Spoiler Rich Thoughts: The only water in the forest is the River
So now we know the identity of River Song. Some of you called it, but I dismissed your theories like an ass. But you were right. But the question remains, which “Good Man” went to war? Spoilers ahead!
So River Song is Melody Pond. Raise your hand if you knew that the moment the name of Amy’s baby was revealed. As the camera panned over to the baby’s name written on the plastic crib, I knew instantly how this episode would end. I even said to myself a moment later, “The only water in the forest is the river.” The fact that River couldn’t/wouldn’t join the Doctor only cinched it. So the shocker end was a bit obvious to me after that clue. Sort of sad I missed out on the emotions of that revelation. In that moment it was more of “Oh, of course,” rather than, “OOOH MY GOD.”
When Lorna Bucket (her name should have been a clue she was going to kick is before the end of this episode) handed the prayer leaf to Amy, I had a story all set in my head. The baby is somehow lost with the prayer leaf, and whoever finds her misreads it as “River Song.” I was sort of right. But there is the plot hole now of the prayer leaf being with Amy and not the baby. So how did she get that name? Hopefully that will be cleared up.
Also, we now know one possibility of how River know the Doctor’s name. He said he would never tell that name to anyone, and he didn’t. She read it off the side of his cot. Of course she can read Gallifreyan. She’s an Almost Time Lord. So I was surprisingly spot on when I said that she was the closest thing to a Time Lord he’d ever have. Who knew?
Now there is something else that caught my attention, and that is Rory. Yes, he was bad-ass in a Good Man Goes to War. The scene of him bringing Melody back to Amy will be a shining moment in his character history. I had tears in my eyes when the whole little family was all together for the first time. But here’s something to think about…
Twice this season we’ve been given a Doctor/Rory fake-out. The first was in the Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon after Amy was kidnapped. Remember how she was mumbling for that wonderful man to save her? Everyone, Rory included, thought she was talking about the Doctor. She wasn’t. She was talking about Rory.
We get a call back to that moment in a Good Man Goes to War. At the beginning, Amy is talking about the bravest man she knows, the man who is going to save them. The Centurion. Rory.
Now remember the look on River’s face when she saw him in his Centurion get-up. She was startled and unsettled, and Rory asked if they’d met yet. River quickly shook it off and said they had, and the conversation went on as usual.
Here’s what I think:
This whole time we’ve been operating under the assumption that the good man that she killed, the greatest man River has ever known, is the Doctor. I am beginning to disagree. After all, if this religious order of warriors hates the Doctor, why would she be imprisoned for killing him? I’m going to need to go back and watch the Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone. But it would seem that she’s not being held at Stormcage for a crime, rather because the Order (or whatever it’s called) owns her as a weapon against the Doctor. Again, I have to go back and watch these again because it’ not jiving as neatly as I’d like. Hell, I have to go back and watch EVERYTHING again. But what I’m getting around to is this: who did River kill that would have made Father Octavian so upset?
River Song kills Rory. She was stunned to see him because last time they met, he died. I certainly don’t want that to happen. I love Rory. He’s awesome as hell and we are long overdue for a boy companion, and it’s cheap to have him die yet again. But I think that is going to be the twist. The last Doctor/Rory fake-out. After all, the greatest man any little girl knows is her father.
So who kills the Doctor? Now I have no idea. What do you think? Correct me where I need correcting.
Also: Did Strax have to die?? Can we have a Madame Vastra spin off, please?