Perhaps the most intelligent and moving thing the creators of Yuri!!! on Ice could have done to explain Victor as a character is the ending of Ep.10. Call it a plot twist if you like, but it was nothing short of brilliant writing.
Put aside Victor’s interest in Yuri. Put aside Yuri and Victor as a couple. Put aside the rings for a moment. Just take Victor.
A Victor who has never really lived for anything but skating and surprising the audience. A Victor who has never loved his life, not truely. A Victor who is bored with perfection, bored with the routine of competitions and maybe even his own talent. A Victor who goes out drinking while on competitions to assuage the emptiness and toll skating has taken on his young life, feeling that 20 years is too much time lost to start again.
But then there’s suddenly another Victor. One that has been dormant inside him for so long.
A Victor who sees Yuri, a talented skater incapable of really embracing his talent, become the life of the party. A Victor who abandons his princely throne to dance with Yuri. A Victor who is surprised. Surprised by a skater who moves him to think of something outside of himself and his own talent and performance. A Victor who thinks that, maybe, there might finally be a reason for all his hard work. That maybe those 20 years aren’t lost but we’re preparation for something more. A Victor who, finally, loves skating.
This is the Victor I’ve been waiting to see.