Correct me if i’m wrong, but in 408 when silver says something along the lines of “I’ve put men in the fucking ground for you! Good men, friends”, that… literally never happened? Like, flint is certainly not winning any friend of the year awards, but at no point in the story has silver had anyone he considered a friend “put in the ground” on flints behalf.
Maybe it was just a continuity error on the writers part or maybe they wanted us to assume something like that may have happened off screen at some point, but that seems like a pretty major thing to not show.
Even in early season 3 when flint is at his most unhinged, silver never actually takes part in any of the raids (and none of those random villagers would have counted as friends anyway). I can’t imagine, even between seasons 2 and 3, that flint ever required him to kill crew members as discipline considering what a shock it was for everyone when flint shot those two men in 303. Surely he’s not claiming that dufresne was a good man or a friend. Dobbs died, but that happened during battle, acting on a plan that silver himself devised. He can’t be talking about billy because a) he didn’t actually kill billy and b) flint wasn’t even there for that. The last silver heard from flint regarding billy was that billy was necessary and that they should probably look past their anger and NOT kill him.
Sure, he’s killed various pirates and English and Spanish soldiers throughout the series (so has everyone), but none of them were ever friends.
At a certain point in season 4 a lot of people, the audience, the crew members, flint, Madi, even silver himself, have forgotten just how flexible silvers relationship with the truth is and start taking his word at face value. He could say the sky was red and people would just believe him. I know on my first watch when he said the line about putting friends in the ground, I didn’t question it.
I don’t think he’s even really lying there. I think he’s someone who is so used to creating personas, avoiding the truth and avoiding the actual reality of the past that it probably “felt true” in the moment.
I think he may have also been projecting his own guilt as well. He never put any friends in the ground for flint, but whether he meant them to or not men have been willing to kill their own friends for him before. In season 2 Vincent had his own friend killed because silver gave him a look (something silver absolutely felt guilty over). By season 4 he’s discovered just how easily he can convince the crew to turn against even someone as well loved as billy.
I think that by season 4 a lot of people have started just believing silver without question (especially regarding flint) but the guy has never had a particularly strong connection to the truth, and we learn in 409 that he would literally prefer to believe the reality of the past is irrelevant. He’s angry with flint, so he wants to believe that their relationship was always something more sinister than it was, and later he wants to end the revolution so he chooses to believe flint was motivated entirely by rage and vengeance when the truth was far more complicated and meaningful than that.
And this isn’t me hating on silver, his general lack of self awareness is what makes him such a tragic and heartbreaking character to me.