313-Anchors

adavyjoneslocker  asked:

Hi :) let me tell you how much I LOVE your meta on derek's anchor ;) it's amazing really :D I have a question though: when do you think Stiles became Derek's anchor (at the end of 3A or at the end of 3B)? (maybe it's a silly question) I always thought it was at the end of 3B but now I have a doubt :) thanks!

Thank you. I have wondered this exact same thing!

After the big reveal in the finale, I traced back Derek’s arc through 3B, going, “When did it happen?” My thought processes kind of went like this:

  • 324 The Divine Move - It had to be before this, for Derek to feel comfortable enough with Stiles as his anchor that it worked so well in the face of Kate’s return. Derek doesn’t even wonder what Stiles is doing there, so he must be very familiar with thinking about Stiles, daydreaming about Stiles, for him to not realise quickly that he’s still dreaming (the way Stiles did in 313).
  • 323 Insatiable to 319 Letharia Vulpina - Derek is focused on finding Stiles throughout these episodes, which I’ll talk about in my upcoming meta on re-watching 3B. The point is, he’s already focused on Stiles, so it happened before this.
  • 318 Riddled - Derek is trying to find Stiles independent of Scott or being asked to, then realises Stiles is possessed by the Nogitsune, and is dismayed. So, before this.
  • 316 Illuminated to 317 Silverfinger - Derek is happy and confident, which strongly suggests he’s already anchored with something other than anger. He has no contact with Stiles, so it was before this.
  • 315 Galvanize - Derek talks to his mother. This, potentially, is a moment in which it could have happened. We don’t see what Derek and Talia talk about, but it’s such an important moment for Derek — finally able to think about the past without overwhelming guilt and shame. Maybe he asked her advice or permission to re-anchor in the dream-walking sequence with her. However, we don’t get any clear link to Stiles here, so there must have been groundwork further back.

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Re-Reading 3B: Derek, Stiles & Chess, part 4B

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And finally, here we are, at the chess game, and how it relates to Derek and Stiles…

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Re-Reading 3B: Derek and Stiles, part 3

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In today’s exciting installment, I’m going to do my best to explain who is possessing Stiles. I promised to also explain chess in this part, but it turns out I lied. I had a brainstorm and realised something enormous which needs some build up before we get to the chess game. So today it’s the nogitsune, and then chess will be in part 4.

Just a quick reminder that there’s a lot of speculation in my meta, and I don’t expect you to agree with all my theories. Go ahead and use this as a jumping off point for your own meta if you’d like. I’m always interested to read other people’s take on things.

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