Percy Jackson Season 1’s Finale Creates A Plot Hole With 1 Cut Book Reveal

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Percy Jackson & the Olympians season 1, episode 8, “The Prophecy Comes True.”


Summary

  • Percy Jackson season 1 fails to address the fact that Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are still wanted after their encounter with Echidna and the Chimera.
  • The books solve this problem by framing Ares as the kidnapper, freeing Percy and his friends from blame, but the show doesn’t explain this.
  • Season 2 needs to explain how Percy and his friends can move forward without their wanted status, possibly by framing Ares or receiving help from the gods.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians season 1 has come to an end, concluding Percy’s first quest for Camp Half-Blood — but the finale creates a plot hole for season 2 by cutting one important revelation from The Lightning Thief. In general, Disney’s Percy Jackson show stays faithful to Rick Riordan’s books, but it does diverge in places, either to add depth to the story or eliminate unnecessary detours. There’s a lot to cover in the season 1 finale, so it’s no surprise that the series overlooks smaller details in favor of bigger twists. However, it could cause problems in the future.

Percy Jackson season 2 isn’t confirmed just yet, but the Disney+ series is already making progress on new episodes. Given Percy Jackson‘s impressive streaming data, it seems inevitable that Percy and his friends will return for another summer at Camp Half-Blood. And although season 1 sets the stage nicely for more adventures, it does fail to rectify a problem that crops up in both the books and show.

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


Percy Jackson Season 1 Never Addresses That Percy, Annabeth, & Grover Are Still Wanted

Percy Jackson & the Olympians season 1, episode 8 sees the Oracle’s prophecy coming true and reunites Percy with his mother at long last. He leaves Camp Half-Blood a hero in the eyes of his fellow demigods. However, the Percy Jackson season 1 finale fails to address the fact that Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are still wanted in the outside world. After their encounter with Echidna and the Chimera at the Gateway Arch, law enforcement begins looking into the trio. Gabe also gives an interview accusing Percy of all sorts of illegal activity, ensuring he’s wanted nationwide.

The Percy Jackson books solve this problem by revealing that the L.A. News placed the blame on Ares, framing him as a kidnapper who abducted the trio and wreaked havoc across the country. This dissolves Percy and his friends of any blame, allowing them to go about their lives in the human world without any further issues. However, the Percy Jackson show doesn’t explain this, seemingly leaving the demigods wanted by the law. With Annabeth and Percy going home for the summer and Grover embarking on a new quest, that could prove a problem for season 2.

Cutting The Percy Jackson Books’ Solution Creates A Plot Hole For The Disney Show

Cutting The Lightning Thief‘s solution to Percy’s law enforcement issue could create a problem in season 2, as it would prevent the young demigod from going about his life in the human world. While he and Sally seem to be thriving in the final moments of “The Prophecy Comes True,” it’s hard to see how Percy could travel or go to school without his destruction of the Gateway Arch coming back to haunt him. The same is true for Annabeth and Grover, both of whom are already planning to travel cross-country at the end of Percy Jackson season 1.

While Gabe’s accusations can be written off thanks to Sally’s return from the Underworld, the destruction of a national monument is less easy to overlook. Percy Jackson season 2 needs to explain how its titular hero and his friends are able to move forward with that mark on their record. Fortunately, it can still fill in the blanks in the early episodes of its sophomore season.

How Percy Jackson & the Olympians Can Fill In The Blanks In Season 2

Percy Jackson's Percy hiding with his sword

Percy Jackson & the Olympians repeatedly rejiggers The Lightning Thief‘s timeline in season 1, with certain events happening earlier or later than they do in the books. With this in mind, the Disney+ series can still frame Ares for the demigods’ destruction in season 2. It’s possible the second outing will open with this revelation, filling in the blanks that season 1 didn’t have time to. Of course, the show could also take a different route altogether, explaining away the trio’s wanted status using another means entirely.

While Zeus is clearly no fan of Percy, it’s possible the Olympian gods helped rid Percy of his wanted status after he warned them about the looming war with Kronos. Camp Half-Blood also may have played a role, as it’s clear that those in the world of gods and demigods are good at hiding their true nature. However the show chooses to explain it, Percy Jackson & the Olympians must address Percy, Annabeth, and Grover’s wanted status when it returns. Otherwise, their future adventures won’t make much sense.

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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