The PaleyFest 2015 Teen Wolf panel delivered plenty of laughs, some interesting insight and a lot of tantalizing hints as to what to expect from our favorite gang of teenage werewolves when Teen Wolf returns for its fifth season this summer. Cast members Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan O’Brien, Arden Cho, Dylan Sprayberry, Shelley Hennig and show creater Jeff Davis, as well as special surprise guest Crystal Reed were present to answer quetions from the moderator, Twitter and the audience (as well as an impromptu audience invasion from Charlie Carver). Amidst giggles and groans, they discussed some of their favorite show moments, their insight into their characters and how they joined the cast. We enjoyed the panel live at the Dolby Theatre (home of the Oscars), and put together these highlights.
Auditions and Joining the Cast
Some of the cast discussed their auditions for the show, with Tyler Posey touting his own as one of the best moments of his life. Dylan O’Brien discussed falling in love with the humor and personality of Stiles Stilinski, and his own interest in pursuing the role of the beloved sidekick despite being initially intended to audition for the role Scott McCall. Holland Roden mentioned that she was not initially interested in the role of Lydia, having being told she was something of a fashion model type, and revealed that only after she auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Allison was she called back to discuss reading for Lydia. Arden Cho and Dylan Sprayberry both expressed gratitude for the sense of welcome they found coming on to set, with Dylan describing his delight at finding guys that were “just like [him]” in Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Posey, though Arden admitted being “intimidated” by the idea of joining an already working cast.
When asked to describe his character with a single word, Tyler Posey struggled to come up with his answer before finally deciding on “loyal”, while Holland Roden chose “awesome” to describe Lydia. Dylan O’Brien and Arden Cho both admitted that if they had the option to change anything about their characters, they would change nothing at all, while Holland joked that she might like Lydia to wear less high heels. When asked what other shows they would like their character to appear on, Crystal Reed mentioned “Homeland”, Dylan Sprayberry answered with “Sons of Anarchy”, and Shelley Hennig chose “Orange Is The New Black”.
Jeff Davis discussed the conception of the show, saying that while the show is technically based on the movie of the same name, his initial idea was always to create something darker and funnier, and citing The Lost Boys as an influence for the tone. He described the writing of the show as being critically tied to the writers’ feelings and desires as fans, noting that they often develop storylines by deciding “what we would want to see”. He also noted the critical role the cast had in developing their characters, as well as some moments of notable acting, citing specifically Dylan O’Brien’s work as the possessed Stiles and Crystal’s death scene.
Several members of the cast, as well as Davis, discussed the creation of some of their favorite scenes and lines, with Davis describing in particular the MRI scene between Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski. Davis mentioned that the inclusion of Scott’s offer to bite Stiles to cure his ailment was discussed for several other scenes, both before and atfer, but that watching the scene he knew the moment was right. It was revealed that Crystal struggled to repress saying ‘I love you’ in her final lines during her death scene, since the line was not written for her, but that saying it “felt right” and ultimately Jeff Davis agreed. Tyler Posey revealed that his favorite line is one in which Deaton explains to Scott the concept of “regression to the mean”: in other words, that things cannot continuously be good or bad, but must always return to the middle. The line, Jeff Davis revealed, was something his brother had described to him when he was younger, which had has never forgotten.
While the cast was generally tight-lipped about what’s to come for season five, they did give several hints and confirm some details, such as the fact that Malia is still living with Stiles in the beginning of the season. The cold open of the season premiere is confirmed to be focused on Lydia, who Jeff Davis mentioned “may not end up with the person you think she will” in the beginning of the season. While it has been confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin will not be a season regular in season five, Davis mentioned that he and Hoechlin have discussed plans for Derek, nor did Davis rule out the return of some other departed characters, namely Danny Māhealan or Isaac Lahey (played by Keahu Kahuanui and Daniel Sharman). While Tyler Posey expressed a desire to be naked more often this season, both Jeff Davis and Dylan O’Brien denied the likelihood of seeing Stiles shirtless despite pressure from the audience. Shelley Hennig did mention a scene involving Malia’s adoptive father, while Davis dropped mention of another appearance of the Stiles/Lydia detective team, this time involving an interrogation at Eichen House. Arden Cho expressed that season five is her favorite, and that Kira comes into her own in this season — presumably shedding some of her previous self-conciousness.
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