Teen Wolf Season 7: Why The Show Was Really Canceled


Teen Wolf had a loyal following, and fans were shocked when MTV suddenly pulled the plug on it. Here's why Teen Wolf ended after season 6.

Teen Wolf Season 6

Here's the reason why Teen Wolf was canceled instead of Teen Wolf season 7 happening, and what the future for the cult-hit franchise could be. The MTV supernatural Teen Wolf series, which was loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name starring Michael J. Fox, kicked off in 2011 with Tyler Posey playing the main character, Scott McCall. Set in the fictional town of Beacon Hills, Teen Wolf garnered generally positive reviews, amassing a loyal following, which was why fans were dismayed when it was revealed that Teen Wolf season 7 wouldn't happen. The second half of Teen Wolf season 6 showed the cast in their respective new lives — until they're called back to Beacon Hills when a new villain arises, culminating in Teen Wolf's ending.

What's interesting about Teen Wolf's run until the finale, however, is that, when the series was initially renewed for a sixth season composed of 10 episodes in 2015, there was no mention that it would be its last. Both creator Jeff Davis and MTV executives claim that they mutually agreed to end the show after six years as they believe it had run its course. Nonetheless, there was also no indication whatsoever that Teen Wolf was looking to wrap up anytime soon before the announcement. In fact, the storytelling format of Teen Wolf season 6 — having two narrative arcs in its final year — implies that the show may have had to cram both stories in its last 20 episodes. However, Teen Wolf: The Movie's release has totally made up for the lack of Teen Wolf season 7.

Why MTV Canceled Teen Wolf

Tyler Posey as Scott McCall Dylan O Brien as Stiles Stilinski Holland Roden as Lydia Martin Teen Wolf

There's never been an official reason given for why Teen Wolf was canceled, but chances are that Teen Wolf ended because it was canceled primarily due to low ratings. But that's not the only reason Teen Wolf season 7 never aired. In 2016, MTV started to shift its content to unscripted programs. In April of that year, the cable network ordered 11 unscripted shows, including a music competition from Mark Burnett, the producer behind popular shows like The Voice, Survivor, and Shark Tank. It also greenlit reality competitions to take advantage of its growing audience, as well as some docuseries. MTV did pick up a few scripted shows to balance it out, but it's clear that they were putting more focus on their unscripted content — which was bad news for projects such as Teen Wolf.

Secondly, it didn't help that Teen Wolf's ratings had been steadily dropping since it peaked in season 3 with an average of 1.97 million viewers. Teen Wolf season 4 saw a slight drop in audience share with 1.61 million viewers, which was still sustainable, but by season 5, Teen Wolf saw a significant decrease to only an average of 1.07 million tuning in. By its final season, the number fully tanked with only less than half a million viewers on average. It's possible that the public was starting to lose interest in Teen Wolf and where it was headed, but the departure of several cast members over the years may have also had something to do with it.

Tyler Hoechlin, Colton Hayes, and Arden Cho, who played prominent characters Derek Hale, Jackson Whittemore, and Kira Yukimura, respectively, left their posts for various reasons. Teen Wolf also had to work its way around O'Brien's injury, incurred while filming Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which forced them to use Stiles sparingly in season 6. This was disappointing for a lot of long-time fans who were hoping that season 7 would see some Teen Wolf characters return, as well as increased interaction between certain figures like Stiles and Scott.

Teen Wolf: The Movie Picks Up Where Season 6 Left Off

Stiles and Malia reading a letter in Teen Wolf

In September 2021, the internet was buzzing with breaking news about a forthcoming Teen Wolf sequel movie. It was released on Paramount+ on January 26, 2023. Davis wrote and executive produced the follow-up film. The best part about the Teen Wolf: The Movie is that it picks up where the series left off and gives the characters a more satisfying sendoff than they got. Most of the Teen Wolf series' cast is on board with the exception of Dylan O'Brien (who plays Stiles Stilinsky) and Arden Cho (who features as Kira Yukimura).

Creator Jeff Davis has reportedly been trying to bring the Teen Wolf crew back together since the series 2017 finale, as he didn't feel that Teen Wolf season 6 properly ended the universe. The movie picks up directly where the series finishes, picking back up right after Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and the rest of his friends are able to save their town. The film sees a terrifying new horde of creatures, as the return of monsters like Banshees, Werecoyotes, Hellhounds, and Kitsunes re-enter the ring. Still the Alpha, Scott must find new allies and regroup with old friends to fight off the evil that threatens Beacon Hills once again. The new Teen Wolf movie ended the MTV series properly, negating its ultimate season 6 cancelation.

Paramount+'s Wolf Pack Is Not Connected To The Teen Wolf Universe

Chase Liefeld as Baron showing the wolf side with bright yellow eyes and fans in Wolf Pack season 1

Along with Teen Wolf: The Movie, there is more supernatural teen drama to watch on Paramount+ for fans of the series. Wolf Pack season 1, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar is available to watch on the streaming service, and it was even developed by Jeff Davis, who created the Teen Wolf series. However, even though it premiered the same day as Teen Wolf: The Movie, Wolf Pack is not a Teen Wolf spinoff, as the show's universes and mythology are completely separate from one another.

Believing the series are part of a shared universe is an easy mistake to make, as both shows are about teenagers who turn into werewolves, they share the same writer, and they share much of the same crew too, but Wolf Pack isn't related to Teen Wolf whatsoever. Though many believed that Wolf Pack could have been the answer they were looking for after Teen Wolf season 7 was canceled, that turned out to not be the case. However, the shows are still getting confused for one another, as both Teen Wolf: The Movie and Wolf Pack involve arsons too.

 

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