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Teen Wolf – Recap: What is Lydia? Who is the Darach?

Lydia continued to wail her way through Teen Wolf Season 3 tonight, and finally, she’d get some answers! What exactly is Lydia? And who is that heinous Darach? All will be revealed, pack!

Episode 9 of Season 3 of Teen Wolf set the spotlight on our favorite Beacon Hills ginger, Lydia (Holland Roden), “The Girl Who Knew Too Much,” as she finally began coming to terms with her peculiar brand of supernatural abilities. Caught somewhere in between a mental breakdown and shouts of affirmation, Lydia would decide to embrace her powers with the help of her friend, Scott (Tyler Posey). If it meant saving lives rather than stumbling upon dead corpses a few minutes too late, she’d willingly join the ranks of the vast array of Beacon Hills freaks and geeks. Unfortunately for Lydia, it would be that nasty Darach who’d stamp a true label across her forehead. That’s right, pack. This episode saw the reveal we’ve all been waiting for! Who is the Darach? Do you think Teen Wolf tested Holland Roden for screaming ability prior to casting her as Lydia? (Hint Hint!) Here is the Recap and Review of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 9, “The Girl Who Knew Too Much”!

Episode 9 opened with yet another victim of the dastardly Darach sacrifices. Poor Tara, a police officer buddy of Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), would be the latest casualty in the dark druid’s search for evil power. Lured into the school by a 911 call, Tara would witness a vision of her own bloody corpse in the locker room showers prior to actually being attacked. That Darach has a way with creeptastic tricks, huh? In any case, Tara’s body would be discovered by Scott and company. Lydia, realizing that she’d blacked out and zapped to a random location yet again, decided to phone in the troops prior to stumbling upon another body. Hey, Stiles asked for it, sort of? Propped up on the school welcome sign was Tara’s body, getting our own gears turning. Virgins, healers, etc. etc… Would the Darach’s latest victims be a string of protectors? It would, at least, seem so…

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The next morning, Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) would play sick, throwing her father off of her trail. Way to use a fresh body to your advantage, Allison! In truth, Argent was looking to nip this Darach predicament in the bud before another innocent victim ended up sliced and diced. Arming herself with a blade, Argent was immediately caught off guard by an intruder outside of her window. Luckily, it was merely poor Isaac (Daniel Sharman), who found himself instantaneously pinned to Allison’s bedroom floor with a knife held to his throat. Scott had sent his pack-mate to check up on his former flame, but where did our minds wander to? We knew Teen Wolf was setting this up as another opportunity to pair these two together, testing their chemistry. It’s all very Buffy. I mean that as a compliment. It’s one thing to couple natural enemies, like a werewolf and a hunter. It’s another to create a legitimate supernatural love triangle, and this show’s first true competition to the Scott/ Allison romance!

Allison, unfortunately, had her own theory ready to share with Isaac. Her father, Chris (JR Bourne), had seemed to have compiled a significant amount of information on the Darach and its sacrifices, both past and present. In other words, Allison was on to her father’s game, and she was ready to stop the man dead in his tracks, blood or otherwise, if it meant preventing another one of his sacrifices. With Isaac’s help, Allison was able to make one last final connection, a druid symbol embedded below her father’s map system. With virgins, warriors, and healers down, it seemed philosophers and guardians would be next in line. Well, not if Allison could help it. Isn’t Season 3 Allison Argent a pleasure to behold? It’s like going through a phase as a villainess last season has opened up a whole new kind of a badassery for the show’s female lead.

