HBO's 'Watchmen' Reveals Why The Police Officers Are Masked

In a world after Ozymandias faked an alien invasion and Doctor Manhattan abandoned humanity to live out his life on Mars, many questions have been raised by the new HBO series ‘Watchmen.’ Taking place three decades later, the new series shows the world after some drastic changes; specifically in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a conspiracy is unraveling involving white supremacists and the police department. 

The most current episode revealed one bewildering key detail about the show that recently enlightened fans. The police officers in Tulsa are all anonymous, even donning masks to conceal their faces and identities. There also are a few high-ranking law enforcement officers who operate as authorized vigilantes, who fight crime as their own identities in their costumes.


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Because there are people who are now targeting the police due to the dubious cultural and political challenges in Tulsa, it is now understood why these officers mask their faces when dealing with the public. In the episode  “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship,” Tulsa’s Police Department was targeted a few years prior to the beginning of the series in a massive attack. The unnerving part was that the Seventh Cavalry sported their Rorschach masks and attacked officers while they were off duty, in their homes, on Christmas Eve.

In an intense flashback, Angela Abar, who is portrayed by Academy Award-winning actress Regina King, is sharing an intimate moment with her husband when two of the Rorschachs break into her home and attempt to kill her; fatally stabbing one before being shot by another. But before she can find out what happens to her shooter, she blacks out and wakes up in the hospital to her police chief Judd waiting for her. She is told by Judd that many other officers were killed during this synchronized attack also known as the White Night.


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It can be assumed from that moment that a law passed to allow the officers to remain anonymous, which is why Abar, a retired cop in public, is able to operate as Sister Night. Judging from the events of the last episode, where Angela found Judd hanging from a tree with the mysterious old man in the wheelchair waiting for her, there’s a lot more surprises coming our way.

New episodes of ‘Watchmen’ air every Sunday on HBO.


Source: Comic Book