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After Six Years, “Teen Wolf” Says Goodbye

The final episode of 'Teen Wolf' premiered Sunday night. PHOTO/ SyFy
The final episode of ‘Teen Wolf’ premiered Sunday night. PHOTO/ SyFy

By Zainab Iqbal

Published: September 27th, 2017

Six seasons of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” have come and gone. Some believed it was impossible— “Teen Wolf” couldn’t possibly ever end. But the long awaited season finale premiered on Sunday, September 24, and it’s safe to say that several tears were shed.

“I’m gonna tell you a story, maybe it’ll sound familiar. There was this kid, 16, running for his life,” you hear Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) say in the beginning of the episode. “It came at the start of the full moon. Something came at him, something bit him. It changed his life. It changed everything.”

The finale channeled back to the first episode of the first season. Remember when Scott was running for his life? Yet, this time, it was a different kid. It was a new wolf.

For those who don’t know about the wonder that is “Teen Wolf,” allow me to explain. “Teen Wolf” is exactly what the name says. The show takes place in a town called Beacon Hills where the supernatural—wolves, foxes, and weird scary creatures with no faces—live. It is important to note, however, that ordinary humans live amongst them as well. Throughout the six seasons, we see them fight different battles for the same exact reason: to protect Beacon Hills. This last season, though, was the final battle—the supernatural versus the humans who wanted them dead.

Scott McCall—How do I describe a ‘shapeshifter’ (someone who changes from wolf-to-human) at his best? We’ve seen him grow from a scrawny freshman trying to do pullups in his bedroom, to the strongest wolf in his pack. We’ve seen him running away from ‘hunters’—the humans who kill the supernatural—to fighting them.

One of my favorite scenes in the last episode was the one where Scott takes out his eyes to fight the Anuk-ite. The Anuk-ite is a supernatural creature that creates fear. Obviously in order to fight him and win, you have to kill him. But there’s a catch. If you look him in the eye, he’ll turn you to stone.

So in order to fight the Anuk-ite, Scott takes out his eyes using his claws. It was painful to watch—then again, so is everything in the entire show. Eventually, the Anuk-ite is dead at the end of the episode and those who had turned to stone were “de-stoned.”

Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien)—The ordinary human who could. He is the soul of “Teen Wolf” and I don’t think anybody would disagree with that. He brings laughter in the darkest moments, and saves his friends using baseball bats and eventually wolfs bane, which he dumps on the Anuk-ite to kill him. Stiles is my absolute favorite character, and I loved watching the “Sciles bromance” evolve. I mean, hello! This dude comes in a Jeep and knocks down a hunter right at the moment Scott is about to get shot!

Can we also talk about Malia (Shelley Hennig) and Scott? I didn’t really approve of their relationship in the beginning of this season. It seemed a bit forced and it came out of nowhere. But all of that changed in the final scenes. So the Anuk-ite is dead and Scott is still eye-less. Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) is trying to get Scott to heal himself, but in order to do that, Scott needs to focus—and he can’t, he’s freaking out. Derek reminds him that he only has a little amount of time to heal, otherwise the damage to his eyes would be permanent. His friends are surrounding him, and all I can think is, “No, it cannot end like this.” And it doesn’t. All of the sudden, Lydia (Holland Roden) tells Malia to kiss him. Malia looks confused, but every “Teen Would” fan, at the moment, knew. Remember the first “Stydia” kiss, when Stiles was having a panic attack and couldn’t stop it because he couldn’t focus, so Lydia kissed him? I think I’m crying again.

Theo Raeken (Cody Christian)—He’s a complicated character, this one. In the previous seasons he tried to kill Scott and his pack. This season he comes back and helps them, which is totally fine because he’s very pleasing to the eye. He’s no longer a bad guy, but Scott’s pack (especially Liam) has a hard time trusting him. A few episodes back, Liam (Dylan Sprayberry) is hurt. Theo holds his arm and tries to take away his pain; the supernatural can do that. It doesn’t work. Liam looks at him and says that it only works if you care.

In the last episode, Theo and Liam are fighting the hunters in the hospital. One of the hunters, in order to kill Liam, shoots the other young hunter as well. So, there he is, dying on the floor. He keeps saying, “It hurts.” Theo walks to him slowly, grabs his arm, and takes away his pain. This time, it works. “Does it hurt now?” he asks him. The hunter says no and dies. It’s safe to say, hearts were broken that night. But I am so proud of Theo. Who wouldn’t be?

The final scene in the finale was Scott’s pack walking away together. Theo was not there. I know Theo was never a part of his pack, but isn’t that what he wanted? Also, he evolved so much the last season. I kept looking for him walking away with the rest, but he wasn’t there. And that was pretty disappointing.

All in all, “Teen Wolf” was a phenomenal show, and it’s hard to picture a Sunday night without it. As far as supernatural shows go, this was the best (and the only one I’ve ever watched, so I may be a bit biased). I fell in love with the characters and my heart broke when theirs did. What am I going to do now? Maybe I’ll finally get to check out those fanfictions. But none would be better than the original.

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