Teen Wolf: Holland Roden on Stiles, Lydia's friendship with Malia
If Teen Wolf‘s ambitious timelines have left you feeling confused this season, we’ve got good news: We’ve officially caught up to the season 5 premiere, and from here, things will proceed in a more linear fashion.
“I think this is the point in Teen Wolf where it’s the equivalent to Lost‘s episodes where finally you realize they’re on the island, they’re actually in real time,” Holland Roden tells EW. “It took so long to get there but thank you for sticking with us because we’re there. It is now current time moving forward for the rest of the season.”
And the good news doesn’t end there for Lydia. With the next two episodes working as a two-parter all about rescuing Lydia from Eichen, Roden is ready to leave catatonic Lydia in the past. “The thing I like about Lydia’s character this season is she now just gets to hone those [banshee] skills and actually use them for good within the town. She’s not quite as confused for the rest of the season,” she says, adding, “Playing the non-confused Lydia has been a refreshing take versus Eichen House.”
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But Lydia’s escape from Eichen won’t just change her mentally. As fans can expect, Lydia will get back to her fashionista ways as quickly as possible. “Funnily enough, Lydia does not have Eichen PTSD when it comes to her wardrobe,” Roden says. “She just snaps it right back together, naturally so.”
However, there could be a bit of emotional PTSD for her to deal with. “She has certain flashbacks, but those flashbacks actually help her solve the problems in Beacon Hills going forward.”
And speaking of helping Beacon Hills, Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis previously told EW that Lydia could be the key to saving everyone from The Beast. As far as Roden’s concerned, it’s a responsibility that Lydia’s ready to handle.
“I definitely think that she plays a pinnacle role in helping save the town, if not one of THE leading roles,” she says. “She has the supernatural power and she’s also not too much in the midst of the pack — she has a bit of a birds-eye view, not only because of her banshee power but because she hasn’t been around for a while. And she’s had so much loss around her. I mean, my God, she cannot keep a boyfriend alive [and she lost] her best friend, so I think that puts her in a good position to truly lead the pack home.”
On the topic of boyfriends, Roden teased some “interesting” scenes between Lydia and Parrish, along with a solid connection with Stiles. “Stiles and Lydia definitely work on their friendship this season I think because they just realize how much they’ve been through together,” she says, adding, “I would say Malia is also somebody that she warms up to as well. They all realize they’re after the same goal and so there’s really no reason to make enemies. Malia is somebody she definitely grows closer to as well.”
Teen Wolf airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.