The first time we heard of Tarot was is episode 1.02 called...Tarot. Bingo!
On this episode, Orwell mentioned to Vince the existence of a "secret society of killers", obviously named after the tarot cards; she said that meeting Cain, who had a tower symbol tatooed on his arm, "could be the first confirmation of the existence of Tarot".
And when Vince said he had never heard of it when he was a cop, Orwell answered : "You have not faced anything like this as a cop, i promess you that".
The tone of her voice and the words she uses -i promess you that- proves that she has an intimate knowledge of this society. At least something that goes beyond a simple surveillance of the crime activities in Palm City. Could it be that Orwell, or someone close to her in the past, was a member of this society?
We will come back to that later.
So what do we know about Tarot?
The tarot is a pack of cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group of card games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. From the late 18th century until the present time the tarot has also found use by mystics and occultists in efforts at divination or as a map of mental and spiritual pathways. Occultists call the trump cards and the Fool "the major arcana"
What did you say? "Arcana", like in the Thomas Wheeler novel "arkanum"? Maybe, maybe not. Once again The Cape flirts with mysticism a lot, as stated previously.
There is many ways to interprete the tarot cards and one card can be interpreted differently whether it is reversed or not, depending on the card pulled before or after,...
We know for a fact that Cain, the poisoner, was The Tower in the Tarot;
The Tower is an unsettling card. Fire, lightning, falling people on jagged rocks - definitely looks like trouble! Card 16 will not be welcomed by those who dislike change. It represents a sudden, dramatic upheaval or reversal in fortune. Usually change is gradual, giving us time to adapt, but sometimes it is quick and explosive.
The card's description fits well with the idea of poison and the way to overcome it, like Vince did.
We know for a fact that Goggles and Hicks were The Chariot in the Tarot;
The Chariot picture Julius Caesar riding his chariot triumphantly into Rome. He has defeated his enemies and conquered vast, new lands. This is the spirit of the Chariot. This card represents the victories that are possible through willpower and self-mastery. A military image is appropriate for the Chariot because this card stands for the strengths associated with combat - discipline, grit, determination and assertiveness.
The chariot is not necessary a "negative" or "bad" card but Thomas Wheeler has given us hints to interprate Goggles and Hicks; let me show you.
First we see their van, painted with semi-naked woman holding a sword and throwing flames dragon (see screencap) : bad sign.
When we see Hicks on screen, he just shot the man in Afghanistan; there is a close-up on his rifle you can very clearly catch sight of a scorpion at the end of his shotgun (see screencap) : bad sign.
Back to Goggles when he meets Fleming; at the back of his electric-powered wheelchair, you have a pattern featuring a skull and flames (see screencap) : bad sign.
Again, you can see the link between this card and the killing team.
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In tarot cards, there are 22 major arcana; we have seen only two of them. There is plenty of room for other major arcana to appear in the show (woult it have had a continuation).