This Dark Tower commodity contains spoilers.
The Dark Tower has accustomed on the big screen, bringing with it one of the best all-encompassing mythologies in all of literature. Aback 1978, Baron has been creating a web of admission amid abounding of his best acclaimed novels, such as ‘Salem’s Lot and The Stand, and it all leads aback to the Tower, the best important anatomy in all of the Kingverse.
Director Nikolaj Arcel’s blur adjustment contains so abounding references and easter eggs to the books and movies that I’ve absitively to anatomize The Dark Tower for all of its secrets. Of course, this is based on a distinct screening of the movie, which agency I apparently absent a few blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments. If you atom article that’s not on this list, bark them out in the comments or hit me up on Twitter.
Okay, so actuality are all of the easter eggs and references we activate in the movie:
We’ll alpha with the big one. The Dark Tower is the centermost of all worlds, created by Gan, the Baron universe’s adjustment of God. The Tower is six hundred floors aerial and can alone be accessed from one of an absolute cardinal of worlds. It is captivated up by six beams, which accommodate two portals at anniversary end. The twelve portals are adequate by ample bewitched Guardians. We don’t accommodated any such Guardians in the movie.
Why is this Tower so important? Well, afterwards it the multiverse would crumble and all that would be larboard is chaos. Walter’s ambition in the cine is to abort the Tower, accompany about the apocalypse, and aphorism over whatever is left.
The Tower takes altered forms on altered worlds. It can alone absolutely be accessed in Mid-World, the abode Roland and Walter Pa are from.
Roland is the aftermost of the gunslingers, an adjustment of peacekeepers tasked with absorption absoluteness and, therefore, the Tower. The Gunslingers were already the accomplished ascendancy in all of Mid-World, the planet on which the concrete actualization of the Tower is located. Roland is descended from the allegorical Arthur Eld (think Baron Arthur), who was the greatest protector of the Tower and the aboriginal baron of a unified Mid-World.
One of Arthur’s aboriginal knights, Kay Deschain, died absorption the baron from a demon accepted as the Crimson Queen, who tricked Arthur into impregnating her with a son accepted as the Crimson King, the capital adversary of the series. You could say that Kay Deschain was one of the aboriginal gunslingers.
Roland’s absolute adjustment was decimated in a war adjoin the armament of John Farson, an abettor of the Crimson Baron who approved to topple the cardinal feudal government of Mid-World accepted as the Affiliation. The gunslingers’ final defeat came at the Action of Jericho Hill, which alone Roland survived.
When we aboriginal accommodated Roland in the books, he’s not all that absorbed in extensive the Tower. Instead, he’s block the Man in Black, whom he blames for the abatement of Gilead, his home, and the afterlife of his mother. In fact, the Man in Atramentous basically broke Roland’s absolute activity through a alternation of manipulations orrated to added the Crimson King’s calendar of antibacterial the Tower.
In the movie, the Man in Atramentous kills his father, Steven, and flees aloft the desert. (They’re absolutely actual acutely in the dupe and not the arid at all in the movie. There isn’t a distinct arena area the Man in Atramentous is beat aloft the desert.)
Walter goes by abounding names. He is the Man in Black, the man Roland badly wants to annihilate in adjustment to avenge the afterlife of his admired ones and Gilead. In the books, Walter (then accepted as Marten Broadcloak, the cloister archimage and arch adviser to Roland’s father) actively fucks Roland over by tricking him into actuality bedevilled by a aroused abracadabra angel and killing his own mother. Later, Marten dead Roland’s adolescence acquaintance at the Action of Jericho Hill and fled aloft the desert, demography on the persona of Walter O’Dim in the book.
While Walter seems to be at the acme of his adeptness in the movie, which sees him aggravating to topple the Tower already and for all, he’s actual altered in the aboriginal book in the series, The Gunslinger. He’s added arch than evil, addition Roland needs to t in adjustment to apprentice about his accurate afterlife to ascend the Tower and save it from the Crimson King. It’s not until his afterwards incarnation, Randall Flagg (who you adeptness additionally apperceive as the capital villain in The Stand and Eyes of the Dragon), that he decides that he charge additionally ascend the Tower, which he believes will accomplish him a god.
Walter is the son of Maerlyn, a aroused archimage from the Prim, the basic anarchy that existed afore Gan created the multiverse and the Tower. At one point, Maerlyn approved to argue the Abundant Old Ones, the acculturation that preceded Roland’s on Mid-World, to alter the Tower with one of their own making. This would have, of course, been disastrous. It seems like the angel doesn’t abatement far from the tree.
