Clone theory or not, can we agree that whatever version of Shiro is with the team went through hell and needs love, support, and protection, not people demonizing him for symptoms of trauma and making jokes about how ‘fake’ he is?
Like not only is this going to look really embarrassingly fair-weather if that is the ‘original’ Shiro and you were convinced he was a danger to the team because he’s showing unflattering symptoms and a debatably bad haircut…
…but, like… if it is a clone, haven’t we kinda established that the empire is awful to people, especially people it doesn’t consider people (which any duplicate of Shiro would be in that category anyway because he’s made off a prisoner) and we spent an entire episode watching him desperately try to drag his way back to Voltron because that was the only light he could think to aim for, and he doesn’t know, and doesn’t want to do anything to hurt the team, because he cares about these people.
And previous things the empire has done to Shiro clearly did not care about his comfort. In the slightest. Remember how his prosthetic hurt him the first time it activated? Remember how in s3e6 Shiro mentions a headache that’s definitely gonna be plot relevant?
Whatever’s happening is already hurting him. And we can have our fun speculating but it’s just… it feels really hurtful that it seems like most of the fandom has latched onto Shiro post s3e5 as a Lurking Enemy and not someone who needs more support than ever because whatever the empire has planned, he’s in more danger than anybody else.
*motions at his face* I don’t say this lightly about characters but protect him?