Teen Wolf times two?!
We have one word for Teen Wolf fans: Spinoff. It seems as though every popular series is expanding their world these days, with The Vampire Diaries and Once Upon a Time's respective spinoffs set to debut this fall while Arrow and Supernatural are planning future spinoffs of their own. So what series could be next? Teen Wolf! During our chat with executive producer Jeff Davis after the epic summer season finale, he revealed what he envisions a Teen Wolf spinoff would look like.
Of course, we also managed to get some scoop on what fans can expect from the MTV hit series when it returns in January, including Derek's (Tyler Hoechlin) return, Scott's (Tyler Posey) new role as the True Alpha, Peter's (Ian Bohen) true intentions and the new mythology that will be introduced. Plus, is Jennifer (Haley Webb) really dead?!
Big Bad Plans: Though it seemed as if Peter killed Jennifer in the finale's last scene, Davis wouldn't confirm that she's actually dead, saying with a laugh, "t's hard to confirm anyone's really dead on the show. By the end of the season, we all loved her so much. Everybody was turning back to me, like, 'Can't we bring her back?' I'm like, 'I don't know, maybe!' You never know. She's a phenomenal actress and villain. I just loved Haley Webb and I think she knocked it out of the park."
And just because Peter's intentions of stealing Scott's new Alpha power was revealed, doesn't mean he's the big bad when the show returns in January. "He's not actually the big bad, the villain," Davis teases. "He's definitely an antagonist for the next season. Our heroes should watch out for him." He adds that fans can still expect to see Peter and Derek spent 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-muscles 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.)
Spinoff Potential: When asked why he wanted to introduce the Kitsune myth in the second half of the season, Davis reveals he always envisioned it being the jumping off point for a potential spinoff. "I wanted to do it for awhile. If there was ever, I shouldn't say this because who knows if there would be a chance of it, I wanted to do it as a spinoff, as its own show. Partly because I wanted to try doing a female character, our version of a Buffy, but the Kitsune myth is just such a good myth," he says. "It's got such interesting stories and it's such a huge myth, too. She's a shapshifter, but she can sometimes be a beautiful woman or she can be tree or she can shapeshift into a mountain. It's bizarre and they have all these powers; there's things like foxfire and it's the trickster spirit."
New Girl in Town: We exclusively reported that Arden Cho had landed the role of Kira, a new student who brings a new mythology to town, and Davis gushes, "Arden's awesome. We're so happy about her. She actually is a third degrees black belt, so she's going to be using some of those skills." And while he wouldn't say if Kira is the Kitsune, he teases that she definitely is something. "You'll find out what she is."
Hearts of Darkness: The first two episodes back, which work as a big two-parter, will death the "aftermath" of what Scott, Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) and Allison (Crystal Reed) did to save their parents. You know, the whole bringing darkness into their lives permanently thing. "We deal with what it means for all three of them in their lives, their relationships and their futures. I can say we definitely come back into the story with our characters deeply affected."
As for Scott's new role as True Alpha, fans can expect to see their hero struggle a bit in the new season. "You're going to see a crisis of confidence at first. I think it's fun ti play for this kind of story where he suddenly has new power and new responsibility, but he's still a teenage boy," Davis explains. "it's almost as if he's been promoted too soon to a job he may not be ready for and he's going to count on all of his friends to help him.
Don't Call it a Love Triangle: "I wouldn't call it a love triangle, actually," Davis says of the romance brewing between Scott's BFF Isaac (Daniel Sharman) and Scott's ex Allison, adding that the writers "wanted to attack that situation with a different perspective" that most teen dramas.
"Instead of the jealousy and the she's mine, she belongs to me, I wanted to actually approach it with, 'What if this is a breakup and what if this is real and what if my best friend starts dating her? How am I going to handle that maturely? How is that going to change our friendship?' I think that's something you don't see often in teen dramas, which is that people do breakup and they see their best friends date them. Maybe it's a better relationship; maybe they were always meant for each other. We want to explore that. It's definitely addressed quite a bit in some funny scenes in the first few episodes."
Teen Wolf returns Jan. 6 on MTV.