After the death and horrors of Season 3, that might be a good thing.
One of the few points of continued darkness would be the death of Allison just before the end of Season 3. “It’s very heavy over their hearts,” Davis tells Zap2it. “It’s one of the reasons why we titled the [premiere] episode, ‘The Dark Moon.’ That’s because the dark moon is a time of grief and reflection.”
Grieving actually has a positive purpose here as well. “They’re trying to move on and it causes them to grow,” Davis says. “They’re certainly adults now.”
But with all this, the characters of “Teen Wolf” are definitely ready for a somewhat lighter time in their lives. “Season 4 is a little return to sort of the adventurous quality and humor of what we were going for in Season 1,” explains Davis. “I think in 3B, we really challenged ourselves to go dark and dramatic and give Dylan O’Brien the arc and see and push our actors. What we really wanted to do this season — we talked about it a lot in the writers’ room — is bring a lot of the fun and humor back to the show.”
One of the ways this will happen is by focusing less on the supernatural and more on the human challenges faced by the kids of Beacon Hills. “We challenged ourselves to actually come up with a plot that wasn’t another supernatural creature that we would have to delve into its mythology and adapt,” Davis says. “This is very much a season of human problems.”
Viewers can therefore expect normal things like young love, temptation and economic hardship to figure into Season 4. Many of the main villains of the season are human too — they’re just formidable humans with a definite goal.
But not all of the supernatural is going away. “We still do have plenty of monsters,” Davis assures Zap2it. This is a good thing.
“Teen Wolf” Season 4 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.