SPOILER ALERT: The next article accommodates main spoilers for the primary episode of HBO’s Watchmen. If you have not watched but and plan on watching, now could be your likelihood to cease studying and spare your self. You have been warned!
- As Chief Judd Crawford, Don Johnson is among the essential solid members of HBO’s Watchmen.
- Nevertheless, in a shocking twist, his character dies on the finish of the present’s first episode.
- Regardless of this, he might, in reality, be the present’s most necessary character.
After solely the primary episode of HBO’s much-awaited Watchmen aired, there’s already no scarcity of drama. An action-packed thrillfest of a primary episode concluded with a serious twist—Chief Judd Crawford (Don Johnson), who one of many sequence’ central characters, was killed, discovered hung from a tree by Angela Abar (Regina King). Regardless of this important twist, Crawford might nonetheless be crucial character in Damon Lindelof’s model of Watchmen.
As anybody acquainted with the comic (or Zack Snyder’s 2009 movie) is aware of, the occasion that kicked the plot of the unique Watchmen into excessive gear was the dying of The Comic, a morally poor superhero with a deep previous. Regardless of The Comic’s dying, he seems all through the novel, each in spirit—characters attend his funeral—and in varied flashbacks, references, and so forth. Regardless of his dying within the story’s real-time, his presence is fixed all through the story. With HBO’s Watchmen, the Crawford character was so fascinating, and appeared so important, that it will be a shock if Johnson did not proceed to seem in a big trend.
The tip of the primary difficulty of the Watchmen comedian reads “The Comic is lifeless.” The track that performs as Watchmen‘s pilot concludes and the credit start to roll? “Pore Jud is Daid,” a track from the Oklahoma! musical that Crawford watched earlier within the episode. The parallels are hanging, and Lindelof’s tribute to the opening of the comedian is evident.
The showrunner made the parallel clear, talking about how the present “kisses again to” the graphic novel in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “You say kiss again to, and I feel it is pay fealty to, or kiss the ring to, or take a knee to it,” Lindelof mentioned. He is made his adoration for the comedian clear, and the tribute right here is one more instance of that on show.
As followers of that comedian—and anybody acquainted with the brand, in reality—absolutely acknowledged, too, there’s one more hanging parallel between the comedian’s character and HBO’s character: and it comes all the way down to a single drop of blood. When The Comic is killed within the comedian, blood drips on his smiley face pin, making the imagery for which the sequence is finest recognized. On the finish of the present’s first episode, blood drips in the identical means onto Crawford’s Sheriff star.
There are additionally theories (cited throughout the THR artcile) that Crawford and The Comic are one-in-the-same; a number of characters from the comedian’s story do present up in Lindelof’s Watchmen. However the showrunner has already dominated this idea out simply on account of logic: “The [timing] simply by no means made sense to me. In 2019, Eddie Blake can be 95 or one thing like that,” he advised THR. Theories that Crawford might be an older model of Nite Owl, another comics character, although, have but to be quashed.
The episode additionally arrange a number of plotlines value exploring sooner or later, from his and Angela’s previous relationship, to his cocaine utilization. Regardless of Crawford not being among the many dwelling, we predict this character’s story is simply simply starting.