Scott and the gang confront the Beast, a few people die, Scott's pack grows by one werewolf, and the new villain appears...
Apotheosis is "the highest point or development of something, culmination or climax" or "the elevation of someone to divine status; deification". So yeah, Perfect name for the episode. Not only is this episode the culmination of everything that has happened this season, but it is also the culmination of Scott's pack as a cohesive force. As a werewolf (even pre-Alpha status), Scott has shown 2 main strengths: his ability to knit a disparate group into a cohesive and dangerous whole and his ability to plan for the long game. Tonight, both strengths were on full display.
I'm not entirely sure how, but somehow Scott managed to get a hold of Deucalion and get him to work with Scott to help take down the Beast. That was impressive. Deucalion is quite the actor because he managed to totally fool Theo into thinking that he was on Theo's side in all this when he was actually working with Scott. And getting Argent to agree to work with Deucalion as well was even more impressive. What might be the most impressive part is that Scott and Argent pulled a fast one on Gerard and used his own desire for immortality against him. That was good.
As for the cohesive whole, Scott has a pack that consists of 3 werewolves (Scott, Liam, and Hayden), a banshee (Lydia), a were-coyote (Malia), two humans (Stiles and Mason), a hunter (Argent), a druid (Deaton), a chimera (Corey), and a kitsune (Kira). Add to that his allies the sheriff (Stilinski) and the nurse (his mom) as well as possibly Lydia's mom and you have quite the force to be reckoned with. And Braeden might show her face periodically. As for the Hellhound (Parrish), he may prove useful as well. So yeah, I think Beacon Hills is going to be adequately defended. As for the episode tonight, the Beast was defeated when the banshee screamed out the host's name, separating the two. The spirit of the Beast was then held by the Hellhound and speared by the Alpha. How about them apples? Then there was Theo, who was taken down by the kitsune who got help from the skinwalkers to bring forth his sister and drag him somewhere (hell?). So yeah, I'd say that particular strength showed itself fully tonight.
It was nice to see that the memory of Allison was what distracted the Beast from Scott long enough that Scott could pull away before Lydia unleashed her scream. That was a really sweet moment and showed the effect that Allison still has on Scott. While I have no doubt that he love Kira, Allison will always hold a special place in his heart as his first love. And the fact that she looked like Marie Jeanne Valet was icing on the cake. Sebastien never stood a chance against that memory.
I must admit that I was very surprised to find out that the main doctor was Sebastien's friend Marcel. When you think about it though, it makes perfect sense. He wants Sebastien to come back and the only way to do that is to have the Beast remember who it was. So he's spent 300 years doing what he can to bring back his friend. That is what I call dedication. I did find it interesting that Marcel kept the weapon that could kill Sebastien as his cane. Again, it makes sense because he wanted to be able to control the Beast if needed, but it was just a little unexpected. I had assumed that the pike would have been melted into something and passed down within the Argent family in case ti was needed.
As for Hayden the werewolf? her little reunion with Liam on the hilltop was totally cute. It'll be nice to see her and Corey back next season. At least, I'm assuming that they'll both be back. Given the way he was holding Mason, I don't see Corey going anywhere. And now that Hayden is one of Scott's Betas, I don't think she'll be going anywhere either.
Stiles as a law enforcement officer? Not so sure if I see that one, especially given his fumbling with he gun last week. Granted, he has really picked up on how to investigate things and work with clues, so he wouldn't be a total disaster. Guess that might make the position of Sheriff of Beacon Hills semi-hereditary.
I am a little worried about Stiles' and Malia's future. Stiles has really grown up and, given the ending, he seems to be gravitating towards Lydia and she doesn't seem to be fighting it too hard. And Jeff Davis has said that something major is going to happen with Stiles and Lydia, so we may be getting Stydia in season 6. Honestly, I'm good with either. Lydia is his first crush and now I think he is ready to be a good guy for her. We've seen how good he is with and for Malia, so we know that'll work too. This should be interesting.
I hope to do a look at the opening credits when they come out, assuming they come out early like they have in the past. Until then!