ByElle McFarlane, writer at Creators.co
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

Watching FX's Atlanta is like stepping into a universe exactly like our own, but with the 'meta' volume turned to the max. Here, Justin Bieber is black, adverts cross the line between illusion and reality and disco can lead you into a cycle of crime. It's at once familiar and hyper-familiar, like Black Mirror but without any of the accompanying soul crushing bleakness. Unless of course you count being given a trolling masterclass by a man who refers to himself as 'Zansexual' as being almost too painfully on-point.

The undisputed ringleader of Atlanta's otherworldly twists is the shows mystic, the Zoo Tycoon loving Darius. He is set up as the series' sage right from Episode one. During the now infamous opening parking lot shoot-out which sees a trigger-happy Paper Boi losing his cool and Earn trying to keep the peace, Darius is operating on another plane completely, his attention diverted after recognizing a dog in the distance 'with Texas on him.' But this is only a taste of what's to come.

As Atlanta has progressed, Darius has emerged as somewhat of an oracle. For all of his seemingly obscure behavior and strange customs, absolutely everything he's said in the show has so far, for better of worse, come true and nowhere does he flex his mystic muscles more than in Atlanta's eight Episode: 'The Club.' Here's how he proved himself to be once and for all, Atlanta's most endearing pothead prophet.


Prophecy No.1 - Darius's Personal Drinks Discount

  • Prophetic Trait: Being singled out as being 'different' by strangers.
  • The Prophecy:

Episode eight starts with each character playing absolutely true to form. Sat around a minuscule roped-off area in a club, Alfred is complaining that he's not "stunting" in the upgraded VIP lounge, Earn is trying to find the club owner to get paid and Darius, well Darius is explaining to his bemused friends how he gets a twenty percent drink discount wherever he goes. When Earn asks exactly how this works, Darius simply replies:

  • How The Prophecy Is Fulfilled:

Just as people want to bestow gifts upon their ancestors, spiritual leaders and undeserving celebrities, so people want to bestow upon Darius a free drink, without knowing anything about him. Like all great prophets, people see in him something that they can relate to, he is just 'their guy.'

Ten minutes later in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, while talking to a bouncer a random man comes up to him says 'here's the guy,' passes him a drink and saunters off while Darius continues his conversation without batting an eyelid. Atlanta at it's subtle best.

Prophecy No.2 - The Invisible Car

  • Prophetic Trait: Believing things to be true that most people do not.
  • How The Prophecy Is Fulfilled:

While Alfred continues his rage against Marcus Miles who's currently fronting up in the premium VIP section with a pet peacock, Darius steps in to defend him saying that he's actually "pretty cool." He then goes on to show Alfred photos on his (real life @officialmarcusmiles) Instagram account of his prototype "invisible car" which has been given to him by Google. Like a true doubting Thomas, Alfred gives the photos one look, turns to him and says:

Darius in turn looks at Alfred as if to say, you do you, but I know this car is real. And, it turns out, he does.

  • How The Prophecy Is Fulfilled:

In perhaps one of the most ingenious scenes of the show to date, as people leave the club in the final few minutes of the Episode, gun shots are heard, everyone turns to flee and Marcus Miles drives off in, you guessed it, his invisible car. In the Atlanta Universe, GTA's glitches aren't glitches at all, but the stuff of reality, and Darius is already one step ahead of the game.

Prophecy No.3 - Darius's Lady-Luring Psychology

  • Prophetic Trait: Seamlessly manipulating people
  • The Prophecy:

Trying the cheer Alfred up, Darius decides to distract him by making him believe a nearby woman is interested in him. Seemingly scanning the crowd and picking her out at random, Darius tells Alfred that she's been looking at him all night. Confused as to how he knows she is interested in him and not Darius, Alfred asks "how you know she interested in me though?" Darius proceeds to answer with:

  • How The Prophecy Is Fulfilled:
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FX Atlanta

Apparently constructing the entire scenario through the power of his own mind, Darius then takes a back seat as Alfred makes his roped off area a no-border zone and lures in the lady in question, as well as a host of other undesirable tag-alongs. For the first time in the Episode, we see Alfred having a good time.

Darius was right, the woman was interested in him however, as ever, not in the way Alfred had hoped. Their interaction ends with her revealing that she has a boyfriend, that he can instead follow her on Instagram and that actually he got what he wanted, he got to "party with cute girls like me and have a good time."

Prophecy No.4 - Meaningless Wristbands = A Meaningless Existence

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FX Atlanta
  • Prophetic Trait: Being at once deeply profound and sincerely wrathful
  • The Prophecy:

Returning to the mini VIP section after going to "watch some people smoke," Darius suddenly finds himself denied entry by the security guard he was only just talking to. When asked what color his wristband is, Darius replies "purple," which doesn't grant him access. Apparently yellow is the color of the VIP access wristband. He does however point out that he also has a red wristband, but neither he nor the bouncer know what it is for. Hello metaphor for Darius's mysterious character/the red wristband symbolizing the purposelessness of existence.

  • How The Prophecy Is Fulfilled:

Upon realizing that his wristband truly does not enable him to regain entry in the VIP area, Darius's tone suddenly completely alters in a way we've not really seen before. Staring the bouncer down, Darius leans in and almost in a whisper sinisterly says:

This shows us that Darius is simultaneously capable of operating at a much deeper, existential level synonymous with Earn, and able to be aggressive like Alfred. He transcends a singular character definition, once again pushing himself more into the realm of a spiritual prophet who can be both reasonable and wrathful.

Prophecy No.5: Without Him, The World Falls Apart

  • Prophetic Trait: Being all powerful
  • The Prophecy:

After Darius leaves the club to go home and play Zoo Tycoon, a game where you play God in a Eden-like zoo theme park, all hell breaks lose. Firstly Chris, the club owner who Earn spends most of the Episode trying to chase, escapes from him through a secret door that literally allows him to go through walls. Secondly, a guy starts rubbing his nipples on the dance floor:

Thirdly it turns out that Marcus Miles has bought out the entire bar, and then immediately leaves, meaning that the whole club shuts down about four hours too early. And finally, Alfred goes full Paper Boi postal on Chris to get his full fee, and a two crates of Miller High Life while he's at it:

Oh, and needless to say again that Marcus Miles proceeds to speed away in an invisible car after the club parking lot shooting.

  • How The Prophecy Is Fulfilled:
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FX Atlanta

Managing to drag himself away from his virtual zoo, Darius meets Earn and Alfred in a waffle house during the aftermath of his club absence. It is here that they receive news that, due to Alfred attacking Chris but moments before the shooting, it is he who is wanted for questioning in connection to the trigger happy crime. Had Darius and his prophetic prowess remind in the club however, perhaps things would have turned out very differently.

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