Warning: SPOILERS up to Watchmen Episode 3
HBO's Watchmen series has only reached its third episode, but it's already proving to be a treasure trove of references and inside jokes. Knowing just how many Watchmen Easter Eggs have been found already, the third chapter shows there is no real sign of stopping any time soon.
While the fourth episode, "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own" may not be as stuffed with secrets as Watchmen episode 3, there are still several small details that devoted fans won't want to miss -- including a few nods to lesser-known characters in the Watchmen universe.
7. The Actual Episode Title
The episode title itself is a bit of an Easter egg most viewers will miss: "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own" is a line taken directly from the book Things Fall Apart. This is significant, since Cal Abar is seen reading said book near the end of the episode.
6. Fogdancing by Max Shea
In the beginning of the episode, a woman sells farm-fresh eggs outside of her house. While she waits for potential customers to drive by, she reads a book entitled Fogdancing written by Max Shea. It's a fairly deep-cut reference to the original Watchmen story: Max Shea was the author of the "Tales of the Black Freighter" pirate comics. In the original comic, Shea was taken by Adrian Veidt to help him create his inter-dimensional squid monster for his plan to unite the world, and promptly killed by Veidt afterwards to keep the truth from coming out. Even so, it looks like Shea's books are still being enjoyed.
5. Lady Trieu Already Finished Her Plan
When Lady Trieu (Hong Chau) makes her official debut in the Watchmen series, it's appearing to mysteriously buy farmland from a childless couple. But instead of simply buying them off with money, she offers them a biological child of their very own (previously thought impossible). Instead of waiting for their answer to create a baby, she reveals the child already exists, before placing it in their arms. As the couple signs their farm away, an object hurtles to the ground nearby on the property -- an object Trieu proclaims now belongs to her, suggesting its arrival was her reason for purchasing the land.
The crashing object gives some echoes of the Superman origin story, but the reference more likely to be noticed is her adopting the part of Veidt in her scheme. The circumstances are different, but having "already" created the child feels undeniably similar to Veidt telling Nite Owl and Rorschach that he had already unleashed his giant squid "35 minutes" before they arrived to confront him.
4. Looking Glass' Squid Hobby
More Squids! Angela goes to Looking Glass' bunker-home and asks him to hold on to William's pills that were left in her car, as well as the KKK attire she found in Crawford's closet. While there, several photos of the squids that fell from the sky can be seen hanging on the walls, taken by Looking Glass. It appears as though he believes the squids really are from another dimension, and not a ploy by the government hoping to maintain Veidt's deception like the Seventh Kalvary believes.
3. The Bubastis Stuffed Animal
When Angela Abar returns home from breaking into the cultural center, she talks with her adopted son Topher. When she tells him that she was scared during the cemetery attack seen in the last episode, he gives her his stuffed animal. The stuffed animal itself resembles Bubastis, the genetically modified pet lynx that once belonged to Adrian Veidt, Ozymandias (meeting a tragic end alongside Dr. Manhattan).
2. Therm0dynamic Miracles
While Laurie and Angela drive to the Millennium Clock to question Lady Trieu, Laurie discusses the coincidences of Angela's car being taken off the night of Crawford's murder and then landing from the sky right in the same spot on the night of his funeral. She calls in a thermodynamic miracle, a term her ex-boyfriend (Doctor Manhattan) regularly used to talk about when he wasn't talking about quarks. It tracks with his original dialogue from the comics when he talked about events with impossible odds, such as Laurie's own existence and that of every other human.
1. Lady Trieu's Vivarium With A Statue
Inside the Millennium Clock, Laurie and Angela meet with Lady Trieu in her vivarium (a sort of greenhouse). The very structure is a reference to Adrian Veidt, who had a vivarium himself in his Arctic fortress. Not only that, but she also has a golden statue of Veidt within the vivarium, seemingly holding him in high regard. It makes sense, seeing as how she purchased his company. While Veidt's idol was Alexander the Great, it appears as though Veidt himself may be hers.
Expect to see plenty more Watchmen Easter egg breakdowns with each new episode! And if there are any we've missed, be sure to let us know in the comments.