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I literally Do Not Understand why people think that Keith didn’t understand Allura’s feelings or think they weren’t valid like? He never tried to argue with her or tell her she was wrong. What was he supposed to do, bow down at her feet, call himself horrible for his heritage and apologize for a crime he didn’t commit?? I fail to see why acknowledging her feelings and keeping his distance to let her sort things out counts as “not caring” or whatever.
Keith knew Allura hated him and he knew she had the right. He was painfully aware of that. Out of everyone, he was the one who knew her view on the matter.
Keith tried to show his point of view once. When she showed him why she wasn’t taking any of it, he stopped and fell silent. Keith never tried to make his opinion on the matter more important than hers. When she spoke about Ulaz being a ploy, he listened. When she spoke about how Shiro and him were too blinded by Ulaz’s sacrifice to think clearly, he listened. He knew why she was saying those things.
And more importantly:
Every single time Allura ignored him, he let it go. Is it true that the whole issue was one-sided in the sense that Allura was the only one that had to do all the emotional labour in the relationship? Yes, because there was literally nothing no one, himself included, could do or say. Allura had the right to act as she did. She was dealing with something only herself and Coran have dealt with.
No one could help her or tell her how to act. Unless Allura willingly asked someone else for help, or to talk about the issue, no one had the right to confront her about it because her feelings and emotions were valid.
Which is exactly what Keith did. He knew she needed the time to sort it out by herself. When it came down to it, it didn’t affect how they fought together, ass seen in 2x11, they could still battle a robeast without letting their feelings get in their way.
Allura had to come up with her own opinions about the issue by herself. Had Keith confronted her about how she treated him, that would have been a problem. But he let her take her time to reach her own conclusions and let her approach him at her own pace, whenever she felt ready, if she felt ready. Lack of confrontation is not emotional invalidation.
She didn’t owe him any apologies or explanations. But she did anyway because when it comes down to it, they’re seven people stranded in space and no one’s decisions can be made in a vacuum, they don’t have that luxury. They’re people they have to live with if they’re to fight Zarkon and she was mature enough to know that the elephant in the room had to be addressed at some point. Which, mind you, wasn’t just an effort in reassuring him, but also to reassure herself.
Allura needed closure to it just as much as he did, if not more.