Jason, my dear son, I speak as a shade, who by the mercy of the gods, may call to you from the Underworld. Jason, you are not at the end of your journey, but at its beginning. This path is a path which you choose. Go well, my darling. Go with your mother's love, and fulfill your destiny.
King Aeson: Your claim is false. I would sooner die than see my kingdom in your hands. Kill me, but in the name of your honor, spare my wife and child.
Pelias: Oh brother, brother, brother. What do you take me for, a savage? Let me show you how gracious I may be in victory. All I seek is my destiny... [embraces his brother, but takes out a hidden dagger and stabs him during the embrace]
Zeus: Your slave. One who admires you from afar and cannot find, even in heaven, more majesty than I see before me.
Medea: You are a God?
Zeus: Indeed, I am the King of Gods, and yet I am your slave. Medea–Medea–Medea–Medea–Medea–Medea–Medea–Medea, love me!
Medea: Great Zeus, I love another. Jason.
Zeus: [removes Eros' arrow from Medea] A boy? I am Zeus! I am the inevitable. I am the irresistible. I am the King who never dies, and you should be my Queen.
Medea: What do you want from me?
Zeus: Lie with me.
Medea: No, I cannot. Not only my body, but my immortal soul belongs to him that I love. There is no power stronger.
Zeus: You would deny me for the boy?! I give you time to reconsider, before your beauty fades.
Jason: Idas, it is good to see you.
Idas: Oh, it's–it's a miracle. We thought you were lost, or dead!
Jason: Idas, I must ask, do not spread news of our arrival. My mother's safety is still my main concern.
Idas: Your mother? Oh, by the gods, you do not know.
Jason: Know what?
Idas: Sir, I must tell you, your mother the queen is no more.
Idas: She is dead, sir.
Idas: She took her life, in the false knowledge of your death and that of your brother.
Mopsus: If we fear treachery from Pelias, we could still move against him under cover of darkness.
Jason: And waste some more lives in this vain enterprise?
Mopsus: What then is your intention?
Jason: My intention, brother, is to drink. To drink to all of those who should be drinking with us– to Echion, to Laertes, the bold tumbler, to Tiphys, Budes, Phanos, and to Hercules, the mighty and magnificent.
Mopsus: But sir, they will not have died in vain if you meet your destiny. You are, sir, still the rightful King of Iolcus. You may still rescue it from tyranny, and avenge your father's and your mother's lives.
Jason: To what end? Come first light, we leave this place.
Mopsus: Sir, I must tell you, I know of a way to the palace itself. It should give us the weapon of surprise.
Jason: Tell me.
Mopsus: There's a tunnel, passage into the temple. The entrance lies deep in the forest, but I believe I could find it again. It was kind to us once before, when I was captain of the palace guard, captain of your father's guard, Jason. It was I who took you from the temple and delivered you to Chiron.
Jason: Of course, the soldier! I owe you my life.
Mopsus: No sir, you owe me nothing. Just as I failed to keep your father from danger, so I failed you today.
Jason: Tell me of this tunnel.
Mopsus: The entrance lies outside the city. It is opened only by a key, the key contained in the amulet that your mother gave you.
Jason: I lost the amulet, I lost it in Lemnos.
Mopsus: Without the key it would be impossible.
Jason: Is there no other way?
Actor: We can use the key. I found it, see– in Lemnos. Always thought it was a good piece... Worth something.
Jason: Worth a kingdom, I should say.
Actor: I swear by the gods, that's the last thing I shall ever steal.
Jason: I see you wear the fleece, uncle. Has it brought you your heart's desire? Has its power revived you?
Pelias: [in fear] Do I look like an immortal?
Jason: The fleece has no power, except that imagined by those who seek it. We make our own destiny, by our own actions.
Pelias: This is trickery.
Jason: The only trickery lies within your imagination. How many have died so that you may gain the fleece? And what has it brought you? My sword at your throat, and your people baying for your blood.
Pelias: You will kill me.
Jason: I am sickened by bloodshed, and moved to mercy. [sheathes his sword]
Pelias: [relieved] May you never know the disappointment of old age. How my mind has been made mad by this fleece, my son is dead, my kingdom is lost! [drops his sword] Take the fleece, and do with it what you will. Take it with my blessing. But have mercy on me... [embraces Jason] before you meet your [pulls out a hidden dagger and attempts to stab Jason] desti–
Jason: [seizes the dagger, rotates it, and stabs Pelias] My destiny... is to rule!