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I have one more surprise for you before I open you up, and you'll never see it coming.
~ Piper Shaw's last words.

Piper Shaw is a major antagonist in the MTV series Scream, being the main antagonist in the first season and the posthumous overarching antagonist in the second season. She is revealed to be Ghostface. She is the daughter of Brandon James and the lover and partner in crime of Kieran Wilcox.

She was portrayed by Amelia Rose Blaire. In-costume stunts were portrayed by Stanton Barrett. 


Initially claiming to be a visiting pod-castor investigating the new Lakewood murders, it is revealed she is the daughter of the original killer, Brandon James, and his best friend Maggie Duval. After Brandon's death by police, Maggie's parents made her give up the baby for adoption, with Maggie never even knowing if the baby was a boy or a girl.

This drove Piper mad, as she believed her younger half-sister Emma had "the perfect life", while she never got to know her parents. Piper was sent to the blessed sister's children home, where she was foster sisters with Kristin Lang. Ultimately, Piper was invited to Lakewood by Audrey Jensen, who revealed her parentage in a fit of rage and looked to collaborate on a documentary about Brandon James. With her secret lover, Kieran Wilcox, Piper planned a "reboot" killing spree, targeting Emma's friends in order to make her suffer as well as avenging her father Brandons supposed death for whom she blamed her for mother for.

Piper was also a famous podcaster, who documented murders. She used this as her cover to interact with the citizens of Lakewood, and also "bonded" with Emma. With her and Kieran assuming the identity of Ghostface, fashioned after Brandon James, she took great pleasure in making Emma suffer by killing her friends, and making Emma feel indirectly responsible. Emma grew to trust Piper and would confide in her, unknowingly giving the killer information. This would only confirm to Piper that she was succeeding in her goal.

Piper carefully orchestrated the 2015 Lakewood Murders, with Kieran providing a backup plan should anything go wrong. She also decided to kill and frame Seth Branson for the murders after Emma and Maggie were dead. Eventually, after the death of Clark Hudson, Piper was ready to finish her plans and kidnapped her mother, Maggie, so that Emma could have a final showdown where she kidnapped her mother, Maggie. She gleefully revealed her true self to Emma when she arrived, taking in pleasure in Emma's shock and horror that someone she considered a friend was the killer.

After revealing her plan, Piper managed to severely wound Emma and her mother, slashing Emma's stomach and stabbing Maggie in her side. As she prepared to finish Emma off, she prepared to reveal her "final surprise", (the revelation that Emma's lover was actually Piper's accomplice and lover), Audrey intervened and shot her in the chest with Kieran's gun. She emerged a few seconds later and was shot in the head by Emma. Her corpse fell into the same lake that her father's did but wasn't found. Kieran, who did not come to be revealed at the docks and stayed behind, retrieved her corpse from the lake. He stored it in the Orphanage she lived in until it was eventually found.

In Season 2, Kieran continued Piper's work once Emma returned from a therapy retreat, starting the killing spree all over again. He proceeded to terrorize and murder the people she failed to kill: Murdering Seth Branson and Jake Fitzgerald, stalking and harassing Audrey about her involvement with Piper and making Emma suffer by killing her friends (The same way Piper did). However, Kieran was defeated in the end by Emma and Audrey, who had him hauled off to prison.

Eventually after his trial, Kieran was murdered in courthouse holding cell by New Lakewood Slasher.


  • Father: Brandon James (status unknown)
  • Mother: Maggie Duval
  • Sister: Emma Duval (maternal half)
  • Grandmother: Cassie James
  • Grandfather: Ed James
  • Uncle: Troy James

Confirmed Murders

Direct Murders

  1. Tyler O'Neill (Decapitated) 
  2. Nina Patterson (Throat slit)
  3. Riley Marra (Stabbed twice and artery slit, left to bleed out)
  4. Will Belmont (Head split vertically in half by trencher)
  5. Clifton Roberts (Stabbed to death)
  6. Grayson Pfeiffer (Throat slit)



  • Piper is based on Roman Bridger. Both were abandoned because they were born out of unwanted pregnancy (or at least they thought so in pipers case), and both were the homicidal half-siblings of the protagonist.
  • Originally, Piper's accomplice was supposed to be Audrey Jensen, who snapped after years of suffering bullying and abuse from people around her. However, new showrunners for second season, pitched it as Kieran as the other killer from day one.


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