You should be watching MTV’s Teen Wolf. Okay, a main character just died tragically, and people everywhere are probably going to stop. But still you should watch, because in the penultimate episode of the most psychologically draining season of any teen drama I’ve ever watched, Allison Argent was stabbed, and died in the arms of titular teen wolf Scott McCall. And though TV deaths always get me, this one was one of the worst. You’d have to understand a lot of the character’s backstories to get how depressing it actually was- hence why you should be watching- but part of the reason it got to most viewers including myself was because Allison Argent is really important. And not just in terms of Teen Wolf, but in terms of TV dramas across the board.
Most of the teenage dramas I’ve watched are directed at girls, but make the main male characters out to be the heroes. It’s no secret that the “chick-flick” genre is increasingly sexist, and this often translates over to TV; in season 2 of One Tree Hill, the audience is made to hate Haley when she leaves Nathan to pursue her music career, despite the fact that Nathan himself was arguably the biggest jerk on that show. You remember LC and Kristin’s feuding more than anything else that took place on The Hills. I barely watch The Vampire Diaries but I’m pretty sure Elena is supposed to a vampire and all we get is her making out with Damon and Stefan. And yeah, Ryan is my favorite character on The OC, but half the time it seems like he exists ONLY to save Marissa. It’s possible the “male lead” in teenage dramas has to do with gathering more male viewers, but regardless of the reason, these shows always seems to make the girls forgettable.
Teen Wolf is not absent of this, considering many of the deaths on the show have been female and most of the main characters are in fact male. But as a female character, Allison Argent was not forgettable. In the first season, Allison, played by the wonderful Crystal Reed, is introduced as the simple love interest to the werewolf, and its all very sweet until we find out that she is from a family of werewolf hunters and she finds out she’s dating one of them. With a few minor setbacks Allison manages to handle all this well, developing her own code and standing by her family while protecting her friends. Over the course of her three seasons, her mother and aunt are killed, she is pursued by a couple of creepy male characters, her best friend Lydia seemingly goes crazy, her father is almost sacrificed- and we find out her biggest fear is being seen by others as weak, as if she needs protection. As a seventeen-year-old and one of the two human teenagers on the show, Allison became one of the most relatable and impressive characters for viewers and future showrunners alike. She may have been brought in as just a love interest for Scott during season 1, but it’s her decision to break up with him season 2, and remains his friend throughout season 3 (and let’s be honest, without Allison’s bow and arrow skills, these werewolves would be nowhere). And in a show with themes of “the power of human love” that are reminiscent of Harry Potter, yes Allison died in our main male character’s arms, but it wasn’t about Scott- Allison died protecting Isaac, getting Stiles back, and saving Lydia. In her final episode she got to say goodbye to her father AND finally figured out how to defeat the Oni demons (like I said, you should probably just watch the show). Maybe some viewers were disappointed in her demise, and maybe it was only for three seasons, but Allison showed us that there can be, and should be, strong characters that young female viewers to look up to. We’ll miss you, Allison.