Teen Wolf offered up an intense night of supernatural drama in Silverfinger, but the storyline took a disappointing turn when the curtains closed and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) was left standing awkwardly in the spotlight. This show has been without a real antagonist since we entered into the second half of the season, leaving Duecalion (Gideon Emery) and Ms. Blake (Haley Webb) behind. Now, however, we finally have one. Unfortunately though, it’s someone we actually like.
All eyes were on Scott (Tyler Posey) and Kira (Arden Cho) going into this episode of Teen Wolf, and not without cause. When we left off last week, these two characters were the obvious choice for the spirit ninjas and their marked mission. They’d already made their way through most of the pack, not exactly the warm welcome home Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) may have been expecting, and if the sun hadn’t risen in a timely fashion the lovebirds wouldn’t have had to wait an entire day to get through this painful process. On the plus side, although the involuntary tattoo behind the ear appears to be permanent, there don’t seem to be any harmful side effects. In fact, it turned out to mean something good.
Story-wise, what does it mean for the show if Stiles is subconsciously working both sides? Well, the lack of mark might clue everyone in to the fact that he doesn’t have a clean bill of supernatural health. Argent (JR Bourne) was pretty specific when he noted that the targets were anyone supernatural or supernatural-related. Stiles is clearly included under that umbrella given his awareness and proximity to this lesser known subculture, but after the pack barely survived that ordeal and the distraction of Scott’s father being collateral damage of what looks to be a misunderstanding of sorts, how long before anyone actually notices? Essentially, it means we’re in for another drawn out version of hiding the bad guy in plain sight. A game that Teen Wolf always wins.
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Scott is already aware that Stiles is somehow loosely linked to the events with the escaped convict, and Melissa (Melissa Ponzio) is starting to connect the dots. She may have diagnosed Stiles as suffering from lack of sleep, but it didn’t take long for her to realize that there may be a larger connection to be made between his symptoms and his family history. We haven’t heard much about his mother except that she was involved in an accident when he was a child. Predictably, there’s more to that story. All these years later the Stilinskis are about to find out that she too had a supernatural string attached to her death.
Family history aside, if somehow Stiles’ alter ego is being triggered by the Nemeton, then there must be a way for his friends to save him. ‘Must’ being loosely translated in this particular case to include the overwhelming desire of fans since killing off Stiles would be too easy, and at the same time too hard, of an action plan. And, for less sound logic, we have yet to be indulged with the Stiles/Lydia (Holland Roden) hook up that fans have been waiting almost three complete season to experience.
The stage has been set and now we just have to wait and watch to see what happens next. It could mean the beginning of the end for this fan favorite and his sarcastic quips, but fingers crossed it’s just another adventure he gets to crack jokes about later on.
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