Why Lydia Becomes a Banshee in Teen Wolf (Not a Werewolf)

Despite the titular wolves of Teen Wolfsome characters from MTV’s supernatural drama turned into other creatures, like Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) when she became a banshee, even after being bitten by a werewolf. Teen Wolf was highly successful from 2011 to 2017, as one of the highest-grossing werewolf shows of the first two decades of the 2000s. Running six seasons while following the lives of the supernatural students of Beacon Hills, some of the The series’ twists have surprised those familiar with werewolf lore.


Teen Wolf follows Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and his friends after being bitten by a werewolf, becoming one himself. However, he’s not the only supernatural creature in his California town. Among Teen WolfThe monsters are werewolves Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) and Liam Dunbar (Dylan Sprayberry), wascoyote Malia Tate (Shelley Hennig), kitsune Kira Yukimura (Arden Cho), and banshee Lydia Martin. Lydia’s story is unusual, however, in that she became a banshee after being bitten by Alpha werewolf Peter Hale (Ian Bohen) in Season 1. At the time, Peter was a werewolf. Alpha seeking to create a pack to get revenge on the werewolf. hunters who burned down his family home, killing most of his family inside. Typically, someone bitten by an Alpha Werewolf becomes their Beta Wolf in their pack hierarchy or dies from the injury.

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Lydia, however, neither died nor became a werewolf as a result of Peter’s attack. Instead, the bite unlocked her hereditary powers as one of Teen Wolfother supernatural creatures, a role she played through Teen Wolfcanceled season 7. After her attack at the end of season 1, she became a banshee, a creature with a psychic connection to death and near death.

How Lydia got her banshee powers in Teen Wolf

In the last seasons of Teen Wolf, Lydia learns that her paternal grandmother, to whom she was close, was a banshee. They are also known as the Wailing Woman due to the way they scream to announce someone’s death from supernatural causes. When her grandmother was taken to a mental health facility known as Maison Eichen, because of her premonitions of death, Lydia suppressed those memories and any hints of her heritage. Without Peter’s intervention, Lydia might not have developed her powers until she was 18, if at all. Alpha magic unlocked its hidden potential early on. While it’s unclear if it was Peter’s status as an Alpha that awoke Lydia’s abilities, any werewolf bite could have triggered Lydia’s Legacy, protecting her from becoming a wolf. -were. It is further possible that the traumatic near-death experience itself evoked Lydia’s affinity for the dead. Either way, the influence of the supernatural brought Lydia’s nature to the surface. After meeting Peter, Lydia slowly learned to sense impending death as a harbinger of death, to hear the details of a person’s death, to experience premonitions, and to project herself into her premonitions, between other abilities.

Although Lydia’s encounter with Peter, on the face of it, creates an inconsistency in terms of Teen Wolf‘s lore about how lycanthropy is passed from person to person, it also works thematically for his character arc as a whole. In agreement with Teen WolfUnlike the original film, Lydia’s arc is darker, but more emotional for her experience. Through Teen Wolf, Lydia grows in confidence and self-acceptance, as she begins the show by hiding her true intelligence and immersing herself in a villainous character at school. But her near-death experience changes her on a fundamental level and reconnects her with her grandmother, showing how even though she has lost her innocence of mortality, she uses her trauma to become a more empathetic person who is determined to help those like her.

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