New HBO docu-series names head of QAnon as Ron Atkins

QAnon’s mysterious leader Q is named as Ron Watkins, the son of 8Chan owner, in new HBO docu-series Into The Storm

  • Q: Into The Storm is airing on HBO Max on March 21 
  • It names Ronald Watkins, the son of 8Chan owner Jim Watkins, as Q 
  • The filmmakers say they spent three years studying the right-wing conspiracy theory
  • Ron is the administrator of 8Chan, now known as 8Kun, where QAnon erupted 
  • The founder of 8Chan – Frederick Brennan – has previously named Ron or his father as Q 
  • They are the only two who have verified Q’s posts on 8Chan  

A new HBO docu-series has named the head of QAnon as Ron Watkins, the son of the founder of 8Chan. 

Q: Into The Storm is airing on HBO Max on March 21. Its filmmakers name Watkins, the son of 8Chan founder Jim Watkins, as Q, the head of the right-wing, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group. 

Ron Watkins is interviewed as part of the series as his father and other members of the group.

It’s unclear why filmmaker Cullen Hoback thinks he is Q. Holback says he spent three years studying the right-wing group and he is interviewed for the series. 

In a trailer for it, he told the filmmakers: ‘So you’re making a list of who might be Q? 

‘Let’s continue then.’ 

Ron is the administrator of 8Chan (now known as 8Kun), an online message board where QAnon sprouted roots in 2017 and gained followers. 

Q: Into The Storm is airing on HBO Max on March 21. Its filmmakers name Watkins, the son of 8Chan founder Jim Watkins, as the Q, the head of the right-wing, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group.


Ronald’s father is Jim Watkins (left). He now owns 8Chan, now known as 8Kun, the online messaging board where QAnon took its roots. Frederick Brennan (right) founded 8Chan and he quit in 2018 as he watched it become increasingly right-wing. He has previously said that Jim Watkins or his son is Q

It exploded in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, bolstered by the unproven theory that widespread voter fraud won the election for Biden. 

8chan was originally created by Fredrick Brennan but he quit after the Watkins refused to remove the racist manifesto of the Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter, in 2018. 

He has been trying for years to get the site taken offline and says it is now out of control and dangerous. 

He previously named either Ron or Jim as Q, saying: ‘I definitely, definitely, 100 percent believe that Q either knows Jim or Ron Watkins, or was hired by Jim or Ron Watkins.’ 

Many of the Capitol rioters were QAnon followers, including Douglas Jensen, who is shown storming the Capitol wit h a Q shirt on 

Only Jim and Ron have verified ‘Q’s posts on 8Chan, which has fueled speculation that one of them is the leader.

Many of the rioters from the January 8 attack on the US Capitol were QAnon followers. 

They were irate and incredulous when Trump lost the election, and deduces that the only explanation for it was that he is being victimized by a secret organization of powerful pedophiles and child traffickers who had arranged widespread voter fraud to secure the election for Biden. 

What began as a marginalized, online group of niche followers has now spread into the world of politics. 

Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has said in the past that she believes some of what QAnon teaches.

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