Teen Wolf Review: “Silverfinger” (Season 3, Episode 17)

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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.

Do you think that Stiles is going to make it through season 3? Will he be able to warn Scott and the others at some point? Let us know all your thoughts on Teen Wolf in the comment section below!

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  • Donte-Aro Voltaire McNeal

    I don’t think he’ll make it out (unfortunately); he’s my favorite character. There was talk before season 3B started that one of the main characters were going to bite it; I just didn’t think it’d be Stiles (and let’s face it, that’s what everything is beginning to point to). I do hope I’m proved wrong though.

    • Lindsay Sperling

      I’ve said it before, but I think the writers reserve the best lines for Stiles and that only makes me appreciate him as a character more. I have noticed that Isaac seems to be getting more and more of those super sarcastic moments, so I wonder if that’s more or less his comic relief replacement. I hope we’re both wrong. He definitely adds a lot to the dynamic of the show.

      • Donte-Aro Voltaire McNeal

        Agreed. I’ve noticed that about Isaac as well, but no one can deliver those sarcastic quips like Stiles in my opinion.

        • Lindsay Sperling

          I don’t know about that, Isaac is giving Stiles a run for his money with some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth. Either way, they both have a talent for delivery.

  • Brenna

    Jeff Davis said the main character that will die at the end of the season is going to be on the brink of death throughout the entire season. With that said, I think it’s fair to say that Stiles has been on the brink of death more so than any of the other characters. That’s my opinion, anyway. I know they aren’t going to kill Lydia or Scott, so those two are ruled out. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Stiles died, but he’s my favorite character! Ugh! In fact, I do hope it’s him that dies though. Sounds bad, right.

  • Emma

    They are not going to kill off Stiles. He is one of their main and not to mention BEST characters. This show would be terrible without him and I’m pretty sure the writers and creators are well aware of that. This show started with Scott and Stiles’ friendship; and every season it ends with them together, their bond only growing stronger. If anything I’ve found that Issacs character is becoming less apart of the group dynamic. Only interacting with Chris and Alison through most of this season.

    • Lindsay Sperling

      That’s a great point, but I don’t think Isaac is going anywhere now that they’ve paired him up with Allison romantically. Best case scenario – neither of them go anywhere ::crosses fingers::