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Watchmen Egg Finale Explained – Will Angela Have Doctor Manhattan Powers in Season 2?
“You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs,” Angela’s grandfather Will Reeves tells her as they both sit in the old theater where the story of Watchmen began 100 years ago. No, he’s not making a reference to a Succession meme, he’s giving her a message from Doctor Manhattan. Cal Abar aka Doctor Manhattan met Will Reeves about a decade prior, when he gave the man formerly known as Hooded Justice information about the future that would set the events of HBO’s Watchmen series into motion. During that meeting, he wanted Will Reeves to give his granddaughter this message, saying that she’d know what to do with it when the time is right.
This season of Watchmen has been full of little references to eggs—literal Easter Eggs, if you will—that quietly foreshadowed this big conclusion. Remember all the dropped farm eggs that helped introduce Lady Trieu in Episode Four? But, more importantly, the first conversation between Doctor Manhattan and Angela in Episode Eight makes a pretty important reference to an egg. At one point, Doctor Manhattan creates an egg, and Angela asks if he can transfer his power into another being.
Manhattan responds: “I suppose I could transfer my atomic components into some sort of organic material, if someone were to consume it they would inherit my powers.”
Angela: “So you can put them in this egg and if I ate it I could walk on water?”
Manhattan: “Theoretically yes.”
The egg, in this conversation, and throughout the season as a whole, has served as a symbol of fertility, of life, legacy, and lineage. This is a story that has been told through generations, where the sins—and struggles—of our creators (or parents) have been passed through the ages.
But, in the final moments of Watchmen, when the time is finally right, Angela realizes that the egg has another meaning, too. Before Doctor Manhattan was captured by the Seventh Kavalry, he was in the kitchen, floating the eggs out of the refrigerator to make breakfast. Angela realizes this after his death and finds one egg remaining intact in the carton on the floor. She remembers the conversation she’d had with Doc a decade earlier, and how it was theoretically possible for him to give his powers to another person.
Angela’s foot does look a little blue…
Angela takes the egg and walks outside by the pool. In this finale of Watchmen, we watched as Laurie, Adrien, Looking Glass, Angela, and Doctor Manhattan fought to stop both Lady Trieu and the Seventh Kavalry from taking Doctor Manhattan’s powers and turning a mortal into a god for the wrong reason. Adrien explained that no one who seeks this type of power for narcissistic reasons should deserve it. This is why Lady Trieu wasn’t worthy. So, I half expected Angela to crack the egg and dump it on the ground—in a showing that no one deserves this power. But, it was a gift from Doctor Manhattan, who gave her the burden and power that she never sought.
So, she cracks the egg by the pool and eats it, the scene bathed in a blue-ish glow that could be chlorine from the pool or something more important. And, when her foot touches the water, the season ends.
Could Angela walk on water? Is Angela imbued with the godlike powers of Doctor Manhattan?
We don’t know the answers to those questions, and they may only come if Watchmen has a second season. Right now, creator Damon Lindelof has maintained that he only wanted Watchmen to exist as a stand-alone season. However, Regina King and other writers and creators of the show seem more open to the possibility of the series having a second season.
That would likely be where the question of Angela’s powers is answered, if at all. If the egg did, indeed give Angela godlike powers, how would she use them? Will Reeves noted when talking about the death of Doctor Manhattan, that the godlike being didn’t necessarily use his powers to make the world a better place. Would Angela actively work to solve the world’s problems? That doesn’t really sound like a Watchmen story, and certainly doesn’t sound like a series of television that would be easy to pull off. Or maybe the egg does nothing, and Season Two involves humans, left alone without their god, to figure out for themselves.
Matt is the Culture Editor at Esquire where he covers music, movies, books, and TV—with an emphasis on all things Star Wars, Marvel, and Game of Thrones.