Let’s talk about these parallels for a moment.
First off, can I just say how I absolutely love that season 3b opened with Stiles’ dream and closed with Derek’s dream? That’s pretty awesome. It’s like Stiles and Derek are the two pieces of bread that hold the entire sandwich (the season) together. The beginning and the end. Beautiful.
Anyways, in both of these scenes, we see both Stiles and Derek attempt to calm themselves down after experiencing what they both believe to be nightmares.
Stiles woke up out of his “nightmare” and landed himself in another dream, however, this one wasn’t as terrifying as the first.
As for Derek, it’s unknown whether he dreamt of Stiles, or if it was just Derek retreating to the safety of his subconscious after being shot by Kate. (theory about this). I personally believe the theory. It makes sense.
Now, let’s talk about the best part.
Derek dreams of Stiles and doesn’t realize that he’s in a dream. He actually thinks that he’s just having a casual and calm conversation with Stiles about something that genuinely terrified him. From this, we can assume that it felt normal to Derek.
Derek stays under the illusion that he’s not dreaming even as he explains his entire “nightmare” to Stiles. Derek then asks Stiles how to tell if he’s dreaming or not, because the fact he can’t remember waking up has him worried. When Derek grabs Stiles’ hand and sees that he has 6 fingers, the illusion is broken.
For Derek, being alone with Stiles was enough to keep Derek believing that he wasn’t dreaming. Stiles was enough to keep the illusion going. Derek didn’t stop and question, “Wait. Why am I even talking to you? This doesn’t make sense.” Because to Derek, it did make sense.
With that said, let’s talk about Stiles dreaming about being with Lydia.
When Stiles wakes up out of his “nightmare”, Lydia is right beside him. For a couple seconds, Stiles isn’t suspicious of this, but that quickly changes. Stiles stops and questions why Lydia is in his room with him. The illusion is broken here, and Stiles realizes that he’s dreaming.
Dream!Lydia then goes out of her way to keep Stiles under the illusion, telling Stiles to come back to bed and forget about shutting the door. It doesn’t work. It’s too unrealistic.
For Stiles, Lydia wasn’t enough to keep him under the illusion that he wasn’t still dreaming. Being alone with Lydia like that wasn’t believable. It was a dead giveaway. Lydia wasn’t enough.
Exactly, what does this mean?
It means that Stiles’ connection with Lydia is NOT as strong as the connection that Derek has with Stiles.
Derek’s mind chose Stiles to calm him down when he was distressed over his “nightmare”, and it worked for quite some time. It worked up until something as obviously fake as having 6 fingers broke the illusion.
Stiles’ mind chose Lydia to calm him down when he was distressed over his “nightmare”, but it only took one small double-take of the situation to break the illusion.
I personally find Derek’s dream with Stiles to be really sweet. Not just because Stiles’ image was used to calm Derek down, but because it was so casual and believable to Derek. This makes me think that having conversations like that with Stiles is something that Derek wants to have in real life. It’s something he’s dreamt about more than once.
Usually when Derek interacts with Stiles, it comes with a lot of banter, disagreements, exaggerated sighs and eye-rolls. But I think we’re going to see conversations between Derek and Stiles that are more like this dream.
Stiles has grown on Derek. He has grown on Derek so much, that Derek actually thinks of him as the first person to go to when he has something on his mind. Derek didn’t dream of Scott. Not Peter, not Laura, not Cora, not Talia, not any of his family members we haven’t met yet, not Erica, not Boyd, not Chris….Derek went to Stiles.
So now i’m curious. Derek’s connection with Stiles is strong. Derek’s relationship and current standing with Stiles means something to Derek. So what about Stiles? How does Stiles feel about Derek? How strong is Stiles’ connection with Derek?
Stiles bringing Derek back (based on x)
Teen Wolf AU: Stiles is supposed to go undercover to help dismantle a chain of brothels employing underage prostitues. Derek is not happy.
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Teen Wolf AU: Autocorrect always fucks things up. Except when it doesn’t. based on this
Happy birthday Jessy!!! I love you. Always stay rad!
dear teen wolf
Why wasn’t Allison the one possessed by the nogitsune?
You had it, right here, the perfect death scenario. Why wasn’t everything that Stiles did this season done by Allison instead? Losing time and terrible possessions, rapid switches between teary eyed innocence and smirking malevolence. I realize you have a giant collective crush on Dylan O’Brien’s everything (I understand, I do), but have you seen Crystal act?
Allison as the nogitsune. That scene where Silverfinger warns Chris Argent he might have to kill his daughter comes back to slay us. She plays Scott like a fiddle, impales him in the vet clinic, smirking as wet dark hair falls across her cheekbones—imagine this, okay? Kidnapping Lydia. What a betrayal that would be, coming from Allison’s hands. What a blow for Lydia, to watch something living in her best friend’s skin, sidling close and leering, cutting deep. I want those scenes.
An Allison consumed from the inside by a foreign darkness would be beautiful. Or rather: an Allison struggling against it— that’s always been her story. She is trying so hard not to be Kate. So much of her arc has been fighting that darkness; embracing her terrible strengths and turning them to the light. (She takes the brutal, vengeful code of her forefathers and turn it from a bloody blade into a shield).
Instead of Stiles inheriting his mother’s illness, Allison inherits her aunt’s darkness, her mother’s brittle vengeance. Give me this.
And do you see what this would get you? Instead of an insipid “surprise” death, a useless one—we get the sacrifice. We get a season of buildup, of earning, of this warrior born of dark bloodlines and old scars, of this young woman who loves so hard, who is so terrified of being her aunt—
Her friends will keep trying to defend her from the oni, to save her from the fox— Lydia pleads and listens and searches; Scott tries so damn hard to be a hero, to find a way to keep his promises. Chris Argent crumbles and crumbles from the inside out, burning within the way his sister burned without.
But in the end, Allison stands, grappling for a moment of control against the darkness inside her. There is blood on her hands. It is not hers. The thing in her chest promises chaos and pain, screams for it, the way she can hear Kate’s voice sometimes at night. COME ON!
She knows there are some battles you cannot win. Or, rather, Allison knows protecting other people is the victory, no matter the cost. Protecting other people is something worth dying for. Nous protégeons ceux qui ne peuvent pas se protéger leurs-même.
"Do it," Allison tells her father. She is an Argent and she will live by her code.
She will die by it.