WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the third episode of HBO's Watchmen, "She Was Killed By Space Junk," which aired Sunday and is now streaming on HBO.
After two episodes that focused primarily on new characters, Watchmen's latest entry finally brought some main players from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal comic book to the spotlight. The HBO series' first two chapters mainly followed Angela Abar/Sister Night (Regina King) as she and her fellow costumed officers investigate the death of Tulsa Chief of Police Judd Crawford (Don Johnson), which is apparently part of a larger ongoing conspiracy.
Now, in "She Was Killed By Space Junk," the comic book's very own Silk Spectre II finally joins the fray. Laurie Juspeczik (Jean Smart), now going by Laurie Blake, is an FBI agent and part of an Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Throughout the episode, we catch up with Laurie, and we see who she now is three decades later. And while we recognize that traces of the character we used to know from the comics are still there, she's also gone through a major apparent change.
While she based her comic book superhero identity around her mother, Laurie takes much more after her biological father Eddie Blake, the Comedian.
One of the biggest surprises in the Watchmen comic was the revelation that Laurie Juspeczik's father was not who her mother had originally claimed. Following in her mother's footsteps, Laurie would suit up as Silk Spectre II and join the Watchmen, where she would fight alongside the Comedian. Eddie Blake was a dangerous and nihilistic costumed vigilante under the government's employ who once sexually assaulted Laurie's mother, Sally. However, years later, Sally and Eddie would spend a consensual night together. While Laurie originally thought her father was Laurence Schexnayder, she would be shell-shocked to learn, thanks to Doctor Manhattan, that Eddie Blake was her biological father -- a man she loathed for what he had done to his mother.
However, when the HBO series picks up with Laurie 30 years later, comic book readers might be surprised to see that she now takes after her father. In fact, not only does she now go by Laurie Blake instead of her mother's maiden name, "backmatter" documents released in conjunction with the series' first episode revealed that, after the events of the Watchmen comic, Laurie eventually ditched the Silk Spectre identity to become the Comedienne.
But it also goes beyond that. While she may not be a costumed superhero anymore, Laurie is now an official government agent, just like her father. She also discusses his death in the original series and openly identifies him as her father.
Laurie also demonstrates that she borrows Eddie's bluntness and violent practices. In fact, on two separate occasions in "She Was Killed By Space Junk," Laurie proves to be trigger-happy when she shoots a vigilante in the back and shoots a member of the Seventh Kavalry in the head, even though he claims that he's is wearing a bomb connected to his heart rate. Like the Comedian, Laurie doesn't hold back in the slightest, even if it means potentially endangering other people around her.
What's more, it looks like Laurie has adopted a major part her dad's superhero persona after all these years. Throughout much of the episode, Laurie can be seen recording a message to send to Doctor Manhattan on Mars, an elaborate joke that references the comic book's original characters. Also, when faced with the idea of vigilantism, she doesn't hesitate to label it "a f-cking joke," a phrase that seems exactly like the sort of thing her father would say.
While she hated her father to begin with, Laurie now seems to take after him much more than her mother. The Comedian was a twisted character, and his persona was rooted in a nihilistic view of the world. And, by all accounts, it sure seems like Laurie now shares that too. To her, there are no heroes -- only jokes.
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.