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Teen Wolf season 3, episode 13, “Anchors,” just finished airing. Read our recap and discuss the episode with fellow fans!

Teen Wolf season 3, episode 13, titled “Anchors,” begins with Stiles in bed having a nightmare, repeatedly mumbling “don’t let them in.” We’re thrown into his dream, which lands us in Beacon Hills High School. The Nemeton is featured right away, and comes alive as Stiles tries to touch it.

Every Stydia shipper’s heart then skips a beat as Stiles wakes up and we realize Lydia is beside him in bed. Stiles explains to her that he had a dream within a dream, and then pauses to ask why she’s there. He gets out of bed to shut his door, worried that “they” might get in. The only problem is that when he walks out, he comes upon the Nemeton once more.

Again, it was only a dream.

The next day at school, Stiles is talking to Scott, telling him about sleep paralysis and his nightmares. “You know what scares me the most?” Stiles asks. “I’m not even sure this is real.” And in that moment, Stiles wakes up screaming, finally in the real world.

Is this Teen Wolf, or Inception!?

The next morning we see Scott experiencing some difficulty with his powers right before he has a tense conversation with Isaac about his feelings for Allison, which gets Isaac thrown against the wall.

Their relationship is…complicated.

Allison finds herself in a hallucination where she’s made her way to the morgue. When she looks inside a cold chamber bearing her aunt’s name, Kate makes her way up the chamber, and we’re certain we’re going to have nightmares for a month.

Scott, Stiles, and Allison continue to struggle through their day while Lydia, for her part, takes great pleasure in the fact that she’s not the crazy one anymore.

We also get our first glimpse of Kira as she gets an embarrassing introduction by her father, the new history teacher at Beacon Hills.

Teen Wolf Anchors Kira

Scott begins to transform in the middle of the hallway, and Stiles must rush him off to an empty classroom. Scott finds a way to stop the change, and Stiles realizes that not all of this is in their heads — it actually is happening to them.

Sheriff Stilinski, meanwhile, is working through some old files now that he’s a bit more enlightened to some of the circumstances that probably took place during those times.

Eight years ago, Papa Stilinski had to tell a man that his wife and two daughters were killed in a car crash. The youngest daughter, Malia, was seemingly dragged from the wreckage by coyotes and was never found. And since the accident happened on a full moon, the Sheriff thinks werewolves could have been involved.

As the group discusses what could be going on with them, Kira walks over and offers a possible explanation. It’s called Bardo, she says, which is a Tibetan word for an in between state, something that’s caught between life and death. There are several stages of Bardo, which include hallucinations and even being visited by deities. And the final stage of Bardo is death.

Of course it is.

Scott and Stiles head over to the one person they can usually trust to have some of the answers: Deaton. He explains that their subconscious is trying to communicate with them, and even translates the sign language Stiles saw when he was hallucinating. The meaning of the phrase is, “When is a door not a door?” And the answer, as Scott points out, is when it’s a jar (“ajar”).

So not only do Scott and Co. have to deal with their usual level of craziness, but they also have to deal with the fact that a door into their minds has now been opened. When exactly are they supposed to get their homework done?

Teen Wolf Anchors Stiles

As the boys are leaving Deaton’s, Papa Stilinski shows up to ask Scott for help in finding Malia’s body. So, as the sheriff interviews Malia’s father about the accident, Stiles and Scott sneak in upstairs to try to get a lock on the girl’s scent, but all Scott can smell is the family pet. The sheriff feels pretty bad about bringing up old memories for Mr. Tate, and that’s when the truth comes out: He’s doing all of this because Scott’s father is reviewing his ability to solve cases, and it might get him fired.

Scott is so angry that he nearly transforms in front of his dad, but his mom pulls him out of the room just in time. Scott has trouble stopping the transformation because Allison was his anchor, and he no longer has Allison. “Then be your own anchor,” she says.

Scott rushes over to Stiles’ house in the middle of the night, and the two of them plan to find Malia’s body on their own. Anyone else getting flashbacks to season 1?

Isaac and Allison are in bed together during a pretty steamy scene, though Allison is clearly still thinking about Scott and how he might feel about all of this. That’s when we realize this is all a dream, as Kate pops up out of nowhere and kills Isaac.

Stiles and Scott stumble upon the wreckage from eight years ago, and they quickly realize they’re not alone out in the woods. Scott chases after a coyote, and when he catches up to it, he realizes that it’s actually Malia. And her eyes are blue!

In the final scene, we see Derek and Peter tied up to a chain link fence, getting tortured. The only glimpse we see of their assailant is of a man’s hand holding a knife.

Our favorite ‘Teen Wolf’ season 3, episode 13 ‘Anchors’ quotes

“Pain makes you human.” – Scott

“Stilinski, stop reminding me why I drink. Every night.” – Coach Finstock

“No, wait a sec, I know that look. That’s the ‘we know exactly what’s wrong with you and have no way to fix it’ look.” – Stiles

“Be your own anchor.” – Melissa McCall

“You and me, we’re going to go out and find a body. A dead body.” – Scott

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD EPISODE!!! I can’t even pick a favourite moment. I’d end up writing a novel. So I’ll just leave this here.

  • Von

    I have been a huge Teen Wolf fan since episode one, season one but this is one of the weakest episodes I can remember. I think Dylan is easily the best actor and most appealing character on the show and his dad is pretty great too but there is just something that I can’t quite get into so far. I realize its been a single episode but I wasn’t a fan and I really hate saying that. I’m at least very happy there wasn’t a lot of CGI going on.

