Is Jeremy Irons playing Ozymandias and where is he?
Back in September, in an announcement for a New York Comic-Con panel, Jeremy Irons was labelled as "probably who you think he is," a playful acknowledgement of the rampant speculation that the actor would be playing an older, retired version of Adrian Veidt, also known as the caped crusader Ozymandias. In the premiere, he's shown arriving at his massive estate, where a yellow-and-black Tales of the Black Freighter flag flies. He's overseen by a butler and a maid, who (very oddly) dote over his every move and utterance.
But there's a problem: According to the front-page of The Tulsa Sun shown in the episode, Veidt is dead. So, assuming the headline is true, who is the guy we see at the manor played by Jeremy Irons? While the headline could be a head-fake -- it's entirely possible that Ozymandias, the mastermind behind the climatic "fake" alien attack at the end of the original comic, could also fake his own death -- it seems more likely that the version of Veidt we are seeing in the premiere is something else. Is he a robot programmed by Veidt to live on in the event of his death? A malfunctioning clone? Some sort of hologram?
The most likely answer involves Doctor Manhattan, the big blue naked guy we saw in a news chyron that announced he's spending time on Mars, one of his frequent haunts. Could the Veidt we see also be on Mars within one of Doctor Manhattan's constructions? Is he in another dimension? A different timeline, a la Westworld? Adding more fuel to the fire, Veidt was shown sitting in the nude, one of Doctor Manhattan's favorite styles of lounging around. Also, he told his staff he was working on a play titled "The Watchmaker's Son." Guess what character was actually a watchmaker's son? Jon Osterman, the curious scientist who became Doctor Manhattan.
Basically, the whole "probably who you think he is" wink-and-nudge act is probably an act of Lost-like misdirection. They want you, the obsessive Watchmen viewer, to think Irons is Ozymandias precisely because he's probably not Ozymandias. At the very least, something is amiss at the manor.