ONTD chatted with Teen Wolf’s executive producer Jeff Davis about season four’s upcoming mini-time jump, which will give characters time to mourn, but not forget, Allison’s (Crystal Reed) heartbreaking death in the penultimate episode, and how the show plans to top Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) in the villain department. Plus, he revealed who’s missing in the beginning of the season…
We think a character fans know and love, like Stiles, always make for the best villains. Are you at all nervous about trying to top that in season four? Do you feel pressure because Void Stiles worked so well?
Absolutely we feel pressure. I guess we’re not so concerned about topping ourselves as doing something different. That’s the best thing we can do, is to just tell an entertaining story again. We have a new central mystery this season and this season we’re doing something different in we’re not introducing a whole new mythology. We’re basing this mystery in something very personal actually, something that hits at the heart of all our main characters, Scott, Stiles and Lydia, and Derek, especially. This is going to be a big season for Derek. I think people are going to be surprised.
Obviously, the finale jumped right into the action following Allison’s death. What impact will her death have in the beginning of season four? Will there be a time jump to give the characters some time to mourn?
There’s a two-month time jump and you definitely see the repercussion it has on all the characters. The big issue we talk about in the writers’ room is how much we can really see of that. You write a TV show and you want it to be entertaining, but if you show too much of them mourning a death, the show gets less entertaining. You have to stick with the genre conventions and we set out to do a fun, horror show.
Scott has experience a lot of loss this season, not just Allison, but also two members of his pack. And now Isaac has left the pack, too. Will we see him struggle a bit?
It’s definitely tough for him at the beginning of the season, but we’re going to see him solidifying a new kind of pack. New issues, and a new problem arise that start to take their attention immediately.
Finally, while season three was expanded to 24 episodes, season four was picked up for 12 episodes. Did you go to MTV and ask to bring the order back down to 12, like it was for seasons 1 and 2?
I said we have to go back down to 12. There are two reasons: One is I need a break, for my own sanity, and another is I believe actors shou;d have a chance to go explore other creative opportunities. To have 12 episodes is why creators and actors go to cable, because it allows you to go off and do movies. Did you see the trailer for The Maze Runner?! It looks awesome. I would love for the actors to go off and be able to do other creative things and then they come back to Teen Wolf and they’re renewed and they can’t wait to jump back in again.
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