Ok, everyone. I know it’s later than usual, but here’s my meta for this episode. Writing meta for this one has been especially difficult because of how many possibilities there are. Also there was a lot of shit crammed into the last 5 minutes of the episode. I hope that you will find this meta to be good and to help you make sense of this intense episode. So, without further ado, here we go!
Stiles Playing Go
The fact that people found this odd is a little beyond me, but I will explain. It makes perfect sense for him to be playing go. After all, he has lost control over his mind and body to the nogitsune. As such, his mind is going to be shaped by the nogitsune, giving rise to what we saw in this episode. Furthermore, if the nogitsune has control and Stiles hopes to regain control, it would make sense for him to have to play according to the nogitsune’s terms (notice I didn’t say rules). The nogitsune likes go, so they are going to play go. It’s really that simple.
Was That Really Stiles Playing Go On The Nemeton?
I have seen a lot of stuff going around saying that it actually wasn’t Stiles. Allow me to explain why it is him.
Ok, so the first major clue is very subtle. Honestly, you wouldn’t get it if you don’t play go or are not familiar with it. This isn’t the first time that Jeff and the team have worked in subtle go references and such. If you look, there is a significant difference in how the nogitsune (bandages) and Stiles place their Stones on the board. This may sound silly to you, but I assure you that it is not and I must applaud the writers for working this in.
In go, a player does NOT place their stones with their thumb and pointer finger. This is only done by beginners who have not played long enough to learn proper technique. The proper technique that is used by experienced and pro go players is to pick up, hold, and place the stones between the pointer finger and middle finger. Using this technique allows for precise placement of your stone onto the desired spot on the board. It also looks crisp, clean, professional, confident, and even powerful. Here are some pictures to show you what I mean:
We saw Stiles place his stones using his thumb and pointer finger. This is indicative of a novice. Considering Stiles has never played go prior to this, that makes sense. What is more important is the nogitsune. As the camera pans around, you see the nogitsune retracting its fingers as it places the stone. Its fingers are in this formation. The professional way to place stones. The experienced way. The nogitsune has been playing go for hundreds of years. It is a master and it is nothing for it to place stones like this even in bandaged hands. This is Stiles versus the nogitsune in a Go match.
As and added note, like I said, this is a subtle thing and it was probably done intentionally because the show loves little shit like this and that most people will miss or dismiss as nothing. Only those who know a lot about go would catch it.
Now, I will address the other issue that I have seen pop up. Some say Stiles’ facial expression doesn’t fit him seeing Scott. I say that this is false. But, before I touch on that, I would like to point out one other thing. The nogitsune, the on who holds total control over Stiles’ mind, turns to face Scott before he howls. IT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT SCOTT IS THERE. Stiles does not. Stiles CAN’T because the nogitsune is suppressing him and his mind. Scott’s howl breaks through to Stiles, not only because he is part of the pack, but because it is Scott. Scott broke through the nogitsune’s hold and reached Stiles because of their bond, their friendship, as well as Stiles being a part (the original part) of his pack.
Ok, now on to the actual facial expression. Stiles looks suddenly at Scott. He is surprised. He was locked inside his mind with only the nogitsune. Only that hell. That voice. And then, shattering the noise of the nogitsune, comes Scott’s howl. It is loud and overpowering. It breaks through to him and he looks at it. The sudden sound startled him, but it also gave him confidence. Look at his face, it is full of courage and resolve again. As he turns to face the nogitsune, face to face for the first time in this scene, he is no longer afraid. There is no fear left in him and then he does it. He flips the table, knocking away the pieces and essentially telling the nogitsune to go fuck itself. He will not play by his rules. He is Stiles and this is his mind and he will not be controlled any further.
So, long story short, there is an important difference in how they place their stones. Also, I think everyone is misinterpreting Stiles’ facial expressions. My conclusion is that what we saw was indeed Stiles versus the Nogitsune and Scott gave him the strength and courage to fight back.
