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Episode 11

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The Black Paladin
The Black Paladin
Air date June 10, 2016
Written by Joshua Hamilton
Directed by Chris Palmer
Episode Transcript

The Black Paladin is the eleventh episode of Voltron: Legendary Defender. It was released on Netflix along with the rest of Season 1 on June 10, 2016.

This episode follows the end of the previous episode, where Allura is captured and Shiro blames himself for her imprisonment. He vows to follow her into the heart of the Galra Empire to save her.

In this episode, Shiro and the remaining Paladins save Allura, but the wormhole is damaged as they are attempting to leave the Galra fort and are lost within it, unknown as to where they are.


Zarkon lures Voltron into battle on his ship, and when one of the lions is captured the team must get creative to defeat the Galra and return home.

Plot Summary

With Allura captured, the rest of the team are quick to mount a rescue mission. Almost as soon as they arrive, Zarkon activates a particle barrier, trapping them inside. Voltron is quick to destroy most of the Galran forces, but are somehow forcibly separated by Zarkon and Haggar.

The Paladins scramble to rescue Allura while Shiro is suddenly ejected from the Black Lion. As he tries to get back to his lion, he encounters Haggar and is easily overwhelmed by her magic, only to be rescued by Allura and Hunk.

Zarkon moves to claim the Black Lion, revealing himself as the original Black Paladin of Voltron, but Keith intercepts him and the pair battle. Zarkon easily overpowers Keith’s Red Lion with his mastery over the black Bayard, being able to form a multitude of different weapons in an instant. Before Zarkon can kill Keith, Shiro rescues him with the Black Lion.

The Castle-ship is unable to form a wormhole to escape, until one of Zarkon’s own commanders suddenly destroys the sentries guarding the barrier generator and shuts it down. As they attempt to escape through a wormhole, Haggar hits it with her lightning, causing the portal to become unstable. The lions are separated from the Castle-ship in the wormhole, each of them falling to parts unknown.

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"You cannot stop me. The Black Lion will finally be returned to its original Paladin."
    —Zarkon reveals one of the secrets of his past


  • Zarkon reveals that he was one of the original Paladins of Voltron, specifically the Paladin of the Black lion.
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