10 Easter Eggs & Hidden Details In Percy Jackson Season 1 Episode 8

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Percy Jackson & the Olympians season 1, episode 8, as well as the books.


Summary

  • “The Prophecy Comes True” is the final chapter title of Percy Jackson season 1, highlighting the fated events of Percy’s quest coming to a head.
  • Percy’s decision to challenge Ares to single combat in episode 8 is rooted in Greek mythology, where one-on-one fights are described in stories like The Illiad.
  • The Percy Jackson season 1 finale briefly touches on the gods’ connection to World War II, hinting at the deeper backstory and conflicts between the Olympians.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians season 1, episode 8 brings the first chapter of the Disney+ show to a thrilling close, and while there’s a lot going on as the Oracle’s prophecy comes true, the episode still manages to squeeze a number of Easter eggs and references into its run. True to its name, “The Prophecy Comes True” sees all the fated events of Percy’s quest coming to a head. The young demigod faces Ares in single combat, returns Zeus’ Lightning Bolt, and is betrayed by Luke.

With so many major developments unfolding, it’s no surprise that Percy Jackson season 1’s finale features more than a few nods to the books and future of the Disney+ show. There are still a couple of references to Greek mythology and pop culture as well, proving the series is committed to maintaining its tone. Of course, with Percy Jackson season 1’s ending throwing so many things viewers’ way, they may not pick up on all the little details scattered throughout “The Prophecy Comes True.”

Percy Jackson & the Olympians season 1 is available to stream on Disney+.


10 “The Prophecy Comes True” Is A Chapter Title From The Lightning Thief

All Of Percy Jackson’s Episode Titles Come From The Book

All of Percy Jackson season 1’s episode titles are named after chapters from The Lightning Thief, and the finale continues this trend until the very end. While the installment covers several chapters from Rick Riordan’s book, it uses the title of the very last one: “The Prophecy Comes True.” This is fitting, as all the Oracle’s predictions prove correct during the eighth episode. Additionally, it feels right that the final chapter title should close out season 1. If Percy Jackson returns for season 2, the series will likely use chapters from The Sea of Monsters as inspiration for each installment.

9 Single Combat Is Used In Greek Mythology

It’s Why Percy Challenges Ares This Way In Episode 8

There aren’t new gods or monsters in Percy Jackson season 1, episode 8, so the Greek mythology references are minimal. However, Percy’s decision to challenge Ares to single combat does have roots in ancient myths. One-on-one fights are described in Homer’s epic The Illiad, with Hector challenging the Greeks and eventually facing Ajax in single combat. While this isn’t the only instance of single combat in history or fiction, it’s a fitting example from Greek mythology. That’s likely why the demigods at Camp Half-Blood are versed in it.

8 Percy Jackson Episode 8 Mentions The Gods’ World War II Connection

The Reason For Forbidden Children Is Explained In The Books

World War II is a pivotal event in the mortal world, but it also holds meaning for the Olympians — and the Percy Jackson season 1 finale briefly touches on that. When Percy meets with Zeus, he tells the Olympian that the war between the gods can’t continue, citing World War II as a reason. While he doesn’t elaborate, the books explain that the children of Zeus and Poseidon fought a war against the children of Hades during World War II. This was the reason for the Pact of the Big Three, and it clearly caused a rift between the Olympians that’s still present.

7 Zeus References His & Kronos’ Origins In Greek Mythology

These Are Important To Percy Jackson’s Overarching Plot

Lance Reddick as Zeus next to Kronos from Percy's dream in Percy Jackson episode 8

Zeus gets angry when Percy mentions Kronos during their meeting, and he touches on their origins from the Percy Jackson books, which more or less mirror their backstory in Greek mythology. The Olympian tells Percy that he knows where Kronos is — because he’s the one who put him in Tartarus. He and Poseidon also refer to Kronos as “father” during their own conversation, reminding viewers that this isn’t just a war between immortal beings; it’s also a familial issue. In mythology, Zeus takes on Kronos and the Titans after saving his siblings. The show maintains the hostility between parent and children.

6 Percy Jackson Finally References Annabeth’s Fear Of Spiders

Luke Doesn’t Give As Much Detail As The Books

Luke pointing his sword at Percy in Percy Jackson's season 1 finale

Annabeth is terrified of spiders, and in Rick Riordan’s source material, her fears are warranted. Tensions are high between Athena and Arachne, and the latter takes her grudge against Annabeth’s Olympian mother out on the young demigod. The second Percy Jackson series reveals that Arache sent spiders to torment Annabeth when she was a child, a development that caused problems between Annabeth and her step-mother. Luke mentions Annabeth’s fear of spiders during the Percy Jackson finale, giving a nod to her backstory without digging too deeply into it.

