“Does it hurt anymore?” A tribute to Cody Christian’s character Theo Raeken. – Cody in the series finale

“Does it hurt anymore?” A tribute to Cody Christian’s character Theo Raeken.

Plenty of people were convinced that Theo Raeken would not make an appearance in the final episode of Teen Wolf. Plenty of them thought that Theo Raeken was going to die in episode 19. However, he was neither in episode 19 nor died whilst taking a bullet for Malia with Stiles shouting her name, as so many spoilers indicated. This merely proves that we should not be too keen on believing what we read on the Internet.

We see Theo in his truck, talking to Scott on his phone. The Alpha asked the chimera for help. That’s why he is on his way to the hospital. Old Theo would not have done so. Old Theo would have long been gone, selfishly only saving his own ass. However, Old Theo literally is gone. We will learn what that means later on, once Theo has arrived at Beacon Hills Hospital.

Liam is there, confronted by several hunters with guns aimed at him. His situation seems hopeless, but the elevator doors fling open and Theo pulls the beta inside. The doors close before the hunters’ bullets can do any harm. This certainly brings the Thiam scene in 6×09 to mind where Theo pushed Liam into the elevator and became the bait himself, ready to risk his life lest the beta was taken.

This time, however, they are both in the elevator, staring at each other.

What are you doing here?”  Liam asks.
“I was just asking myself the same thing,”

 Theo simply replies. The chimera wants to help. He is ready to fight the hunters, to keep Scott’s pack safe. He is ready to keep Scott’s beta safe. We can literally feel the tension between Theo and Liam in these few seconds inside the confinement of the elevator.

A heads up for Thiam-fans: Jeff Davis actually was wondering himself why they did not kiss in the end. Khylin Rhambo mentioned that during the screening, everyone thought that “they were gonna do it”. Cody and Dylan obviously enjoyed working together and their chemistry is amazing, no matter if you would like to see Theo and Liam as an actual couple or friends. They were definitely bonding. Cody and Dylan loved the fans’ response to their bromance. Dylan is like a little brother to Cody and the only thing we could possibly regret is that Theo and Liam did not have the chance to develop their friendship a tiny bit sooner.

I’m not dying for you.

–– I’m not dying for you either. But I will… fight with you.

Okay. That’s fine.

 Although they do not say so, we just know that they care about each other. They would probably not even admit that they do. They are a team and respect one another. The doors open and we finally see these two in action again. Their eyes glow, razor sharp fangs and claws emerge. THIAM are ready to fight. And they fight in unison.

Their fighting scene is yet another highlight of the finale. As I said in one of my previous articles, Theo and Liam are strong alone, but lethal when they join forces.

These two, who were so reluctant to even be in the same room together at the beginning (just think about their scenes in front of the hospital and Liam wanting to use Theo as bait), slowly began to trust each other. Everyone needs someone they can count on, someone who does not question anything they do.

 

However, both are injured in the fight. One of the teenage hunters, Gabe, takes several bullets by mistake. He is in excruciating pain, moribund. The teenager is bleeding to death. 

And here comes Theo’s triumphant scene. Theo approaches Gabe, who’s lying in a puddle of his own blood. “It hurts,” he says. His voice is brittle.

Theo takes Gabe’s arm. “You can’t take the pain if you don’t care,” Mason told him in episode 18. This time, however, Theo shows kindness. Dark veins emerge on Gabe’s arm, drawn to Theo’s hand. He takes Gabe’s pain away. He knows what it is like to care. 

Does it hurt anymore?
–       No.
Good.
 

The chimera’s redemption arc is completed. He proved how altruistic he has become. Theo does not only care about himself anymore. Theo has a heart. Cody Christian shows that he does.

  

Now I am not surprised that this was Cody’s favourite scene. It was emotional, sad but also an act of kindness. Theo hardly knew Gabe at all. Gabe was one of the hunters. Yet, he proved that he cares.

Now we have allies that used to be enemies. We have protectors, we have friends willing to fight for us.

Theo has proven himself. He is an ally the pack can count on. It is a bit sad that quite a few questions remain unanswered. I would have loved to find out more about Theo’s childhood. How he ended up with the dread doctors. How he became the first chimera, why he stopped caring. I would have loved to see Liam offer him a place to stay since he can’t stay in his truck forever. Or Theo helping Liam handle his anger issues. 

Nevertheless, Theo Raeken is fine. He is out there, safe and sound. Driving around in his truck. Maybe he even joins Liam, Mason and Corey to play some video games from time to time. He’s still a teenager after all. Sometimes you just need to have some fun, right?