Unlike in the movie, Walter doesn’t accept a absolute afterlife in his aboriginal actualization in the books. Afterwards he talks to Roland about his destiny, he puts the gunslinger to beddy-bye for a hundred years. Aback Roland wakes up, he finds annihilation but basic beneath the atramentous cloak. It is acerb appropriate that Walter artlessly apish his own afterlife by burying those basic there while Roland was communicable some abundant bare Zs.
Interestingly enough, abundant of the blur is presented from Jake’s perspective, although that’s not absolutely the case in the books. The Waste Lands, the book the cine borrows the best from, does accept sections from Jake’s POV, though.
Jake’s storyline in the cine is afflicted absolutely a bit from the books. While Jake can faculty the actuality of the Tower, Roland, the Man in Black, and Mid-World, it’s alone afterwards he’s already catholic and met them in a accomplished life. You see, things get absolutely complicated in agreement of time with Jake. He is aboriginal alien in The Gunslinger aback Roland runs into him at a way abject in the desert. Jake joins Roland on his adventure to acquisition the Man in Black, which ultimately leads to the boy’s afterlife on Mid-World.
It’s afterwards arise that Jake, who is originally from New York City, aboriginal accustomed on Mid-World because he was dead in our world. A consecutive analgesic alleged Jack Mort pushed him into advancing cartage and the boy was run over by a Cadillac.
Well, in The Cartoon of the Three, the additional book in the series, Roland stops Mort from killing Jake, demography ascendancy of the killer’s anatomy by activity through a abracadabra aperture on a bank in Mid-World (I know, I know), which causes a absurdity for Jake. If Jake never died on our Earth, it agency he never accustomed and died on Mid-World, which agency time is ripping itself apart!
Okay, so best of that is done abroad with for the movie. Jake artlessly senses “other worlds than these” and eventually finds his way to Mid-World through a aperture in Brooklyn. He additionally has the adeptness of “the shine,” which is an accessible nod to Danny Torrance’s acumen in The Shining. Jake’s clear-sighted admiral and acumen are accepted as “the touch” in the books. Walter doesnt charge Jake’s abilities to accompany bottomward the Tower, though.
It should additionally be acclaimed that Jake’s ancestor is absolutely a douchey TV controlling in the books and not a advocate who died in the band of duty. The filmmakers absolutely capital to advance the father/son accord aback it came to Roland and Jake. They’ve both absent their fathers by the time the cine begins.
Mid-World is the alone apple on which the Tower physically exists. While we alone absolutely see the Mohaine Arid in the cine (it’s additionally the ambience of the aboriginal book), Mid-World is absolutely a all-inclusive place, afar into three sections: In-World, Mid-World (a little confusing), and End-World. In-World is area Roland’s burghal of Gilead stood, while End-World is area the Tower is located. Roland basically has to cantankerous the absolute mural in adjustment to accomplish it to his destination. Above, you can see a map of Mid-World (which is additionally accepted as All-World, although the two names are interchangeable, according to Robin Furth, columnist of The Complete Concordance advertence book).
The Crimson Baron is almost mentioned in the cine aloft a key allotment of graffiti central of the Dutch Hill Mansion, so I won’t go into too abundant detail. (He’s already been fleshed out absolutely a bit above!) He’s basically the capital villain of the series, a aroused amount angled on antibacterial the Tower and cardinal over the anarchy leftover. Ultimately, alike Walter serves the Crimson King, who commands a huge force of monsters and minions accepted as the Red. Conceivably we’ll apprentice added about him in the aing movie?
Steven Deschain is Roland’s father. He was the “dinh” (or leader) of Gilead and a gunslinger. In the books, he dies during the abatement of Gilead afterwards Roland is affected for the afterlife of Gabrielle, Steven’s wife and mother to his son.
The cine handles Steven’s afterlife a bit differently. Ancestor and son are ancillary by ancillary afterwards a big battle, the alone two actual gunslingers left. Calm they face Walter, who calmly kills Steven by cogent him to stop breathing. Steven’s afterlife is the acumen Roland is afterwards Walter in the movie.
It’s cryptic which action has aloof occurred appropriate afore Roland and Steven face Walter, but it does assume like it could be the Action of Jericho Hill, the final action amid the gunslingers and the armament of John Farson. It was the end of the Affiliation, the cardinal government of Mid-World. It would accomplish faculty that it’s this action aback Roland and Steven are the alone gunslingers larboard at this point in the movie.
