The Zenith is the twelfth episode of the eighth season of Voltron: Legendary Defender. It was released on Netflix along with the rest of the season on December 14th, 2018.
|Air date||December 14th, 2018|
Confronted by a dark energy like nothing they've faced before, the Paladins must draw on their everlasting bond - and a few Balmera - to forge ahead.
Despite the Paladins' efforts, Honerva is victorious and opens a rift in reality. Since Voltron is made of the same material, only it and not the Atlas can follow after her, but they do not stand a chance against Honerva's fused mech. Several more Balmera arrive and imbue Voltron and the Atlas with enough energy to fuse them together, allowing them to pursue and match Honerva. The Paladins and Shiro enter the rift while Coran tries to think of a way to stabilize it. Coran has each of the Alteans placed on a Balmera to channel energy to stabilize the rift, with the Galra fleet led by Krolia and Kolivan arriving as well to provide aid. Voltron-Atlas continues pursuing Honerva through various alternate Alteas, each of which is crumbling into nothingness as a result of Honerva's tearing apart of reality. She arrives at her destination, appearing before Zarkon, who is elated to see his wife back, as Honerva had died in that reality. They travel to Altea, where a young Lotor is being raised in accordance with Honerva's wishes, but Lotor rejects her, knowing that she is not really his mother. When Honerva shows her true evil colors in her angry response to Lotor's rejection, Zarkon also declares that she is not his wife and calls for her to be arrested. Voltron-Atlas arrives and, heartbroken and angry at their rejection, Honerva decides to destroy all realities.
"She's not my mother."
— Alternative reality Lotor knows the truth about Honerva
"Time. You speak to me of time? I've spent lifetimes trying to get back. Countless worlds have fallen in the wake of my efforts to return to you. And this is how you welcome me? My own child, my own husband, question who I am! I have sacrificed more than you will ever know!
— Honerva cannot handle rejection
"If there is no place in this universe for me, then there will be no universe AT ALL!"
— Honerva gone complete insane