Teen Wolf Spoilers

Teen Wolf Boss Previews Malia's 'Progressive' Arc in Final Season: 'She's a Wild Animal With Needs of Her Own'

Stiles may be stealing the focus of Teen Wolf‘s final season, but that doesn’t mean the remaining members of Scott’s pack have been — wait for it — forgotten.

“We really wanted to give Malia a lot to do this year,” executive producer Jeff Davis tells TVLine of Shelley Hennig’s character. “She’s one of our favorites. She’s fun, she’s funny and she’s not your typical teenage girl. Plus, Shelley is up for anything. She loves to work, and the crew absolutely adores her. I told my writers to make a list of everything we really wanted to do this season, and one of those things was to give Malia a really good storyline.”

As for Malia’s unenthusiastic hookup with Nathan (played by Teen Beach Movie‘s Ross Butler) last week, Davis has this to say:

“We wanted to see Malia as a bit of a player. She’s a wild animal, and she has needs of her own. What is she like without Stiles, without that relationship anymore? There were two characters we wanted to see not in a relationship this season, and that was Scott and Malia. It provides a nice new perspective on her and how she’s still learning things about how to act with humans in a human society.”

And then there’s Malia’s now-infamous nude scene from the season premiere. Davis says there was some debate in the writers’ room over whether Scott should have shielded his eyes until Malia — who just reverted back from being a full-on coyote — covered up, but Davis was adamantly against that.

“She’s a beautiful teenage girl, and she’s not ashamed of her body,” he says. “[The pack members] treat her completely normal. They’ve seen it before, and it’s not a big deal. I think that’s a progressive thing to show to the world.”

Your thoughts on Malia’s current path? Hopes as we continue the final season? Drop ’em all in a comment below.

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8 Comments
  1. Sem says:

    Give me all the Malia…that’s all I have to say. I’m excited to see what she gets in to this season because she’s by far my favorite character still on the show! Thumbs up to some good Malia stories!

  2. tina says:

    love Malia! She’s fun! I wouldn’t mind a Scott/Malia pairing in 6b

  3. Ella says:

    LOVE Malia. Hate that they’ve taken this direction with the Stalia relationship. It added so much to both characters and was one of my favourite things about the show. So much lovelier and more meaningful that this Stydia crap that hasn’t had any basis for 4 seasons.

    • Iamhurricane says:

      Yell yeah! Stalia is so much better. I also just love Malia’s character in general. So I’m super glad they will focus on her more and develop her character without a defining relationship. I hope they don’t put her in some crappy romantic arc later on the season. Please don’t put her with Scott (he’s like her big brother) and for the love of all things holy Not Theo!! (Being hot doesn’t fix that he’s a psychopath) I would really rather she be with Stiles :( but if she doesn’t get him then at least let her end the season happy in herself.

  4. Paola says:

    Give her the love she deserve!!! She deserves better than be connected to that dick of Stiles!

  5. Helen says:

    Yes more malia!!! Not that interested in the Stydia plot this season. More Malia & Scott please.

  6. Phoebe says:

    The whole Malia story arc s a farce from start to finish and an insult to the intelligence of the young audience. Turn her back into a Coywolf and get rid of her!! It makes far more sense than allowing a half educated girl to graduate High School and make a mockery of Californian educational standards/law.

    Unless otherwise specified, each course shall have a duration of one school year:
    Three courses in English
    Two courses in mathematics, including one year of Algebra I (EC Section 51224.5)
    Two courses in science, including biological and physical sciences
    Three courses in social studies, including United States history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a one-semester course in American government and civics, and a one-semester course in economics
    One course in visual or performing arts, foreign language, or commencing with the 2012-13 school year, career technical education. For the purpose of satisfying the minimum course requirement, a course in American Sign Language shall be deemed a course in foreign language
    Two courses in physical education, unless the pupil has been exempted pursuant to the provisions of EC Section 51241
    Other coursework adopted by the local governing board of the LEA

    • Regina Velazquez says:

      Uhm… it’s a tv show. Jeff said in an interview that he hoped the audience would be a little forgiving when it comes to Malia and school. They try to make it the most realistic way possible but you have to take in count THAT IT IS A TV SHOW (and she isn’t exactly the best student ever, she does have problems with school). They just want to keep her character in the show okay? So just chill.
      She’s an amazing character and her and Scott are the reason why I’m still watching Teen Wolf. I’m not interested at all in all the stydia plot.
      I just hope that the writers give Malia the exit she deserves. The exit of a truly amazing cvharacter that doesn’t deserve to be given some stupid love interest when she can just kick ass as an independent woman. I hope they keep her that way.