First, Persephone from the perspective of Greek mythology… The Titan Kronos had six children: Demeter, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia and Zeus. The beautiful daughter of Demeter and Zeus, Persephone is the focus of the story resulting in the division of the seasons. Persephone is kidnapped as part of a secret agreement between Zeus and Hades; Zeus gave up his daughter to placate Hades. Hades abducted her and took her to his underground kingdom. After much protest, Persephone came to love the cold blooded king of the underworld but her mother, Demeter (the mother of the earth’s seasons), was consumed with rage and sorrow. She demonstrated her anger by punishing Earth’s inhabitants with a bitter and cold winter. Unless Persephone was returned of to her mother’s side, Earth would perish.
In the trilogy, Hades is really the Merovingian, who keeps Persephone at his side. That the Merovingian is Hades helps relate why he controls the Train Station, symbolic of the river Styx [* more on the Train Station below *]. The Oracle is really Demeter, who is Persephone’s mother, and the Architect is Zeus, who has given Persephone/Trinity as the Eve to the Merovingian/Neo’s Adam. [* read more about Trinity’s specific role above *]. He uses Persephone by forcing her to stay with the Merovingian. This way, she can guide Neo back to him (she leads Neo to the Keymaker) when Neo is rejected by the Merovingian.
The Architect says in Reloaded that before the appearance of the One, there were 2 failed worlds. The first was a utopian hell, where no complex system of control existed. When that world failed, the Architect created a dystopian hell, based on the “grotesqueries” of human history. My speculation is that in this second failed world, the Architect/God created his order of angels – Seraph (hebrew for ‘angel’), the Merovingian/Devil (in the Bible the devil was a fallen angel), etc. But when this second world failed and was altered to include choice, the Merovingian escaped deletion (he himself says there is a “bounty” on his head) and stayed on through to the creation of the One, symbolically and figuratively taking control of the Keymaker, the key back to God. Persephone was secretly given to Merovingian without the Oracle’s knowledge, as a system of control over the undeletable Merovingian. When the future One must find his way to the Source, she guides him past the Merovingian’s unsuspecting eye. Her updated version, Trinity, has the same goal: find the One, make sure it is him through a kiss, and lead him to the Source so he can make his fateful decision.
The Dystopian world created by the Architect didn’t allow for choice. Consequently, the Merovingian believes in causality (the existential view, which incidentally was a predominantly French philosophical movement) rather than choice. The Oracle, who wants to end the war (as she says in Revolutions to Neo), is the “intuitive” program that came up with the idea of choice (as the Architect says in Reloaded). Thus, the Merovingian wants her dead as he hates choice and profits from the war, relishing his lavish existence in the Matrix. The Merovingian’s restaurant La Vrai (The Truth) is on floor 101. Neo’s apartment in The Matrix was 101. The number 101 is from the Orwell classic 1984, and is the room where people were brainwashed and controlled. The Merovingian never had to make the choice posed by the Architect to Neo. As such, he never had to save Persephone and their love was not put in jeopardy, so it withered away. They only still remain together forcibly by their very natures as programs, but the love is gone. This is why Persephone wants to kiss Neo, to remember that passion she once had, and to verify that he is indeed the One. Trinity’s last words before she dies in Reloaded are “Kiss me, once more. Kiss me.” This is the final parallel between her and Persephone, who also is fixated on kissing the One and having him fall in love with her. This is the function of the Trinity/Persephone program.
As the first and only superpower in the “grotesquery” Matrix (he did not have Smith as an enemy), the Merovingian is able to take control of the Keymaker and the Train Station [* read further for Merovingian’s specific role *]. The train station is like purgatory, or limbo. Note that “Mobil” Ave. – the sign in the train station – is an anagram for Limbo, which is why Neo cannot escape no matter where he runs. This realm is akin to the river Styx, the Greek’s portal between the Earth surface and the underworld, and controlled by Hades. The dirty bum that conducts the trains is akin to Charon, the vile boatman of Styx, who ferries souls across the river. Despite Neo’s powers granted to him in the Zion and Matrix worlds, here Neo can do nothing. In Greek mythology, no one could cross Styx without Charon’s permission. That the Merovingian controls the Keymaker, possessor of the key to Heaven, is symbolic of needing to go through hell to get to heaven.
WHAT IS MEROVINGIAN’S ROLE IN “DEALING WITH [NEO’S] PREDECESSORS?”
The other previous Ones were meant to die in Zion. After they “temporarily disseminate their code” to destroy Smith and create Zion with 23 people, they are denied access back to the Matrix by the Merovingian. The Merovingian, who controls the ultimate transport between the 2 worlds (the Train Station) denies Neo the right to go back in. This is how, as the Merovingian states to Neo, “I have dealt with your predecessors before.” As it says (used as reference to 7 males, 16 females) in Genesis 7:16 (NIV): The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.”
In every other version before Neo (including Councilor Hamann), Merovingian waits for the time when the One connects to the Source, and then banishes him/her from the Matrix construct through the train system. He even does it again, as he is supposed to, to Neo in Revolutions. He traps Neo there after Neo connects with the machines in Zion. But Neo does this prematurely, when he goes through the wrong door in Reloaded and then stops the Sentinels in Zion. With this connection made by Neo that Zion can bend to his powers now (Neo: “Something is different”), he collapses and is sent to Limbo (more accurately, he emits a ‘virtual EMP’ that knocks out both himself and the sentinels; similarly, Bane is unconscious because he sets off an EMP on the ship). The Merovingian expects that Neo has defeated Smith and is ready to banish him to Zion, as the Merovingian had done with Neo’s predecessors. Accordingly, he doesn’t expect Trinity to walk in the door of his Club Hel (more Hades symbolism) in Revolutions, as her character was dead by this point in the previous versions of the Matrix.
(Hel Club – VIP lounge)
Merovingian: What in the hell? *laughs* I don’t believe this.
Merovingian: *laughs* Quelle bonne surprise, n’est pas? (Trans: What a fine surprise,
isn’t it?) Who could’ve guessed we’d all be seeing each other so soon after our last
meeting? A fate too kind.
Seraph: You know why we are here?
Merovingian: *laughs* Come, now. What kind of question is this? Of course I know. It’s
my business to know. Some might think this a strange coincidence, but I do not. I am
curious, though, as to how it actually happened. Do you know?