'Teen Wolf' season finale recap: A breakup and a shakeup
In the last minutes of the Teen Wolf season finale, when everyone was standing around in a slack-jawed in the warehouse watching the scene before them unfold (I’ll get to why in a second…), I was pretty much in the same state. In its second season, this show has really learned how to deliver a climax, and that was true more than ever in last night’s finale. [Spoiler alert!]
I had fully expected this season closer to be bold: Jackson would die because there’s no redeeming the character, I thought. Maybe an adult would die, too. Just for kicks. But it seemed too easy to put Jackson in a bodybag at the beginning of the finale. It simply wasn’t the kind of flashy death I imagined — and I was right. The flashy death would come later (with a twist).
The first big shock (pun! electrical handcuffs!) of the episode came when we found Stiles on the receiving end of an Old Man beat down. Yes, even though Allison’s grandfather is a thousand years old, he proved it’s never too late to rack up some reasons to get sent to Hell, which is exactly where he’s going for beating up a child! (Sometimes I forget these are teens…)
Anyway, Grandpa got his in the end. It turned out he was dying of cancer and had his sights set on turning into a werewolf. Too bad Scott, possibly for the first time ever, was mentally one step ahead. After gramps took a chomp of Derek (yum) and began to turn, we flashed back to a scene that showed Scott swapping out Grandpa’s
magical beans pills for Mountain Ash pills. So with all of that anti-supernatural substance coursing through his body, Grandpa keeled over. But he made sure to deal one last tough hand for the gang that had foiled his plan: Jackson, kill them all!
For a while, I was sure that’s exactly what the scaly stud was going to do, but that’s when Lydia stepped up and put his key in front of his face, reminding him of their love or whatever. (Bitter recapper alert!) Okay, it was completely sweet and stunning; hence all the aforementioned slacked jaws. So Jackson turned into a Real Boy again — just in time to die at the hands of Derek and Peter . But TWIST, he came back to life. Yes, the show really did toy with our emotions that way. We last saw Jackson and Lydia embracing in the warehouse, happy to be done with monster life — for the moment, anyway. But I really would have loved to see the convo that happened after all of that awkwardness. (“So, want to, like, go tell the town I’m not really dead?” “Okay.” “Also, where’s my key?” “Ass.”)
Their story ended relatively pleasant (minus emotional and mental scars), but the same can’t be said for Allison and Scott, who ended up breaking up. The best part of this, though, was the fact that it mixes up the dynamic between these two. I think I’ll really enjoy seeing him trying to get her back next season. After all, how can she resist after that speech he gave her? (See below.)
The main couple’s break, while shocking, wasn’t the last surprise, though. In the final minutes, Peter revealed that a pack of Alphas had arrived in town, setting us up for an awesome season 3.
Share your thoughts on the finale below, and enjoy , a couple of great quotes/exchanges:
Isaac: Who is he?
Scott: That’s Peter, Derek’s uncle. A little while back he tried to kill us all so we set him on fire and Derek slashed his throat.
[Peter pulls something from a hiding place underneath the stairs]
Derek: What is that? A book?
Peter: No, a laptop. What century are you living in?
“Death doesn’t happen to you, Lydia. It happens to everyone around you.” — Stiles to Lydia
Scott: It’s okay.
Allison: How is that okay?
Scott: Because I can wait.
Allison: I can’t make you wait for me. I’m not going to do that.
Scott: You don’t have to because I know we’re going to be together.
Allison: There’s no such thing as fate.
Scott: There’s no such thing as werewolves.