After two seasons of showcasing nothing but heterosexual relationships, Teen Wolf will be taking a big risk next Monday by showing a gay sex scene between Danny, who’s already been shown as canonically gay, and Ethan, one of the Alpha twins. The two have shown a mutual attraction to each other; whether they are romantically interested like Scott and Allison, or just looking for a quick hookup like Lydia and her many S3 boys, it’s only fair to give their relations the screentime that it deserves.
This is a big step for MTV, because, while gay characters on TV are becoming a dime a dozen, they’re rarely shown actually acting on queer desire. Where heterosexual interactions are so normalized that we don’t even bat eyes at a sex scene, for same-sex couples, even just showing them kissing passionately is treated by many as a nigh-pornographic taboo. For Teen Wolf to include a gay sex scene, and to treat it with the same sort of kitschy, sexy Teen Sex™ vibe that we get from any of the other characters getting it on with members of the opposite sex? That’s pretty groundbreaking, and I’d expect all the people who have been clamoring at Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis to step up the queer representation to be really excited.
(So why am I concerned?)