A few things i want to highlight from Yoi ep.7:
(SPOILER ALERT -just in case-)
There are some details that we may be overlooking:
- When Yuri fails the jump combination we can see how Viktor heavily sighs and immediately, shaking his head, refocuses on Yuri bc thats what he wanted. Viktor has to stand strong for Yuri and have faith in him.
- The reason of Yuri’s fear of affecting Viktor’s reputation maybe is behind the fact that Viktor answered all the interviews being very optimistic about his progress, and reaching the first place with his short program was the evidence. What if he messes up now?
- Yuri is focused in what viktor is thinking so much that during the climax of the program we can’t hear the crowds anymore. Everyone cheers his performance but Yuri doesn’t seems to care about that anymore -as we saw on ep.5. He is not worried about the audience but Viktor’s thoughts.
My conclusion: Yuri’s motivation for give the best of him this time its not fear or jealousy or anger,not even to please the audience, but to comfort Viktor.