The Twist in Watchmen Episode Seven Is the Most Anticipated Reveal of the Season
In Watchmen’s early episodes, Cal Abar was one in every of my least favourite characters. He was simply so blandly hunky, a wonderfully supportive TV partner airlifted from some much less brutally cynical present. In a world the place nobody is what they appear, he gave the impression to be precisely what he appeared. Which, on reflection, ought to have been the primary clue.
In Episode Six, we realized that Angela Abar’s grandfather was Hooded Justice, which was an excellent, stunning twist that few individuals anticipated to see on this present. However, Episode Seven provided a reveal that followers have been ready for with an enormous twist: Angela’s husband Cal is definitely Jon Osterman—Physician Manhattan. After Angela spends many of the episode in Woman Trieu’s compound, recovering from her huge Nostalgia overdose, Trieu reveals the Kavalry—in the present day’s iteration of the tech-savvy hate group Cyclops —intends to kidnap Physician Manhattan and switch their chief, Senator Joe Keene, right into a equally omnipotent being, destroying the unique Physician Manhattan within the course of. Angela instantly rushes house, the place she brains her beloved Cal with a hammer, earlier than fishing Manhattan’s iconic hydrogen atom emblem from beneath his damaged and bloody cranium.
It’s a very surprising revelation, however wanting over the course of the season, there have been clues. In a present the place most of the characters are performed by actors who look kind of like each day individuals, Cal was markedly extra jacked than your common suburban dad. Apparently, Jon was prepared to ditch the blue, however not the six pack.
After which there was that second in Episode 4, when Cal calmly explains to his tiny daughters that “heaven is faux,” and that their recently-exploded Uncle Judd had merely ceased to exist upon his demise. It’s the kind of pure, Spock-ian logic that most individuals shelter little youngsters from, however Cal barely blinked earlier than shattering his youngsters’ comforting beliefs about heaven. The speech undoubtedly may have come from the lips of an omnipotent tremendous man who was alienated from puny human feelings.
Later in that episode, he pouted a bit about having to lie on Angela’s behalf, which struck me on the time as infantile. His spouse has to faux to run a bakery with a view to do her job and shield herself and their household, and Cal will get to be a Pollyanna who hates mendacity? However figuring out that he’s Physician Manhattan, the trade immediately is smart. He’s not beholding to some overly-principled dedication to fact, justice, and the American method, however while you’re a being so powerfully figuring out that you simply exist concurrently previously, current, and future, falsehoods simply don’t make a lot sense.
Lastly, there’s Laurie, who’s all the time appeared method too into Cal. She informed Angela he was sizzling, which isn’t usually an incredible factor to say about individuals’s spouses, and she or he in contrast him favorably to her ex-partner, Physician Manhattan. After complaining to Angela in Episode 4 that her ex was all the time “distracted by fucking quarks,” she stated that Jon was “no Cal.” And once they first met at Judd Crawford’s funeral, Cal requested Laurie, “Do I do know you?” upon shaking her hand. There was additionally a gathering between the 2 that viewers haven’t seen, when Laurie stopped by Angela’s home. Each give Angela secondhand accounts of the encounter, we nonetheless don’t know what actually occurred between them.
However there’s nonetheless quite a bit we don’t know. Earlier than Angela went to city with the hammer, Cal didn’t appear to know that he was Physician Manhattan, and appeared genuinely perplexed when she referred to as him Jon. So why did she inform him method again in the beginning of the season that Will believes Physician Manhattan was in Tulsa cosplaying as a human, if she already is aware of that Will’s completely proper and that Cal is unaware of his true id? Upon listening to the speculation, Cal stated that Osterman can’t faux to be a standard human, and is on Mars anyway. Simply how a lot each Cal and Angela know, and once they found it, is fairly unclear.
Naturally, the nice minds of Reddit had been hip to this idea earlier than everybody else, and pieced collectively the reality from clues that went as deep because the knuckle markings on actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s palms. However we nonetheless don’t know the place it can go subsequent. It appears doubtless that by murdering Cal, Angela liberated Physician Manhattan in his true kind. Which ought to make issues fairly simple proper? Jon Osterman can deal with the Seventh Kavalry with a snap of his fingers. What will likely be fascinating to see, nonetheless, is that if, as soon as faraway from the humanity that being Cal Abar seemingly imbued him with, he’ll wish to.