ByTeen Wolf News, writer at Creators.co

Originally published at teenwolfnews.com

It’s not often that someone at a convention Teen Wolf panel asks a direct question that matters. I mean, it’s usually all “who’s the cutest couple on set?” or “can I hug you?” but at Wizard World in Raleigh, North Carolina this week we got a serious question for Tyler Hoechlin.

“How many episodes are you going to shoot of season 5?”

A simple, straightforward question that is relevant and timely. It’s something we’re all asking after Jeff Davis told us that Tyler Hoechlin won’t be around much anymore, “We talked and creatively agreed that maybe this was a good season to refocus on the teens of Teen Wolf, and 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.”

Now, to your average fan, the words “Series Regular” mean the actors in the opening credits. Also, people like Melissa Ponzio, Linden Ashby and Ian Bohen are seen “regularly” so one might think they’re “series regulars” too. That’s not actually the way it works.

Here’s the breakdown for Teen Wolf Season 4 -

Series Regulars - Scott, Stiles, Lydia, Liam, Malia, Kira, Derek

Recurring – Melissa, Sheriff, Deaton, Coach, Parrish, Meredith, Mason, Peter, Brunski

Guest Star – Main Assassins, Noshiko, Ken, Satomi, Brett, Deputy Haigh, Natalie

Co-Star – pretty much all the other speaking roles

The thing all these designations have in common is contracts. The “Series Regulars” are under contract for all episodes. The “Recurring” are under contract for a certain number of episodes during the season. And “Guest” and “Co-Star” would be under contract for one or more episodes.

Currently, it appears, Tyler Hoechilin isn't under contract for any episodes.

Here’s how he answered the question of “how many episodes” he will be doing in Season 5 -

“I can’t even say a number. I can’t say that Derek’s coming back. I can’t say he’s not coming back. Both would be incomplete statements I guess. I’m sorry. I hate it. I know we always get like these cliffhangers and stuff and now I’m the one doing it. But as of right now, you’ll have to wait and see what happens. Maybe he’ll pop up randomly in the woods. I don’t know yet. We’ll have to wait and see. Jeff and I did have a really good meeting so we’ll see. Everything depends on so many variables that I can’t say yes and I can’t say no. If it happens to pop up, I think it will be cool. We’ll see.”

This would make Jeff Davis’ statement a lie of omission at the very least. While it is technically accurate to describe Hoechlin’s status as “no longer a Series Regular” it is not the complete truth. Hoechlin has, according to Hoechilin, no status at all within the show at this moment and none evident in the near future.

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