In the Teen Wolf episode, “The Girl Who Knew Too Much”, we finally learn what supernatural creature Lydia is. She’s a Banshee! The Wailing Woman. For those of you who aren’t as geeky as I am when it comes to mythical creatures, you may be asking yourself, “what the hell is a Banshee anyway?” Here’s some basic mythology and history on banshees and how it fits into Teen Wolf.
A banshee, traditionally called “Bean Sidhe”, is from Irish mythology and is seen as an omen of death. A banshee is a fairy and always a woman, who uses her scream/wail to signal when a violent death is about to occur. Banshees are not believed to cause death, just warn of it. Myth is, the banshee can be seen by the person who is about to die and can appear in multiple forms, such as a beautiful lady, an old hag and sometimes even as animals associated with Irish witchcraft.
Banshees are based off of an old Irish tradition where women would sing a lament to signify someone’s death (referred to as keening). They were traditionally a signal to the family or friends of the soon-deceased and some believe she was a friend of the family she followed. Banshees used to follow specific, well-known families in Irish folklore.
Banshees are known to wail around natural forms such as trees, rivers and rocks. People have reported seeing banshees combing their hair and have confused them with mermaids. Often times they are seen with a comb in their hair.
How did we not realize that Lydia was a banshee before this episode? All the signs were there. I mean, she had a predominant and epic scream scene in several episodes this season. So, the part about her screaming when someone is violently killed makes sense. She’s shown up to find numerous dead bodies in the show. What doesn’t make sense is the blackouts, her pulling hair out of the drain, her tree-drawing sessions and all the other weird shit that has happened to her. Maybe they’re just chalking it up to her being in tune with the supernatural world. Or maybe, Jeff Davis is putting a twist on the traditional mythology of the banshee and giving Lydia some cool powers or abilities. I’m down for that! Now that Lydia knows what she is, she’s sure to hone in on her abilities to learn how to use them for good. Welcome to the Beacon Hills Supernatural Creature Club, Lydia!
Check out the recap of “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” for more details from the episode and don’t forget, MTV’s Teen Wolf airs every Monday night at 10:00pm EST. Don’t miss it! #FangsOut