The people of Scream are really eager to make it to October. Thankfully, our weather got a little chillier this week, so watching a Halloween themed episode wasn’t as weird as it would have been in the dead heat of summer.
This week, ghost face messed with everyone… and their mothers! Emma thought she was safe because Branson was behind bars, Branson and Kieran may or may not have been framed by the killer and the Sheriff proved that cops really aren’t the brightest when hunting down a killer.
Branson was in custody after being arrested with Brooke in the schools auditorium. He swore up and down that he didn’t do it and he wasn’t their guy, but when Emma came to “chat” with her, he was super tweaky and shady. If you’re being questioned by someone who could potentially clear your name, don’t give such vague answers. Emma was convinced Branson was the guy they were looking for and maybe he’s one of the puzzle pieces… but the real killer or the other half of the team was still out there.
Kieran was happy that Emma was finally moving on from her delusions and mourning Will. With the killer locked up, he could reignite their relationship. But things went south when Audrey watched a video from Rachel’s camera and spotted Kieran and Nina at a bar together the night before she died. She informed Emma, who didn’t want to believe it, but didn’t believe his story either. They just met there when he came to town after his parents died? Then she died the next day and he didn’t even tell anyone about it? Audrey wanted to link the killer to Rachel and this definitely gives him motive to want to get rid of the only person who saw him that night.
He left the school dance early claiming “Brandon James” had already won and Emma was distraught. That is until Piper came to tell her she visited Brandon’s mother again and asked about the “son” that came to visit. He said his name was Seth, but he pointed out Kieran in the yearbook. That’s two strikes against the mysterious new guy in town. Of course, we have to consider that Piper made this whole thing up to frame Kieran. Him being the killer is too easy and my money is on Piper, the girl who befriended Emma, came to town right as all the madness was happening and stuck her journalist nose into everyones business. I call her being Emma’s sister and her partner-in-crime is Brandon’s brother, the original killer, because as Daisy said, Brandon got framed!
As Emma goes to find Kieran, the lights at the dance suddenly shut off and a projection of the Sheriff being tortured is shown. The Sheriff kind of walked into this one as the killer used locations on Seth Branson’s phone to lure Hudson out to the outskirts of town where he attacked him. Seriously, can police get it together? Will he kill Sheriff Hudson? Was he just giving the town a warning? Who knows. At least this crosses the cop off of our list. And serious question- would Kieran clobber his own father? Quite possibly…
As all of this is going down, we take a look at the jail, where Branson seems to have broken out of by killing all the guards and leaving a trail of blood. Did he really do it? Did someone bail him out and steal him? What’s the deal here?
Other Possible Suspects
- Noah- I never wanted to think he was iffy but the first scene in this weeks episode shows a kid breaking into a storage and stealing files about Brandon, Daisy and Emma. He also unleashes the mask. The kid looked a lot like Noah and given his obsession with the killer, maybe he wants to emulate him or bring some excitement to the town? The projection and hacking into peoples cameras could only be done by a tech whiz, which he is!
- Audrey– I hate to consider this but homegirl can go from nice to evil in .00 seconds. Did you see her get mad when Emma refused to believe her about Kieran at the dance? I could see her snapping and going all “mask” on people. Plus, there’s that picture of Brandon James she was looking at in episode 1. It has to mean something.
- Emma’s Dad- We’ve never met him (other than Emma’s delusions) but I honestly think maybe he’s more involved in the story than Daisy is letting on. She’s been known to lie before! He hated Brandon James and he’d have motive…
- Jake- As much as I like him and want to ship him and Brooke, I don’t trust him. He’s got this cool-guy swag that could be masking crazy. Brooke was being watched this week and he’s the only other guy with access to the webcam, even though he swears it wasn’t him. Plus, he’s always making threatening “I’m going to kill you” jokes, which could just be super obvious hints!
“Scream” Takes Multiple Victims During Halloween Special
It’s official, I am never going to visit an island.
That being said the Lakewood 5 plus Stavo did during Scream’s 2-hour Halloween special and found out something gruesome – no matter what, they’ll never be able to escape the murders. But while it may have been another nightmare for them, it was a guilt-free treat for us. Especially because 10 minutes into the episode, we KNEW who the killer was.
It was the poor man’s Kieran. The reason they keep getting into these “unwelcome” situations is part Emma’s fault. She keeps falling in love with dudes who seriously scream “KILLER.” Case and point – Alex Whitten aka the poor man’s Kieran. Alex is the good looking dude, with blonde slicked back hair, a leather jacket and a free attitude… all clear hints at Kieran. We all knew it, Emma didn’t. This girl really needs a radar.
Emma isn’t completely at fault though. Because of everything that’s happened, these 6 teens are a target for a bunch of psychos… not only did they survive one killer in Lakewood, they survived TWO. And 3 if you count whoever murdered Kieran at the courthouse. So knowing that they literally can’t catch a break, why did they go to an island dubbed murder island? Bad judgement on their part and the perfect opportunity for whoever wants to take a stab at well, stabbing them.
The one good thing that came from the murders? Noah is a best selling author for his book based on all the killings in his hometown. His publisher, Jeremy, insists he break that “writers block” and offers to take them on a trip to get inspiration from another chilling murder story – Anne Hobbs, who as legend has it, killed her whole family in a fit of rage while wearing a bag over her head. Dramatic.
Noah is hesitant but with Kieran’s death looming over the city, Emma is dying for an escape. No pun intended. I guess it can’t be easy to be in a murder town for Halloween as the girlfriend of the crazed killer. Emma’s got a pretty bad rep for herself.
