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Flashbacks and Flashfowards are a visual technique in order to show past or future history in a series. Teen Wolf uses a great deal of flashbacks and flashforwards to add further backstory or to incite excitement at upcoming events in the series' timeline. These flashbacks or flashforwards may also be in the form of dreams, hallucinations, or premonitions.
In Pack Mentality, Scott McCall, after having a dream that he killed Allison Argent after losing control over his Werewolf transformation, became concerned when he arrived at school to find that the bus driver, Garrison Myers, had been viciously mauled in the same bus and manner he dreamed about, leading him to worry that he was the one who harmed him.
When Derek Hale, a fellow Werewolf, encouraged him to use his heightened senses in order to remember what happened, Scott took his advice and returned to the scene of the crime, where he experienced flashbacks to the previous evening. These flashbacks revealed to Scott that he was not Garrison's attacker; it was the mysterious new Alpha Werewolf who attacked Garrison, and Scott had merely been unconsciously drawn out of bed and to the bus by his Alpha Roar. Instead of attacking Garrison as Peter wanted in a sort of pack initiation, Scott got between them and protected the bus driver, getting his chest clawed up in the process.
In Co-Captain, Peter Hale, who had just been revealed as the Alpha Werewolf who gave Scott McCall the Bite, approached Scott with his nephew Derek Hale to try to convince Scott to be a member of their pack. In order to convince Scott that the people he was killing deserved it due to their role in the decimation of the Hale Family, Peter performed the memory manipulation ritual on Scott, sharing with him the memories he had of the Hale House Fire.
The force of the flashbacks caused Scott to fall to the floor as his mind flooded with memories. The flashbacks showed the Hale House on fire, with Peter trapped in the basement along with several other family members, their hands frantically waving through the bars of the basement's window. The scene then cut to Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital, where Peter, with third-degree burns on 75% of his body, including the right side of his face and head, had his injuries treated. He was seen roaring in pain as he was given a shower, and then again in a coma in his hospital, with Peter finally beginning to regain consciousness as a result of the full moon in January 2011.
In Omega, flashbacks from between the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 2 were seen of Scott McCall and Allison Argent making out in Allison's car in a field on the outskirts of town. In the midst of their romantic interlude, Allison's father, Chris Argent, appeared and broke the passenger window to pull Scott out of the car. He went on to pin Scott to the hood of the car and pull a gun on him, aiming the gun at Scott's head. Allison, distraught and afraid that he would kill her first love, desperately pleaded with her father to spare his life; in the end, Argent agreed to let him live, but only if Allison promised to never see or speak to him again, a deal Allison instantly agreed to honor, though she and Scott would later renege on this deal in favor of continuing their relationship in secret.
In Fury, several flashbacks pertaining to Matt Daehler and how he became the master of Jackson Whittemore, who became a Kanima after receiving the Bite from Derek Hale. In the first flashback, Matt was seen at the Whittemore House, where he was dropping off a camera that Jackson requested to borrow; though Jackson's comments about needing a camera that could film in "low light" leading Matt to initially believe he was filming pornography, Jackson actually intended to borrow it to film his first transformation on that night's full moon, as he thought he would become a Werewolf.
The second flashback was of Matt as a child, seen from his perspective; in the flashback, he was unwittingly thrown into the swimming pool at the Lahey House where Mr. Lahey, the coach of the Beacon Hills High School swim team, was holding a party following the team's win at the championship.
Matt had been at the house hanging out and trading comic books with Isaac Lahey, but when they made their way outside to see what was going on, they found the team drinking and hooking up in the pool. With the team drunk and acting impulsively, they through Matt into the pool despite his pleas that he didn't know how to swim. Matt nearly drowned to death, but was saved with CPR by Mr. Lahey, who furiously threatened Matt into never telling anyone about what happened there. The event apparently caused Matt to have post-traumatic stress to the point where he jumped at the chance to use a Kanima, a supernatural weapon of vengeance, to kill those he believed were responsible for "killing" him.
In Master Plan, a flashback to early in Lydia Martin and Jackson Whittemore's relationship was seen after Lydia gave Jackson, in Kanima form]], back his spare key. In the flashback, Lydia and Jackson were cuddling post-sex in Jackson's bed when he offered her the key to his home so that she could come over whenever she wanted; Lydia assumed it was to make it easier for their "booty-calls," but Jackson denied this as he cuddled up behind her.
In Chaos Rising,
In Motel California,
In The Overlooked,
In A Novel Approach,
In Required Reading,
In The Last Chimera,
In Lie Ability,
In Maid of Gévaudan,
- Flashbacks and flashforwards are a narrative device which are used frequently in the Teen Wolf series.
- Nearly every season of the series has at least one episode whose flashbacks play an important role in the central plot:
- As with flashbacks, there are several episodes in which flashfowards to the near future play an important role in the central plot: