With the first Moonday of Season 4 just three sleeps away, TVLine is sending you into your final Teen Wolf-less weekend with a whole mess of scoop to stuff into your pillow — straight from the mouth of executive producer Jeff Davis.
Below, Davis previews the “humor,” “fun” and “adventure” of the upcoming season — premiering June 23 at 10/9c on MTV — and clears up a few misunderstandings about the ladies of Beacon Hills.
TVLINE | In Episode 3, Coach refers to this as a “rebuilding season” for the lacrosse team. Is that how you feel about the show?
In a way, definitely. I think this season is quite a bit of going back to our roots with its sense of humor, sense of fun and sense of adventure. It got pretty dark in 3B, so we really wanted to lighten things up, and bring in some new romance and new characters for everyone to worry about. It’s kind of an amazing thing to see these kids grow up on screen; it’s not something I’ve experienced before as a producer. You want to give them new challenges, so this is a rebuilding season, definitely.
TVLINE | When characters have left in the past, like Jackson, they were explained away and quickly forgotten. With Allison, will her departure be felt this season?
Yes. The thing about that is that Crystal [Reed] came to us early on enough that we were prepared for it. With Jackson, we weren’t really prepared for Colton to leave. When this happens, we often find ourselves scrambling to come up with an explanation, or to write people out in a quick enough way that we don’t shine too big a light on it. But with Crystal, she was very professional and gave us plenty of time to plot a new exit. You see the repercussion of that this season. You see how these kids have matured, how a death like that really forces them to grow up. That’s one of the reasons why we’re bringing in some new freshmen characters. As our teenagers — like Scott and Stiles and Lydia — mature and become adults, we wanted to bring new teenagers in for them to play against and get that youthful perspective again.
TVLINE | You mentioned Lydia, who learns more about her banshee powers in the premiere. Will that continue throughout the season?
Oh, yes. Lydia’s a very important character this season, and we actually learn a lot about her history, and her family. Her banshee abilities are crucial to this season. You’ll see her sort of mastering them now as she learns how to trigger them. It’s an interesting thing to see play out on screen, because it’s something I’ve never seen. Banshees, in folklore and whatnot, usually aren’t helpful at all. They’re the wailing women, almost villainous. So it’s great to see her becoming a hero in her own right. And she’s such a great actress; we can give her anything to play. She does comedy, drama and romance equally well — but the one spoiler I can give for her is that we pull back quite a bit on romance for her. As she’s exploring her abilities and dealing with the death of her best friend, romance takes a back seat.
TVLINE | I’ve noticed that fans are, shall we say, “hesitant” to embrace Malia. Why do you think that is, and what can you say to convince them otherwise?
I understand it completely. She’s entering the show in a big way, and in a very quick way, whereas other characters were introduced more slowly and casually. I felt we did a great job introducing Kira and building her character up. I understand the fans’ suspicion and hesitation, but I ask that they give her a chance, especially because Shelley Hennig is such a great actor. She’s a total pro, and I think the fans might be surprised by how much they like her. And if they don’t … then we’ll see. [Laughs] We give her a lot to do, and that’s not an easy character to play. Malia is someone who’s been toughened by her experiences and who has to adapt very quickly to being in high school. One of the great things about Scott and is pack is that they accept someone new wholeheartedly without reservation. Almost immediately, she’s one of them, which means she’s part of them. So if she’s good enough for Scott and Stiles, hopefully the fans will like her, too.
TVLINE | It’s clear Malia has a close connection to Stiles. What can you say about their journey together, romantically or otherwise, in Season 4?
It’s definitely romantic, but it’s not going to be easy. Stiles is the kind of guy who’s never really had a girlfriend, and she’s still got a bit of a wild creature in her, so they don’t really know what they’re doing. They know they’re attracted to each other, but once they start trying to put a label on it, things get more complicated. Dylan and Shelley have great chemistry together, and they’re funny together. I think people are really going to find that Shelley’s really funny.
TVLINE | And then there’s Kate. She’s back, but what does she really want?
That’s one of the season’s central mysteries, and one of the cool things about Kate is that she’s still learning about herself. The Berserkers [new enemies this season] are in her control, but not even she knows why. They’re protective of her, and they essentially do her bidding. But Kate’s real motivation has always been her family, and she believes she’s still part of the family, which is the most important thing to her. She wants to get Chris [Argent] back on her side, and she’ll do anything to make that happen.
We’ll have more Teen Wolf scoop — including the skinny on Scott, Derek and the newbies — next week, but for now, let’s spend the weekend mulling over Davis’ words above. Are you excited for Lydia, the super-banshee? Are you willing to give Malia a chance? And what are you hoping to get out of Kate’s return to Beacon Hills? Drop a comment with your thoughts and theories below.