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On the latest episode of Teen Wolf, five characters were "marked," making us wonder if they might be paving the way for the death that creator Jeff Davis teased fans should expect before the end of Season 3. Which character's death would have the greatest impact on the series?

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On the episode of MTV's hit Teen Wolf titled "Illuminated," five characters were marked by smoky, caped beings wearing masks. Their markings were inverted numeral 5s (made behind their ears) and my first thought was that they might be marked for death.

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Those who received the markings were Derek (Tyler Hoechlin), Lydia (Holland Roden), Isaac (Daniel Sharman) and the twins Ethan and Aiden (Charlie and Max Carver). The problem with assuming one of them might be dying is an interview creator Jeff Davis gave prior to the start of Season 3B.

HappyCool posted an interview with Davis on YouTube in which he teased, "Prepare to lose someone. We will be possibly changing our main title sequence, so not everyone is making it out of this season alive." If the characters who received the mark are in line for death, and we cross-reference them with those in the title sequence, that means only Lydia and Derek are viable candidates. That's far too easy for Teen Wolf.

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Another illuminating discovery made during the episode was Stiles' (Dylan O'Brien) realization that he had been the one who left the message on the chalkboard that led Barrow to go after Kira (Arden Cho). Stiles has no memory of doing that, so we're left wondering if his mind is fully closed off from the darkness after all.

If it's too easy to consider Derek and Lydia as the only heads on the chopping block, what if the five were marked to take down dark forces, one of which might be Stiles? Could the show sustain a blow as deep as the wound that would cut Scott (Tyler Posey) with the loss of his best friend Stiles? Could viewers withstand the pain of losing such a beloved character? He's the only one with no supernatural ties whatsoever.

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We have to think about all of this as we wonder what the title credits might look like for Teen Wolf Season 4. Right now, the five characters shown in the photo above are the only ones currently featured. Whose death would hurt the most? Make your voice heard by voting in the poll, and then share your thoughts in the comments.

Photo credit: Matthew Welch

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Comments on "POLL: Which Teen Wolf death would most impact the show?"

Andrea February 28, 2014 | 5:48 AM

Jeff Davis is clearly risking the show by killing either Stiles or Derek but it's time Tyler H and Dylan O'Brien left the show to further their careers. Quite simply the show is a mess of poor dialogue, half baked and unresolved storylines, poor plots, 2 dimensional characters, illogical character development, poor continuity and a number of 'isms'. Derek has been slowly disintegrated by Davis from the most developed and well-rounded character(in terms of backstory) into a comically-tragic figure kept as a pet punch bag (and beefcake for the girls and boys) with little screen time, poor dialogue and frankly treated appallingly. Yet Tyler H has remained professional and gracious throughout.He has 2 films awaiting release and is strongly tipped to play Nightwing. HE NEEDS TO GET OUT. Kill Stiles and the show dies- Simple. He is by far the best of the younger actors and has several movies awaiting release and is set for the lead role in 'Glimmer'. If he doesn't die and is 'bitten' by Scott, why bother to keep Posey's character? Dylan needs to leave this Titanic show.

Hailey February 27, 2014 | 2:17 PM

scallion for life! Kira is OK but I bet by season 4,scallion is back...permanently!

Snacker42 February 25, 2014 | 3:08 AM

On the story of Teen Wolf? That's all up to how the writers do any of them. On the SHOW Teen Wolf, the greatest impact would be the loss of Dyl-O'. Stiles is the most beloved character, and Dyl-O' perhaps the the greatest ratings draw. I seriously hope that Dyl-O's managers don't think that his fanbase is about being a moneymaking commodity that will automatically follow him to whatever commission check they happen to want next. Stiles is popular because he seems loveable, and that is transferred to Dyl-O' the actor. Treat the fans like money cows and that loveability will sour the milk. Teen Wolf has another couple of years in it, and the actors need to keep an eye on their next rent checks. It's the TV business, and fans are what are being sold to the advertizers, but that isn't how the fans view themselves. treat them like it too obviously and things get pretty cheesy ... fast.

Renee February 21, 2014 | 6:25 PM

I think stiles would hurt the show the most but if Lydia, issac, Allison, or Kira die it's gonna rub me the wrong way.

diana branco February 20, 2014 | 2:25 PM

scott all the way!!!!!!!!!!!! well at leats i would stop watching the show if that happened, i don't really ''care'' about the others.....

Alex February 19, 2014 | 6:14 PM

Scott and Derek HAVE to stay for season 4, it wouldn't be the same with out them!

Freddy January 31, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Killing off Stiles would ruin the show, yes it makes for a compelling point on the series but in all honestly Derek should be the one to bite it, he has become so irrelevant on the show this season both in 3A and 3B. Isn't Peter Hale suppose to be bad again and what happened to his sister Cora? I know the actress has another job on Reign but I hate how the creators of this show don't write characters off well, (I.e. Jackson, Cora, etc)

Vince January 31, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Well if you read up on it it's already confirmed that Lydia and Stiles will be back for season 4. The only names from the featured cast that wasn't on there was Derek and Allison. So that mixes it up a bit. I'm thinking they could possibly kill Allison off. Because if you think about it I don't think they would kill Derek because Peter's still alive and the show wants to explore the Hale family secrets and how these secrets tie into Peter, Derek, and Derek's mom Talia but also Beacon Hills as well.

Carissa January 31, 2014 | 1:08 PM

I agree with you Kate. The more I think about it, the more sense it makes to cut Stiles loose. His death would forever change Teen Wolf and force the characters to grow up in ways they haven't had to yet. Derek's death would have the least impact on the plot, as he has become sort of irrelevant not that Scott is the Alpha. I could see Stiles' life being in danger and Derek saving him, which would make Derek's death far more important overall.

Kate January 31, 2014 | 8:43 AM

You know, I voted Stiles when I read this last night, but I actually sort of want to clarify. Depending on how Stiles left, like if he died or hell even if he transformed so much that he now was a bad guy, it could actually have the most positive effect on the show. On Arrow, Tommy's death was a vital thing that happened to solidfy Oliver's journey to being a hero. Scott while clearly already in hero mode might need something to focus his mission for his pack, it would likely bring Lydia closer (since there still seems to be something more she needs to do for Scott), and it would resort out the positions in the group itself as in Pack terms, Stiles is basically Scott's Beta. I don't know that Lydia's death, while she would be missed, would have much story impact since she is just now finding her role in the group. Derek would be an interesting impact too, but I honestly think the impact there would only be on Scott. And Scott might get resolute after grieving Stiles, but he might be despondent without his primary werewolf mentor.

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