A lingering plot thread from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' original Watchmen was what ever became of Rorschach's journal. HBO's sequel series, however, has finally revealed the infamous journal's fate.
The journal was last seen in the editorial offices of The New Frontiersman, a far-right leaning tabloid newspaper, on the final page of the graphic novel. Did The New Frontiersman ever run any coverage on it, though? According to some related content released on HBO's website, the answer is yes.
HBO's so-called "Peteypedia" page contains a memorandum written by a Dale Petey, a still unseen character on the show who identifies himself as a special agent of the Anti-Vigilante Task Force Research Unit. The topic of Petey's memo to his team is to stress his recommendation to continue the search for the missing Adrian Veidt.
Petey backs up his position by citing the claims against Veidt within Rorschach's journal. The memo reveals the journal's contents were in fact reported by the newspaper, who even later published the journal in its entirety.
In the graphic novel, Rorschach had speculated -- correctly -- nearly every level of Veidt's master plan that eventually led to the deaths of three million people. Before confronting Veidt for the final time, Rorschach had mailed the journal to the newspaper.
Petey's memo further states The New Frontiersman's editor had inferred Veidt's responsibility for the tragedy based on Rorschach's entries. His conclusions -- while ironically being factually correct -- were widely dismissed by the general public, as well as Petey, as the rantings of a far-right nutjob.
Developed by Damon Lindelof, HBO's Watchmen stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, James Wolk, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon. The series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.