Thanks to Dylan O’Brien’s film schedule — and some serious injuries he sustained on the “Mazerunner: The Death Cure” set — Season 6 of “Teen Wolf” may be a little light on Stiles.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Jeff Davis said that the show’s latest villains, the Ghost Riders, will abduct Stiles, explaining away his absence during Season 6A. To make matters worse, the rest of the teens in Beacon Hills won’t even remember him!
The question we have to raise in regards to this information is how in the world will “Teen Wolf” keep Stiles in the narrative when he’ll be absent in both body and mind? It’s no secret that Stiles is one of the most beloved characters on the show, and he brings a nice dose levity to an otherwise dark story. Cutting him out entirely is out of the question, right?
We’ve got a few ideas about how “Teen Wolf” could keep Stiles present, even without O’Brien around to film new scenes.
“Teen Wolf” has five solid seasons of Stiles footage to draw from, which fits in perfectly with the premise of the season. If the Ghost Riders’ attempt to erase all memory of a person when they abduct them, then it makes sense that these “memories” of Stiles would be cropping up in Scott (Tyler Posey), Lydia (Holland Roden) and the rest of the pack’s minds.
Since “Mazerunner: The Death Cure” didn’t begin filming until March, we can assume that O’Brien got a few good weeks of filming in for Season 6A, meaning he could have banked some footage to be used later.
If he’s truly being held hostage by a demonic horseman, we could be in for some gritty solo scenes for Stiles. Not as awesome as some great Sciles teamwork scenes, but it’s better than nothing.
A ‘save Stiles’ arc
Obviously his friends are going to remember Stiles eventually, and when they do, we can only assume they’re going to launch a massive rescue mission to get him back. We might not be able to actually see Stiles on our screens every week, but centering the entire plot around his absence keeps him alive in the narrative in a pretty creative way.
In the same way that Alison (Crystal Reed) has never been far from our minds through nods and mentions, Stiles’ absence might not be too hard to handle.
“Teen Wolf” premieres Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.