This post is getting notes again, and, other things I said there aside, I think the biggest thing that bothers me with regards to “Lotor may trust the generals but not ultimately care about them” or “Lotor is going to dispose of the generals at some point” is… look at what Lotor’s doing.
It’s pretty dang likely that Lotor is trying to fight Zarkon. He intends to take the empire from him and he’s too smart, and too close to Zarkon, to entertain the idea for a moment Zarkon’s gonna go quietly.
This is pretty significant because it means Lotor is gearing up to pick a fight with his abusers. Who happen to be, no exaggeration, two of the most dangerous people in the known universe.
And he’s doing it with Another Voltron.