SIREN – Season 2 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
Bryan (Daniel Cudmore) and Beth (Caroline Cave) are, it turns out, part of a rather large extended family of merfolk/human hybrids living in the Bristol Cove area. They avoid interaction with human society, and suffer genetic disorders resulting from continuous inbreeding. Helen (Rena Owen) and Rick (Brendan Fletcher), who are just now learning of the group’s existence, get invited to a gathering. They meet an old guy named John Rooney (John Tierney) who tells Helen he knew her mother (whose name was Daphne), and that what happened to Helen’s folks “wasn’t right”. John is in assisted living, and Beth says that he gets things confused sometimes, but Helen isn’t buying that. What could Daphne have done to get her expelled from the community?
The group says a prayer before eating, indicating that merfolk have developed some sort of religion. Helen already knows the prayer, and says her mother taught it to her.
Sistren of tide and time
We gather in the spirit of the great deep
We ask our mother’s blessings
On this bounty of sea and land.
(**Sistren is a Middle English feminine version of brethren, and hasn’t been in common use since the time of Francis Drake.) Continue reading →