it must be a lion

I’m writing a meta/theory about yellow glowing eyes in Voltron and what they mean, and I just realised that we see the Lions’ eyes glow yellow a lot, especially when they’re bonding with their Paladins. However, the only Paladin we’ve seen whose eyes have glowed yellow in response to a bond with the Lion… is Shiro.

Assuming the bond between Paladin and Lion is mediated by quintessence, i.e. “it is a mystical bond that cannot be forced” and “the quintessence of the pilot is mirrored in his Lion”… Shiro must have some kind of special affinity with quintessence for his eyes to glow yellow when he bonds with the Lion. There must be something special about him that causes his eyes to glow yellow like that, because we’ve never seen the other Paladins do it.

Bonus screencaps real quick… Hunk bonding closely with Yellow in the Ark of Taujeer:

His eyes are normal, but the Lion’s eyes are yellow:

Pidge bonding closely with Green in Greening the Cube, when she healed the Lion:

Her eyes are normal; the Lion’s eyes are yellow.

And finally, Shiro bonding closely with the Black Lion in the second frikkin episode of the entire show:

For that matter… we’ve still yet to see any other Paladin successfully see through their Lion’s eyes. Shiro’s ability to bond with Black so quickly and so closely, to the extent that his eyes glow yellow just like hers, seems to be a special ability. An ability that likely links to quintessence, given everything we’ve seen about how the Lions work and how they bond with their Paladins.

So yeah I’m not saying Shiro’s ability to do magic/manipulate quintessence is canon but… we’ve literally never seen any other Paladin do this. So uh… IT’S CANON.

{handy index of all my Druid Shiro theories and my other metas/analysis/theories}

I cant get over how lance reacts in episode 8 to keith being in danger. He just looks at Allura, and says:

Look at his expression! That is one of fear. Lance is scared for Keith and I don’t care if you take this platonically or romantically, Lance cares about Keith and if you noticed, he was the only reaction shown after they figured out that keith and shiro must be in danger (specifically keith, since they know that the red lion would only be driven to protect its own paladin like that)

and as they’re waiting to extract him?? lance looks extremely worried

tell me that isnt the face of someone who is extremely concerned about someone they consider at least, a friend

But guys! Imagine this!

Pidge is just chilling in the castle, typing away on her computer and doing whatever it is she does during downtime, and she’s so focused on the stuff in front of her that she doesn’t hear Green come in and all of a sudden there’s this huge freaking piece of tech that gets dropped in front of her and she’s like “hOLY SHOOT-” and just about has a heart attack right there. But once she gets her heart rate back to normal, she realizes that it’s something she could use to help track down her family or help in their fight against Zarkon  and she looks up and sees Green staring down at her, tail twitching and eyes bright. Because it found its paladin something it wanted and it is Very Proud of Itself! Take the gift, small human! 

And Pidge just smiles and tells Green what a good kitty it is.

This happens with the rest of the paladins; each lion somehow finds something to bring back to its paladin that they wanted. Eventually, no one is surprised anymore when the lions bring stuff into the ship.

Lance and Keith’s Connection Theory

Here goes another one! LOL. This pretty much expands off of my other theory about Lance and Keith both having a connection to the Blue Lion, except this one has more to do with their relationship as a whole.

So Lance had the bond towards the Blue Lion

And Keith felt an energy towards it

This I feel is really important because Keith has never felt any kind of energy/connection to a lion other than Red. There was the Black Lion

Except it mainly just allowed him to pilot it so that he could save Shiro.

But there’s also this fact which I mentioned before

Those cave paintings I feel are very important, they were almost depicting what was going to happen in the future. Two people with a possible connection to the blue lion, coming together to retrieve it at once? And those two people turned out to be Keith and Lance.

That means they must be important to each other together then, their connections to the blue lion allowed the group to be able to obtain it in the first place. 

That also means they must share a connection too. 

Another point that proves this is that when both Lance and Keith are in danger or if they’re hurt

They are both the ones to care the most about each other in these situations. Having a stronger connection towards someone, means that you become more concerned about them when they’re in pain/danger right? (Especially if they’re far away.) 

This is probably why Keith was so impatient here

Wanting to have Lance heal quickly is literally depicting how strong their bond is. Once he’s out of the pod it means that he will be closer to him, which I’m pretty sure is what he wanted. 

And here for Lance

He was saying in this scene “We have to get down there!”, he wanted to get closer to Keith to make sure he was OK. He was uncomfortable with being so far away and not knowing if he was safe.

Then there’s this scene, where they showed an actual connection towards each other (one on one)

Then Lance forgets the moment and this literally destroys Keith. 

They’ve both felt and shown some sort of distress when they’re not able to reach each other in some way. 

If Keith felt an energy towards a lion that Lance has the strongest bond with, is that not possibly saying that they must have some sort of connection towards each other too?

