Every week, Fangirlish writers will be discussing new episodes of Teen Wolf and sharing their thoughts, feelings, and speculation about what’s going down in Beacon Hills.
Before tonight’s Teen Wolf double feature, we’re breaking down last week’s installment: “After Images.” Directed by the one and only Tyler Posey, the episode took the conflict in Beacon Hills to the next level by dropping bodies and revealing Liam as a supernatural to, well, pretty much everyone.
Please give us your five word review and a gif that describes your reaction to “After Images.”
Chloe: Things just went next level.
Liz: Welp, looks like we’re screwed.
Nora: My heart can’t handle this.
This week’s episode mainly centered around the quest to save – or take out – one werewolf. Give me your MVP of the “Rescue Brett” mission.
Nora: My MVP for #RescueBrett would be Liam. Man, that boy went above and beyond in this episode to help Brett, and I’m still crying over the outcome. Even when Scott went down, Liam knew he had to keep going. He knew that time was running out and he had to save Brett.
Liam began his journey on Teen Wolf as someone who really only thought about himself, and now look how far he has come. I think Liam became a true leader after venturing into the tunnels to find Brett. And I think that’s why the end was all the more heartbreaking for me. Liam did everything right – he put aside any history he may have had with Brett and did everything he could to save him. I’m so proud of Liam.
Chloe: I’m gonna have to give this one to Liam as well. It was a team effort, but Liam was really the one to take charge, keep things on track, and take risks to save one of their own. He and Brett have certainly had their differences in the past, but when it came down to it, Liam was there for him – and willing to put himself in danger to try to keep Brett alive. His tactics still need some work, but his heart is in the right place – and that’s thanks to Scott’s leadership and example. Our little baby is all grown up and ready to save China.
Liz: I’d have to agree with Nora on giving Liam the MVP award. I mean, yeah, he made some shitty mistakes, but he persevered! He did everything in his power to try and save these two Betas, showing that he can take on Alpha roles (I mean, with a little more training like maybe DON’T roar in the middle of a hunt??). Either way, he did his best.
Gerard really made a move in this episode, orchestrating the reveal of Liam as a supernatural creature in a big way. But he wasn’t the only one to cause a scene, as Nolan also outed Corey. What did you make of these two reveals? Could they be connected?
Chloe: These two reveals really kicked up the conflict a notch – and in a very public way. The townspeople have seen glimpses of the supernatural before, but it’s always been explained away. This is going to be harder to sweep under the rug. I don’t think that Gerard and Nolan are working together – at least, not yet – but both of their actions could be fueled by whatever thing or creature is amping up the fear. I’ll be interested to see what happens next and how the ordinary folk interpret these events.
Liz: Mmmm, yes. I think they are related! I don’t know how, but I know they can go hand in hand. Gerard can honestly go fuck himself, like he’s such a major dick! And then Nolan, never trusted him. He def is super creepy and was just trying to turn people against Corey – who doesn’t deserve that!!! I for sure think that Gerard is behind it all. He’s literally building an army, so of course he’s gonna take recruits from everywhere – including the school.
Nora: I am so stressed about everything that is going on. First with Gerard revealing Liam – that was just vicious. He knew Liam would werewolf out if he lost Brett and it happened, with everyone watching. I was heartbroken. Then, you have Nolan, who honestly creeped me out in this episode, outing Corey. A crazy moment that, of course, took place in front of basically the entire school. These events are definitely connected. Even the creepy, no face creature that Argent and Melissa were dealing with. All three events deal with fear, terror, and bringing out the worst in people. Right now, I think Gerard is behind most of this. He knows Beacon Hills will turn on the supernatural creatures, especially if they are presented as animals and things that will put regular people at risk. I’m going with all these incidents are connected.
Let’s talk fallout. What will the consequences of the pack’s PR nightmare be? What’s Gerard’s next move?
