I can’t remember posting this one, so here goes; Executive Producer Jeff Davis discusses Teen Wolf‘s season four; mourning Allison, the time-jump, Mexico and more;
We think a character fans know and love, like Stiles, always make for the best villains. Are you at all nervous about trying to top that in season four? Do you feel pressure because Void Stiles worked so well?
Absolutely we feel pressure. I guess we’re not so concerned about topping ourselves as doing something different. That’s the best thing we can do, is to just tell an entertaining story again. We have a new central mystery this season and this season we’re doing something different in we’re not introducing a whole new mythology. We’re basing this mystery in something very personal actually, something that hits at the heart of all our main characters, Scott, Stiles and Lydia, and Derek, especially. This is going to be a big season for Derek. I think people are going to be surprised.
And season four is starting off international, with the gang in Mexico. Sadly, we assume it’s not for Spring Break.
I will tell you who they’re in search of though. It’s a mission to find and save Derek.
We knew the Carvers were leaving the show as their HBO pilot, The Leftovers, was picked up to series. But can you talk about the decision to kill Aiden, and not kill Ethan, but have him leave at the end of the finale?
Well, it was a creative decision, really, in the writers’ room. We felt like it shook things up for the show. We played with the redemption arc of the twins and for me, the twins have always been on the borderline of can they be redeemed or are theses bad guys? And to do one noble act as your dying gesture, to fight for what’s right, it felt like a good end for his character. And we had to keep Ethan around for the scene with Danny, of course. [Laughs.]
Obviously, the finale jumped right into the action following Allison’s death. What impact will her death have in the beginning of season four? Will there be a time jump to give the characters some time to mourn?
There’s a two-month time jump and you definitely see the repercussion it has on all the characters. The big issue we talk about in the writers’ room is how much we can really see of that. You write a TV show and you want it to be entertaining, but if you show too much of them mourning a death, the show gets less entertaining. You have to stick with the genre conventions and we set out to do a fun, horror show.
I don’t know if an audience wants to see the characters moping around for six episodes, you know? It gets a little tough. You want to mourn a character, but on TV, there’s only so much time you’re allowed to do that before an audience gets impatient. There are always going to be the people who say, ‘You didn’t give the character their due,’ and there are going to be other ones who say, ‘Can we get over this now and get back to the fun Teen Wolf?’
One of the things we’re trying to do is inject quite a bit of humor into the first few episodes, but the first episode does deal specifically with grief and with moving on. And it’s titled “The Dark Moon,” which in the lunar cycle is often considered the time period where people deal with grief and introspection.
Source: E! Online