Teen Wolf Spoilers: Did The Movie Really Killed Off This Iconic Character?

Teen Wolf Spoilers: Did The Movie Really Killed Off This Iconic Character?
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Oh no they didn't! Except, well, you know. They really did.

Warning: major spoilers ahead!

Teen Wolf fans were left reeling today as they tuned in to the highly anticipated Teen Wolf: The Movie, only to witness the shocking death of beloved character Derek Hale.

Many fans were left feeling emotionally devastated, with one fan posting on social media, "I can't believe Derek is really gone. I'm honestly in shock. #RIPDerekHale." Another fan tweeted, "This is the worst thing that's ever happened in the history of Teen Wolf. I'm honestly so heartbroken."

Derek's death, which occurred during an intense battle scene with the film's villain, came as a complete surprise to fans who were eagerly anticipating his return to the franchise. Many were disappointed that the character, who had been a fan favorite since the show's inception, was killed off – right in front of his son Eli… and right after it was revealed that Derek is a True Alpha.

"I feel like they just killed Derek off for shock value," said one fan. "It's like they didn't even care about his character development or the emotional impact it would have on the fans."

Others took a more sarcastic tone, with one fan tweeting, "Wow, I can't believe they actually killed Derek off. I mean, who didn't see that coming? #notshocked."

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Fears of those who were anticipating Derek's death in the movie weren't entirely unfounded – after all, Teen Wolf notoriously did its characters dirty over the course of the series' 6 seasons. However, witnessing the death of such an iconic and fan-favorite character, however justified plot-wise that death might be, left Teen Wolf fans absolutely devastated.

In the end, one thing is for sure: Derek Hale will be greatly missed by Teen Wolf fans everywhere, and no Stiles' Jeep given to Derek's son will even slightly fix that death.