Teen Wolf Review: The Target Has Been Neutralized

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So... what went down after the Hale house burned that could have lead to all this Benefactor business?

Honestly, Teen Wolf Season 4 Episode 8 was very convoluted, so I did a little recon. Whoever the Benefactor is (an individual or a group) will somehow relate to what happened in the wake of the Hale tragedy. 

It's times like these that I wish I watched series over and over and over, because I don't remember a lot about Teen Wolf Season 1, and we're gonna be hearkening back to that, as well. Sheesh!

Challenge for Derek - Teen Wolf Season 4 Episode 8

The plan to "kill" Scott to find the Benefactor was very cool, even more so because everyone was in on it that needed to be.

I still hate this plan. I mean this is pretty significantly terrifying. He looks dead.


Up until that minute, I thought (I'm sorry!) that they didn't tell Melissa so she would be as credible as the plan required. Mama McCall does a great job pretending her son is dead. I guess she's had enough practice worrying about him by now!

While Scott was "dead" his psyche contemplated the differences between being a killer and a predator and with the help of The Mute ended his journey pick axing Liam to death. The conversation with his dad proved how heavily killing is weighing on his mind, but I don't think he's in danger of becoming what the dream showed. If anything, it gave him the knowledge that he wouldn't do it without a nefarious prod.

There were great scenes throughout. Stiles acting the adult as the "kids" ran off into the halls of the hospital, great Stalia action as Stiles recalled how Malia started spooning him in bed, Braeden teaching Derek how to fight as a human, Stiles and Argent arguing over how to address the Benefactor, and some bonding moments between Melissa and Noshiko. 

I still have no idea who the Benefactor is, but apparently Lydia's grandmother (who may not be dead) created the code for the dead pool. Why? No idea. Lydia's whole cabin is created out of mountain ash, and spreading her "grandmother" (more mountain ash) in the water completed an ash circle of protection. 

Did I miss how Lydia's grandmother knew Meredith? Yes, she was in Eichen House with her, but why did she have a photo of her and why was Natalie immediately familiar with her? How involved is Lydia's family? Is a banshee the Benefactor, or is the Benefactor just working with a banshee, and is that banshee Lydia's grandmother? Why would she protect her house with Lydia spreading her ashes and why would Lydia's name be on the list?

Malia met with Peter, who still wants to know who her mother is; The Desert Rose, apparently. Since he and Kate met at the end and he was happy Scott was still alive, does that remove him from the Benefactor list? I'm wondering if he's worried if Scott dies the remainder of his cash will be given away before he can get it back.

I'm really eager to find out what you all got from the episode and your theories. You can watch Teen Wolf online for more info.

Is a banshee the Benefactor, or is the Benefactor just working with one?


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I'm also perplexed about how the show creators threw the fact that Lydia's mother knew Meredith and just rushed to the next scene....like how do you know her??? She had the same power as your daughter. Of course mom martin has no clue on Lydia's special gift but I feel like TW is just giving us little snippets on Lydia power without fully exploring it. Am I the only one who feels like Lydia is not getting enough screen time?
Also two episodes have gone by without any clue on Deputy's supernatural power??? What is he?
Stiles & Malia are the cutest! I used to ship Stydia but I'm full on board with Stalia. I also think Lydia needs a more mature love interest....that is if they show creators don't kill her off :-O

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i don't think lydia's gran is the benefactor.you don't have to be a banshee to get full use of a banshee's power,maybe you have built up a pack of misfit supernatural beings and one member happens to be a" wailing woman".that's what scott did.as far as the benefactor's true identity,i have had several suspects but one has been eating at me above all for a few weeks now.i had almost brushed it away with the others and the virus broke out.the last thing to happen to the weres before death is blindness...the mute seemed to be coaxing scott to kill an innocent,which,if i'm not mistaken would ruin the coveted true alpha status.these things,among others brings our old enemy deucalion to my mind over and over again.he was allowed to go free after his sight was restored and i can't believe he's out saving orphan wolf pups somewhere.that guy was evil to the core,no way he was gonna redeem himself.


Am I the only one that noticed how heavy the apple product placement is?

@ Didine34790

Or the new SmartWatch in this episode :D


I must say I wasn't sure about Draeden until this episode, but now I'm totally into it. You could feel the tension right there. The way he half-smiled everytime he finished a sentence was kind of awesome. I mean, how often does he smile? And having her challenging him is new and refreshing. Stiles should get a break already. I mean, I don't think there's another character that evolved as much as he did. He's the one who does not have powers, but still gets himself in pretty much every precarious situation to sacrifice himself for everyone else willingly, and he's always the one who keeps figuring everything out. And I'm a Stydia shipper. Stydia is endgame, I'm sure of it (even if it takes 15 years, as Stiles puts it. Just hopefully, not that long). Still, he certainly needs Malia in his life right now. That first scene really got to me. The way they fit together and then he turns and he's all alone broke me. But they will figure it out. In the end, when she's in his room, he's cautious but she didn't even accuse him or yelled at him or anything. She's just hurt, but they'll find their way back. Scott's dream, I hope, is a consequence of what they've been dealing with lately. They have so much death around them that is only normal to be frightened of what one can do under the right circumstances. And I loved Liam. As they are all watching over him, the way he fits in the group is more notorious now, and he's already putting himself in jeopardy for the group, so we get to see this sweet growth. As for Lydia, I’m more surprised about her mother following her, than about that new code and the possibility that her grandmother’s alive. I can’t quite put my finger on it yet, but there’s something her mother knows that she’s not telling her. How did she know Meredith? And she’s not sure if Lydia’s grandmother is actually dead? What’s up with that? Overall, it was a great episode. Looking forward to know more about Lydia’s family/banshee powers, and Parrish (what is he?), and Mama McCall and Papa Stilinski (there’s an opening now, so run for it!) and that Kate/Peter interaction we all love-hate (what is their plan?). And, of course, who is the benefactor?!


Haven't watched this episode yet, but the good news is I caught up with the previous three. Will come back to comment later today when I've watched episode 8. Honestly I have no clue what's going on LOL

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Teen Wolf Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

Liam: Have you guys done something like this before?
Stiles: Something dangerous or something idiotic?
Kira: The it's yes to both.
Scott: You don't have to do be part of it if you don't want to.
Liam: I'm not scared.
Stiles: Well then you're borderline idiotic.

One more thing. When I do come back, we got to talk about some stuff. You and your friends, the way you guys handle things, it doesn't seem to phase you like it should. It's like you guys know something I don't. When I get back, I'd like to be in the know.