During Flint and Silver’s final confrontation in the jungle, I feel like they are talking about their pasts as well as their immediate present. They absolutely cannot and do not separate the two. Especially Silver.
A good example of this link is when Flint says ‘I know you cannot see what must be’ - and that’s him just saying I’m a big picture guy and you’re incapable of seeing it clearly at the moment, and Silver immediately responds with ‘This is a partnership only as far as it serves you, it must happen your way on your terms.’
And I want to remind you of episode 201, when Silver endangers the plan to steal the Spanish Man o’ War because he tries to grab the boatswain’s whistle. The guy wakes up, and Flint has to kill him in the hammock. And Flint’s furious until Silver makes his case. Afterwards, he is still inexplicably furious.
And Silver says, angrily, ‘We are both better off than we were two minutes ago and yet you’re angry about it because it didn’t happen your way.’
Your way. Your terms. This sentiment was there from the beginning, Silver suspected this about Flint from the very beginning.
So what I find interesting about this conversation in the jungle is - it can be looked at in two ways. One, as dealing solely with issues of the present. The cache, the war, Madi. But I feel like it’s actually one of those arguments that families, close friends, or couples - people who are really tied to one another - have all the time. They’re talking about something in the now, but they’re bringing up every single past issue and beef that they have ever had.
They are both speaking in their pasts, as well as in their present. They are looking at two points at the same time. This argument goes back months, perhaps years. That’s why it’s so charged, and that’s why it escalates. Silver has likely been holding onto this resentment and suspicion forever.
Fathoms Deep 409, on Silver and Flint’s final conversation in the jungle