As the Teen Wolf creator and cast took to the stage at PaleyFest Wednesday, one person was conspicuously absent -- Tyler Hoechlin. The same day, MTV announced the popular actor who plays the brooding werewolf Derek Hale will be downgraded from series regular in season five, although creator Jeff Davis assured fans, "We have not seen the last of Derek Hale." Davis said the idea came from Hoechlin, who "wanted to do new things... He wanted to do other things that scare him."
Instead, season five of Teen Wolf will focus attention on the actual teens of Beacon Hills. As the leads head into their senior year of high school, Davis says, the season is "all about the fear of losing your friends after graduation."
Davis teased relationship spoilers for season five, but refused to name names. Will Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) find love this season, a fan asks? "She may not end up with the person you think she'll end up with... right now." Not satisfied, the moderator pressed Davis for details on the Lydia-Stiles situation, but he refused to be nailed down. "Who knows where that relationship will go," he said, "but whatever happens, we know they make great friends."
But Davis didn't want to focus too much on relationships, as he reinforced his view that Scott and Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) are the core of the show. "I've always said the real romance of the show is a bromance," he said. Posey and O'Brien, sitting next to each other, brought that message home over and over through the night. Posey said, of O'Brien, "He and I have a bond I've never had with anyone who's not my family before." As if to prove the point, when asked what other show they would like to see their character on, Posey and O'Brien shouted in unison, "Friends!" Then, they devolved into disbelieving laughter. "We have not talked about that," O'Brien claimed.
In a surprise appearance, Crystal Reed (Allison Argent) joined the cast on stage. She spoke about her character's death at the end of season three. "I felt like I lost a part of myself when I lost her," she said, eliciting audible emotion from the crowd. Davis appeared to hedge the decision to kill Allison. "At a certain point, you want to do something new and different, and then you see your favorite character die onscreen and you think, was that a good idea?" Despite his second-guessing, Davis made no indication that Allison may be returning anytime soon.
When asked if he'll ever reveal Stiles' true first name, Davis smiled wryly and suggested we may see it written down on a piece of paper -- but not until the final shot of the show. "The writing room knows the first letter and they're trying to get it out of me," he said. Then, cryptically, he added, "It's a real name, but I have to look at it to remember how to spell it." Which should be enough of a clue to keep fan's heads spinning for a while.
Teen Wolf returns in June.
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