There's apparently - major emphasis on apparently - an interview with Joaquin Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery confirming that the lion swap will be permanent. If that's truly the case then I don't think I'll ever be able to enjoy s2 ever again? I'll just be reminded of how utterly pointless all of this was and how they ruined their own writing just for a stupid tribute. I'll also lose all respect for the writers. :/
I’ve been getting a huge number of scared asks like this and not answering them because I’ve already said my piece on the Lion Swap permanently.
I’m answering this because: the interview you’re talking about is not worded that way. It talks about how they wanted this setup to happen from early on, but wanted the characters to ‘evolve’ into their current positions. You could interpret that as “they’re going to stay like this forever” but, that is not explicit and personally that was not the takeaway I got from it.
And what I’m gonna say is:
I’d hope if you enjoy the story that you have some faith in the writers.
Whether they do it or not, they are going to make it work. They have a larger plot in mind here.
Personally, considering that compared to prior continuities, the powerful emphasis on a unique bond with each Lion, the whole concept of being “chosen” is unique to VLD. It doesn’t make sense to do that, if the end goal is switching forever.
Furthermore, as I have said before: there is something significant to how no one changed colors. There is something significant to that Keith is still the Red Paladin. There is something significant to how Keith took to Red with instantaneous grace and Black with significant struggle.
There is something significant to how the whole Lion-swapping process emphasized to us how much everyone involved loved the Lions they had.
There is a reason Black came to life for Keith with him sitting in the cockpit whispering “Please, no.”
There is a reason Lance never actually approached Red until Blue and Red ganged up to strong-arm him into it.
There is a reason Allura walked away from Blue fully expecting to have nothing to do with it.
We see this contrast with, once again, the way how first time, everybody bonded with their Lions perfectly and smoothly.
We also see how none of the paladins actually switch armor, even though Shiro returning to the team without the Black Armor and being able to put it back on regardless tells us that they had black armor. Keith didn’t have to stay wearing red, Allura didn’t have to produce an entirely new set of pink armor.
But Keith stays the Red Paladin. Lance is still the Blue Paladin. We watch Lance discuss with Keith that they’re all gonna go back to their ‘proper’ Lions and that the only thing he’s unsure about is if he actually wants to take Blue back from Allura to which, Keith replies…
“Stop worrying about who flies what and just focus on your missions. Things will work themselves out.”
Which I think is worth quoting in this situation.
And, scare chord here, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it is forever. If that’s the case, so what? I mean if it’s literally unbearable to you that the writers make a writing decision when they used the ostensible start of this situation to emphasize how much the Lions love and care about their paladins, and how much they want to support them, I’m not sure what to tell you.
It’s not really my job to repeatedly fountain soothing meta that the Thing You Don’t Like won’t come to pass. For my two cents I’m gonna say: trust Keith in this situation.
And that’s the last thing I’m gonna say on the Lion Swap barring new information or thoughts.