Okay, technically chemistry is a subjective thing.
Obviously there are signs and cues that signify two people having more or less chemistry (body language, eye contact, etc). But as far as interpretation of chemistry, that’s something that depends on a person’s perspective.
Tyler Posey and Dylan O’Brien obviously have good chemistry together. They are very close in real life and that transcends on screen. But most would interpret their chemistry as platonic rather than romantic.
Though a real life relationship does not always create good on screen chemistry. On the other hand, sometimes two actors that have very little relationship off screen, can have wonderful chemistry off screen.
In the case of Holland and Dylan, people have very different opinions on whether or not they have chemistry. I think it’s a little ridiculous to say they don’t have chemistry. In fact, the entire cast of Teen Wolf (the main cast) has very good, natural chemistry with each other and has for a long time. They have a great physicality, their dialogue has rhythm, and they sustain real eye contact.
So with Dylan and Holland, I don’t think it’s fair to even debate whether or not they have chemistry. They do. Even when the character of Lydia was out of the loop and ignoring him most of the time, they still had a fantastic rhythm to their dialogue. That’s chemistry. It’s not necessarily romantic chemistry but it is chemistry.
The next debate tends to be whether their chemistry has romantic potential or not. Some people tend to claim that they have a sibling like connection. I’d like to call bull shit on that right away.
Scott and Stiles have a brotherly connection. They’ve known each other for years, they are part of each other’s families, they view each other as brothers (they have literally said this).
Isaac and Scott have a brotherly relationship. Isaac views Scott as his Alpha, he trusts him. He lives with Scott and his mother, thereby becoming a part of their family.
Siblings are people that you have either spent a large portion or growing up with, or people you have a familial, deep connection with.
Stiles and Lydia do not fall under any part of that category. They have a deep connection, but there is nothing familial about it. It is completely inaccurate to describe every platonic relationship as “sibling-like”. It’s a way to make the idea of romance taboo when the relationship could easily and accurately be described as a friendship.
Describing Stiles and Lydia’s chemistry as “friendly” or “platonic” is subjective, but it’s not blatantly inaccurate. If you don’t see romantic chemistry between them, than that’s fine. But describing them as “sibling-like” isn’t really an “opinion”, it’s more of a false statement to hide behind.
Now, in regards to people that DO see romantic chemistry between them, I think that’s a completely fair assessment. Dylan has been playing his character with romantic intent towards Lydia since season one. And he has explained his interpretation multiple times in recent interviews, where he clearly states that he still plays Stiles with his love (romantic love) for Lydia in mind. The fandom loves to praise Dylan’s acting (rightfully) so to ignore a layer of the character that he so clearly includes in his portrayal is a little ridiculous.
Now, Holland has been much more back and forth in her opinions on the pairing. But if you look at interviews, her answer do seem to line up with the time line of when and how their relationship has changed. In more recent interviews she has been much more open about the idea of them being together. This also means that (regardless of her actual opinion) she has started to play her character with that in mind.
Intent isn’t everything. Not by a long shot. But it is important when it comes to a show like Teen Wolf, where the plot has a million holes and the actors are responsible for filling a lot of them in their performance.
The writing, directing, and acting clearly point towards romantic potential between Stiles and Lydia. How, when, or if that potential will be met, we don’t know. But the potential is clear and blatant. So for people to be dismissive of this pairing or their chemistry is silly.
Acknowledging a romantic connection between characters does not mean you support it.
I find Aidan and Lydia to be one of the most disgusting pairings on the show. But I acknowledge that there is a romantic connection. Aidan is the type of guy Lydia is comfortable with. He’s confident, sexy, mysterious, and a little mean. That’s her comfort zone when it comes to relationships. There is also obviously a real attraction between them. Their scenes clearly show that in eye contact, physicality, and even dialogue. There chemistry is not something I find intriguing or more than sub par, but it’s there. I can acknowledge all of those things while still holding my opinions.
Instead of dismissing people’s opinion and ideas, fans need to start expressing their opinions in a more rational way. Don’t dismiss every couple you don’t support. Acknowledge it and then talk about why you don’t support it if you need to. But make sure you’re using the terms fact and opinion correctly because there is a difference.
I think what bothers me the most about how quickly some of the characters are willing to sacrifice Stiles for an easy way out, is how incredibly hard Stiles fought to stop this from happening.
He was losing his mind and he was still the one figuring everything out.
He figured out he was possessed, he came to that difficult conclusion and put those pieces together. He asked himself the hard questions and even though it was painful he figured it out. He told them about it and no one took him seriously enough, or at least not until it was too late.
He went to the hospital for help. He talked to everyone about what was going on.
This isn’t something he hid from. He confronted it, he researched it, he did EVERYTHING he possibly could to prevent it.
And even when it did happen, the second he was able to get control of himself again, he was researching and looking for answers. He was breaking in to basements and figuring things out (things that Kira’s mother already knew but didn’t share with everyone). This entire time he has done more to figure this problem out than anyone else. And he’s done it all while terrified, violated, and weak.
So yes, I have a big problem with people blaming him for this, giving up on him, and being perfectly willing to kill him.