Whoaaaa my friend and I just chatted about Voltron and she blew my mind. We were talking about Allura and her character development and how competent she’s becoming as a leader and a diplomat while also growing emotionally as a person. So I said to my friend, “Part of me kind of hopes she doesn’t become a romantic interest and can just be her own person,” and my friend said, “Well, actually, here’s what I think might happen…”
And she went on to say that ever since she was a kid watching the original show, she’s shipped Allura/Lotor. However, she said that in this version, she sees this Lotor as a much better foil for Allura than he was in the original. He’s intelligent, he’s a competent fighter, he’s a strategist, and he’s—at least based on the S4 finale—willing to change new approaches (I totally think he’s a snake and playing both sides but the writers will probably develop and reveal more about his character in S5+). He’s also half Altean, a tangible link to the people she’s lost, and he’s half Galra. She never would have accepted that in a partner before, as we’ve seen, but she’s gradually grown to accept someone with Galra blood through friends (Keith) and allies (the Blade).
I love this as a narrative concept! I think the writers are heading the way of (slow) redemption for Lotor, and I’ve heard that Lotor in the original show was creepy with his lusting after Allura but! If the writers of this version made the connection between Allura and Lotor more nuanced—and it would have to be, because this version’s Allura is a whip-wielding paladin bamf and she can and would decimate him if he crossed her—I think they could make for a pretty fascinating dynamic.
They’d be a diplomatic force, and the two of them would be a terrifying pair in battle. …Actually, I just really want them to face off against each other now.
They’d also represent the new age of the universe. Alfor’s daughter and Zarkon’s son forging a new future.
They don’t have to be romantically connected to do that, of course—they could just be, like, allied leaders—but ever since my friend and I hung up I love this idea of these two. If it were written into the show with enough depth, I’d ship it hard.
ETA: all right I admit it they both have great hair that IS REASON ENOUGH LEAVE ME ALONE.