I love, love, love what Kurt/Chris did in that scene. This is once again a fight that boils down to Blaine’s fear of Kurt leaving him, because Kurt’s growing and Blaine feels he can’t keep up. And like the times before, Kurt will comfort Blaine, hug him, assure him that he will never leave. Once it’s due.
But this is also a fight about strenght and power, of Blaine fearing he is less than Kurt, is weaker, is his inferior.
So I love how aggressively and with so sound a harshness Kurt takes his stand here. Because yes, he does stand up for himself, but he does more I believe. He is not immediately like ‘awww, Blaine baby, come here, poor insecure thing, let me mother you…’. Because even if that might soothe Blaine, probably, it would in that very situation just affirm him in his role, kind of belittle him, put him even further in that mind set of needing to be taken care of right now (not that there is anything wrong with that once in a while, but because that is the point of their argument, being on equal footing).
Instead Kurt challenges Blaine with his harsh tone, to meet him on eye level. Making a statement that he knows Blaine can handle it, handle him like this. That Blaine does not need to be treated like a fragile thing right now, but that Kurt knows, believes that even like this Blaine is strong enough. That is far from not caring, the opposite, really.
And that little moment, when Blaine has averted his eyes. Kurt’s look is immediately softer, asserting and attentive on Blaine’s reaction, checking if he’s pushing too far… but it feels to me like also he is cheering Blaine on inwardly. Like, come on, Blaine, I know you can pull yourself out of this.
Then Kurt’s affectionate smile when he hugs Blaine after. A little tired maybe, because he knows they will probably end up there again, because insecurities like that run deep. But also so content and sure to end up with Blaine in his arms, every single ones of those times yet to come.
Thoughts about Kurt and Blaine in 5x16
Blaine Anderson is not okay.
We have been down this road with him before; he self-sabotages. And it is not pretty, and the way he goes about it is so hydra-headed that it’s difficult to get a handle on. But it is predictable. And there are warning flags before it happens…but though he knows something’s up, Kurt just doesn’t seem to really get those warning signs.
They speak such divergent love languages that it feels like they really need a translator sometimes. Kurt just seems to believe, even after all this time, that hugging Blaine and assuring him of Kurt’s love is all he needs. He just wants to find a way to inoculate Blaine against self-doubt, but he doesn’t see how he contributes to it.
And I don’t mean that Kurt getting stronger or more masculine somehow erodes Blaine’s self-image. Ick! I mean that he inadvertently takes away Blaine’s means of showing love.
So (and this may be way off), when we see Blaine making Kurt his Sunday breakfast in bed, my first thought was, “Oh, look, they communicated, and found a way to set boundaries, so Blaine can still do this service but not everyday, and Kurt can have his alone time, and…” But then, if they negotiated that Sunday breakfast in bed, why is Kurt out of bed and doing his morning exercise routine? That is one way to read Blaine’s dismay on finding Kurt doing pushups—that Kurt is rejecting this overture from Blaine..