With the Benefactor storyline being almost completely resolved in last week’s episode, Monstrous, the danger was that for the final two episodes of season four, the show would lose momentum as attention returned to the underdeveloped storylines of Kate and Peter’s plan, and just what was happening to Derek. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened. The singular focus of The Benefactor had been season four’s strength, while these storylines have been neglected to the point of being an afterthought. As a result, A Promise to the Dead is perhaps amongst the dullest episodes in Teen Wolf’s history.
Deaton approached a previously unseen character in Eichen House to find answers over what was happening to Derek. Scott and Kira used Derek’s loft for a date, only to be kidnapped by Kate. Peter confessed his sinister plan to Chris before attacking him. Parrish rescued Chris. Lydia screamed in Derek’s face. Liam was having PTSD hallucinations following his fight with a Berserker. Peter has apparently found Malia’s mother. Kate ends the episode by turning Scott into a Berserker himself. That may not be an in depth analysis, but that is really all you need to know. You don’t even need to watch the episode.
Only two scenes in this episode warrant discussing in any positive light. The first involves Melissa discovering the millions under Scott’s bed. When Scott tries to justify just taking a little of the money to pay for their house repairs, Stiles’ MRI and the Eichen House bill, Melissa hands him another pile of bills, these ones bloodstained, and asks him to justify that. It’s a nice moment of human tension and morality, and showcases that for a show with “Teen” in the title, the adult characters are one of the most valuable assets.
So now it’s finale time, and in all honesty, who cares? Sure, there are questions to be answered. Is Derek stuck as a human forever? How will the Pack save Scott from being a Berserker? Just what is Parrish? Despite all this up in the air, on the strength of this episode, it’d be better to just get this finale out of the way and move on to a fresh start in season five.