sit down son and lemme explain u a thing
when i first started watching hannibal and the following, i knew what i was getting myself into right from the get go. i knew that these shows were dark and twisted in their own way, it was right there in the synopses. i knew that no character was safe from suffering and/or dying, so i didn’t get too attached to any of them. well, i did, but since i was aware from the very beginning that i might lose them at any point, i’ve made my peace with it. it wouldn’t hit me as hard, i could get past it pretty soon. i already have with jacob and debra from the following, it didn’t really take me that long.
let’s talk about teen wolf now. when i first started watching, it was this campy lil show about this cute stubborn boy who got turned into a werewolf and how he was dealing with it with the help of his goofy sarcastic bestie, gorgeous badass girlfriend and this mysterious sulking underwear model with a tendency to lurk in corners and a secret heart of gold. they had fun, they had some hard times, they hung out, they fought, they made up, they got into supernatural shenanigans, they went on double dates and skipped school to have a fun day at the woods, they went shopping and did their homework. they were faced with pretty morose stuff, but they still got to be teenagers from time to time. it balanced out perfectly.
come season 3 and suddenly there are pack members and old friends dying, ritual suicides and japanese demons, terminal diseases and more deaths and pain everywhere you turn. i didn’t sign up for this, and i’m not saying this in a haha lol kind of way. i really didn’t want any of this for these characters. i’m usually all up for dark stuff, and i think i might even enjoy this show, if all these horrible things weren’t happening to my favourite characters, whom i’ve grown to love and really care for. but i can’t really enjoy it when i’m not sure that all this torture will end, when i’m not sure when and if everyone i love on the show is gonna be ok. i can’t really enjoy a show that is so majorly different from the one that i fell in love with ja fucking feel me
This is what is called a betrayal of audience expectation. Can this be done well? Yes. But it must be done carefully and masterfully. Teen Wolf is executing their betrayal with all the subtlety of a freight train in a tornado.