If You dont mind could you please talk about Shiro's dark humour ? Like in s2e1 keith says that Shiro changed his life to which shiro responds 'yeah if it wasnt for me you wouldnt be in this situation so you're welcome' and later on he responds to Keith being worried about him with 'my wound is getting bigger and bigger' to 'lighten the mood'. I think it says a lot about him but id love to hear your thoughts
Honestly as bad as it sounds I think that it’s a really heartening thing to hear? I really hope we hear more of Shiro’s bleak humor going forwards, I think it’s very important.
Because Shiro’s got kind of a thing where… he’s pretty heavily sidelining his own mental health for the benefit of his team. He wants to be there for everyone but we see things like in s2e5 where he catches Allura coming back to the bridge and urges her to take care of herself and rest- in a feat of flagrant hypocrisy because he basically just sat in the bridge and kept watch the entire time everyone else was taking a break.
It’s at a point where I don’t think Shiro actually realizes how bad he’s doing. He’s just not looking at his own psychological state. And when he does think about it… every single Lion and paladin is integral to the team, except Shiro is firmly of the opinion that he’s the only one who needs to set up a potential replacement. Shiro is the first one to unsubtly suggest he might be less worthy of the Black Lion than Zarkon- and he’s the one who takes Black connecting with Keith to save him as not proof that Black cares about him enough to open her doors to someone other than her bonded paladin if he’s in danger, but proof that Keith is a better candidate than he is.
Shiro even joking about not doing okay is important. It’s because he’s actually acknowledging that he’s not doing okay in the first place. I actually would not be surprised if the positive healing process for Shiro involves him actually seeming less okay, because it’s him dropping his performative image as the consummate Black Paladin, team leader, super reliable guy who has no problems- because it’s a problem for the whole team if Shiro is burying his issues. If he can trust these people to have his back in a life-or-death firefight he can trust them enough to not try and shoulder through his problems alone.
“Alone” is not how Voltron does things. In the simplest form, that’s just now how the combining robot works.