The Tale of Deucalion
In Season 3 of MTV’s Teen Wolf there is a character named Deucalion, a blind and cryptic alpha wolf with a very twisted past. Seeing this character’s name – Deucalion – got me thinking. Why did the show choose this name for the character, the self-proclaimed “Alpha of alphas?” The myth of Deucalion doesn’t seem to fit in Teen Wolf, but perhaps there is something I am missing. Read the myth of Deucalion below and tell me what you think. What’s your theory? Out of all the names they could have picked, they choose one from Greek mythology… why?
In Greek mythology Deucalion is the son of Prometheus and the husband of Pyrrha. In the myth, Zeus floods the earth and ends the Bronze Age out of anger because of the sins of humanity, particularly the sins of Lycaon (who is transformed into a wolf as punishment). Advised by Prometheus beforehand, Deucalion and Pyrrha build a chest and live in it for nine days and nine nights. When they eventually come to land again, the two of them repopulate earth by throwing stones over their shoulders which transform into people.
Virtually every culture has a flood myth (it’s not just Noah in the Bible) and in this one it’s not surprising that Deucalion, the son of the fire-bearer, is the star. After all, Prometheus did bring fire to mortals, so it makes sense for his son to lead this new beginning to humankind.
But back to the main question – why name the alpha wolf Deucalion? It would make much more sense to name him Lycaon, who is considered by some to be the first werewolf. So why Deucalion?
What do you think?