Scenario: The team trusts Keith, there was no rift between him and the team, they kept constant contact even after Keith went to the BoM. Stuff happened and Keith is alone in that Galra fighter, Haggar's ship shield still up and running, planet bomb about to explode. Whether he contacts the team or not is your decision. Would Keith still try to sacrifice himself? [*sends this to 3 other people cause I love all of you*]
Honestly? He would, absolutely 100% still make that call no matter what the circumstances regarding himself were personally.
He would because the situation hasn’t changed despite this. The way things are unfolding are exactly the same. Voltron and the mission is still compromised. Something needs to be done and everyone is in jeopardy. The shield had to come down, they needed to take it down or else all would be lost including Voltron.
Keith ‘If i have a chance to do something and make a difference i have to take it’, finds himself in this position. He knows and has proof that Voltron can operate without his presence. He isn’t putting the mission at risk, or anyone else because it’s just him on this ship. This is a choice he can make by himself without putting anybody else in danger.
But it could get people out of danger. It could get Voltron out of danger.
Note, could. If the chance is there to make a difference he will take it and he always has done. Gonna throw this out here because listening to him talk afterwards has me thinking A LOT. uh yeah. hm. Interesting.
yeah. these two shots together and looking at what he’s actually saying and how in each is still :) :) Very Interesting.
Keith takes risks and chances, but when he’s not being impulsive it’s not without calculating the pay off and evaluating the pros and cons. Whilst being instinctive and intuitive he’s also pragmatic and logical in nature. You wouldn’t expect this to make sense but honestly it does, it’s the duality of keith. THE DUALITY OF KEITH as madi called it is honestly…. SO INTERESTING.
anyway, this makes me Think a lot that he said this immediately after like that. I just…. knowing Keith and how he operates it just shows that despite this being a choice he will commit himself to 100% there still is the “if i have the chance, i will take it” / “maybe not with our weapons”.
hearing keith talk without certainty about something especially a decision he’s going to make is always a big indicator for me to sit up and listen even closer than usual because…. when he breaks the general imperative mood laced into how he speaks, or softens it a little (breaks probably is the wrong word bc it’s something that surrounds a lot of him be it actions and words), it’s always extremely telling. there are a few other key moments where he does this in terms of breaking speech patterns that indicate internal conflict in making a decision but honestly the mindscape for one is a really great example of this generally speaking.
From the outset of the entire show he’s been shown to be able to make tough calls, at the expense of his own self and emotions. He is able to place the greater good above himself. I think i spoke about this earlier and said something like he doesn’t give himself the luxury of indulging his own personal needs. Somewhere, haha.
I also doubt he would open the comms. For three reasons:
- That could potentially put someone else in danger unnecessarily. Someone in the vicinity may attempt to come in and stop him, and his sacrifice may well cost more than his life.
- He needs to be decisive here and commit fully to his actions. No actions and words are wasted with Keith ever. he needs to be firmly objective. Bringing the team into it and calling them or saying goodbye could compromise that.
- It’s better for everyone if he doesn’t do that. That would emotionally compromise not just himself but everyone else. Once his part is done, they still have a mission to complete and finish up. Knowing about his sacrifice at that time could potentially sabotage their entire ability to operate to their best capacity and finish this thing, or force someone to make a decision in poor judgement based on their emotions and grief ect. (
Keith knows all about this, just look at S3 - but that’s also a nuanced situation other things are happening there too)
His choice to fly into the barrier was not born from an emotional response or from his own feelings and what he is going through emotionally, it was in spite of that. Choosing to do it for himself and how he’s feeling would be selfish, and Keith is anything bUT selfish. He is so selfless.
The one time we see him TRULY doing 100% for himself to gather answers and information for his own past, he still gives up a PERSONAL cause and quest for answers. He does this for the greater good and the mission:
And as we witness through his mindscape prior to this scene, the internal conflict through his projections ect. and how this choice being a selfish one is playing on his mind and a fear.
If he had to make the choice in 4x06 again… I honestly do not think he would take it back because no action is wasted and Keith seems to have such a desire for set and fixed purpose too in many respects. He’s committed himself to it and this course of action, this action. So taking it back would be a waste of his actions and his resolve - make it all for nothing. That would make his actions meaningless.
Keith + choices is really interesting in my opinion, so much to say on that topic. We should talk definitely about it some more….. ;)
This decision is heavily situational, not circumstantial in a personal sense. By that I guess I’m trying to say it is based on what’s unfolding around him, not within him. Keith is rooted in doing the right thing and saving the mission and Voltron. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t feeling things, of course he was!!
But he doesn’t allow himself a moment to hesitate or waver. You can see on his face this expression is just so… he’s gritting his team and bracing himself and he just goes.
Keith has demonstrated time and time again that he will give and give for the cause and the greater good. To alarming amounts. We’ve seen this in canon.
He’s capable of doing this and prepared to do this not just in terms of his life but even in terms of sacrificing how he’s perceived by his own team (”that’s cold even for you” / “you’re just thinking of yourself” ect. ect) in making a tough decision if he believes it’s an objective choice.
The difference here with this particular moment and choice is that we’ve never seen it on this scale before. Sure, we’ve seen him sign up to what was called a “suicide mission” and go into a very perilous situation - but that was still on the premise he would get the job done and get out. That was under the believe he could complete the task and get out in one piece. He wasn’t going on that mission with the ASSUMPTION he would die. There was a risk, but he fully intended to come out of that successful.
I felt very scared to see this face. because it just says everything it’s a very rare thing to see this in Keith - the absence of a real expression… just look at his eyes like it’s genuinely CHILLING. like i cannot look at it for too long because i just feel so unsettled bc this expression is very different to Keith’s default way of expressing himself and he is so expressive. i said more about that in the link above!!
Despite knowing it will be at the cost of his own life, he is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep the mission and Voltron secure. If this is what it takes and if he has a chance to do it and get something done, he will do it. That wouldn’t change in what you described.
Thanks for asking me this, it was fun to discuss and explore! Sorry for rambling….. hahahha.