The last episode of Love, Death, and Robots is the dramatic “Jibaro.” Is the story of the Siren and the deaf knight based on a real myth from Central America?
Love, Death, and Robots season 3 is nothing short of a masterpiece, even if some episodes don’t hold up as well as “Bad Travelling” and “Mason’s Rats.”
But “Jibaro,” the last episode of volume 3, seems to be the one that has gotten the most attention online.
Fans all over the world are still thinking about the episode, but we have a theory that Jibaro from season 3 of Love, Death, and Robots gets some of his ideas from real life and a little bit from Siren mythology.
Love, Death, and Robots: Jibaro Ending Explained
After the mysterious siren realizes that she can’t use her powers to hurt the deaf soldier, she falls in love with him and they share a passionate kiss. But the soldier uses this chance to knock the siren out, steal her jewelry, and then throw her body back into the river.
The soldier then runs away through the forest. After another tiring journey, he crosses a second river and stops to drink a few times to quench his thirst. Unluckily for him, the Siren’s blood has also made its way downriver, and when he takes his first sip, the blood makes him hear again.
The soldier panics when he hears so many sounds at once for the first time. As he stumbles back through the forest, he ends up back at the first lake where the Siren used to live. To get back at the soldier, who is no longer safe from her powers, the Siren pulls him deeper into the water until he drowns and joins the other bodies at the bottom of the lake.
Is Jibaro Based on Real Spanish Mythology?
When you watch Jibaro, it’s hard not to think of a Spanish folk tale or myth about sirens. Even though the people who made the episode haven’t said anything about where Jibaro came from, we have a theory that is different from most.
People are calling Jibaro the deaf soldier in the episode, but his name is never given in the episode or any promotional material for Love, Death, and Robots season 3. In fact, in the preview for the Jibaro episode, Netflix only calls him a “deaf knight.”
We think that Jibaro is the name of the Siren that the song is about because “Jibaro” is a real word from the ancient Taino people of the Caribbean that means “people of the forest.”
The whole Love, Death, and Robots episode takes place in the middle of a forest, and all of the soldiers look like Spanish conquistadors. These soldiers don’t seem to have the colors or banners of real conquistadors. However, in 1820, a Puerto Rican man named Miguel Cabrera de Arecibo wrote a set of poems called “Jibaro’s Verses.”
The poems don’t talk about a golden woman in a lake, sirens, or even Spanish soldiers like the episode does. However, the Puerto Rican Cultural Publication “El Boricua” says that the Jibaro term was heavily influenced by the Catholic Church as people moved from Latin and South America to Puerto Rico. The Spanish conquistadors were the ones who brought the Catholic Church to Puerto Rico.
This is just a theory for now, but we think that “People of the Forest,” the Spanish conquistadors, and the fact that the episode is probably set in Puerto Rico all contributed to the great “Jibaro” from Love, Death, and Robots season 3.
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Jibaro Is Amongst the Highest-rated Episodes From Season 3 So Far
Love, Death, and Robots season 3 has only been on Netflix for a little over a day, but the reviews and ratings for each episode are already very interesting.
At the time of writing, these are the episode ratings for volume 3 on IMDB, which show that Jibaro is the second best episode so far:
- Three Robots: Exit Strategies – 7.4/10
- Bad Travelling – 8.8/10
- The Very Pulse of the Machine 7.1/10
- Night of the Mini Dead – 7.6/10
- Kill Team Kill – 6.6/10
- Swarm – 7.0/10
- Mason’s Rats – 7.6/10
- In Vaulted Halls Entombed – 7.5/10
- Jibaro – 7.9/10