We’re going to get a Sam and Bucky flashback: Prediction Time
I made another weird “what if” post earlier and I’m now predicting it’s going to happen in episode 6.
Bucky gets nightmares, we know that. He has difficulty sleeping in beds, specifically on mattresses. I think he may have had the same issue with the couch. Now I could be wrong and maybe the couch was fine, because a bed and couch are sort of different but we also didn’t see him on the floor, so he somehow was able to sleep on the couch at some point of the night.
If Bucky did get nightmares and had issues with falling asleep, then that means he probably stayed awake for a while or he’s a light sleeper and woke up naturally.
We know Sam woke up around dawn, because when Bucky walks over to help him in the engine room we get a shot of the sun rising. Sam was in deep focus and hardly acknowledged Bucky’s presence at first, so we can assume that he had been down there for a while.
Bucky’s smile on the couch was brought by Sarah’s kids playing with Sam’s shield and running when they got caught, but I think it may be connected to something else. He had just woken up and he had a droopy smile that people get when they’re sleepy. There’s a possibility that he could of been remembering something, perhaps something in a flashback we may see.
I’m also going to say now, even though I do think Sam and Bucky would be great couple, I’m not going to make this romantic or push that. I want to push a healthy and close friendship, because at the end of the day, romantic feelings or not they’re great together, this post focuses on their platonic friendship not a possible romantic one. And for a while, close platonic male relationships haven’t gotten the proper attention they need.
Since Sam woke up early and Bucky has difficulty sleeping and may have on the couch or just woke up naturally, I think they interacted and that it was definitely more than a simple greeting.
In this episode we see Sam and Bucky warming up to each other, opening up and we even see Bucky apologizing to Sam for failing to recognize his own privilege which was a great thing to see. Though a realization like that doesn’t just pop up out of nowhere. For most of the previous episodes, Bucky was set on blaming Sam for giving up the shield so him not only apologizing for that but also admitting to not seeing his own privilege tells us he clearly sat back and reflected on himself and really saw through Sam’s perspective.
I am becoming very sure that one of these happened when Sam was downstairs,
a) Bucky was struggling with falling/staying asleep and both opened up
The line “You still having nightmares?,” can be used to hint towards this, because he said still, not asking if he ever had them. He knew.
b) Bucky was awake when Sam came downstairs and they casually talked until one pushed a boundary and they had a deep conversation
c) They both asked each other why the other was awake at such an early time and Sam started opening up about his feelings, causing Bucky to reflect on his own behavior
d) Sam asked Bucky if he could talk and hesitated, then Bucky comforted him and Sam really expressed his emotions, causing Bucky to sit back and reflect on his own behavior
or e) They had a quick awkward-filled conversation until the flood-gates opened up for one or both of them and a deep conversation happened
It could also be a combination of multiple scenarios, we don’t know yet
But Bucky’s droopy smile makes me think that he possibly thought back to the conversation and because Sarah’s kids playing with the shield were adorable, because after he smiles he looks deep in thought. After whatever scenario, Sam told him he was going to be down in the engine room. We didn’t get a scene where Sarah told Bucky where he was and it was very early, so she might have not even been up, how else would Bucky of known where he was? He seemed to know where Sam was, it didn’t look like he was searching for him.
Sam told Bucky where he was going to be, meaning they talked, leaving the possibility of a deep conversation that we’re going to see.
We also saw Bucky standing and staring at the rising sun, thinking again. He would be thinking about the conversation him and Sam had the night before and he seemed hesitant to go to Sam. That could be for any reason, maybe in scenario a, Bucky could of opened up about the nightmares in general but not gone into great detail and was thinking of a way to bring them up. Also, it’s possible Bucky started to see from Sam’s perspective after Sam opened up and recognized that he owed Sam an apology for the way he treated him. Whatever the right scenario is, since Bucky smiled immediately after he woke up, I’m assuming the conversation ended well.
Again, I’ve made a few posts about this scene in particular. But there is a reason why Bucky was walking in slow motion and why Bucky and Sam had odd tension between them in the engine room. I believe it shows their level of comfort as friends and becoming closer, sometimes words aren’t needed. They felt comfortable around each other and the moment was something that didn’t need words, we as the audience had it sink in that now they care about each other.
They wanted us to focus on those scenes, they’re hinting that they mean something, which hints to a flashback.
We also saw Sam and Bucky hours later, still together and working on the boat again until Sarah kicked them out. It looked like the afternoon, meaning Sam and Bucky spent a good portion of that day together. They could of continued the conversation they had before, they could of addressed something that they didn’t before, it could be anything.
Also, Bucky goes back to Sam’s house in episode 6, we haven’t seen the scene where Sarah’s kids hang off Bucky’s arm yet. They didn’t just have a moment and let it go, this is them becoming friends and trusting each other.
I think we’re getting a flashback to Sam and Bucky getting closer, there’s a good chance.
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