  • Antara Chowdhury

    The premiere was breathtakingly amazing. I loved everything about it – the pacing, the scariness of the hallucinations, Kira’s introduction, and the foreshadowing of Scott’s attraction to her. This episode managed to touch upon everything and let us know where all of the characters are, in regards to each other and their own storylines. It was mostly dark, as expected based on the promos, but I enjoyed the humor in Scott and Isaac’s interactions. I can’t wait until next week, to find out more about Malia’s mystery, as well as who’s torturing Derek and Peter. Is it just me, or does it look extremely similar to Kate Argent’s lair? Also, even though the hallucinations are well done and scare the heck out of me, I hope Scott, Stiles, and Allison are able to figure out a way to get rid of them soon. If they have so many hallucinations in every single episode, I’ll probably get tired of seeing them.

  • http://rikustark.tumblr.com/ Ashley

    I loved it! The pace of the episode was great because as much as I loved 3a, it was amazingly fast and actiony, it was almost TOO fast and actiony.

    I’m really liking Kira so far. The scene with her dad introducing her was just funny and cute. I can’t wait to get to know her character a little more!

    Is it official? Scott is totally into new girls.

  • Trevor Adonis Wilson

    Who is Malia????

    • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

      She’s a girl who’s family was murdered and her body was never found. Its implied that she’s the were-coyote because Scott says her name when he catches up with it and it runs off.

    • Antara Chowdhury

      Malia Tate is the nine-year-old girl who the police thought was killed eight years ago, but she’s actually still alive. That would make her 17 years old now. She’s the werecoyote Scott chases after at the end of the episode. I have a feeling Malia will be played by Shelley Hennig. She’s the only young new actress whose role has been kept a secret.

      • Naye

        well now the question is, what’s a were-coyote?

    • Chello Scott

      Have you not been watching the episode or was It just too confusing and awesome to understand

      • Trevor Adonis Wilson

        Lol I watched it twice and about to be a third time. Hopefully I can catch some things to understand it a little more then before.

  • Jake

    YUSSSSSS. This episode was one of the best so far in the whole show. So creepy. Even in the scenes where I knew what was going to happen (Allison in the morgue, for instance), I was still terrified. Plus this set up a lot of what is to come, while giving me SO many questions. I just….gah! I love Teen Wolf so much.

  • alaya

    This episode was amazing! Go Mama McCall! Down with Agent McCall! I had to spend some time alone after this episode!

  • Lotte

    Scott tends to fall very fast in love… But I like in Kira and Melissa’s speech that teenager tend to fall in love many times, really needed to be said in TV-land.

    My question: how do WE know what is real? Just because Stiles thinks so, we actually have no idea. This season can invite many twists and turns.

    I am very excited.

  • Julian

    Did anyone watch wolf watch after the episode? it showed a trailer and it had a fight scene between isaac and one of the twins. and the twin that was fighting had blue eyes. he was no longer an alpha.

  • Gary65

    Aside from the most atrocious product placement I’ve ever seen and it being painfully obvious the dad is a werewolf, great episode :D I just hope they don’t go too overboard with the hallucinations-that-might-be-real going forward. I can see it getting kind of irritating if we’re on episode 17 and half of what’s going on isn’t real. This is not Inception.

    BTW Can I just say how hysterical it was that someone overheard them? After 3 years of walking around school, talking in raised voices about murder & wolfdom, someone FINALLY overheard them xD All we need now is a reveal that Danny knows everything cos he’s been listening to them in Chem class and I’ll just keel over laughing.

    • Von

      I agree it does seem weird nobody has overheard them before but looking at my own experience with school unless you’re really focused in on what a person is saying and actively participating so you get the context … murder and wolves and stuff wouldn’t really turn into “omg its a bunch of supernatural werewolves going around killing everyone!” but I agree it has always been a weak spot, also yeah the product placement is as bad as ever. Every season it seems they have a new product too, this time its HTC.

      • Gary65

        I miss Reese’s Buttercups :(

    • Teen Wolf Gives Me Goosebumps

      Wait, I didn’t catch on with the dad “obviously” being a werewolf [which dad btw?].. And I am totally up for Danny confessing that. It would be PERFECT and with his slightly sassy attitude–I am now expecting him to say that. xD

      • Gary65

        When the dad of the dead family tells the dog to shut up, the dog literally shuts up. Its mouth slams shut. The way it’s shot is very un-natural looking so I’m guessing they edited the mouth closed in post. If he has control over the dog like that, he must be a were. Also, it’s CSI storytelling 101. The family member did it. Plus, the actor playing the dad has a CV as long as my arm. He’s too successful to be playing a 2 bit part that’s gonna be gone in 2 episodes. He’s important somehow. If the rumours are true and that Shelley Hennig is playing Malia, it would make sense that he’s the one who turned her.

        I’m guessing that either the dad drove them off the road or he accidentally turned Malia at some point and, at the next full moon, she underwent her first transformation and accidentally sent the car into the ravine. I’m guessing the latter, seeing as Malia’s eyes are blue, which means she killed an innocent.

        • FelixT

          I have the same theory. She must have accidentally killed her mother and sister and gone rogue since. The dog scene is unnatural too.

  • Angel

    Omg I so hope Derek is ok

  • Mia

    Does anyone know where i can watch Wolf Watch?

  • Leah

    As much as I love a lot of the characters, Melissa McCall was probably my favorite this episode – from the sassy lines about her non-supernatural patience and the house not having supernatural healing ability, to her talk with Scott about being your own anchor, I loved every moment she was onscreen. I’m really enjoying seeing how far she’s come from the Season 2 freakout at discovering Scott was a werewolf, as in this episode she didn’t even hesitate to go to him when he was struggling to control his transformation and didn’t back away in fear or disgust. Between her and the Sheriff there is some really A+ parenting on this show!

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