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EVERY PART OF THIS IS WRONG
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.
The dynamic and growth between these two is some of the best character writing I’ve ever seen. Of course, a lot of it has to do with the seamless chemistry between them, but the parallels above are just so important and so profound.
The first is still something we’ve yet to fully understand, whether it’s the red string of fate, the anchor, the emotional tether or simply Lydia’s banshee powers, but there was definitely an undeniable connection between these two characters throughout the whole of Riddled that may actually come closest to the Alpha twins’ connection - their ability to feel when the other is in pain. Or in this case, the ability to hear the other’s suffering, which is not something we can just shrug off as insignificant filler writing.
The second is one that’s more funny and quirky than anything else, but it still goes to show how far the two of them have come - how Lydia is confident enough to defend her life with Stiles’ choice weapon, even when she’d previously criticized it. By extension, this is essentially how much Lydia trusts Stiles and his judgment, and given how intelligent and pragmatic Lydia is, this is a big deal.
The third parallel has been a consistent thing throughout the seasons - Stiles and Lydia have come to depend on the other more than they know, but it isn’t anything toxic or harmful to their independent growth. Instead, it’s a matter of guidance and comfort. Lydia was very close to being in horrible pain, but when Stiles nodded up to her, she put her life in his hands, simply with a look. And Stiles, having no idea what was behind the door in Mexico, looked back at Lydia for reassurance. They depend on each other’s judgment and they use it in their own lives to make major decisions, and that kind of trust and reliance between two characters on the show is, I think, something unprecedented.
The fourth parallel speaks for itself - they can pull each other back from turmoil. No matter how personal, no matter how terrifying, the other finds a way to pull their attention away to a safer place, even just for a moment. They have an impact on each other in situations that could ultimately swallow them whole, like they’re literally each other’s flotation devices.
Finally, the fifth one, the famous red string, is one of my favourites. I’ve always thought the red string was a sort of visual representation of feeling lost, confused and scared. Unsolved, so to speak. When Lydia’s wrapping it around her finger, I think she feels more lost than she’s ever felt - not knowing how to control her banshee powers and all the while feeling so used to being right after years and years of being the genius, and that’s something hard for her to come to terms with. Stiles unwraps the string and tells her just what I’m sure was going through Lydia’s mind - you were right before, you must be right again. Seconds later, the epiphany comes along and it turns out that Lydia was right after all. And then when the tables are turned, when Stiles goes missing and is literally lost, literally scared out of his mind, Lydia is the one to really find him through the red string - because even if he wasn’t physically in Eichen House, that’s where his suffering occurred during Riddled - just as she essentially found herself with Stiles’ help.
If the Japanese red string theory really is incorporated into Stiles and Lydia’s story, then it’s been done beautifully. The invisible and unbreakable red string attaches two people who are essentially soulmates and keeps them tethered together through life until they find each other, and in the case of Stiles and Lydia…well, they really did find each other, didn’t they?