Teen Wolf’s final season isn’t holding anything back. Whether we’re talking about character returns or scary villains, fans are in for an action-packed final trip to Beacon Hills.

Before the last 10 episodes premiere, EW chatted with showrunner Jeff Davis about what to expect from the supernatural this season.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There seem to be a lot of bad guys this year, from Gerard’s army of hunters to something supernatural that’s using fear as a weapon. Are all of these various villains connected?
JEFF DAVIS: Yes, they all come together. It’s one of those situations where Gerard and Monroe use the fear being generated by this creature to their own advantage, and it’s a dangerous game to play because fear is exactly what this creature wants and what it feeds off of. So as they’re turning the town of Beacon Hills against our heroes, they’re also making it a much more dangerous place. They’re making this creature much more powerful.

Is Gerard immune to this fear?
No but I’d say he’s someone who’s pretty fearless actually. He’s taking full advantage of it.

This season feels scarier to me than seasons past.
Yeah we were really going for it. Our inspiration was a little bit H.P. Lovecraft. We wanted things that felt creepy and scary and like they were getting under your skin, whether it’s spiders or fear itself. There’s a lot of spiders in this season.

From the trailers, we’ve seen so many great character returns, from Derek to Kate. What is it that’s prompting these returns?
It is that fear. This creature that the audience will learn more about is digging up old fears, we can say. For us, it was an excuse to bring back old friends.

With Scott, Lydia, and Malia ready to leave Beacon Hills at the beginning of the season, how is the pack dynamic different this season?
They were all ready to go their separate ways, so it was a different feeling this season [with] new people and having Stiles gone. We knew that we were going to get Dylan O’Brien for only a couple episodes, and we wanted to make his character still linger in the minds of people and also to bring him and others back in big, satisfying ways. It’s definitely a different dynamic.

Liam seems to be struggling a bit with controlling his anger this season.
He’s a little frightened of Scott leaving. It’s like having your big brother move out and he certainly leans on Scott, so we wanted to give Sprayberry something fun to play and we wanted to go back to his Achilles heel of anger and also knowing that the emotion of fear is definitely connected to anger.

Talking relationships, are Stiles and Lydia doing the long-distance thing?
Yeah, exactly.

Are Melissa and Argent happening?
You’ll have to wait and see. There’s definitely some awkwardness at the beginning of the season.

And we know Scott and Malia are happening, but how might that relationship affect pack dynamics?
It’s hard for them. There’s a moment of questions like: Would Stiles be okay with this? Are they okay with this? Is this something that’s coming out of just the emotion of the moment or is it real? We had fun with it. A lot of that develops over the season.

Teen Wolf premieres its final season Sunday, July 30 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.

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