I’ve seen a few posts lately in which people have talked about how a scene that seemed good on the surface became something else when re-watching. Davis loves to do that — give scenes ironic double meanings once you look at them more closely.
For me, this is one of those scenes. It’s one of the key scenes of 3B, because this is the last time Stiles is Stiles until Nogi splits them in two. In hindsight, that fact is important.
On first viewing, this scene seems so full of heart — brothers there for each other. Look at the way they hold on to each other so damn tightly. It still gives me feels.
But on re-watching 3B, I noticed a really strong pattern. Every time Stiles is slighted by a person he loves, Nogi escalates in some way. So when the Sheriff disbelieves him about Barrow being at the school, for example, that’s the same ep we find out about the blackboard message.
I don’t know whether that means Stiles had some impact on Nogi’s arc, or whether it means that when the people he loves let him down it gave Nogi another chink to gain control. Either way, the pattern is there if you re-watch the season.
Right after this moment between Scott and Stiles in the hospital, Lydia screams, and Nogi takes Stiles over completely.
With that in mind, I watched this scene again, wondering what could have been a trigger in this moment, of all moments, that led into Stiles losing the fight.
And you know what? Scott never offers Stiles the bite. He never asks him to be pack. He doesn’t give Stiles a choice. He just says he’ll do something if he has to.
I know, I know it’s because Scott has internalised his hatred for being a werewolf and doesn’t think the bite is a gift. But nonetheless, if ever there was one, this is the moment to invite Stiles into his pack. And I hate to say it, but even Peter gave Stiles a choice about it when he made the offer of the bite.
When I watch this scene again, I see Stiles waiting, just wanting so much for Scott to ask. To love him enough to ask. Stiles has never hated werewolves, and I think Peter was right that a part of him wanted it, just not with Peter.
See the second-last gif? That’s him realising Scott isn’t going to do it.
So this is Stiles, waiting for Scott to ask. And Scott never does.
And that’s how Nogi gets in.