The Season 4 premiere of ‘Teen Wolf’ ended with the de-aging of Derek Hale, and while we all miss Tyler Hoechlin — I know I do — I think that it’s a great way for the series to go back to basics, and to tie up loose ends from the beginning of the series. Do you agree?
As much as we all love Teen Wolf, we also know that it’s not really the best at closure, or tying up loose ends, or explaining its own mythology, or, well. It has its faults. However, the Season 4 premiere, “The Dark Moon,” ended with one of the most confusing — and intriguing — cliffhangers we’ve seen from our favorite show about teenage werewolves in a while — the de-aging of Derek Hale. Fans seem to be pretty split, but I think it’s a great idea. Are you on board with me, or do I need to put iron bars on my windows?
Young Derek On ‘Teen Wolf’: Ian Nelson’s Return Is A Great Reset Button For Derek’s Character
Derek has experienced a lot of manpain in his short (or long? Honestly, not even Jeff Davis knows how old he is) life, but all I’ve ever wanted to know about is his relationship with Kate Argent (Jill Wagner) and how it somehow led to her burning his entire family alive. In Season 3A, we saw Derek experience not one, but two more instances of manpain, and it took us even farther away from what we really wanted to know.
In a 3A flashback — “Visionary” — we saw that before Derek took up with the woman that would kill his whole family, he had his high school girlfriend, Paige, bitten by an Alpha werewolf at his uncle Peter’s urging. However, the bite wouldn’t take, and Derek ended up euthanizing Paige at the Nemeton, which, in turn, led to the resurrection of Julia/Jennifer/the Darach, who would eventually seduce Derek and kill a bunch of innocent people in Beacon Hills.
I mean, really? That amount of tragedy for one person is straight up laughable. It also makes me wonder why Derek is even interested in women — or relationships — at all anymore. (However, am cautiously optimistic about his eventual relationship with Braeden, because I am a naïve idiot.)
Getting Back To Derek’s Season 1 OG Manpain Will Shed Light On His Backstory
That said, I’m really glad that we’re getting back to basics, back to Derek’s Season 1 OG manpain — the woman who seduced him and killed his entire family. I mean, wasn’t that enough, Jeff? Wasn’t that enough? What did somebody named Derek do to you in high school?
But I digress. In the promo for 4×02, Peter reveals that Kate “took [Derek] back to the age when he still knew her, when he still trusted her.” Can you even believe this? Can you even believe that we’re going to tie up loose ends on a storyline from Season 1? Shelley Hennig told HollywoodLife.com in an interview that we wouldn’t even find out this season why she’s a coyote when her father, Peter, is a wolf! I mean!!
Literally all I want to know is everything about Derek Hale — dare we dream that we’re going to get to the root of his myriad trust and intimacy issues? In “Visionary,” we saw that young Derek was cocky, brash, and actually seemed to enjoy life. I want to cry just thinking about the difference between young Derek and the Derek we know now.
My Dearest Hopes And Dreams: For Derek Hale To Yell In Kate Argent’s Face About His Feelings, And To Then Kill Her
As much as we know about Derek and his manpain, his bad decisions, his inability to win a fight, his dry wit, his bushy eyebrows, and his glorious bare torso, we really don’t know that much about what’s going on inside his head, and I am sooo optimistic that 4×02 will provide that backstory and insight for us.
Call me a sadist, but I want to see what Kate did to get Derek to trust her when he was young. I want to find out what that huge creep wants to do with baby Derek. Then, BEST OF ALL, I want to see Tyler Hoechlin‘s glorious return as present-day Derek, and I want to see him yell in Kate Argent’s face about his feelings! Or something! I don’t know, I don’t know, I just have so many emotions, and so many high hopes.
It would be great for Derek’s physical and mental torture to end, and for him to somehow take his power back from Kate Argent; her existence has been haunting him and informing his every poor, distrustful, made-in-haste decision in his life.
Of course, since we have no idea how old Derek was when Kate seduced him, we could be entering some majorly creepy territory that has the potential to be handled verrryy poorly by a writing staff that doesn’t always handle the heavy issues very well. But I want to believe, I do, I do.
Will 4×02 Remind Fans Why They Love ‘Teen Wolf’, Or Will It Turn Them Away?
Season 4 may just remind Teen Wolf fans why they fell in love with the series in the first place. Or, this could all come crashing down if Derek is somehow given a fresh source of manpain. If Kate gets what she wants from young Derek before the McCall pack can intervene, that just may be the case. Incidentally, I would also love to avoid a moment where young Derek needs to be told that his entire family is dead. Show, please don’t do that to me. My fragile heart can’t take it.
And if 4×02 doesn’t give us what we want, what we really, really want, you can at least rest assured that JD and his team are reading your fanfiction — I mean, de-aging? Memory loss? Stiles putting on his mean face while demanding Derek’s safe return with $50,000 in hand? Y’all can’t tell me that’s not what your dreams are made of.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you looking forward to 4×02, “117,” or will you be skipping it? Are you optimistic about the possibility of seeing a backstory from Derek that isn’t clouded by a new source of manpain (looking at you, “Visionary”)? Let me know! And don’t murder me — my family knows where I am.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner
WATCH: Teen Wolf Promo For 4×02, “117”