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What have they achieved? Failing to prevent Earth’s salvation . .is your only triumph. JON: I’m disappointed in you, Adrian. I’m very disappointed. Reassembling myself was the first trick I learned. It didn’t kill Osterman. Did you really think it would kill me? l have walked across the surface of the sun. l have witnessed events so tiny and so fast . .they can hardly be said to have occurred at all . .but you, Adrian, you’re just a man. The world’s smartest man . .poses no more threat to me . .than does its smartest termite. What’s that? Another ultimate weapon? Yes. You could say that. –came under attack. Millions of lives were suddenly ended . .in an act of evil perpetrated by Dr. Manhattan himself. Since the attacks, I have been in constant contact . .with the premier of the U. S. S. R. Putting aside our past differences . .we have both pledged to unite . .against this common enemy. With the rest of the world . .we will prevail. This is a day we shall never forget. And yet we go forward to defend the human race . .and all that is good and just in our world. Thank you. God bless us all. ADRIAN: Do you see? Two superpowers retreating from war. I’ve saved the earth from hell. We both have This is as much your victory as it is mine. Now we can return . .do what we were meant to. We were meant to exact justice. -Everyone’s gonna know what you’ve done. -Will they? By exposing me, you would sacrifice the peace so many died for today. -Peace based on a lie -But peace . – .nonetheless. -He’s right. Exposing Adrian would only doom the world to nuclear destruction again. NO. We can’t do this. On Mars . .you taught me the value of life If we hope to preserve it here . .we must remain silent. Keep your own secrets. Rorschach. Wait. Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon. That’s always been the difference between us, Daniel. I’ve made myself feel every death . .see every innocent face I’ve murdered to save humanity. -You understand, don’t you? JON: Without condoning . .or condemning . .I understand. Out of my way. People have to be told. You know I can’t let you do that. Suddenly you discover humanity? Convenient. If you’d cared from the start, none of this would have happened. I can change almost anything . .but I can’t Change human nature. Of course you must protect Veidt’s new utopia. What’s one more body amongst foundations? Well, what are you waiting for? Do it. Do it! No! JON: I’m leaving this galaxy for one a little less complicated. LAURIE: I thought you said you cared about life again. gig—:Ezg I think maybe I’ll create some Goodbye, Laurie. [DAN YELLING] Come on. Come on! Dan . .a world united and at peace. There had to be sacrifice. No! You haven’t idealized mankind, you’ve deformed it. You’ve mutilated it. That’s your legacy. That’s the real practical joke. MAN [ON TV]: We repeat, there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery . .which reaches from the inner mind to the outer limits. SALLY: Sure you don’t want a drink? I’m okay. Cheers. There’s something I need to get off my Chest. I know that Eddie Blake was my father. Laurel. What you must think of me I’m sorry I never told you. I should have . .but I don’t know, I just felt ashamed. I felt . It doesn’t matter. People’s lives take them strange places. They do strange things . .and, well, sometimes they can’t talk about them. I know how that is . .but I just want you to know . .that you never did anything wrong by me You asked me why I wasn’t mad at him. Because he gave me you. Thanks, Mom. I love you. -He|lo, Miss Jupiter. -Oh, Sally, please. Excuse me Gotta go freshen up. I’ll be right back. -So how’s it going up here? -Good. How’s it going down there? Good. I think I’ve got everything working. All of Archie’s systems are upgraded. Finished the tinkering for now . .so all we gotta do is take her out. Well, that sounds like a date. Are we gonna be all right? Long as people think Jon’s still watching us, we’ll be all right . .in the end. I know what Jon would say: Nothing ends. Nothing ever ends. Seymour, we got nothing to write about anymore. Everyone in the country . .every country in the world are holding hands . .and singing songs about peace and love It’s like living in a goddamn global hippie commune. Well, Ronald Reagan says he’s gonna be running for president in ‘. We could run a piece on that. Seymour, we don’t dignify absurdities with coverage. This is still America, damn it. Who wants a cowboy in the White House? Okay. I could look for something in the crank file Crank file Whatever. Take some initiative. Run whatever you like. I leave it entirely in your hands. Rorschach’s journal, October th, . The practical things you ought to be able to learn on your own. Another Magrew goes to college. Why it sure has a nice ring about it. – It’s good to be home. – Mmm. How’s the gang? Oh, same as ever. And Matt? Matt, well, uh . What? Matt left. – He left? Why? – Mmm. I don’t know. He told me his dad was ill and he wanted to go home and help out.