Developed by Jeff Davis, the hit MTV drama series Teen Wolf has returned for a super-sized, 24-episode third season. Having picked up four months after the events that nearly ended Jackson’s (Colton Haynes) life and resurrected Peter Hale (Ian Bohen), Season 3 finds teen werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and his friends Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), Lydia (Holland Roden) and Allison (Crystal Reed) beginning their junior year of high school while having to deal with a new threat has arrived in Beacon Hills – a deadly pack of Alpha werewolves intent on bringing Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) into their fold.
With the filming relocated to Los Angeles, Collider was invited to check out the set and chat with the cast for a series of exclusive interviews. While hanging out in his trailer on a break from shooting, actor Sinqua Walls (“Boyd”) talked about how his character is doing in Season 3, the change in dynamic between Boyd and Derek, who Boyd will find himself aligning with, how he hopes the stunt work is helping prepare him for being an action star someday, what he’d love to see happen with Boyd, and how much he enjoys getting fan feedback through social media. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
SINQUA WALLS: You find Boyd in a little bit more trouble than he was in, at the end of Season 2. He’s met the new Alphas, and he’s just trying to make it out alive. I think it’s going to be a tug-of-war between the Alphas and Derek (Tyler Hoechlin), as far as who’s going to have control of Boyd’s wolfhood, at the end of the day. That’s how it goes. He doesn’t know if he wants to be good, and he doesn’t know if he wants to be bad. In the second season, he was teetering on the line of not knowing who to trust, and again, he doesn’t know if Derek is being honest with him. The Alphas will present some very enticing options.
How is the dynamic between Boyd and Derek now?
WALLS: This season, Derek seems to be a more open individual. From the first season to the second season, Derek didn’t want to give away a lot. But now, he’s more emotional and trusting of Scott (Tyler Posey), and wants to be a good person. That’s perplexing to Boyd, who received all of his training for how to survive from Derek. So, he’s questioning Derek’s motives and who he should trust.
Will Boyd align with anybody new, this season?
WALLS: Interestingly enough, he does find an alliance with Cora (Adelaide Kane), Derek’s sister, because they went through a lot of circumstances together, at the beginning of Season 3. He has a little bit of a bond with her. I think he and Isaac (Daniel Sharman) also get closer. They joined the pack last season, and they have a similar approach of intensity, coming to terms with their wolf powers and being able to control them.
Has it been nice to get to learn more about Boyd?
WALLS: It’s funny because I feel like there’s a totally different dynamic building for Boyd, this season. When we were introduced to him, he was one of the wolves who came from a very physical detriment. He was a lot larger and he felt very insecure. He had very low self-esteem. He’s still battling that. He went through the transformation and was running through the woods, and then he got captured by the Alphas. At the end of the day, he’s still trying to figure out how to manage his life and himself.
WALLS: I feel like every week, he’s going to be in peril. From the first page of every script, I feel like, “Okay, what trouble is Boyd going to get himself into?” That’s how I feel. I feel like he’s going to run into some dire circumstance, or he’s going to get attacked and left to pick up the pieces. He can’t control his wolf powers. He’s crazy like that.
Do you always flip through a script to the end, to make sure Boyd is still alive?
WALLS: I want to be as surprised as the audience, so I read it in sequence, from the beginning to the end. It also helps me, as an actor, to build my character. I want to know what his arc is, from episode to episode and page to page. If I read the end, then I already know. I want to discover what elements to put in there.
Do you enjoy this kind of physicality, and getting to do the stunts and fight sequences?
WALLS: I hope it’s preparation to be an action star, one day. That’s the goal. Sinqua Walls, action star. Hopefully, Teen Wolf is the training ground. From what I hear, everyone who does a Marvel movie gets a three-picture deal. I’ll be Sam Jackson’s stand-in. I’ll do eight pictures for Marvel, and then I’ll just do indies. Marvel can pay for my indie career.
As an actor, do you enjoy getting to do a television show where you can explore a character for a longer period of time?
WALLS: You know, it’s fun. With movies, it’s 10 or 12, or sometimes even 24 weeks if it’s a massive movie, to live within a character. But with a show that’s successful, if you start in the first or second season and go until the end, you’re always finding new elements of your character that are being added in because you start to live in them as human beings. That’s fun because they continuously grow. Episode 2 or 4 of Season 1 is still relevant to Season 3, Episode 306, and you have to use those same parallels to build that character, which is really fun.
Are you someone who likes to contribute things for your character?
WALLS: Always. The good thing about it is that we have a lot of people who are very open to active feedback. They want to know what we think. At the end of the day, they know that we are the ones who are working on our characters, so they want to know how we think about it. We always collaborate. Tyler Hoechlin has a gymnastics background, so he tries to incorporate that into the way that Derek moves. And me having a sports background, I try to incorporate that into the way Boyd moves and thinks. It’s really fun.
Are there things that you’d love to see happen with Boyd?
WALLS: I want Boyd to have a massive gangbuster fight, where it’s just him, taking out everyone like Bruce Lee. That would be fun. And he’s just the last man standing.
WALLS: What the fans really like is that we don’t stray too far from keeping it wolf-focused. If you watch other shows – which are still really good – they always infuse other levels of fantasy in there, but we still stay focused on wolves. That’s the central force of who exists in this world. Even if there are little elements of mysticism and magic that come into play, it still goes back to the wolves. Once a vampire shows up, everyone is going to go, “Okay, they’ve jumped the shark.” I don’t think that will happen. We don’t want vampires on this show. We don’t need vampires. That’s so 2009.
Do you enjoy getting instant feedback from fans through Twitter and social media?
WALLS: When it’s good, yeah. When they’re saying positive things, yeah. I think it’s good. It’s always good to get feedback from people. I’ve been fortunate that all the fans, and especially fans of Teen Wolf, have been really gracious. I always try to respond to all of them, if they send me a picture or a drawing, or just say that they really appreciate my work. A lot of fans seem to be noticing me in other projects that I’ve worked on, but just didn’t have the same name recognition or facial recognition that I do now, and they’ll say, “Oh, I saw you in this.” And I’m always very receptive to that. I think it’s great. That’s really how you can build that core relationship. The good thing about Twitter is that there’s not so much of a wall between you and your fan base. They can interact with you, and it makes them more endeared to you when you interact with them. It’s really fun, in that way. They can get a feel for your personality, and they’ll follow you to other projects, throughout your career.
Teen Wolf airs on Monday nights on MTV.