okay something's been one my mind. At what point did shiro have a breakdown that the team would even give him his space. when he got out of the fighter plane? after he got out of the pod? because you know the team loves to crowd around the pods to make sure the person is okay. and now all I can think of is "shiro" having this huge panic attack the second he steps out because it's all too much for him, after which keith escorts him to his room.
You know I think stepping out of the pod and having a panic attack immediately is actually very likely?? Especially since one of the flashbacks that upset him so much involves being in a pod. I can see how waking up back inside one of those would trigger another flashback and cause him a lot of distress:
And I really think that you’re right about how being crowded would cause him to get easily overwhelmed. Even if this is his team, and even if they’re all happy to see him and very welcoming–it’s pretty apparent that interacting with everything after what he’s been through would be exhausting.
We also know that Shiro is a very private person, and that he doesn’t like to let the others see him weak or vulnerable. Unless of course that person is Keith. Back in the desert he steps outside for a bit to get some distance, try and think things through and deal with them. Keith is the only one who actually approaches him to check in and see how he’s doing, and I think it’s likely something similar could’ve happened here. Maybe Kuron panicked and he left in a hurry to get some space, and Keith kind of followed after him. And Keith comforting Shiro back at the shack was literally Kuron’s first thought when he was dying. Of all of Shiro’s memories, I think this is the one he really holds dearly. So if anyone could calm him down and talk him through it’d have to be Keith.
I thing it’s also notable that, when he sees Kuron with his new clothes and haircut, Lance goes, “You’re looking a lot better.” Kuron knows the others can tell he’s in bad shape, and he wants to hide that from them as much as possible. Being exposed to everyone when he isn’t completely put together is terrifying. And he probably thinks not letting them see him like this is just as much for their sakes as his. Keith’s already seen Shiro when he was on the verge of death though; Keith has seen Shiro at his lowest points and pulled him back from the brink. Kuron can bare himself to Keith without fear because they’re just so intimately familiar with each other.
When they’re alone together, Kuron doesn’t hide how down and defeated he feels. Admitting he’s completely at a loss, questioning the loyalty of his lion, confessing he might not even be able to make it out of bed yet–he’s brutally honest with Keith. When he says, “Then, just nothing. I woke up, and I was back on a Galra ship,” you can really hear how broken his voice is. And the extreme closeup showing just how exhausted and drained he looks accentuates his vulnerability.
And I mean, based on the fact that Keith is already out on missions again, we can assume Kuron’s been in recovery for a while. I can’t see Keith leaving his bedside if his condition was still critical. The fact that Keith mentions the others would really like to see him again also implies that a considerable time has passed. And actually, the interesting thing about Kuron’s isolated recovery–when he finally bounces back, I think it’s partially because Keith asks. But Keith says, “They need you,” to which Kuron can only manage a distant, “Yeah. I’ll try.”
But who was it that needed Shiro really?
Who was it that insisted they’d get Shiro back no matter what?
Who was the one person on Team Voltron that kept grieving over Shiro, that just couldn’t move on?
So while Kuron may have been the one bedridden while Keith stayed by his side, while it was Kuron joking how Keith always had to rescue him–I’m certain Keith needed Shiro just as much. And yeah, I don’t think this is Shiro. But Kuron and Keith still care for each other just the same, and around each other they’re able to let their walls down and just be themselves. I feel like spending that time alone with “Shiro” was healing for Keith too. They really do anchor each other.