WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Titans, Season 2 episode "Fallen," streaming now on DC Universe.
Season 1 of Titans was a journey of self-discovery and identity for Rachel Roth/Raven (Teagan Croft) as she found Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), seeking help to escape Trigon's cult. After defeating her dad, this season has been all about Raven honing her powers as she tries to walk the heroic path, but as expected, many challenges are arising given her supernatural and somewhat sinister nature.
The latest episode, "Fallen," reveals another complication to her dark side and it's one that could turn the teenager into a villain hunted by the cops -- and even her own Titans.
Raven began the season surrounded by turmoil as her father, in his full-demonic form, ripped her heart out and turned it into her iconic gem and then sticking it in her forehead. This was Trigon's process of making her his disciple but she eventually broke free and used her powers to disintegrate the beast. At this point, it appeared she was free from his influence and the overall hellish shadow the demon cast, but as the episodes rolled on, it's been suggested she's still harboring monsters within.
The purple-black goo protecting her, which she harnesses in battle, began acting like a symbiote with its own mind instead of a weapon she could control. Gar witnessed this manifestation from the dark dimension, acting hostile towards him as she slept, not to mention Raven has become more aggressive, even getting unnecessarily violent in training sessions. It came to a head when her connection to the dark realm almost killed Rose, with the goo behaving in lethal fashion as Deathstroke's daughter tried to escape Raven's gaze. It seemed Raven was being corrupted by the gem as she told Starfire "Some of us don't get to decide who we are. We're born bad," which left fans wondering if part of her was actually embracing her evil half.
This episode, however, takes it to another level when Raven runs away from Donna Troy in the wake of them leaving Titans tower after Dick admitted his role in Jericho's death. Rachel goes to a shelter for abandoned kids and meets a girl named Dani, bonding over their messed up families. But when Dani is threatened to be killed by her abusive boyfriend Caleb, Rachel decides to use her powers to save her as she doesn't want to lose her one and only friend. The goo manifests and she pushes Caleb against a wall but stops after she sees Dani being frightened. When Caleb runs away, Dani tells her that she was "freaking awesome," amazed at her powers, and clearly looking at Raven as a hero. However, as they head off, Rachel is unaware a piece of the goo has broken off and reanimated a stone gargoyle statue.
The creature is brought to life and flies off, locating and brutally mauling Caleb to death. Raven is taken to a hideout of street kids by Dani that she's a part of, not knowing part of her was out and killing in a manner that would shock the cops because of how gruesome it was. Fans are already theorizing this could actually be her dad and that Trigon may have imprinted on her when she disintegrated him. Others think he placed his essence into the gem as a failsafe and he's slowly been poisoning her mind and soul, not to mention also ensuring the goo protects his daughter at all costs.
We also can't rule out Raven's other side might be an extension of her subconscious with a lust for blood, which means all this could actually be part of her character. It could be that she's bonded to it a little too well, in a manner not dissimilar to Eddie Brock and Venom, going all out to put down anyone who put Raven in harm's way. Either way, Raven has a new problem at hand and it'll be tough for either the police or the now leaderless Titans to contend with. Her powers are growing exponentially and should she truly come close to being Trigon's successor, doom may well be on the horizon for this TV universe.
Streaming now on DC Universe, Titans Season 2 stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth, Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, Curran Walters as Jason Todd and Conor Leslie as Donna Troy, with Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall, Joshua Orpin as Superboy, Chelsea Zhang as Rose Wilson, Chella Man as Jericho, Drew Van Acker as Aqualad, Esai Morales as Deathstroke and Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne.
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