It’s been a hell of a year for Stiles on Teen Wolf – he’s spent the better half of Season 3 possessed by a killer Japanese spirit — and tonight’s finale (MTV, 10/9c) might just prove to be his most harrowing hour yet.
Dylan O’Brien spoke with TVLine about Stiles’ dark turn in Season 3B, the affects of Allison’s death — on himself as well as his character — and what the future might hold for Stiles’ love life.
TVLINE | Stiles has been unrecognizable this season. How have you handled that huge shift?
It’s been incredible. I mean, I still can’t get over the fact that I’ve gotten to be on a show for a few years now — my whole acting career, literally — and that I’ve gotten to play a character that provides so much humor. And then to get an arc like this, and to do it with my family — I’ve been working with these people for the last four years of my life, and [they’re] really close to my heart — has been the best experience I could ask for as an actor.
TVLINE | Is this something you asked for, or did they just kind of throw it at you?
I wouldn’t say they threw it at me, but there was never really a discussion. The first time it came up was this one night when I sent an e-mail to [executive producer Jeff Davis] with some random thought like, “Hey, it could be really cool to go evil with Scott.” And he e-mailed me back immediately, saying, “It’s funny that you said that, because we were already planning to go evil with you.” My immediate thought was, “Whoa, really?” I was sort of nervous and not sure what to expect, but also so game to do it.
TVLINE | I have to say, you carried it well. I think everybody was really impressed.
I really cared about it. It was a huge challenge for me, and I was scared at first. I’ve never even tried something like this. But you have to just go for it, and that’s why I love acting; it’s made me face my fears and try things I’d normally be too uncomfortable to try. It’s therapeutic.Continue reading
Previewing tonight’s Teen Wolf season 3 finale, Dylan O’Brien (Stiles) talks about how the major death in last week’s episode will affect his character.
If you haven’t watched last week’s episode (season 3, episode 23, “Insatiable”), we suggest you get right on that. There are spoilers ahead.
The death of Allison Argent stunned fans of Teen Wolf, but we’re not the only ones struggling with coming to terms with the main character’s permanent departure. “These kids have gotten almost good in these situations; they’re used to this terrifying life. But [Allison’s death] scared them. This was the first time they’ve lost one of their own,” O’Brien tells TVLine.
And while it’s true that they’ve lost friends and family members in the past — Boyd, Erica, and Victoria are just a few — this time it’s different. This time, it was someone in their inner circle, someone who had been around since the very beginning. And that’s bound to send ripples through the entire group.
Speaking of his own character, though, O’Brien says that Stiles will be taking Allison’s death roughly. “Allison’s death affects Stiles, specifically, because he can’t help but feel responsible for it.”
Allison was killed by the oni, which were being controlled by Void Stiles. Though the real Stiles had no direct part in her death, it is understandable that he feels as though he had the power to stop it. And if he couldn’t do it before, he’s certainly going to try now.
“The only way to stop the Nogitsune, as far as [Stiles] knows, is for him to die. Her death, and what it does to Stiles, is kind of the last straw. He’s now fully committed to sacrifice himself.”
The remainder of the interview on TVLine talks about Stiles’ continued interest in Lydia, but also his blossoming romance with Malia (Shelley Hennig). And speaking of Malia, it looks like she will be a season 4 regular from here on out!