So off to murder island they go. That’s not really what it’s called but it might as well be. Everyone is having a good old time until they aren’t able to locate Jeremy, the prankster who thought it was funny to wear a Hobbs mask and scare a bunch of survivors. He had it coming honestly.
Shortly after, Billie, who lives in the caretaker’s house, is found dead, in the same way Hobbs’ victims were. Then Emma gets a call from the “Scream” voice who promises she’ll never get rid of him. Here we go again.
And so we’re 100% cliche, a huge storm is headed their way and everyone’s a little freaked out by the whole “murder” situation repeating itself for the umteenth time. Gina arrives right smack in the middle to surprise her GF Audrey but freaks out after finding the Sheriff’s head on the front porch. With no cell service and no way off the island, the gang turns to Alex, who has a boat at the dock.
He drives them out there but SURPRISE, his boat has been stolen, so instead, he allows them to take up residence in the Whitten mansion. Everyone’s on edge because you know, there’s a killer on the loose and it very well might be the person who finished off Kieran in a secure holding cell.
A lot of things start happening at once – Jeremy arrives but nobody believes that he’s 100% innocent so they lock him inside a bathroom. Audrey freaks out on Gina because she finds out she arrived on the island a lot early than she said and was taking pictures of her and Emma during “girl time.” Stavo and Noah get their McGayver on and try to get an old radio to work to call in some help.
When the power goes out, Stavo, Audrey, Brooke and Noah end up in the master bedroom and that’s where we finally begin seeing the observant Noah we all and love. He wasn’t feeling motivated for another novel out of “survivors guilt” and he didn’t like the story of Anne Hobb’s because it was too “ghost story.” When he actually gets a look at the room, he finds a secret tunnel and realizes that Anne Hobbs wasn’t crazy. In fact, her father had a wandering eye, tried to come onto her, her mother tried to defend her, her father killed the mom and her brother, she in turn killed him, then died herself. They also find Jeremy dead, killed by the dude posing to be Alex Whitten, confirmed by a picture of the REAL Alex.
“If that’s not Alex, who’s with Emma now,” Brooke wonders. Well great question guys. So much for leaving your best friend with a dude you barely know. I mean, you’d think that they’d have learned from Kieran. They were literally BFFS with him and he was the killer, so what can you expect from a dude you’ve never met?
But Emma is a survivor. She doesn’t know it, but she’s much stronger and smarter than anyone believes. At first she falls victim to Alex’s kindness. He tells her to stay safely in the room while he “checks things out” and then she’s attacked by the Hobbs masked killer. He comes back shortly after looking worried but turns on “psycho mode” quickly when she finds the real Alex’s body. “You’re not the real Alex,” she states. Bingo.
Long story short, this twisted dude named Tom saw her story on the news and felt a “connection” because he felt they were going through the same thing. His parents were murdered when he was 4 and he was attacked by the media. When he saw Emma, he hatched this plan to bring her to the island so she would fall in love with him. He spread the word about the Hobbs murder to Jeremy, who brought the gang down then posed as Alex Whitten because he knew “Emma loved bad boys.” Then he began killing off anyone who knew the real Alex and could ruin his disguise.
Emma decides to play it cool, acting exactly the way Tom would want her too. She pretends to be impressed that he’s killed all these people for her, she cradles in his arms and tells him she’d love to run away and pretend to be someone new. Props to Emma for not completely freaking out. Then, when she has the chance, she knees him in the balls, hides, stabs him from behind and lures him out to the balcony where she finally, FINALLY, find the fighter inside. She’s not a victim, she’s Emma fricking Duval. And with that, Tom lunges at her, falls over the banister and dies. Oh and the rest of the group comes running from the underground tunnel. Thanks for making it out you guys.
Another murder mystery in the books. Emma found her sense of self, realizing she couldn’t run away from her problems, she had to face them head on which meant embracing who she was – a survivor, hero and a Duval. She even applied to a college in Lakewood! No matter how much you think you’re over it though, you have to be seriously deranged to stay in that town, just saying.
Meanwhile, Noah got over his writer’s guilt seeing that many times, victims didn’t have a way to tell their story. As a survivor, he did and he would. Now that really is taking a lemon and making lemonade.
Stavo and Brooke decided they’d be going to New York together. Audrey gave jealous Gina a second chance because she’s know to make bad decisions once or twice.
But the FINAL mystery is only just beginning. You see Tom may have been psychotic, murderish and obsessive, but he didn’t finish off Kieran. That means, someone in the Scream mask did. Was it Brandon James? Was it Emma’s dad? We’ll find out in the 6-episode season 3 hopefully.
Thoughts on the Halloween episode?
MTV’s “Scream” Renewed For Season 3
We haven’t seen the last of Lakewood’s masked killer… or killer’s.
MTVs slasher drama Scream has been renewed for a third season.
TVLine reports that the Lakewood 4 plus Stavo will return for six full episodes after their 2-hour Halloween special.
At this time there is no word on cast members or a premiere date.
“Scream” Halloween Special Trailers Reveals Island Murder & Return Of Brandon James
What’s changed since Kieran was revealed to be the killer on Scream? A lot actually.
We catch up with the Lakewood 6 turned Lakewood 4 in the Halloween special airing October 18.
The survivors are now all best selling authors. But they can’t seem to avoid serial killers.
Their “fun” trip to a secluded island turns pretty deadly, I’m talking “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” deadly when they are taunted by a new crazed killer and a familiar voice… could it be Kieran coming to finish this once and for all.
Plus… a Mr. James checking into Lakewood. Could it be the real Brandon James?
Watch the spooky trailer below and mark your calendars… considering this might be the finale of Scream for good!
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