WARNING: This Watchmen Season 1 theory contains possible SPOILERS!
Watchmen season 1 has been a pure joy so far, but one thing’s been puzzling me: where is Adrian Veidt? And I think I’ve come up with the perfect Watchmen theory on where exactly the man formerly known as Ozymandias is: he’s on Mars.
So, why do I think Adrian Veidt (brilliantly played by Jeremy Irons) is on Mars? The answer’s actually quite simple really. It’s because it’s the only answer that makes sense.
From the very minute you meet Adrian in this new HBO Watchmen series, something about the character and his setting seems off.
Why is he living in what seems to be some sort of old school British manor? If you remember his place in the comic book, he was living in a futuristic skyscraper, full of modern tech.
He was a man at the cutting edge of technology, and he’s now living in an old castle with supposedly clones looking after him.
Why is Adrian Veidt in that strange British castle?
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I got the clones bit, that made sense for Veidt. He had them in the comic as well. But where and how did he make them because it seems like he has so sort of modern technology in this castle, unless he’s hiding it all in some sort of Batcave.
So, I thought a little bit harder, and after having watched Watchmen Season 1 Episode 3, it hit me: he’s on Mars, and being held captive here by Doctor Manhattan.
From that point on, it all just made sense. Why can he not hunt the strange bison in his field? Why are there tomatoes growing on trees? Why is he having to use such primitive technology? Why is he making some sort of spacesuit and getting one of his clones to wear it? Why was that clone then frozen? Why has he marked certain areas with flags with skull and crossbones on them?
The answer to all those questions is that he’s not actually living in a nice castle in the British countryside somewhere (these scenes were filmed in Wales).
No, he’s actually trapped in a prison on Doctor Manhattan’s making, and he’s trying to escape.
It would make perfect sense that Doctor Manhattan sent Adrian Veidt to Mars after what he did in the graphic novel, even though he agreed with his actions and let them happen.
Has Doctor Manhattan made Adrian Veidt a prisoner on Mars?
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He’s still too dangerous to let him carry on as he was on Earth, and he deserved to be locked up. What better prison than Mars? There isn’t one, and it’s probably the only prison that could hold Veidt, who’s pretty much the most intelligent man on Earth.
This theory would also explain why Veidt’s been obsessed with that weird play of his in which he covers Doctor Manhattan’s creation.
He’s either trying to goad his captor, or he’s trying to understand him better, trying to find out what makes him tick and how he can beat him.
The more I think about this Watchmen theory, the more I think it’s spot on. It just all fits together too perfectly, and it would make for an interesting confrontation between Veidt and Doctor Manhattan.
Is My Watchmen Season 1 theory spot on or wildly off the mark?
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We already know after Watchmen Season 1 Episode 3 that Veidt is getting on his captor’s nerves (whom they call the groundsman), so it seems as though they might end up coming to some sort of altercation.
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