This is known as Playing Chess with Death. Its a trope that is commonly used now in many television shows and films (most famously Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey) but all began with the 1957 film The Seventh Seal. In it a man tries to forestall his demise by challenging death to a game of chess.
And it literally explains everything.
Stiles, knowing that he has been possessed by a Nogitsune challenges him to a game of Go (sometimes referred to as the Japanese version of Chess) and being a trickster who loves games, how can the Nogitsune resist? This becomes a way for him to forestall the foxes complete take over of his mind leading to the death of himself.
Since that point literally all of 3b has been nothing more than a giant game of Go being acted out in our reality with reality being bent based on the move the player makes.This would explain a lot of the inconsistencies regarding Stiles and other characters clothing. The call backs to past episodes, the clues being left by Stiles from the numbers telling Barrow to kill Kira.
From the keys to the chemical closet mysterious appearing and disappearing, literally the entire post that I made the other day about connections has been answered. This would also explain Riddled. In this is the first time we actually see the tug of war — the game between these two being played out. You could literally do an entire meta and pick apart the moves that each player makes.
It’s all rather brilliant when you think about it. This gives the writers the ability to play and toy with reality without turning the season into a dream sequence. It also explains the behaviors of certain characters in their relationship with Stiles this season. They each are playing a role in either player’s particular strategy. For Stiles, the obvious player is Lydia.because her banshee abilities give her the advantage to see and hear things the others can’t.
Another key player, possibly the most important player revealed from the most recent episode, is Derek. This makes Derek’s sudden ability to put two and two together regarding Stiles possession by Nogitsune, his ability to sense Stiles was in a struggle, the fact that he went looking for Stiles for two days, etc. He has a key role to play in Stiles strategy to defeat the Nogitsune. His the King. The endgame. The Divine Move. To what end, I do not know, but he is Stiles’ trump card.
Again, I could meta this forever but I don’t have the patience or the time to sit and list out all the examples of the moves made by either Stiles or the Nogistune. But I figured I would put the idea forth to see if maybe other more industrious people could do what I cannot and to see if anyone agrees with my idea.
This is the best thing I’ve read today, and I read half “Under The Dome”.
Remember how everyone had theories about parts of 3A being dreams or fake memories, based on the fact that the Alphas would be able to steal and manipulate memories? I’ve seen a of people who thought a lot of things this season didn’t make sense.