Voltron S3 Theory (SPOILERS!!)
Okay so I’ve been thinking about Zarkon and Honerva in Ep. 7 and how different they are before and after entering the rift. And I have a theory. I’ve seen a couple of people suggesting it might be the quintessence, but we’ve seen the effects of quintessence in previous seasons, and we’ve never seen it cause anything like the differences in Zarkon and Honerva.
So far the effects we’ve seen of quintessence in living organisms are prolonging life (in Honerva’s cat) and extreme mutation (in the creatures Haggar creates in S1), but the differences in Zarkon and Haggar go beyond this. Obvoiusly they manage to a) survive being in the rift and b) live for the next 10,000 years, which is definitely due to the quintessence (like the cat), but there are other differences that I would suggest are due to something else.
First, their eyes. I’m sure literally everyone noticed this, but when they wake up after their “funeral” their eyes have changed
And secondly their moral switch. Now it is possible that this is completely natural, and just down to their nature and their experiences. I mean we see in this episode that they are both power-hungry individuals, and the destruction of their planet might be enough to push them to become the Zarkon and Haggar we know. But I think there’s more at work than that. Yes they both chase power, but we also see in this episode that they do genuinely care for the people around them. They may both be slightly self-centered, but not to an extent that they could attempt universal domination through the destruction and enslavement of thousands of planets without feeling any sort of guilt. Pre-rift Zarkon might have sought revenge, but not anything of the scale that he goes on to achieve.
So the question is, what caused the change. It could be the quintessence, but I’ve already said why I don’t think it’s that.
Here’s my theory. Look at the colour their eyes go. It’s purple, not yellow like quintessence. And what’s the only other thing they were exposed to when they left the lion in the rift (that also happens to glow purple)?
Now we already know they are initially aggressive towards life in this reality AND they’re capable of an intelligence that allows them to perform highly coordinated attacks AND they are capable oF FREAKING TRANS-REALITY TRAVEL.
So I’m just throwing this out there…. Mind control with and intent for the domination of this reality… Not that much of a leap.