“Does it hurt anymore?” A tribute to Cody Christian’s character Theo Raeken.
Plenty of people were convinced that Theo
Raeken would not make an appearance in the final episode of Teen Wolf. Plenty
of them thought that Theo Raeken was going to die in episode 19. However, he
was neither in episode 19 nor died whilst taking a bullet for Malia with Stiles
shouting her name, as so many spoilers indicated. This merely proves that we
should not be too keen on believing what we read on the Internet.
We see Theo in his truck, talking to Scott on
his phone. The Alpha asked the chimera for help. That’s why he is on his way to
the hospital. Old Theo would not have done so. Old Theo would have long been
gone, selfishly only saving his own ass. However, Old Theo literally is gone.
We will learn what that means later on, once Theo has arrived at Beacon Hills
Liam is there, confronted by several hunters
with guns aimed at him. His situation seems hopeless, but the elevator doors
fling open and Theo pulls the beta inside. The doors close before the hunters’
bullets can do any harm. This certainly brings the Thiam scene in 6x09 to mind where
Theo pushed Liam into the elevator and became the bait himself, ready to risk
his life lest the beta was taken.
This time, however, they are both in the
elevator, staring at each other.
What are you doing here?” Liam asks. “I was
just asking myself the same thing,”
Theo simply replies. The chimera wants to
help. He is ready to fight the hunters, to keep Scott’s pack safe. He is ready
to keep Scott’s beta safe. We can literally feel the tension between Theo and
Liam in these few seconds inside the confinement of the elevator.
A heads up for Thiam-fans: Jeff Davis actually
was wondering himself why they did not kiss in the end. Khylin Rhambo mentioned
that during the screening, everyone thought that “they were gonna do it”. Cody
and Dylan obviously enjoyed working together and their chemistry is amazing, no
matter if you would like to see Theo and Liam as an actual couple or friends.
They were definitely bonding. Cody and Dylan loved the fans’ response to their
bromance. Dylan is like a little brother to Cody and the only thing we could possibly
regret is that Theo and Liam did not have the chance to develop their
friendship a tiny bit sooner.
I’m not dying for
not dying for you either. But I will… fight with you.
Although they do not say so, we just know that
they care about each other. They would probably not even admit that they do.
They are a team and respect one another. The doors open and we finally see these two in
action again. Their eyes glow, razor sharp fangs and claws emerge. THIAM are
ready to fight. And they fight in unison.
Their fighting scene is yet another highlight
of the finale. As I said in one of my previous articles, Theo and Liam are
strong alone, but lethal when they join forces.
These two, who were so reluctant to even be in
the same room together at the beginning (just think about their scenes in front
of the hospital and Liam wanting to use Theo as bait), slowly began to trust
each other. Everyone needs someone they can count on, someone who does not
question anything they do.
However, both are injured in the fight. One of
the teenage hunters, Gabe, takes several bullets by mistake. He is in excruciating
pain, moribund. The teenager is bleeding to death.
And here comes Theo’s triumphant scene. Theo
approaches Gabe, who’s lying in a puddle of his own blood. “It hurts,” he says.
His voice is brittle.
Theo takes Gabe’s arm. “You can’t take the pain if you don’t care,” Mason told him in
episode 18. This time, however, Theo shows kindness. Dark veins emerge on Gabe’s
arm, drawn to Theo’s hand. He takes Gabe’s pain away. He knows what it is like
Does it hurt anymore? -
The chimera’s redemption arc is completed. He
proved how altruistic he has become. Theo does not only care about himself
anymore. Theo has a heart. Cody Christian shows that he does.
Now I am not surprised that this was Cody’s
favourite scene. It was emotional, sad but also an act of kindness. Theo hardly
knew Gabe at all. Gabe was one of the hunters. Yet, he proved that he cares.
Now we have allies that used
to be enemies. We have protectors, we have friends willing to fight for us.
Theo has proven
himself. He is an ally the pack can count on. It is a bit sad that quite a few questions remain unanswered. I would have loved to find out more about
Theo’s childhood. How he ended up with the dread doctors. How he became the
first chimera, why he stopped caring. I would have loved to see Liam offer him
a place to stay since he can’t stay in his truck forever. Or Theo helping Liam handle his anger issues.
Theo Raeken is fine. He is out there, safe and sound. Driving around in his
truck. Maybe he even joins Liam, Mason and Corey to play some video games from
time to time. He’s still a teenager after all. Sometimes you just need to have
some fun, right?
Thank you, Cody, for bringing Theo Raeken to
life. It was you who assured with your outstanding performance that this
character was not killed off, as originally intended. I cannot wait to see what’s
next for Cody. He is destined for greatness and people just need to realize it.
He, as so many others out there, inspires people every day. He creates
something we can indulge in. Something we will never forget. It is not only the
story that made us adore Teen Wolf, but the actors behind it all. People who
make you feel better when you have a bad day. Thank you for all these amazing
Do you remember when Scott thought that Derek died (s03e05) and he wasn’t able to heal because he felt guilty for his death?
Well, after Allison helps him to heal, one of the first things he says is: “Stiles, where’s Stiles?” even if there is no reason to believe he is in danger. It’s like Scott’s last promise to Derek was to keep Stiles safe.
I’ve always believed that (until season 4) it was Derek who acknowledged and understood his feelings for Stiles (Stiles was just…well…Stiles. Kinda lost in his Lydia world, wondering about his sexuality). Scott knew it though, like every body else in the pack, simply because Derek made it very clear to them:
But he tried so hard to keep him away. For so many reasons:
1) Stiles is a “child”
2) “I killed my first love”
3) “people I love die”
4) Trust issues
5) He knows and respects the feelings Stiles has for Lydia
“Sometimes the shape you take reflects the person that you are. Even Stiles calls her cold-blooded.”
6) He loves Stiles’ smile. And he knows how dangerous and painful a relationship with a werewolf can be.
But nobody can deny that Derek is totally in love with Stiles, because:
1) He makes him smile:
2) And makes him act like a baby (because he had to grow up so fast that he’s still a child in so many ways, SO BASICALLY WHAT STILES GIVES HIM IS WHAT HE NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO HAVE):
(come on, Derek. No one believes you)
3) This little, defenceless human is a hero, a BAMF and he’s not afraid of him
4) this BAMF is kind and funny and brave and full of love
5) He dreams of him
6) no words needed
7) Derek kinda freaks out every time Stiles is in danger
8) COME ON THIS SCENE
And then, finally, it looks like Stiles understands something (and, yes, it looks like our ship is going to become canon)
BUT…Season 3B. Stiles literally loses his mind (STILES WHAT ARE YOU DOING)
While Derek’s still totally and madly in love with him:
And the Nogitsune knows it:
But then season 4 comes, and while Derek finds a distraction (okay, totally fair)…
…Malia decides that Stiles is her mate:
And then Stiles finally gets it:
Because when you’re losing someone…
…you understand how much that someone is important to you.