Aww I’m watching that Marvel live stream thing at sdcc and the Teen Wolf cast is there right now. They handed out some Marvel collectible toys and Tyler Posey immediately grabbed the Black Widow action figure. ^__^
Here’s a thought…
We know Braeden’s motivation is $$$ - she said so herself. We’ve seen her work for Morell, Duecalian, Araya & now Derek.
She’s sticking around because she’s ‘looking’ for Kate, but in the meantime, she’s posing as a officer of the law and getting into Derek’s pants. But why? She wasn’t hanging around Araya when she was looking for Kate, so why is she sticking so close to Derek?
I think she’s been hired by someone to keep an eye on Derek, perhaps to keep him safe (probably Duecalian). I think her relationship with Derek is an excuse for her to hang out with him, to stay close, to keep an eye on him.
Or it could be that, like all the other characters, Braeden is complicated and thus capable of doing and feeling more than one thing at a time, and also capable of compartmentalizing and prioritizing and having more than one motivation for anything she does. It’s entirely possible, since she’s in the rest of the season starting with Monday’s episode that they’ll, IDK, use the time to develop her character and her relationship with Derek to explain how they go from business associates to lovers. I mean, that’s what I would expect to be the plan since Meagan Tandy’s in 2/3 of the season and, as they showed with Kira last year, that’s more than enough time to develop a character into a full-fledged, multi-layered entity.
I’m genuinely stymied (not really because I’ve been in fandom a long time and I recognize a lot of its more questionable patterns) as to why it is apparently so goddamned difficult for some people to imagine that the Braeden we met in The Dark Moon might grow and change the way all of the other characters change over the course of any given season of the show. I mean, just off the top of my head, I remember that time Derek started out a season of the show (3A) trying to consolidate and shore up his power - after killing Peter to get it and turning a bunch of teenagers into werewolves so he’d have a pack and therefore more power in S2 - and ended by quite literally saying “I don’t care about power, not any more,” and then willingly giving his up to save someone’s life. If you’d told me the Derek of Tattoo would’ve given up his alpha status and the power that comes with it when Tattoo first aired, I probably would’ve looked at you and said, “LOL, no,” given how hard Derek fought to get power in the first place and to increase it by building a pack. But 10 episodes later, that’s exactly what he did.
So. People change. Characters change. And quite frankly, it’s a pretty well-worn narrative trope to have the seemingly amoral loner take a particular job “just for the money” only to, over the course of the job, come to care about more than the money including the (1) person who hired them, and (2) that person’s cause (and just to be clear, the job I’m talking about here is the job Derek hired Braeden to do, not the job your random person to be named later possibly maybe hired her to do). That’s a thing that happens in stories all the time. It’s entirely possible - and based on the final shot of the mid-season trailer, pretty fucking likely - it’s a thing that’s happening in this story. TBH, I don’t really care what your reasons are for just assuming it can’t possibly be what’s happening, that there has to be some other reason aside from Braeden being an actual person with layers and feelings and complications, because it’s pretty clear to me that anyone who could watch that final shot in the trailer and still think Braeden won’t ever move off her “if the money was good, I’d kill you” philosophy is someone who’s simply determined to assume the absolute worst of her no matter what. Sure, sure, sure, you threw in that bit about “maybe it’s to protect him” but given that you started out saying she only cares about money and the entire post is framed from a “all of her behavior is still suspicious and shady and she’s probably just a honey trap” perspective, that seems more like a rhetorical CYA than because you remotely think she’s there to protect Derek.
Also? It’s honestly kind of amusing to me you’d make a post like this when your bio lists Derek as one of your greatest fandom loves, but it’s apparently just so hard for you to imagine someone coming to legitimately care for him after interacting with him for a time.
Listen, I think it’s fine if people want to take a “wait and see” attitude before deciding what they really think about Derek/Braeden. But that’s not what you and a lot of other people are doing. You’ve decided you already know what the story is and where it’s headed (her ‘inevitable betrayal’ of him) and you refuse to adjust that even in the face of evidence to the contrary. I know trailers can be misleading but they can also be revelatory. Derek is unconscious in that final shot, so Braeden’s fear and worry isn’t a performance for him. But why consider that when we can keep harping on her line to Scott in the season premiere and assume that’s all the character will ever be about, right?