Although he may not be the star of the show — he’s certainly not a teenaged werewolf — Dylan O’Brien often steals the screen on MTV’s Teen Wolf. O’Brien’s character, Stiles Stilinski, is a fan favorite among those who watch the series and it isn’t hard to see why: Stiles is the comic relief on a show that can get very dark and scary at times (plus, he’s a cutie). However, Stiles is taking a different turn this season and it will allow O’Brien to really show off his acting chops.
Teen Wolf is a highly addictive teen drama that hooks fans in the very first episode, largely thanks to Stiles. Although he was the sidekick — the Robin to Scott McCall’s (Tyler Posey) Batman — Stiles was hilarious and relatable. (He’s also one half of the fandom’s favorite ship, Sterek.) But the character has evolved in the second half of the third season and Stiles is no longer Robin. Now he’s more like Two Face (if we’re sticking with the Batman comparison).
It’s always exciting to see a character change and develop as a series goes on; in Stiles’s case, it’s about time. Fans of Teen Wolf who have seen O’Brien star in other projects like The First Time or The Internship know that he’s an amazingly gifted actor. Even so far in 3B, O’Brien has played Stiles’ transformation into the nogitsune fantastically. He’s being challenged to go even farther beyond the standard sidekick/comedic role that Stiles originally had in the pilot. It’s is incredibly interesting to watch for fans who can remember his snarky comments about sour wolves and “werewolfitude” from the earlier seasons.
O’Brien may not necessarily be the star of Teen Wolf, but his bigger, more complex role this season is the best thing the show could have done. Teen Wolf has always been good at creating characters with which the fans form a strong emotional bond — we take it as a personal offense if anything happens to Isaac Lahey (Daniel Sharman). Now the show is taking us on an emotional rollercoaster with Stiles as his character devolves into darkness. With O’Brien at the forefront, this could be one of the best seasons — and storylines — Teen Wolf has ever created.