The long awaited Steven Universe bomb finally hit last week, with 5 new episodes! And they were certainly worth the wait. We finally got some answers about the Diamond Authority, and Peridot took a stand to protect the Earth. Hooray! But there were also a few hints buried in the episodes, so let's check them out!
Pearl Actually Belonged To White Diamond?
In the last few episodes we've discovered that all the gems serve different diamonds. Although the quartzes, and other warrior gems like the rubies, seem to serve Homeworld unanimously, gems like pearls, Peridot, and Sapphire are sworn to specific diamonds.
Our Pearl refers to herself as originally belonging to Rose Quartz but... what if she wasn't? Some fans are starting to question this assertion, thanks to a few factors. Let's count them out.
Firstly, there's the matter of her hair and skin tone. Pearl has the biggest difference between her skin and hair colour than any of the gems (aside from Garnet): her skin is pale, almost white, while her hair is salmon pink. In The Answer it was revealed that Garnet changed her hair colour from a mixture of pink and blue...
Of course, we need a bit more proof than this that Pearl originally belonged to White Diamond. And those beady eyed fans have found some! Pay attention to where the pearls' gems are situated: the pearl belonging to Blue Diamond has her gem on her chest, and the art depicting Blue Diamond also positions her gem on her chest. Likewise, the pearl belonging to Yellow Diamond has her gem on her chest, and so does Yellow Diamond.
Our Pearl has her gem on her forehead. And here's a mural of White Diamond...
Her gem is also on her forehead. We'll have to wait and see to find out what this deduction means, but it's possible that Pearl was originally part of White Diamond's court. Here's hoping we get to see her backstory soon!
Lapis Lazuli Hints!
So much for clear evidence. Now we're into Easter Egg territory! Steven Universe storyboard artist Lauren Zuke tipped fans off to this hint, suggesting on her Twitter that they pay attention to Peridot's personal log entries...
In Log Date, Peridot gets obsessed with a television show which is simultaneously adorable and hilarious. But do her fangirl ramblings contain hidden hints? Well, here's what the fans found when they investigated...
[???] leaving his [???] not to mention percy is adept at aquatic sports. he would have won the canoe race if he weren’t so busy drooling over paulette, and the other part where percy goes to the bottom of the lake to get paulette’s friendship bracelet proved that [???] by the entire camp [???]. and pierre is a force to be reckoned with on land, when he [???]. *steven stops fast forwarding the tape*
Ok, so this is definitely Peridot talking about her new favourite show. But who do we know who's trapped at the bottom of a large body of water? Jasper and Lapis Lazuli, of course!
So could Peridot's ramblings be a subtle hint that Lapis Lazuli, and Jasper are about to return (either in the form of Malachite or separately)? Considering the writers went to the trouble of constructing parallels in Peridot's rant, and Lauren Zuke pointed it out, it seems likely that we should expect Malachite to make an appearance soon.
Will she prevent the Crystal Gems from reaching the Cluster? Or can Lapis Lazuli overcome Jasper? This all remains to be seen, but I for one can't wait to find out!