Some Klance meta
Look, I’m not saying it will become canon because I don’t want to get mine or anyone’s hopes up, however I am saying from a story-telling perspective, it makes a lot of sense if it does become canon:
- First off, from a characterisation perspective, the two balance each other out. It’s already been established that Lance is able to stop Keith from being impulsive and acting upon his first emotions, and Keith is able to ground Lance into the seriousness of the situations he’s in. Together, the two make a solid team. Whether it becomes romantic or not, this seems to be the basis the show is heading for in terms of their joint dynamic in the group.
- This takes me on to their relationships with others. Lance is an extreme extrovert, whereas Keith is an extreme introvert. From this, Lance finds himself constantly feeling overshadowed with those he interacts with, and Keith often becomes isolated. Again, even if we look at it platonically, it looks like their relationship is heading towards a direction in which Keith helps Lance appreciate himself more as an individual, and Lance helps Keith immerse himself into groups. What makes me think this dynamic has potential romantically is the ramifications for the finale- think about it, the Paladins save the universe , in a big showdown on Earth. When it comes to an end, Lance and Keith, now boyfriends, have the chance to go home. Yet, Keith doesn’t have a home. Queue Lance introducing Keith to his own family. The viewers are left with the implication that Keith finally has somewhere he can call “home” with Lance, and Lance himself has someone that is particularly special to him in a large family in which he can be sometimes overlooked.
-Another interesting point RE: their characterisation is the views of themselves respectively. Keith sees himself as the loner, Lance sees himself as a lady’s man. From a storytelling perspective, it makes interesting development for the loner to go for the most extroverted and cocky guy in the team, and the self-proclaimed “lady’s man” to actually fall for a guy. (Note also the marketing focuses on Lance as the “lady’s man”- this might be what it seems, OR it could be a way of emphasising the development further).
- My next point is on the animation itself. Now I don’t know squat about animation, perspective in media, etc. I’ve seen a lot about this and whether it has credit to it, I don’t know. However I will say, if Klance does become canon, there are a lot of visual parallels/hints through the series- several “bonding moments”, glances and smiles, and the comparison between their looks of resentment to looks of fondness.
So yeah, that’s my input. Do with it what you will, but from what I’ve seen, I’m in two minds whether canon Klance is going to be a “thing”.