Stiles, chimeras and mountain ash
*rolls up sleeves*
I clapped my hands like an excited schoolgirl when Theo simply stepped over the mountain ash like it was nothing. It didn’t even tingle. I’m positive people have already made a point of this, but since I’ve been in quite a few let’s call them “heated disputes” about Stiles and how he breaks mountain ash I just need to address this.
I’m not going to recap the entire set of arguments, but we have over the years seen four people break mountain ash lines. And I don’t mean step over, I mean break them.
It’s Stiles in 2x08 waving his hands over the line.
We then have Allison breaking it physically with her hands
We have Morrell accidentally breaking it with her foot as she fell
And we have Scott breaking it by forcing himself through.
The fifth time mountain ash was broken was in 5x03 when Tracy the chimera paralyzed everyone and ran off. And we got this
What other meta writers and myself speculated at the time was that Stiles broke the mountain ash and let Tracy out. See this post for more on that conversation.
Of course Deaton had a different interpretation. And remember - Deaton is not all-knowing. It was his educated guess that Tracy as a fake supernatural, a chimera, could break mountain ash. The normal supernatural rules doesn’t apply to her.
But that episode made a huge deal out of setting up Stiles in relation to mountain ash. His worry about being trapped inside the circle with a potensionally murderous supernatural, and Deaton assuring him he had nothing to worry about - the supernaturals could take care of themselves and Deaton and Stiles could just step right out. Stiles staring at the ash, the camera zooming in on his worried face
That backfired in a major way when Tracy turned out to be a kanima-hybrid and they were all paralyzed inside the circle.
I’m sure that Stiles knew that being trapped inside with a feral chimera when they were paralyzed was not a good idea, and broke the line with telekinesis. the line even breaks in the same way as he did it in 2x08, just compare the gifs above.
And right after it breaks we have the emphasis on Stiles being right in the line of the mountain ash, looking at it.
In 5x10 we get another incident with mountain ash and a chimera. And it proved to us that Deaton was partly right. Tracy as a chimera can’t be stopped by mountain ash. But stepping over it, doesn’t break it. The line stays intact just like if a human stepped over.
Theo showed us this, when he both handled the ash and stepped across it.
But Stiles didn’t know that back in 5x03. If he’d done nothing, the line would probably have stayed intact and Tracy run off. But I think he in his desperation for them not to be trapped paralyzed and like sitting ducks inside a small circle of magic fairy dust, used his telekinesis to break it.
This certainly goes into the pro column for Stiles and his somethingness.
On a related note Liam seemed to have managed to cross over the mountain ash as well when he confronted Scott. Scott assumed Theo let him in, but Liam never confirms this, and the timeline suggests Theo had left to track down Stiles at the time. I wrote more about that here.