After the nogitsune’s trick — making everyone think that Stiles was back while secretly manipulating every event to cause maximum pain — are audiences likely to see the real Stiles at all?
According to O’Brien, the real Stiles will appear in two ways. Sometimes, he will be in a struggle with the creature controlling him. Other times, Stiles will get to re-take control for at least a short amount of time.
There is also the question of what the nogitsune wants. Kira (Arden Cho) suggests in “Letharia Vulpina” that a kitsune only causes problems when it has been offended — implying a mortal offense against this particular creature. O’Brien partially agrees with this, noting that trouble is just in the evil spirit’s nature.
“He loves to just stir trouble, he’s literally maniacal in that way,” says O’Brien. “He gets joy out of seeing others in trouble. And he literally gets physically and spiritually stronger. That’s just how he works, that’s how the spirit operates. He feeds off destruction. It’s an interesting thing to play, because he literally has no motive other than being designed that way. It’s literally like a spirit who jumps from host to host and possesses and kills and ruins lives. That’s just what he is, at his core. And he also happens to be this insanely powerful thing. So it becomes difficult to deal with.”
How does O’Brien feel about this abrupt and extreme change of his “Teen Wolf” character? He is, in short, loving it.
“Teen Wolf” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV.