[SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!] THEORIES FROM JANUARY 2017 STEVEN BOMB
1. FUTURE PREDICTIONS: Re-watching “What’s the Use of Feeling” over and over again and thinking about the significance that Rebecca Sugar and the writers have placed on a lot of the scenes. I think perhaps the most important part of the song is the line, “Let’s make a plan of attack”. Yellow Diamond points her hand forward and the bubbled Rose Quartzes move with her motion. Perhaps in the future, once Homeworld figures out that the cluster is not going to emerge, they are going to use the Rose Quartzes to fight the second/final war for Earth to colonize or destroy it.
We already know that Homeworld’s resources of gem soldiers are limited, so the Quartzes are a dangerous but effective gambit. Yellow Diamond could offer them pardons (basically not being shattered because she would never trust them enough to let them into the fold again because of their capabilities to shatter diamonds), in exchange for the end of the Crystal Gems and Earth.
2. ON THE REBELLION AND ERA ONE GEM SOCIETY: Given what was revealed in the January 2017 Steven Bomb, the rebellion makes complete sense. Pink Diamond clearly “loved” humans to the point of trapping them in a zoo to cultivate them like they cultivate gems in gem society. We already know that subordinate gems take on qualities similar to their diamonds (thinking of Peridot’s former, unwavering love for her rational diamond and rationality in general), so it would make sense that Rose Quartz would come to love humans too. But as we see in “The Zoo”, certain gems (in this case Amethysts) were responsible for looking after humans, assuring their safety, and responding to them when they are in pain.
I think that this job formerly belonged to the Rose Quartzes during Era One. Rose Quartzes are defensive gems with shields and healing powers (I’m basing this off of our knowledge of Rubies), so it would make sense if Pink Diamond created them to subdue her human pets without damaging them. They probably had other protecting type jobs but I think our Rose was responsible for protecting (or possibly even running) the Zoo. She was exposed to humans on a daily basis having to look after them and came to develop a different kind of love for humans than her diamond– a love based on respect. (This would also explain Rose’s deep guilt towards humanity– especially since Garnet and Pearl specifically state that the humans in the Zoo were unable to be rescued). Pink Diamond’s love for humans involved holding them captive and “protecting them”, but Rose Quartz’s love involved protecting their rights as autonomous beings and began to want to set them free. This difference of opinion likely changed how she viewed gem society as well, realizing that she and the other gems were just as trapped by the Diamond Authority as the humans in the Zoo. From everything we know about Rose, she probably tried to sway her diamond to agree with her point of view, but that obviously didn’t work– Rose’s only option was to shatter Pink Diamond. And thus began the rebellion.
SUPER excited for the rest of the series. I loved the development of the Homeworld Gems in this Steven Bomb. I’m really looking forward to seeing an army of Rose Quartzes and more on Pearl’s past (like who did she serve?!)