Dear Geekiary: Is Tyler Hoechlin Leaving Teen Wolf the End of Sterek?


So I found out Hoechlin won’t be in Teen Wolf S5. Why is he not returning? First Jackson, then Allison, then Issac, Danny and Coach. Why are characters/actors leaving? Are they not happy with the show anymore? Will Derek’s leaving mean the end of Sterek? Will Jeff create another random character and give him the storyline he already thought for Derek?



Hi, Anon!

I completely get what you are feeling right now. Tyler Hoechlin, who plays (played?) Derek Hale on Teen Wolf, is a major character in the TV show and quite possibly one of the reasons some fans decided to watch it in the first place.

The announcement that Tyler won’t be a series regular in Teen Wolf Season 5 was shocking, at least for me. But when I allowed the news to sink in I started to realize that Derek didn’t really get much to do in Season 4, except spend some sexy times with Braeden. So, his not being there isn’t going to make the Teen Wolf crew pack up and stop making the show.

I respect an actor’s choice to leave a show, etc. they are a part of. You can’t really blame them if they want to broaden their horizons. That’s why I wish Tyler luck with his future projects.

You mentioned other characters leaving the show. As far as I know Colton Haynes, who played Jackson, left the show because he wasn’t going to be in all episodes of Season 3. Crystal Reed left because she wanted to try other things. Keahu Kahuanui leaving was a shocker (Danny’s disappearance is still the biggest mystery in the whole of Teen Wolf), and Orny won’t be playing Coach Finstock because of scheduling problems.

Coming to Tyler, according to Jeff Davis, he left because he wanted to make movies. Now Jeff has said that we shouldn’t think it’s the last we’ve seen of Derek. However, I will not be holding my breath. Seeing the pattern of actors leaving the show, once they are gone, they don’t return. I don’t know what ‘really’ happened between those two but a tweet by Colton Haynes does raise some eyebrows. Maybe Tyler wasn’t happy with his character arc for Season 5 and decided to quit because he was still being used as a sex object in the show?

11021374_366329336884207_1864657144464682106_oAs for Sterek, it will live on. In Season 4 of Teen Wolf Stiles and Derek only had a few seconds of screen time together, most of it occurring in the finale. So, Derek leaving isn’t really going to change anything. No need for you to worry about that. As long as fans ship those two characters, Sterek will live on.

If Jeff already thought of a story for Derek (I still believe the writers come up with stories as they film the show), then I can see him introducing a random character with a similar arc. Some fans think that Malia took on Jackson’s story, and he was supposed to be Peter’s son. I still remember that the Alpha Pack’s arrival to Beacon Hills at the end of Season 2 was supposed to be connected to Jackson’s real parents. But then Colton left and the ‘being-Peter’s-child’ story kind of went to Malia who just happened to appear out of nowhere in Season 3B.

Teen Wolf is a TV show and thus, a business. The show will go on with or without certain actors. Whether you want to watch the show or not is completely up to you. I hope this helped answer your questions!

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8 thoughts on “Dear Geekiary: Is Tyler Hoechlin Leaving Teen Wolf the End of Sterek?

  1. Jackson, Allison, Isaac, Danny, Coach… plus Erica and Cora. Also Boyd, if you count characters that we lost even when the actor didn’t choose to leave. Danny may also be in that latter category.

    And now we lose Derek. I’m not sure if the “You haven’t seen the last of him” stuff is believable, since that’s exactly what JD said about Danny when he disappeared. I suppose JD will try to fit them both into S5 in a scene or two, so that he can claim he was being honest. It won’t matter.

    I also would rather it was a clean break for Derek. I’d already decided not to watch S5, and having it confirmed that Derek won’t be in it has cemented that decision. I’m glad to know I won’t be missing anything.

    I wish lots and lots of good things for Tyler Hoechlin for the future.

    1. Same here…I wish him all the best, he deserves it, he’s a better actor than what lately TW had written for him: so I really understand his POV in this matter. Strange that Stiles’ actor (especially because of his personal success)hasn’t already left.

      Well it’s safe to say now that the show will even more.

      PS- RIP Sterek, it was good until it lasted!…even if they will forever live in our imagination & fanfictions <3 ç_ç

    2. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dr. Deaton doesn’t come back for the next season, either. His actor has a good part on The Walking Dead, and Seth Gilliam is far too talented for the crumbs that Davis has been giving him since Season 2. Let him stay on a top-notch show that actually respects and cares about its actors and their characters’ storylines. I’m glad I stopped watching Teen Wolf halfway through Season 3A, if reviews and fan complaints are anything to go by.

      And good on Hoechlin for seeing the writing on the wall and leaving the show. He deserves so much more respect as an actor, and hopefully his recent film projects have shown him this.

  2. On the one had, I wish Hoechlin the best because if anyone deserves better roles, it’s him. Yes, he’s attractive and I do like seeing him shirtless but after 4 seasons, it gets kind of old.

    Still, I will miss him. To me, Derek is a core characters of the series and without him, it just won’t be the same anymore.

  3. these guys are being completely stupid hahaha take one more cast only on a whim and lack of education?
    the love of my holy god in a moment will take up the tyler posey that is the main character in this series, really did not like the way they do the series, removing all the actors and actresses of pure capric this will be a turd

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