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

Much of Season 3 Episode 9 would center on Stiles’ need to fill his father, Sheriff Stilinski (Lynden Ashby), in on the whole “werewolves exist” situation. Ugh, wolves, druids, hunters… throw in a giant killer snake man, and Stiles had a lot on his plate to discuss. First, let’s cover the ever-evolving evil twin situation. At this point, it seems as though we have a good twin, Ethan (Charlie Carver), and an evil a dark twin, Aiden (Max Carver). Scott, recognizing the good in Ethan, was willing to attempt to make some sort of a reconciliation with him if it meant learning more about the Darach and Duecalion. Lydia offered up her services, distracting opposing twin Aiden, while Stiles and Scott interrogated Ethan in the stairwell. These twins have an interesting story, might I add. In fact, they were never alphas before meeting Duecalion… they were omegas. Basically, Ethan and Aiden were bottom feeders within their own pack, serving a complete jerk of an alpha before secretly training to use their abilities with Duecalion. After literally ripping their old pack-mates to shreds, they’d find themselves at Duecalion’s side.. and indebted to the Demon Wolf. It’s important to note, though, they are starting to seem in over their heads. Ethan was earnest in his remorse over his part in the death of Boyd, though Aiden seemed to have more of a “get it done” kind of an attitude. Also, Ethan’s affection for Danny (Keahu Kahuanui) would be tested. Aiden threatened to rip the boy’s face off for lunch, literally, if his brother lost sight of their cause in Beacon Hills.

Speaking of Aiden, his anger was put to the test when he faced an enraged Cora (Adelaide Kane), out for blood, in the school locker room. Boy, that locker room certainly sees a lot of action. It’s more like a, as Stiles once referenced, werewolf thunderdome than a quiet place to change and shower. In the end, the group managed to put a stop to the pair’s quarreling, but not before Cora took a massive blow to the head from Aiden, leaving her down for the count. Remember, Kali gave Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) to the next full moon to make his decision. Aiden was forbidden from hurting Derek’s pack until then.

After heading back to town, Derek’s first stop was a nice rendezvous with Jennifer (Haley Webb) outside of the school. After a quick kiss, though, Jennifer would be beckoned back to her classroom by the dreaded school bell. Jennifer’s lesson this week, a class on idioms, would prove useful to Stiles. Idioms are phrases that require prior knowledge to make any sort of sense. Consider a phrase like “jump the gun” and how it’s only truly understood by people who know of the starting pistol in track race. Stiles’ father had been solving cases for years without having seen the “whole board.” Stiles, using chess pieces in addition to some verbal help from a still reeling Cora, would attempt to sit his father down at home, getting the secrets off of his chest once and for all. If guardians were being sacrificed, his father would need to be in the know. Unfortunately, all of Stiles diligence in attempting to explain the secrets of his friends only ended up testing his father’s patience, resulting in a massive fit of rage at the hospital. Disappointed in his father’s disbelief, not so much in the supernatural but rather, in him as his son, Stiles walked away knowing that his mother would not have reacted in the same vein.

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Scott, meanwhile, continued to be proactive in his quest to end the Darach’s killing spree and Duecalion’s impending assault. Ms. Morrel’s (Bianca Lawson) advice as his guidance counselor/ obvious Darach suspect proved more ominous than useful, but at least we were clued in to the Demon Wolf’s scheme. If he can’t have Scott, a True Alpha, as a part of his super pack, he intends to see Scott destroyed from the inside out. Remember, if Scott kills another, he can never become this True Alpha. Will Duecalion be successful in his ploy to manipulate Scott into betraying his friends or becoming a “killing machine”?

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

Lydia can’t catch a break. The mantle of “genius,” has served her well, but it’s become incredibly clear that Lydia is know average Einstein. After being summoned, yet again, to the sight of another Darach kidnapping, a piercing scream would alert the rest of the school to the disappearance of a teacher. The thing about Lydia is that she never seem to let the glares and stares at the local “crazy girl” get in the way of whatever current debacle is going down. She’s pretty resilient, in that sense. Taking into consideration that Tara was a teacher prior to becoming an officer, Stiles deduced that philosophers, rather than guardians, were on the chopping block. In other news, was anyone else surprise to learn that Stiles, at one point or another, needed help with his math homework?

Luckily, Allison and Isaac were two steps ahead, tailing her father to a warehouse where their teacher hung on the brink of death. From behind, the two witnessed first hand the demonic face of the Darach. Fortunately, Chris Argent was there to shoo it away. Unforunately for their “philosopher,” they were too late to save his life. It was a relief for Allison that her father wasn’t this demonic druid Darach, of course, but more secrets and lies within the Argent family isn’t going to bring them closer together. With one philosopher yet to fall, the trio would head back to the school to attend a memorial concert that had been drummed up by Jennifer. With all of the death and destruction going on in this town, the new girl figured a benefit was fitting; however, what she’d essentially done was wrangle every possible new victim under one roof.

