Plot speculation has long been a big part of the Degrassi universe, with fan theories ranging from being on point to completely nonsensical.
In between seasons 4 and 5 of TNG there was a rumor that Degrassi was going to give Marco Del Rossi an AIDS storyline, based primarily on a scene where he was asked if he wanted to spend his summer volunteering in Africa. I’ll forever remember that theory because it made no damn sense.
More reasonable speculation happened recently in Next Class, where theories swirled about that Hunter was actually going to shoot up Degrassi, potentially dying in the process. Hunter taking a gun to school was definitely in the realm of possibility, but realistically a shooting or death seemed unlikely because of the permanence of such an event. The death of main characters on Degrassi have only occurred under two specific circumstances (the actor intended to leave the show or the character was specifically created to be killed off), and there was never any reason to believe either applied here.
When it comes to purely speculating about future Degrassi plots the most important question is always, “How likely is it that said theory would happen compared to the alternative?”
The belief that Zoë Rivas might be pregnant comes from what she did during this scene in episode 110, #SorryNotSorry:
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From this we could conclude there’s a chance Zoë is pregnant by saying she’s suffering from morning sickness, or devastated because she knows she’s pregnant. We could say the show, for the most part, was vague about what Zoë and Zig did in the woods during #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin, so it’s possible they had sex without a condom. If we wanted to stretch things even further, we could take advantage of Degrassi’s generally-vague timeframe and say Zoë knew she was pregnant in #TeamFollowBack (hence her melancholy behavior during the entire episode), and even make the claim that she was in the bathroom during #SorryNotSorry because of morning sickness.
However, I find myself on the side that believes Zoë probably isn’t pregnant because a much stronger case can be made against a Zoëmund baby happening in the immediate future.
My assumption, based on the fact Tristan tried to hand Zoë the same type of smoothie that she tried to give Grace in #NoFilter, is that Zoë felt extremely bad for what she did to Grace. Her guilt was also evident throughout the episode #TeamFollowBack, as Tristan repeatedly ribbed her for what she did. “Says the girl who made out with Zig to get back at Grace,” he said, the only definitive evidence of what Zoëmund did in the woods despite the fact we’re lead to believe more than that happened.
A primary reason to believe that Zoë won’t be pregnant is they literally just spent all of season 14 dealing with Clare Edwards’ pregnancy. That instantly takes Zoë having a miscarriage out of the question, and even with a changing of the guard (aka networks), we’re still forced to assume abortion is off the table until we see it happen. One thing I can agree on with this confession is that I feel based on Zoë’s character yearning for a connection (and her not knowing the identity of her father) she would want to keep the baby, taking the oft-used adoption route out of the equation too. However, a character raising a baby on Degrassi is just as rare as the abortion/miscarriage angles.
In Degrassi’s 35+ year history, only two times have we seen a Degrassi character get pregnant, have the baby and then actually raise said baby, and both times it was Spike Nelson. The first time happened to Spike during Degrassi Junior High, and the second time doesn’t even count because it happened during TNG when she was a married adult.
Pregnancies on Degrassi are more of a device to explore the heavy emotions involved with a teenager being thrust into a life-changing situation, something the show has been able to explore much better in recent seasons compared to TNG (Jenna’s adoption plot was one of the best storylines of season 11. They gave Clare a miscarriage plot in season 14, and Degrassi won multiple awards because of it).
With Mia Jones we saw the teen mom arc for a couple of seasons, but that eventually succumbed to the show establishing her as Degrassi’s top female character upon Darcy’s premature exit.
Zoë has had an insane amount of screentime and been involved in many heavy plots since the moment she stepped onto Degrassi. As intriguing as it’d be to see how Degrassi would deal with this type of storyline, I’m just not sure if having Zoë become a teen mom is a commitment Degrassi wants to lock one of their power players into.