5 Episode 8 Pokes More Fun At Mr. D’s “Peter Johnson” Nickname

This Is An Ongoing Joke From Rick Riordan’s Books

Jason Mantzoukas as Dionysus looking annoyed in Disney's Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Mr. D refuses to learn Percy’s name in the Percy Jackson books, and the god calling him “Peter Johnson” is a running gag. The Disney+ show already references this when Dionysus is introduced, but it nods to the source material again during the finale. Before Percy leaves Camp Half-Blood, Mr. D bids him farewell and calls him Peter Johnson. He insists that Percy’s name isn’t actually Percy, and it’s a hilarious exchange. It’s also powerful given that Percy knows who he is now.

4 The Percy Jackson Finale Teases The Introduction Of A Season 2 Character

Thalia Will Return & The Show Is Already Planning For It

Annabeth by Thalia the pine tree in Percy Jackson and the Olympians episode 3

Percy Jackson season 1 mentions Thalia, Zeus’ forbidden daughter, throughout its run. There are numerous mentions of Thalia during the finale, and the show seems to be setting up her return in Percy Jackson season 2. Poseidon references Thalia during his exchange with Zeus, and Percy asks Annabeth how Thalia would feel about her going home. While Annabeth assures him that she’s just a tree, this won’t be the case soon enough. The ending of The Sea of Monsters sees the Golden Fleece bringing Thalia back to life, something the series is already teasing.

3 Annabeth Uses “Seaweed Brain” Again In Episode 8

Her Nickname For Percy Teases Their Relationship

Percy Jackson and Annabeth riding in a boat in the Tunnel of Love in Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Annabeth calls Percy “Seaweed Brain” for the first time in Percy Jackson episode 5, and she uses his book nickname again before they part ways in the finale. This is how Annabeth commonly refers to Percy in Riordan’s books, and it becomes a term of endearment for the young demigod, especially once the two develop feelings for one another. Their hug in the finale suggests this is already happening, as do several other interactions from season 1. This sweet Easter egg sets the stage for Percabeth in future seasons of Percy Jackson & the Olympians.

2 The Percy Jackson Finale’s Disney World Reference Is Hilarious

It’s Also Meta Considering Where The Show Comes From

Annabeth and Percy Jackson from the ending of Percy Jackson season 1

Percy’s final conversation with Annabeth in the Percy Jackson season 1 finale also contains a pop culture reference — and it’s fairly meta considering the studio behind the show. Annabeth tells Percy that she’s going to Disney World with her parents when she returns home. She’s never heard of the theme park, and she compares it to episode 5’s Waterland. She then worries that there could be deadly threats at Disney too, a hilarious development that also nods to the studio behind Percy Jackson & the Olympians.

1 Sally Jackson’s Blue Chocolate Chip Pancakes Are A Book Reference

This Sweet Easter Egg Shows Percy & His Mom Are Back To Normal

Percy and Sally finally reunite in the Percy Jackson season 1 finale, and they appear to be thriving after the events of the first outing. Percy Jackson‘s post-credits scene even confirms they’ve gotten rid of Gabe. A glimpse of their life shows Sally making blue chocolate chip pancakes, another nod to Riordan’s novels. In the books, Percy and Sally eat a lot of blue food, with Sally attempting to reference Percy’s father with the color. The Disney+ series shows this when Sally brings Percy blue candy during the premiere, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians highlights it again with the pancakes.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Poster

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Based on the novel series by Rick Riordan Percy Jackson & the Olympians is an action-adventure fantasy television series created for Disney+. When Percy Jackson is framed for the theft of Zeus’ almighty thunderbolt, Percy must clear his name, all while harnessing the powers inherited by his father, Poseidon, at a camp created for demi-gods.

Cast
Walker Scobell , Leah Sava Jeffries , Aryan Simhadri , Jason Mantzoukas , Megan Mullally , Glynn Turman , Adam Copeland , Virginia Kull , Lance Reddick

Seasons
1

Writers
Rick Riordan , Jonathan E. Steinberg

Directors
James Bobin , Anders Engström

Showrunner
Jonathan E. Steinberg , Dan Shotz