I’ve been thinking a lot about this post a guy on my other forum made about this.
Last night’s episode.
fucking. it’s just. they just fucking turned it. they just turned it and we’re just seeing the top of it. they just fucking turned it.
those motherfuckers. they. just. turned it.
Pink Diamond wasn’t just evil, or wasn’t just misunderstood. She was an addict. Pink Diamond is the kind of person that urges you to do things you know you shouldn’t, but you love them too much not to. Pink Diamond did everything that she did because she was bored and frustrated with her life and just wanted to change and chase a new high. And she just kept chasing new highs until there were no more highs to chase – having a child was literally the last thing she could do. She was an addict who pulled everyone in her orbit into her schemes so she could see something that wasn’t just unchanging Homeworld rigidity. She abused the trust and unconditional love of someone who was made specifically to serve and love her, leaving Pearl behind every step of the way as soon as she had another new high to chase. It’s been implied before that Rose went around with plenty of humans before she found Greg, and this just adds a whole other set of implications about her constant desire and need for things that are changing and unpredictable.
Having Steven has always seemed like this big sacrifice to what comes next, children are our future kind of metaphor, love is more important than one’s individual existence. Through the lens of narcissism and addiction, of Pink just constantly needing new experiences, giving up her life for one more comes across as an overdose.
Fuck. This hurts so much more than any other way they could have told this story. Maybe I’m just reading too much into it, but I don’t know how or if they’re going to be able to redeem Pink after this. Her actions directly lead to the Diamond attack on the remaining gems, lead to Pearl’s deep-set traumas, lead to Bismuth being locked away because if she’d ever found out the truth she would be able to shatter a Diamond, lead to – everything. Her selfishness and addiction lead to everything, and the rigidity of Homeworld driving her toward her vices means that whatever comes next is probably going to shade just how much they’re culpable for driving Pink to be the sort of person that she was, but I don’t think it’s going to change that Pink still made a severely catastrophic series of choices for basically everyone in her life who wasn’t herself.
Steven is his mother’s redemption, for better or worse. And that’s what makes it hurt so damn much, how often that’s the legacy of those left behind by an addiction.