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

I’m not sure which awesome moment I enjoyed more. I’m becoming very fond of the relationship between Danny and Ethan. I’ve always appreciated the way Teen Wolf has treated Danny’s sexuality as a complete non-issue. More shows need to take note of this. Their moment before Danny’s performance was a great romantic scene, but I think I preferred the scene where Lydia grabbed Scott’s hand in shaky support following her decision to start embracing her abilities. This is an interesting yet unexplored friendship that the show should start highlighting more often. Called down a dark high school corridor via text messages from Aiden, Lydia would unknowingly walk into a trap. The Darach was now privy to Lydia’s meddling as “The Girl Who Knew Too Much.” The Darach, the dark druid, is… Jennifer.

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

Binding Lydia to a classroom chair, Jennifer reminded us of the true nature of the dark druid sacrifices, the offerings to a deity. Entranced, the school musicians began to chant from the auditorium stage rather than to continue playing their sorrowful tribute, confusing the crowd but alerting Scott, Allison, and the rest of our favorite heroes to the looming sacrifice. A piano chord snaps, and another teacher finds herself grasping at her throat as the blood splashes down. Mistletoe dripped from her mouth, as Allison and her father quickly inspected her body. Just before the knife cuts into Lydia’s throat, she lets out one of her signature screams, a sound so piercing that all wolves in the area stop in agony. Even Derek, who’d been tending to a badly wounded Cora at the hospital, would stop and listen curiously. Jennifer, taking a step back, finally revealed to us the truth behind Lydia’s mysterious ways. Lydia is… a banshee.

Sheriff Stilinski stepped in just in time to rescue Lydia, but it appears as though the Darach, Jennifer, is indeed more than meets the eye. You see, Scott’s mother (Melissa Ponzio) and Stiles’ father had done their research. Going off of a hunch from Stiles, the two dug up an “animal attack” from several years prior. A girl had been left torn to ribbons in the woods, but more importantly, the report told of massive flocks of birds hurling themselves at her hospital room walls… sacrifices.

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MTV “Teen Wolf”

Suddenly, the Darach’s hatred for the alpha pack became entirely clear. Killing healers rendered her with the ability to heal a gunshot wound in mere moments. Murdering philosophers instilled her with insight and strategy. Sacrificing warriors gave her superhuman strength. Offing virgins, well… I’ll get back to you on that one. I’m guessing that string of murders gave her uncanny sex appeal? She did manage to win over Derek somewhat quickly! We got our first glimpse of Jennifer before all three virgins were killed, so it couldn’t be merely her masking good looks. The Darach, of course, is a hideous demon-like creature underneath the Jennifer “costume.” Although, I found myself torn between thinking of the Darach as a monster and blaming the alpha pack’s brutal attack on Jennifer for the “scarring” beneath her false image. Then again, there is that blood-curtling demon shriek the Darach lets out from time to time when its true colors are revealed. In the end, Scott and Stiles were powerless in their effort to save his father from the clutches of the Darach. By the time Stiles busted into the classroom and Scott regained consciousness from an attack, Jennifer had disappeared… with the Sheriff!

(By the way, there was a lot to take in this week. This is the kind of post I’ll revisit with edits in a few hours once everything sinks in.)

What did you think of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 9, “The Girl Who Knew Too Much”? What does Lydia being a banshee mean in the long run? Did you know Jennifer was the Darach? Will Stiles and Scott rescue his father? If they do, are you glad that the Sheriff is now in the know? Are you rooting for Allison/ Scott or Allison/ Isaac? What does Jennifer’s Darach status mean for her relationship with Derek? Are you Team Alphas or Team Darach? Is Tyler Hoechlin the next Batman? Have you congratulated Tyler Posey following his big announcement?

Thanks for reading my Recap and Review of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 9, “The Girl Who Knew Too Much”!

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