So much for the Scream franchise finally leaving a killer alive. Kieran lasted all of about 30 seconds.
We still don't know who killed him, but we did get a fun Halloween special out of the deal.
Sure it was a little predictable, but there were some surprises, too.
Scream Season 2 Episode 13 felt more like a TV remake of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer than an installment of the Scream franchise.
The group was stranded on an island in a storm during the offseason, there was a fisherman, Gina arrived late just like Ray did, and shears are close enough to a hook.
It was clearly intentional, but you have to love that Noah referenced every movie from Friday the 13th to And Then There Were None with no mention of the franchise they were spoofing.
It's like the killer is combining these two legends into one brand new murder spree. I mean, call me crazy but I think we're in Freddy vs. Jason territory here.Noah
Combining franchises? Check. They made sure to include the creepy phone calls in order to remind us that this was still Scream.
Figuring out who the killer was wasn't hard. There were only three suspects. Jeremy was too obvious, and Gina seemed unlikely, so my money was on Alex fairly early. I can't say I had any clue as to his motives though. Emma just attracts crazy people. She and Sidney Prescott have that in common.
I ruled out Jeremy after the ill-advised prank. Why do people think it's a good idea to pull pranks on survivors? We already saw how Audrey handled it at the movie theater. Things went only slightly better for Jeremy. That is, until he was murdered anyway.
It was pretty great that the reveal actually had nothing to do with Anna Hobbes other than "Alex" using it to lure them there. He had no real ties to her story; he was just infatuated with Emma.
Noah's theory on how it all actually went down made a lot more sense than the legend, and I agree that it would make a good graphic novel.
The main characters all came out of it completely unscathed. I can't say I'm unhappy about it, because I love them all, but it's getting less and less believable. Now that the show has been renewed for a shortened third season, at least one of them has to die.
Only the minor characters who were introduced specifically to be killed off actually died. Of course the sheriff died. The cop always dies.
I assume we'll pick up soon after this special, with everyone still in their senior year. There was a lot of talk about college and what's next, but we'll see who survives long enough to go.
Brooke: I can't be responsible for Stavo moving across the country for me. I'm barely responsible for myself.
Audrey: You make it sound like he's a child you're gonna have to babysit.
Stavo and Brooke were at odds over whether he'd be invited to move to New York with her. I understand Brooke's reasoning not wanting him to move across the country just for her, but he really doesn't have anything keeping him in Lakewood. He can illustrate graphic novels anywhere, and will probably have more success in New York anyway.
If it doesn't work out, he seems like the type of guy who can survive perfectly fine on his own. If he survives Scream Season 3, that is.
Stavo and Gina are probably the most likely candidates to be killed off, but maybe we'll be surprised in the end.
Speaking of Gina, is there really anyone who actually doesn't have a pin on their phone? Unlocked phones are only a thing in movies and on TV.
While the Halloween special was entertaining and fun to watch, the important stuff came at the very end. The big surprise of the night was Emma's dad showing up at Kieran's grave. What's he doing back in town? Is he the killer?
Someone claiming to be Brandon James checked into a motel immediately after that scene. Emma's dad?
He's probably a red herring, but with only six episodes left, there can't be too many of those.
I know I'm excited to see how it all gets wrapped up. Is it really Brandon James or an imposter? Who will make it out of the series alive?
It'd be interesting if the show strays from the source material and kills its main character, wouldn't it? I doubt it will happen, but I hope there are some good surprises coming our way.
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Stacy Glanzman was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in March, 2019.