Did anyone else notice that at the beginning of the season, Eros (selfish, immediate, sensual love) won, while at the end of the season, Agape (unselfish, giving and caring, unconditional) won?
I can’t help wondering if the series was always meant to book-end like this.
Things start out with Victor and Yuri having selfish desires of each other, whether they realise it or not - Victor’s coming on to Yuri quite strongly, and Yuri wants Victor around.
It takes a while for them to end up on more or less equal footing, too.
But by now, there’s a lot about their love that’s unconditional - they learn from each other, they’re patient and kind and support not only Yuri, but also all of the other skaters.
And not just that - but also, as viewers, our view of the skating world they’re in shifts from only seeing Yuri, to seeing everyone.
Yuri doesn’t need his Eros to seduce Victor anymore. Victor is already seduced. Theirs isn’t a deeply passionate love that has the fire of something only just started anymore. It does not need to.
But what is becoming more important thematically, is ‘agape’. The idea of loving someone unconditionally. Regardless of whether they win or lose. No matter how many arguments. Even if they don’t live up to your expectations. Even if them winning means your defeat.
So, yeah, I think that Agape winning over Eros in this case is a really clever move, as well as one I’m cheering for Yurio with.