Thank you, Cody, for bringing Theo Raeken to life. It was you who assured with your outstanding performance that this character was not killed off, as originally intended. I cannot wait to see what’s next for Cody. He is destined for greatness and people just need to realize it. He, as so many others out there, inspires people every day. He creates something we can indulge in. Something we will never forget. It is not only the story that made us adore Teen Wolf, but the actors behind it all. People who make you feel better when you have a bad day. Thank you for all these amazing years.

Originally posted on SiredToCodyChristian Tumblr. 

“Is everyone completely shocked that I might be right?” – Cody in 6×18

Episode 18 had another good amount of Theo Raeken in it and Cody Christian appeared at his best once again. The episode opens with a scene of the pack and Theo, trying to find the Anuk-Ite’s other half. Theo thinks it’s best to keep an eye on Aaron. We all know that Theo’s plans usually work (and are not connected to gain more power). However, the others remain wary of the chimera. They obviously are not fond of the idea that Theo is right. They even refuse to acknowledge it openly. 

“Is everyone completely shocked that I might be right?”

Theo said, his voice full of disbelief. “No, we just don’t like it.” Scott, however, tries to appease both sides. He says that they could all be right, then sends Mason and Theo on a mission in order to find Aaron.

Both of them are not very keen on spending time with each other, even a blind person could figure that out. Every step Theo takes, everything he does is allegedly connected to his own well-being. He only cares about himself, they claim. He helps them only to save his own ass.

This, however, cannot be true. Ever since Liam brought him back at the end of 6×06, Theo’s personality has altered. Every single one of his actions since then have proven to be altruistic.

He saved Liam Dunbar lest he was taken by the riders. He risked his own life – something he clung to his entire existence. We also have seen how easy it is for the hunters to kill any of them with just one shot. Theo is thus in constant danger, but in lieu of running, he fights back and makes sure that Scott’s pack is safe. A pack he would like to be a part of?

“Maybe I want to be in the pack.”

“Maybe I want to be in the pack,” Theo says to Mason when they went through the dark, eerie tunnels in search of Aaron. Despite the somewhat smug façade adorned by a tat of sarcasm, Theo is genuine. “A pack is about trust,” Mason retorts. They evidently do not trust him due to all the obnoxious things he carried out in the past.  

The closer they get to Aaron, the more afraid they become. Mason remarks how little he trusts Theo; even turning his back to him would be too much to ask. Anxiety overcomes him, caused by the Anuk-Ite. Then, it seems like Theo is on the verge of losing his temper. His digits seem to quiver, his lower lip trembles. A loud, menacing growl emits and razor sharp fangs emerge. The chimera’s eyes growl and for a moment, it appears like Theo’s about to attack Mason.

But he just shoved him away, saving him from Aaron. Mason is injured and in agony. Theo takes his arm, wanting to take the pain away. He fails.

“You can’t take the pain if you don’t care.”

The aghast look on Theo’s face is yet another sign that he actually wants to. Theo wants to care; he just does not know how. His entire existence revolved only around himself. Cody Christian shows that Theo has a heart.

Just consider how upset Theo is in that particular moment. His lips slightly parted, terror and realization mirrored in his eyes. Cody Christian trulybecomes Theo Raeken on set and manages to touch the viewers. His acting is more than just good. People just need to realize that. He’d truly deserve an award for his outstanding performance.

There are thus two sides to Theo. One is the smug, apparently selfish façade. The other is the caring one. Theo just needs to figure out what caring and love actually mean.

In the end, Theo and Mason are both injured. The Anuk-Ite injured itself with Theo’s claws in order to find its another half more easily. The scene that followed really made me smile: Mason offers Theo his hand, pulls him up. It closes with both of them sitting next to each other, injured.

Theo’s redemption arc is almost closed. He has been the one saving everyone all the time. Also, Liam seems to be the first person he started to care about. 

A spoiler-free review voted 9/10 for Thiam in episode 20 and mentioned “redemption and tears of joy” as well. Something close to a happy ending for Theo? He’d certainly deserve it.

When it comes to Cody Christian’s acting and his character Theo’s development I would certainly give an 11/10. Theo has a heart. 

Cody Christian shows us that!

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Are you gonna kill him? I mean, I don’t care if you do, but have you thought this through? – Cody in 6×17

Are you gonna kill him? I mean, I don’t care if you do, but have you thought this through?

