This is so hard because you know this isn’t the first time they’ve had this conversation. They probably have it every time he visits her. He squares his shoulders before he goes in there, and hopes for the best, relatively speaking. You can see it in his face in that second gif - the way he literally crumples when he sees that he’s lost her again.
oh my god, I never even considered that this isn’t the first time steve visits peggy. I wasn’t sure of the time frame but I figured it would take him a while to find her (and he’s been pretty busy saving the world and stuff), but of COURSE he’d visit her as soon as humanly possible.if she has alzheimer’s or dementia or any other condition that affects memory, he has to treat every time like it’s the first when he knows every time could be the last. OH GOD