for a moment, before he turns around, he looks unguarded
I know, it’s very interesting! Thematically I decided that it didn’t fit with the other gifs, but he actually looks strangely peaceful in this. I think it speaks to his confidence in dealing with Blondie that he doesn’t think Blondie is the type to shoot first– or is confident enough that Blondie’s desire for the gold will prevent him from doing anything untoward. He has, of course, got that group of men coming so that’s probably part of it. In any case, I like the contrast between them in this scene.
And for what it’s worth, when I wrote Devil’s Pupil– I rather pictured it happening the night before this scene 😛