Shiro May Have Met His Fate in This Exclusive Clip From Voltron: Legendary Defender

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When we last saw our brave paladins in Voltron: Legendary Defender, they’d been scattered off to regions unknown after their battle with Zarkon. But it turns out that being separated and flung away to distant parts of the galaxy may come second to the immediate problem of “being eaten by alien wildlife” for at least one of them.

We’re proud to debut an exclusive clip from the next season of Voltron: Legendary Defender, which sees Keith on a desperate mission to find Shiro—wounded from the team’s dispersal and his encounter with Haggar in season one—before the wildlife on the planet they’ve crash landed on can render him an ex-Paladin.

This isn’t the first time that the show has dropped hints toward a dire fate for Shiro—whose character was named “Sven” in the English adaptation of the original 1980s Voltron series—like the one he suffered in GoLion, the 1980s anime adapted into Voltron: Defender of the Universe (where the character was named “Sven”). But it’s interesting to see where the show’s going to take the plotline about the wounds he’s suffered at the hands of Galra next; if this clip is anything to go by, it’s going to be dogging Shiro for a good while yet. Hopefully he can avoid the fate he met in the original GoLion, because this take on Shiro has been pretty fun to watch so far.


Voltron: Legendary Defender returns to Netflix for another season tomorrow, January 20.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Brian Burns

Shiro is obviously going to die at some point (or since this Netflix version is very clearly aimmed at little kid audience, taken out of commission in some way making him permanently unable to pilot a lion). But his character arc has too much mystery still for them to just kill him off. He needs some personal development, also passing on leadership advice to Keith, helping Pidge find lost family, and so on before he finally dies heroically (or at least permanently disabled while attempting a heroic sacrifice). This show really is for the kids and thus very formulatic (not that this is necessarily a bad thing) and so wouldn’t pull a Game of Thrones and off a character even when it seems he still has more character development in store.