Keahu Kahuanui as Danny Mahealani
Forgive me ahead of time if this sounds too much like a rant. I have a lot to say about this matter.
On July 12th, while attending a U. K. based convention for Teen Wolf, Holland Roden (Lydia Martin) revealed that Keahu Kahuanui (Danny Mahealani) would not be a part of the show’s current season and quite possibly, any future season. According to Roden, Jeff Davis, the creator of Teen Wolf, didn’t think Danny had any purpose in Beacon Hills. Kahuanui himself responded on Twitter revealing only: “So many questions. So few I can answer.”
According to Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), everybody liked Danny. Danny was Jackson’s (Colton Haynes) best friend. He was a fellow lacrosse player. He was Beacon Hill’s token gay character. Unlike most dramas that deal with the coming out process, the focus was never on coming out. He was out from the very beginning. Everyone knew he was into dudes and no one gave a damn. He seemed to be friends with everyone.
Danny was never a main character. He was never an essential character, but overtime he was given more depth. He brought his boyfriend to the formal in season 1. He suffered a break up and rebound in season 2. In season 3, he dated one of the Alpha twins, Ethan (Charlie Carver). At the end of the season, viewers found out that Danny knew all along that Ethan was a werewolf. “Dude, it’s Beacon Hills.” He knew all about the supernatural world that so many Beacon Hills was a part of.
Keahu Kahuanui as Danny Mahealani and Charlie Carver as Ethan.
With that simple line, one would have thought that Danny’s role would have been furthered on the show, if only to explain how he knew of the supernatural goings of Beacon Hills. However, Danny will not appear in season 4. In fact, it’s quite possible that we will never see Danny again. It appears he has been completely written out of the Teen Wolf script. He’s not dead or alive. He just never existed.
In response, I’ve penned a letter to Jeff Davis.
You’re the creator, writer and executive producer of “Teen Wolf.” You’re the creative force behind “Teen Wolf.” If you didn’t think Danny had a purpose in Beacon Hills, then you could have given him a purpose. You could have “written” a purpose for him. Heck, he could have been the Benefactor. If he had no purpose, then why did you give him the line “Dude, it’s Beacon Hills” in the first place. It made me think he was going to be more heavily involved in the upcoming seasons, not completely taken out. You could have at least explained how he knew about all the supernatural goings in Beacon Hills.
You’ve known ever since Peter slashed Kate’s throat that you were going to bring her back. You didn’t know what season it was going to be, but you knew you were going to bring her back. That tells me that you at least know how a season is going to play out one season before. In Kate’s case, three seasons before. If you thought Danny had no purpose, then why didn’t you kill him off or send him away in season 3. Instead, you have chosen to completely write him out as if he never existed. That is a complete disrespect to the character and to the actor himself.
Maybe something happened behind the scenes that we don’t know about with the actor. After all, he will be the sixth actor the leave the show since season 1. It’s not out of the ordinary for actors to want to venture to new projects, but your retention rate for your show is pretty low and pretty strange. Jackson (Colton Haynes) went to London. Allison (Crystal Reed) and Aidan (Max Carver) were killed off (surprisingly). Issac (Daniel Sharman) went to France. Ethan (Charlie Carver) left Beacon Hills. Who knows where?
At this point, it’s not even completely about Danny. It seems to me that you have trouble tying up loose ends. The loose ends being the fates of the characters that you created. Peter is still alive, even though he was and probably still is a bad guy Gerald is still alive somewhere. Jackson is still alive, even though he will probably never return. Jennifer would still be alive if Peter didn’t kill her. Deucalion is still alive somewhere. Ethan is still alive somewhere. Aidan is dead, but only because the actor was leaving the show and it made since for his character to be killed. The same goes for Allison. Isaac is still alive, even though he probably won’t be returning. You see a pattern? You have trouble giving your characters any definitive ending. You can’t determine their fates.
If you didn’t think Danny had a purpose, then why didn’t you either (1) kill him off, (2) send him away Beacon Hills (like Jackson and Isaac), or (3) have Ethan and Danny leave town together? At least, Danny would of had some kind of ending. Instead, you wrote him out as if he never existed. And now we have a new gay guy, who seems pretty cool, but how do we know that you won’t write him completely out as well?
Danny been there since season 1, but now I guest he never existed. What a way to end a character. I hope you’re happy with yourself. You’re a great writer. You just don’t how to end things well. But then again, not everyone is perfect. You may not lose major viewership over this, but if you keep doing this, you may.
A peeved off fan