6×17 was another great episode for Thiam fans. Although Cody Christian did not have as much screen time as in the last two episodes, he had another brilliant time on screen, along with Dylan Sprayberry.

We see Liam Dunbar nearly losing control and thus almost killing Gabe in the process. He was on the brink of losing it entirely. However, Theo emerged out of thin air and calmed him down.

Again, Theo Raeken proved how clever he is. He managed to calm Liam down by pointing out the consequences of killing Gabe: “Any idea where you’re gonna dump the body? Nobody saw you grab him, did they?”

 You didn’t kill him. It’s progress.

Hence, Theo does not oppose to the idea to killing him. Not openly, at least. Liam lets go of Gabe in the end.

You might want to remember what’s been Scott’s goal all along: keep people alive.

That’s exactly what Theo’s doing: keep people alive. He knocked Liam out at the abandoned zoo so that Nolan could get away. He stopped Liam from losing control and kill Gabe in the process. Is Theo really trying to help the pack? Or is he just protecting himself, pursuing a plan of his own?

Liam commenced to put his trust in Theo. He chose Theo to accompany him to carry out his plan at the zoo. He also allowed the chimera to talk him out of killing Gabe. He realised that Theo was right, as experienced as he is.

There are only three episodes left before it all ends. Fans really adore the growing “thing” between Theo and Liam. Thiam seems to have become one of the most popular bromances of the show. Some ship them as friends, others just want them to kiss already. Whichever you prefer, Theo and Liam share some great scenes together.

The chemistry between Cody and Dylan is phenomenal. You can really see the way their relationship developed from the moment that Liam brought Theo back from hell and to the last scene they shared in 6×17.

Liam definitely seems to trust Theo now. He must also be somewhat important to Theo since the chimera actually stayed around, assisting and advising him.

Some people have expressed their concern about Theo’s motives. Would he betray them all again? Let’s hope not.

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“You broke my nose twice. It healed and you broke it again. Two times.” – Cody in 6×16

This week’s episode was called “Triggers”. And it certainly triggered all kinds of emotions. Lots of broken and bloody noses, too. Cody Christian was able to shine in some very well-lit scenes, which is rather unlikely for Teen Wolf. Gladly, he was granted plenty of screen time. Who would not have liked Theo to become a main character? Well, he might not be one officially. But ever since they brought him back, he feels like one. Theo is gradually becoming a part of the pack.

Moreover, it was certainly a good episode for Thiam fans. Theo and Liam shared a lot of screen time together, which was rather comical on the one hand; on the other, it proves that they are learning to trust each other, building something close to a friendship. However, it is not as easy as it looks. One moment, they seem to get along. Seconds later, they are punching each other.

Liam: You ripped my shirt…

Theo: You broke my nose. Twice. It healed. And you broke it again. Two times.

Liam [punches him again]: Three times.

The plan is that Liam and Theo lure the hunters away from their lair, so that the others can get a hold of their weapons. It does not really go as they planned, since Gerard always seems to be one step ahead of them. However, all that happens in the abandoned zoo shows how intelligent Theo actually is. 

Same goes to Liam. He chooses the abandoned zoo because of the narrow paths, just as the streets in Mykonos. “I’m impressed,” Theo admits with a smile. Are they starting to get along? It seems like it. Liam would not have been able to do this without Theo’s help, and he is well aware of it.

These scenes also show that Theo is changing. Old Theo would have let Liam kill Nolan, maybe even killed him himself. He knocks Liam out, telling Nolan to run, a smirk on his lips. He knows that something is off about the beta. Anger issues, everything is heightened even more than it usually is. Will we see more of Theo helping Liam through all of this, help him control his anger? It would be a great opportunity, though. 

I had to knock you out.

–       Yeah. How many times?

Five.

Liam and Theo could probably do this all day long. Punching each other in the face. Breaking each other’s nose. Once. Twice. Three times. But in the end, they would sit on Liam’s sofa together, playing a video game. Maybe they actually do. Who knows? And when Theo beats Liam in that game, the beta breaks his nose a fourth time.

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Theo Raeken just wants to be loved. Cody in 6×15.

“I’m not much of a pack animal.” 

Theo and Cody fans have anticipated this moment ever since they got a glimpse of Theo Raeken in the opening scene of episode 6×12: Theo is back. And it was even more than that. More than just a simple return. 

Theo felt like a main character. He was present in various scenes throughout the episode and Cody Christian certainly was at his very best. It felt like he had only been slumbering, waiting in the dark just to make his grand return. 

