Honestly, I loved Max's Carmen! So pleasantly surprised, not a huge fan of the SP, but he's improved his artistry A LOT! He has that panache and confidence that really make the Carmen work. Some mistakes in the program to be sure, but also some great jumps and his TES was quite impressive given how many points he left on the table. It's early but I say he's looking strong to defend his title and at least grab one of the Olympic spots even if he doesn't defend his title. I can see him making the GPF, honestly, and a medal at the Olympics isn't out of the question IMO (gold won't happen but I think he is definitely in the hunt for a bronze considering none of Chan, Hanyu, and Fernandez are particularly consistent/reliable in competition, not to mention others like Dai). This season is gonna be so exciting!