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"What do you want from us?"
"I want a little bit of insight, Scott."
"To what?"
"My family. The Argent family has been around for over four hundred years. A powerful, wealthy, aristocratic family of werewolf hunters. But yet, somehow, in less than a year, this great family is decimated by a teenage boy. So, my question is simple-- what the hell is so special about Scott McCall?"


A Promise to the Dead is the eleventh episode of Season 4 and the fifty-ninth episode of the series.

Synopsis Edit

Scott battles an old enemy.

Plot Edit

Dr. Deaton captures Patrick, a wendigo who escaped from Eichen House, and returns him to a secret area of the hospital housing various supernatural creatures. He meets with one of the inmates, a three-eyed man named Dr. Valack, who claims to have knowledge regarding what Kate did to Derek. Deaton obtains the information by looking into Valack's third eye, but is sent into a coma as a result. Meanwhile, Liam is suffering from nightmares and hallucinations of the Berserkers. Lydia appears at Derek's loft in the middle of the night and screams. Chris tracks down Kate in the sewers, but encounters Peter and one of the Berserkers instead. Peter impales Chris with a metal bar, pinning him to a wall, and leaves. As Stiles and Liam prepare for the first lacrosse game of the season, Scott and Kira go on their first official date in Derek's loft, but are ambushed by Kate and the other Berserker. Scott and Kira put up a good fight, but are eventually defeated and abducted. Lydia is able to awaken Deaton from his coma; he informs the group that Scott and Kira have been abducted, and that Kate has taken them to Mexico. Peter shows up at the lacrosse game to see Malia, informs her that he has found her mother, and offers her a deal; he will give Malia her mother's identity if she helps him to kill Kate. During the game, Brett helps Liam to learn control over his fear, as part of Brett's debt to Scott for saving his pack. Deputy Parrish finds Chris in the sewers; working together, they are able to free Chris. In the process, Parrish's eyes glow orange. Kate imprisons Scott and Kira in the abandoned church in La Iglesia (the abandoned town in Mexico where she was keeping Derek at the beginning of the season), and informs Scott that she is planning to turn him into a Berserker to use him against his friends.

Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

Supporting Cast Edit

Guest Cast Edit

  • Jake Mateo as Referee

Continuity Edit

  • It is officially revealed that Eichen House has a supernatural ward. This was first hinted in Echo House.
  • Dr. Gabriel Valack makes his first appearance on the series as a former physician in Eichen House's supernatural ward who drilled a hole into his skull to reveal his third eye, giving him extrasensory perception.
  • Dr. Conrad Fenris makes his first appearance in the series. He was first introduced in the Teen Wolf webseries The Search for a Cure.
  • Kate brings Scott and Kira back to La Iglesia. La Iglesia was last shown in The Dark Moon.
  • Liam continues to have PTSD-induced hallucinations about the Berserkers. He first fought the Berserker in Time of Death, and first started having the hallucinations in Perishable.
  • This is the first full episode after the Deadpool was shut down in Monstrous.
  • Scott finally returns Garrett's Deadpool money to Derek in this episode, after finding it in Orphaned.
    • Derek also reveals that he has his own money, and that all of the bearer bonds in the Hale Vault actually belonged solely to Peter. He also agrees with Stiles' assertion that they may be better off if Peter never gets the money back, which Stiles first mentioned in Weaponized.
  • Scott and Kira finally have the first date they planned to have in Time of Death, though it is interrupted by Kate and her Berserker.
  • Kira makes reference to the fact that Scott has never seen Star Wars, a running joke in the series. This fact was first brought up in Motel California by Stiles.
  • The Desert Wolf was mentioned by Peter, who confirmed that she was Malia's mother. She was first mentioned by him in Time of Death.
  • The Beacon Hills Cyclones lacrosse team plays Devenford Prep for the second time in this episode. The first time was in I.E.D.
  • Jordan Parrish reveals part of his supernatural nature for the first time when his eyes glow an orange-red color during his attempt to save Chris Argent. He also appears to demonstrate super-strength, as he was able to bend the piece of rebar that Peter used to stab him.
  • Sheriff Stilinski informs Stiles and Malia that Eichen House has forgiven Stiles' outstanding bills for his stay there in Echo House due to Brunski nearly killing him and Lydia in Perishable. It was first revealed that Sheriff was struggling to pay Stiles' Eichen House bills in 117.
  • It is implied that Lydia's Banshee scream can break someone out of a supernaturally-induced coma, as she was able to use it to wake Alan Deaton from the coma he was put into by Gabriel Valack.
  • Despite the revelation that Peter and Kate have been working with each other since Orphaned in Monstrous, Peter asks Malia to kill Kate in return for information about her mother the Desert Wolf. It is unknown if this was something he truly wanted her to do, or if was merely to distract her from the fact that they were working together.

Trivia Edit

  • The title refers to Deaton and his confession that he once loved Talia Hale and made a promise to protect her son Derek.
  • It is revealed that Kate can create Berserkers as well as control them, though it is still unknown if this is true of all Werejaguars or if it is a power unique to Kate herself.
  • Liam and Brett seem to reconcile, as Brett is grateful that Scott and his pack saved Satomi's pack from the Deadpool assassins.
  • Peter tells Malia that he will help her find her mother, the Desert Wolf, but only if she kills Kate. Since Peter and Kate were actually working together, it is unclear if this was simply meant to keep Malia from figuring this fact out, or if he really did want Malia to kill Kate in order to tie up his loose ends.

Body Count Edit

None

Locations Edit

Soundtrack Edit

  • "Hide" by Little May
    • Malia tries to awaken Stiles for school, and the two start to make out in his bed
  • "I Need My Memory Back" by The Glitch Mob
    • Liam is lifting weights in the weight room when he gets a Berserker flashback and loses his strength momentarily. Scott rushes into the room to save him from being pinned by the benchpress
  • "Given the Chance" by The Kite String Tangle
    • Scott and Kira have a date in Derek's loft, and the two are making out on the couch when Kate and one of her Berserkers burst through the windows
  • "Gold" by FMLYBND
    • The lights on the lacrosse field are turned on in preparation for the Beacon Hills High vs Devenford Prep game
  • "Faded" by Afrojack
    • Stiles assures Liam that the team will be fine without Scott, but then begins to worriedly text Scott to make sure he's okay
  • "Belgium" by Gesaffelstein
    • Brett sees that Liam is scared and in the middle of a panic attack caused by his Berserker hallucinations and tries to calm him down
  • "Cain" by Cousin Marnie
    • Kate performs the ritual to turn Scott into a Berserker

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