Well Scream fans, I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I do have to give props to fellow EW writer Natalie Abrams and some of you for calling this ending weeks ago. The season finale actually gave us the identity of the serial killer in Lakewood and while it’s not entirely a shock, the ending does leave some interesting questions for season 2. But before we get to the big (already predicted) reveal, let’s play catch up.
We last left Emma at the big Halloween school dance as the monitors turned on and showed Sheriff Hudson bound and gagged somewhere by the killer as both the two “obvious” suspects Kieran and Seth Branson are nowhere to be seen. Maggie fills Emma in on Branson’s escape—which the police believe, as we discussed last week, was much too staged to actually have been committed by the guy. Piper immediately finds Emma to see if their, I mean, her mom is okay and tells Emma she’ll go to the station to find out what’s going on.
Emma immediately calls Kieran to fill him in on Branson’s escape and to let him know about his own dad, but he’s too busy loading bullets into a gun and sulking about being accused as a murderer to pick up the damn phone and find out that his father is about to die a gruesome death. And man, is it gut-wrenching, quite literally. When Maggie and Emma find the Sheriff tied to a tree (Maggie pulled the necklace Brandon made her out of the mouth of a dead cop, which naturally led them to the tree where Brandon used to leave Daisy gifts), Sheriff Hudson’s guts literally come out of his body. Apparently the killer was using the rope tying the Sheriff to the tree as a tourniquet. It’s disgusting but also quite possibly the most cleverly tragic of all the murders, even more than Will’s big slice.
While things are getting bloody and tense with the Duval women, Brooke of course fulfills the stereotypical slasher (series) house party scene with her big bash at her currently unoccupied McMansion. She bonds with Audrey, the only semi friend at the party, over the fact that people “generally suck” as Brooke is still annoyed at Jake for spying on her while Audrey is pissed Emma won’t believe that Kieran could be the killer. To be fair, Brooke doesn’t believe it either because apparently Kieran is “too pretty,” but that’s usually why he would be suspect number one. And as she contradicts that statement herself, Ted Bundy proved that “hotness doesn’t cancel out crazy.” Well said young Maddox. Jake of course has to show up drunk as his obnoxious self just in time to make Brooke jealous, but Brooke returns the favor by hitting on some random preppy loser.
Maggie is feeling guilty over Clark’s death just in time for Piper to drive up to “report” on the death. Maggie tells Emma that she has to tell Kieran about Clark’s death, as Piper once again tries to comfort Emma and offers to check on Brooke at her party. Noah the superman calls Emma to let her know that the malware apparently has turned off ringers and notifications on all of their cell phones, but he’s isolated the signal of the source: Brooke’s house. As if the killer is listening in on their call, Emma immediately gets a text threatening her that her friends will all be “headline news” (cliche killer slang for dead) if she tells the cops. So instead, they drive off to Brooke’s house themselves with Noah accurately calling their actions insane. Emma says they have to finish this themselves, but Noah tells her that if this is the big showdown the killer will try to take out all of her friends until she’s the last one standing because she’s “survivor girl.” It all comes down to her.
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