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So the latest Steven Universe bomb happened and I have decided we need to talk about possibility of Rose Quartz being Pink Diamond again. To be honest, I’m torn. On the one hand there is growing amount of evidence that Rose Quartz isn’t Pink Diamond, and from a story perspective if she isn’t, that leads to some interesting ideas.
I think it’s safe to say that the end game of Steven Universe is for home world to change thanks to Steven and there be peace between them and the Crystal Gems. If Rose Quartz did indeed shatter Pink Diamond that would make it more difficult and more interesting to see how Steven can bring this about. There is even some suggestions why Rose Quartz maybe a little more special then other Rose Quartzs, if you look at Peridot. Thanks to the freedom of earth, Peridot discovers she can control metal. It’s possible some of the powers that I thought were associated with a Diamond just came about because Rose Quartz was free to discover herself.
But I’m not ready to give up on Rose Quartz being Pink Diamond just yet. For one thing, I would like to be right about a cartoon theory, but also there is strange evidence that she might be a Diamond even after we learn she supposedly shatter one.
In the episode Three Gems and A Baby, we learn about the first time Steven’s gem glows and the Crystal Gems reactive to it. What is interesting here is the framing, and how the creators chose to show it.
I can’t believe this is a coincidence since we had seen them subtlety hinting there was a Pink Diamond with all the background details about her before anyone even out right said anything about her. This could easily be foreshadow what Steven’s gemstone really is or more important what it’s going to be.
Hold that thought.
There is also the fact that Steven has a strange empathy power he shares with Blue Diamond. It’s possible that the Diamonds share this power with each other to know if one is upset of endanger, and could even explain how Yellow Diamond knew that Blue Diamond was at the station. Steven probably can’t feel Yellow Diamond’s feelings because being a very emotional person he can relate better to Blue Diamond’s grief. Not to mention that his powers are still developing, and Yellow Diamond seem determine not to feel her own grief.
There is also the issue of Bismuth. She wanted to create a weapon that could shatter the Diamonds and free all of Home World. Rose Quartz was very firm against the idea. I think it might be possible she didn’t want to shatter her own sisters. She just wanted to save the earth.
Another thing that is brought up is Rose Quartz keeping secrets. It clear that Rose Quartz did have a few plans for Steven. The obvious from Lion and all the things he takes Steven too. Is possible that Steven could be part of a long term plan of Rose Quartz?
There is also the biggest question of all: How did Rose Quartz shatter Pink Diamond? Bismuth tells us that her sword couldn’t cut through a gemstone, only the body. In fact, did Rose Quartz even have her sword when she shatter Pink Diamond? The weapon she can form is a shield. Maybe she threw her shield to shatter Pink Diamond, but that seems highly unlikely.
However, the biggest thing is Rose Quartz’s studies of change. She seems somewhat envies of the change that humans can go through to be better, and how the earth is always changing itself. That could mean she wasn’t happy at her station with Pink Diamond, but it’s hard to tell since we don’t exactly Rose Quartz purpose was on Home World. Maybe she wasn’t happy being Pink Diamond?
So here is a new idea what if Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond, but she became corrupted somehow. Her healing powers saved her from being totally corrupted, but in the process she changes into a Rose Quartz. Someone comes upon and think she has shatter herself, and she is sent on the run.
I can buy Pink Diamond turning Rose Quartz and no one realizing it. No one on Home World can seem to tell gems apart. Despite Blue Diamond ordering Ruby to be shatter for fusing with Sapphire she doesn’t recognize either of them when they are on a rescue mission to get Greg back. Yellow Diamond actually had to ask Peridot which one she was before realize she was on earth.
Maybe Rose Quartz can’t change back into Pink Diamond, but she is know free just how some gems are miserable being in Home World’s caste system, and the destruction power they are doing to the earth. She decides Home World must leave, but since her sisters won’t listen to her thinking she is just a plain Rose Quartz, she decides to force the issue with a war.
This could also explain why she never told the Crystal Gems. They might have very well accepted her story, but it was important for their own development not be influenced by a Diamond. How would the Crystal Gems feel knowing they had been following a Diamond all this time. They might question if they were really trying to be free to be themselves or were they just follow another Diamond’s wishes. Given devotion the Home World gems give to their diamonds this would be something that needed to come up.
Rose Quartz clearly needed to lead in the war and finding corrupted gems, but it’s clear that she didn’t want to lead like a Diamond. Maybe she starts being happier being a Rose Quartz. It’s possible that she knew Home world would come back someday, and I think she wanted to find a way to show them that gems can change, and that was okay.
Enter Steven. I think if my theory is right and Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond, but something happened to change her then it’s possible that Steven being half human could can back into a Diamond because humans naturally change. That could be one of the ways to unite the two worlds, and the Diamonds to realize she was right. That is not going to be easy for Yellow or Blue since they are still in state of grief, though they are dealing with it different ways. If they learn they had been fighting their sister all this time, it might devastated them. Who knows how White Diamond might react.
I think it’s safe to say there is more to the story of Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond even if they’re not the same person. I don’t think it’s a simple as the Home World version or even the Crystal Gem version. We might get some answers about it in two weeks in the episode Storm in the Room. Though I doubt all the questions fan have will be answered in that one episode. What do you think? Do you think Rose Quartz being Pink Diamond theory is dead? Or do you think there is some other explanation about how Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond are the same. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.