As this preview for Watchmen‘s season finale suggests, the end is nigh. But then again, nothing ever ends. So which statement is the truth? Can there even be an objective truth for creatures with as limited perceptions of the universe as human beings? Narrative is itself an attempt to contain uncontrollable forces and “the end” speaks more to the loss of perception than anything truly being completed. But if Jon Osterman (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) can experience the coming tragedy, perhaps there is an end after all.
And while this episode answered so many questions — including how Adrian Veidt (Jeremy Irons) ended up on Europa, the truth about the video of Dr. Manhattan on Mars, and how the squidfalls occur — it leaves some more immediate ones up in the air. Where is Wade (Tim Blake Nelson)? What is Lady Trieu’s (Hong Chau) real objective? Has Jon passed his powers on to someone else? Hopefully, next week’s episode will resolve most of these plots. But whether the 7th K get their ubermench or Angela (Regina King) saves her husband, the rules of the series will be rewritten by the end.
In the meantime, let’s just bask in the poetry of a black Dr. Manhattan blasting away Klan members. It feels like the conclusion to the violence depicted in the series’ opening moments. That said, Will Reeves’ (Louis Gossett Jr.) story isn’t over yet, so he may have the chance to also revenge himself about the 7th K.
Also, you have to hand it to this show for pulling off a sequel to the original Watchmen‘s best single issue. Jon’s perception of time manages to create yet more drama, deliver spectacular revelations, delve further into his past, and make Angela’s relationship with him more profound. This is the quality we always hoped for in a Watchmen project and it continues to deliver.
Watchmen airs Sundays on HBO.