Oedipus and his daughter, Antigone, shuffle into Athens,
where he realizes he’s finally come to the Promised Land, his final resting
place. His suffering and exile should get the sweet release of peace soon.
While he waits he meets the king and is also reunited with his other daughter, Ismene.
Creon, Oedipus’ brother-in-law (and uncle—long story)
kidnaps Antigone and her sister Ismene in an attempt to lure Oedipus back to
Thebes. He wants Oedipus to be buried in a sweet spot just outside of his
hometown, where he can keep an eye on the tomb and stop vandals from defiling
and angering the gods, but also outside of Thebes, where it might bring some
more divine fury. Jeez, that's asking a lot. Can't poor Oedipus just die in
Theseus, king of Athens, saves the girls. In return, Oedipus
lets him know where his secret gravesite is so that Athens will always have a
magical source of power. The earth swallows up Oedipus, painlessly. After
crying it out, his daughters go to Thebes to try to sort things out there
between their feuding brothers.