Why Is The Nemeton Always There?
The nemeton ALWAYS appears with Stiles. It seems to call to him, beckoning him even. The nemeton is a source of power and of great importance to the druids. It is where the streams converge. I believe that the nemeton is calling out to Stiles because he is a druid who has yet to awaken to his power. I believe that Stiles will eventually awaken as a powerful druid and will bring new ideas and order to the druids just like Scott, Allison, and Kira have to their own groups (werewolves, hunters, and kitsune).
It has been hinted at before, multiple times, the Stiles has some kind of power. He completed a mountain ash circle without enough ash. This is literally impossible, but he did it. There are a few other hints as well, but yes. Also, Deaton has never formally declared himself as the emissary for Scott’s pack. I think that is because Stiles will awaken as a druid and become Scott’s emissary and advisor. He basically is already, but this will let Stiles take a more active role in the pack.
Either way, this explains why the nemeton is calling to him. Also, if the Stilinski is tied to the protection of Beacon Hills, then it makes sense that the nemeton would seek him out.
Who Is The Real Stiles?
Ok, this is the single hardest part about my meta and it has taken the most thought. I will attempt to articulate my thoughts and understanding to the best of my ability.
I think that the stiles who was thrown up is actually the real Stiles. Our Stiles. The throwing up, while symbolic, was also literal. The nogitsune expelled him. The nogitsune, honestly, no longer needs a host now. It has gathered so much power from all the pain, strife, and chaos that it has caused that it can exist in its own corporal form. Essentially, with Stiles finally fighting back so hard and everything else, the nogitsune decided that is was not worth it to keep him any longer. Stiles was more trouble than he was worth.
Now, this explains why the nogitsune would run off with Lydia. It still needs to create pain and chaos. Well, it may be done with Stiles as a host, but that doesn’t mean he’s done hurting him. Hurting Lydia, causing her pain, will get to Stiles a lot. So he took her.
Also, we see the genuine look of bewilderment and concern on bandage!Stiles’ face. I am aware that the nogitsune can act, but I still believe that this is our Stiles. Stiles is free. Things are far from over and far from safe, though.
Response To Malia’s Name
I don’t think this was a response by Stiles. I think this was a response from the nogitsune. I don’t have much to support my idea, but I think that there is a lot going on with Malia and that she may be connected to the nogitsune somehow. Perhaps he just recognizes her as a fellow trickster and does not like this. Either way, I don’t think that was real!Stiles’ reaction.
I think that the nogitsune was messing with Melissa. Scott could never hate his mom. Also, we saw Sheriff Stilinski tell Agent McCall to tell Scott everything. He would NEVER tell him to do something that would hurt Melissa or Scott! He thinks it is for the best. Melissa is simply scared and the nogitsune is feeding off that. I imagine it will be big and terrible, but I don’t think it will actually make Scott hate his mom. It could even draw their family back together. Or at least bring Scott to neutral terms with his father instead of hatred. IDK. We will see.
Lydia And The Next On Clip
I do NOT put a lot of stock into these clips. They are highly out of context and meant to cause wild speculation and chaos within the fandom. Their job is to make sure we watch next week. That being said, here we go.
Remember, Lydia can hear the universe. She can hear it move, past and present. I am willing to bet that she can hear possible futures. Eichen House is covered in dark emotions and memories. In such a charged place, it is likely that she would experience only a negative outcome. It may even cause her to have a vision. I propose that it is possible that she saw something happen to Stiles, but that it is not real. It is only a possibility. As such, she can prevent it.
Now, if that is not the case and the scene is real, then I am not fully sure what has happened and I do not care to venture a guess right now because the clip has absolutely no context and therefore should not be logically speculated on. I will say this, though. The scene with her and the nogitsune and her over Stiles are almost definitely different scenes with some time in between them.
I think that about wraps it up. Please send me any feedback, questions, comments, etc.! I would love to discuss this with you and I am open to other ideas! I look forward to hearing from you all. So, thoughts?