When a character is just so badass or interesting, I want to do everything in my power to keep them around for as long as possible. It’s a problem I will have to face, because every once in a while the hero dies in a story. They’re the best at what they do; or they’re the new rookie with so much charisma and character you can’t hope but see them get married and have kids. They’re the husband, the father, the dog owner, the hunter.
It was a worthy sacrifice, we got The Lion Hamlet.
William is one of the centers of Ruby Caves, not always there but his presence can be felt. The story is about his change as much as it is about Michael or Sarah’s. He’s a cool guy… But I also have to think about the plot. Characters might make plot, sure, but I’m deciding what the hell they do in the long run. I’m the one putting it on keyboard.
Jabari wants him dead. He’s a leading member of the Lunar Riders not because he’s the absolute best but because he’s been there so long and advocating a sort of peace treaty. If he was the absolute best the attack on their cabin wouldn’t have happened.
Originally Michael was going to watch him die. Ellen the waitress goes missing and Sheriff McGraw sort of guilt trips William into doing his job while on vacation. It is a Rider’s duty to help search for people stolen by werewolves and eradicate the threat. Anyway, he goes along with Mark, his Grand Mentor, who gets thrown off a cliff. Shortly after Michael is abducted and found bleeding out. Before any sort of doctor-stuff can happen, William goes full out Papa Wolf
on the Feral.
And then another Feral comes along and they start ripping him to pieces. Michael is watching and just coherent to understand what’s going on. But that’s going to fuck him up for life. I can’t do that to him, not yet anyway. He’s too young.
I’ve figured it out now after lots of deliberation, but I’m not going to tell you who dies and who doesn’t. I’m notorious for spoiling movies or TV shows when people don’t want me to, but on this case you won’t get anything out of me. Even if you throw bags upon bags of Cola Chews at me and make me love you. It’s not going to happen.