9:45pm PT by Ryan Gajewski
PaleyFest: 'Teen Wolf' Stars, Boss on "Bigger" Season 5, Tyler Hoechlin's Departure
Teen Wolf is undergoing some major changes while nearing the start of its fifth season.
The MTV drama series' stars and creator spoke Wednesday at a PaleyFest panel, where they filled fans in on what to expect as the characters face serious transitions in their lives.
"It's all about the senior year, and it's about the fear of losing your friends after graduation," creator Jeff Davis divulged about the upcoming season. "[There's] a lot of new stuff from Liam (Dylan Sprayberry), from Kira (Arden Cho) — there is a refocus on Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) and Scott's (Tyler Posey) bromance."
"We're constantly challenging ourselves — can we do bigger and better," Davis continued. He pointed out that the season contains "a lot of action, a lot of horror."
Davis said that he and his fellow writers keep things fresh by constantly cooking up ways to challenge his cast. "I love [season] 3B, where Dylan [O'Brien] got to be a bad guy," he said. "We approach it as fans ourselves — what do we want to see these characters do."
He also confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin (Derek) would not be a series regular in season five, although that doesn't necessarily preclude the character's demise. "While Tyler Hoechlin wont be a series regular anymore, you have not seen the last of Derek Hale," Davis said. "[Tyler and I] met a couple weeks ago to talk about possible storylines."
One audience member wanted to know whether Lydia (Holland Roden) would find love this season. "She may not end up with the person you think she does at first," Davis replied cryptically.
The castmembers were asked which other TV show they would want to see their character appear on, and O'Brien and Posey proved their bond by both answering at the exact same time: "Friends!" O'Brien assured the crowd that the moment had not been scripted: "We have not talked about that at all."
Teen Wolf's fifth season premieres in June on MTV.