Stiles is out of it these days on Teen Wolf, but you would be too if you were possessed by a mischievous and evil Japanese spirit.
And following last week’s epic reveal of that possession, we hear it’s only going to get worse for the gang in Beacon Hills before it gets better. In a chat below, Dylan O’Brien previews the horror to come and breaks down last week’s creepy (and slightly bro-mantic) episode.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We need to start by talking about last week’s episode. Tell me about filming that scene at the hospital between Scott and Stiles because it was, honestly, one of the quieter moments of the episode and still my favorite of the hour.
DYLAN O’BRIEN: Tyler [Posey] and I are always excited when we get those scenes. I think those are the scenes we’re more drawn to because, I guess, those are the ones that get us, too. They get the audience [excited] and those are the scenes that [also] excite us. It’s almost a little nervewracking because you feel a little pressure to portray it nicely. But when you’re there and you do it, I think a lot of my and Tyler’s actual relationship translates to screen because we are really close in real life. We’ve been doing this together for four years now, and the show is really close to both of our hearts, you know? It always will be. But it’s all very personal for us, and it’s all real, I guess, in a sense.
How fun has it been playing evil Stiles?
It’s been awesome. It’s always one of those things that you’re worried about, I guess. I had fun doing it always and it’s been a blast as an actor. It’s been really cool discovering this new character and this entire other essence I get to play that’s so polar opposite from what I’ve already done on the show. At first, I didn’t really know what to do. I also didn’t know entirely what [the situation with the character] was going to be. We get the episodes week by week and I’m kind of rolling with the punches a little. But that’s what I love about the show, though. I find it challenging as an actor to always adapt to what’s being created for your character on the page. So there’s definitely a lot of stuff this season, for sure, that I’d never had to do before or ever had to try.
Although he may not be the star of the show — he’s certainly not a teenaged werewolf — Dylan O’Brien often steals the screen on MTV’sTeen Wolf. O’Brien’s character, Stiles Stilinski, is a fan favorite among those who watch the series and it isn’t hard to see why: Stiles is the comic relief on a show that can get very dark and scary at times (plus, he’s a cutie). However, Stiles is taking a different turn this season and it will allow O’Brien to really show off his acting chops.
Teen Wolf is a highly addictive teen drama that hooks fans in the very first episode, largely thanks to Stiles. Although he was the sidekick — the Robin to Scott McCall’s (Tyler Posey) Batman — Stiles was hilarious and relatable. (He’s also one half of the fandom’s favorite ship, Sterek.) But the character has evolved in the second half of the third season and Stiles is no longer Robin. Now he’s more like Two Face (if we’re sticking with the Batman comparison).
It’s always exciting to see a character change and develop as a series goes on; in Stiles’s case, it’s about time. Fans of Teen Wolf who have seen O’Brien star in other projects like The First Time or The Internship know that he’s an amazingly gifted actor. Even so far in 3B, O’Brien has played Stiles’ transformation into the nogitsune fantastically. He’s being challenged to go even farther beyond the standard sidekick/comedic role that Stiles originally had in the pilot. It’s is incredibly interesting to watch for fans who can remember his snarky comments about sour wolves and “werewolfitude” from the earlier seasons.
O’Brien may not necessarily be the star of Teen Wolf, but his bigger, more complex role this season is the best thing the show could have done. Teen Wolf has always been good at creating characters with which the fans form a strong emotional bond — we take it as a personal offense if anything happens to Isaac Lahey (Daniel Sharman). Now the show is taking us on an emotional rollercoaster with Stiles as his character devolves into darkness. With O’Brien at the forefront, this could be one of the best seasons — and storylines — Teen Wolf has ever created.