“the raven cycle” as florence and the machine songs

blue sargent: my boy builds coffins

My boy builds coffins for better or worse
Some say its a blessing, some say its a curse
He fits them together in sunshine or rain
Each one is unique, no two are the same

richard gansey the iii: between two lungs

It was trapped between two lungs
And my running feet could fly
Each breath screaming
“We are all too young to die" 

adam parrish: rabbit heart

You made a deal, and now it seems you have to offer up
But will it ever be enough?
This is a gift, it comes with a price
Who is the lamb and who is the knife?… I must become a lion hearted girl
Ready for a fight
Before I make the final sacrifice

ronan lynch: drumming song

I run to the river and dive straight in
I pray that the water will drown out the din
But as the water fills my mouth
It couldn’t wash the echoes out
I swallow the sound and it swallows me whole
Till there’s nothing left inside my soul

noah czerny: third eye

Cause there’s a hole where your heart lies
And I see can it with my third eye
And though my touch, it magnifies

henry cheng: which witch

I’m not beat up by this yet
You can’t tell me to regret
Been in the dark since the day we met
Fire, help me to forget

blue/gansey: cosmic love, long & lost

i. I took the stars from my eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

ii. Without your love I’ll be
So long and lost, are you missing me?
You wonder why it is that I came home
I figured out where I belong

ronan/adam: howl, hardest of hearts

i. Be careful of the curse that falls on young lovers
Starts so soft and sweet and turns them to hunters
A man who’s pure of heart and says his prayers by night
May still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright

ii. There is love in your body but you can’t hold it in
It pours from your eyes and spills from your skin
Tenderest touch leaves the darkest of marks
And the kindest of kisses break the hardest of hearts

the raven cycle: dog days are over, breath of life, you’ve got the love, all this and heaven too

i. Run fast for your mother run fast for your father
Run for your children for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind you
Can’t carry it with you if you want to survive

ii. To get a dream of life again
A little vision of the start and the end
But all the choirs in my head sang no

iii. Sometimes it seems the going is just too rough
And things go wrong no matter what I do
Now and then it seems that life is just too much
But you’ve got the love I need

iv. And the heart is hard to translate
It has a language of it’s own
It talks in tongues and quiet sighs
And prayers and proclamations in the grand days
Of great men and the smallest of gestures

I still haven’t figured out if rappers are objectively hot or it’s just because I love the genre and it brainwashes me into thinking so.

Altean Courtship Practices

• Every Altean has body markings with different colors
     • If an Altean is born without body markings, they are marked as a mutant and are subsequently ostracized
• Alteans can shapeshift and are a “diplomatic” species, and have been in charge of recruiting Paladins for Voltron
• Because they are “diplomats” and are basically the Space Police, they must be very good at being fighters in order to protect their ambassadors and Paladins when they are not accompanied by their Lions
• Alteans must train how to fight as well as how to speak, like Jingim from Marco Polo
• Because of this, they could be marked as a vicious species in the same breath as peacemakers
• When trying to court an Altean, Alteans follow certain rules
• Either gender would wear sleeveless clothes to show their potential partner that they are capable fighters and would be good to have as they could fight for/with them
     • Exposing the arms could be as limited as wearing sleeves up to the forearm
     • You can also just roll up your sleeves, which could actually be better, since you’re bringing attention to your arms
• Either gender would expose their necks, as the neck is a sensitive area to many species and thus is a sign of vulnerability
     • Since Alteans are warriors, this is a tremendous act of trust, which is important when choosing a partner
     • Exposing the neck could be as simple as popping their collar, wearing a v neck, or having a lower shirt neck than usual
• When an Altean does not want to woo anyone, they could simply wear sleeves and cover their necks
     • If someone chooses to forgo covering their arms and necks, they can simply wear any type of necklace, be it long like an opera pearl chain, or short like a choker. The necklace “covers up” the neck, and thus puts the Altean off the market
• The wooing Altean would also wear lipstick the same as their own markings, a subtle move to show their health and bring attention to their lips
     • If the wooer wears lipstick the same color as the wooee, this is a bolder statement made to catch the wooee’s attention and alert them of their intentions
     • If someone who is of a different species - say, a human - was to woo an Altean, they would forgo the lipstick shtick and wear red lipstick as they would if they were courting another human. Different species don’t have to wear lipstick to woo an Altean, just do what would be customary to their own species
• On the subject of different species wooing an Altean, the differing species would do what came naturally for their own species, but still making sure to use Altean customs
• Remember Raleigh and Mako sparring to see if they were drift compatible? Alteans will spar to see if they are compatible, i.e., if they compliment each other in their fighting styles and if they can protect each other’s back in battle
     • Alteans will only spar if each party is clear about the courting at hand. If one party is not aware, but still spar, things could get awkward
     • If the wooer is bested, then the wooee would tell them if they reciprocate, though this could as subtle as “Let’s spar again” or straight out tell them
     • If the wooer wins, the same applies