so like... what if keith had died infiltrating that galra base in the last s2 ep... and what if shiro didn't disappear. (i mean voltron is the key to their win so i guess they'd flee) what do u think would have happened?
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i was not prepared for this ask bro lmao. ok but,,, really though: Shiro knew the risks. No one sugarcoated this. Kolivan literally called it a suicide mission, so Shiro was ready to face facts. As much as he clearly hates the thought of losing Keith, of letting him go ahead and sacrifice himself–he has to literally stop and close his eyes and compose himself for a moment–he knows they have limited options. Keith not making it was a very real possibility. Shiro had to accept that.
And as for what his plan would be if Keith didn’t make it out well,, Shiro flat out tells Pidge there isn’t one
If Keith died, I completely believe there would’ve been no way to back up the plan and they would have to just get out and go. I imagine the paladins would react pretty similarly to how they did when Allura “died”–they would all kind of freeze up and break down, so Shiro would have to take charge and snap them out of it, convince them to keep going and concentrate on just surviving the fight. There will be time to mourn later, when they’re back at the castle and they don’t have to worry about anymore casualties. If they’re lucky, then they’ll escape with all the lions and just wormhole out; if they’re not, then Red will go autopilot and attack Zarkon’s fleet, rampaging like she did in BOM. In which case, the galra might recapture her. Just like before.
The paladins would definitely be inconsolable for a while. Shiro puts up a brave face in front of them, holds them and listens to them when they need it. But as soon as he slips back into his own room, away from everyone else, he lets himself cry. And he just breaks down. Because all this time he thought it would be him. If anyone, he thought for sure he wouldn’t make it. But Keith always believed, always had such hope–and he looks at Shiro and saying things like It’s good to have you back, and My life would be a lot different without you. And Shiro chose Keith as his successor because he saw that hope, that fighting spirit. And he thought it would carry everyone else to victory long after he was gone.
But now Keith’s dead and he’s not, and he’s not quite sure how to even process that.
And I mean, no one else looked out during that fight and softly said Keith’s name like this
Losing Keith would hit them all hard alright. But I don’t think it’s a secret Shiro would be hurt the most. He’s the only one who knows Keith on such a close personal level. He would have to try to shoulder on though, to keep himself together for everyone else’s sake. I could see him being a lot quieter and more withdrawn though. And all the paladins are probably a lot more jaded and serious. Shiro will also have to find someone else to train as a future leader eventually. But I think it will be a while before he’s emotionally ready to commit to something like that again.
The thing about Keith dying and Shiro disappearing though, is you can at least bring Shiro back. Dying is a little more permanent. But even still, we know of Voltron characters who have cheated death. Zarkon has unnaturally prolonged his life for 10,000 years. So, with enough quintessence and something resembling a body, provided you had a druid or two, I’m pretty sure you can get a zombie galra keith out of the deal if you wanted to.
I don’t think Shiro would go crawling back to the witch who took his arm and beg for her to bring back his closest friend as a hollow shell of himself feeding off stolen life though. However, if Haggar were to resurrect Keith on her own and use him as a bargaining chip, well–I think that’s a different story. After all, she called Shiro their “greatest weapon.” She clearly poured a lot of time and resources into him and probably wants her investment back. I can see Shiro willingly turning himself in to save Keith. Especially considering how guilty he would probably feel over letting him suffer so much already. Not that it’s Shiro’s fault, but he would still feel responsible.
And I mean, if the galra first captured the red lion back during the Altean war, then they’ve had her for a solid 10,000 years–and presumably, they haven’t found a pilot in all that time. Like, she’s really picky. So if they did recapture Red, then it just makes sense to bring back Keith and try to brainwash him if they could. What’s the use in keeping a lion if you don’t have anyone to pilot it?
Plus, once the druids set to work and figure out he’s galra, I’m sure that will give them even more incentive. Zarkon said Keith fought like one and he meant it as a compliment; he’s always talking about returning the lions to the empire where they belong. I think in his mind, leaving the red lion with a galra (albeit only a half-blooded one) would be just fine. So long as they made sure he was loyal.
Of course, this is really just veering more into personal headcannon territory lmao. On the paladins’ end I think the basic goal would stay the same–find a new fifth pilot and figure out how to form Voltron. You just have to replace Keith instead of Shiro. I assume Lance would still switch to Red and Allura to blue, and they’d just work with Shiro still piloting Black.