Okay honest talk guys.
One of the reasons I love love LOVE slow-burn Shance so much is because it works with their ages, even if Shiro is actually 25 or just 19 (he’s only 19 but his mind is older~).
“Why,” you ask, “if Shiro is 25 that means there’s a significant age difference and - ”
That doesn’t matter. Because I don’t see them getting together immediately, I see it the romance building ober the span of the years they fight together. I see Shiro starting out as a mentor and Lance having a huge hero crush on him but not doing anythinf about it. That is literally how it starts in canon, guys. Shiro is blinded into not seeing the full potential of his team by his time with the Galra and having a past with Keith and Pidge. Lance struggling to prove his worth to his hero. Shiro realizing over time that Lance is more than just a teammate, and Lance realizing that Shiro is not some untouchable star. They get close, they become friends, they become CLOSE friends. They keep fighting the Galra, they keep fighting this war they’ve been thrust into, and their bond deepens. And I’m not just speculating guys, unless Shiro or Lance go dark-side of the moon on Voltron, this is inevitable. Just look at AtlA.
And that’s just the buuld up. That’s just the CANON build up. That’s before my headcanon of slow burn comes into play at all.
And you know what? During all this, time is still flowing. They’re still getting older, Lance is maturing and becoming a well-rounded person. Same with Shiro. And with a slow burn romance, at that point it doesn’t matter the age difference because guess what? They’re both adults by this point.
“But there’s no telling how long the show is going to take - ”
Uh, actually, there is? The writers have already said that, by the end of season two, it’s been a few months. It’s not explicitly stated in show, but Lance’s hair has gotten longer, the team is able to use functions of their suit and castle without us seeing the training, and Hunk has obviously found the time to explore while looking for things to cook with. And they’re fighting in a WAR. Wars take time, especially against an entire empire that’s been in power for millenia. There’s no way they’re going to win in just a couple weeks. By the time the show ends, everyone will have aged a significant amount.
These guys will be fighting for a long, long while.
(Also? First episode, Lance gives the date. 5-11-14. By the end of season two, it’s been a few months. Even if, when they first all went into space, Lance was 16? His birthday has already passed. (He’s next to be announced and I’m placing everything I have on him being a Cancer.) He’s now 17. THERE ARE GOING TO BE 8 SEASONS TOTAL. Chances are, he’s gonna have another one. Maybe two. Maybe even THREE.)
So yeah, by the time the show ends their ages won’t matter. At all. I’ll wait over here and enjoy my slow burn while everyone else screams. Shance shippers, you are welcome to sit with me. I have Capri Sun.
The best part? The chances of Shance being the end-game for VLD are almost scary. If there wasn’t, there’s no reason for the tension between their characters. None. Fight me on this, I will defend this Hurricane Team forever.