Comment on Can't Live Without You

  1. Thank you for your comment. I'm glad that you finally found it.

    It is (BBC) canon that John, contemplates suicide after he comes home from Afghanistan, wounded and unable to be a surgeon any more. He's depressed and lonely until he meets Sherlock, who brings excitement back into his life, and gives him some purpose. Their lives are so intertwined and their relationship is more complicated than just friends or even lovers.

    I have heard of couples where after the death of one person the other gives up and dies a short time after, sometimes only a matter of months.

    And because Sherlock and John lived together for so long and their relationship was so deep, it felt right to me that John would commit suicide in his grief.

    Comment Actions
    1. Ah, yes, I'd forgotten that detail. Canonically, this makes sense, and fits with the John presented in the show. (And, in case it's not clear, I have no problem with people putting together scenarios like this, regardless; it's just difficult for me to wrap my head around that mindset.)

      And yeah, there are some people who give up and die because their partners died. I assume this is a case with people who've shared many decades together, but I would also have to wonder if there isn't some additional factor -- undiagnosed mental illness -- at play. It is simply not normal for human beings to pin their very lives to another person so strongly that losing that person literally kills them.

      Comment Actions