If Teen Wolf‘s midseason finale was the party, Tuesday’s premiere was the next-day cleanup — and man, was there a hell of a mess to sift through.
TVLine spoke with star Tyler Posey about the episode’s dark twists, as well as what’s still to come in Season 5B, but first, a quick recap:
After Parrish discovered Lydia lying unconscious in the woods, he brought her to the hospital, where her poor, unknowing mother had her relocated to Eichen House; Liam roped Mason into helping him search for an M.I.A. Hayden; Stiles managed to save Sheriff Stilinski in the nick of time by tracking down the chimera who poisoned him; and Argent, thanks to a call from Scott, returned to kick some Dread Doctor fanny.
Read on for our full Q&A with Posey, including what he loved — yes, loved — about Scott and Stiles’ little scuffle:
TVLINE | I feel like I say this a lot, but this premiere really found Scott at his lowest point.
My favorite part about this season has been getting Scott down to his lowest point. When we met Scott in Season 1, he was this angsty outcast, but he was also vulnerable. He was given this power he didn’t want, so he was bummed out all the time, but he grew into it and eventually become a leader. 5A brought him back to that vulnerable state — everything was ripped away from him — so he’s literally at rock bottom in 5B. He just came to from dying, so there are steps he’s going to need to take to pick himself back up.
TVLINE | So is 5B basically Scott’s journey back to where he used to be?
Yeah, that’s a big theme for Scott in 5B, the journey back to where he used to be. Only he’s not going to get back to where he was before all of this happened with Theo and the Dread Doctors, because he died last season. Not only did he die, but he accepted his death. He had decided that Beacon Hills might be a better place without him, and going through all of that really changes you. It gave Scott a different perspective, a darker perspective. He’s got a darker edge to him — I want to call it a “dark wisdom” — where he’s still the True Alpha, but he’s got some darkness around his heart. I think he’s becoming a better Scott McCall, one with a better understanding of how the world works.
TVLINE | Is a darker Scott something you want, both from as an actor and a producer?
Absolutely, and it’s not “dark” like he’s evil. He’s just less happy-go-lucky, which is difficult to explain. As a producer, I made the decision to take Scott in this direction without really consulting the writers. [Laughs] That’s kind of what I’ve done the last couple seasons. I hear Jeff Davis’ input, what he wants for Scott, and then I kind of do my own thing. I love this show so much and I have a lot of great ideas for my character.
TVLINE | Let’s talk about Scott’s fight with Stiles. How was that to shoot?
I think the only other time we’ve gotten physical like that is during the pilot. … Scott let Stiles attack him this time around because he’s stronger, so he can handle the pain. Shooting it was really fun. I love getting to do things that are totally out of character for us, especially with Dylan. But we hugged each other after every take, so it was great.
TVLINE | I love that Argent came back in the premiere. What’s he going to bring to the pack?
We’re all learning as we go, so we don’t really know what we’re doing, but Argent has been through the ringer. This is his life, and he’s been doing it a lot longer than us, so he’s developed so many skill-sets. He also grounds the pack; he’s the adult, the rational being. Plus, he’s got that bad-ass beard, and no one else in our pack can grow one. Dylan Sprayberry’s chest can grow one, though. [Laughs]
TVLINE | There are also some less-friendly faces coming back, like Deucalion and Gerard. Have they changed since we saw them last?
Gerard is the same old Gerard, with tricks up his sleeve and everything — but he’s still a charming old guy, nonetheless. Deucalion is a little different. You’re really not sure what his motives are. His storyline mostly involves Theo, so you’ll get to see two villains team up, which is really cool.
TVLINE | So, we’ve got them, we’ve got Theo and the Dread Doctors, plus we’ve got this “Beast” that’s coming. Who’s the real enemy in 5B?
The main enemy is definitely the Beast. It’s been cool because we had all of 5A to build the anticipation for this Beast of Gévaudan character. The Dread Doctors had been teasing it, trying to make a success, and they finally did. The Beast is, by far, the scariest antagonist of the season. The Dread Doctors and Theo are still threats, but they’re more in the shadows. Parrish is also kind of a nemesis; you’ll find out his connection to the Beast, and we don’t really know whether he’s good or bad. There’s also that band of chimeras, but Scott really isn’t intimidated by them, and neither is his pack.
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