ignorance is bliss
Does James Delaney have supernatural powers…or is he actually having psychotic breaks? ~
“What’s interesting is that if a person’s third eye is opened up, then their dreams, they dream while they’re awake and they’re processing it. Those dreams take on imagery of what he’s projecting and mixing together. So they’re not specific, they’re an amalgamation of imagery that he deciphers. He’s firing images about what he doesn’t know and trying to process that. It’s not supernatural, it’s about processing traumatic stress.”

Q: What’s the deal with that scene in the first episode when Hardy’s character is muttering something while sprinkling magic dust on his dad’s grave?

He’s actually saying some stuff along the lines of come back to me, return to me, I want to be inside you… to his sister. He’s not talking to his father at all.

He doesn’t like his father, at all. He steals the coins from his [dad’s] eyes. He’s saying: You’re staying exactly where you are. You’re not going to the afterlife just yet. There’s issues that need to be unraveled still. There’s issues with his father about what happened to his mum.

Q: And who is James’s mother?

James’s mum died when he was a baby, and he’s been led to believe that she’s from Spain, which she’s not. His father was a traveling evil colonialist who took a trophy wife that James is the son of. It was a particularly heinous relationship, and she was technically murdered by his father, as far as James is concerned. He doesn’t know anything about her [except there’s] a painting of her. In the painting, she’s as some Spanish princess. So the image he has of her is distorted. Does that make sense?

There’s a lot of imagery that he has of ghosts and stuff he’s processing internally that aren’t specific. It’s just his way of seeing things and putting these together imbued with stimulus he’s processing [from when he was] a child before when his third eye was opened up and then reiterated when he was abroad in Africa and other places.

So we’re questioning whether he’s got some spiritual connection and some Shamanistic images, which is unlikely, or he’s got post-traumatic stress disorder.


The BIRD TATTOO. It`s different from the tribal ink. Intriguing. What does it signify? Is it a Salish raven?! There`s a semi-explanation in a Q&A that also addresses some other big questions...

Q: Why`s Delaney so hard to read?

We don`t often see inside his head.Is he suffering from post-traumatic stress and how does it manifest itself when you don`t have psychoanalysis? There`s also a tattoo on his back. A bird names Sankofa. He`s covered in marks from being in Africa that have yet to be explained.

Q: Delaney is approached by a total stranger who tells him his father begot a son that he raised and how he expects a financial reward. Why should Delaney believe him?

Back in the day there were bastards born all the time. The boy, Robert, is a ward of the father, and Delaney is repaying his father`s debts. Robert will return in the story.

Q: Delaney doesn`t seem to invite the attention of the opposite sex, although they are certainly on offer. Is he not into having company?

He can`t feel anything. He`s not trying to meet anyone. If there`s a romance, how do you deal with someone who`s really damaged or sexualize him when somebody has been through the things he`s been through?


The bird tattoo on James Delaney back and that he carved into the floor of the ship. It’s a Sankofa and it’s typically associated with Akan art. I actually had a printed scarf with similar symbols.

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”

The word is derived from the words: SAN (return), KO (go), FA (look, seek and take).

“The Akans believe that there must be movement and new learning as time passes. As this forward march proceeds, the knowledge of the past must never be forgotten.”