It's exhilarating to watch Watchmen Episode 6, "The Extraordinary Being," which crams about ten revelations into one hour of television. Why have we been in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this whole time, instead of, I dunno, a big city like New York?? As it turns out, it's the birthplace of Hooded Justice, the very first costumed adventurer who started this alternate America's obsession with crimefighters in masks. And who is Hooded Justice? He's Will Reeves, the mysterious old man in a wheelchair (played by Louis Gossett Jr.) who we now know is definitively the grandfather of Angela Abar (Regina King).
Actor Jovan Adepo, who plays young Will when we catch up to him in the past, tells Thrillist in an interview that he's psyched for his single-episode surprise appearance. "It's such an interesting character," he says. "We're talking about somebody who was dealing with a lot of early trauma in his life, and getting to see that trauma manifest itself in his life in different stages of it, and how he uses it to become a really special figure."
Lindelof-heads may recognize Adepo from The Leftovers, where he played Michael Murphy, the son of Regina King's character, although he'd bulked up for his role in Netflix's When They See Us and was practically in the gym preparing to lose it all again when he got tapped for Watchmen. "Damon called me," he said, "which is not the most extraordinary thing to happen because he keeps in touch often, so I'm used to talking to him. He's like, 'Don't slim down, I want to keep you solid-looking,' and I was like, 'What the hell are you talking about?'"
Lindelof started talking through his idea for the show, the Tulsa Massacre, and the bare bones of what he was planning to do. "It was an hour conversation, but within, like, the first five minutes I knew that I wanted to do it," says Adepo. "I had this really deep appreciation for him because he gave me my first job, and just because he's a phenomenal writer and storyteller, so it was really a no-brainer to want to come in and get to work with him again."