okay so the refusal to kiss the silver medal scene is really cool because is a throwback to how they each “met” each other.
first is viktor all up in yuuri’s space. he really wants to kiss yuuri, because they clearly have a physical relationship, but yuuri is not into it at the moment (i wanted them to kiss too, but like, they’re surrounded by people who are staring at them). so viktor gets no kiss.
anyway, it is a direct throwback to this:
where viktor is in yuuri’s space because he is under the impression that there’s mutual interest, clearly about to kiss him, and then yuuri scuttles backwards into the wall. it takes months of trust building after that for yuuri to let viktor touch him without nearly dying.
but at the grand prix final something kind of surprising happens, and oh man, it made me so happy. yuuri turns the tables, pushes viktor back, puts his arms around his neck, and makes a request of him.
you know, like this:
the best part are the reactions though. the first time yuuri asks something of viktor, we get this, blushy, breathy sign that viktor is kinda smitten:
the second time? holy fuck. only tiger sweatshirts have elicited this sort of passion in this show. viktor’s never been this excited about anything.
the time limits for this episode were drastic, and i think a
confirmed second season also kind of twisted things around a bit plotwise. but even though i kind of wanted them to retire, the juxtaposition in this scene was perfect.
i love it, and i want viktor to make that face every day (and also never again because it’s terrifying)
edit: okay so the ending did not mean the second season was confirmed (who knew) and apparently the ending was planned all along (
side eyes episode ten) but i stand by the rest of this post.