Teen Wolf: The Filmsfinal spoilers to follow.
Teen Wolf: The Films can be everything we loveteen wolf: hokey, overly dramatic and ridiculously fantastic in the best possible way, but you'd be forgiven for getting lost in one of its many intertwining stories.
Everyone Almost everyone is back– villains and friends – and you feel like you need an encyclopedic knowledge ofteen wolfhistory and lore just to fully understand everything that happens.
If you're still scratching your head over the finer details, scouring the web for clarification on this rugged 2+ hour watch, you've come to the right place. We are protecting you.
What happened in Teen Wolf: The Movie?
Allison's return left Beacon Hill a bit confused, but we really can't discuss her tangled involvement in the finale or with the movie's villain without explaining how the heck she got reincarnated, so let's back up a bit.
A more mature Scott (Tyler Posey)he became melancholic in his adulthood. It could be his desire to settle down and have a family that was made very clear early on, or it could have something to do with the visions of Allison (Crystal Reed) that he's been having.
Turns out he's not the only one who's been seeing her. Allison's father, Chris Argent (JR Bourne), goes to Scott and Deaton (Seth Gilliam) to confess that he, too, has been plagued by dreams about her that have become increasingly real.
The two are linked by the word Bard that Scott found himself writing and Argent heard the vision that Allison repeatedly whispered.
Supernatural expert and Scott's mentor Deaton explains that Bardo signifies a state between life and death. Argent then comes to the conclusion that this must mean that Allison never transitioned after dying in Scott's arms.
Plausible. It's been 15 years, maybe it took you that long to master how to text your loved ones.
Either way, the two are determined to see this through to the end, which obviously means getting the team back together, but not Stiles (Dylan O'Brien). No. He's engaged.
Lydia (Holland Roden), however, is free as a bird despite apparently having a company to run and we applaud her dedication to the pack.
She also has ties to Bard. Her Banshee instincts kicked in once more, despite having hadleave your days of mourning behind her. Soon enough, she begins furiously scribbling on multiple sheets of paper as if in a trance.
When Jackson (because he's back too) puts them together later, they discover that his Banshee scribbles reveal the image of a very important tree inteen wolffiction, the Sacred Grove. The word Bard is engraved in the center of the image. (10 guesses as to where this special ritual of bringing Allison back should be performed.)
Scott and Lydia call on Malia (Shelley Hennig) to help locate the tree, presumably because it grew up in the woods, like a wild coyote, and should know it well. However, she struggles and it's up to Derek's son Eli (Vincent Mattis) to help, because he's sleepwalking, so we're assuming he's been there?
We don't know, don't ask too many questions, just enjoy the ridiculous ride.
After seeing off the young wolf, they begin the ritual. Start is a bit of a strong word... things happen instinctively. The key emblems of the ritual—the dirt from the ground Allison was killed in and the weapon that knocked her down—fly from your hands and are sucked into the tree.
At first it looks like nothing happened and they walk away, but come on fans, we know better than that. Scott pauses, sensing something before a rippling light spreads from the tree, spreading out from it like roots and back until all that's left at its center is a naked Allison.
Distracted by the Allison-ness of the situation, they are unaware as the ancient malevolent Nogitsune in his fly form enters the tree in a cloud of 'Elphaba green' light and reemerges in his more human form.
Same tattered bandages covering his face as in Season 3, it's good to see him being so consistent. Her corporeal self demands chaos, conflict, pain, so Allison's rebirth can't be good.
Why did Allison return in Teen Wolf: The Movie?
Thus Allison arrived, but who is the puppeteer behind the visions and messages?
This would be a terrifying hooded figure who, early in the film, arrives in Japan and comes face to face with werewolf Liam (Dylan Sprayberry) and his kitsune girlfriend Hikari (Amy Lin Workman) in order to get a vial. in which the banished Nogitsune was imprisoned.
The hooded figure clearly won the battle, otherwise there would be no movie. The mysterious evil reveals that he wants revenge on Scott and his team, which means this new enemy isn't so new.
He wants chaos and pain to flow in his life and who better than Nogitsune to help him achieve it?
This quickly materializes when Allison wakes up and is in no mood for a meeting. Instead, she reverts to the old mindset of hers before Scott. Bad werewolves, good hunters Argent.
His most basic instincts tell him to hunt down the oldest wolf family in Beacon Hills, the Hales, which means Derek and Eli are in for a rough time.
Is Allison Evil in Teen Wolf: The Movie?
No, not exactly, but heNogitsune manipula a Allisonfragile mind and uses it to do his bidding.
He convinces Allison that Scott is the enemy, which is easy enough considering she doesn't remember anyone, not even her own father. She though she is somehow touchy enough to be tricked into believing that Scott is the enemy who destroyed her loved ones, who she only half remembers. (We swear he's addictive. Just watch him.)
What ensues is a lengthy cat and mouse chase with Allison running through Beacon Hills trying to kill everyone with a supernatural tail before Scott catches up with her and tries to do a number of things. Convince her that she no longer hunts werewolves, help her recover her memories, remind her of her connection, stop her from trying to kill you. That's a lot.
