As we all are very much aware, season two of Teen Wolf is premiering soon, and you and the (criminally attractive, all of them, it’s seriously ridiculous) cast have been making the publicity circuit rounds. And mixed in with the ‘tune in’ reminders, and guarded spoilers about the upcoming season, have been other promotions and interviews bringing up the fandom aspect. And for this show, that means confirming whether or not the populace of Beacon Hills will continue to suffer from their tragic allergies to shirts, and Derek/Stiles shippers.
The official Teen Wolf Tumblr and Twitter have on occasion alluded to this aspect of the fandom. Most recently when promoting actors Tyler Hoechlin’s and Dylan O’Brien’s participation at the Dodgers game, the phrasing about who was pitching and who was catching was such that if it wasn’t intentionally trying to wink at the characters’ shippers, then I’m not sure what to think. (possibly that I have a dirty mind, but for some reason, it feels that whoever wrote the post may have been betting on that) Interviewers asking about Stiles’ love life ask about Derek. You’ve googled ‘Sterek’ and apparently found some naughty fan creations. (the internet says you’re welcome) You and the network are definitely in the know that there is a pretty darn strong fan base behind shipping these two characters.
So why not do it?
Why not somewhere down the line have these two characters together? Both the actors’ and characters’ chemistry is fantastic, and create the classic perfect pairing of ‘opposites attract while snarking and sometimes throwing each other up against walls’. You’ve stated that you envision the world of Teen Wolf to be one free of homophobia, sexism, racism, and so forth, so having two characters with only prior acknowledged heterosexual experiences come out as bisexual shouldn’t be a big deal. The only real issue should be ‘Werewolves!’ which is pretty much the issue for everyone on the show.
And as fantastic as Danny is, and as exiting it is to hear that Keahu Kahuanui will be getting more screen time this season, there’s no reason why he should remain the sole featured gay character on the show. He would love the company, I’m sure.
Other shows have acknowledged their fan bases and their favorite technically non-canon pairings, but in the wink and a nod fashion, never following through. And while on the one hand it feels somewhat gratifying that what we’d like to see from the show is being recognized, at least at some level, it’d feel even better if it wasn’t most often treated as an in joke rather than something with actual storytelling potential.
Of course Teen Wolf is your show, and your baby, and I’m sure you already have numerous cool plans for upcoming seasons and character arcs. And that endlessly kowtowing to every fan demand is no way to end up with a good final product. But is it at all possible to consider that something wonderful and unexpected came up during the path from page to screen, and that it may be worth a real and serious look into?
Also, off topic, but if that unexpected death teased at Paleyfest is Papa Stilinski, you and I will have words. Mostly it will be me making little sad noises, but they will strongly resemble words.