Teen Wolf Season 3 debuted on MTV at 10PM EDT on June 3, 2013 and scored the highest ratings of the series up to that point.
The season was divided into two, different storylines each running 12 episodes. The first 12 episodes were completed between December 2012 and May 2013 and aired over the summer.
Production on the final 12 episodes of the season began on July 29, 2013 with principal photography ending on December 19, 2013 and debuted on MTV on January 6, 2014.
Move to Los Angeles
Season 3 marks major changes in the show's production.
After receiving tax credits from the State of California, production moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Los Angeles, California.
In addition to the tax credits, which will reduce the cost per episode, the move is also more convenient for most of the cast and writers as they live in Los Angeles full time.
The change in location meant a number of changes to the sets.
Most of the interiors are shot on a sound stage meaning those sets could be shipped whole to the new Teen Wolf Studio in Northridge, California.
A significant new interior set, Derek's Loft, was designed and built on site.
With the move came new exteriors locations.
Various areas around Los Angeles - Griffith Park, The Westlake area etc double for the Beacon Hills Preserve, the warehouse district and other familiar Teen Wolf locations.
New Teen Wolf Season 3(a)locations included Soledad Canyon Road near Acton, California, a mid-century modern motel in Glendale, California and a loft/event space in downtown Los Angeles known as Majestic Halls.
In Season 3(b) the production made use of natural areas within the Malibu Creek State Park (Tapia Co. Park, Hidden Valley Ranch) as well as the neighborhoods of Northridge (Petit Ave, De Celis Place), Granada Hills (Lisette St.) and Westlake (Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Home).
Fort MacArthur, a former military base in San Pedro, was used toward the end of the Season 3(b) shoot and they returned to the LA Arts District for some work inside abandoned warehouses.
They also shot inside the Los Angeles Police Museum in Highland Park.
Filming began on December 3, 2012.
Production shut down May 9, 2013 for a three month hiatus.
On July 7, 2013 at San Diego Comic-Con, Jeff Davis announced that the second 12 episodes of Season 3 (Season 3b) would debut on January 6, 2014.
Production on the final 12 episodes of the season began on July 29, 2013 with principle photography ending on December 19, 2013.
Behind the Scenes
We have details and photos from the set at our Behind the Scenes page.
Starting with Season 3(b), MTV will present Wolf Watch. The pre-recorded half-hour chat show will follow the initial broadcast of each episode.
Jill Wagner will host the show which will feature cast members, celebrity fans, and others related to the show.
In pre-publicity, MTV Official said it would be similar to Talking Dead, which follows new episodes of The Walking Dead. However, unlike that show, Wolf Watch is pre-recorded weeks in advance of airing.
The plot in Season 3 picks up four months after the events of the Season 2 finale, at the beginning of Scott McCall's junior year of high school.
Show Creator Jeff Davis explains that the gap was designed to allow the characters to recover from the events of Season 2, to allow them to get back to being normal teenagers again before the next supernatural threat manifests.
Cliffhanger elements from Season 2, namely the fates of Boyd and Erica as well as the arrival of the new "Alpha Pack", are resolved.
The Season 3(b) story arc features Japanese mythology and includes a new shapeshifting creature.
The second half story picks up a few weeks after the events of Lunar Ellipse.
According to MTV -
- While Scott struggles to find his place as an Alpha, he, Allison and Stiles begin to experience strange side effects as a result of reigniting the power within Beacon Hills. They soon discover that the answer to their problems may be found in a new student named Kira, a girl with remarkable powers of her own.
New Opening Credits
While the production slightly altered the opening credits for the beginning of Season 3, the package was completely reworked for the winter premiere.
While it is confirmed that Colton Haynes and Gage Golightly did not return for Season 3, their characters are seen in flashbacks, photographs etc.. and in that way remain part of the plot. Actors Eaddy Mays and Jill Wagner appear in hallucinations and flashbacks even though both their characters are dead.
