Rose Quartz shattered Pink Diamond.
That was my first suspicion from the get-go. But with the Bismuth episode fresh in my mind, I dismissed it.
It’s one thing to callously shatter troops everywhere you go. To just execute prisoners of war, or to go straight for the kill on the battlefield.
But it’s an entirely different thing to kill Gem-Hitler.
The Diamonds are monsters. We’ve seen nothing but their terrible, terrible ways, their horrifying actions, their disgusting laws. To destroy them is to cut the head of the snake.
But it’s not black and white. They’re monsters from a human perspective, an Earth perspective. There are billions of Gems who adore the Diamonds and happily choose them over the Crystal Gems. People like Jasper, who are haunted by Rose Quartz to this day. To kill their God-Queen, to begin the path of forcing them to abandon the Homeworld way of life they love… is also monstrous, perhaps on a level approaching what the Diamonds do.
From a Homeworld perspective, the Diamonds are just and flawless everywhere we perceive them to be demons. Alien morality is not our morality.
In the Rebellion, there was no right. There was no wrong. There was no good. There was no evil. There was just two philosophies of life destroying each other.
And Steven is going to have to accept that.