Who be the daddy? Let's ask SRG, one of two new guests writers.
The question of Nadia’s true paternity popped up at the end of season 4. Irena Derevko’s coy “I wonder where she gets that from,” response to Jack’s comment about Nadia being “exceptional” raised my eyebrows as to its true meaning. Was she simply being sarcastic regarding the criminal and deceptive qualities of her and Arvin, or was Irena insinuating that Nadia gets her positive qualities from Jack, making him her true father? This question was slumbering in the back of my mind until I watched the “Mockingbird” episode last night. Hearing Sloane ask Jack to “Take care of Nadia…like she were your own daughter”, with a special emphasis and bitter tone on the last phrase, was like a 4-alarm waking up my snoozing theory. Does Arvin know something we don’t? Could Jack really be Nadia’s father? Here’s what we know about Syd and Nadia’s parentage and how they relate to The Prophecy:
Thanks to Uncle111’s well thought out timeline, Irena evidently had two affairs with Sloane, thus the confusion over whether he was Syd’s father. Jack had Syd’s DNA tested in season 3, which proved what we already knew to be true, that Jack is Syd’s father. So, that matter is (though, you never really know on Alias) settled.
In season 1, Jack, Vaughn and Weiss extracted Syd from FBI custody to prove that she was not “The Chosen One”, who it was said would never see the beauty of the mountain mentioned in the The Prophecy. HOWEVER, aside from Irena telling Syd she was “The Chosen One” in the season 2 finale, her identity as such was basically proven in the season 4 finale, when she was the only one who could destroy Rambaldi’s invention of the big-bad-red-ball-that-makes-everyone-a-nutter. Writer mistake or a storyline we will see again this season? We can only guess.
One of Irena and Sloane’s affairs happened right before she was extracted by her “car accident,” supposedly resulting in the birth of Nadia. Sloane tested his DNA with that of “The Passenger,” and it was a match. Nadia’s identity as “The Passenger” was confirmed by her delivering Rambaldi’s message through a series of drawings while being hopped up with Rambaldi fluid at the end season 3.
All of this seems to add up that Jack is Syd’s father and Sloane is Nadia’s, yet I can’t help but wonder what Irena meant by her comment, and if Sloane knows a truth the rest of us have yet to discover.
Thanks SRG! I look forward to having you post more on Let's Talk Alias!