- Tyler Posey as Scott McCall
- Crystal Reed as Allison Argent
- Dylan O'Brien as Stiles Stilinski
- Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale
- Holland Roden as Lydia Martin
- Colton Haynes as Jackson Whittemore
- Keahu Kahuanui as Danny
- JR Bourne as Chris Argent
- Seth Gilliam as Dr. Deaton
- Melissa Ponzio as Melissa McCall
- Linden Ashby as Sheriff Stilinski
- Ian Bohen as Peter Hale
- Daniel Sharman as Isaac Lahey
- Gage Golightly as Erica
- Sinqua Walls as Boyd
- Bianca Lawson as Ms. Morrell
- Orny Adams as Bobby Finstock
- Eaddy Mays as Victoria Argent
- Adam Fristoe as Adrian Harris
- Shantal Rhodes as Danielle
- Michael Hogan as Gerard
- Michael Fjordbak as Young Peter Hale
- Jill Wagner as Kate Argent
- Susan Walters as Natalie Martin
New This Season
- Gideon Emery as Deucalion
- Charlie Carver as Ethan
- Max Carver as Aiden
- Felisha Terrell as Kali
- Brian Patrick Wade as Ennis
- Adelaide Kane as Cora Hale
- Ian Nelson as Young Derek Hale
- Meagan Tandy as Braeden
- Haley Webb as Darach/Jennifer Blake/Julia Baccari
- Arden Cho as Kira Yukimura/Young Noshiko
- Matthew Del Negro as Agent McCall
- Tom T. Choi as Ken Yukimura
- Tamlyn Tomita as Noshiko Yukimura
- Shelley Hennig as Malia Tate
- Todd Stashwick as Mr. Tate
- Aaron Hendry as Brunski/The Nogitsune
- Ryan Kelley as Jordan Parrish
- Maya Eshet as Meredith Walker
- Brandon Boyce as Doctor/Surgeon
- Skyler Maxon as Corporal Rhys
- Matt Shively as Oliver
- Doug Jones as William Barrow
- Geno Segers as Kincaid
- Max Lloyd-Jones as Young Chris Argent
- Nobi Nakanishi as Yakuza Nogitsune and Ikeda
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Katashi (Silverfinger)
- The Bloody Beetroots as Himself
- Ivonne Coll as Araya Calavera
- Ivo Nandi as Severo
- Stacey Danger as Makeup Artist
- Cale Schultz as Combined Twins
- Caitlin Custer as Heather
- Zelda Williams as Caitlin
- Lauren McKnight as Emily
- Jeremiah Sutheim as Jared
- Rick Otto as Alexander Argent
- Mieko Hillman as Deputy Tara Graeme
- Madison Blaine McLaughlin as Paige
- Delon de Metz as Marco
- Alicia Coppola as Talia Hale
- Lily Mariye as Satomi Ito
- Jackson Heywood as Merrick
- Josh Duvendeck as Hayes
|#301||Tattoo||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||June 3, 2013|
|In the season premiere, a new Alpha Pack arrives to wreak havoc on Scott's life while Derek and Isaac search for Erica and Boyd in the Season 3 premiere.|
|#302||Chaos Rising||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||June 10, 2013|
|Allison and Lydia stumble upon a possible clue to finding Boyd and Erica while a childhood friend of Stiles goes missing.|
|#303||Fireflies||Lucas Sussman||Tim Andrew||June 17, 2013|
|Scott and Derek seek help from an unlikely ally.|
|#304||Unleashed||Alyssa Clark & Jesec Griffin||Tim Andrew||June 24, 2013|
|Scott tries to prevent a deadly confrontation. Stiles defends the werewolves.|
|#305||Frayed||Angela L. Harvey||Robert Hall||July 1, 2013|
|A preemptive strike against the Alphas leaves several injured and possibly dead.|
|#306||Motel California||Christian Taylor||Christian Taylor||July 8, 2013|
|Scott and the gang undergo strange experiences when they are stranded at a motel, causing them to believe members of their own group may be the mysterious killer's newest targets.|
|#307||Currents||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||July 15, 2013|
|Scott's trusted mentor and boss is threatened. Deucalion, Kali and the Twins go after Derek.|
|#308||Visionary||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||July 22, 2013|
|Seeking answers, Scott, Allison and Stiles turn to two unlikely narrators for help.|
|#309||The Girl Who Knew Too Much||Jeff Davis||Tim Andrew||July 29, 2013|
