Total Nerd 9 Convincing Voltron: Legendary Defender Fan Theories  

Hannah Collins
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Warning: major spoilers for Voltron: Legendary Defender, including Season 7.

In 2016, Netflix rebooted the classic '80s cartoon about cosmic lion robots and sword-wielding mechas for a new generation.

Buzz for the hot new animated series was compounded by the involvement of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra alumni, who have helped the show build a similarly passionate fanbase. Whenever a series gets this big, fan theories abound. 

As far back as the release of Season 3, eager theorists correctly guessed Shiro wasn't exactly himself, Romelle – Allura's cousin from the original series – would make an appearance, Keith had some Galra DNA in him, and Allura and Lotor might become romantically interested in one another. (Unfortunately, the Allura/Lotor ship sank before it could really begin its voyage in Season 6.)

Despite all this conjecture, there are still tons of plot strands to tie up and questions to be answered, and many of the current theories about Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender could easily turn out to be true. 

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Keith Knew Pidge Was A Girl All Along

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Pidge's gender reveal was met with mixed reactions from her fellow Paladins; everyone except Lance shrugged it off as old news. Other than intuition, it's almost impossible to figure out how Pidge's secret was so poorly kept, but one fan has a solid argument to explain when and how Keith realized the truth.

It all rests on Keith's relationship with Shiro. Via flashbacks, viewers learned that information about Pidge's father and brother's disappearance – along with Shiro's – was newsworthy, and likely accompanied with the standard "they are survived by a wife and daughter" line.

It's not a stretch to imagine Keith knew all about the crew that went missing along with his stand-in space dad, so when Pidge mentioned her father and brother were part of that crew in the first episode, Keith could have put all the puzzle pieces together easily. 

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Adam Is Still Alive

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The joy fans felt from the revelation about Shiro's sexuality was cut short by the death of his significant other, Adam. Is Season 7 truly the end of Adam, though? This eagle-eyed fan thinks not:

[Adam's] ship doesn't explode on-screen, and when the Galra cruiser fires on him, we get a shot of his reaction, and then cut to his com going offline at Garrison HQ. Since his "death" was off-screen and no indication that any of the bodies were recovered, it's entirely possible for Adam to have survived, either from ejecting at the last second, or his ship was damaged and crashed.

After destroying Adam's fighter group, Sendak's next action was to destroy Earth's communication satellites and cut the Garrison off from the rest of the world, meaning that if he did survive, the Garrison wouldn't know until he showed up in person.

Other than that, when the lions are shown crashing back to Earth after the Altean mecha self-destructs, three of the lions simply crash with nobody around to witness. The only shots with people in them for that scene are Hunk's family looking at the Yellow Lion lying in the desert, and a clearly male unknown character standing next to a Garrison cruiser while gazing up at the Black Lion as it falls through the atmosphere.

This character, if you look closely has the same hair and eye color as Adam. [...] Who else but Adam would be important enough to be given a reaction shot alongside Hunk's family when none of the other lion shots have people in them?

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Lance Is The Strongest Paladin

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Out of all the Paladins, Lance is perhaps the most underrated. It's easy to get overlooked on a team of alien princesses, engineering geniuses, half-Galran secret agents, and one-armed clones.

Though his arc hasn't been as dramatic as the others', Lance has shown significant growth over the series; he goes from whining jokester to mature team player.

Lance got a major weapons update in Season 5. Although fans heard him lamenting to Allura's mice during Season 6 about how he never seems to be taken seriously, he proved himself wrong by being a comforting presence to his long-time crush after Lotor's betrayal. On top of that, he kept his cool in the final battle against the crazed prince. 

As the show nears its end, fans are predicting it's finally time for the most neglected member of Team Voltron to step into the spotlight.    

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Allura's Helmet Was Meant For Lotor

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The Season 3 episode "The Legend Begins" gave some much-needed backstory on the relationship between Zarkon, Haggar, and Allura's father, Alfor. Viewers learned how Zarkon and Haggar's relationship blossomed, and how it was soured by their obsession with Quintessence. But something important was missing: their son, Prince Lotor.

One fan has a dark explanation for this. Lotor temporarily died, only to be revived by his desperate parents. The theorist's reasoning rests on a helmet presented to baby Allura that bears an uncanny resemblance to the winged one Lotor wore in the original Voltron series. Zarkon and Haggar are notably tense at seeing the gift.

The fan continues:

What seems likely is that the helmet they gave to Allura was originally meant for Prince Lotor. Zarkon and Honerva’s despondence may be because… they had lost their son. But, the helmet had already been made for a child of royalty, so they gave it to Allura instead... This adds a whole new reason for Zarkon and Honerva to be insistent on continuing their research, to the point where Zarkon loses his composure when Alfor begs him to stop.

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