Okay, so, if you reached this Deviation thinking that there wouldn’t be any spoilers, you’re going to be disappointed. This goes over the implications of said spoilers. Thus, if you have not seen the most recent episodes of the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I advise you to leave this page, watch them, then come back if you like.
Okay, here we go. Now, in the most recent episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Turtles have lost Splinter, and they plan to finally destroy Shredder. However, Karai is injured from their last encounter with the insane in the membrane Shredder. It’s my opinion that the Mutagen, as relatively perfect as it is, is wreaking havoc on Shredder’s mind. What do you expect from a mutagenic substance, right?
As a result, Shredder’s attacks have become more and more violent, and he is no longer even worrying about harming Karai, the one he has been moving mountains to try to get back, the one he was willing to mutate himself to reattain. Now, I’m not claiming in any sense of the word that Shredder ever had a healthy relationship with Karai.
Karai was a number of things to Shredder. She was an extension of himself, she was a tool for revenge against Splinter, and a psychological weapon against him. She was a substitute for Karai’s mother, Tang Shen. She was a means to stroke his ego. After all, she was the only person who truly loved and respected Shredder. The rest of his minions are terrified of Shredder, they idolize him as an avatar of strength, power and destruction, and they fear him.
But they don’t love him like Karai used to. But, in his mutated state, as obsessed as he was with getting her back, he was willing, it seemed to kill her in his vendetta against Splinter. But I’ve rambled a bit. Shredder is dead, now. So, where does the series go from here? Is it over? Was this only ever going to be four seasons long? There are a number of other plot threads that need to be followed up on.
What happened with the Kraang? As ineffectual as they are as villains, they’re still a major part of the plot. What do Shredder’s minions do, now that their master has been killed? Are they planning to form their own criminal enterprises in the city? Form their own criminal empires in the vacuum that exists where Shredder once ruled? Furthermore, what about the Triceratons? I can’t imagine for the life of me that they would just give up. They’ll be back… Or so I assume.
But without the Shredder as the primary villain, who will fill that vacuum? Who will be the new Shredder, so to speak? Who will fill the role of the main enemy for the Turtles, and how are they going to create an enemy more powerful than Shredder? That fucker kicked a Triceraton’s ass. But again, I ramble slightly. Here’s my theory.
Shredder’s not gone. After all, it’s been shown that he has a major resistance to fatal injury, now that he’s been mutated to be fused with his armor. His bones are now made of steel, and he survived a several hundred foot drop and wasn’t even killed by the garbage crusher in a garbage truck. So how far-fetched is it to think that he may have some level of regeneration that would avail him in life threatening situations?
If that’s the case, and I think it might be, he’ll be back, and bigger and badder than ever.