AMC’s supernatural series ‘Mayfair Witches’ revolves around the Mayfairs, a New Orleans-based family known for their association with tales and legends of witches, vampires, ghosts, and other supernatural entities. The first two episodes of the show revolve around Deirdre Mayfair, who is bound to the supernatural entity named Lasher. Deirdre one day escapes from the captivity of her aunts to celebrate a party thrown by her uncle Cortland Mayfair. After the party, Deirdre soon becomes pregnant and eventually gives birth to Rowan Mayfair, who has been living as Rowan Fielding. Since the birth of Rowan happens ambiguously, the viewers must be wondering who her father is. Well, let us share the answer! SPOILERS AHEAD.
Who is Rowan Fielding’s Father?
In the first episode of the series, Deirdre Mayfair runs away from her aunts’ captivity and celebrates her newfound freedom with her uncle Cortland Mayfair, who is having a party at his mansion. During the party, Deirdre meets Patrick, who joins her for a dance. After the same, Deirdre becomes semi-conscious and gets seemingly raped. Soon, she becomes pregnant, only to get locked up in her room in the Mayfair house by her aunts. They wonder who the father of Deirdre’s baby is and brings Father Duffy to elicit the truth from her. Duffy suspects Lasher to be the father but Deirdre makes it clear that he isn’t.
First of all, Lasher doesn’t need to bring Rowan to Cortland’s house to impregnate her. As a supernatural entity, he has access to any rooms Deirdre’s aunts choose to lock her up. In addition, there is no indication that Lasher can impregnate a woman for the latter to bear a human child. Considering that Lasher is a supernatural entity, he can’t be Rowan’s father. Furthermore, Lasher doesn’t need to use force with Deirdre when she has offered herself to him. As long as she wears the particular necklace, he has an influence on the former, which makes it clear that he isn’t the father of Rowan.
When Father Duffy asks Deirdre whether Lasher is responsible for her baby, she names Patrick. However, Deirdre must be naming Patrick because she spent the night with him, especially before partially losing consciousness. Since Patrick is hired by Cortland for the night, it is unlikely that he will make a move without the instruction and permission of the current Mayfair patriarch. Since Cortland doesn’t have any reason for hiring someone to rape and impregnate his niece, only to hand over the baby to a distant family member, it is safe to say that Patrick isn’t the father as well.
But who exactly is the father? Rowan’s father is none other than his granduncle and Deirdre’s uncle Cortland, who rapes her on the night of the party. Cortland impregnates Deirdre to fulfill the prophecy of Lasher. According to the ancient prophecy, Lasher can be born again as a human baby through the thirteenth Mayfair witch, who is none other than Cortland and Deirdre’s child Rowan, who is considered as a “doorway” for the supernatural entity’s human version. Cortland impregnates his niece so that the thirteenth Mayfair witch can be born to eventually give birth to Lasher’s human version. In return for his service, Cortland gains immortality from the supernatural entity. In the eighth episode of the series, Ciprien touches the mask worn by the rapist and sees Cortland using the same, revealing that he is Rowan’s father.
Cortland always wanted to take advantage of Lasher’s prophecy for his betterment. Since he is diagnosed with a fatal motor neuron disease named amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he realizes that he should help Lasher to stay away from death. Even after Rowan gives birth to the supernatural entity’s human version, he tries to take the baby away from her so that he can use Lasher’s superpowers for selfish reasons. Rowan, however, punishes him for raping her mother Deirdre, his own blood.