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29th Jul '17 10:13:19 PM donteatacowman3
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[[WMG: Ever since his initial suicide attempt, Ryan has been in Purgatory.]]
He's been trying to create and discover [[UnfinishedBusiness closure]] for himself when navigating a limbo that he's stuck in. Think of a ghost trying to [[UndeathAlwaysEnds move on]], but in the setting of their own afterlife instead of the real world. That's why Ryan's reality is always prone to warping with dream and waking states and hallucinations and the "real world" being indistinguishable from each other--everything we see on screen is real in Ryan's purgatory, though none of the other human characters have souls; they're just Ryan's memories and fantasies about the people themselves.

This fills more plot holes than the official canon ending--why Wilfred can affect Ryan and physical objects in the real world but not be perceived by others within it, how Ryan could be having (what we're told is) intense hallucinations and physical compulsions that he doesn't remember while otherwise appearing lucid, why the cult's teachings fit Wilfred so well even before Ryan knew about the cult, why the closet appears and reappears without reason, and why Ryan drifts in and out of a normal waking experience.

Wilfred fills the role of a [[GuardianAngel guardian spirit]] (hence his turf war tiff with Ryan's "spirit guide") by watching over Ryan and trying to steer him toward emotional closure. That's not to say that Wilfred is an angel--I don't think this afterlife follows traditional Christian heaven/hell good/evil concepts.

The biggest clue? Bruce's "games" with Wilfred. This isn't a random hobby. Bruce is [[TheGrimReaper a psychopomp]], periodically interrupting the purgatory to force Ryan to cross over (for better or for worse). Wilfred buys him more time to work out his issues and find closure by constantly [[ChessWithDeath fighting and winning games against Bruce]] that Ryan can't comprehend.

Ryan's [[spoiler: suicide attempt in the last season after his guardian spirit left him, assuming he'd found closure]] set his progress back to the beginning, explaining why and how [[spoiler: Wilfred returned against all logic]]. Ryan can finally pass on when he discovers inner peace, even if that requires thinking that his experiences with Wilfred have been a drawn-out psychotic break. He will eventually realize that he may be dead, struggle but come to terms with that, and continue to the true afterlife (or even possibly wake up in a hospital after a coma from his first suicide attempt, depending on where Bruce has been trying to lead him this whole time).

This may sound like a fan's denial on my part, and to some extent it probably is, but the [[BaitAndSwitch series yanks Ryan and the viewer around when it comes to an explanation for Wilfred's existence]] that a follow-up special is entirely possible, at least in terms of in-universe storyline potential.
14th Jan '17 6:14:02 PM Xtifr
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Like {{Harvey}} Wilfred is a pooka manipulating Ryan's perceptions. The show has a single name title, Ryan is the only that can see him, Wilfred is manipulative almost like a Trickster. He is screwing with Ryan's sanity and it would also explain why [[WeirdnessCensor no one notices his undoglike behavior]].

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Like {{Harvey}} Theatre/{{Harvey}} Wilfred is a pooka manipulating Ryan's perceptions. The show has a single name title, Ryan is the only that can see him, Wilfred is manipulative almost like a Trickster. He is screwing with Ryan's sanity and it would also explain why [[WeirdnessCensor no one notices his undoglike behavior]].
30th Dec '15 6:13:24 PM AHI-3000
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* Jossed. The series finale actually wraps up all the mysteries rather nicely.
30th Jan '15 1:15:55 AM Koveras
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[[WMG: Mattdamon and Krungle are somehow related to [[TheElderScrolls Clavicus Vile]].]]

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[[WMG: Mattdamon and Krungle are somehow related to [[TheElderScrolls [[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Clavicus Vile]].]]
2nd Dec '14 3:34:57 PM Tarvoc
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[[WMG: Mattdamon and Krungle are somehow related to [[TheElderScrolls Clavicus Vile]].]]
14th Aug '14 1:39:33 PM chrishouserez
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[[WMG: Wilfred, [[spoiler: the man in the dog suit, not the actual dog]], is a {{Tulpa}}.]]

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[[WMG: Wilfred, [[spoiler: the man in the dog suit, suit not the actual dog]], dog, is a {{Tulpa}}.]]
14th Aug '14 1:38:56 PM chrishouserez
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[[WMG: Wilfred, [[spoiler: the man in the dog suit, not the actual dog]], is a {{Tulpa}}.]]
7th Aug '14 7:03:48 AM Alastorsblade
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[[WMG: The final episode will also tie together the original Australian show with the U.S series.]]
21st Jul '14 3:23:07 AM saltin
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I mean, I may have watched too many horror movies, read too many creepy pasta and all that jazz. But that is literally the one thing they haven't teased in the show. Also the symbol is soooo obscure they can't find anything on it? Plus when Ryan finds the *spoiler* Wilfred-like statue *spoiler* it was in this old abandoned area, somewhat creepy looking, and had the symbol upon it's chest.

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I *I mean, I may have watched too many horror movies, read too many creepy pasta and all that jazz. But that is literally the one thing they haven't teased in the show. Also the symbol is soooo obscure they can't find anything on it? Plus when Ryan finds the *spoiler* Wilfred-like statue *spoiler* it was in this old abandoned area, somewhat creepy looking, and had the symbol upon it's chest.


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* Season Four brings up the possibility that Wilfred might either be Mattdamon (a talking dog god that will lead a lucky individual to true happiness) or Krungle (a TricksterGod that looks exactly like Mattdamon, but leads his victims to utter ruination while pretending to be his good twin).
17th Jul '14 5:45:48 AM Tarvoc
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* In the episode, ''Forward'', this is actually confirmed. I was honestly surprised.

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* In the episode, episode ''Forward'', this is actually confirmed. I was honestly surprised.
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