“Teen Wolf” will be missing a pack member during Season 6. Actress Arden Cho revealed Monday that she will not return to the MTV drama. The announcement came as a surprise to many viewers since the show didn’t necessarily end her storyline in the March finale.
“I just want to say I love Kira Yukimura so much,” Cho said in a YouTube video. “I loved my experience on ‘Teen Wolf.’ I love the cast and crew, it’s been an amazing three and a half years. It’s gone by so fast, but unfortunately, it looks like we are wrapped up with Kira’s storyline, and she won’t be coming back for Season 6.”
The actress didn’t give much of a reason for her departure. “Sometimes in a show where there’s so many characters, there isn’t always room for everyone and everyone’s storylines, so I guess that was it,” Arden explained. “I do wish we would’ve developed a little bit more of her powers and the skinwalkers and just — there would’ve been more of like an epic ending, but you never know with ‘Teen Wolf.’ People might come back. It is what it is.”
Watch Cho’s video below:
Kira’s storyline wasn’t left on a cliffhanger, but it certainly didn’t feel like it ended. In the Season 5 finale, Kira made an alliance with the skinwalkers. Kira returned to the desert, and she told her boyfriend Scott (Tyler Posey) that she didn’t know how long they’d keep her there. It seems they won’t get her back in time for graduation.
Fans were not only disappointed to hear the news but also upset with the situation. They didn’t get to see Kira have a proper ending, and Cho makes it clear that she thought she was going to return for “Teen Wolf” Season 6 until recently. Others were also upset that she is no longer a series regular when there are so few Asian leading roles on American television. They expressed their anger and sadness on Twitter.
I feel so sorry for what happened to Arden, she's an amazing and talented girl that didn't deserve this kind of treatment
— Insane (@wizardryv) April 12, 2016
— Kacie_pham (@KaciePham) April 12, 2016
i've honestly never been more disappointed in tw, but at least now arden's free to take on roles for shows/movies that actually deserve her
— tw tumblr posts (@teenwolfstumblr) April 11, 2016
the fact that arden says in her video that she thought she was coming back, and that there's not always room for characters is so upsetting
— bella (@screamlydia) April 11, 2016
Arden Cho is leaving Teen Wolf, which marks the third PoC in the same number of weeks leaving a show bc of neglectful storytelling
— Alanna Bennett (@AlannaBennett) April 11, 2016
Arden didn't know she was getting the boot. They allowed her to believe she was coming back for teen wolf season 6 and that's shady af.
— lauren. (@wckdstiles24) April 11, 2016
This could have been the last time Scott and Kira were together. The last time they looked in each others eyes. pic.twitter.com/rEoP9G7M3v
— Arden Cho World (@ArdenChoWorld) April 12, 2016
Seeing Arden leave makes me so upset you can hear it in her voice that she doesn't want to leave and there was more that she couldn't say…
— tw vines (@twvineedits) April 12, 2016
ARDEN BEING DISMISSED FROM TEEN WOLF BREAKS MY HEART BC THATS ONE LESS ASIAN ON THE BIG SCREEN REPRESENTING THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
— Amanda (@naturistamanda) April 12, 2016
Arden Cho deserves better than Teen Wolf. They had no reason to kick her off. The Asian representation is gone. Teen Wolf is just trash
— Priscilla (@jamesmaslover1) April 11, 2016
with crystal they gave her a proper goodbye and we saw all sides of allison. with arden, they let kira go even tho shes barely been explored
— paige (@duhmalec) April 11, 2016
Cho isn’t the only Season 5 actor who isn’t returning for Season 6. Cody Christian also revealed that his character could make a comeback, but he hasn’t been asked yet. However, unlike Kira, his character Theo was given an ending — albeit, a dark one — when his dead sister pulled him into a hole in the ground. Audiences will have to see if the show further explains Kira’s absence when the drama returns.
“Teen Wolf” Season 6 does not have a premiere date yet.