This week’s double episode finally answered the question of what the heck is going on in Beacon Hills. It’s becoming clearer that there is an unknown driving force that is driving the Hunter’s to pursue those who are supernatural and kill them. While Gerard is collecting a hoard of amateur Hunters for the cause, he doesn’t claim to lead them. It’s Monroe making the decisions, but he’s the one whispering in her ear.
Possibly one of the most uncomfortable events unfolds at the high school thanks to Monroe’s leadership. Liam is outed as a supernatural creature to the school and Nolan is determined to make him shift in front of everyone. He wants to show them what a monster he is. It’s an entire episode of Nolan stalking Liam with the entire lacrosse team until he finally corners Liam in a classroom. With nowhere to run, Liam stands there and accepts his beating.
I didn’t think Liam would make it without losing control. His anger is not well controlled; it’s expected of him to lose it. Yet, Liam remains in control, chanting his mantra and doesn’t shift or attack. The poor kid accepts the beating as a hoard of students crowd around to watch. His teacher watches on without interfering as well, further driving the point across that aside from Corey and Mason, he’s alone in school.
It’s Coach Finstock who comes to his rescue, screaming at Nolan and the others to get away, and protect Liam from further harm. We know the Coach isn’t the most observant, but I believe he thoroughly knows Liam and Scott are werewolves. While the whole town seems to have turned on them, but Scott’s pack still has its allies.
Scott has done his best to protect his pack, going as far as arranging a meeting alone with Gerard to negotiate an end to the violence. His heart is in the right place, but it’s Monroe running the show, and she’s too blinded by power to listen to what Scott has to say. Any ground rules once laid down between Hunters and werewolves are void. They want Scott and anyone like him dead; there is no leaving town, no setting boundaries. Monroe and the others will find and kill any supernatural being.
Her hate for Scott drives Monroe’s goals. It seems while The Beast ran amok, she and her coworkers were attacked inside a school bus and left for dead. She waited for Scott to find her and protect her, but he never did. It took a couple of hours for the Sheriff to locate her and get help, but it was too late for the others. She blames Scott for her drama; this grown adult is blaming a teen for not saving her from a killer supernatural beast– who also ended up being a child. I wish she could take a step back and look at who the monster is in this situation.
This meeting only becomes interesting as Malia and Lydia join the fight. Monroe wanted to use this opportunity to kill Scott, but his pack is too loyal. As talk breaks down, they begin to see a faceless dead body out of the corner of their eyes. It’s the one Melissa tried operating on, it’s the one Mason can’t stop seeing, and even Parish has begun hallucinating that it is hanging around him. It is the creature released during the Wild Hunt; it’s fear itself, and its mere presence is making everyone panic. Considering the absolute fear it causes, this may explain why there is a sudden rise in recruitment for the Hunter’s side.
Not much is known about this faceless body. Deaton has been working on his own to determine what exactly it’s appearance means and its ties to the Wild Hunt. Deaton’s return is a little frustrating as he has been relatively absent in the last couple of seasons. It’s never explained, and his return is handled as if he’s been there the whole time. While Deaton is the experienced one, it’s Corey who helps him unlock the mystery to a drawing he found at Eichen House. It’s a drawing with two faces, and while it doesn’t look like anything to me, it holds a quite the story. Whatever was released from the Wild Hunt is known for feeding off of fear and is there to amplify it. The faceless body we’ve all seen may not be exactly what was released, but a representation.
With tensions high, it’s the perfect time for the last two remaining members of Satomi’s pack to make an appearance. Captured by Hunters, they’re tortured alongside Theo who has been out on his own. He’s unaware of the growing tensions between Hunters and werewolves and confused why he was lumped in with them. Electrical shock is still the staple torture Hunters use. However, it seems this particular one is too much of a novice to realize using twist ties don’t work well for restraining wolves. The three escape only to the gates before the Sheriff stops them and charges them with murder.
Turns out the pair from Satomi’s pack have killed quite a few Hunters in self-defense amid growing tension. It’s still murder, and the Sheriff plans on following through with the law on this one. He’d like to, at least, but Monroe and her gang have surrounded the Sheriff’s station and refuse to leave until the two are brought out: Dead or alive.
It’s a harsh reality check for the Sheriff that the town is falling apart rapidly. His deputy is accused of shooting a wolf in the head with no probable cause, and the same person is sabotaging the station to make it easier for the Hunters to infiltrate the building. The Sheriff is given a deadline of midnight to turn the two wolves over or they’ll have to face their small army. The situation seems incredibly illegal, but nothing is said as Scott tries to come up with a plan.
Scott is still extremely trusting when it comes to letting new people in his life. He believes in the pair from Satomi’s pack, but that quickly changes when he sees the color of their eyes. Blue, a sign they had taken an innocent life. It’s a complicated story; the Hunters attacked first, the wolves attacked their families next. Scott can be strictly black and white when it comes to life and death situations, but he feels dumb for protecting them when they aren’t completely innocent. After their past is revealed, he’s ready to give them to the hunters.
The Sheriff takes him to the side for a little fatherly advice. This is a war– Scott can’t possibly judge the two for what they did in desperation. The Sheriff has always been the best father figure to Scott, and I’m sure he’s scared of losing him, too.
There isn’t much time to dwell on their actions. The faceless body is appearing again, but this time the fear rises to another level. Two people are pushed over the edge and kill themselves from the pressure. It rightfully unnerves everyone in the station who then fear they’ll be next. This isn’t one of the supernatural kids; whatever was released during the Wild Hunt is set to kill without discrimination.
Theo, up until now, has been reluctantly hanging around Scott’s pack. He’s still an instigator, but his bite isn’t quite what it use to be. He even helps Scott attempt to trick the hunters with false dead bodies in place of the actual wolves, just so they can end the ridiculous stand off. It backfires spectacularly, but a surprise visitor manages to save them.
Scott’s father, Rafael, shows up to negotiate with both sides to finally end the standoff. The last two members of Satomi’s pack will be taken away to face their charges, and Scott and his pack must leave Beacon Hills. Scott leaving was a suggestion Chris had as well, concerned he wouldn’t make it through an assault from Gerard. Melissa stood firm that she wouldn’t have her son run away, that he’d stay and fight. However, after the failed meeting between Gerard, and the ridiculous stand off, how can Scott fight a growing movement like this?
He can’t, and he won’t. Scott leaves with his pack, letting the Hunters take back their town– or so he makes them think. Mason briefly mourns Corey’s departure with Scott’s pack until he’s let in on the secret: no one left Beacon Hills; they had to trick Rafael into thinking they did. Scott’s truly his mother’s son, and he’s going to fight for his home.
Scott’s instincts on who to trust can be spot on, as we see with the pair from Satomi’s pack are not transported to another holding area. Instead, they are murdered behind a warehouse just like the Hunters had wanted in the first place. One has to wonder if Rafael was involved in this part of the plan, or it’s just a coincidence.
After this emotional roller coaster, I’m grateful for a break before we head into the last five episodes of the series.