But what of the most powerful character from Watchmen? The one who, as Laurie puts it, is blue and likes to walk around with his dick hanging out? Doctor Manhattan has yet to appear in person on the show, having departed Earth at the end of the original story to explore the universe and test the limits of his own powers. The pilot featured a few seconds of satellite footage of him on the surface of Mars, and one of Veidt's servants portrayed him in a play of his origin story (a meta device which mirrors the comic-within-a-comic of the original graphic novel).
But we know that the godlike superbeing will be showing up before long, so here are three theories about the role Doctor Manhattan could play in this 21st century sequel to Watchmen.
Doctor Manhattan is Adrian Veidt's captor
While Veidt appears to live in relative luxury, in his very own castle with a seemingly endless supply of disposable clone-servants , episode three revealed that he is, in fact, in captivity, presumably for the mass murder he committed at the climax of the original story. It was also revealed that his recent experiments haven't gone unnoticed by a figure known as the Game Warden.
One such experiment involved Veidt dressing his servant up in an improvised space suit as a test run for what many are assuming to be his escape attempt, which brings up one rather obvious possibility: Veidt's prison isn't on Earth, but in space, possibly even Mars. The castle in which he resides is not dissimilar to the structure that Doctor Manhattan is seen assembling and then destroying in that footage in episode one, and given the extent of Manhattan's abilities, he may have been able to design a prison which looks just like a country estate.
We've already met him in another form
There are certain things that everybody in the Watchmen universe knows about Doctor Manhattan. For instance, that he lives on Mars. And has cosmic superpowers. And is bright blue. But a throwaway line by one character in episode two makes protagonist Angela Abar ( Regina King ) question everything she thinks she knows about the man on Mars.
When Will Reeves (Louis Gossett Jr.), the mysterious wheelchair user who confesses to the murder of Judd Crawford (Don Johnson), also makes the claim that he is actually Doctor Manhattan, Angela dismisses it as a joke. After all, everybody knows Doctor Manhattan is blue, right? But what if, in the 30 years since he left Earth, Doctor Manhattan has learned how to alter or conceal his appearance? And what if he decided to return, in disguise, with a renewed interest in studying and understanding humanity? It's a little far-fetched, even for this universe, but if it's true, literally any character could be Doctor Manhattan.
Doctor Manhattan will be killed by Laurie
Laurie's feelings for Doctor Manhattan are as deep as they are complicated. In the graphic novel, she begins a relationship with him when she is just 16 years old; a relationship which lasts well over a decade and shapes who she is as an adult. And while the Laurie of the show seems to have turned her back on her superhero past, she clearly still carries some nostalgia for the old days. Literally. She carries a Doctor Manhattan sex toy in a special briefcase.
But Laurie's introductory episode also foreshadowed a reckoning between Doctor Manhattan and the former Silk Spectre. The joke that she tells throughout the episode's narration ends with God being killed by a girl who was always ignored or underestimated by the men around her. Seeing as Doctor Manhattan is the closest thing this fictional universe has to a god, he might want to worry that is, if he ever checks his voicemail on Mars.