What The Hell Is Happening On Wilfred?!

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  1. zach
    August 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm · Reply

    I think a better way to approach the show is “Why the hell is Wilfred?” I think the philosophical/existential nature of the show asks for this approach, as opposed to what he is.

      August 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Reply

      that’s a very interesting way to think about it as well. i like that. that IS what I meant, whether or not I put it in the title.

    • Marcus
      November 11, 2013 at 4:24 am · Reply

      What does that even mean?

  2. The Jerk
    August 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm · Reply

    Two ideas:

    1) Is it possible Ryan, his sister, his mom, and his dad all see Wilfred? Could explain why his sister doesn’t like him, why his mom likes him (a mentally challenged woman and a talking dog=fun times), and possibly Ryan’s dad tries to ignore and shut out Wilfred?

    2) Wilfred appears in the family’s lives in certain points of time? First, it was the sister (Wilfred in the hand-drawn pic), then the mom (who eventually saw the talking cat), and then Ryan. The show may end with a Wilfred manifestation for the dad to experience.


  3. Tyler Repps
    August 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm · Reply

    Every time Wilfred tries to get him to smoke pot and cigs and everything else its really just Ryan’s subconscious

  4. Amanda H.
    August 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm · Reply

    I’m operating on theory that WILFRED is a retelling of the film Drop Dead Fred. In Drop Dead Fred, Phoebe Cates as a child has an imaginary friend child that was taken away by her mother (Fred lived in a Jack in the Box toy and the mother knew that by taping it up, Fred, the imaginary friend, wouldn’t be around anymore). By accident, Fred resurfaces when Phoebe Cates is an adult and hilarity and awkward, comedic situations ensue. The plot reveals having the imaginary friend as a child was something integral to Phoebe’s development and since it was taken away before she could grow adequately as a person to fend for herself, she’s a dysfunctional, weak, and not totally adapted adult…. she has to overcome her fears and grow as a person, with the help of Fred, before he will disappear and move on to help another…. sound familiar?

    This would explain why Ryan saw Wilfred as a child, why Wilfred gives him a hard time to teach him lessons, and why Ryan isn’t ready to find out what or why Wilfred IS….. he hasn’t grown enough as a person yet… but he will.

    Here’s a complete plot of Drop Dead Fred:

    “Elizabeth “Lizzie” Cronin (Phoebe Cates) is an unassertive and repressed woman, domineered by her controlling mother Polly. While taking her lunch break from work, Lizzie calls her husband Charles, from whom she is separated, hoping to sort out their problems. He reasserts his desire for a divorce and says that he is in love with another woman called Annabella. While Lizzie is at the public phone, first her purse is stolen, then her car. Having to walk to her work appointment, she is late and loses her job. Polly later appears, takes control again, and takes Lizzie to her home, the house where she grew up.

    While rummaging through past belongings in the closet of her childhood bedroom, Lizzie finds a taped-shut jack-in-the-box. After removing the tape and turning the crank, Lizzie frees her former imaginary friend Drop Dead Fred. Through a series of flashbacks it is revealed that while Drop Dead Fred caused havoc for Lizzie, he also gave Lizzie happiness and a release from her oppressive mother. Fred agrees to help Lizzie become happy again, which she believes will only happen when she wins back her husband. However, Fred’s childish antics do more harm than good.

    Worried by Lizzie’s recent strange behavior, Polly brings her daughter to a psychologist. In the waiting room, we see Fred having a good time meeting up with other patients’ imaginary friends. The doctor prescribes medication to rid her of Fred, whom he and Polly believe is a figment of Lizzie’s imagination. Lizzie is changing her hair and appearance; Charles now wants her back and Lizzie is overjoyed, until Fred discovers he is still planning to cheat on Lizzie with Annabella. Heartbroken, Lizzie tells Fred that she cannot leave Charles, because she is scared of being alone. The two escape to a dream sequence in which Lizzie is finally able to stand up to her mother and ‘say the magic word:’ “I’m not afraid of you.” Fred tells Lizzie that she does not need him anymore, and he disappears, or in fact merges with Lizzie.

    Upon waking from the dream, Lizzie leaves Charles and asserts herself to her mother. Before leaving, Lizzie reconciles with her mother, and encourages her to find a friend to escape her loneliness. Lizzie goes to Mickey’s house, and on meeting, they both express interest in becoming more than just friends. After Mickey’s daughter comes up to them and blames “Drop Dead Fred” for mischief that has just prompted her nanny to quit, Lizzie realizes that Fred is now with someone else, although she can no longer see him.”

  5. November 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm · Reply

    I think Wilfred is some sort of demon or god of mischief. That, or he is all of the negative personas which Ryan has (demons in his closet). I have concluded that Ryan is most likely being punished for his attempted suicide, and Wilfred is the entity who was assigned to punish him for it. And even though the things Wilfred does seem small scale from episode to episode, the bigger picture of Ryan’s life is greatly altered. He loses relationships, spirals into deeper depression, people around him die ect…

    • john reed
      November 15, 2013 at 2:05 am · Reply

      I could see that but if Wilfred is a god of mischief why does he help Ryan grow every episode? Wilfred has tried to help Ryan overcome his feelings for Jenna and experience the world instead of staying an introvert? On occasions Wilfred shows how Ryan’s safety zone (basement) is more harm than good. I feel that Wilfred is a manifestation of what Ryan wants from his life, freedom, self confidence, outgoing and an all around interesting life. When Wilfred intervenes in Ryan’s life, it’s really just Ryan pushing himself to do things outside of his comfort zone.
      But that’s just my two cents.

      • Anonymous
        December 21, 2013 at 6:29 am · Reply

        What if it’s like a secret window thing? Ryan in actuality is talking and seeing the alter ego of a split personality? One that he’s had from childhood? I’m not sure, but it’s fun to speculate.

        • Anonymous
          January 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm · Reply

          I just finished the first season so this may have been answered, but is it possible that
          1.Wilfred isnt a “demon” but just a representation of all of Ryans bad qualities and descisions he’s trying to overcome? Or…
          2.Ryan is high as a kite and having a crazy trip. Wilfred was created in his mind to convice him to keep smoking and getting high and have an excuse.

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