Is Q Still Posting? QAnon Documentary Puts Focus on Ron Watkins Amid Denials, Silence

The six-part HBO docuseries looking into the QAnon conspiracy theory has concluded with the biggest suggestion yet that former 8Kun administrator Ron Watkins played at least some part in posing as the mysterious figure known as "Q."

Cullen Hoback's Q: Into the Storm attempted to shed light on the identity of "Q," whose cryptic posts on message boards sites 4chan, 8chan, and 8kun formed the basis of the QAnon conspiracy, centered on wild claims of a satanic cabal of child-eating pedophiles.

Even before the show first aired, there was heavy speculation that Ron Watkins, whose father Jim founded 8kun, was linked to Q, or was even Q himself.

Ahead of the first episode, Ron Watkins posted on encrypted messaging service Telegram stating: "I am not Q. I've never spoken privately with Q. I don't know who Q is."

However, during the final episode, Hoback suggests that Ron Watkins slips up and inadvertently reveals that he posted as Q on 8kun.

During the show, Ron Watkins was talking about how he was an active user on 8kun threads Pol and research, where Q's posts appear and are discussed by followers of the conspiracy theory.

"It was basically three years of intelligence training, teaching normies how to do intelligence work. It's basically what I was doing anonymously before," he said, quickly adding: "But never as Q."

Watkins then appears to give a knowing smile, before erupting in laughter with Hoback and backtracking to again deny that he is Q: "No, never as Q, I promise. Because I am not Q and I never was."

Ahead of the final episode, perhaps knowing what is about to air, Ron Watkins again wrote on Telegram. "Friendly reminder: I am not Q. Have a good weekend."

This is the big reveal in the finale of #QIntotheStorm where Ron Watkins says too much to Cullen Hoback and lets his guard slip.

It was so good it made the whole six hours worth it. pic.twitter.com/QzwTGNcl5q

— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan86) April 5, 2021

The QAnon conspiracy theory emerged in late 2017 after the first of the so-called "drops" by Q appeared on 4chan in October that year claiming that Hillary Clinton would be arrested the following day.

Since then, thousands of these messages, which are deciphered by QAnon followers, have appeared online, eventually ending up on 8kun.

However, the frequency of these messages has drastically slowed since Donald Trump, a savior-like figure for QAnon supporters, lost the election in November.

In fact, there hasn't been a new message from Q since December 8, with the last one consisting of a YouTube link to a pro-Trump video containing Twisted's song "We're Not Gonna Take It."

The clip has since been removed, although it is still available on BitChute.

The lack of new Q posts has not affected the QAnon movement. Instead of deciphering new messages, QAnon supporters now just interpret the catalog of thousands of existing Q drops to justify their claims or even suggest world events were predicted by Q.

While Q has gone silent for weeks at a time before, Election Day also happens to be the day that Ron Watkins announced that he would be stepping down as the 8kun administrator.

Two months later, Ron Watkins also seemed to distance himself completely from QAnon after Trump failed to carry out the mass arrests and executions of satanic pedophiles at Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20—a highly anticipated prophecy from the conspiracy theorists known as "the storm."

When this long-awaited event failed to materialize, resulting in humiliation for many of its followers, Ron Watkins issued a statement on Telegram telling the conspiracy theorists to "keep our chins up and go back to our lives as best we are able."

Q: Into the Storm had previously suggested the possibility that there could be more than one Q, and that the person who first posted on 4chan in October 2017 is not the same as whoever was writing the drops on 8kun.

Experts are pointing to the moment Ron Watkins laughed as yet more evidence that he at least was posting as Q on 8kun.

Ben Collins, who covers QAnon for NBC, tweeted: "The widely believed thesis may wind up being the correct one: Q was a bunch of anons on 4chan, then the Watkinses on 8chan."

Mike Rothschild, who has written a book about QAnon, added: "The lesson for me is that sometimes the most obvious answer to an obscure riddle is also the true one. Ron Watkins being Q was always staring us in the face. We just had to want to see it."

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Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up their phones with messages referring to the QAnon conspiracy theory at a campaign rally at Las Vegas Convention Center on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mario Tama/Getty Images