Q:Do you think Big Boss really loved Eva? Or was she an alternative after he killed The Boss? If you see Naked Snake and The Boss' relationship that way. In other words, was Eva second to The Boss in Snake's heart?
I think anyone would be second when compared to The Boss in Snake’s eyes. Naked Snake adored and loved her, but not in a romantic sense. The Boss was his idol, his rock. Naked Snake respected her greatly, he acts a lot like a son, trying very hard to make a good name for The Boss, and tries very hard to make her proud even when she is long gone. Their kind of love is more than just black & white, it has layers and something only those two share.
As for Eva, I think Naked Snake did care a lot about her, maybe even loved, but things get complicated when you work for the CIA or an international spy.. haha.
He did lose an eye for her… he does also go out of his way to help her even after Snake Eater, and when he’s old in MGS4, he stills reminisce about her and his old friends. Maybe in a different life they’re bond could have been deeper.
But this is Naked Snake we’re talking about… For all we know, his biggest true love is probably a cardboard box. ♥