I honestly think you sh/eith shippers... or maybe it's just you, I dunno... are getting ahead of yourselfs on the pairing front. Just because the staff likes a few sh/eith-related stuff doesn't mean it's going to happen. I'm also pretty sure they've teased other ships. Anyway I hate to say this to you personally, since you seem very chill and I feel really bad about coming onto your blog and sending you this. But I think I'd rather the show end w/ no endgame pairings, but at least we're all sad.
Oh! Okay, I see what you mean. As I’ve said before, the staff being a fan doesn’t hurt. It’s a bit exhausting seeing people claim the relationship can only be interpreted as brotherly, particularly when you see an episode director drawing sheith art captioned “Shiro loves you baby,” and the show runner likes fanart of them making out But I don’t mean to say that automatically makes it canon at all. I more so cite it just because it proves the staff can see their relationship in a romantic context, and are perfectly comfortable liking and supporting it that way.
But like, that’s not the main reason I believe sheith will happen. It’s because of how their relationship is written and built up in canon. I’m a writer first and foremost and I love analyzing the narrative and visuals. That’s why I’m so into meta. I think sheith has a pretty good chance because the show runners have said they’ve been fighting for lgbt representation since the beginning and the only relationship I think reflects that would be sheith. I ship it because it’s written completely differently from Matt and Pidge’s actual sibling dynamic, so I don’t see it as brotherly. I ship it because it’s written with very purposeful parallels to zaggar. I ship it because, in Joaquim’s own words, “Keith and Shiro have the closest relationship.” (source)
I ship it because Keith is the person Shiro most desperately wants to see, because that desperate desire to be with Shiro is far more in line with unrequited love than anything platonic in my mind. I ship it because Shiro has always been there for Keith and Keith vows in turn to always save him. I ship it because of all the romantic archetypes it falls under. I ship it because friends to lovers built on mutual love and respect is my thing. I ship it because the way their background has been carefully hidden from day one makes me feel like they’re hiding something very significant about the exact nature of Keith and Shiro’s feelings. I ship it because Keith’s behavior towards Shiro is very relatable to me as a bi guy. I think their relationship would make for really great representation. And if we were just only given one lgbt character, I would still want it to be Shiro as I think he’d make for the best representation.
Sheith is unique in that their relationship has also always been an overarching theme of the main plot, and will likely culminate in the same final decision faced by Keith in the original–choosing between saving Voltron or Shiro. Much like how Zarkon chose Honerva over the universe. And given all the foreshadow to Keith meeting this inevitable crossroad, it’s really interesting to me that we’ve already gotten another Black Paladin’s version of this story from a romantic angle. I don’t think that’s coincidental. So yeah, there are lots of reasons why I think sheith is very possible, and that basically all stems right from canon.
And, I’m not sure how to really phrase this, but like–this kinda stuff isn’t my whole life, you know? It’s fun! :D I like it, cause it’s fun. It makes me happy. It’s nice to think about it. I get the idea that it’s too soon to celebrate or the asks worried about me being disappointed. But so many other people are very careful and cynical about it, so I don’t see any harm in being the optimistic one, you know? And I mean, I make these kinds of posts for other people who like sheith. It’s never my intent to rub it anyone’s face or anything. It’s just, this is fun for me. And I don’t see any harm in that really. My actual life is pretty anxiety ridden, depressing, and stressful. All the stuff I do here is just supposed to stay chill and be for fun.
To get back to what you said though, I’ve seen plenty of other people say they’d rather see vld end with no ships too! It’s not something you’re alone in. Whatever makes you happy, you know? Especially with all the drama in fandom, that’s understandable. It just so happens that this is my thing though