Eventually, the only way to accomplish this is for him to stop running and allow me to help stab him with a dagger covered in monkshood (a very lethal substance for a werewolf, but you know, you're a fan). In doing so, he slowly accepts that he is not a danger to her.
Meanwhile, the Nogitsune is busy killing a kitsune and stealing its power so that he can summon nine Oni as part of his master plan.
This grand plan has the Oni capturing some of Scott's loved ones and trapping them in a world of illusion. This includes Derek, Eli (who is struggling with his wolf transformation), Liam, Hikari, and Sheriff Stilinski (Linden Ashby).
Meanwhile, Argent, Scott's mother Melissa (Melissa Ponzio) and Peter Hale (Ian Bohen) try to track down Allison, who brought the dying Scott to the university where the lacrosse tournament is taking place.
Why lacrosse? Because it isteen wolfmiteen wolfthere is no lacrosse likeTeen Wolf sin Stiles *ojo lateral.*It is also where the Nogitsune hid his illusion, under the university stadium.
Following the Nogitsune's instructions, Allison brought Scott here, but the Nogitsune's control over her begins to wane as Scott appeals to the part of Allison that only he can reach.
Showing her an old photograph of the two of them together triggers something in Allison that brings back memories of Lydia and Jackson (Colton Haynes) at the winter ball, but not Scott.
He shares with her the story of their breakup, detailing how he told her then that he knew they would be together, even then, after she left him.
"You told me that destiny doesn't exist. Do you remember what I told you?" He frantically investigates to which an enlightened Allison replies, "Werewolves don't exist."
It's enough to convince her to trust him, to save him by burning his monkshood, but not to evoke all his memories.
After saving him, she decides that the only thing she can trust is that she needs to find her father, the only family she has left, and the two are temporarily separated. While Scott and Allison were having a moment, his pack was busy.
Malia and Jordan Parrish (aka Hellhound) hunt for silver to kill Oni, while Lydia and Jackson play young detectives.
The two discover that the various fires that have been deliberately set in the forest over the past few weeks have not been in vain.Teen Wolf: The FilmsThe hooded villain is burning rowan trees to create mountain ash, a natural substance capable of caging supernatural creatures... but not Banshees. Remember this.
Everyone is doing their part and now, no longer worried about Allison trying to kill him, Scott can too.
In order to rid the stadium of lacrosse fans before the Oni arrive, Scott and Eli (whom the Nongitsune pushed back into the real world as part of his twisted plan) must help the team win the game.
Anything just to play more lacrosse, right?
The hapless Eli, who is channeling much of Stiles' high school lacrosse career, scores the game-winning goal. After applause and cheers, the spectators drone away, letting the real game begin. Nogitsune's game and no one is cheering yet.
Who is the hooded villain in Teen Wolf: The Movie?
Lydia and Jackson's detective trail has also led them to the stadium, but before they can attend to their friends, they are accosted by their hooded foe at gunpoint.
His unmasked enemy is revealed to be none other than Mr. Adrian Harris (Adam Fristoe). Your old chemistry teacher. Death, death, death.
He's always been a nasty tool, but now he's really stepped things up by putting the Nogitsune on his former students.
His appearance is a disappointing surprise. Harris was thought to have died after being tied to a tree and strangled to death by the dark druid or Darach posing as a teacher known as Jennifer Blake. It turns out that she blames Scott and his meddling team for her fate.
At this point in the Nogitsune's plan, Scott and Allison have been transported to their illusionary world and are forced to fight all nine Oni.
They try to buy some time until Malia and Parrish (Ryan Kelley) can find their way with the silver.
What happened to Lydia and Stiles?
Harris lifts the costume like a one-way mirror to show Lydia and Jackson, now shooting at him, their friends in a state of confusion as they fight what appears to be a deadly, losing battle.
While this anguish may be sweet to the Nogitsune, Harris happily feeds it further by serving up Lydia's pain. This he does by bringing to the surface the truth of her secret anguish, causing her to reveal the real reason why she left Stiles.
Banshee Lydia received a premonition foreshadowing Stiles' death at which she was present. To prevent her vision from coming true, she left him, hoping his absence would save him.
Teen Wolf: Explanation of the end of the movie
Lydia is wracked with grief, but an injured Jackson encourages her and trains her from the outside to use her Banshee moan to get to Allison, because, if you remember, mountain ash is no match for a Banshee's power.
Lydia screams Allison's name and the force of her scream not only repels the Oni, but is powerful enough to summon Allison's lost memories.
Always with the ace up his sleeve, the Nogitsune puts into motion the final step of his plan known as the divine move. "Such a brilliant and inspired move to change the shape of the entire game, a move that only a God could pull off," Peter explained.
He offers Scott a deal, which becomes even more wicked with the return of Allison's memories. A bow and arrow to the heart to kill the real Alpha and a death in Allison's arms in exchange for the lives of her friends.
Her death in his arms, like her in his, must be a kind of poetry.
