With such a prolific body of work, it's easy for filmmakers to slip references to Stephen King's other books into their movies. The downside of having such a robust library of content is that it can be hard to keep track of every single obscure reference. We combed through Mike Flanagan's Doctor Sleep adaptation for all the Easter eggs and references to Stephen King's other stories.
Dick Hallorann Says "Ka Is A Wheel"Photo: Grant Publishing
During Dan's last conversation with Dick Hallorann he's convinced by his former shine mentor that he needs to pass along what he knows to Abra. "Everything comes back around," Hallorann tells Dan, "Ka is a Wheel." The idea of life being cyclical is present in quite a few Stephen King tales but the phrase "Ka is a Wheel" is ripped straight from The Dark Tower series. Ka is essentially Mid-World speak for destiny or fate, and Roland can be heard muttering "Ka is a Wheel" to his gunslingers throughout the eight book series.Did you catch this?
Dan Travels On A Tet Transit BusPhoto: Doctor Sleep / Warner Bros.
After a few rough nights sleeping on the streets, Dan decides to head north. He gets on a bus and hops off in New Hampshire. When he leaves the vehicle you can see writing on its side denoting it's part of Tet Transit. This is a subtle reference to the Tet Corporation from The Dark Tower series. In the books, Roland Deschain and his fellow gunslingers travel to Earth to help a group of people set up a company to protect that world's version of the Dark Tower from the Crimson King and his own evil entity, the Sombra Corporation.
In order to become as much a financial powerhouse as Sombra, Roland gives his Earthly allies investment advice from the future (i.e. invest in Microsoft) and tells them to get into a number of ventures. Apparently one of them was bus travel.Did you catch this?
Bradley Trevor's Baseball Number Is 19Photo: Cemetery Dance Publications
The number 19 is incredibly powerful in Stephen King's stories, showing up in major and minor ways in nearly all his works. Bradley Trevor's – the boy the True Knot kills that Abra witnesses – baseball number just happens to be 19. King also wrote a novella called Blockade Billy about a similarly talented baseball player and Billy's number was also 19.Did you catch this?
The Stand Gets A Shout-OutPhoto: ABC
At the end of the movie Abra has a talk with Dan's ghost. She apologizing for getting him killed and wonders if maybe she did the wrong thing in confronting Rose because of how many people died or got hurt. Dan says there are always going to be bad people like Rose in the world, but there also need to be people like Abra – "people who stand." This is most closely a reference to King's post-apocalyptic classic The Stand, which is all about people rising to face a greater evil.
One of the book's most famous lines reads, "The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet."Did you catch this?