The chimera was held captive with two other werewolves, tortured by constant electroshocks. Despite the agonizing pain, Theo kept his wittiness, remaining sassy and certainly was not holding back in terms of his smug comments. That’s exactly the Theo we love. It was through his own cleverness that he managed to free himself as well as the other two.

Theo said he wasn’t so much of a pack animal. That we know. What he didn’t say however, was how lonely he actually was. When Theo joined forces once again with Scott’s pack, one could see some kind of transformation. He fought with them, in spite of his apparent reluctance. We remember: Yeah, Theo just wants to stay alive. He is free to leave Beacon Hills, but chooses not to.

Theo Raeken has a heart. We can be certain of it. Cody Christian manages to give us an insight into what is going on in Theo’s mind.

“Cody Christian shows us what’s underneath. He shows us that Theo just wants to be loved.” – Jeff Davis about Cody

 He may have done cruel things in the past, killed people. Willing to do anything to gain power. Yet, there’s another side of him we yet need to figure out. This side is slowly coming to the surface. 

Theo: “Your dead friends are dead. And they’re gonna stay dead no matter what you d–”

[Liam punches Theo in the face; Theo drops to the floor.]

Liam: “By the way, I’m still working on my anger.”

Theo: “…Good to know.”

Moreover, I’m amazed at how much chemistry Dylan Sprayberry and Cody Christian have when they are together on screen. Liam Dunbar and Theo Raeken get along one moment, but lose temper and fight in another. They still didn’t give each other that fist bump, though. If they work together, they’ll be lethal. 

Let’s hope that Theo will remain bulletproof for the remainder of season 6. There are only 5 episodes left now, time’s obviously running faster than we want it to. Soon, we will have to say goodbye to Theo Raeken and all the other characters we’ve learnt to adore. Will Theo actually have something close to a happy ending? We will find out soon…

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Cody Christian’s comeback as Theo Raeken

Episode 6×12 of Teen Wolf began with something many viewers had anticipated for a long time: Theo’s comeback  after the long gap between 6A and 6B as well as episode 11 without him. Within the first few minutes, we learnt that Theo was apparently homeless, trying to get some rest in his truck. The police, however, chased him away on multiple occasions. This became rather comic, but I also felt bad for him. They must really hate Theo.

In fact, everyone seems to hate Theo. This is also something the fans are very conflicted about. Either you love him or you hate him. For some, it even seems to be some kind of love-hate relationship. I can only say that I’ve always liked him. Theo Raeken was like the perfect villain. And Cody Christian brought him to life. 

What we see in 6×12 however, is a broken man. Seemingly homeless. He’s lonely, haunted by the spectres of his past. Sad even. Remorseful?

“I don’t want in anyone’s pack. I don’t want anyone’s power. I just want to stay alive.”

 

He has literally been through Hell and back. Everyone should have a second chance. Theo already proved himself by putting his own life in danger and saving Liam, being the bait.

When you even try to make friends with a spider, you clearly don’t have anyone left in your life. The spider, however, was a really nasty one and actually went through his skin. It was literally inside him.

The chimera panicked. Thankfully, he had parked his truck right outside Deaton’s abandoned animal clinic and was brave enough to perform surgery on himself by cutting the nasty beast right from his back.

And then, it disappeared. Vaporized. Just like that. Like a bad dream. But Theo did not wake up this time. Back in his car, he actually considered giving Scott a phone call. The fact that he still has his number proves that Theo still cares. Suddenly, his truck was surrounded by people aiming guns at him. Then, they started firing.

Don’t believe for a second that he is dead. First, a chimera that survived Hell and the wild hunt won’t allow anyone to kill itself that easily. Second, there are several scenes in the season 6B trailer that are yet to come.

I’m very excited to see Cody Christian perform. He always puts his heart into it and literally works his butt off. Sadly, he is a bit underrated; he deserves much more credit and attention for his work.

Most viewers were disappointed with the very limited amount of screen time Cody got. Let’s hope that this will change in the upcoming episodes!

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San Diego Comic Con 20th-23rd July

Cody Christian attended San Diego Comic Con with some of his cast members in order to say goodbye to Teen Wolf.

The group had a very dense schedule consisting of interviews, panels and signing sessions. Once they had all arrived, they started with solo, duo and group photo shoots.

Cody and Dylan at their duo photo shoot.

Cody’s photo shoot at SDCC

The Teen Wolf panel took place on Thursday July 20 in the biggest hall of the premises – Hall H.

