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» MY THEORIES ABOUT PAIGE/JENNIFER BLAKE
There’s a reason I think Jennifer Blake is resurrected!Paige. When Chris and Gerard find the cellar with the tree that has the five-fold Celtic knot, Chris identifies the blood smeared along the trunk as sacrificial blood. Paige’s blood surely gets all over the tree when she’s in Derek’s arms in that cellar, so maybe that somehow results in her resurrection? I realize that sounds very hand-wavy and kinda goes against her blood being sacrificial blood, but I’m just spitballing! There’s got to be a reason we’re shown all those scenes down in that cellar. Plus, Paige would be around Jennifer’s age right about now, and they even look alike (besides that mole under Paige’s eye, I guess?).
My other theory is way more convoluted! Basically, Derek’s relationship with Jennifer Blake is a figment of his imagination (courtesy of the alpha whammy—not because Derek’s nuts or something), and his memories of Paige are used to create Jennifer Blake. They look alike, surprise Derek in the way they react to him, are introverted and nerdy, are similarly okay with Derek’s hairy little problem, etc. Besides, the alphas wouldn’t use the memories of someone still alive to create this character, so who better than a long lost love? But I find this becoming more and more unlikely after 3x07, so I favor the first theory over this one!
In response to your theory about Paige being created to give Derek a happy relationship, doesn’t Derek having to commit a mercy kill on his high school sweetheart not only shatter his innocence but also negate any happiness he might’ve experienced in that relationship? I think he’s proven to be the type who would turn all those happy memories against himself because he feels they all culminated in Paige’s death, and he blames himself for that (no matter how much/little Peter influenced him and no matter what Derek’s mom tells him).
» DEREK AND ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
I’m not 100% sure about Derek’s jadedness with romance. I mean, I agree it’s there, but I have a couple bones to pick.
For starters, it seems things between Jennifer and Derek are getting pretty serious (or physical, at least!), regardless of whether or not she’s a resurrection, a figment of Derek’s imagination, or even an ordinary human. The fact that Derek pursues this relationship (note that Derek is always the one who comes to Jennifer, and the only time it’s the other way around is when the alpha pack brings Jennifer to Derek) and continues to maintain it possibly means he’s actually not as jaded as we might think. (I say “possibly” because we actually don’t know much about whether or not they go on dates or hang out while keeping their clothes on or not almost dying.)
Also, even if I discount what I said about Derek/Paige not being a “happy” relationship in Derek’s mind, I think it would be strange to create Paige only for that purpose. Loads of people have awful things that mar their pasts. For instance, Isaac’s backstory is riddled with loss and betrayal:
- He loses his mom, loses his brother, and loses his dad
- He forms this bond with Derek, but he kinda loses Derek after the whole glass throwing incident.
- He also loses Erica and Boyd when they run, but he doesn’t (and then they die!).
- (I just realized he also loses his memories. Omg. Help.)
You would think he’d be jaded when it comes to trusting people or relying on people to be there for him. Enter: Scott! Scott is someone who has always been there for Isaac since meeting him, someone who has always looked out for him, and someone Isaac trusts implicitly. I predict this will be a constant for Isaac, and that his relationship with Scott will redefine Isaac’s capability and/or willingness to trust.
tl;dr—My point is just because Derek’s experience with love/romantic relationships isn’t that great doesn’t mean he’s just doomed or that the writers need to go back in time to fix it by creating someone like Paige. In fact, I think a damaged character like Derek with such issues regarding love/romance is an excellent opportunity for the writers to give him a romantic relationship that completely contradicts his previous experiences/knowledge of romance—a romance that teaches him that love isn’t always shrouded by the promise of heartbreak, half-truths, and death. And it also opens the door for some amazing character development that could span an entire season instead of just bits and pieces of a 42-minute episode.