okok guys lets talk about the symbolism of Lance getting a sniper rifle this season
Lance’s usual bayard is already a long distance weapon, but it can also be used in short range combat with little to no issue. His sniper rifle though? It takes the range that Lance already had and increases it, but it reduces his ability to fight in close quarters.
His new gun is long, and while he could probably still aim just fine without looking through his scope I’m pretty sure that his accuracy would drop quite dramatically.
So what’s the symbolism here? Simple: as Lance’s insecurities take hold he is actively distancing himself from the team. I would not be at all surprised if this comes back to bite him in later seasons.
But at the same time, a sniper’s duty is different from a sharpshooter’s. They remain at a distance and cover their teammates, taking out targets that would otherwise cause them trouble or go unnoticed. This leaves them vulnerable to attack, as they are entirely focused on their team and are unable to watch their backs.
Look, I’m not saying that the exacerbation of Lance’s insecurities are going to put him in serious danger in coming seasons, but the exacerbation of Lance’s insecurities are going to put him in serious danger in coming seasons.