Warning! SPOILERS for Voltron: Legendary Defender season 5 ahead!
Voltron: Legendary Defender has returned to Netflix with a brand new season. Though only six episodes, season 5 is huge in that it evolves the series yet again, expanding on the lore of Voltron and continuing to develop its characters in exciting and meaningful ways.
Previous seasons saw the Paladins shuffle around, changing up who was piloting which Lion. Season 5 more of less settles in with its line-up of Allura in the Blue, Lance in the Red, Pidge and Hunk still with Green and Yellow, and Shiro back in the Black. Keith is continuing his training with the Blades of Marmora, but he's sure to be back with Team Voltron sooner rather than later. In the meantime, the Paladins of Voltron have added a new and most unexpected ally - Prince Lotor, son of Zarkon and heir to the Galra Empire.
The Paladins make an uneasy alliance with Lotor, but over time he proves himself to be most helpful in that he supplies them with valuable intel. And when it comes time for Lotor to fight for his right to rule the Galra Empire, he does so with the support of Voltron. In the above clip, Lotor fights for the throne against an old adversary not seen since season 1 - Commander Sendak.
As the first major enemy who the Paladins defeated, Commander Sendak was last seen floating in space inside of a cryopod after being launched from the Castle of Lions, but here he returns (with some help from the Witch Haggar) to stake his own claim as the Galra Empire's next ruler. Sendak proves to be a worthy opponent for Lotor and their duel during the Galra ritual of succession, the Kral Zera, is easily the second most thrilling fight of the season. (The most thrilling fight is, of course, the very reason the Galra are seeking a new Emperor in the first place.)
From his first appearance in Voltron: Legendary Defender season 3, Lotor has been an especially intriguing character. Though initially introduced as a villain, his role on the series has grown more complicated. Voltron executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos describes Lotor has having "a weird sort of honor that comes with his villainy." The series even made a point of by showing this with Lotor being more accepting of half-breed Galra than others in the Empire (a sentiment surely influenced by his own half-Altean heritage). But just because he seems like a nice guy, exec producer Lauren Montgomery warns that Team Voltron (and fans) would be wise not to trust him implicitly, adding that "he might take whatever route he needs to [achieve his goals] and he might utilize the people that he needs to utilize. Whether it’s to their advantage or to their detriment."
It remains to be seen if Lotor will betray his new allies, but as of right now, Team Voltron's and his goals appear to be aligned. However, were that to change in future seasons, then it's only all too likely Lotor will turn on them. Let's just hope for the universe's sake, that if and when that happens, the Paladins are ready for it.
Voltron: Legendary Defender season 5 is now available to stream on Netflix.