As Moon Knight is about to come to a close, one of the questions that sticks out among the rest concerns the main antagonist, Arthur Harrow (played by Ethan Hawke). While Marc Spector is the avatar for the Egyptian moon deity Khonshu, Harrow claims to be the avatar for the Egyptian retribution deity Ammit. As more Moon Knight episodes passed, new realizations began to unfold.
Arthur Harrow could be Anubis’ avatar
Egyptology nerds, you already know where I’m going with this one. As I mentioned before, Ammit is the god of divine retribution. That means she doesn’t waste her time judging you — her duty is to devour the hearts of those who were deemed unworthy after their souls are weighed against a feather on the scales. Before your heart is eaten whole by Ammit, you are judged by the god of the dead. That’s right, you get judged by Anubis. Anubis is well-known for being the Egyptian god with the head of a jackal and the body of a man. He’s also synonymous with scales, similar to the one tattooed on Harrow’s inner forearm.
Let’s rewind back to episode 2 — Steven Grant was in the Natural History Museum running away from the undead goons that Harrow sicced on him. The museum was dark and the figure seemed therianthropic (part-human, part-animal) but it was still difficult to make out what was chasing after our bumbling protagonist. It wasn’t until Grant fearfully hid in the bathroom that Marc Spector managed to convince Grant to forfeit the host body and allow Spector to surface.
Following the alter switch, Spector transformed into Moon Knight and took Harrow’s goon head-on revealing (during a brutal beatdown) that it was none other than a monster that resembled a dog — more specifically a jackal. If Harrow was truly the avatar of Ammit, a god whose body is comprised of a lion, hippo, and crocodile, why did he summon a part-jackal therianthrope?
Harrow’s potential motives
Remember, if a deity is bound to an ushabti (the little statues that the gods are threatened with as punishment if they step out of line), their avatar loses all abilities that the god once imparted on them — as we saw in episode 3 when Khonshu was confined within an ushabti for breaching the terms of agreement that explicitly prohibits gods from using their powers in such a way that could expose their existence to mortals. In episode 4, Steven Grant discovers that Ammit’s ushabti is placed within the mummified remains of her last avatar, Alexander the Great — meaning that Ammit’s powers were never available to Harrow.
You might be asking yourself, why would Harrow need to lie about his identity? Well, to potentially conceal his grand plan. Ammit and Anubis are like two peas in a pod and one’s duty begets the other. If he were to come forward honestly as the avatar of Anubis, his search for Ammit’s tomb would make his ultimate goal incredibly clear — to reunite with his other half and overthrow the other gods. But if he were to hide behind the lie of being Ammit’s avatar, he could continue his search for her tomb without his intentions being questioned. Naturally, you would want to find the resting place of your reigning god, right?
Hopefully, the mystery behind Arthur Harrow’s identity will be revealed in episode 6.
You can read about how the MCU’s Moon Knight is different from his comic book counterpart before the season finale on May 4.
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