Okay, let me be the one to say what we’re all low-key thinking about episode 8:
It didn’t have enough Victuri moments.
And not only that, but also the fact that you could probably pass the ones that we did get all off as ‘acting for the cameras’.
Or the fact that the kiss from ep 7 was never mentioned or otherwise acknowledged in the story.
And I think all of us may worry: Did YOI finally reach its limit? Did episode 7 have no significance to Victor and Yuuri’s relationship at all? Did they mark the kiss off their list and went “good enough, let’s forget about their mutual attraction now”?
In my opinion? No.
Is Victuri still canon? Yes, very much so.
Why did episode 8 focus on them so little then?
I think this much is apparent by now: Yuri on Ice has very little time left. We literally have only 4 episodes to go, one of which will be Rostelecom Free Skate, and at least two of which will be the Grand Prix Final. This time around, Victor and Yuuri’s screentime was taken by the 4 new skaters (not sure if it was entirely necessary) and Yurio (which was absolutely necessary and I’d argue that we didn’t get enough of him). And trust me when I say that I love the creators’ ambitions and their desire to show that each skater is unique and the world of figure skating is diverse and interesting, and their dedication is admirable but we just don’t have enough time for all of that.
However, I also don’t think that the focus will stay away from Victor and Yuuri for long now. This episode was important in terms of establishing the new skaters, but I believe that in ep 9, Victor and Yuuri will be in the main picture once more (even without Victor being physically there, and God, this can go in so many directions).
Is YOI trying to do more than it has the time for? Yes, absolutely, and it might just be a shot in the leg for the production team.
But does that mean that we should worry? No.
Yuri on Ice has taught us many times that it can surpass our expectations. I think we can trust it to impress us again.