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Damnatio Memoriae is the twelfth episode of Season 5 and the seventy-second episode of the series.

Synopsis

Without the support of his pack, Scott confronts what the Dread Doctors' deadly success means for Beacon Hills.

Plot

Telecommunications Towers

Deputy Valerie Clarke is driving her sister, Hayden, to work. Clarke explains that because she was gone for three days, she's not letting her out of her sight. She then adds, "For all I knew, you could have been dead," and Hayden frowns at the memory of dying in Status Asthmaticus. The deputy receives a message on the radio asking her to check out an abandoned truck near the telecom station, as they lost contact with the technician they sent there. When they arrive, Clarke gets out of the car to investigate and instructs Hayden to stay behind. The truck is still on, so she turns it off. She proceeds to check out the building. It appears to have been broken into, and with her flashlight and gun in hand, she proceeds into the building and down the stairs.

Hayden waits in the car until her enhanced hearing picks up a voice coming from inside the building saying, “Help me.” Hayden, worried about her sister, gets out of the car to back her up, but before she can go inside, Liam appears and surprises her. He’s clearly worried about her and sad that she didn’t tell him that she was alive or respond to any of his texts. Meanwhile, inside the transmission towers, Clarke finds a badly wounded man whose neck has been clawed out, though he's still barely alive. To Clarke's horror, she turns to find the Beast, who claws out a pipe before running past her and out of the building. Once outside, it heads straight for Liam and Hayden, who immediately start to run as Hayden asks Liam what the creature is. He has no idea and tells her to keep running, and behind them, Clarke has run out of the building and screams at them to run.

They do just that until they reach the ravine, and Hayden convinces Liam that with their super-strength and agility, they can jump across it. They get a running start and run across, but while Hayden easily clears the space, Liam just barely makes it and hangs off the edge. Unfortunately, the Beast is able to make it across the ravine as well, and at a loss for options, Liam grabs Hayden by the ankle and pulls them both into the ravine. The Beast abandons them and instead runs off into town.

Ravine

Hayden finds Liam unconscious on top of a large boulder and slaps him several times to wake him up. Once he does, he realizes that he can't move because he broke his back when he landed and he can't feel his legs. Hayden asks him if it will heal, and when Liam assumes that it will eventually, Hayden gets up to leave. Liam is appalled that she'd just leave him there, but Hayden insists that she needs to check on her sister and that since he pulled her into the ravine, she's lucky she healed. She also once again references Liam leaving her for dead, and when Liam asks her who brought her back, Hayden reluctantly admits that it was Theo before she leaves.

Hospital

Tracy and Theo are at the hospital, where they're visiting the prison guard who Tracy mauled in her night terror in Dreamcatchers.

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Guest Cast

  • Andrew Thacher as Telecom Technician
  • Chris Gann as Driver

Continuity

Trivia

  • The title is a reference to damnatio memoriae, a type of punishment that was popularized in Ancient Rome. It is Latin for "condemnation of memory," as they believed that being forgotten by history was a punishment worse than death. For that reason, those who received this punishment had their names stricken from written record, their faces chiseled off of sculptures, and in some cases, their property was all seized, erasing any and all vestiges of a person's existence from recorded history.
    • It is implied that the Beast's human identity was given this punishment as a result of their crimes, and that the Dread Doctors resurrected them and are now trying to get them to remember themselves.
  • Despite Scott's wounds not being healed yet, Scott transformed into a werewolf in this episode, confirming that his powers are still intact.
  • The Soviet Special Forces soldier that Malia and Braeden captured, Kassian, revealed that the Desert Wolf and Alan Deaton were last seen at the United States/Canada border, and that she is heading for Beacon Hills.
  • It is implied that the resurrected Chimeras have come back darker and with less humanity than before they were killed. It's unknown if this is a reaction to resurrection in general, the serum that was used to revive them, the fact that they are Chimeras, or a combination.
    • Deaton explained in Alpha Pact that the surrogate sacrifice ritual would cause Scott, Stiles, and Allison to have a darkness around their hearts, so it is possible that all resurrection rituals will have this effect.
    • It is also unknown what effects Scott being resurrected for a second time will have, if this is true.
  • Liam and Hayden rekindled their romantic relationship after Hayden confessed that her feelings for him are the only thing that feels right after her resurrection.

Body Count

Locations

Soundtrack

  • "Religion" by Howard
    • Hayden and Valerie drive to the telecom towers so Valerie can investigate an unresponsive technician.
  • "Bada Boom, Bada Bing" by Caleb Hawley
    • Scott works on his own crime board in his bedroom, but accidentally drops a bunch of the files and photos.
  • "Rapid Fire" by Black Tiger Sex Machine & DEAD BATTERY
    • Josh laments the fact that he can no longer get high on drugs, and Theo shows him how he can get a similar high by siphoning electricity from a car battery while Liam watches from the shadows.
  • "Shout" by NITEPPL
    • Corey asks Mason out while they volunteer at the school's library.
  • "Bloodstream" by Ed Sheeran & Rudimental
    • Scott bandages up his still unhealed wound in his bathroom. Stiles arrives and is worried about the wound before asking him for his help in figuring out who is the last Chimera.
  • "Exorcism" by Clairity
    • Hayden arrives at the animal clinic to talk to Liam. She admits that her relationship with him is the only thing that feels right since her resurrection, and the two kiss passionately.
  • "Howling" by Nathan Ball
    • Scott and Stiles vow to reunite the pack, and they write the symbol for the McCall Pack in the dirt on the floor before they leave the tunnels.

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