Above is what I wrote immediately after I’ve seen the episode and I got a few people who responded to that. Some people just simply ignored the possibility of Yuri ending his relationship with Victor completely, because… well? Apparently the rings are a big part, but the marrige thing came from Victor, Yuri never said he wanted to marry Victor and even though Victor got his love and life from Yuri and even says once again just how important Yuri is to him in the kiss and cry area to the audience, but unfortunately not to Yuri, this only applies to Victor, not to Yuri. Yuri is the one who wants to “end this”, though.
And here’s the thing many perople seem to forget as well: In Yuris mind, Victor equals skating. Skating and Victor are not seperated in Yuri’s mind, it never ever crossed his thoughts. Yuri asked Victor to be his coach until he retires, but it was Victor who said he wishes Yuri would never retire. Yuri bought rings as a good luck charm, but it was Victor who was joking about marriage (and probably meant to, too). Yuri is depressive, he only heares what he wants to hear and that’s the negative. Victor and Yuri need to get on the same page, that Victor is not going to leave Yuri, even if he retires. Right now, Yuri is jealous and anxious, because Victor has been so fascinated by the other competitors, namely Yurio Chris. Yuri took that very personal, it hurt him, but he didn’t now that Victor was probably just enjoying the new perspective Victor has gained from being Yuris coach. Yuri feels betryed, but Victor is just flying on could 7 too much to notice that he’s unintentionally hurting Yuri.
I has someone say that even though Yuri is suffering from anxiety and depression, he’s still overreacting, because they’ve watched countless of people perform, but this was the first time Victor watched it alone without telling Yuri. He left Yuri’s side without telling him and was so much into the performance he didn’t even notice Yuri. I think this possibly triggered an attack and threw him back into his old habits, hence the overreaction. He’s trying to “end this”, becasue he wants to return Victor to world where Yuri believes he belong, even though he’s right here. Yuris self-perception is very messed up, ever since the start he has done nothing but downtalk himself. To me, it always felt like he believed, he doesn’t belong into this world of top class figure skating, that he’s an intruder who snatched away Victor and needs to return him eventually.
Of course, Victor can’t he held repsonsible for everything. He saw the progress Yuri made, he experience it himself and he probably though he reassued Yuri more than enough that he won’t leave, BUT he’s still the one who has a state of mind that would generally be described as normal, even though he’s very childish every once in a while. He learned a lot how to behave around Yuri, he took Yuris advice to heart and just stayed close to him, tried to not say something that would put pressure on Yuri, but he made a big mistake: he left Yuri alone this time. He left his side, he disappeared to watch someone else, he didn’t even say Yuri where he was going. That is Victor’s mistake. Yuri’s mistake is not voicing his problems enough. When Victor turned over to him, he should have told Victor he was searching for him and felt left alone.
In the end, yeah, I think it’s very possible Yuri wants to end their relashinship on both levels, preofessional and personal, becasue that’s one and the same thing for him and it has been foreshadowed numerous times, so I don’t even know why everyone is so surprised. What’ll happen is what we’ll see, but Yuri and Victor aren’t even looking at each other in the preview for next episode, so I’m a bit worried how Yuri will do. With his score, it’ll be very very hard to win, his best chance is a mistake by preferably all the guys above him, especially by Yurio who has roughly about 20 points more than Yuri. Yuri has the highest technical difficulty, he needs to nail every jump and get a high presentation score. He’s either going to fail miserably with the state of mind he’s in right now, or do amazingly good, because he wants to skate his best for Victor one last time and show him that he didn’t waste his time. Either way, since Yurio is leading by a lot, I don’t think a perfect performance by Yuri will be enough to beat Yurio, it’s not in his own hands anymore, Yurio probably needs to mess up somehow, but he doesn’t look like he will.
By the way, I hate the young-genius-wins-every trope, so I kind of want to see Yurio fail… A LOT. I liked how he was in Moscow, she showed his talents, but also his inexperience. Now he’s a monster on ice.