After rewatching All That Glitters it occurs to me that maybe we have Captain Crane all wrong. Gus specifically says that he's not one for riches and he'd rather sleep easy at night. He also says that what he really wants is the lighthouse.Timothy wrote:If anything, Gus deserves a greater reward because he stuck his neck out on the line for Crane. Borden was a dangerous individual and Ezekiel Crane used Gus as a decoy so he could get the treasure in 'All That Glitters.' This suggests that Ezekiel cared more about the treasure than his own son's well being.
He states throughout the episode that the treasure belongs to Captain Crane and gives up his share. At the end of the episode, Capt. Crane offers to take Gus with him, but he refuses.
In the end, once he realizes Captain Crane has the treasure he seems genuinely happy for him, without the slightest hint of regret.
Why does Captain Crane leave?
I. He was keeping the lighthouse while mending a broken heart (Sea Ghost). Maybe being around Gus helped him make peace with the ghost of Eliza.
II. He came for the treasure. Been there, done that.
III. He had been land locked too long, similar to Gus in Otherwise Engaged.
IV. Moving around would make it harder for Borden to track him down. If he had stayed, he would have been putting Gus in eminent danger as well, so in a sense, he was protecting him.
V. Anyone, especially someone with a keen interest in the intimate details of Gus' life, could see that he was building a sense of community and famly life around him, as well as getting a solid education. So, in that sense, by not pressing the issue of leaving, he was doing what he felt was best for Gus at the time.