What did you make of Lotor's little "victory or death" outburst while fighting the white lion? Some people seem to have taken it as evidence that he's not sincere about changing and just using Team Voltron to get what he wants. My initial thought was that it was something he'd so deeply internalized and it's just the mindframe he reverted to in times of stress/danger. Your thoughts?
When we hear galra aristocrats like Throk use “Victory or death” it roughly means “I’m risking my life to succeed because I won’t back down.”
I think there’s a pretty significant difference with how Allura successfully evades the lion on many occasions while Lotor at one point falls on his back desperately holding its teeth away from his throat.
Lotor’s, as I’ve said in some of my analyses on the subject, doesn’t assume the lion is something he can negotiate with. It’s significant that while they’re traversing Oriande, that’s when Lotor opens up to Allura about the destroyed colony.
In Lotor’s experience, every time he has something good going on, someone comes to ruin it.