Teen Wolf Review: Marked for Death?

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Just when you think things can't get any crazier, Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 16 comes along and proves you wrong!

Allison and her dad managed to get to Isaac just after the smoky masked men left him cold on the floor. Interestingly, Mr. Argent thought they were looking for him and asked the two shocked teens to give him 24 hours before telling anyone -- including Scott -- what they saw.

It took me a while to try to piece things together, and frankly, I'm still stumped. But now I think Mr. A. is one of them. Is that why he had a mask of his own and was injured at the end or the show? Or did he manage to kill one in the past and get one of their masks? But who, or what, are they?

Aiden and Ethan are still trying to get back into Scott's good graces; Ethan more than Aiden, of course. They decide to use Derek's loft to help Danny throw a Halloween black light party. Or, as Lydia called it, a 90s rave. Where was Derek? It doesn't matter, because the smoky men still found him, just after he scared the crap out of three little kids who had the audacity to Trick or Treat him at his car. They deserved the fangs the little ingrates. Who holds up a candy bag at a car?

Kira was busily freaking out about her phone being lost because her photos have been showing up with a flame-like aura around them for the past couple of months. Scott thinks it's cool, and looks like a fox that's protecting her. That's better than the demon she's imagining and fits in with the Kitsune myth being about a fox.

The black light party lead to all kinds of interesting things. Scott could see Kira's aura without the camera or flash when he used his wolf eyes and there were a lot of shirtless boys. The smoky men also showed up and marked three people with inverted numeral 5s behind their ears, having already marked Isaac and Derek. Lydia, Ethan and Aiden are now marked, as well.

The rumor has been that someone in the main credits wouldn't make it to the end of the season alive. Did these 5s just mark one of the dead? Did the smoky people pull a Dead Like Me move and remove their souls so they can die and become the next smoky people? Why do their eyes glow like the fireflies that came out of the Nemeton and how are they connected to the Nemeton?

Given the vision Derek had last week of Talia Hale on top of the Nemeton, she must be connected in some way. That still doesn't explain Mr. Argent and the mask he has hidden in a box. If the box is made of ash, that's an even better connection. 

The smoky men can rise and disappear from and to anywhere and are unable to be harmed. One second their necks were snapped and the next... all fixed up. Given their traveling ways, they probably don't have corporeal bodies as we know them.

They were also able to stop Lydia's banshee scream and do something very freaky with her face. Teen Wolf is adept at taking our minds and twisting them all up until nothing makes sense, and these creatures fit right in.

The other big reveal was about the key that appeared on Stiles key ring indicating that perhaps he is not 100% himself after the beginning of the season after all. He doesn't remember writing the formula to kill on the chalk board that sent Barrow to kill Kira, but it matched his handwriting. What else doesn't he remember?

What if one of the marked five will be responsible for killing Stiles because he has become a dark soul that needs banished? The thought of that is almost too much to bear, but talk about raising the stakes to new levels. To kill off Stiles would be one of the riskiest moves Teen Wolf could make.

A few other things worth noting:

  • Kira had to pick one of the few phones that doesn't work off of a charge when the battery is dead. Thankfully it wasn't fully gone, as it can take up to 20 minutes to start functioning!
  • How sweet was it when Scott saw his photos on his dad's computer? I'd like to see a little more effort put into uncovering things about them.
  • Allison teasing Isaac was very sexy. They have something chemical that she and Scott didn't have. They were first loves. Isaac is different.
  • Didn't Kira see Scott's wolf teeth and eyes or did she just not have time to respond? She must be blown away after seeing those smoky men and is probably feeling "normal" right about now.

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Would Teen Wolf dare kill of Stiles?


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Kira reminds me when Scott and Allison were're going out.But I like Kira in the show. If Teen Wolf shows Allison and Kira fighting over Scott, this would be so dramatic.


Really love what they are doing this season. It's creepy, interesting and not predictable. I also really like Kira!

Matt lioio

I really think the show is hitting its stride now. The additions to the mythology don't bother me, yet anyway. I have faith that everything will be explained at some point. If things go unanswered by the seasons end then I'll change my tune. Yeah it's not all werewolves now but I'm OK with that. I just like and enjoy the entire cast and the way they each serve their purpose and have their roles. I've said this before but this show is my modern day Buffy replacement. The pack reminds me so much of the Scooby Gang at its best and I loveee that.
But also on that note I can see them borrowing a trick or two from the Buffy/Whedon crew and killing off just about anyone


Sooo many questions...I don't understand what's going on. I love the show. But the guys who are marking people with the number 5...what is that about? Allisons dad is all bloody...what happened there? I just think they should do something different when it comes to this show because I'm always scratching my head at the end saying WTH.


This half of the season is definitely more interesting than 3A. However, I stick by my comment from last week's review. Jeff Davis needs a serious vacation. Take a break before brainstorming Season 4. The mythology just seems so random to me this season. If it weren't for the cast (and especially Stiles) who I love, I'm not sure I'd still be watching the show. Great review Carissa... now it's me who isn't sure how you got a review out of that episode, brilliant!


Good episode. It made me more curious about Mr. Argent and those mysterious masked figures. If one of the people that got marked is going to die then I would want it to be Isaac because even though I like him I don't think they would kill of Lydia and the twins work well when they're together. I've never even thought about them killing of stiles because that would be such a huge risk but also a huge game changer. Derek and the trick or treaters was funny. I wonder what Scott's dad is hiding. I can't wait till the next episode it looks really good.


i likes stiles, but i can very easily see what the show would look like without him, i think it would draw all the characters closer together and would overall improve the show. also im wondering what scotts dad is hiding.


So confused


I don't want Stiles to leave, but I am happy that something is happening with that character. He is the only one that hasn't evolved like the other characters have and he is falling behind.
I miss the interaction between Derek and Scott. It's not a big secret that I never really liked Allison, so I'd be ok with her leaving the show. Isaac, Stiles and Lydia I would like to stay though. One thing, why would the police think the pictures of Kyra were strange? I know what the show wants us to think, because she has a yellow glowing cloudthing surrounding her. Don't you think though, that they'd probably think it was some filter she put over her own pictures or something?

@ nasne

I like the evil side of Stiles and funny side of him.He's my second fav character in Teen Wolf.Why did they pick Stiles to be all evil?I think the cast will figure out how to defeat the demonic nijas.I think Kira's powers will stop the demonic nijas or Stiles.


I so miss Scott and Allison...

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Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 16 Quotes

Agent McCall: That's one hell of a deduction there, Stiles.
Stiles: Well, I take after my pops. He's in law enforcement.

Scott: You didn't steal these, did you?
Stiles: No. Cloned 'em. With an RFID emulator.
Scott: Isn't that worse than stealing?
Stiles. Smarter.