Abby: Well, there was the announcement from Arden Cho that she wouldn’t be coming back for season 6 of Teen Wolf. That’s been causing a major uproar.
Erica: Along with Kat Graham leaving TVD (The Vampire Diaries). And Ricky Whittle leaving The 100. And Abbie getting killed on Sleepy Hollow.
Abby: All of them talked about not getting good storylines or being relegated to the background. Arden Cho announced it via her youtube channel and she clearly didn’t understand why.
Erica: There was no reason for it.
Abby: No, I mean, I never watched Sleepy Hollow so I can’t speak for it but unlike the other major death – Laurel Lance on Arrow – all of the characters had so much more story telling use and so much importance.
Erica: I haven’t watched Teen Wolf for a while. Or TVD. Never got into Sleepy Hollow. But I have a theory about why Ricky was getting less screen time. And it wouldn’t be a popular one.
Abby: Kira (Arden’s character) and Bonnie (Kat’s character) were often given badly explained storylines. What’s the theory?
Erica: That they had two possible ways to go with the Polis story because the writers room started before they knew how many episodes they’d have ADC (Alycia Debnam Carey) for. The option if they could only have ADC for a couple episodes would have probably been the Lincoln and Luna connection and a bigger story there earlier on. O (Octavia) being upset, etc. But when they found out they had ADC for 7 episodes…well, they decided to go all out on the Clexa line and cut Ricky and the Lincoln/Luna thing almost entirely.
Abby: That’s almost what Ricky said. He implied it was Jason, but it was most likely Jason cutting stuff to get the Lexa stuff in. There were so many hints of a greater storyline for Lincoln and for Ricky that it’s a shame Jason had to treat him so badly.
Erica: The problem is, there always has to be a trade-off. Especially with such a big ensemble cast.
Erica: And when such a big story counts on a guest star who only has so many episodes during a certain period of time to work with you…well…the other actors and characters are the ones that suffer, unfortunately.
Abby: Which sucks, but the way Ricky tells it does pin it on Jason and Ricky says he tried to talk him because Ricky had put his heart and soul into this show. But you know what’s worse than having your storylines cut? Filming stuff and having it cut out of episodes – that’s what happened to Arden.
Erica: We know that’s happened to several of the actors on The 100, too. There was supposed to be a Monty/Monroe scene. And who knows what else. But yeah, putting in the effort and then having it cut? Really shitty.
Nnena: The Arden stuff is really messed up. In the s5 finale, Lydia says that Kira has to be back for graduation which suggests that Arden Cho would return. It seems like this was a last minute decision, I don’t know.
Erica: Weird. That makes no sense at all.