“Cody shows the underneath. He shows that Theo just wants to be loved.”

© Gage Skidmore

During the panel, everyone was asked to name their favourite scene. Cody’s favourite one was his very last scene in the finale. He mentioned that he was bloody, which doesn’t sound all too encouraging…

Jeff Davis also shared his thoughts on Cody’s character. “Yes, Theo is a bastard. A really bad guy. But Cody shows the underneath. He shows that Theo just wants to be loved.”

“Without you, there’s no me.”

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“As an artist, this guy has been so much fun to play because I feel like every 10 episode block, there’s been another side of Theo,” Cody said in one of the interviews.

He thanked his fans for making it all possible: “Without you, there’s no me.”

However, not only interviews were on their schedule. Dylan Sprayberry and he also filmed some challenges for TBSNetwork’s Wrecked: Bull ride, climbing up a tree . . . They definitely had some fun.

© TBSNetwork

Moreover, Cody attended “Teen Wolf Press Line” as well as Entertainment Weekly’s annual party.

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Let’s conclude with what Cody had to say about his weekend at SDCC:

 

Some of Cody’s interviews:

 

Howl At The Moon Convention in Paris, 1st & 2nd July 2017

On 27 June, Cody and his PR Sean hopped on a plane to Paris on the occasion of the HATM convention, organized by Ultimevents.fr.

Since he arrived a couple of days before the convention, Cody used his spare time to visit museums and places in Paris, such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Some fans even ran into him and gave him a little tour through the museum, guiding him to Da Vinci’s famous painting Mona Lisa (La Joconde).

“Found two great tour guides at the Lourve today! Thanks for the help!”

When Cody entered the hall, everyone screamed the loudest.

The highly anticipated day finally came. On 1st July, Cody attended the French Teen Wolf Convention along with some of his fellow cast members – Shelley Hennig, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Dylan Sprayberry, Ian Bohen, Linden Ashby, Susan Walters, Ryan Kelley as well as Charlie and Max Carver.

The convention began with a slight delay due to Holland’s flight not being on time. When Cody entered the hall, everyone screamed the loudest.

© Marie Barrault

The actors’ activities were scheduled as the following: Autographs, Solo/Duo photo shoots, meeting rooms and panels. Cody had two meeting rooms since he certainly was one of the most popular actors.

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His signing sessions actually took the longest, especially the one on Sunday.

It was supposed to take place from 10 AM till 12:15 PM, but he was still signing until way past 2:30 PM. He did not even have a real lunch break and kept working so hard so that everyone had the chance to talk with him and get their desired autograph.

He took his time with everyone and did not rush at all, thanking them for coming and for their support. Every time a fan was standing at his table, he was completely focused on them. Absorbed. It was like you literally were alone with him, blending everyone else out. Despite the time pressure, Cody was never in a rush. Everybody had the chance to talk to him. Tears were shed, teenagers screamed, trembling. Cody was so gentle to them, comforting and reassuring them.

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Cody signing a poster © Ultimevents

His first meeting room took place on Saturday afternoon. Cody was simply amazing, talked freely and casually with everyone, even played an extract from his upcoming rap song. However, Cody does not intend to pursue a music career. He simply loves to write songs, get in the flow whilst working on one for hours. It’s a hobby, his passion and started with writing poetry when he was younger.

“At the age of 25, I’m gonna get an Oscar.”

The young man was vibrant, full of energy and genuine. Furthermore, Cody addressed the importance of dreams. When he was a teenager, he kept telling himself: “At the age of 25, I’m gonna get an Oscar.” Even if we fall, we always need to get back up. No matter how hard it seems, we can do it. “It’s possible,” he said.

Cody at the meeting room. © Ultimevents

Cody was also very kind and welcoming at the photo shoots. He shook hands or hugged everyone who approached him and made some small talk, asked questions.

To conclude, there are no words capable of describing how amazing Cody Christian really is. But let’s try these: Humble. Genuine. Completely down to earth. Meeting him is certainly something that you will keep in mind. A very positive memory.

MTV Beach House

(From MTV Homepage) Beach House is returning for a new generation of fans!  MTV faves, Nessa (“Girl Code”), Cody Christian (“Teen Wolf”) and Chico Bean (“Wild ‘n Out”) will host the all-star beach party from a tricked-out, 90s-themed beach house located at the famed Jersey Shore. The festivities kick off June 8 with the first-ever MTV Beach House Festival, featuring performances by MisterWives, KYLE and more.

Here are some first impressions: