Renewed for a full 24 episodes, the third season of Teen Wolf premiered on June 3, 2013. The fanged and furry teens and those that hunt and “crush” on them return from their summer break. Star-crossed Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) still need to work things out, and Scott’s wise-cracking buddy, Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien) and Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) continue sleuthing. Stirring things up is the arrival of a supernatural serial killer with a motive, while Scott and Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) face off against the powerful new Alpha pack, led by Deucalion (Gideon Emery), the mastermind behind a deadly plan. In this roundtable interview Crystal Reed, Tyler Posey, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin talk about their characters and what’s in store for fans in Season 3.
Why do you think Teen Wolf is so popular? What’s the magic ingredient?
Crystal Reed: I think, honestly, it’s keeping it real. It’s about teenage girls, but I think it’s rooted in something much deeper. I think that their relationship at their core is something viewers can relate to on a deeper level. I’ve had so many fans come up to me and tell me how it’s impacted their lives. And I know this sounds really superficial to talk about but I think that’s why people love it. Our core demographic is real young and they (characters) have these questionable moments. So it just keeps going and going–hopefully for eight seasons.
So what’s coming up for Allison?
Crystal: Allison is going to start up an interesting relationship with Isaac. We’ve already seen the beginnings of it. There will be some great comedic elements.
What about her relationship with her father?
Crystal: At the end of the first couple of episodes, they come to an agreement and Allison kind of takes the reins. I think her dad really wants her to be a strong female.
We see Allison becoming a hunter. Do you want more physical scenes?
Crystal: I do. I do a lot of my own stunts. I come from theater, so being physical is a really big part of my acting. I’m always up for stunts.
Any new weapons that Allison will be wielding?
Crystal: Actually, yes. She has this new gun. And she’s shooting at something really interesting–that I can’t tell you about (laughs).
How do feel about what’s happening to your character?
Holland Roden: I love that I’m not the changeling any more. She’s really come along way. I’m a huge fan of Carmen Sandiego and I begged for a yellow trench coat—it’s probably red, but I’m saying it’s yellow. I love that’s she’s sort of a detective and she gets to be part of the pack. But you’ll soon find out what’s happening with my character.
Will there be a musical version of Teen Wolf?
Holland: (laughs) My Broadway resume goes way back. I’ve never done a play. Actually, I’ve done plays—in third grade. They cut down my solo because I was Peter Pan and I couldn’t sing. I can carry a tune–with voice lessons.
When do we see the telekinetics that we saw in the opening of the show?
Tyler Posey: That was cool. I absolutely loved shooting that opening sequence. It’s brand new. The reason we had to reshoot it is because my other opening sequence was at home and Jackson was involved. That was really fun. It’s something that we haven’t really dealt with in the show yet. I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen. It would be awesome to see stuff fly. The true Alpha is very powerful and someone I really love playing. It’s the coolest mythology we’ve ever had to deal with. You basically understand the world of werewolves, you’ve seen them before. There’s Alphas, they’re angry and so far, there’s only one way you can become an Alpha. But now Scott’s turning into a true Alpha due to his own good merit and force of will. It’s so much fun to play. I can’t thank Jeff Davis enough for writing that. I can’t tell you whether Scott will become a true Alpha or not. Scott’s a great guy. He just wants everyone to survive and to do things without fighting or confrontation. If he does have to defend himself, he will. That’s what really makes him a true Alpha.
So what’s coming up for Scott?
Tyler: In Season 3A, he has to prove himself to himself. He has to be the man that he wants to be. And risk his life and his friends’ life for what he really wants. He’s not really trying to become an Alpha, but in the back of his head, he’s admitting this is what he has to do. Hopefully it happens because it would be really fun to play. If he does become a true Alpha, I’m sure the makeup will have to change a little bit. There’s also the possibility of a new love interest for Scott. That can be really cool. There’s such good stuff coming up. I can’t tell you but I can’t wait for you to see it, especially in the last two episodes. It will blow your mind. Scott’s going to have to make a lot of choices that will risk his life.
What’s it like wearing wolf make up and seeing yourself in the mirror?
Tyler Hoechlin: It’s the most amazing journey in the world. I’ve said from the beginning that playing a wolf is a really bizarre experience. You look in the mirror and you don’t see your own face—it’s kind of cool. But then you go on set and you growl and snarl and do these crazy things; it’s ridiculous, really. You kind of lose that sense of self and judgment that comes along with it, so you’re not worried about looking like an idiot or about looking dumb. You can’t even recognize yourself in the mirror, but that’s the process. The makeup is its own monster. They’ve got it down to a science but it still takes two and half hours to put on the makeup.
Derek is having a real bad season so far. Will things improve for him?
Tyler H: I think at this point Derek is at his absolute bottom. Seeing someone he was responsible for literally die in his hands, it’s just such a wake-up call. Erica’s death was its own thing, in that it happened far removed from him, and how it happened or when it happened was never really answered. But with Boyd’s death being so “in his face,” the weight of what he’s responsible for now, it’s really starting to tear him apart and he’s beginning to see what a mess he’s gotten himself into. I’m hoping in the next few episodes, we can find a way to turn it around and have him leave some kind of good impact on someone’s life. The flashback episode answers a lot of questions and provides insights into Eric’s past and why he is the way he is.