: Will there be a time jump?
Davis: Only a few weeks. I will also say that the first episodes are a two-parter that act as one story. Then, the next two episodes revolve around Halloween and the night before Halloween: Hell Night, which is sometimes called Mischief Night — all I will say is, be afraid, be very afraid.

Teen Wolf returns January 6, 2014 to MTV.

Source: ETOnline

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Interview with Aced Magazine

Here are a couple of questions asked of Tyler from Aced Magazine’s interview during Comic Con. 

What’s it like wearing wolf make up and seeing yourself in the mirror?

Tyler Hoechlin: It’s the most amazing journey in the world. I’ve said from the beginning that playing a wolf is a really bizarre experience. You look in the mirror and you don’t see your own face—it’s kind of cool. But then you go on set and you growl and snarl and do these crazy things; it’s ridiculous, really. You kind of lose that sense of self and judgment that comes along with it, so you’re not worried about looking like an idiot or about looking dumb. You can’t even recognize yourself in the mirror, but that’s the process.  The makeup is its own monster. They’ve got it down to a science but it still takes two and half hours to put on the makeup.

Derek is having a real bad season so far. Will things improve for him?

Tyler H: I think at this point Derek is at his absolute bottom. Seeing someone he was responsible for literally die in his hands, it’s just such a wake-up call. Erica’s death was its own thing, in that it happened far removed from him, and how it happened or when it happened was never really answered. But with Boyd’s death being so “in his face,” the weight of what he’s responsible for now, it’s really starting to tear him apart and he’s beginning to see what a mess he’s gotten himself into. I’m hoping in the next few episodes, we can find a way to turn it around and have him leave some kind of good impact on someone’s life. The flashback episode answers a lot of questions and provides insights into Eric’s past and why he is the way he is.

Source: Aced