I just finished The Death Cure, and I don't think I can say that the end of any other trilogy has left me feeling more resolved. I loved it. But
Teresa's death almost seemed unnecessary. I found her to be a really natural character, one whom I grew close to very quickly. I don't think I ever distrusted her, though she could be angering at times.
I don't understand why James Dashner chose to kill her off. Has he ever explained why, or might anyone have an idea as to why she was killed?
Here are my main arguments:
Teresa was easy to become attached to as a character.
She seemed good all along, just a little misled.
Thomas and Teresa finally re-establish their bond at the end of the book.
Her death was so... disappointing. No special words, just a quick goodbye that made her seem irrelevant, when really, she was quite important, or so I thought.
There were already enough deaths that posed WICKED as the bad guy. There didn't need to be a last straw. Chuck and Newt were enough, plus all of the terrible things Thomas had witnessed or had done to him by the organization.
The only things that make me understand why she died, and so unceremoniously, are the following points:
- There seemed to be a triangle of sorts between Thomas, Teresa, and Brenda (whether a love triangle or a friendship triangle). As with when Thomas had to choose between Brenda and Jorge on the Berg at the end of book two (though he was faking it that time), he had to choose this time, and he was much closer to Brenda, so Teresa had to go.
- That rid of the last few marks of the past for Thomas, and allowed his new life to be free and balanced, with no more reminders but faint pangs of sadness.
She was important, but often very detached from the point of view the story was told in, and so the reader could easily distance him/herself from her.
That's the one point that feels unresolved. Sure, as mentioned in the pros, Teresa's death did bring some nice closing to the book, but left me hanging in a way, wishing she were still there.
To summarize, does Dashner seem to think that this was a necessary death? And given the above statements, why? If he hasn't explicitly stated anything, is there anything in the trilogy (or prequel) that might explain his logic?
One final point that I'd like to explore if possible:
Is it possible that Teresa's death was meant to rectify Janson's claim that Thomas was always solely self-centered and not willing to give to science? She sacrificed herself for him, showing once more, as Janson describes it, that everything revolves around little old Thomas.