What The Hell Is Happening On Wilfred?!
Wilfred is without a doubt the most bizarre show I’ve seen on television, excluding the really stupid stuff on Adult Swim. I swear, I could videotape myself burping Mein Kampf and I’d get 15 minutes on Cartoon Network as long as it was after 11pm. But I digress. We are almost finished with season 3 and I couldn’t be more intrigued. I love Wilfred. It’s hilarious and thought provoking at the same time. Watching a man in a dog suit smoke weed and get drunk while screwing up Ryan’s (Elijah Wood) life is fun as well. But I can’t help but wonder, along with many other Wilfred fans, what exactly is Wilfred. I mean, where the fuck did this thing come from? There are a couple different theories I’ve been fiddling around with.
RYAN IS INSANE
This would explain Wilfred as a hallucination. Sure, he still exists, but not as a talking man in a dog suit. This is sort of the Fight Club theory, but assuming this is true, I would have to say that Wilfred very much exists as he is seen interacting with other characters on the show. There are several reasons that make this theory plausible.
Ryan’s mother is living in a mental institution. We are told that she was Ryan’s age when she went cuckoo. There is even a scene that could possibly explain completely Ryan and Wilfred’s relationship. Ryan’s mother’s kitten Mittens is seen as a woman in a cat suit from her point of view. Could Ryan be suffering from the same, um, illness?
Who in the hell is that guy Bruce? He seems to be the only other person thus far who can talk with and see Wilfred the way Ryan does. Something to consider, however, would be that we never see Bruce interacting with anybody else besides those two, which could also mean that perhaps Ryan is hallucinating him as well. Let’s consider for a moment though that Bruce does exist, then what?
What is up with the basement? It appears as if it never really existed. What does that mean for all of the scenes we see Ryan and Wilfred in while they’re downstairs? Those things never really happened? Is Wilfred and his relationship with Ryan some sort of manifestation of his longing for his father’s acceptance? Probably not, but it sounded smart, didn’t it?
Why is Wilfred always messing with Ryan? He seems to get him into loads of trouble, although almost every time it benefits Ryan in the long run. Wilfred uses tough love on Ryan because he knows he can’t do it himself, whether that be standing up for himself or finding his way out of his ayahuasca trip. But does Wilfred really have Ryan’s best interests at heart?
What seems to be a motif of the show is Ryan and his father’s estranged relationship. It is the one thing that reoccurs the most, almost in every episode one way or another. But rarely is anything substantial answered… so far.
These are the main points we must consider when trying to find out REALLY what in the fuck is going on in Wilfred. Ryan could be insane, sure.
RYAN IS DEAD
What if Ryan really did overdose on anxiety medication in the very first episode and now he’s trapped in some sort of limbo with Wilfred as his guide. Sounds a bit far-fetched at first, but think about this: Every show begins with a quote and then THAT episode uses the quote as an outline for a life lesson that Ryan will end up learning by the end of the 21.5 minutes. And Wilfred is there every step of the way, usually pushing or instigating confrontations for Ryan to face that ultimately end with Ryan feeling more alive or perhaps less neurotic. Is Wilfred a supernatural being sent to help Ryan in the afterlife? Is everything Ryan experiencing just part of his death? Jumping off of THIS theory, Ryan could also be in a coma from the overdose.
This theory has tons of holes in it, but it’s fun to entertain. Also, it may seem like a bit of a cop out for the writers to just say Ryan was dead the whole time, and I wouldn’t really expect that from them, but having Ryan in limbo or some sort of other-worldly afterlife does sound kind of cool and unique. Whatever it may be, I can’t wait to see how the writers end this show, and I can’t fucking wait to fucking see where the fuck Wilfred came from!
What do you guys think?
by Uncle Mike