Teen Wolf Season 6 Episode 17, “Werewolves of London,” feels like self-indulgent, but well-written, fan fiction come to life.
(Fan fiction, at its core, has everything you wish to include in a story but that somehow isn’t possible because you have to continue the story. Finale = no holding back.) It has the guest stars we’ve always wanted to return, the realizations of love from unexpected sources, and Sheriff Stilinski losing his position again.
First off, the guest stars.
Deucalion comes back a changed man and offers Scott and Malia an advantage and advice that is different from what they expected of him. He’s no longer the animal from before.
It might not seem like it at first, but Deucalion could turn out to be one of the most valuable people in Scott’s circle. Because as much as Scott needs to realize that he can’t keep his hands clean, he needs someone who has seen the darkest parts of himself and come out better and more level-headed because of it.
For that, I believe Deucalion and Peter are the yin and yang needed for the upcoming showdown between the supernatural and human. They balance each other out and offer two vastly different perspectives. They’re the perfect addition to Scott’s war council/growing army.
While we’re on Peter, let’s talk about the reason he stays. No matter how twisted and callous Peter appears to be, he still cares for his daughter. He remains in Beacon Hills because he sees how much she cares for Scott.
He knows that love might lead Malia to her death. He might be uncaring and aloof 95% of the time, but he knows the destruction that love can create and will do whatever he can to save her from it.
Once again, Peter Hale proves to be one of the most complex characters on Teen Wolf. Insane and responsible for many deaths along the way, but still complex as hell and always a delight to see back.
Jackson and Ethan’s return is also a pleasant surprise. The former kanima did always brag that he was everyone’s type. (Thank you, Teen Wolf for bi-representation!) I guess that declaration held true and his relationship with Ethan is proof of it.
Their apartment speaks of the depth of their relationship. This isn’t a casual fling for Jackson or Ethan. They are both in a committed relationship that includes framed photos of time spent together and working side by side under the most dire circumstances.
Even when Monroe chains Jackson and Ethan to that fence wall, they are at ease with each other. They know that whatever happens next, they’ll have each other’s back and come out alive because of it. And honestly, it makes me want to see a spin-off or fan fiction focusing on how they meet, how they fall in love, and where their method of working together to hear lies comes from.
Finally, we have the sacking of Sheriff Stilinski. Everything is moving so fast and the town is turning against Scott and his pack left and right, so I almost forgot that the Sheriff’s department is made up of people from said town.
The fear that these people are experiencing is so strong that they’ll turn against a human that they’ve known for ages.
Even explaining or hearing about Gerard’s past did not sway Monroe or anyone in the department. Times are getting desperate and they are choosing which side they fall on, because they feel like the Sheriff never chooses them against the Pack.
That takes me back to the fact that this feels like well-written fan fiction. “Werewolves of London” takes risks that are unheard of, like the return of Peter and Deucalion to help, manages to generate a new slew of slash shippers, and takes away a position central to the show.
Honestly, the show has done things like this before, but never to this extent or with so many risks involved. That’s what makes it seem like a really good fan fiction, the unexpected team ups, romances, and people willing to fight by Scott’s side.
With three episodes left, and so many things on the line, the feeling that this is an amazing fan fiction is not going to go away. If anything, it’s going to increase, and I don’t mind one bit.
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Teen Wolf airs Sundays at 8/7c on MTV.
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