Hi! I love reading all your theories on SU and VLD and I wanna ask: any thoughts on Haggar? I didn't care about her at first but my interest in her sky-rocketed after the last few episodes of S2 where she was shown doubting and even opposing some of Zarkon's decisions (and having more emotions). I'm also embarrassingly strongly hoping for her to be Lotor's mother (as crazy and improbable as it might be)
Haggar is very interesting to me because if nothing else she’s basically the only individual that we see Zarkon near-unconditionally trusts. She got on my radar almost immediately for that reason because Zarkon fits a particular model of antagonist- it’s strongly established that it’s either his way or the highway (and by “highway” it means, get executed and/or loaded into a Robeast) and he basically can’t tolerate anyone, even the Black Lion, potentially contradicting him to the point that he’d rather deny that the Black Lion is a sentient creature with her own goals rather than admit that she’s someone with autonomy that chose to turn on him.
And then in the middle of that, you have Haggar- who Zarkon trusts, explicitly, who Zarkon lavishes with resources, who is able to do basically as she pleases. And it doesn’t even seem particularly one-sided, as Haggar is much like Zarkon- she’s haughty, she’s proud, she’s beholden to almost no one and rankles at the implication of being questioned, but with Zarkon and exclusively with Zarkon, she calls him “Sire,” she bites her tongue, she doesn’t directly argue with him at times.
That said, it doesn’t seem like she was one of the older paladins or, like Zarkon, she would have kept her bayard. So far, Allura and Coran haven’t mentioned her role in history at all which is suspicious to me. It suggests she came relatively out of nowhere, but we do have some potential insight into how she and Zarkon might’ve started their partnership.