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Episode 40

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Air date March 2, 2018
Written by Todd Ludy
Directed by Steve In-Chang Ahn
Episode Transcript

Postmortem is the third episode of the fifth season of Voltron: Legendary Defender. It was released on Netflix along with the rest of the season on March 2, 2018.


A power struggle erupts within the Galra. As the Paladins argue over their next move, an attack forces them to save themselves and the Olkari.

Plot Summary

The Galra Empire is thrown into turmoil with the death of Zarkon. To keep Lotor off the throne, Haggar recruits his former generals.

Lotor informs the Paladins that the Empire will now stage a coronation ceremony known as the Kral Zera to chose a new Emperor or Empress. Lotor insists that it is important he be in attendance, but the others believe that executing a mission like that in such a short time would be too dangerous. Shiro snaps at Lance and puts his foot down on the matter.

Lance later discovers a third form to his Bayard, that of an Altean broadsword. Allura reveals that her father once wielded the same type of weapon. She confides in Lance that she is worried about Shiro but Lance insists that he has the best interests of the Voltron Coalition at heart.

A commander of the Galra Empire attacks the Coalition capital of Olkarion with a virus that infects the forest. Voltron is on the verge of being captured and the Paladins use all five Bayards simultaneously which allows them to access the astral plane. Shiro only half materializes, and calls out to Lance, who cannot respond in time. Overcoming the virus and returning the real world, Lance confronts Shiro about what happened on the astral plane and asks what he was trying to tell him. Shiro tells him that he doesn't remember calling out to Lance which leaves Lance confused and unsettled.

Commander Samuel Holt tells his children he is proud of all they have done, but he is resolved to leave for Earth to prepare their home for the war that is coming.

In the last scene, Acxa, Zethrid and Ezor brings Sendak to Haggar, who plans to take him to Kral Zera, so that he can be crowned there as the new Emperor.

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"I told you to stay out of this!"
    — Shiro snaps at Lance



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