On the March 17 episode of MTV’s hit “Teen Wolf,” the character of Allison Argent died after being stabbed by a demon, BuzzFeed reports. Born into a family of werewolf hunters, Argent – played by Crystal Reed – was more Katniss Everdeen than Bella Swan. Involved with Scott, a werewolf, Argent “had a purpose outside of Scott,” according to BuzzFeed.
Thanks to her father, Argent became a bow and arrow wielding force to contend with, and became an invaluable werewolf hunter. And in the eyes of viewers across the world, Argent became a symbol of strength and bravery in a teenaged female character, defining herself outside of her relationship with the male lead.
MTV reports that fans have been mourning the character’s death: “Show devotees have been Instagramming pics of their wrists and hands inked with imagery of arrows, and while some illustrations are simple and understated, others include additional drawings and written sentiments. A handful of the temporary tattoos that have fallen under the #GoodbyeAllison umbrella are even spelled out in foreign languages, demonstrating how far-reaching the high school hero‘s legacy has extended.”
As for the “why” about Argent’s demise, Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis told Hollywood Life that it was a necessary part of the story arc: “We’d debated it many different ways, actually. The show is growing up, and it’s just like what they did on The Good Wife; it’s shocking and it changes the show. Death happens and everyone else is left behind. It spins the characters and the story in new directions. To be honest, we struggled to think of a reason why Allison would leave Beacon Hills. This was more true to her character. She’s not the kind of person who would just say, ‘OK, guys, I’m out of here. Take care.’ It was a powerful, painful moment.”
Crystal Reed told Entertainment Weekly that at 29, she was ready to leave behind the character of 17-year-old Argent, despite the throngs of fans who mourned her death by paying tribute with the #RIPAllison hashtag. ” “I cannot be more grateful for what the show has given me,” she said. “It’s given me such a platform to be a role model, to be seen, to be heard and, actually, from the beginning, I’ve grown into a woman from the show — from beginning to end — and I think that was the biggest motivating factor for me to leave. I feel that there’s nothing more that I can give to this character.”
Finally, why did this archer’s death create such a massive reaction on social media? By all accounts, Argent was an authentic character, who struck a chord with fans seeking a strong female heroine. That authenticity is one of the primary reasons Katniss Everdeen and Princess Merida have attracted legions of loyal fans to their films and, by extension, to the sport of archery. Both characters had an effortless, genuine spirit that made a girl (or boy) think Katniss would have been an amazing best friend. We think Argent would have been, too.