Teen Wolf‘s final season may revolve around the concept of memory loss, but Tuesday’s premiere was easily one of its most unforgettable.
TVLine spoke with executive producer Jeff Davis about the episode’s biggest moment (Stiles and Lydia!), but first, a quick recap:
Tuesday’s premiere marked the long-awaited/dreaded arrival of the Riders, a sinister band of horse-mounted goons who specialize in erasing people from existence. After snatching up a young boy named Alex, along with his parents — we still have no idea why they were targeted, mind you — the Riders shifted their attention to Stiles, who became first (and hopefully last!) member of Scott’s pack to get erased.
Although no one in Stiles’ life — seriously, not even his own dad — is currently aware he ever existed, a spark of hope remains within Lydia, who seems to remember… that she’s forgetting… someone? (Honestly, it’s a start, and I’ll take it.) More importantly, in Stiles’ final pre-erased moments, he told Lydia, “Remember I love you.”
Elsewhere in the episode, Beacon Hills High School’s hot new science teacher — who is, in all likelihood, a Nazi werewolf — had the younger set melting like putty in his hands. (Is that a thing? Does putty melt in your hands, or am I thinking of M&Ms?)
OK, let’s get to the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the big Stiles/Lydia L-bomb.
“We had so much debate about this in the writers’ room,” Davis admits. “Should we keep them friends? Should we go for it? Finding out that this is the last season makes you want to go for things that you’ve been holding off on. We’ve seen them as great friends, as antagonists and even as Lydia not knowing who the hell Stiles is. It’s a progression of their relationship that, to us, felt pretty natural. When we saw the scene cut together in the first episode, we thought, ‘OK, this is going to be good.'”
As for why Lydia is sensing Stiles’ absence more than the rest of the pack — besides, you know, the fact that she’s a banshee — Davis acknowledges, “They have a very special relationship. They’ve saved each other’s lives several times. We’ve explored Scott’s great friendship with Stiles, and we wanted to go through a different perspective this time.”
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