Lionesses to the rescue!!
gonna wonder what leads zira to become a loyal zealot of Scars after all of this, or if this is an alternate universe where things started and end differently either way great work with these new pages
Definitely not an alternate universe, Zira will get to that point of insanity we see in the film, but mental changes take time, Scar wasn't always 'Scar' as we know, she's probably about to lose her mind any moment now, pushing the lionesses aside and defending her abusive parent and of course neglecting Nuka when he's born.
It's so nice, isn't it? how they're trying to protect poor Zira from that psycho. But, I hope it doesn't turn into a worse situation because they're rebelling against Scar...
I was thinking the same thing, I think the Pride will try to comfort Zira and distance her from Scar, and Dahlia will reach out towards her granddaughter but Zira will snap, and blame them for the situation, Scar realizes Akina had something to do with the situation and orders Zira to get rid of her, to prove her loyalty, labor hits Zira and she births a premature Nuka or something, whatever happens next isn't gonna be pretty.
If you look closer, you can see Uru's wrinkles near her eyes and that's the sign she is aging. Hopefully, she survives longer to see her great-grandson, Nuka. It's obvious that she is a lot younger than Ahadi. When they first met each other, he was an older teenager (human age:15-17) while she was a much younger cub (human age:4-5).
I noticed that too, and I think she will witness Nuka's birth. She may try to support him and help Zira take care of him in the absence of Endesha, and of course, that, ends up going horribly wrong. Nuka definitely was more influenced by Zira than the nicer lionesses in the Pride, and if there was anyone that tried to show Nuka genuine love and compassion, she probably got rid of them.
But even still, it doesn't excuse her treating her son like crap and is very much responsible for his death in the film, Sarafina was a single parent raising Nala and she didn't abuse her daughter, after all. It makes me wonder when Zira will become irredeemable just like Scar. XD
I highly doubt that Zira will be happy with Nuka. When Nuka fails to outrank Mheetu, Zira takes her anger on Nuka and physically abuses him for not being capable to outrank her half brother. And she rejects him when Scar rejects him in a favor of Mheetu, potentially Kovu.
True, even this parenting opportunity will go wrong for Zira as we know.
Poor cub won't be able to outmatch Mheetu or Kovu in the competition for the throne, and I'm sure Zira will push her son to challenge her half brother, maybe Nuka will help his mother get rid of Mheetu thinking he'll get his mother's love? Like how Zira was brainwashed by Scar into thinking she'd get Scar's love by covering up Moyo's murder.
And if Zira ends up pinning this on Akina, it'll probably break her heart. It only makes sense that after this, Zira will look at her as her enemy. She'll blame herself for leaving Scar's side and she'll blame Akina for nudging her to stop listening to Scar. What else would Zira be thinking? The situation has played perfectly for Scar to manipulate.