But I sure wish it could.
Yes. I'm obsessed with Game of Thrones. Are you? It's okay if you say no. That doesn't matter. Not really. This isn't about the show. It's about love.
And unfortunately for every character love dies as quickly and as bloody as people do. But the talk about love rings true in the darkest and most beautiful ways.
Some quotes from the last two episodes of Season 4:
Sam asked Jon Snow about what it's like to be in love:
"It's this person, this whole other person, you're wrapped up in them. They're wrapped up in you. For a little while, you're more than just you...well, I don't know! I'm not a bleeding poet!"
True. He's no poet. But he's right.
Chat between Jon Snow and Tormund about Ygritte:
Tormund: "Did you love her? She loved you ..."
Jon: "Did she say that?"
Tormund: All she ever talked about was killing you. That's how I know."
WHOA. Love and hate - the finest of all lines? I remember I once said to my ex-boyfriend, "I love you so much I want to punch you in face." (I didn't, but I can understand Ygritte's feelings).
Sadly Jon's love died in his arms. Damn arrows!
Ygritte: "Jon Snow."
Jon: "Don't talk."
Ygritte: "Do you remember that cave? We should've stayed in that cave."
Jon: "We'll go back there."
Ygritte: "You know nothing, Jon Snow."
Ygritte is right. They won't get back to the cave where they fell in love and made love.
I remember what it's like to have a new love, to be in love. You together live in a figurative "cave" where you explore each other and eschew the outside world. Your new found love drapes a rosy lens over everything you see and experience.
Instead of complaining about the stuff that usually enrages you - like your stupid boss or the gross dude on the subway who rubbed his crotch against you - you laugh about it.
Because you met another human who loves you by choice! And you love him or her back.
In time the cave walls fall away. You're still in love but reality is now real. And that guy on the subway and your boss make you mad again.
Is it possible to rebuild that cave? Or something different but serves the same purpose? That acts as a safe space for the two of you to go and hide, and get wrapped up in each other again?
I am thinking about love. And unlike in Game of Thrones, I do believe love can survive.