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With Episode 19 "Dragon Dropped" recently being released early in China, this is an episode that has fans discussing the Sparity topic,(mostly positive, from what've I seen being discussed at various social media sites), It seems that this episode may be the (somewhat) official canon ship of Rarity x Spike.

The reason I say that, is because of the way Rarity reacts towards Spike hanging out with Gabby the Griffon, this is something we've never seen from Rarity, when it comes to Spike hanging out with another female character before, till now.  Because of this, along with the ending, where Spike says he'll always want his Rarity time, it pretty much (somewhat officially) makes Sparity canon. 

Yet, there are those that still feel that this episode didn't do that, and feel it did the opposite  Despite the visuals in front of them.

 

However, let's be honest, we knew something like this episode was going to happen, especially when it was made official that S9 would be it.  And when you look at the sudden (out of nowhere) resurgence of Sparity in S8, with the acknowledgements in "Break-Up, Break-Down, "Molt Down" (being a Sparity episode in someways), the few moments in the S8 finale, to the subplot, and ending between the two in "Best Gift Ever", to recently in the first 20 seconds of the mid-season 9 finale.  Yeah, I would say that the hints were out there, that an episode of this kind would occur towards the end of the series.  And guess what, it did with "Dragon Dropped".

 

Now throughout the series, (even through s3-s7 were low-key on it's Sparity moments), one could say that this SHIP is one of the more naturally grown ones that have happened, despite nothing really being made truly official (semi, yes), like let's say Big Mac/Sugar Belle or Maud Pie/Mudbriar, still it getting to the points it's gotten too in recent seasons, one could say, that if we get something in the end (like an epilogue moment that takes place a few years later) that shows Spike and Rarity being officially together, then one would find that very believable, from a character development point, and a lingering sub-plot coming full circle, like it did with this episode.

 

So despite this somewhat (in a semi way) making Sparity official, why do others hate Spike x Rarity?   Well, (IMO), I don't think it's the age argument, that many have used since the beginning (just about), no, I think it's this moment  

And believe it or not, it stems all the way back to S2, and the episode "Secret of My Excess" , where Spike willing and genersoaly gave Rarity his fire ruby, which orginally he grew and riped for his birthday.   And the reason this is the true reason (IMO), is because many feel that Rarity manipulated and sweet talked him into giving it to her, despite (using that word a lot here) everyone else, even the show staff that worked on that episode saying otherwise.

 

As far as the age argument goes, even Jim Miller on Twitter has (in his own unique way) debunked that argument/theory.

 

So in that way and in closing, if S9 EPS. 19 "Dragon Dropped" is the only (if not possibly last) Sparity centered episode of the series, we can at least agree that Sparity is (somewhat semi) official in the series now.  Will we still get moments here and there in the remaining episodes (21-26) or the proposed (if it's still happening) Holiday special at the end of the year?  That's kinda 50/50 right now, but I wouldn't put it pass the creative staff, if they did add some moments, like for example what I mentioned earlier, but we will have to wait and see.

 

Anyway, I wanted to finally get this off my chest, and give my overall thoughts.  But what do you here say.  Comments and replies would be great to hear.

Take Care and Brony On!

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