One last stand is made by Scott, Derek and their allies in the Season 3 finale.
Well, we did it. We’ve finally reached the end for Teen Wolf season three. Let’s jump right into the recap, because my patience for this show has worn thin when they killed off “Allison Badass Hunter” Argent.
Post Allison’s unfortunate demise, Chris Argent (can’t call him Papa Argent anymore, the memories are too painful) is coaching Scott and the others on what to say about his daughter’s death at the police station. He doesn’t allow himself to break down, even when he gets home, but it’s clear that though he isn’t allowing himself to feel his grief, he’s definitely feeling the anger and vengeance.
Human Stiles, meanwhile, has been brought back to stay with the Yukimuras for his safety. Stiles is still dying because of the nogitsune, so they need to move fast to thwart the evildoer’s plan. It’s here that the episode’s title is explained: in the game of Go, a “divine move” is one that is truly inspired or out of the box. Mama Yukimura remembers that she had trapped the nogitsune with the power of the nematon tree, but she doesn’t know much about the chopped down tree. You know who does? Deaton.
Back at the police station, the Oni – controlled by Void Stiles – are attacking the officers. They’re also attacking everyone at the hospital, where Void Stiles is looking for Mama McCall. How the hell is this town going to reconcile the craziness that is happening right now? Is EVERYONE just going to know about the supernatural next season? Is this going to be like True Blood where all the humans know these creatures exist but they coexist semi-peacefully? (I don’t even know if that’s what TB is like since I don’t watch the show, but you get what I mean.)
Either way, the Oni end up leaving the scenes of the crimes, but only after slashing Mama McCall in the thigh, Papa Stilinski in the arm, and stabbing up Officer Pretty Boy Parrish something awful. Their wounds retain some sort of wispy black poison, which obviously means nothing good.
Segue to Derek and the irrelevant Omega Twins, where Derek saves Ethan and Aiden’s lives before delivering a few choice words when he realizes they’re about to run away with their tails between their legs. “You don’t fight for a leader, you fight for a leader’s cause,” he says adamantly. Scott’s cause happens to be saving his friends, so anyone who would leave the pack for dead when the going gets tough, is not welcome. I am loving this Team Scott!Derek. I half expected him to rip off his shirt to reveal a tighter shirt underneath reading “President of the Scott McCall Fanclub.”
Scott and Lydia make their way to Deaton’s place. Together they figure out that even though the nematon has been chopped down by now, the wood from the tree used to be made into containers and boxes with which to hold powerful objects. One such box, is the box used to hold Talia Hale’s alpha claws. Lydia gets a bad feeling that they’re running out of time for their plan, which ends up being the cue for Kira and Stiles to run in the room and join up with the party.
Isaac and Chris get the idea to inspect the silver arrowhead Allison made, the one that managed to kill an Oni, and discover that she made five arrowheads total. She had figured out that the silver acts as poison to the Oni, and that had been the last thing she’s tried to tell Scott before she died.
Derek and the Omega Twins have a showdown with Void Stiles and his Oni, as Scott, Lydia, Kira and Human Stiles head to the school and end up transported to a snowed over Japanese garden where they have a little nogitsune showdown of their own. It’s with Team Scott that we find out what the nogitsune’s intention was with sending all those Oni all over town; he’s hurting everyone Stiles cares about so they will die along with him. (As they speak, Deaton is being attacked at the animal clinic and has been poisoned as well.)
The nogitsune details the ritual of seppuku, and then points a finger at Scott as Stiles’ kaishakunin, the one who will deal the killing blow to his best friend. If Scott doesn’t do it, then everyone will die. “Why are you doing this?!” Stiles asks. “To win the game,” sneers the nogitsune, and the battle begins.
Isaac and Chris show up with the silver arrowheads just in time to save Derek and the twins, and Isaac hurries into the school to get the nematon box to Scott. The rest continue to fight and kill the Oni, but the final Oni kill results in Aiden being stabbed. He dies in his brother’s arms.
Stiles is about to kill himself and end everyone’s suffering when he realizes that this is all an illusion. The group stops fighting, begin to walk out of the room even as they’re slashed at by the oni’s “swords”, and are successful at breaking the illusion. Scott gives the nogitsune a werewolf bite, thereby “changing the host” – one can’t be both a wolf and a fox, after all – and Kira delivers the final blow with her katana. The nogitsune possessed firefly escapes and is finally trapped in the nematon wood box by Isaac. The people who were poisoned end up healed, as does Stiles.
The episode ends with a somber but hopeful note – people grieve, heal, and begin anew. Malia enrolls in their high school and Scott begins to teach her how to turn. At the end, Derek tells Stiles about a dream he had, where the hunters that had captured Derek and Peter at the beginning of the season showed up at his loft asking about “la loba.” When Derek counts extra fingers on Stiles’ hand, he realizes that him talking to Stiles was the dream, and the hunters coming to his apartment is real – and a figure steps out of the fog to reveal KATE MOTHERFUCKING ARGENT.
Scott: How are you doing this?
Chris: It’s what we do. It’s what we do.
Chris: I appreciate the concern but you don’t have to stay. I’ll be alright. I’ve dealt with this before, I… I have a capacity and an ability to compartmentalize my emotions.
Isaac: I don’t.
Derek: Scott’s always been about one thing: saving his friends. He will do anything wand everything to save the people he cares about. When there’s no chance of ironing, he keeps fighting. When all hope is lost, he finds another way, and when he’s beaten down he stands up again. You wanna earn a place in his pack? You want redemption? Find another way to stand and fight.
Void Stiles: Hello. Can you page Melissa McCall for me? [Oni stabs nurse in chest] I guess I’ll just find her myself then.
Mama McCall: So I tell Scott his dad went back to San Francisco, says he’s sorry, but he didn’t have time to say goodbye?
Agent McCall: Right. And I’ll send a follow up email or something.
Mama McCall: You’re an idiot.
Papa Stilinski: You’re gonna need a bigger gun. [seriously, dude?]
Stiles: Just stick with the plan, okay?
Scott: The plan was to save you. That’s the plan I’m going with.
Mama McCall: He’s a teenage boy; he doesn’t care about apologies. He wants you to do better. And yeah, maybe he wants you to suffer a little.
Mama McCall: I told the drunk to get out of the house. I didn’t tell his father to get out of his life.
- The slow-mo dubstep-y fight scene in the hospital halls was ridiculous and over the top and unnecessary and I loved it. So many people were dying so dramatically. I especially loved the first bit, where a nurse saw a bunch of people running and screaming under flickering lights and just kinda shrugged and went right back to perusing his files in an unconcerned matter. I love him so, so much.
- This episode’s dialogue traipsed into cheesy territory more often than usual. I mean, “I might not BE an alpha anymore but I can still FIGHT like an alpha!!” Really now? Really? Besides, hasn’t Derek lost almost every fight he’s ever been in?
- Aiden’s death did make me feel a twinge of emotion (mostly because his brother lived, and that’s a lot more tragic than if they had both died in battle) but I will admit I’m a little glad that if someone else was going to die, it wasn’t one of the few remaining POC or female characters. I was terrified Deaton was going to kick the bucket, no lie.
- Danny knows about werewolves?! WTF. And it’s not even explained any further than, “Dude, it’s Beacon Hills.” I… What… You know what, I’m not even going to question it. Nope. Just gonna roll with it. What the hell ever, Teen Wolf.