character development i want to see in vld season 3:
how each team member copes with shiro being gone, and how they all come together and try to overcome this
keith - i want to see him struggling with his role as a leader – i don’t think keith will necessarily be a badleader, but i do think he will have a lot of obstacles (emotional, etc.) to overcome whilst shiro is gone. i think since he will be grieving, it may make him make some irrational decisions, but i also think he will make a lot of good ones. i want to see him make mistakes, but i also want to see him pull things together. he can’t be a leader like shiro, he never will be, but he’s going to lead a way that he does best
hunk - i want to see his development as a character. we’ve been told before that he’s capable of leadership, but it’s basically his confidence that’s a main obstacle. i want to see more confident hunk, hunk who trusts his instincts, caring hunk - i want to see him grow and become more confident in his own abilities and to maybe grow a closer bond with his lion. (also, more gordon ramsay hunk bc who didn’t love gordon ramsay hunk?)
lance. ooh there’s so much i could say, because there’s a lot of different avenues he could go down. but what would i like to see? first of all, i don’t think he’s going to just switch up lions that easily. i think it’s going to be difficult because he’s already formed a bond with blue. i think part of him knows its for the greater good while shiro isn’t there, but part of him wants to stay with his lion. she chose him. and how does he know that red will even allow him to pilot at first? second, i think (esp from current s3 teasers we have), that he will be supportive of keith in his new role as leader, but part of me also thinks that there will also be a slight struggle (it may not surface until a later point), but the insecure part of lance that tells him he’s just a seventh wheel, maybe he doesn’t have a thing, he’s always going to be a step behind keith no matter what - even in space. i think there’s going to be a lot of overcoming on lance’s part around this and his insecurities surrounding keith and how he views himself. i think this may come in the form of him being isolated from the group - i have a feeling he might be isolated on a planet, could potentially be captured for a short time, or he just ends up becoming more distant from the rest of the team for a short time - and through this isolation he confronts his insecurities, or at least some of them.
pidge !! i want to see her reunite with matt and then be on the lookout for sam, but i also want to see her grow a sibling bond with the rest of the paladins (i’ve always seen lance and pidge like brother and sister so im hoping for more interaction between them). i want to see her come up with new upgrades and just amazing features that everyone just steps back and goes wow..she’s a genius. i’d like to see a more sentimental side of her, one that shows how caring and kind she is. i want to see more awesome pidge who can take someone down in style. i’d also like to see her build another rover, or an equivalent who travels like a companion with her on missions.
allura!!! oooh honestly there’s so much i want for this girl. i want to know about altea? about her family and just everything?? (no one mentions her mother which i’m extremely salty about). i want to see her mourn for the loss of her people for the loss of everything - she hasn’t had time to do that, though. she’s had to get up immediately and continue the fight. part of me, although she’s already talked to keith about his galra heritage, part of me thinks she might still be untrusting, maybe not to keith but to others. i want to see this explored more and for it to be seen from her perspective as well as the other’s perspective. i want to see allura to really show how powerful and amazing she really is. like the way she used that magic?? i want to see more of her powers. i want to see her grow closer with each of the paladins (im longing for allura/lance friendship goasl) and to become the amazing paladin she is. (and to finally get something sparkly for herself. she deserves it)
coran coran the gorgeous man needs more screen time, love and appreciation because he is an absolute angel and he has done no wrong. also!! what is his backstory?? i want to know more about my favourite space uncle. also, his interaction with lance, i would love love love to see more of those and a sort of father/son or family bond thing to happen
So I know like 90% of the fandom is against black paladin Keith and like for the most part, I’m kinda iffy about it myself. But hear me out. Black paladin Keith… whose right-hand man is Lance. Lance acts as an advisor of sorts, whom Keith trusts, no questions asked. If Shiro isn’t going to listen to Lance, Keith will. Keith already knows Lance is capable and takes the mission seriously (even though he seems to take little else seriously. That’s not to say he isn’t serious, just he copes differently). They have already experienced first hand that working together yields success. And already we can see that when it gets down the nitty gritty, they fall into a harmonious efficiency, despite the air of competitiveness between them. Keith is the drive and the passion and Lance, the patience and positivity. Together they make an unstoppable force. A good team, if you will.