We additionally apperceive that Walter (then accepted as Marten Broadcloak) fled aloft the arid afterwards this battle. In the movie, the acclaimed line, “The man in atramentous fled aloft the arid and the gunslinger followed,” is aside appropriate afterwards the arena amid Walter, Roland, and his father. That would assume to announce that it’s absolutely the Action of Jericho Hill that’s actuality referenced.
This time, of course, Roland remembers to booty the Horn of Eld with him.
The actuality that Roland has the Horn of Eld in this cine is what aboriginal angled off admirers that this was not activity to be a absolute adjustment of the books. It is arise at the end of the alternation that Roland’s adventure is absolutely alternate and that he’s been ashore in a bend for a actual continued time. He’s fabricated it to the top of the Tower afore and again been beatific aback to alpha over with slight variations anniversary time. At the end of the final book, it’s arise that Roland now has the Horn of Eld, an age-old ancestors antique that he had alone at the Action of Jericho Hill the aftermost time around.
The actuality that Roland is in control of the Horn of Eld this time is a assurance of achievement in the books that conceivably the gunslinger is accepting afterpiece to his accretion and the end of his journey. The Horn aboriginal belonged to Arthur Eld and was anesthetized bottomward for ancestors until Steven gave it to Roland. It is hinted that the Horn is basic to Roland’s admission into the Tower.
The Sandalwood Guns that Roland uses in the cine are said to accept been artificial from the metal of Arthur Eld’s allegorical brand Excalibur. They are engraved with the assurance of the Eld, which is what ultimately grants Roland admission into the Tower. Roland sometimes calls them “the widowmakers.” Yikes.
The addition of the Manni bodies comes as a abruptness aback they don’t actualization up in the books until Wolves of the Calla, the fifth novel. They are best accepted for their adeptness to biking to added worlds, which is why they advice Roland and Jake get aback to Keystone Earth in the movie.
Arra Champignon is one of the Manni seers in the movie. She doesn’t absolutely arise in the books, but does actualization up in a few issues of the Marvel comics. In both instances, she is abundant and is killed.
The Taheen aren’t actual altered to bodies except that they accept the active of animals, such as bodies or birds. They assignment as minions for the Crimson Baron in the book, abnormally as guards at the Devar-Toi, a bastille for psychics.
I’m not abiding if the cine anytime refers to Can-toi, but the adeptness to canyon off as animal in our apple is specific to Can-toi (also accepted as Low Men in added Baron works). The actual acutely affected bark is absolutely a basic of their actualization in the books.
It may be that the cine alloyed the Taheen and Can-toi together. It’s not far off either aback the Can-toi are the aftereffect of the Taheen alliance with humans. Aback not cutting beef costumes, the Can-toi attending like humanoid rats.
19 is a actual important cardinal throughout The Dark Tower alternation and in added Baron books. The cine absolutely calls absorption to it. You basically see the cardinal scribbled everywhere. In fact, 19-19 are the coordinates Jake uses to biking to Mid-World in the movie.
The cardinal absolutely begins to pop up in the books appear the end of the series. Roland and his ka-tet (his accumulation of followers) activate to see the cardinal everywhere. It is explained that 19 is an indicator for Keystone Earth (our world), the additional best important abode in the multiverse.
Keystone Earth is area we alive (it’s additionally area Stephen Baron lives in the books, but we’re absolutely not activity to get into that meta-narrative if we don’t charge to). It’s the alone added apple in the multiverse besides Mid-World area time flows in one direction, acceptation that Roland and his ka-tet can’t fuck up aback on missions on our apple because there’s no way to about-face it.
Unlike the added worlds in the multiverse, Keystone Earth doesn’t accept its own adjustment of the Tower. Instead, it has a abstracted antecedent of absoluteness accepted as the Rose, which is still awfully affiliated to the Tower. If the Rose were to be destroyed on our world, the Tower would be destroyed.
We never absolutely see the Rose in the movie, but there are teases of it in Jake’s drawings. Of course, he may aloof like cartoon roses.
The Devar-Toi is Walter’s awe-inspiring Bond villain abject in the movie. It’s additionally a bastille for able psychics accepted as the Breakers, who Walter is application to shoot beams of analytic activity at the Tower. There’s a key action at the Devar-Toi in the aftermost Dark Tower novel, but the cine appealing abundant nullifies that in its third act.
Oh, we are entering easter egg territory. 1408 is the cardinal the bad guys use to biking to the Devar-Toi. It’s additionally the cardinal of the apparitional allowance in the Baron abbreviate adventure of the aforementioned name. Fun fact: the allowance 1408 in the adventure is bottomward the artery from the Dixie Pig, a awning for the Crimson King’s armament on Keystone Earth. Coincidence? I anticipate not.
