This, of course, is among the least surprising surprises from the Watchmen television universe. As previously mentioned, the show’s supplemental material has already pretty heavily implied that Petey was the slippery vigilante. In the final installments of HBO’s aptly-named Peteypedia, FBI Deputy Director Max Farragut writes that Petey has gone missing and the Bureau suspects that his hero fascination may have finally gotten the best of him:
“My understanding from Tulsa PD is that he has now gone missing. Given the simultaneous deaths of a U.S. senator and a prominent trillionaire, it would appear Petey has taken it upon himself to continue the investigation despite our closing it. It’s clear now from his memos that Petey (Hero Enthusiast-Obsessive/ Solipsist on the Werthem Spectrum) is at risk for vigilante behavior, and most likely, always was. Perhaps sooner or later, this task force will be investigating him.”
Petey’s physical characteristics always matched up quite closely with Lube Man, as does Petey’s clear interest in heroes. Petey likely was familiar with the book within the Watchmen universe known as “Fogdancing.” The book discusses U.S. special agents known as “fogdancers” who wear silver bodysuits with goggles and coat themselves in a special lubricant known as “SPF-666” to shield them from radiation. In fact, Agent Petey mentions SPF-666 in his Reznor and Ross-scored rap.
In the clip, Lindelof stops short of confirming that Petey is indeed Lube Man and mentions that he would prefer the fans to work out where a Rolling Stone interview falls into the Watchmen canon. He also refers to the Lubed One by the actor’s name Dustin Ingram. So perhaps the real twist to the Watchmen canon here isn’t that Dale Petey is Lube Man, but rather the very real Dustin Ingram.