Just finished watching the fault in our stars and this is what is left in the cinema. Most emotional experience of my life, I have never heard a movie theatre cry so much. Definitely would recommend to anyone, but make sure you bring tissues. Omg I can’t even explain it though just watch watch watch
Now that is canon that lance is keith's stability (though that was Shiro), what will happen if something happened to Lance? ~Mist
I wasn’t at the con but I’m pretty sure that Lance being Keith’s stability is a new thing. As in, a thing that specifically started in s3 - because before that Shiro was Keith’s stability!! I mean, Keith literally got kicked out of the Garrison after the failure of the Kerberos mission. When he found out about his Galra heritage it was Shiro he wanted to see, when he departed for the Weblum mission it was Shiro’s hug that cheered him up, when Shiro disappeared after s2 it was his loss that made him put Voltron at risk.
However, all of that changed in s3. And it was a huge difference to before. Because, see, Lance has always balanced Keith out (remember the mission on the Balmera) but he has never tried to be Keith’s support. But once he realized that Keith is under a lot more emotional pressure than he expected, he just-
“Hey man, listen. We all miss Shiro. I remember what a thrill it was just to meet him for the first time when the two of us carried him out of that Garrison hospital.” […] “You’re not the only one hurting, man. We’re all right there with you. But you know that he would be the first one to tell us that we have to move on.” […] “I know you’re right. It’s time to figure out how to reform Voltron.”
“I can’t replace Shiro! You guys were right, I’m the loner. I’m not the leader Shiro thought I was.” “Keith, no one can replace Shiro. But the Black Lion wouldn’t choose anybody it didn’t feel was worthy to lead Voltron. I respect its choice and you should too.” “…but who’s gonna fly the red lion?”
“I’m okay but we can’t fight this guy alone.” “And you won’t have to.”
“Keith, we have to go back for Allura.” “Keith, you are splitting up the team!” “Keith, don’t do this!!” [and Keith actually listens, if only for a moment]
“This is all my fault. I followed him right into this trap. Everyone warned me but I didn’t listen. I put the entire team in jeopardy.” “Yeah, you kinda did. …but now we gotta fix it.” “You’re right. Let’s go.”
The thing about Lance is that he always seems to know what to say to Keith. If you look at his lines, you’ll realize that he keeps emphasizing that Keith isn’t alone. I doubt that Lance has figured out Keith’s abandonment issues but he’s unconsciously helping him through them. That emotional support is important to Keith. Lance finally offers Keith the friendship that he has always wanted and he is very quick to accept it.
But Lance is more than just emotional support. He also never sugarcoats things, something that Keith undoubtedly appreciates. We know that Keith dislikes his temper a lot, he tries not to rely on it when he can help it (he even gets happy when people offer him an alternative like in the Balmera mission in s1). There’s that and he values honesty - he has never put any kind of effort into learning how to lie and usually takes things the team tells him at face value. That makes Lance telling him that they miss Shiro alongside Keith but they still have their mission to complete exactly the right thing to say.
So yeah. Lance appeals to both Keith’s emotional and his rational side. And that shows - Keith voluntarily opened up to him in the third episode when he messed up. That’s a huuuge step for Mr. ‘I Guess I Have Some Walls Up’ :P Lance became Keith’s stability and did a great job on it, so great in fact that Shiro/Kuron can’t really take that role back:
When he tried to reassure Keith that he makes a good leader Keith wouldn’t listen. There isn’t a prolonged eye contact that ends with his eyes closing and a deep breath in, there isn’t a hopeful glance upwards, there is no change to how he was before. Shiro left him completely unaffected and it’s disturbing tbh.
So yeah. From what it looks like, Lance will continue being Keith’s stability for a while - at least if he tries. He might feel inadequate or try to give that role back to Shiro/Kuron, just as he was ready to give up his lion(s). I PRAY THAT THAT WON’T HAPPEN BUT VLD LIKES BREAKING OUR HEARTS SO ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ cries
If anything happened to Lance, Keith wouldn’t take it well. I’m not sure if Keith is aware of how important Lance became to him, I’m not even sure if Lance himself is aware of it, but I can’t imagine Keith taking Lance’s loss well. He wouldn’t have taken it well before the bonding and he certainly won’t take it well now. I can imagine that Shiro/Kuron would (as mentioned above) try to take the “stability” role back but I can’t tell how successful he’d be with that.
[The next in line for Keith’s stability role seems to be Allura btw - wait no hear me out! :’D Voltron’s legs in general are “the stable ones”, the ones that are meant to ground the others. Allura tried cheering Keith up before his first mission in Black and Keith tried to comfort Allura after they got back from the other dimension, so between her and Hunk I think it’d be her!! Hunk didn’t have many moments with Keith in s3.]
keith is a super awkward drunk, he’ll only do outrageous things if he immediately apologizes for them after
drunk lance is just lance but amplified, he will flirt with everyone even more than usual, especially keith
hunk is a tired drunk, alcohol doesn’t affect him as much as the others, but it definitely can lull him to sleep
drunk pidge gets super hyper, questions the meaning of life and comes up with at least three conspiracy theories
shiro is the emotional drunk, he will probably cry most of the night and remember things about pre-kerberos life