Bravely, Scott agrees and after some reluctance (but not very persuasive, it must be said) Allison does as he asks and shoots him three times through the heart, presumably killing him before he has a chance to heal quickly.
Victory is declared for the Nogitsune, but their joy is too rash. The arrows are incinerated before the Nogitsune barely manages to finish his taunting riddle and Scott makes a quick recovery. Hikari's kitsune fox protection then leaves Scott and returns to her and reveals that the Nogitsune has been tricked.
Having failed in his godly move, this ancient spirit is believed to have been defeated, but not before Allison shoots him through the head with an arrow. Poetic justice protests the lady.
However, they should have known that it wouldn't be that easy. The Nogitsune is not done with the McCall pack and summons the Oni once more. No matter, Scott and company seem to have found renewed energy.
Jordan is finally able to use his hellfire to burn the mountain ash, allowing him, Malia, Argent, Melissa, and Peter to join the fight.
They are killing Oni left and right as Jackson and Lydia manage to get the upper hand on Harris. Eli combines her newfound werewolf powers with his father's to help free Derek, and together they free the rest of his friends.
They make quick work of the Oni drenching the Nogitsune. She goes into this speech which basically serves to remind Scott that he has the blood of the wolf thanks to the bite Scott gave him in season three.
After the Nogitsune removes the bandages from his head to reveal a mangled face with glowing green eyes, Derek, Eli, and their alpha Scott transform (meaning transform) and attack the enraged Nogitsune.
The Nogitsune uses his power of illusion to tear them apart and finish them off one by one, but this feeble attempt to finish them off doesn't last long. The three call on their bond to the pack and howl to unite before stopping the Nogitsune with Parrish's help.
Unfortunately, even with their combined efforts, they are unable to defeat the Nogitsune. The only way to do this is for Parrish to use his hellfire to burn him to death. However, Parrish can't handle it alone.
Someone has to play the martyr and on this rare occasion it is not Scott who is offering himself as a tribute. Eli was thrown to the side before Parrish sprang into action and pulled him to safety. Knowing this, Derek takes the opportunity to beg Scott to take care of Eli.
"He's part of your pack now," he tells Scott before shoving him out of the way and telling Parrish to "turn that shit on." Parrish doesn't even blink once before complying. Severe. Horrified fans everywhere watch Derek burn to death.
The moment is poignant not only because it's the first major loss since Allison (who has now been marred by her return). He also hits hard because, when he dies, Derek's eyes change from cold blue to alpha red.
A werewolf can only ascend to true alpha status due to their own willpower, virtue, and strength of character. It's something so uniquely rare that it's unlikely to be seen for 100 years, and yet less than two decades after Scott became a true alpha, Derek joins him.
Those who have followed Derek's journey know that he lost his golden eyes and gained his steel-blue ones when he took an innocent human life. The merciful death of his first love, already dying when his body rejected the bite of another werewolf, haunted him for years. Now, in death, he was redeemed and absolved of all guilt.
It is a beautiful moment. One that can't even be surpassed by the Nogitsune reduced to ashes, metaphorically speaking. Nothing was left behind in Parrish's molten wake.
As this bittersweet story draws to a close, it becomes clear that Allison and Scott are together, together, and Eli is now under Scott's ward.
What Happened to Harris in Teen Wolf: The Movie?
Who could forget the instigator of all this madness and misfortune. Harris assumes they're taking him to see his lawyer, but where he really ends up at the end of the film is Eichen House, a mental health treatment facility.
In an unexpected twist, news of his arrest at Eichen is brought to Harris by Dr. Conrad Fenris, the chief medical officer (John Sanford Posey).
staff of fenristeen wolfThe saga is complicated. In the past, he was an ally of McCall's pack, but during season six, Fenris was twisted by the ultimate antagonist, the Anuk-ite.
The Anuk-ite used his fear-inducing powers to force Fenris to murder all supernatural creatures he was manipulated into believing were a danger to humanity. Lydia was able to defeat him with her Banshee Shout and although it was never confirmed, he was presumed dead.
Well, we guess we were wrong because here he is, looking very much alive and back to his old self as he smugly leads Harris to detention.
How does Teen Wolf: the Movie set up a potential spin-off?
As Harris is being dragged against his will to Eichen, he's protesting his…well, not his innocence, but that the children of Beacon Hill are rotten.
"Kids, teenagers, they're werewolves," he shouts to anyone who will listen, but it falls on deaf ears.
The only one who answers is Fenris, who says, "Trust me, we hear a lot of stories about teenage werewolves, there's always a new one."
We now know that this does not refer toWolf Pack TV Series, premiered the same day and by the same showrunner asTeen Wolf: The Films. Creator Jeff Davis made it explicitly clear that the franchises are not linked in any way.
Instead, the movie ends with a shot of Eli looking up at the moon. He turns to look at the camera with bright golden eyes; the reminder of your father echoing in your mind "remember who you are" and who he is?
a hale. A fucking teen wolf. Need we say more?
Teen Wolf: The Filmsis now available to view onParamount+.
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