While Roland and Jake are sleeping in the woods, the boy is absorbed by a demon, who looks like Jake’s dad. This happens in The Gunslinger except the arena is way added fucked up. You see, the demons of Roland’s apple augment off bodies by alliance with them.
There isn’t a big gun action or monster in the book. Instead, Roland saves the boy by accepting with the demon… This would afterwards advance to the bearing of Roland’s son, Mordred, who was half-human and half-spider. Uhh…
We’re not activity to abide too abundant on this because Maerlyn’s abracadabra spheres alone actualization up for one arena in the movie. It looks like Walter uses Atramentous Thirteen, the best able and alarming abracadabra brawl of all to chase Roland’s footsteps. There are 13 bright spheres in total: Crimson, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Dark Blue, Dark Green, Indigo, Lime, Azure, Violet, Brown, Pearl Grey, and Black. Anniversary has a altered power, whether it be a window into addition apple or teleporting, and represents a altered thing. Atramentous Thirteen represents the Dark Tower itself.
This angry abode is amid in Brooklyn and is a aperture to Mid-World. The alone botheration is that the abode is a demon that will try to annihilate anyone who enters it. That’s bad account for Jake, who needs to go through the abode to get to Mid-World for the additional time. In both the cine and The Waste Lands, he prevails. (The abode doesn’t accord up as calmly in the book, though!)
I already went over this in the “Jake Chambers” entry, but for the account of actuality thorough: Jake has the adeptness of “the shine” in the movie, which is a absolute advertence to Danny Torrance’s adeptness in The Shining. It’s array of a chargeless nod, but go with it.
I mentioned the Breakers aloft as well. They’re able psychics who the Crimson Baron captures in adjustment to booty bottomward the Tower. Several Breakers actualization up in the closing bisected of the alternation and abounding of them were aboriginal alien in added Baron novels. Conceivably the best acclaimed Breaker of all is Ted Brautigan, who aboriginal showed up in the novella “Low Men in Yellow Coats.”
In the movie, the Dixie Pig looks like an underground Mos Eisley that Walter uses to assemblage his armament on Keystone Earth. In the books, the Dixie Pig is a restaurant. Stuff happens here, but not like what happens in the movie. Abundant said.
Sayre is apparently Richard Sayre from the books. He is a aerial baronial can-toi and resides at the Dixie Pig. He is played by the actual accomplished Jackie Earle Haley in the movie.
When Abbey Lee was casting as Tirana in the movie, bodies affected that this actual accessory actualization in the books would accept a above role in the blur adaptation. That is not absolutely the case. Tirana is a Can-toi in the books and she appears to be one in the movie. She exists so that Walter can accomplish evocative animadversion at her and afterwards bake her face aback he’s mad. I’m rolling my eyes as I address this.
The Rita Hayworth affiche from the abundant Baron novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” makes an actualization during a action amid Roland and Walter in the gun shop. It’s a blink and you’ll absence it moment. In the novella, capital actualization Andy Dufresne uses the affiche to awning up a aperture he’s digging to escape prison.
There’s one attempt in the cine area a woman is walking a St. Bernard in the street. This is afterwards a agnosticism a nod to Cujo, the berserk dog who abashed a boy and his mother in a atypical of the aforementioned name.
This is a not so attenuate It easter egg. A assurance account “Pennywise” already accustomed the bodies of Mid-World to a affair park. I apparently don’t accept to acquaint you that Pennywise is the name of the analgesic antic in King’s abominable atypical about a monster who eats children.
A account of the Overlook Auberge can be spotted in the psychiatrist’s office. This is a advertence to the auberge area the contest of The Shining booty place.
This angel of twins cannot be ignored. You can atom these twins sitting in the nice little association in the Devar-Toi. This is yet addition advertence to The Shining. You bethink the awful twins who appetite Danny to comedy with them, right?
There’s a toy 1958 Plymouth Fury in the cine that’s assuredly a advertence to the atypical Christine about a jailbait and his analgesic vehicle. And I don’t beggarly analgesic as in “cool.”
Brady Hartsfield, the consecutive analgesic in the atypical Mr. Mercedes, uses a smiley face as his calling card. Walter leaves a smiley face for Roland and Jake afterwards he pays the boy’s parents a visit.
A book alleged “Misery’s Child” makes an actualization in the movie. That is, of course, the atypical that collection Annie Wilkes to kidnap and ache biographer Paul Sheldon. The fabulous atypical appearance the afterlife of Annie’s admired character. That’s a no no.
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