oh! one more thing: as for Posey's interview, that read as a really obvious joke to me. It seemed like the type of thing he'd say to get a rise outa people. On top of that, it flies in the face of glimpses we've had of the set so far. Derek's Wolf has been seen quite a fair bit around set, and I've heard some mention of Ian Nelson too, but I couldn't get a credible source for that one. Derek's THERE, not gone. the # of scenes is yet to be seen, but i'd wait till his con Q&A. Posey's being silly.
I just… I don’t know what’s going on on set right now (everything, like you said, is rumors at this point), but Derek slinking around in wolf form… or Ian Nelson form even, is not Derek to me. Derek is Hoechlin, and while Ian is lovely and having him around for an episode was amusing, randomly de-aging him again or something so he can stay in the story would be a terrible move, plot-wise. And it wouldn’t be the same anyway because, like I said, and I’m sorry, but Derek is Hoechlin. Accepting no substitutes.
As for the interview… I’ve always hated Posey interviews because he pretty much seems to spit out whatever pops into his head without thinking and you never know what’s serious, what he actually means or believes. Obviously he was kidding about the departed characters being at a TW convention in London, but the “Derek’s gone” part at the beginning seemed very genuine to me.
Which might honestly be a good thing, because the alternatives - random de-aging, him being trapped in his wolf shift? - would just be another disappointment to his character.
If Hoechlin doesn’t want to be on the show anymore (or the show doesn’t want him around anymore, whatever the case may be) I’d honestly rather they bring him back for an episode or two and give him a strong send off, instead of resorting to cheap and unsatisfying tricks to keep the character involved.