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Derek Scoop From E!Online

Here are a couple of Derek-centric excerpts from Jeff Davis’ interview with E!

Big Bad Plans: … fans can still expect to see Peter and Derek spend a lot of time together.

“We’ve always called him an Iago to Derek’s Othello, so he’s certainly a manipulator,” he explains. “You’re going to find him with Derek quite often. Those two together are quite good. They’re almost like a buddy cop movie waiting to happen.”

A Wolf on a Mission: Yes Derek fans, that means you can expect to see the well-muscled werewolf return. You didn’t really think he was leaving the show for good, did you? Oh, you did? That’s so sweet. We remember our first TV show, too! “Derek has a very specific mission and he will return. As for when he returns and how, you’ll have to wait and see.” Davis confirms you will “see him on his journey” and not just arriving back in Beacon Hills. (FYI: The premiere picks up “only a few weeks” after the finale.) 

Source: E!Online

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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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