Even though I'm not ok with Silver telling Madi Flint's secrets, it actually makes her support of Flint even stronger. She knows everything, she knows his motives. And she didn't immediately jump on pity train either. She still mistrusted him at the start of s4. It's only after they had to spend more time together and actually talk and listen to each other that everything fell into place for both of them. She's not fooled or delusional about his reasons for war. She knows and embraces them.
*Madi knows Flint’s motives anon* What I’m trying to say is… Some people were saying that Madi trusts Flint only because she doesn’t know his motives are selfish. Nope. She knows. And his war and her war are equal in her eyes. Isn’t that beautiful? “Flint’s war, my war”. And it’s not because of pity. It’s recognition and understanding. I love it. Why is BS so good at creating unconventional relationships? It’s their forte.
ALL OF THIS, YES!!
After I thought about this some more I realized it makes perfect sense that Madi knew. I don’t think she would ever trust someone, especially not a white man and a pirate, if she didn’t know his motives and agreed with them. She must have learned that Flint is essentially fighting this war for lost love (or for family, depending what version of the story Silver told her, but either way it works), meaning she was able to sympathise with him because she too fights for something similar, though on a much bigger scale.
She understood why Silver trusted him, but she couldn’t support him yet because Silver’s word and Flint’s motives alone weren’t enough. She needed to see it for herself. How deeply Flint is tied to it all, how far he’s willing to go for it, just how much it all means to him. Because if she was to give all of herself to this war she needed him to be 100% committed, as well, in order to make the alliance work. Once she got to know him, once she saw the strength of his commitment, that’s when she let him in. That’s also when she became even more aware of him.
I love the idea of Madi reading Flint as easily as Miranda once did. Noticing the little cracks in his armor and peeking through, catching glimpses of the gentle man behind it. She is far more perceptive than Silver is, far more tuned into other people’s emotional state, so I can’t imagine she missed Flint’s soft and loving nature once she learned where to look. Remember early on she caught him kneeling on the floor, holding a broken teacup in his hand, lost in his thoughts… who does that?! When he stood by her even though she blatantly mistrusted him, sided with her against his allies in support of her people.. When she quoted Don Quixote to him and momentarily broke him.. All the times he showed her nothing but utter respect and praise… It’s little moments like that that make their relationship so interesting and sweet. Those moments make me believe they connected on a deep, emotional level. Not to mention on a nerd level.
And what’s more important, after giving him her trust and respect, she remained her rational self. She’s not fooled or bewitched by him, she’s not blindly following, and that’s what Billy and Silver got wrong about her. She’s perhaps the strongest of them all and one with her vision clear and intact.