|Allison becomes suspicious of someone close to her. Lydia learns her true nature and the Darach is revealed.|
|#310||The Overlooked||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||August 05, 2013|
|Trapped in the hospital, Scott and the gang have to work with the Darach against the Alpha Pack.|
|#311||Alpha Pact||Jeff Davis||Tim Andrew||August 12, 2013|
|Derek and Peter try to save Cora's life.|
|#312||Lunar Ellipse||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||August 19, 2013|
|The final confrontation between the Darach and the Alpha Pack with three innocent lives in the balance.|
|#313||Anchors||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||January 6, 2014|
|The "Winter Premiere" picks up a few weeks after the events of Lunar Ellipse|
|#314||More Bad Than Good||Jeff Davis||Tim Andrew||January 14, 2014|
|Scott and Stiles continue to hunt the Werecoyote.|
|#315||Galvanize||Eoghan O'Donnell||Robert Hall||January 20, 2014|
|When a convicted murderer escapes prior to a surgery, Scott and his friends try to help his target.|
|#316||Illuminated||Alyssa Clark||Russell Mulcahy||January 27, 2014|
|Beacon Hills is under curfew from the power outage; the teens throw a blacklight Halloween party; Scott tries to earn Kira's trust.|
|#317||Silverfinger||Moira McMahon Leeper||Jennifer Lynch||February 3, 2014|
|No synopsis provided by MTV|
|#318||Riddled||Christian Taylor||Tim Andrew||February 10, 2014|
|Stiles goes missing; Scott and the others set off on a search; Lydia tries to master her new abilities.|
|#319||Letharia Vulpina||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||February 17, 2014|
|Scott and the others try to prevent a disaster; Lydia and Allison seek out an unlikely teacher.|
|#320||Echo House||Jeff Davis||Tim Andrew||February 24, 2014|
|No synopsis provided by MTV.|
|#321||The Fox and the Wolf||Ian Stokes||Tim Andrew||March 3, 2014|
|An important clue is revealed in the story of a World War II internment camp; Kira's role is more crucial, and she discovers unusual abilities.|
|#322||De-Void||Jeff Davis||Christian Taylor||March 10, 2014|
|Scott and Lydia join forces. Meanwhile, Stilinski faces a review board.|
|#323||Insatiable||Jeff Davis||Tim Andrew||March 17, 2014|
|Kira faces an unexpected enemy.|
|#324||The Divine Move||Jeff Davis||Russell Mulcahy||March 24, 2014|
|One last stand is made by Scott, Derek and their allies in the Season 3 finale.|
In the 8 months between the end of Season 2 and the debut of Season 3, Teen Wolf and MTV engaged with the audience through photo releases and videos from set as well as online “question and answer” sessions with Executive Producer Jeff Davis.
For more on the marketing push and to see the video releases prior to Season 3(a), visit Season 3: Marketing. After Season 3(a) ended in August, interaction with fans from Teen Wolf's official social media channels dried up. In September 2012 there were 22 posts to the Teen Wolf Official Tumblr - in September 2013 we saw only 8. There was only one set video released during the 3(b) hiatus, on November 11.
The First Trailer for Season 3(b) was released on December 11.
Teen Wolf used an online "GIF Puzzle" Game to release the video in four parts throughout the day.
More than 20 thousand fans played through the various parts of the puzzle to see the video three hours before it was released to the rest of the world.
All who played were entered into a contest to win a trip to the Teen Wolf Set in Los Angeles. The visit will come during filming of Season 4. The date is TBD.
On December 17th, a second trailer with some new scenes was released on tumblr. This was followed on December 18th with the release of a third trailer via the MTV Teen Wolf website.