Derek is the man. He’s like the big man in high school — popular, confident, head of the basketball team, everyone loves him. He’s like the king. And then he veers off course in a way he could have never expected. In this episode, we meet Derek’s mother, so you get to see how [the werewolf gene] affects the family — it’s so much different than Scott being bitten. They always talk about Scott being like Spider-Man, but for Derek, it’s more about him realizing what it means to have that power then learning to deal with it.
Derek is a guy trying to figure out his life. I think everyone is going to be excited to see how everything happens to him. It’s like when you meet someone and halfway through talking to them you realize something terrible has happened in their past. Derek is a closed door — but this episode opens that door in a major way and you can watch this kid go through all these experiences.
In this episode, the fight scenes happen because there are emotions behind them; you fight for revenge, you fight for power, so it’s all emotion driven.