can we talk about these three very different hugs and how perfectly they were portrayed?
For the first one Yuuri is acting spontaneously, surprising, maybe, even himself. He is pretty bad at psychical contact, remember? (in ep 1. he was forced to simply shake hands with people)
But now he’s overwhelmed with emotions and seeks reassurance. And after he hugs Victor out of blue he probably feels a bit awkward. But Victor empathizes with Yuuri, showing him a gentle smile and comforts him using a most soothing voice.
The second one is a nice warm hug from Victor. He’s just so happy and excited, that this time he acts spontaneously, pulling Yuuri close and squeezing, while Yuuri is so stupefied by Victor’s energy and approval, that he just stands there, lost in the moment
The third one is barely a hug, very subtle one. It’s personal, not meant to be noticed by the crowd. Gentle touch of reassurance to say, “I am here for you” and “You can do it”.
Which of the Bates have you met and what were they like?