It's a really, really sad time for Teen Wolf fans. Tyler Hoechlin is leaving the show.
After surviving hunters, Kanimas, and Alpha pack, an evil nogitsune and a berserker who actually did kill him, Derek Hale will no longer be a series regular anymore.
“Tyler Hoechlin decided he wanted more time to pursue movies. We talked and creatively agreed that maybe this was a good season to refocus on the teens of Teen Wolf." - Jeff Davis
At least Derek isn't going to be killed off unlike countless others on the show. When we last saw Derek in season 4 he had come back to life as a fully transformed wolf. Now Unfortunaly we won't be able to see where his story goes from there.
In just four seasons of Teen Wolf Tyler Hoechlin has captured all our hearts. Derek evolved so much from the angry, power hungry lone wolf he used to be, to a caring, loving and protective leader. Saying goodbye is not going to be easy.
Saying goodbye to Derek means having to say goodbye to some amazing relationships on the show.
Derek and Braeden
Derek never had much luck when it came to love, but Derek got lucky with Braeden. He had to kill his first girlfriend Paige himself, his second girlfriend Kate ended up being a crazy werewolf hunter who burned his family alive and his third girlfriend, Jennifer, or was it Julia? Well she ended up being an evil Druid who was killing people. Although Derek and Braeden started their relationship only in season 4, it was a beautiful one, it's too bad we can't see it continue.
Derek and Scott
Derek was right when he said he and Scott were brothers, cause after having fought many battles together over the past few seasons, the two have become closer than ever. I'm sure Derek is gonna miss his younger brother, and Scott is gonna miss his teacher.
Derek and Peter
These two don't exactly have the most normal auncle and nephew relationship, after all Peter did try to kill Derek, and then Derek killed him, but we can't forget their sass filled relationship. I'm gonna miss seeing them bicker all the time.
Derek and Chris
These two started out as enemies and now look at them, working together to save the day. Who would've thought a hunter and a werewolf could become such good friends.
Derek and Sheriff Stilinski
Although the Sheriff and Derek only worked together for a short period of time they made a pretty awesome crime fighting team, so it's too bad we're not gonna get to see them kick more ass on the show.
Last but certainly not least, Derek and Stiles
I wouldn't exactly call them friends, I wouldn't call them enemies either. Stiles and Derek are something else entirely. They went from death threats and bodily harm to saving each others lives and working together. I can say for certain this is the one ship that Teen Wolf fans are most upset about loosing. After all Sterek (as they're called) is one of the most popular ships on the show.
Luckily for us Derek Hale is shirtless a lot on Teen Wolf, and that's another thing we have to say goodbye to. I know, it's terrible.
I'm sure we are all gonna miss Derek's awesome quotes, death threats and his snark. Also his heroic speeches.
Another thing I'm gonna miss is seeing this trio together. Double Tyler and Dylan too.
After four years of Teen Wolf some pretty amazing friendships were formed. Wherever he goes Tyler Hoechlin will always be a part of the Teen Wolf family, and the amazing memories will last forever.
Don't despair Wolfies, Tyler may be leaving but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of Derek Hale.
"While he won’t be a series regular anymore, I can say that you probably won’t have seen the last of Derek Hale. We love him and miss him.”- Jeff Davis
As Scott McCall said (about Derek) at the end of Teen Wolf season 3 episode 12 "I honestly don't know if he's ever coming back, part of me hopes so, but the other part hopes that maybe he'll be okay, somewhere else."
Well Tyler Hoechlin good luck to you in your future endeavors wherever they may take you. I have no doubt that Tyler will go far with his acting and his career will flourish. Thank you Tyler for four years of werewolf lessons, laughs, tears, happiness, sadness and even anger. Thank you for four years of Derek Hale. You will always be sourwolf in our hearts.