Teen Wolf Season 3B premieres on MTV Monday, Jan. 6 with 12 new episodes. The action picks up about three weeks after what went down in Season 3A, when our heroes Scott (Tyler Posey), Allison (Crystal Reed) and Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) took their ice baths to go into the darkness so they could save their parents who were being held captive under The Nemeton by the Darach.
Let's be honest, there was a lot going on in Season 3A and, thankfully, those stories came to an end so the focus will be more upon the central characters and the greater evil that seems to have followed them out of the darkness and into Beacon Hills.
Here's what we know so far, and what we can glean from the trailer.
A new character named Kira (Arden Cho) has transferred to Beacon Hills and seems to be familiar with the Kitsune, a Japanese shape-shifting were-fox and trickster spirit (What?!). At Comic Con this year, executive producer Jeff Davis confirmed the Asian influence on 3B and shared his excitement for the new direction the show would be taking.
Dr. Deaton had warned the trio who were about to be submerged at the end of 3A that they could very well find themselves forever changed if they were lucky enough to return after the adventure, and it appears he was right. "You opened a door in your minds. This kind of power is like a magnet. It will draw them here."
There's a first look at new cast member Doug Jones (you probably don't recognize him as Cochise from TNT's Falling Skies without the makeup) looking delightfully whacked out of his mind, as well as both Lydia (Holland Roden) and Isaac (Daniel Sharman) crying. Worry not — the word on the street is that Isaac and Stiles will still provide comic relief through all the darkness.
Scott's dad, who decided to stay in town, will play a bigger role and it's good to see Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) didn't skip town with his sister for long. After all, Adelaide Kane is busy on Reign.
Scott needs to lead as the True Alpha, Allison is being haunted by visions of her dead aunt and Stiles is seeing words slide off the page — two of them are losing their minds; can one lead them all to safety?
One of the new Asian male characters is telling Mr. Argent (JR Bourne) that if the dark spirit that draws it's power from pain, tragedy, strife and chaos is Allison, he has to kill her. How will that go down?
Finally — kissing! Since Allison was with Isaac when we last caught up with the gang, it's no surprise that Scott's noshing on Kira. But who is Stiles kissing? The image is so fleeting that this fan girl can only hope it's Lydia and the earlier image of them in each other's arms means she's finally come to her senses about what a cool cat Stiles really is.
The trailer gives Season 3B the look of a thriller, with non-stop action and genuine scares. Teen Wolf had a rocky start at the beginning of Season 3A, but it seems the next 12 episodes will make the wait for each coming Monday unbearable!
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