Upset right now that one of my shows (Vikings) is giving me a glorious m/m love story but without crossing the line into sex, while another (GoT) is being generous with the m/m sex, but gutting an equally intense love story in the process. (Can’t say more without book spoilers, but this is not a Loras that seems likely to Do the Thing he’s supposed to do in this part of the story.)
What is SO threatening to people about the combo of m/m sex AND love that we never get to see both? It seems like we’re supposed to write off queer men as sex obsessed and incapable of deep love, or else write off deep m/m love as something without even a tiny hint of sexuality. Ugh. Tired of it.
It’s just a phrase. Loras and Tyrion are talking about the Knight of Flowers’ decision to be part of the Kingsguard. When asked if he didn’t want to wed and have children, Loras says this. It’s subtle and not everyone would get it but…
But when Renly died, no one could replace him for Loras. And so he swore to defend a king he does not believe in and to be the knight he is destined to. He lost his love and only honor is left - something that’s bruised and it’s not nearly enough to make him happy.
It’s quite beautiful. It broke my heart because Renly was my favorite character - still is - of the series and, in my opinion, he would be the best king. No one in the series can replace him for me. He was too special. He is too special.
And, seriously, what beautiful phrase, meant to a love so pure and so sad because you know, just by reading those words together, that will not last.