If Keith does wind up either willingly/unwillingly working with Lotor and crew some time down the line, how do you think his interactions with each of them would be?
WELL FIRST OFF, HE’S GONNA BE SENDING DEATH GLARES ACXA’S WAY AND BE SO DAMN PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE ALL THE TIME. Like, he trusted her once and then got burned, he’s not gonna make that mistake again. And he’s sure as hell gonna let her know how bitter he still is about that.
For Keith I think it’s especially hurtful because he knows she can be better, knows that she isn’t just some arbitrary “bad guy.”
I also think Acxa would be very opposed to him joining–whether he went willingly or not. She’d see him as too big of a threat to Lotor. And, even if Keith was trying to play double agent and act civil or something, I still think he’d still be at odds with Lotor. Even if it’s just talking back or calling him out for the shit he does, I’m pretty sure Acxa wouldn’t like that. We know how defensive of Lotor she gets
I honestly think Zethrid or Narti is who he’d get along with best. Zethrid may love smashing her opponents around just for the hell of it, but also she wants a fair fight. She’s someone who wants a worthy opponent, and I think Keith would at least see some of the honor in that. At the least, I think they’d like sparring with each other
And Narti is very reserved, which I think would suit Keith just fine. That’s one less person he has to worry about talking to or putting up an act for. It’s nice that he doesn’t have to deal with any side comments or probing questions at least. He’s also definitely a cat person, and he’s probably snuck Kova extra treats while murmuring Good Kitty on more than one occasion.
Ezor’s extroverted nature could probably come off as a bit abrasive, which Keith’s solitary nature contradicts. But more importantly, I think he wouldn’t be able to stand her because–well, she’ll just flash a smile and keep tormenting people.
So all that bubbly cuteness feels incredibly fake, or at least leaves a bad taste in his mouth. You have someone who either just acts innocent and sweet–or they genuinely are, and just end up being honestly thrilled about hurting others. Either way, I don’t think he’d like her. Period. She’d probably annoy him a lot just to try and get to him
And I mean, I think a lot of how Keith and Lotor interact would entirely depend on whether or not he joined willingly. Because even if he was an “ally,” you just know he’s got too much of a personal grudge against Lotor at this point to just brush it aside. At the very least, he’s going to be very argumentative or cold. If he did have to join Lotor, I feel like it’d be either as a spy or because the other paladins’ lives are at stake. And I mean, you’re not going to be vey cooperative if you’re a veritable hostage. Especially when you’re as strong-willed as Keith. He’d still resent Lotor no matter what the circumstances I think. And that would definitely show in their dynamic
For his part, I think Lotor would find a half-galra paladin pretty interesting. He also knows Keith’s had trouble controlling the Black lion and wasn’t her original paladin–I’m sure that’s something that he kind of taunts Keith over. And hey, if he figures out Keith has ties to a rebel galra group too? Jackpot. You can have access to Voltron and Blade of Marmora intel all at once. I also think he’d definitely try to sell his whole “You belong with the empire” pitch. Maybe track down Keith’s family and also try to use that against him