'Teen Wolf' Creator Explains Why the Series Ended on a Cliffhanger

'Teen Wolf' Creator Explains Why the Series Ended on a Cliffhanger

The Teen Wolf series finale saw Scott finally defeat Gerard Argent but everything wasn't wrapped up by the end of the episode. The final season's secondary villain, Monroe, escaped and the finale ended with Scott and the gang going off to fight one more battle against her. For a show that knew it was coming to a close, it was a surprisingly cliffhanger-esque ending but that was the intention. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series creator and showrunner Jeff Davis explained he wanted the finale to have an element of "to be continued."

While the flash-forward that closed out Teen Wolf could've ended with the stories of the pack in a real definitive way, Davis didn't want to do anything that simple. "I didn't want to see an end where they all have children and they're happy and at home," he explained. "That felt anticlimactic to me."

"We didn't want a finale that said 'the end,'" Davis said. "We wanted it to be an 'and the adventure continues...' I like imagining that they're going off to continue the fight."

As much as Davis wanted the finale to feel somewhat unfinished there was a certain element of it in mind for quite some time. He always wanted to bring in a new werewolf at the very end of the show. 

"That was an idea I had a while ago, back around the fourth season actually," he explained. "I'd always thought it would be interesting to see Scott out in the world somewhere meeting this new young kid who's frightened and alone and basically speaking the words to him that I want the show to say to every audience member, which is if you feel like an outsider, if you feel alone, you don't have to be. You'll find your pack and you can be one of us. So the character of Alec, he represents our audience and the message of the show."

The final spoken words in the finale, "You're not a monster. You're a werewolf, like me" were also intended to be a part of the series finale for a very long time. The line first was uttered in season 4 and Davis wanted to bring it back for the end. "When we came up with that line [in season 4], I pitched the writers. I said, 'The last scene of the show could be Scott finding another werewolf and saying those same words,'" he explained.

"I love Posey's delivery of the line," he added. "It was just perfect. That's partially the message of the show: You're something special. You're not what those other people tell you you are, you're something special and you can be with us."

There are few things that Davis wanted to include in the finale but couldn't manage to find the time to do, like the return of characters Braeden and Isaac. There was also a plot line for Deaton in the finale that had to be cut, due mostly to the actor's commitment to The Walking Dead. Mostly Davis managed to pull off everything he wanted. 

This is surprising since the reaction to the series finale has been decidedly mixed. Most fans wanted to see a clear ending to Scott's story, not an ambiguous but hopeful conclusion. Though as Davis explains, there is plenty of thematic resonance to how Teen Wolf ended, even if some things are left open-ended. 


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