If you thought Jan. 6 would arrive without me writing a post in anticipation of Teen Wolf’s winter premiere, you thought wrong. Teen Wolf season 3B is only 19 days away and all the promotional media leading up to the premiere has got me more excited than ever. I’m actually a bit worried because I now have only 19 days–3 weekends–left to re-watch seasons 1, 2, and 3A. That’s barely any time at all! But even as I scramble to watch all 36 episodes of Teen Wolf rather than go to holiday parties or spend time with my family (just kidding! I’ll make them watch with me,) I can’t wait for MTV’s supernatural drama to premiere. It’s one of my favorite shows and I’m thankful–as I’m sure many other fans are–that we’re even getting a winter season this year.
When last we left Beacon Hills, Scott, Stiles, and Allison had performed a dark ritual tying them to the nemeton in order to find their parents, who had been captured by the Durach/Jennifer Blake. Scott had become a True Alpha, which means he became an alpha by being a really good person rather than killing another alpha. Scott beat Deucalion, who’s pack of alphas had been either killed or disbanded. Derek gave up his alpha status to save his sister, Cora, then left town with her to get away from Beacon Hills. In one of the biggest cliffhangers of season 3A, Peter Hale killed the Durach on the nemeton and shouted, “I AM THE ALPHA! I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE ALPHA!” (Yikes.) However, Scott and his friends were happy. Though if there’s one thing I know about Teen Wolf, that won’t last long. So let’s talk about Teen Wolf 3B.
We’ll get to the big casting news a little bit later, but first for some of the smaller roles/characters that will debut in 3B. Ryan Kelley is joining the show as Deputy Sheriff Parrish, following former Deputy Sheriff Tara Graham’s demise at the hands of the Durach in 3A. According to Deadline Deputy Parrish will help Sheriff Stilinski figure out the mysterious paranormal occurrences in Beacon Hills. Does that mean more people will uncover the secret supernatural world in the small California town?
In an E! Online spoiler chat, fans learned that two new Beacon Hills students will debut in episode 20: Oliver and Meredith. According to the chat they both seem to have troubled pasts (who in Beacon Hills doesn’t?) and we’re not sure how long they’ll be sticking around.
While Oliver is soft-spoken and has a quiet intensity, he’ll prove to be a valuable source of info for one of our main characters, and Meredith is a lonely misfit who probably won’t be looking to connect with anyone around her anytime soon.
A couple actors and actresses have announced that they will appear on MTV’s hit supernatural series, though they have not said what their roles will be. Hypable speculated that Gina Holden and Matt Shively could be portraying Meredith and Oliver, though nothing is set in stone.
We’ll also get to see an 18-year-old version of Chris Argent in a flashback scene where he is fighting “a new kind of evil,” and we’ll meet some more hunters. It’s about time they developed the hunter community outside the Argent family. Additionally, we’ll meet the nogitsune, which is related to the kitsune, as well as Barrow, played by Doug Jones, who is a “known killer.”
When Executive Producer Jeff Davis appeared at New York Comic Con, he promised the next half of season three will be a psychological thriller differing from the action-packed 3A. Davis said that Peter Hale will get in on the psychological manipulation, but will also get a taste of his own medicine, which I’m hoping comes from Lydia because she still hasn’t quite addressed how Peter used her in season two.
Season 3B will see the introduction of new mythology: the kitsune and the nogitsune. While all kitsune are shape shifting fox spirits with the ability to change from human form to fox, they are broken down into kitsune, good spirits, and nogitsune, bad or renegade spirits. Many fans have speculated that Kira and/or her history teacher father will be kitsune, but who will be the nogitsune? Barrow the known killer? We don’t know if he is of supernatural in nature or not so there’s no way to tell.
What I’m looking forward to in 3B is seeing how binding themselves to the nemeton will affect Scott, Stiles, and Allison. In one of the final scenes of “Lunar Ellipse,” Scott describes how it changed him while talking to Deaton.
“Stiles and I both feel it. Everyday. Just like you said we would. And it makes me think about that quote Jennifer used to start her first class. Cause when I feel it, and it’s like… I’m looking into the heart of an immense darkness.”
“So what do you do instead?”
“I look for my friends.”
Will Scott always be able to look for his friends or his pack to comfort him? How will this immense darkness affect Scott, Stiles, and Allison’s relationships both with each other and everyone else in their lives? I’m glad that Davis decided to go the psychological route in 3B. I generally dislike psychological thrillers, but after so much action in the past seasons, it’ll be nice to see some character development. Besides, “Motel California” was a primarily psychological episode and it was one of the best in 3A.
When MTV released character bios for Teen Wolf 3B, the biggest thing I noticed was the addition of Arden Cho as a main character. She’ll debut as Kira Yukimura in the winter premiere episode, “Anchors,” and apparently she’s going to be a big deal. Personally, I’m glad to see another lady in the Teen Wolf lineup, especially after Jennifer Blake and Kali were killed last season. (Although I’m still hoping Jeff Davis will work some TV magic and bring Jennifer back!) Here’s Kira’s bio:
Having just moved to Beacon Hills, Kira Yukimura’s only wish is to make a few friends and avoid the typical embarrassments of high school life. Not an easy task when her father is the new History teacher. But when she meets Scott McCall, things to start to change for the better and stranger, as she finds herself propelled into the world of the supernatural, a world that may reveal more about her own history and connection to Beacon Hills.
