Watchmen Reveals the Gruesome Origin of Ozymandias’ Servant Clones

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers through the fourth episode of HBO's Watchmen, "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own," which aired Sunday.

There are a lot of mysteries currently unfolding in HBO's Watchmen. Whether it's the identity of Judd Crawford's killer, Ozymandias' whereabouts or the strange rain of squids that somehow falls from the sky every now and then, there are plenty of questions nourishing all sorts of theories in the Damon Lindelof-created series.

Now, in Watchmen's latest episode, "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own," at least one mystery is put to rest. Ever since the start of of the series, fans have been wondering what the deal was with Adrian Veidt's strange servants, Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks. The two characters are obedient to a fault, and clearly devoted to every one of their master's wishes -- even if the outcome means death. Before long, it became clear that the pair were clones of a sort, created by the so-called "Smartest Man in the World." But still, we had no idea how Veidt was able to do it. Well, now we know, and it's twisted.

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As "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own" begins, we find Adrian Veidt in need of new servants. As it so happens, his prolonged incarceration led him to brutally murder his entire staff of servants in a fit of rage, leaving him, once again, all alone. Therefore, late at night, he heads to a lake illuminated by candlelight, where we see him fish out what first appears to be something akin to lobster traps. But crustacean creatures isn't what the former Ozymandias takes out of the watery cages. No, they are whimpering fetuses.

As twisted and unsettling as that is, it doesn't stop there. Upon inspection, Adrian nonchalantly throws a few fetuses back into the water, discarding them after appearing disappointed with the results. However, he finds two he likes, and takes them back to his castle. There, he locks both infants in a machine. Once activated, the energies at work appear to cook the children -- and judging by the cries they let out (sounds Adrian drowns out with music), it's a gruesome, painful process. In a matter of seconds -- barely enough time for Adrian to have a quick snack -- the fetuses are grown into full-sized adults: Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks.

As he proceeds to let them out, Ozymandias explains to them that while they are currently mute, they will develop the ability to talk in a matter of hours. He then launches into a soliloquy about God, about makers and creators. While he explains that he doesn't see himself as Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks' creator, he is, however, their one true master -- and they are quick to obey his commands.

This shows that, while Ozymandias makes these clones, he has zero attachment to them. To him, they are merely a tool easily constructed, and just as easily thrown away. The exact technology at play isn't explained, but we don't really need it. After all, we know that Adrian was able to create Bubastis, a genetically-engineered lynx, which he had as a loyal pet. Adrian is a man of great scientific means, and we have no trouble believing that, 30 years later, he'd be able to perfect human cloning.

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.

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