I have tons of homework but funimation said I should be watching
Here’s the thing that probably bothers me most about the true alpha concept:* If what’s so special about the TA is that they don’t kill, then the powers/status would disappear once the TA has killed.
We know that werewolf society as a whole tends towards violence, and if there exists a werewolf justice system other than claws and teeth (and hunters), we’ve never gotten any hint of its existence. Occam’s razor would tend towards there not being one, since it would be entirely improbable that any functioning system wouldn’t have shown up in Beacon Hills years ago.
With a functioning justice system, you have options for rehabilitation, incarceration, trials, etc. Without one, your choices come down to kill them or let them go and trust they will sin no more. In some cases, where there is remorse/rehabilitation, the latter can work.
Where there is no remorse or even real consequences, what’s to prevent recidivism? Even if Deucalion never sets foot in Beacon Hills again, what’s stopping him from turning a new pack by force and then killing them off? Is a rogue omega that’s been chewing on people up and down the west coast going to stop because Scott gives him a stern talking to? And that’s not even counting hunters like Kate or Gerard or any other supernatural creatures that may show up.
We know that the werewolf magic doesn’t distinguish between murder and euthanasia from the Paige storyline. Why would it then differentiate between murder and manslaughter or the death penalty? There is no provision made for justifiable homicide.
It’s the Joker syndrome; if you kill him you’re a killer, but if you leave him alive he will kill again. How many innocent lives could have been saved by removing a psychopath permanently from society? Again, with a justice system in place, jail is an option - but there isn’t one in the Teen Wolf verse that can handle werewolves.
The TA then faces two options: 1) kill and lose the TA juju or 2) have someone do the killing for you so that your hands are technically clean.
They went with the second on the show with Jennifer’s death, even absolving Scott of having to make the decision. It’s likely they’ll take the same cop out option in the future, since they have a history of informed attributes and mind bending coincidences on the show, not to mention a distinct lack of consequences or followthrough. I understand and accept this.
In any situation with internal consistency, though, there’s three options I see happening, either separately or combined.
1. Scott is forced to kill someone, probably in the immediate defense if self or others, and loses the TA juju.
2. Derek or Stiles or both end up being the executioners for Beacon Hills, whether under orders or as poisonous friends.
3. Scott is killed by someone he refused to kill.*This is all leaving out my continuing issues with how he became a TA in the first place because it just makes me sad and tired to think of the wasted potential to make him actually heroic.