After reading Kira and Scott’s bios, it appears the two are going to hook up romantically. Meanwhile, Allison and Isaac seem to be testing the waters for their own relationship. According to the character bios, Lydia will be coming into her own as a Banshee while struggling with her relationship with Aidan. The twins are no longer alphas so they will try to join Scott’s pack in order to avoid becoming omegas.
It seems the love triangles will be in full swing in 3B, but Teen Wolf has always managed to pull these things off in a way that’s more genuine than the Twilight Saga books and films. What I’m most excited to see is the future of Danny and Ethan’s relationship–though according to Jeff Davis it might not end well for one of them–and Stiles’s romantic entanglements that will cause him to “lose a certain status” this season.
Lose Your Mind
It’s only been in the last month or so that we’ve actually started getting teasers for the new season of Teen Wolf. While season 3A’s tagline was especially foreboding, “This Might Hurt,” the tagline for 3B doesn’t sound any better: “Lose Your Mind.” Uh oh. MTV released three teaser trailers for 3B feature Scott, Allison, and Stiles–the Teen Wolf tumblr even posted teasers for the teaser trailers.
Plus, a longer promo was released that focused on Stiles. In the final moments of the promo Scott tells Stiles “This isn’t you,” as Stiles looks in a mirror and sees himself covered in blood. He responds as the screen fades to black: “It was you.” Even recounting the promo here is giving me chills. While past seasons of the show have been slightly scary, I have a feeling 3B is going to be the scariest of them all.
Each promo features a different kind of creep factor. For Allison’s promo, she’s in a morgue and is almost attacked by a reanimated version of her dead aunt, Kate, who was killed at the end of the first season. For me, this was the creepiest promo because Kate resembled the girl from The Ring (which did not end well for anyone involved.) But then there was a moment in Stiles’s promo where he stumbles into a classroom and all the students are signing/creating hand gestures in sync with each other. While Scott’s promo itself wasn’t creepy, it implied that Scott blacked out or was unconscious for a period of time–I wonder what that’s about.
Although I’m not exactly sure what these promos mean, we can be sure that the Teen Wolf taglines are always spot on. They were right when they said 3A might hurt–actually they underplayed exactly how much 3A would hurt because it hurt a lot–and I have no doubt that 3B will make me lose my mind. At least I won’t be alone because it seems the characters will be losing their minds as well.
Finally, after all the casting news and tiny scraps of plotlines, after four teasers, we finally got the full trailer for season 3B. I’m not sure who cuts and edits the Teen Wolf trailers (Jeff Davis revealed the name at the Teen Wolf SDCC panel, but I can’t remember it,) but they are a true artist. A trailer for Teen Wolf is almost–ALMOST–as good as a season of the show. This year’s trailer did not disappoint. It featured some scenes that we already saw in the teaser promos while giving a lot of insight into the new season of the show.
One of my favorite parts of the trailer was in the beginning when Scott’s eyes turned red. He’s an alpha now–a True Alpha–and he’s going to have to deal with everything that entails. Not only will he be in charge of his own pack (that’s not really a new thing) he’ll also have to deal with more responsibility. Plus, will he turn full wolf like Peter in season one and Laura Hale in the flashback episode of 3A?
I am all about the body paint episode. From what Jeff Davis said at NYCC, it’s safe to assume the body paint will have to do with the mischief night/Halloween black light party he talked about. The highly anticipated Halloween episodes will center around a black light party held at Derek’s loft that will become dangerous. From scenes in the trailer, it seems Allison and Isaac will grow closer, though Lydia might not have the best time at this party. (She has really bad luck with parties doesn’t she?)
In the trailer we also caught a first glimpse of a new foe that will wear seriously creepy black masks. There is one short scene in the trailer in which Scott asks, “What was behind the mask” and Chris Argent responds with, “Darkness, absolute darkness.” Since it’s Chris Argent talking, I have a feeling this mask-wearing villain will have something to do with the Chris-centered flashback.
The trailer also gave us quite a few kissing scenes between Isaac and Allison, Scott and Kira, as well as Stiles and an unknown lady (my money’s on Lydia–or Meredith.) So maybe there will be some relatively happy moments in between Stiles screaming “No! Wait! WAIT!” and some creepy voice saying “We will destroy all of them one, by, one.”
Is it January 6th yet???
Apparently Hypable got their hands on the first episode of 3B, “Anchors,” (can you hear the bitterness and resentment in my voice spawned from intense jealousy, because I assure you it’s there) and they gave some not-really-spoiler-y spoilers about the winter premiere.
Among the five spoilers, there will be a throwback to the very first episode of Teen Wolf. I’m glad I’ll be doing a binge rewatch of the show before it airs, and I’ll be sure to take notes during “Wolf Moon.”
There will also be plenty of new characters in episode 13. Kira will be introduced early on as well as a character with superpowers (or she is the one with superpowers, Hypable is very vague in their spoilers.) Isaac and his relationship drama may provide some laughs for viewers. Plus Hypable assures fans that 3B is going to be unlike any other season of Teen Wolf that we’ve seen before.
Thank god there are only 19 days left until the winter premiere. I don’t think I can take the anticipation any longer!