In Season 3's "Point of No Return", Lady Morella agrees to "see" for Londo. During the session, he inquires if he is to suffer the terrible fate he has himself foreseen. She responds that he has three chances to avoid that fate. I'm paraphrasing from memory because I can't find an exact transcript:
- "You must save the eye that does not see."
- "You must not kill the one who is already dead."
- "If you fail those, you have one last chance. You must surrender to your greatest fear, knowing that it will destroy you."
I do not recall this prophesy ever being alluded to or mentioned ever again in the series. Londo's actual fate is pretty unenviable:
Being implanted with a mind-controlling "keeper" by the Drakh, essentially turning the Centauri Republic into a client state and himself into a puppet Emperor, and being powerless to stop the republic he loves from being destroyed by his own actions. And in a moment of stolen lucidity, he and his best friend murder each other.
So it can be presumed that he ultimately failed all three of the conditions in the prophecy. (But arguments that he actually escaped a worse fate by fulfilling one of the conditions I would be interested in hearing!)
What were the three events foretold in this prophecy, and what could Londo have done differently in each case to avoid his fate?
who Londo did in fact kill (or ordered killed), and who is under the mind control of the Shadows anyway and officially declared dead by Earthdome,
but I think it is more likely to have been
Lord Refa, whom Londo blamed for the death of Adira, and lured to his death. Refa is "already dead" morally and has been half-poisoned by Londo, but in getting revenge, Londo makes himself a servant of the Shadows and corrupts the Centauri Republic.
Or it could even be
Emperor Cartagia, who was certainly insane (his mind is "already dead"), and was assassinated by a conspiracy led by Londo, leading indirectly to Emperor Mollari's ascension.
But as to the others, I am completely stumped. I'm hoping a true fan has thought about this already to the Nth degree of detail and has a zinger of a theory waiting. Bring it!
Footnote: I am not inclined to accept the theory that "the eye that does not see" refers to
G'Kar's eye that was plucked out on the order of Cartagia. That interpretation makes no sense on several levels. It saw perfectly fine until the moment it was plucked out; its artificatial replacement saw just fine; and poetically, G'Kar turns out to rival Delenn as one of the wisest and insightful characters of the series.