Who would have thought that MTV's Teen Wolf, originally based very loosely on a corny old movie (Corny? Bite your tongue! - Ed.), would have turned into one of the coolest teen supernatural thrillers on TV? Well, things are about to get a whole lot cooler, scarier and darker, according to star Tyler Posey, when the show returns with the second half of its third season on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
“This season is the most cinematic out of all the seasons,” said Posey, who plays teen werewolf Scott McCall, in an exclusive interview with Blastr. “The cinematic feel of it, it feels like you're watching a movie. It gets a lot darker this season. It's a lot darker and a little slower-paced, which is good because it got a little confusing toward the end of last season,” said Posey. “It's darker, it's scarier, the acting is pretty badass. There are new characters, but not too many. There are betrayals. Pretty much everything about Teen Wolf, only better.”
In the first half of season three, Scott and his group of friends found themselves caught between a pack of Alphas AND the Darach, a sort of an evil Druid with an ax to grind. While Scott's gang survived the encounter, he ended up turning into a True Alpha, a rare werewolf who becomes a powerful Alpha by sheer strength of character.
“I love playing the Alpha,” said Posey. “The second half of season three, Season 3B, is probably the best stuff that we've ever shot, especially for my character. He goes through a lot of emotional ups and downs, dealing with having to figure out who's the good and bad guy.”
During the first two and a half seasons, Scott's been struggling “with normal teenager stuff along with dealing with being a brand-new werewolf. Now that he's established himself as a werewolf, he now has a Spider-Man thing, 'With great power comes great responsibility.' So he's kind of dealing with that right now. He's trying to be the Man and becoming this new Alpha. It's really exciting,” said Posey.
The other significant thing that happened was that Scott, his best friend Stiles and his former girlfriend Allison were forced to take part in a dangerous ritual, a surrogate sacrifice, which helped them locate their parents, who'd been kidnapped by the Darach. But when the series returns on Monday with 12 new episodes, we'll discover that the ritual drew some dangerous elements to their town, Beacon Hills, as well as leaving them with a very personal cost.
“There's always new stuff going on in Beacon Hills, but now it's something that we created. We created it so that we could save our parents. It's kind of a big price to pay. That's why we're so tormented this season, because there's just stuff that we've never even come close to tackling on Teen Wolf, and now we have to figure out how to defeat it. So it's intense,” he said.
What they've accidentally drawn to Beacon Hills takes Teen Wolf in a whole new, Japanese mythology-influenced direction involving the story of the Kitsune, the fox trickster spirit.
“It's really cool. We've filmed some stuff that's kind of like ... there's this Kill Bill sequence. You know the movie Kill Bill? From Quentin Tarantino? There's this really cool sequence that they kind of, not stole, but they re-created from old Japanese movies, and we've gotten the chance to do that with a bunch of our Japanese stuff. It's really fun. A lot of Samurai swords, blood spraying everywhere,” said Posey.
“Also, we're dealing with -- I don't know if you remember at the end of the season -- but it says there's this darkness in our hearts, each of us, the three people, Allison, Scott, and Stiles. The ones who went and essentially died for their parents. So they're dealing with that, too. They're kind of figuring out what's real and what's not, so they're dealing with their own stuff along with Beacon Hills' stuff. It's an insane struggle internally for each of them,” he said.
With all the supernatural stuff, the teenage stuff, and the arrival of his long-absent FBI dad in town to stir up some of the young werewolf's emotions, “Scott is really in over his head this season just trying to be the Man. There's all this new stuff that he's being greeted with, but on top of it he's also a new Alpha, so he has to be the protector of the town, which is a huge, brand-new feat for him. The other seasons, he was just trying to protect his friends, but now he's really trying to protect the town. On top of him trying to protect his friends, he's got all these other issues. It's a little emotional. You can't really sit down. Then there's all these other things happening with his friends and his family that's more intimate and personal. He's got a lot of stuff to deal with. He just needs to take a nap. He needs to take a nice, two-hour nap,” joked Posey.
A nap? Probably not anytime soon.
Here's a look at Teen Wolf's midseason premiere:
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