My friend notenufcaffeine posted this image and did some break down on it. What caught my attention that I hadn’t noticed before was Malia and Liam- notice how their colors are basically reversed. Liam’s got blue with pink trim, Malia’s got pink with blue framing it.
She also caught how close their names are, again, basically the reverse of the other.
Now, I’ve been saying since Sprayberry’s been cast that he’s actually Peter’s child. He looks just too close for him to be anything else. I believed Malia to be just a red herring. A decoy to throw the viewers off. Due to Malia’s nature, she’s going to take advantage of the situation, but I never figured it was anything more than dumb luck and simple misunderstanding.
And then I saw this picture and it suddenly clicked. She’s not just accidentally the inverse of Liam. It’s diliberate. They are plain and simple too close, and the costuming is calling our attention too it.
Liam is the lost child, who will be found. The pictures of him at the Hale house ruin’s assure me that his parentage will be uncovered. But then what is Malia?
I mean, yes, trickster- got that memo. But it’s more than that. She’s the ‘other’. She’s almost a perfect mirror image. Female to male. front to back, pink to blue. And that kind of symmetry doesn’t just happen.
So, immediately, my mind goes to myths and legends, because, it’s Teen Wolf after all. And what do we call a mirrored replacement for a lost child? One that is the same, and yet NOT the same?
We call that a changeling. A creature of magic. A Fae or fairy, who’s possibly under an illustion, for what is ‘different’ looks that ‘same’. This is deep magic, some of the oldest stories that man has told man. This is taking a stranger into your midst, giving it shelter and nourishing it, letting it have access to you and all your secrets. This is how the fairies might learn your true name and gain power over you- all in the guise of a harmless child.
Now, a Banshee is a fairy too. In fact, the ‘shee’ in it’s name is actually ‘Shea’, the word the Celts used to name the fae. So we have fairy in conflict with fairy. Magic against magic- and isn’t it interesting that the storyline as it’s been presented so far, has Malia going after Stiles- the boy with the Spark. I do believe Lydia will be fighting for Stiles, not as his lover, but as his sister- but there will be a fight.
And why? That’s the third mystery- What is Stiles? What is his Spark? His light? The light that drew the Nogitsune to take him, in the face of a whole stable of powerful supernatural beings? Stiles is much more than he appears, and at least Derek Hale and Deaton have figured this out. (I’m willing to bet Malia knows too) cupidsbower had a great series of Metas over the weekend, breaking down exactly what happened to Derek and Stiles over season 3 and she spent a great deal of time focusing on that moment when the light suddenly went off for Derek and his hot blood ran cold- because something else was taking Stiles, and what Stiles has, away from him.
If this comes together as I’m thinking it will, Jeff has written a truly elegant conflict. He’s elevated a High School girl fight over a boy, and has turned it into a supernatural conflict of dire proportions. Light vs. Dark are fighting over possession of the Spark- one to build it up, the other to extingush it.
And don’t get too comfy with this status quo, because do you honestly think that after Derek spent all of 3B trying to free Stiles, he’s going to suddenly be willing to sit on the sidelines?
We’ve always known that the show takes elements and develops them as themes over the course of the season- 1 was fire- quick, uncontrollable change. 2 was water- swiftly flowing emotions, tides raising and falling, flood waters destroying everything in its path and leaving destruction in its wake. Three was the Earth- all about who had power- strength- control. Who was literally the strongest, who could push or pull others to gain territory and land and the control that went with it.
Now we have a season of air. Air is knowledge. Its all about knowing, being about to see and perceive, and understand. And right away, we can tell that faces, and with that identities and names, are going to be obscured. Secrets, and the power that they have, will be fought over. Because how can you know your friend from your foe if you can’t see their face? Secrets such as what is your name? Who where your parents? and Who do you need to stay sane? are all going to be crucial.
Suddenly Malia being a trickster in the hero’s midst makes perfect sense. The Boned-faced Berserkr that theonesarcasticchick and athenadark have identified could easily be Derek Hale (hidden faces, remember?) Liam being a lost Hale- they all fit together. Stiles, the boy without a true name and with a background of mystery. And oh yes, that other lost child, the nameless orphan- Jackson himself has even been in for a guess appearance.
These are all little, random hints and unimportant whispered facts, but piled together, they paint a vivid picture. And if we peek far ahead, we can see that Season 5, when the element is Void, the big question will be ‘What is real?’
that makes sense with something about changelings, changelings were insatiable, they couldn’t be fed enough, they would literally eat their parents out of house and home,
what did the trickster say was also hungry - coyote, raven and fox, he said they were all insatiable