Chloe: As I was saying, these two incidents orchestrated by Gerard and Nolan won’t be going away any time soon. The pack has been exposed – and even if not fully so, enough that it’s going to be a hassle and probably put them in danger. They may have teeth and claws or Banshee powers, but there’s also strength in numbers – and the pack is definitely outnumbered by the townspeople. Combine that with the fear creature? Bad news. I think things will get (more) violent, very quickly. This will probably play right into Gerard’s hands, whatever he has planned. If I didn’t know better, I’d say Gerard was a Nogitsune – because he sure seems to love him some chaos, strife, and pain.
Liz: Hopefully people will just turn a blind eye to it like they’ve done in the past, but I highly doubt that. I really do think that this was a catalyst for the all-out war we’ve been promised. Both Liam and Corey showed their “true selves,” and I think a lot of people are gonna be very, very wary of both. I’m suspecting that they won’t treat Liam too kindly, so we’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out. Gerard’s next move is probably gonna hurt, and I have a feeling it’s going to involve guns and weapons used against Scott and Co.
Nora: The obvious consequence is going to be that Beacon Hills looks at these people differently. Liam and Corey are presented as something to fear, and we have seen what fear and terror does to people. It’s going to be hard to win back people’s trust, especially when they think you’re a monster. Already in the preview for the next episode, Liam is dealing with this reality at school. The pack is now under a microscope; any move they make will be heavily watched. That’s definitely what Gerard wanted, too. The pack now can’t make a move without someone watching them. This is perfect for whatever Gerard’s next big move will be. He’s going to strike hard and strike fast. It’s just a question of what he does.
We’ve also got to talk about how “After Images” marked Tyler Posey’s directorial debut. Tell me all of your thoughts and feelings. How did our teen wolf do?
Chloe: We’ve not only gotten to watch Tyler Posey grow up on Teen Wolf, but also see him produce and now direct. It proves how much of a family environment Teen Wolf has fostered – and also what a great talent Posey is. Though I’m not well-versed in the language of directing, I did notice some interesting camera angles going on – and the ending scene with Liam’s big reveal really packed a punch. I’m so proud of Posey and all he has accomplished, and there’s nowhere else I’d rather see him make his directorial debut.
Liz: I literally felt like a proud parent. He deserves all the love; that episode was so aesthetically pleasing. I’m a big fan of how he directed such a pivotal episode, and it just makes me think “what CAN’T that boy do???” It was SO GOOD!!! I’m so fucking proud wow.
Nora: I am so proud of Tyler Posey. Watching him go from actor to producer to now director is just so amazing, and I know he’ll have a long career even after Teen Wolf ends. I think he did a great job on all fronts of the episode. From the terrifying scenes with Melissa and Argent to Lydia’s Banshee moments to Scott’s own moments with Malia and Liam. It was a great, emotional episode overall. I’m so proud of Posey and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up when I saw “Directed by Tyler Posey” come across the screen during the credits. Our little wolf is all grown up!
What was your favorite moment from the episode?
Chloe: I have a feeling that I won’t be alone when I say it was the Scalia scene in the tunnels. It maybe wasn’t the best time to have a DTR, but Scott’s deliriousness made it all the better thanks to Malia’s Wait, WHAT are we talking about?! moment. This ship has taken me by surprise in the best way.
I also have to give a shoutout to Liam for one of his lines right before he and Lori ran off to find Brett, leaving Scott and Malia behind. He summed up Scott’s teachings in the best way, and it hit me right in the feels. “I know who we are. We never give up – especially when it’s someone innocent. Someone alone. One of our friends.” Damn. Right.
Liz: OH MY GOD. I think you already know – it was hands-down the Scalia moment in the tunnels. The moment she took his pain and the way the camera was on them created such a beautiful scene. I just need them to be together, like I was really expecting them to kiss. I love them so much. Wow.
Nora: I am so here for #Scalia, it’s ridiculous. I didn’t think I would be, but I’m loving them. So, the scene where Malia takes Scott’s pain away was my favorite this week. Just seeing these two characters in such a vulnerable place was emotional, and I think Tyler and Shelley did a remarkable job. Also, seeing the comparisons on Tumblr of Allison’s death scene and Scott and Malia in this episode was a lot for me.
Another favorite scene was Liam being outed as a werewolf. While it spells trouble for the pack, it was such an important moment and completely starts up the trouble for the final episodes.
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What was your favorite moment from “After Images”?
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