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YMMV / Steven Universe S5E19 "Now We're Only Falling Apart"

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  • Accidental Aesop: Pearl and Sapphire all but say the moral of the story: "The Mark of a good leader is not one who commands followers, but makes new leaders out of those followers." It can also be interpreted as how leaders work better when they listen to the ideas of others.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The other Amethysts would have literally no choice but to leave behind their beloved youngest sister, 8XM/our Amethyst, all alone on Earth.
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    • Back in "That Will Be All", Blue Diamond was shown to be keeping the Zoo running so as to remember Pink Diamond. Here, the Zoo was revealed to be Blue Diamond's creation rather than Pink Diamond's, and that its conception was based on a misunderstanding of Pink's true desires. So rather than have an actual memento of who Pink was as a person, she has only a tragic mistake, completely unaware of this fact.
    • The end of the season gives the full context for Pink’s discomfort at Pearl’s servile nature: she became friends with her last Pearl, who was then possessed by White and replaced with this one.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Pink was told straight up by the other Quartzes that Amethyst 8XM (that is, "our" Amethyst) hadn't emerged yet, so she was fully aware that she was late. Therefore, imagine how overjoyed Pink must've been when she came back and saw her Amethyst finally out of her hole and living, to the point where the latter was told by the former that "[she's] perfect the way [she is]" in spite of being defective.
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    • Additionally, when the Amethysts are forced to leave and realize 8XM/our Amethyst hasn't emerged yet, they say she can catch up with them later. Guess what happens during "That Will Be All"?
    • In "Sworn to the Sword" when Connie asks Pearl if Rose made her feel like she was nothing, she responds by saying that she "made me feel like I was everything". Here, we see that even as Pink Diamond she always viewed Pearl as an equal and a friend and not the slave that she was made to be.

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